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Vientiane Spiritual Immersion Tour

Vientiane Spiritual Immersion Tour

4 Days / 3 Nights

from / to Vientiane

Tour Highlights
• 4 days and 3 nights of spiritual discovery in Vientiane
• Experience alms-giving
• Visit Vientiane’s ancient and colonial landmarks
• Savor local cuisines
• Learn about Buddhist spirituality in a jungle temple
Immerse yourself in the spiritual world of Laos on this four day trip to capital city Vientiane. Spend a day with monks at an isolated forest temple, participate in traditional ceremonies, and discover the charms of this quaint city.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vientiane arrival

Arrive in Vientiane, where your guide and private car will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Vientiane is a humble and relaxed capital, nothing like the hustle and bustle of other Asian capitals. With its wide streets and quaint old buildings it feels more like a rural village than a city. The rest of today is yours to explore Vientiane and start to savor its laid back atmosphere.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane – Alms Giving and City Tour (B,L)

Begin your day by participating in the unique practice of giving alms to Lao buddhist monks. You’ll be up early, between 05:00 and 05:30 and be a part of this sunrise activity that is essential to the monk’s life. Then return to your hotel for breakfast. While the Alms Giving Ceremony is very famous in Luang Prabang it also attracts thousands of tourists. In Vientiane you are guaranteed an intimate and very personal experience. There will only be a handful of foreigners on the streets experience it.

You’ll then enjoy a full day private city tour, seeking out the hidden charms of this majestic city. Start in the serene Wat Sisaket, admiring the teak hallways and the thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue to other temples, spiritual spaces that are filled with barefooted monks, or those that have been converted to a religious museum, like Wat Phra Keo. Colonial relics cover the city, the grandest being the Presidential Palace. As you walk through the city you’ll also see many local sights, unique glimpses of an authentic side to the city.

Enjoy a delicious Lao-style lunch in a charity run restaurant that aims to train the area’s street children. It’s a touching experience, and the food is top notch. And as your tour continues you’re immersed in the gentle atmosphere of the city, not to mention a continual list of highlights; climb the Patuxay monument, visit Laos’ holiest site – the That Luang Temple – and stroll along the river while sampling the local delicacies at the food stalls.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 3: Vientiane –Discussion and meditation training with the monks (B,L)

Today you’ll travel out of Vientiane to Wat Sok Pa Luang, a forest temple that is famous for its work in Engaged Buddhism.

You don’t need any prior experience as a resident monk will be your teacher for the day. Ask questions, take in the lessons from the monks, and receive a personal lesson in meditation training. Tranquil surroundings and a serene atmosphere provide the perfect environment for you to garner a further understanding of Buddhism and meditation.Following the meditation center you have use of a traditional sauna, and there is lots of opportunity to chat with the Lao nuns and monks who live in this temple. This experience is not just a religious one, it’s about how Buddhism is a central part of Lao society and how simple practices can enhance wellbeing.

Your guide will have brought offerings from Vientiane which you can give to the monks. Enjoy a picnic lunch (included) and spend the afternoon at the temple, savoring the atmosphere and learning more from the resident monks. It’s also an idyllic place to practice your meditation techniques. Return to Vientiane in the late afternoon. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 4: Vientiane departure (B)

This morning is free at leisure until you depart for your next destination. A private transfer to the airport is included.After this trip you should leave the capital with a clean spirit and knowledge that money from your tour has gone to supporting monastic education and development in Laos.

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 30.04.2016

Price per person in USD ( private tour ) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room ( single traveller ) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 373 618 60
Hotel Category Superior 583 828 172
Hotel Category First Class 448 692 124
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dats [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes.

Our Selections of Hotels for You

VIENTIANE
Hotel Category Standard:
Avalon Hotel ** – ***
Hotel Category Superior:
Beau Rivage ***
Hotel Category First Class:
Green Park ****

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