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8 - 15 Dec 2022 (8-days) Laos Adventure - Vientiane, Vang Vieng & Luang Prabang
Ground Cost Rm2,500 (per pax Group 11-14 pax), Rm2,300 (per pax Group 15-18pax)
Based on USD1.00 = Rm4.80 adjusted for exchange rate in Nov 2022
COST EXCLUDES SCOOT FLIGHTS
Details for Flight Bookings
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Singapore to Vientiane (Scoot)
8 Dec 2022 Thurs TR350 SIN VTE 1125 1320
Vientiane to Singapore (Scoot)
15 Dec 2022 Thurs TR351 VTE SIN 1400 1810
Update 14 Sept 2022 We are using Scoot to fly Singapore to Vientiane since the cancellation of direct AirAsia flights from KUL to Vientiane on 9 Sept 2022. December is a popular time to visit as weather in Laos during this time is cooler. Expect Luang Prabang to be chilly at night, please bring a jacket to keep warm.
IMPORTANT NOTICE This is meant to be a "free and easy" budget trip. Participants should be relatively fit, with a good sense of humour, and above all, have the right attitude for close travel with others through possibly some trying times. Most definitely, this is not a trip for prudes, whiners, fuss-pots, and other similiarly assorted types! Although every effort will be made to stick to the given itinerary, ground conditions may change and cause some disruption and/or deviation from the norm. Otherwise, have fun!
With only about 7million people in a land the size of Thailand (70million people), Laos is leisurely, uncrowded, friendly, and about a decade behind Thailand, it's closest neighbour. Which means go NOW before Laos becomes another Thailand!!
Day 1 - 8 DEC VIENTIANE – Fly SIN to Vientiane on Scoot TR350 1125-1310. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we meet local guide to begin our CIty Tour, where we visit Wat PraKeo, Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and Patuxai (Victory Monument). Free time in the afternoon for shopping, relaxing, massage and your own sight-seeing. Members have option to visit Buddha Park located 27km east of the capital city (entrance fee 5,000 kip). Great choice of good restaurants and bars, as you would expect from a lively capital city. O/N Vientiane hotel, breakfast included.
Vang Vieng Karst Hills / Kayaking Nam Song River
Day 2 - VANG VIENG (B) - After breakfast, our chartered transport then takes us 1.5-2 hours to Vang Vieng. Along the way, we will pass through lovely Lao mountain and village scenery. Afternoon, we visit the popular Blue Lagoon for a cool swim or just to chill out. In Vang Vieng, there are many restaurant offering Chinese, Thai, Korean, European and Lao food. Stay Vang Vieng for next 2 nights with breakfast provided. Optional tour - Sunset or Sunrise Hot Air Balloon over Vang Vieng town (30-40min) for USD100 per pax
Day 3– VANG VIENG (B/L) - We have a full day of caving, gentle downstream kayaking and tubing down the Nam Song River. In the morning you’ll travel by truck, going 15km north of Vang Vieng, where you visit a typical local Lao village and the mystical Elephant Cave. In this cave, you will find the large “Elephant Stone” – after which the cave is named- along with many Buddha statues dating back centuries. From here we’ll trek to another cave. This 200m long Water Cave is where members can explore by tubing. Included in the trip cost is lunch. For the rest of the afternoon we’ll take a leisurely kayak down the Nam Song River and catch the sunset. O/N in Vang Vieng hotel breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4– VANG VIENG to LUANG PRABANG (B) – We will spend short while at the local Vang Vieng market to see the local produce and visit Wat That, the 1st temple in Vang Vieng. We then drive 4-6 hours north towards UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang. Rest of evening free & easy to enjoy the alleyways of Luang Prabang filled with temples and local shops. There is a daily night market with plenty of local crafts and hundreds of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes. O/N Luang Prabang for next 3 nights with breakfasts provided. During the Fireboat Festival, many homes and temples will be decorated with handmade lanterns.
Day 5 - LUANG PRABANG (B) – At dawn, hundreds of monks make daily procession to collect rice and donations. Early risers can watch the monks procession and also take part in it. After breakfast, we proceed with the walking tour around Luang Prabang. Some of the highlights include Royal Palace museum, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visounnarath. After lunch, we proceed to Kuang Si waterfall (1hr) 30km away. The multi-tiered falls is one of the biggest waterfalls around Luang Prabang - visitors can swim in the cool waters, explore the surrounding park by foot or just chill out with some snacks. O/N Luang Prabang
Day 6 - LUANG PRABANG (B) – After breakfast, we take a boat ride up the Mekong river to visit Pak Ou cave, filled with thousands of Buddha icons. Our Mekong boat ride will also stop at Xang Hai village to see how the local whisky (lao lao) is made. Rest of afternoon free & easy for final shopping and to enjoy the many cafes and top restaurants around historic centre of Luang Prabang. Final night stay in Luang Prabang
Day 7 - LUANG PRABANG train to VIENTIANE (B) – After breakfast, we hop on the new train 2hr from Luang Prabang back to the capital city of Vientiane, which was completed back in Dec 2021. This mega project is spearheaded by China and links Laos to Kunming, capital of Yunnan province. Spend rest of the afternoon for final sight-seeing or shopping. FInal night in Vientiane with breakfast provided.
Kuang Si waterfall / Night market at Luang Prabang
Day 8 - 15 DEC HOME - Afternoon flight TR351 departing 2PM, arriving Singapore 1810 15 DEC 2022 THURS.
TERMS, CONDITIONS AND NOTES
- Cost covers accommodation (twin-sharing), transport, kayak hire, local guides, most entrance fees and meals as stated above. Tour will be conducted in English.
- Cost does not include Scoot return flight SIN-Vientiane, other meals not stated above, entrance fees to places not covered and Local Guide Tips (Yongo encourages group members to reward good service and amount should commensurate with services rendered).
- Accommodation will be in budget hotels & guest houses on twin-sharing basis
- Cost is based on the prevailing airfares and exchange rates and subject to review the event of any significant changes. Ground costs calculated based on USD1.00 = MYR4.80 as at Nov 2022
- A deposit of Rm1200 is payable to confirm your place.
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