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History and Heritage Laos (8 Days)


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History and Heritage Laos

Laos’s friendly capital, Vientiane, is more of a big, laid-back village then the busy, bustling capitals you find elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Scattered with glittering temples, impressive Buddhist images, beautiful colonial buildings and enchanting markets, this city is one of those places you just want to dive in deeper and deeper. Another well-known Lao hotspot is Vang Vieng, a small riverside town that is well worth a visit for its stunning natural surroundings full of breathtakingly beautiful caves and cliffs. But Laos has more must-visit, like the charming city of Luang Prabang where hundreds of monks live in authentic monasteries, to the mystic Plain of Jars that has kept scientists baffled for the past decades.

This uniquely handcrafted 8-day tour ( the History and Heritage Laos) shows you all the well-known and slightly hidden highlights of central and northern Laos. Carpe Diem takes you to the more remote areas, of which some hardly ever see Western tourists – a guaranteed authentic experience! We will take enough time to slow down and adjust to the relaxed pace of the Lao, friendly and gentle people you will really get to know and come to love over the course of your journey.

Carpe Diem takes you from mystique ancient sites to rolling mountains and from beautiful riverside villages to interesting museums to discover as much as you could about the history and heritage of the fascinating republic of Laos. Book this once in a lifetime experience and be swept of your feet by the beauty of it all!

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    Day 1
    You arrive at Vientiane airport, where our representative will meet you to guide you to your hotel. After lunch, we take a guided walking tour to the That Stupa national monument, the National Museum, the Ho Phra art museum and Wat Sisaket – the oldest temple in the capital.

    Day 2
    This morning we visit a humanitarian project which works with children who live on the streets. This will help you to understand the issues the poorest people in town are facing, and to appreciate what is being done to help. Lunch will be served in the project’s training restaurant. In the afternoon we have a stroll to the independence monument (which looks a lot like the Arce de Triomphe in Paris, but without the crazy traffic!). Climb the steps to the top for a beautiful view over the city.

    Day 3
    We drive to Vang Vieng, a town famous for its intricate network of limestone caves. We will stop several times to see some Buddhas carved out of rocks in the forest, and to visit a minority village. On arrival we spent some time exploring the magnificent caves, before we continue to our peaceful guesthouse on the outskirts of town – away from the tourist buzz.

    Day 4
    Today we have a scenic drive through the mountains to the mystic Plain of Jars. These huge jars (some weigh more than six tons!), of unknown age and origin, are scattered over a few square miles and a truly amazing ancient sight. On our way, we stop at a cave that was used as a hospital during the Vietnam war. Although Laos was neutral during this period, it was bombed repeatedly and suffered many casualties.

    Day 5
    In the morning you visit the market, to see all the exotic fruit and vegetables available – and maybe even try a few. We continue to visit some of the Jar sites and see for ourselves why they still baffle historians. Recent theory is that the jars are funeral urns – the larger the jar, the more important the person. But other historical artefacts found in the area have brought the experts no closer to understanding the civilization that created them.

    Day 6
    Today we take you on a very scenic trip through mountains and tea plantations to the city of Luang Prabang. We will make a few stops and probably lay our eyes on lots of different ethnic people walking on the roadside. On arrival in Luang Prabang, you have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Lao massage, before visiting the night market where you can buy some beautiful locally-made items for reasonable prices.

    Day 7
    We take a boat trip on the Mekong River and head for the famous caves of Pak Ou, where thousands of retired Buddha statues are stored. In the afternoon you visit the Kwang Xi Waterfall, where you can swim surrounded by jungle.

    Day 8
    We have a morning visit to the Royal Palace museum, where our tour guide will tell you all about the history of the Royal Family. After lunch we take you to the airport for your onward flight.


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The investment for this private trip will be Eur € 1125 per person for 2 people sharing a twin or double room in our personally selected accommodations along the way.

And it includes;

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All tourtransportation (excluding flights)
  • All touradmissions
  • English speaking local guide
  • Service of a representative

As this is a private trip you can start on any day you like, provided there is hotel availability.

I’ve greatly appreciated the planning that’s gone into making this trip so meaningful
Barbara Johnston, New Zealand