Hubby and I have a total of 10 nights (25 Dec to 4 Jan). We're not into pagodas and temples as we've been living in Asia for the past 20 years. What we do enjoy are history, exploration and photography. We prefer free-and-independent-travel and are well-traveled.
Appreciate your thoughts ....
1) ETA VTE 0940 hours 25 Dec. Spend 2 nights.
2) VTE/XKH (for the Plain of Jars) 27 Dec. 2 or 3 nights? We were thinking of doing a private transfer to Luang Prabang ... does it actually cost USD160/way? I know local buses run this route for USD13/pax ... it's just I think a private transfer offers us flexibility to stop as and when. I also know we can fly back to VTE on Wednesdays but this means we'll only have 2 nights ... is this sufficient to see the town + jars?
3) LP, arriving either 29 Dec or 30 Dec. 4 or 5 nights?
4) LPQ/VTE either 2 or 3 Jan. Is it worth tagging on an extra day in VTE as upon arrival on the 25th, we'll only have 1 full day.
5) VTE/KUL 4 Jan.