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Chinese New Year ! Amazing Luang Prabang,Laos
   
Tour Code: STS-LA-003 Price per person from: From RMB 6,780
Departure Date: Daily Click for Price Details
   
 
Summary:

Take a moment for yourself, relax and be Laos.
Perhaps no other people live more in harmony with nature than those gentle souls who make Laos their home. The people here work their magic quietly, and this magic begins in quiet mornings with the offerings of hundreds of orange-robed monks and baci ceremonies te celebrate events taken for granted in more ‘efficient’ nations. The Land of a Million Elephants is one of the regions most enchanting places.

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Tour Dates Destinations Today's Activities Meals Include

Amazing Luang Prabang,Laos
8 days/ 7 nights

Depature Date: Daily


Flight schedule- ( fly with Vietnam Airlines)
Date  Flight No.   Dep. City/ Time   Arrival City / Time      Duration
Day01  VN 901   Beijing / 1545     Hanoi / 1820     3 hr 35 mins
Day02
  VN 867   Hanoi / 1825      Luang Prabang / 1925  1 hr
Day07
  VN 868   Luang Prabang / 1520  Hanoi / 1610     50 mins
Day08
  VN 900   Hanoi / 1005      Beijing / 1430     3 hr 35 mins

Travel Itineray-
Day 01: Beijing- Hanoi
Depart Beijing for Hanoi, upon arrival, you will be met at the airport, then transfer to hotel by private car.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 02: Hanoi- Luang Prabang(B)
Free and relax, till transfer to the airport by private car, take the plane depart for Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport, and transfer to hotel by private car.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 03-06: Luang Prabang( B)
Explore Luang Prabang yourself. Sunflower recommends you to visit Pak Ou Caves, which count thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages.

On the way to the caves and on the way back, do not miss that Laos has several waterways that has been used in the past and continue to be a way for transportation actually in some area. To use a local boat to cruise a river is probably one of the most rewarding mean to discover the life along the rivers, to observe the daily activities of fishermen and how they live with the river, how they throw their nets in a elegant arm gesture.

You could also visit Kuangsi Waterfalls, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls run through a multilevel limestone formations in the jungle into a series of turquoise blue pools where you may bathing at the foot of the falls if the weather is nice (please wear a sarong, no naked bodies).
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 07: Luang Prabang- Hanoi (B)
Free at leisure, till transfer to the airport for the flight depart for Hanoi, upon arrival, you will be met at the airport, and transfer to the hotel by private car. Check in the hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi

Day 08: Hanoi- Beijing
Free and relax, till transfer to the hotel by private car,take the plane depart for Beijing

Hotel List-

               
  Category Adult Share Twin Adult Extra Bed Child Share Existing Bed with Adult Child Extra Bed  
  First Class A 6,780 5,520 4,200 4,690  
  B 6,890 5,180 4,200 4,360  
  C 6,880 5,690 4,200 4,860  
  D 7,200 5,860 4,200 5,030  
  Superior A 7,380 5,750 4,300 4,900  
  B 7,060 6,070 4,300 5,240  
  C 7,200 N/A 4,300 N/A  
  D 7,680 6,400 4,300 5,580  
  Deluxe A 9,520 N/A 4,500 N/A  
  B 9,970 7,180 4,500 6,450  
  C 11,650 6,500 4,500 5,680  
  Luxury A 12,980 7,790 4,500 6,960  
               

               
  Category Hanoi Luang Prabang  
  Hotel Name Room Type Hotel Name Room Type  
  First Class A Zen Hotel Standard Room Villa Saykham Standard Room  
  B Zen Hotel Standard Room Lao Wooden House Standard Room  
  C Zen Hotel Standard Room Ancient Luang Prabang Deluxe Room  
  D Zen Hotel Standard Room The Chang Inn  Superior Room  
  Superior A Medallion Hanoi Deluxe Room Apsara Standard Room  
  B Medallion Hanoi Deluxe Room Bel Air Hotel Garden View Room  
  C Medallion Hanoi Deluxe Room The View Pavillion Hotel Garden View Room  
  D Medallion Hanoi Deluxe Room Villa Santi Resort Deluxe Room  
  Deluxe A Medallion Hanoi Junior Suite  Maison Souvannaphoum  Garden Room  
  B Medallion Hanoi Junior Suite Villa Maly  Superior Room  
  C Medallion Hanoi Junior Suite ALILA Luangprabang Garden Suite  
  Luxury A Intercontinental Ha Noi Deluxe Hanoi View Room La Résidence Phou Vao Garden View Room  
               

  Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Included features-
· Round trip economy class air ticket
· 7 nights hotel accommodation in Hanoi and Luang Prabang based twin sharing/room type mentioned above
· Meals as indicated in the itinerary, B= Breakfast
· Return airport transfer in Hanoi and Luang Prabang by private vehicle

· All hotel government tax & service charges

 

Exclusions-
· Air tax—Approx. RMB1,060 per adult, RMB970 per child
· Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (e.g.Telephone, laundry)
· Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
· Personal expenses
· Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
· Two-Entry Tourist Visa to Vietnam*
· Meals other than those mentioned above
· Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

3 Nagas Auberge Resort
Official Website: none.....
         
3 Nagas Auberge Resort Les 3 Nagas offers 12 superior rooms and 3 exquisite suites where you will find comfort, space and beauty.The welcoming ambiance of our Boutique Hotel inspired by Lao traditions, will give you the unique opportunity to submerge yourself in the Kingdom of the Million Elephants.
Maison Souvanmaphoum Hotel
Official Website: http://www.angsana.com/EN/Properties/Maison-Souvannaphoum
         
Maison Souvanmaphoum Hotel Take a time out to relive the old world charm of Luang Prabang, Laos, at Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel which houses our celebrated Angsana Spa as well as intimate rooms and luxurious suites. Return to the historic residence of Prince Souvannaphouma and a completely different way of life after a long, fulfilling day of exploring the ancient temples and enchanting scenery of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then dine like royalty with a mouth-watering variety of French, Laotian and Indochinese dishes, served up in a casually chic poolside setting.
Grand Luang Prabang Resort
Official Website: http://www.grandluangprabang.com/
       
Grand Luang Prabang Resort Situated on the grounds of the Xiengkeo Palace, this charming hotel once belonged to Luang Prabang's national hero. Famous for its' stunning views of the mighty Mekong River and the breathtaking landscape of mountains surrounding Luang Prabang, travelers from around the globe flock to the resort. The hotel comprises of 76 luxurious rooms and 2 suites that are all decorated with a unique style. Catch some rays by the forest-set swimming pool or catch up on some reading as you dine on delicious Lao cuisine. Our secure online booking form makes reserving your room at Grand Hotel Luang Prabang simple - just fill in your desired dates and click.
Melia Hanoi
Official Website: http://www.meliahanoi.com/
       
Melia Hanoi The luxurious Melia Hanoi is located in the diplomatic and financial district and is in close proximity to the shopping and entertainment attractions. From its 22 stories, guests can enjoy the view of the city which boasts many parks, rivers and lakes. The hotel boasts of over 306 well furnished rooms, many of which have been host to world celebrities and members of royal families. The Melia Hanoi has also been recognized by several publications and government bodies for its excellence in service over the years. The Melia Hanoi offers excellent services with a touch of Vietnamese hospitality to make your stay satisfing and memorable.

Luang Prabang

Get Around

By plane

The airport is just north of town and has scheduled flights from/to Vientiane, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi and Siem Reap.

Bangkok Airways offer flights from Bangkok and Siem Reap.

Visa-on-Arrival is available at the airport - price is variable based upon your nationality. You need a passport picture to obtain a visa. If you don't have one, they'll scan your picture from your passport and charge you an additional $1.

ASEAN nationals do not need a Visa to enter Laos for stays not exceeding 30 days.

Taxis into town cost about $6, whether you are by yourself or with 3 other people. There is a taxi counter just outside the arrival hall.

By road

Highway 13 connects Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng and Vientiane in the south and via Highway 1 to the north. Highway 13 is sealed and in good shape all the way to Vientiane. Though there have been incidents of violence along this stretch of road in the past, presently it is safe.

There are three bus stations, each a little bit out of town, which serve different directions. Tickets can be bought at every travel agent in town, at the bus station, or when boarding the bus (if there's space). Booking bus tickets through travel agents usually incurs hefty surcharges compared to doing it yourself. Just plan to arrive at the bus station between 30-45 minutes before your departure, and you should have plenty of time to make your purchases before you bus leaves. Tuk-tuk drivers know which bus station to go to for which destination. Ask around for bus schedules.

Vang Vieng- The air-conditioned so-called VIP bus costs 90,000 kip. Mini-buses leave from Vang Vieng at 9 AM and cost 100,000 kip. The trip takes 6-7 hours (on a VERY windy road). The mini-bus station is just north of town.

Vientiane- Air-con VIP bus costs 115,000, more if booked through an agent. It should be noted that tickets purchased in Vientiane to Luang Prabang are more expensive than those purchased in Luang Prabang. Travelers have reported that the VIP bus can been a bit of bumpy ride, but is generally more reliable than the public bus. Those prone to motion sickness should know that this trip travels a winding, mountainous road.

Muang Xay- Takes about 5 hours. Costs 40,000 kip and points onwards, such as Luang Namtha, is done by public minibus only. Big backpacks are carried on the roof. Reservations are usually not necessary, just take care to go early in order to secure a good seat.

Luang Namtha- Takes 8-9 hours. Parts of the road leading from Oudomxay (inermediate stop between Luang Prabang and Luang Namtha) are still under construction and are quite bumpy (as of Nov 09). Direct local bus via Muang Xay at 09.00. Otherwise take bus to Muang Xay and switch there.

Nong Khiaw- 3 hours away by public bus from the Northern Bus Station or 8-10 hrs by boat for about 110,000 kip. From there boats connect to scenic Muang Ngoi Neua.

Huay Xai- Up to 15 hours away. Public buses leave at 09.00 (arrive 12 midnight) or 17.00 (arrive 08.00, normal sleeping bus, not sleeper). Costs 135,000 kip. VIP buses leave on alternating days, tickets purchased at the Northern Bus Station will cost 35,000 kip less than those purchased at an agent in town.

Phonsavan - Bus takes about 8 hours and costs 100,000 Kip leaves Southern Bus Station around 8.00am. Minibus takes around 6 hours and leaves at 9.00am. You should be able to buy your ticket at your guesthouse and arrange to be picked up and taken to the minibus station. You can stay on the minibus until it unloads the local people in the centre of Luang Prabang though tuk-tuk drivers may try to make you get off earlier at the bus station.

By boat

Boats ply the Mekong to and from Huay Xai at the Thai border, stopping in Pakbeng where you can catch overland connections towards the northeast and the border with China. The trip takes 2 days (6h + 8h) by slow boat, or 6 bone-rattling hours by speedboat. There are also operators now offering 2-day "luxury" cruises.

If you have the opportunity, purchase a pillow from a local market before embarking on any boat ride that lasts longer than 2 hours. Expect to spend the night in Pakbeng if you're taking a slow boat (the safest option), or to arrive in Luang Prabang deaf, shaken and either exhausted or exhilarated from six hours in a speedboat. There is also a twice-weekly "one day comfortable boat" between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai, but the cost is significantly higher.

Slow boats leave every day, usually around 8-9AM. The trip to Luang Prabang costs 200,000 kip (July. 2010). If you can, just purchase your tickets at the boat landing because all the tour agencies in town charge a commission, and agents usually don't have reliable information about the quality of the boats. It is not uncommon to have to switch to a new boat in Pakbeng, so you may end up in a boat of higher or lower quality for the second half of the journey.

The slow-boat is generally packed - so much so that there may not enough seats to go round. Arriving early will mean a longer day, but most likely a better seat, towards the front and away from the engine. Earplugs are recommended, regardless of where you end up sitting. Travelers report that those who show up better-dressed may end up with better seats.

The slow boat trip proceeds in a pleasant 20-30km/h and offers nice views to the nature and village life on the banks of the Mekong river. Most of the passengers are foreign tourists. Occasional locals take the boat only for short hops between the river side villages, but prefer to take the bus for the full distance from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. So you won't be able to observe any local boat travelers, as the boat ride offers just the usual sight of tourists drinking Beerlao.

If you choose to travel on the speedboat (a light canoe with a very powerful engine), a crash helmet and life-jacket should be provided - it is not recommended to travel in a speedboat without this essential safety equipment. It is also recommended that you make your bags as waterproof/water-resistant as possible and wear a rainjacket - the boat can generate quite a bit of spray, plus any small showers you might encounter along the way will sting like needles against any exposed skin. On sunny days, sunscreen is invaluable as there is no roof/shade on these speed machines. The journey to Huay Xai can be reduced to as few as 4 hours in the wet season, with a lunch stop at Pakbeng. However, some consider this means of transportation less safe, especially in the dry season. Earplugs are strongly recommended. Travelers who are concerned about creating as little environmental impact as possible may want avoid speedboats, as they are heavier polluters than the slower options. Travel agents in LP will sell the tickets for 320-370,000 Kip, you will need a minivan to take you the 10km north to the fast boat pier.

The third option is to take a "luxury" cruise. The major operators are Luang Say and Nagi of Mekong. As of 2009, both operate two-day cruises to Hauy Xai that stop in Pak Beng for the night. Although the journey takes as long as taking the slow boat, both operators offer vastly superior facilities and equipment than public slow boats, and you should be prepared to pay a premium for it. Customize Now