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Laos Family Holidays

6/Days  Flexible & Private Tour
 Luang PrabangVientiane
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Laos Family Holidays is a pefect way to introduce to your kids a friendly Laos country with beautiful nature and interesting traditions. As a short 6-day trip focusing on Luang Prabang and Vientiane, this journey uncovers the wonders of Laos at its best in a fun way that keeps your children always excited about what’s next excursion. Whether playing with adorable elephants in Luang Prabang or exploring the national iconic landmark like Pha That Luang, your family will enjoy the best time together with wonderful memories that lasts a lifetime. Let come and join with us!

Highlights

  Visit best attractions in Luang Prabang such as Wat Xiengthong, Royal Palace Museum, Mount Phousi

  Join a Baci ceremony at a local family and learn more about Laos’ culture

  Admire beauty of Kuang Si and Tad Sea Waterfalls

  Support Laotian children by a book party in Big Brother Mouse

  Have fun at Elephant Village and explore how to take care of these gentle giants

  Discover the laid-back atmosphere in Vientiane through city’s highlights: Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang, Buddha Park

Tour Summary

By Day Transfer Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Luang Prabang Arrive in Luang Prabang. Free at your leisure.
Day 2 Luang Prabang Pay a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, former Royal Palace, Mount Phousi &... B
Day 3 Luang Prabang Explore the apectacular Kuang Si waterfalls & bears rescue center.... B, L
Day 4 Luang Prabang Have great experiences with elephant in Elephant Village Luang... B, L
Day 5 Luang Prabang, Vientiane Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Visit highlighted attractions of... B
Day 6 Vientiane Visit Buddha Park. Take your departure flight. B
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    Arrive in Luang Prabang. Free at your leisure.

Today, you will safe land in Laos international airport. Be warmly welcomed by our professional tour guide and escorted to your selected hotel in Luang Prabang. Spend the afternoon for wandering the riverside or exploring the many temples dotted amongst the town. With very little traffic it’s easy to get around with kids. In the late afternoon take a one-hour guided walking tour of Luang Prabang’s bustling night market, try sample local food and shop for handicrafts.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang. 

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    Pay a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, former Royal Palace, Mount Phousi & take part in a Baci ceremony.

Enjoy the local food at hotel’s breakfast, your family will be introduced to the Buddhist culture by visiting Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai temples; and observe monks in saffron robes going about their daily chores. Continue the interesting day with seeing the former Royal Palace which is now the National Museum, and its halls containing rare religious and cultural artifacts. A panoramic view of the whole city from the top of Mountain Phousi is a highlight of day as well. Take part in a Baci ceremony where you will have white cotton strings ties around your wrist for good luck.

Lunch & dinner on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Join in Baci ceremony at a local family

Baci or more commonly called ‘su kwan’ (meaning “calling of the soul”) is an important ceremony of Lao people practiced for hundreds of years. The ritual is held to celebrate important events and occasions, like Lao New Year, weddings, births, homecomings, entering the monkhood, or in case of tourists, to honor visitors and guests. On the ceremony, you will gather around a handmade marigold pyramid, called Pha Khuan, while an elder chants blessings and ties pieces of white threads around your wrists, which are believed to bless and preserve good luck for participants. At the end of the ceremony, all guests will enjoy a feast of food, drink, and some Lao circle dances. Joining in Baci ceremony at a local family is the best chance for visitors to delve deeper into Laotian culture and their spiritual life. If you travel to Luang Prabang, don’t miss this unique experience.

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Mount Phousi

Located in the heart of the old town peninsular Luang Prabang, Mount Phousi, also known as the ‘sacred hill’ in Lao, stands at 100 meters above the sea level that makes it the highest point in the town as well as a must-see for any visitors in Laos. Surrounded by the Mekong River and Nam Khan River, the hill is a holy religious site of local people and a popular sunset & sunrise vantage point for international tourists. There are two staircases to reach the top of Mount Phousi, each with more than 300 steps, several viewpoints and Buddhist shrines. The advice here is you should take one up and the other one down to visit all scenic and cultural sites. At the top of the hill, you will see Wat Chom Si, a golden Buddhist stupa dating back to 1804, where is also the best place to enjoy the breathtaking 360° panorama of Luang Prabang town and forested mountains. Mount Phousi is quite busy in the late afternoon when visitors come to admire the sunset, so you can visit the hill before dawn for a more peaceful experience.

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Royal Palace in Luang Prabang

Located on the banks of the Mekong River and facing the sacred Mount Phousi, the Royal Palace was built in 1904 to serve as the residence of King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era. After the revolution in 1975, the palace turned into a national museum and opened to the public in 1995. On the palace grounds, there are some buildings such as an exhibition hall, Haw Pra Bang that houses the standing Buddha statue called Prabang - the palladium of Laos, Royal Barge Shelter, Staff Headquarters and the Royal Ballet Theater. Besides enjoying the royal religious objects, the last king’s collection of cars, ancient statues, and paintings dating for centuries, you can also marvel at the stunning architecture of the palace that is a blend of traditional Lao style and French Beaux-Arts. The Royal Palace Museum is really well worth a visit to learn about Lao history and culture as well as the royal lifestyle.

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Pay a visit to Wat Xieng Thong - the highest symbol of Buddhism in Laos

Wat Xieng Thong, literally translated the ‘monastery of the golden city’, is one of the oldest and most important temples of Luang Prabang as well as one of the highest symbols of Buddhism in Laos. This Buddhist temple was built in 1559-1560 by King Setthathirath in the northern tip of the peninsula where the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River join. After a number of restorations, Wat Xieng Thong now consists of more than twenty structures on the grounds including a sim, a royal funerary carriage house, pavilions, shrines, residences, and gardens. As the temple still keeps its original form, a visit around will show tourists the characteristics of 16th-century Lao art and craft with the 2-tiered roof, colorful mosaics and carvings depicting Lao legends and the tree of life on the rear temple walls. Wat Xieng Thong is also an important venue where significant annual festivities in Luang Prabang are held.

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    Explore the apectacular Kuang Si waterfalls & bears rescue center. Visit Big Brother Mouse, a non-profit charity organization which provides Laotian children with free libraries and access to reading materials.

Pick up at your hotel for a short transfer through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls (32 km to the southwest of the city). Along the way by the Mekong River with various viewpoints, you will witness gorgeous landscapes of many rice fields, hills, and villages. An opportunity for you to learn about the traditions and culture of an ethnic minority at a village where the local people have remained their culture unchanged for centuries. Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfalls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings. The water tumbles down and cascades gently into several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. The adventurous may walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views are awaiting them. Kuang Si Waterfalls also is a place where a rescue center for protecting sunbears, the endangered species, is located.

Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch next to the falls before returning to Luang Prabang. Afterward, take a book party at Big Brother Mouse – a non-profit charity organization which provides Laotian children with free libraries and access to reading materials at any of its centers in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Most children in Laos have never seen a book other than a textbook. Tourists are welcomed to Big Brother Mouse’s centers and to make their donations of reading materials to remote villages. 

Back to your hotel and free to relax. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Big Brother Mouse Center in Luang Prabang

Based in Luang Prabang town, Big Brother Mouse (BBM) is a book publishing and literacy program that produces children's books in English and Lao to give them more chances on reading and learning. BBM makes these books accessible by encouraging travelers to purchase books and distributing them to rural Lao villages during their hikes/treks as gifts to local children. Tourists can also visit a BBM’s center where you help Laotian children and young adults practice speaking or reading English. The conversations happen naturally between motivated students and tourists about things around their life and culture. This is an amazing and inspirational way to meet local people while learning about their country from listening to their personal and cultural insights.

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Visit the bear rescued center in Luang Prabang

Located 30km southwest of Luang Prabang, Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre is only a short walk past the entrance gate to Tat Kuang Si Waterfall. Run by Free the Bears with the help from the Laos Department of Forestry since 2003, this excellent center is home to many wild Moon bears rescued from poachers and illegal wildlife trade where they have an open enclosure to live and play freely with lots of trees and swings. Due to the growing population of rescued bears, there are other bear houses built in the hills near Nahm Dong. When visiting the center, you can observe these lovely animals playing and enjoying their food from a viewing platform and along the wooden paths. The visit will be the best chance for visitors to learn about these adorable bears and other wildlife we need to protect. If you want to support the center, you can buy a T-shirt or make a donation.

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Spectacular and stunning Kuang Si WaterFalls

No words can describe the stunning of Kuang Si Waterfalls and the emerald water: you must witness in person, the experience will surely exceeds your expectations!Located outside the city of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking and definitely worth the visit.  You can climb up to the falls and take a dip, or walk through the beautiful area and got in the water a bit more downstream, swim or simply put my feet in for a relaxation.Truly, a joyous feast for eyes and ears, for mind and soul !

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    Have great experiences with elephant in Elephant Village Luang Prabang. take a boat to Tad Sae waterfall for a swim.

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Pick up by our English speaking guide from your hotel lobby within Luang Prabang, Laos.
Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants
Elephant Feeding: Get up close and personal with elephants
Explore Elephant Village: Visit our elephant hospital, museum, gallery and dung paper making facility!
Elephant Bathing: another level of excitement to your tour and get ready to get wet!
One on One Experience: Enjoy the impressive experience of being a Mahout! 1 person per elephant
Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Ride in a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax or swim in the clear water.  Swimsuit recommended!  (note: water levels will vary with seasonal conditions)
Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Your buffet lunch is served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options are available)
1:00pm:  Depart the camp. Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang. Free in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

Elephant village in Luang Prabang

Established in 2001, Elephant Village is a wonderful place where tourists get to know more about the elephants of Laos who are rescued from the abusive environment or the logging industry and cared by professional veterinarians. In a safe, secure home, on the bank of the Nam Khan river and next to Ban Xieng Lom, these special animals live happily with their herd as well as roam freely in the lush and green jungle every day. When visiting the Elephant Village, tourists can enjoy a lot of daily activities with the lovely elephants such as bathing and feeding your elephants, exploring the elephant hospital to learn how they cared each day or trekking on foot along them through diverse jungle landscapes. The village also offers tourists a lodge area to stay and a restaurant for lunch and dinner. This Elephant Village is one of the best educational and interesting places in Luang Prabang for families with kids.

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    Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Visit highlighted attractions of the city.

After breakfast, say good bye to Luang Prabang for the next flight to Vientiane – the sleepy Lao capital.

Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted by your tour guide and escorted for a whirlwind city tour, starting at Wat Sisaket Vientiane’s oldest-surviving monastery and its thousands of Buddha statues, followed by Hor Pha Ke, a museum with a turbulent history. You’ll also see Pha That Luang - a national symbol of Laos.

Stay overnight in Vientiane.

Stop at highlighted attractions in Vientiane: Wat Sisaket, That Luang monument, Victory Monument

Contrary to popular belief of a modern and busy city, Vientiane is, in fact, the laidback capital of Laos with unique and hidden charms. To unveil the true lure of Vientiane, let’s join our city tour that takes you to some of the best sights in town. Start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in the city built in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, you will see a huge exhibition of over 2,000 Buddha images well displayed on a cloister wall. Next, it’s on to That Luang monument, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa which is generally regarded as the national symbol of Laos. This is also the scene of the Boun That Luang, Laos’ most important Buddhist festival. Finally, make your way to Patuxai, the Victory Monument dedicated to those who gave their lives for independence from France. Built to resemble Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, Patuxai offers a stunning view of the town and the Mekong River. Touring around different highlights of Vientiane to gain a better understanding of this charming capital will surely an unforgettable experience that makes your day in Laos.

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    Visit Buddha Park. Take your departure flight.

This is a great day of fun for the kids discovering the weird, wonderful and quirky statues of Buddha Park just 25kms outside of Vientiane. The park is the folly of Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk, shaman and mystic of Hinduism and Buddhism. Keep your eye out for the skeleton thin Buddhas, a giant pumpkin with a demon head, a gigantic 40m long reclining Buddha, or Shiva waving his menacing eight arms of swords!

The trip will be finish at Vientiane international airport. You will take the flight back home or to the next destination to continue your family holiday. Have a safe flight and see you again with us! 

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Enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures at Buddha Park in Vientiane

Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan or Spirit City, is an open-air sculpture garden housing a large number of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. The park was built in 1958 by Bounleua Sulilat, a priest-shaman and sculpture artist on the bank of the Mekong River, around 25km southeast of Vientiane. There are more than 200 sculptures made from reinforced concrete displayed in the park that vary in sizes and shapes. Some are statues of Buddha and Hindu gods, the others are sculptures of demons, deities, and mythological creatures. The most striking spot is a giant pumpkin with three floors representing Hell, Earth, and Heaven. You can enter inside the pumpkin through a demon head’s mouth serving as the entrance, climb staircases and you will reach a vantage point that offers the entire park view. Another notable attraction is an enormous 40-meter-long reclining Buddha.

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Inclusions

Meals
5 Breakfasts 2 Lunches
Accommodation
Hotel (5 nights),
Transport
Car
Flights
1. Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Included Services
  •   Accomodation as itinerary with twin/double sharing rooms
  •   Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
  •   Domestic flight
  •   Airport & government taxes
  •   Local English-speaking guides
  •   Water on coach
  •   Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions

Exclusions

  •   International flights to/from Laos
  •   Travel insurance
  •   Visa stamp fees
  •   Early check-in & late check-out surcharge
  •   Personal expenses
  •   Meals not mentioned
  •   Drinks not mentioned
  •   Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers