Enchanting Laos Honeymoon

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Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Honeymoon

Your journey at a glance

If you’re seeking a tranquil honeymoon away from the crowds in Asia, Laos offers a serene getaway. This 13-day vacation itinerary takes you from the peaceful capital city of Vientiane, nestled along the serene Mekong River, to the UNESCO-protected gem of Luang Prabang, where the fusion of Buddhist and French colonial cultures creates a charming and timeless atmosphere. Dive into the lush landscapes of Vang Vieng for a touch of adventure, ensuring that your journey together is filled with unforgettable moments.

Brief

Day 1: Vientiane - Arrival

Day 2: Vientiane – City tour

Day 3: Vientiane - Nam Ngum Lake

Day 4: Vientiane - Kayak excursion

Day 5: Vang Vieng – Cave exploration

Day 6: Vang Vieng - Leisure Day

Day 7: Luang Prabang - High-speed train

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Ancient town

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Mandalao Elephant Conservation

Day 11: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Day 13: Luang Prabang - Departure

Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Important Information

  • Enjoy the romantic vibe of Vientiane capital
  • Kayak through islets amid Nam Ngum Lake
  • Explore otherworldly caves in Vang Vieng
  • Swim in the turquoise Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Cuise along the majestic Mekong River
  • Visit the elephant sanctuary in Luang Prabang
  • Unlimited customization upon request
  • Instant support
  • Accommodation with breakfast in the central location and highly recommended on travel forum
  • Experienced local guide (language is upon request)
  • All entrance fees and sightseeing tickets as listed
  • Local dishes with hygiene (others are upon request)
  • Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
  • Complimentary water each day
  • Service charges and government taxes
  • Any extra services are upon request

This customized itinerary allows us to tailor the accommodation to your specific preferences and budgetary considerations. Our local travel experts will recommend accommodations that align with the unique requirements of your journey, ensuring comfort, convenience, and a memorable stay.

From local homestay, boutique hotels to renowned hotel chains, we prioritize collaboration with accredited and reputable accommodation providers, guaranteeing the highest possible standards of service and hospitality throughout your entire travel experience.

Detailed information about accommodation for this itinerary will be provided in the final tour proposal.

Here are some essential tips to keep in mind before your trip. Our team is here to help, so don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
- Visa & Passport: Check the visa requirements for your nationality well in advance. Also, make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your trip.
- Health & Safety: Make sure you have suitable travel insurance and consult your healthcare provider about any vaccinations or medications you might need before you travel.
- Dress Code: Pack modest clothing, especially when you plan to visit religious sites or rural areas. Lightweight, breathable clothing is ideal due to the tropical climate.
- Travel Documents: Keep copies of important travel documents (passport, visa, and travel insurance) and store them in a separate place from the originals. It's also a good idea to have digital copies stored on your phone or in cloud storage for easy access.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Vientiane - Arrival

Day 1: Vientiane - Arrival

Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. It is possibly Asia’s most laidback capital, where everything seems to move at a gentle pace. You’ll find faded colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards dating back to the French Invasion, and ancient temples from the Khmer era, all contributing to the city’s timeless atmosphere, especially along the tranquil Mekong River.

Upon arrival, our guide and driver will warmly welcome and take you to your hotel. No activities are planned for today, so feel free to take a leisurely stroll through the town and discover the hidden gems it has to offer.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 2: Vientiane – City tour

Day 2: Vientiane – City tour

Morning:
We will take you on a journey to discover the fascinating culture and history of Vientiane. Our first stop is Wat Si Muang, which is considered the home of the guardian spirit of Vientiane. It offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly with Theravada Buddhism. Next, we’ll venture to the mesmerizing Buddha Park, or Xieng Khuan, with over 200 striking statues representing Buddhist and Hindu deities. Our itinerary continues with a visit to the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center. Here, you can learn about the daily challenges faced by disabled women in Laos and support their cause by purchasing handmade crafts crafted by these resilient women themselves.

Afternoon:
Continue with a visit to the iconic golden That Luang, a symbol of Buddhist faith and Lao sovereignty. Later, we’ll climb the atop Patuxai, also known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe, for a breathtaking view of the city skyline. Explore more of Vientiane’s rich heritage at Wat Sisaket, the sole temple to survive the Siamese invasion in 1828, and Wat Phra Keo, home to a captivating collection of Khmer artworks. As the day winds down, take a leisurely stroll along the Mekong River, soaking in the romantic beauty of the sunset.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 3: Vientiane - Nam Ngum Lake

Day 3: Vientiane - Nam Ngum Lake

Say goodbye to the heart of Vientaine as we’ll hit the road northbound to Tha Heua Village, situated on the northern side of Nam Ngum Lake. Did you know that Nam Ngum Lake is Laos’ largest man-made reservoir created for the Nam Ngum Dam? Since Laos doesn’t have a coastline, the locals affectionately call this lake “the sea of Laos.”

Upon arrival, you’ll check into your resort, overlooking the massive Nam Ngum Lake. The rest of the day is yours to explore Tha Heua Village. You can rent a bike and pedal through its scenic countryside, fully immersing yourself into the local landscape and community.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 4: Vientiane - Kayak excursion

Day 4: Vientiane - Kayak excursion

Morning:
Waking up to the chirping of birds from bushes, your day begins with an escort to nearby villages where you’ll see locals beginning their day. Then, we’ll set off on a kayaking adventure, exploring charming islets amid Nam Ngum Lake. In the dry season, the water recedes, revealing a long stretch of white sand on the islet, which is perfect for a beach-like experience. Returning to shore, we stop at Houay Phanom Village, where you’ll meet a host family and learn traditional weaving techniques passed down through generations.

Afternoon:
You have the freedom to explore the resort and its surroundings at your leisure. Relax by the pool and watch the sunset reflect off the lake, or visit the local market where you can find dried fish, a specialty of Tha Heua Village.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 5: Vang Vieng – Cave exploration

Day 5: Vang Vieng – Cave exploration

Morning:
We’ll have a short drive to reach our next destination, Vang Vieng, a pristine and laid-back region with limestone cliffs and formations lining up along the Nam Song River. Our journey begins at Tham Jang, a cave that served as a hideout for locals during the early 19th century to escape Chinese marauders. As you follow the well-lit pathways, marvel at the strange formations glowing and listen to the water dripping from the stalactites. Next, we’ll cross the Nam Song River for a short drive to Tham Phu Kham. This cave descends 100 meters into the ground and houses a magnificent bronze reclining Buddha in its main chamber. After the cave exploration, we’ll head to the nearby Blue Lagoon. Here, you can cool off and relax in the refreshing, crystal-clear waters.

Afternoon:
The rest of the day is all yours to discover Vang Vieng. Perhaps take a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, hand in hand, or indulge in a candlelit dinner under the stars.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Day 6: Vang Vieng - Leisure Day

Day 6: Vang Vieng - Leisure Day

You have the entire day to explore Vang Vieng to the fullest. Do you need some inspiration? These suggestions might be helpful for you:
– Ziplining in Vang Vieng is an adventure that you should not miss in Laos. The adrenaline rush as you zip along steel cables, feeling the wind in your hair, is unmatched.
– If you love exploring on foot, hike up to Nam Xay Viewpoint, where the climb takes about 20-30 minutes. The panoramic views of the Nam Song River as well as the surrounding countryside with green fields and mountain valleys are truly awe-inspiring. And more than that, you’ll find a motorbike firmly placed at the summit for that perfect Instagram shot. Just be cautious, as it’s placed high and the stones can be slippery.
– Ever wondered how Vang Vieng looks from the air? Try a hot air balloon ride, a trending and romantic experience in Laos recently. With uncrowded skies, you’ll witness the entire Vang Vieng at its most beautiful. The best views are near dawn and dusk, when the sun paints the sky with golden hues.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Day 7: Luang Prabang - High-speed train

Day 7: Luang Prabang - High-speed train

Say goodbye to Vang Vieng as you board a high-speed train for a swift 1-hour journey to Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos. Cruising at the speed of up to 160 km/h, the modern train ride becomes an adventure in itself. Sitting at the sacred confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River, time seems to stand still in Luang Prabang. This town is recognized by UNESCO for the 33 gilded stupas gracing the skyline, the sight of saffron-clad monks on the streets at dawn, and the elegant Indochinese villas that remind of a colonial era long gone.

Upon arrival at the station, our driver will be waiting to greet and take you to your hotel. Afterwards, the rest of the day will be yours to explore Luang Prabang. We suggest leisurely sipping a drink at a riverside café and soaking in the serene ambiance as the sun sets.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Ancient town

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Ancient town

Morning:
Our guide will take you on an orientation walk through the enchanting lanes of Luang Prabang, revealing hidden corners steeped in history. You can see the architectural evolution shaped by centuries of influence, from traditional Laotian stilt houses to the charming fusion of French colonial styles. The highlight is when we step back in time at the historic Royal Palace Museum dating back to 1904, once the residence of Laos’ royal family. Then we’ll embark on a leisurely cruise along the majestic Mekong River. Stop to stretch your legs at the village of Ban Xang Hai, witnessing the traditional rice wine making. Later, we reach the Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues left by pilgrims.

Afternoon:
Returning to the city, we’ll explore two of Luang Prabang’s oldest Buddhist temples, Wat Sene and Wat Xiengthong, adorned with intricate mosaics and distinctive two-tiered roofs. Conclude our day with a visit to Xieng Lek Village, renowned for its traditional Saa paper making.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

Morning:
Wake up early before dawn because you don’t want to miss the centuries-old ceremony of Tak Bat. Watch as Buddhist monks, draped in saffron robes and carrying alms bowls, walk in silence to receive offerings from locals. It’s a serene ritual, so maintain a respectful distance and observe quietly. As the sun gradually rises, we’ll explore a bustling morning market, where merchants trade their fresh produce. After that, ascend Mount Phousi, a sacred hill standing 100m tall above the city. Despite the climb, the breathtaking sunrise vista from Wat Chom Si’s golden stupa makes every step worthwhile. Next, we’ll venture to the majestic Kuang Si Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Luang Prabang. It cascades over three tiers and plummets 50 meters into breathtaking azure pools with emerald waters, where you can find some perfect spots for swimming.

Afternoon:
We’ll have a leisurely break amidst the serene garden at the Butterfly Park before returning to Luang Prabang. Conclude our day at the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center where skilled weavers, spinners, and batik makers craft top-quality fabrics. It’s also your chance to learn the exquisite craftsmanship of Laos.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Mandalao Elephant Conservation

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Mandalao Elephant Conservation

Morning:
In Laos, known as the “Land of a Million Elephants,” today’s journey brings us close to these majestic creatures. We’ll leave downtown Luang Prabang for Xieng Lom Village and the Mandalao Elephant Conservation. Upon arrival, savor a cup of coffee or tea while the local guide introduces us to elephant behavior and respectful interaction. Then a serene boat ride across the Nam Khan River leads to those majestic giants. You’ll meet and feed them special treats, or watch as Mahouts wash them in the river. If the elephants are comfortable and happy, feel free to join in their playful baths. At Mandalao, elephants are treated with the utmost care and respect.

Afternoon:
Continue with a walk alongside the elephants, crossing the cool waters of Houay Nok Stream. This experience fosters a deep sense of understanding and respect for those incredible elephants. We’ll end our day with a restful visit to Chateau Orientale, an ancient hermitage nestled in the Laotian jungle.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 11: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Day 11: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Today, you have the chance to relax and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Chateau Orientale and its surroundings. Do you need some inspiration? These suggestions might be helpful for you:
– If adventure beckons, why not embark on a kayak journey down the serene river? Alternatively, set off on a bicycle to explore the picturesque countryside, or venture into the jungle on foot to uncover hidden treasures.
– For those yearning for tranquility, treat yourself to a traditional Lao massage or bask in the bliss of the refreshing swimming pool under the warm sun.
– As the day wanes, indulge in the flavors of Lao cuisine while marveling at the jungle sunset. Every ingredient, meticulously sourced locally, adds to the culinary delight.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Free & Easy

Today, you have the chance to relax and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Chateau Orientale and its surroundings. Do you need some inspiration? These suggestions might be helpful for you:
– If adventure beckons, why not embark on a kayak journey down the serene river? Alternatively, set off on a bicycle to explore the picturesque countryside, or venture into the jungle on foot to uncover hidden treasures.
– For those yearning for tranquility, treat yourself to a traditional Lao massage or bask in the bliss of the refreshing swimming pool under the warm sun.
– As the day wanes, indulge in the flavors of Lao cuisine while marveling at the jungle sunset. Every ingredient, meticulously sourced locally, adds to the culinary delight.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 13: Luang Prabang - Departure

Day 13: Luang Prabang - Departure

Your journey across iconic destinations in Laos comes to its end. After breakfast today, you’ll get the morning to yourself – no scheduled activities. Whenever you’re ready to go, our attentive driver will be ready to take you to the airport, ensuring a seamless transition for your departing flight. Until our paths cross again on your next adventure, safe travels!

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