|Name||Focus on Golf|
|Code||Golfing Laos ENG SUP Nov13 - Sept 14
Golfing Laos ENG DLX Nov13 - Sept 14
|Validity||now – 30.09.2014|
|Duration||09 Days / 08 Nights|
|Tour Type||private Roundtrip|
|Destinations||Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang|
DAY 1: Vientiane Arrival (-)
Arrival in Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos, situated along the Mekong river. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital and due to economic growth in recent times, it has become the economic center of Laos. Transfer with Guide to hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 2: Vientiane City Tour (B)
A guided tour will take you to discover the charms of Vientiane, a quiet but endearing capital city. Our tour begins with Wat Sisaket, which was built in the Siamese style of Buddhist architecture, rather than the Lao style, and thus has a surrounding terrace and an ornate five-tiered roof. Wat Sisaket features a cloister wall with more than 2000 ceramic and silver Buddha images.
Next, we’ll visit Wat Phra Kaew, built between 1565 and 1556. Wat Phra Kaew was the former home of the Emerald Buddha, which now resides in Wat Phra Keaw in Bangkok. The temple has been destroyed several times. The current structure was rebuilt for the third time by the French in the 1920’s.
We will move on to the famous sacred That Luang Stupa, a gold-covered Buddhist stupa initially established in the 3rd century. The That Luang Stupa is the most important national monument in Lao PDR and a national symbol. Then it’s on to the imposing Phatuxay Monument, “Victory Gate” or “Gate of Triumph” which is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France.
Our journey will end with a visit to the Talat Sao (Morning Market), where you can find an abundance of locally made handicrafts.
DAY 3: Golf – Long Vieng Golf Club (B) No Guide
Transfer to Long Vieng Golf Club, this golf club newly open (Nov 12) offer all the international standard with 18 holes and developing 18 more. (Holes: 18 / Yardage: 7538 yards /Par: 72 / http://www.longviengolfresort.com)
Return in to your hotel in the afternoon. Free leisure or optional massage.
DAY 4: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B)
We drive north from the capital city to the small city of Vang Vieng (approx. 160 km), which is tucked in amongst giant lime cliffs and sits along the Nan Song river. This is an area of immense natural beauty with the Nan Song river passing through the shadows of the dramatic mountains.
You will start discover the natural surroundings of Vang Vieng. This trip will bring you near Nathong village to the Blue Lagoon where a swing is recommended. After a short walk you will reach the Tham Poukham cave who hosts a Sleeping Golden Buddha. On the way you’ll stop at local villages where our guide will explain to you about culture and local tradition.
Get back to Vang Vieng then enjoy a scenic boat tour along the Nam Song river including a visit at the organic farm finishing with a degustation of mulberry tea or shake. Get back to Vang Vieng by boat.
DAY 5: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
Leaving Vang Vieng, we’ll take the road over the highlands through stunning countryside to Luang Prabang. You will be able to enjoy scenic views and visit one of the many Hmong villages in the region. The Hmong are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Lao PDR. They are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao ethnicity in southern China. Hmong groups began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and to a lack of arable land.
We’ll end our journey in Luang Prabang. This beautiful city was the royal capital and seat of government for the Kingdom of Laos until the revolution of 1975. The main part of the city consists of four main roads crisscrossing a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers.
DAY 6: Luang Prabang city tour (B)
We will visit the vegetable market and the former King’s Palace in the world heritage town of Luang Prabang, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. In the evening, climb up to the top of Phu Si Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa. From this awe-inspiring vista, take in the beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. At the Night Market, you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
DAY 7: Golf – Luang Prabang Golf Club (B) No Guide
Luang Prabang Golf Club is a world class premier golf course located 10 to 15 min from the city center. (already host the Asian PGA). The location offer scenic view of the Mekong river and the valley of Luang Prabang, you will particularly appreciate the hole 17 overlooking the Mekong. (Holes: 18, with finishing holes along the water /
Yardage: 7443 yards / Par: 72 / http://www.luangprabanggolfclub.com )
Afternoon as leisure or optional massage.
DAY 8: Mekong Cruise (B)
After breakfast, we will visit the Wat Xieng Thong. This 15th century wat is the most important in Luang Prabang and one of the most important in the entire country. Until the revolution of 1975, Wat Xieng Thong was a royal temple, supported by the royal family. During the 1960s, Wat Xieng Thong was completely remodeled and redecorated, becoming the splendid temple we see today.
Walk down a few steps from the temple to the Mekong River, where you’ll board a traditional slow boat for the next part of the journey.
This majestic river runs from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Burma, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam. It is the world’s 10th longest river, with an estimated length of 4,909km. The Mekong basin is the second richest area of biodiversity in the world, exceeded only by the Amazon. The name Mekong is derived from Lao and Thai and reflects those peoples’ understanding of the Mekong as their “Mother River.” Protected by the Mother River, Laos remains one of Asia’s most unvisited and unchanged countries.
We will stop to visit the holy Tam Ting Caves (also called the Pak Ou caves), where the Nam Ou River meets the Mekong. This is a site of ancient spiritual significance, both Buddhist and animist. Within the two caves of Tam Ting are stupas, shrines, and carvings of Buddha. Over 4,000 wooden figures of Buddha, many highly ornate, stand within the natural limestone caves, testament to the skill of Lao craftsmen through the centuries
Continuing along the river, we will visit some local villages: Ban Xang Hai where you can see rice whisky (Lou Lao) being distilled and taste the local product and Ban Xang Khong, where Lao craftspeople make saa paper from the bark of mulberry trees.
DAY 9: Departure (B)
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for departure.
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