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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

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Patuxay Monument
Is a war monument in the centre of Vientiane, Laos. The Patuxai is dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. In romanising the name from the Laotian language, it is variously transliterated as Patuxai, Patuxay, Patousai and Patusai. It is also called Patuxai Arch or the Arc de Triomphe of Vientiane as it resembles the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. However, it is typically Laotian in design, decorated with mythological creatures such as the kinnari (half-female, half-bird). 
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Pha That Luang or That Luang Stupa
Is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of Vientiane, Laos and is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol. 

Looking more like a fortress surrounded by high walls, it features two temples with the main stupa, the top of which is covered with gold leaf, standing 148 feet tall. This beautiful architecture is in Lao style, influenced by Buddhist beliefs – these include finely-gilded, red-lacquer doors, pointed lesser stupas, many Buddha images and beautiful flower and animal images.
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Luang Prabang village tour
Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture;  

Drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. 

Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. Climb up Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. 

From there, explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.  
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Full day Mekong, Ou river and Laos Village
Depart from hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. 

The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. 

Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away.  We arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon, visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc, 

 
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Buddha Park Vientiane
Also known as Xieng Khuan, is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. Although it is not a temple (Wat), the park may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan, since it contains numerous religious images. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City where the park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
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Wat Hor Prakeo
One of the most impressive and interesting amongst temples in Vientiane is the Wat Ho Phra Keo. It was originally constructed in 1565 as the Lao royal family’s personal chapel, and as a home for the Emerald Buddha after it was snatched from northern Siam (Thailand). Today, this temple is not used for religious purposes but it now serves as a museum.
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Wat Sisaket
Famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas, this temple consists of more than 6800 Buddhas. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze. But the temple is not only famous for the interior walls of the cloister but it also has beautiful architecture and layout with history dated back to 1818. Among the many interesting features there are its lovely surrounding verandas, an ornate five-tiered roof, a drum tower, a small library building with a Burmese-style roof and the flowered ceiling of the ordination hall.
 
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Talat Sao (Morning market)
A visit to the Morning Market is a genuine experience, with traders coming from all over Laos to sell and source products. Like any other local "souvenir markets", Talat Sao is fairly overflowing with mass-produced silks, cheap T-shirts, trinkets and other souvenir type items. Talat Sao is the market to visit if you are looking for something in particular – although bear in mind that although the place is clean and the floors are tiled, it is not something similar to the catwalks of the western cities, not even similar to the shopping lane of Orchard road in Singapore.
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Outskirt Vientiane
Take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred status of Hindu divinities and Buddha. 

Drive pass villages on the bank of Mekong through beautiful views of vegetable garden, tobacco plantation, etc. It’s nice makes photo stops and see rural life of local people. We also have a nice view of the Mekong Friendship Bridge as the border between Laos and Thailand. 

Return to Vientiane town and continue to visit Ban Nongbuathong the hand weaving Village.   
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Pak Ou Caves
Where rivers Ou and Mekong meet at Ban Pak Ou, two famous caves in the limestone cliff are crammed with myriad buddha images. These caves, long associated with river spirits, have been active places of worship for five hundred years. They were made famous for the thousands of Buddha images and statues covering every surface, many of them donated by locals or by religious pilgrims from other areas.
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14 Days Journey to the Far East
Follow the trails unveiling the charm of South East Asia. With interesting sights and scenery from ruins, temples and rustic ambience of the local markets, take an awe-inspiring trip to Indochina where we bring you an experiential travel of a lifetime.
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