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USD 591
Country: Laos
City: Houaphan
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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07 Days Nameo – Viengsay – Xiengkhoung – LuangPrabang – Oudomxay – Dienbienphu


DAY 01    SAMSON – NA MEO – VIENGXAY: 1.50 hrs ‘’ By Overland ‘’            L-D
A.M    Upon arrival at the border (Lao portion) meet Asian Trails Laos’s guide for transfer to your hotel for check in.
Lunch at a local restaurant
After lunch we head to the KaysonePhomvihane Memorial Cave Office for a guided tour that will take us to 6 of the 480 caves, which transformed Viengxay into a de facto cave city between 1964 and 1973. It was in these years that Laos became caught up in a secret war which remains largely ignored in world history. The caves were used to house leaders and fighters of the Pathet Lao army.
Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodation at local Guesthouse  

DAY 02    VIENGXAY – SAM NEUA – XIENG KHOUANG: 7-8 hrs            B-L-D
    Breakfast at your hotel
Early in the morning we leave Viengxay and drive across a mountainous setting to Sam Neua, the capital of the HouaPhan Province. From Sam Neua we continue our journey on narrow winding roads (in good condition) towards XiengKhouang. The journey offers beautiful scenery from the top of the hills, the flora at these heights differs from the low lands. You will pass numerous villages, mainly Hmong.  We will discover the characteristic Hmong houses, large, wooden, built on the ground, some of them still with wooden roofing.  Most women weave and tie-die the special patterns of Sam Neua.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Right before arriving to Muang Kham, we will visit the nearby cave of ThamPiu, where 374 villagers perished in an American bombing in 1968. Late arrival in Xiengkhoung
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel

DAY 03    XIENG KHOUANG – PLAIN OF JARS                    B-L-D
Breakfast at your hotel
08.00    Start your visit of the Plain of Jars with monolithic site no. 2 located on two hill tops. Continue to site no. 3 located amidst rice fields. Drive on to MuangKhoun, the ancient Tai Phouan Capital destroyed during the second Indochina war. The ruins of Vat Piavat and That Foun are the only remainings of a significant past.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Return to Phonsavan passing numerous large Hmong settlements. Arrival at the Jar site no.01 featuring the greatest number of jars and the largest monolith size
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel

 

 

 

 

DAY 04    PHONSAVAN – LUANG PRABANG: 5-6 hrs                    B-L-D
Breakfast at your hotel
08.00    Leave Phonsavan along the mountainous road with beautiful panorama views. You will pass many large Hmong villages built along high crests. Eventually, the mountains give way to small hills.
Lunch stop at Phoukhoun, the junction of Route 13 and Route 7, connecting LuangPrabang, Vientiane and Phonsavan. Continue to the ancient capital LuangPrabang
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel
        
DAY 05    LUANG PRABANG VISIT                            B-L-D            Breakfast at your hotel
    Pick up from the hotel and visit the main highlights of LuangPrabang: Vat Vixoun, Vat Aham, Vat Mai, Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of LuangPrabang dating back from the 16th Century.
Lunch (Lao or Western food) at local restaurant
Afternoon visit of the Royal Palace Museum housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past (Tuesday closed). Continue to Vat Sene. See the diverse local crafts sold on the Hmong market in the early evening.
Dinner (Lao or Western food) at a local restaurant
Accommodation at your hotel

DAY 06    LUANG PRABANG - OUDOMXAY: 4-5 hrs                    B-L-D  
    Breakfast at your hotel
Early start towards Oudomxai passing a mountainous landscape with mainly Hmong and Khmu villages.
Lunch at a local restaurant
The region further north gets more and more mountainous with Hmong villages built along the crests. Stop on the way to visit villages. Arrive in Oudomxai in the afternoon for check in at the guesthouse. After check in stretch your legs by climbing That Phouxay to overlook the city and surroundings.
Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodation at your hotel

DAY 07    OUDOMXAY – DIEN BIEN FU: 5hrs                          B-L
Breakfast at your hotel
We continue north towards Pongsali and we will pass small villages along the road and the close by river. At Sin Xai we head east and we stop for lunch in MuangKhua.
Lunch at local restaurant
After lunch we continue our journey towards Vietnam and during the afternoon we cross the border and head for Dien Bien Phu (Vietnam portion not included).
Finished of our tour

 

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