3 Days Jazz in the City

3 Days Jazz in the City

Chilled grooves and well-tuned moods take centre stage in Vientiane

WHY THIS TOUR?

It’s like a match made in musical heaven. The genteel aura flowing through Laos’ French-influenced capital takes on new levels of pure enjoyment with the arrival of the Vientiane Jazz Festival. From 8 until 9 May 2020, the city has invited numerous local and regional jazz performers for a 2-day festival of riffs, notes and head-nodding moments.

Asian Trails Laos is extremely proud to be one of the partners of this new edition of one of the country’s leading music festivals since its inception in 2014. For two nights, guests will be musically guided through the world of jazz at a dedicated part of the city. Any serious music aficionado will earmark this extraordinary event in their calendar and will put Vientiane in a whole new light.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 3 Days Jazz in the City

Day 1

Arrival Vientiane – Vientiane                                                                                                       [-]

Guests are warmly welcomed by our airport representative before being transferred to the booked accommodation in the heart of the Laotian capital. Laos’ national capital Vientiane offers a blend of French-colonial architecture and Asian spirituality, most notably the golden 16th-century Pha That Luang – the nation’s symbol of independence and sovereignty. Visitors can stroll along smart tree-lined boulevards and enjoy drinks at Fa Ngum, a pleasant road adjoining the Mekong River. No lunch is included on this day.

The rest if the day is at leisure and a perfect time to watch life slowly passing by while the capital is warming up for an evening of tunes, good vibes and relaxation with the arrival of Vientiane’s Jazz Festival. An event that thoroughly will engulf anyone with a weak spot for music and solidified by a carefully selected group of jazz professionals.

At the beginning of the evening (6:30 pm), an Asian Trails Laos’ driver will bring you to the festival where you and your travel companion(s) immerse in the various styles of jazz being performed live under the Laotian night sky. Food and drink stalls aplenty assure that none of the visitors will go hungry or thirsty (on own arrangement). The festival grounds will be filled with tunes from 7 pm onward until midnight, and your entrance pass includes access to all performances.

Transfer back from the Vientiane Jazz Festival to your accommodation is on own arrangements. We recommend hopping onto a tuk tuk for a cool, open-aired experience after reminiscing with your fellow music enthusiasts about a jazzy evening in Laos.

No dinner included.

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Vientiane

Day 2 | 3 Days Jazz in the City

Day 2

Vientiane                                                                                                                                         [B]

Breakfast is included at your booked hotel in Vientiane

After breakfast, you’re welcomed by our guide for a half day exploration of Vientiane. We start the morning with a visit to the Patuxai. This iconic landmark is likened to Arc de Triomphe since it has a similar concrete structure with an arched gate, although typical Laos’ decoration features at the top of this monument. Patuxai translates to ‘Victory Gate’ and was built to commemorate those who lost their lives during several wars. It is situated on Lane Xang Avenue, which leads to the Presidential Palace in the centre of the capital. Continue to admire the Pha That Luang, an unmissable part of the capital. Pha That Luang is one of Laos’ most treasured Buddhist monuments as reflected by its entirely golden colour that glistens under the sun. This large stupa is in a characteristic banana flower shape, reaches 45 metres into the sky and is enclosed by golden cloisters with tiny windows. Local legends cite that That Luang was built to house a breast bone of the Buddha. We return back to your accommodation where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

No lunch is included.

With the sun setting, another evening of jazz awaits. Vientiane’s little-known name in the international music scene will change forever after witnessing bass, drum and saxophone virtuosos play at their heart’s contempt. The festival grounds will sparkle with tunes, ranging from classical to contemporary, from the well-known melodies to own compositions. A one-way transfer to the festival is included, and with your entry pass still valid for the rest of the evening, it again will be a memorable evening. Food and drinks during this evening are on your own expenses, as well the transfer back from the jazz grounds to your overnight address.

No dinner included.

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Vientiane

Day 3 | 3 Days Jazz in the City

Day 3

Vientiane – Vientiane Departure                                                                                                  [B]

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from your Vientiane hotel back to Wattay International Airport, you will be leaving your jazz-filled stay with excellent musical memories. Your transfer to the airport will be without guide assistance.

Pre- and post-packages are available for visitors who are eager to extend their stay in Vientiane and/or explore the temple wonders and natural surroundings of Luang Prabang. Contact us for more details and to tailor your wishes to your specific needs and budget.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • All transfers with air-conditioned vehicle with driver only
  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • 2 days entrance pass to the Vientiane Jazz Festival
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at selected resort in Vientiane
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Other transfers as indicated in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control

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