Day 1. Arrival –Vientiane
On arrival at the Vientiane Capital, you will be met and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital, including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2. Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake
After breakfast, we head out of the city. We make our way to Nam Ngum, a huge reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum River, stopping over at Ban Keun, which is famous for its salt extraction plant and a village of local Lao rice wine whisky distillation. On arrival at the lake, we embark on a long tail boat visiting fishermen villages in varied islets. We visit some beautiful islets and take a short walk to explore the lifestyle of the local fishermen. On return [if time permits], perhaps you might experience gambling at a legal Lao casino located in the valley where you can also enjoy an ideal landscape for anyone seeking an overview of the lake when the heat becomes unbearable in the city. We return to Vientiane by late evening. Overnight in Vientiane (B)
Day 3. Vientiane – Departure
After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the handweaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits). The tour ends after your transfer to airport for departure (B)