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Buddhism and Blossoms in Vientiane - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Orchids Wilderness - 4 Days / 3 Nights

Buddhism and Blossoms in Vientiane - 4 Days / 3 Nights

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Vientiane


Just outside the Lao capital are some charming sights including a fascinating orchid farm and the beautiful Tad Say waterfall where guests can swim in natural pools and observe wild orchids.

 

Day 1 - Vientiane - Arrival

Arrival in Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’.

You might choose to end your day along the banks of the Mekong River. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls. This area is very popular with locals who go to exercise in the park in the evenings and you can also browse the evening market for souvenirs.

Overnight in Vientiane

 

Distance and journey time:

Vientiane Airport – Vientiane (4 km): 15 min

Day 2 - Vientiane - City Tour - Orchid Farm - Ban Hatkhay (B,L,D)

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This morning, enjoy a half-day guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals.

Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.

Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.

Visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.

Continue to the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city.

Enjoy a delicious Lao-style lunch at Makphet Restaurant. Established by Friends International (www.friends-international.org), Makphet is a charity-run restaurant aiming to train the area’s street children in the hospitality industry. Professional chefs from around the world have volunteered their time in developing the menus and training the staff. The food is excellent, and the staffs excel in bringing true Lao-hospitality in to their service.

After lunch, your tour takes you to the Orchid Farm, located 20 minutes from the center.

There, you will meet your orchid expert (French & English speaking) who will be your guide. He will show you the orchid farm and you will learn more about the different species and the efforts made to protect these fragile flowers.

Then you will drive to Ban Hatkhay where you will spend the night, arriving around 5:30-6pm. After a short visit of the village, you will enjoy a traditional Lao dinner with the local people.

Overnight in Ban Hatkhay

 

Distance and time distance:

Vientiane – Orchid Farm: 20 min

Orchid Farm – Ban Hatkhay (100 km): 2 hours

Day 3 - Orchid Trek - Vientiane (B,L)

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After breakfast at the village, you will leave by car at 9:00 to get to the Tad Say waterfall (about 20 minutes). From there, you will walk in a dense and humid forest along the river at times. This is a protected site and rarely visited. It will take about 2 hours walk to reach Tad Saang, a cascade of over 50 meters wide and 5 meters high. It is a beautiful place with a large pool, ideal for swimming.

After lunch nearby the waterfall, you will leave the other side of the Nam Leuk to reach your trek starting point. The second part of the trek is rich in forest and varied landscape: dense, semi deciduous, bamboo, some places are provided in wild orchids... You will spend two hours to return to your starting point.
On your return, it will be possible to visit the information center Swedes with a multitude of photos, explanations on the fauna and flora of Phou Khao Khouay Park.
Back to the village for refreshment and to Vientiane around 18:00.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 4 - Vientiane - Departure (B)

After your breakfast, free time at leisure.

 

Option: Enjoy a relaxing Lao massage at Manee Spa

This traditional art of massage will help relieve aches and pains stored in the muscles, improve blood circulation, increase energy and flexibility. The technique uses firm thumb and palm pressure on the body energy lines. It’s a full body massage, without oil.

Price: from 12 USD/pax (without transfer)

Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.

 

Distance and journey time:

Vientiane – Vientiane Airport (4 km): 15 min

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Please consider that wild orchids are rare plants, even in national park! Most of them blooming one time a year and just a few days, some just appear in rainy season, but there is some blooming every month, the pick is January to June.
Maximum 10 pax per group
Trekking difficulty level: 2-3, moderate
Responsible Tourism: This trip not only shows you the ecological wonders of Laos, but the trek was designed to support the local villagers and teach them important conservation techniques.

 

“This itinerary may alter due to local conditions, the strength of the group and other unexpected circumstances. We will do our very best to adhere to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your guide will have the final say.”

Tour Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour Operates: Year Round / OnDemand
Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply) – Orchid expert on Day 2 and 3 (French & English speaking – for other languages supplements apply)
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services do not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

 

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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Laos tour to your individual specifications.


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