Laos

Laos is a small landlocked country with steep mountains and dense jungle. A place unlike the rest, Laos is a magical country to visit that feels like a time of long ago; no shopping malls, amusement parks or bright lights, just life as it always was. Intricate temples, limestone mountains and sleepy villages where monks chant in unison at local pagodas, women fill vases in spirit shrines and children splash and play in the shallows of the Mekong River. Tranquil, calm and beautiful Laos is a place you won’t want to leave.

Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrice per person
CruiseLuang Say Cruise2
Independent TourLuang Prabang – The Heritage Town4
Independent TourClassic Laos5
Independent TourLaos Overland12

Luang Say Cruise

Enjoy your Overnight downstream Mekong cruise through this rich, colourful and historic region, largely untouched by the modern world. The Mekong river is the artery of life in Laos: a trading route, a source of food and water and a social centre for it’s settlements. Known locally as The Mother of Waters, discover why the river has been venerated and worshipped for thousands of years. You will see villages along the river from several ethnic groups, ancient Buddhist temples and all the activities that contribute to the economy of the people in Laos such as farming, fishing, weaving, gold mining, whiskey distilling and teak logging.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Huay Xai – Pakbeng

Luang Say boat leaves slow boat pier at 9a.m. for cruising down the Mekong River to Luang Say Lodge in Pakbeng. One stop is made en route to Pakbeng to observe a rural life along the Mekong River at Ban Houy Phalam; a Kamu village. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for an overnight stay and a dinner is served at terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Hotel: Luang Say Lodge

Day 2 Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

A continental breakfast is served at terrace from 7a.m. The boat leaves Luang Say Lodge at 8a.m. for the second day trip and the first stop is at Ban Baw to observe the processing of the traditional rice alcohol. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat stops again opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou caves where there are two caves ‘Tham Ting’ and ‘Tham Phoum’ and thousands of Buddha images are found. The boat arrives in Luang Prabang (a UNESCO world heritage city) before sunset. Transfer to hotel.

Inclusions 
Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, Coffee, tea & drinking water on board and during meals
Transport: Transfer from Laos’s immigration to the pier in Houay Xay & Custom built luxury river boat
Accommodation:1 night
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide & Services of qualified crew during the cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Luang Prabang – The Heritage Town

A great introduction to Laos with a four day tour around the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, see it in all it’s former glory and experience the culture and people of Laos.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

On arrival at the Luang Prabang International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting; your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Today we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, firstly stopping at Xiengmene, where we visit Wat Long Khun, and the limestone cave Tham Sakkarin, and a tour around Ban Xiengmene village. Following a picnic lunch, we then continue by boat up the Mekong which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well time to explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Day 4: Depart Luang Prabang

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Luang Prabang International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:3 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Classic Laos

Take a glance at the pristine natural environment, intact cultures, ancient tradition, simple and friendly village life and the historic cities that Laos has on offer. A short tour taking in the major sights.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Vientiane

On arrival at the Vientiane International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Salana Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang

After breakfast, explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights; start your tour with a visit to the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel: Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel, 3 nights

Day 3: Luang Prabang

The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. We then head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then visit the morning Phousi Mbudarket, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Day 5: Depart Luang Prabang

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Luang Prabang International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat
Flights:Flight Ticket: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Accommodation:4 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

Laos Overland

Landlocked Laos is one of the Asia’s most enchanting destinations. Stunning natural beauty, mist shrouded mountain peaks, jungle-clad valleys teeming with wildlife, combined with a fascinating Buddhist culture; make Laos a superb destination for travellers of all types. Tourists are now well catered for giving visitors more opportune to explore more and more of the beaten track destinations. You are invited to experience the unique charm and culture of Laos with this complete country tour.

Itinerary  
Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

On arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting; your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.
Hotel: Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel, 3 nights

Day 2: Luang Prabang

The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. We then head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xiengkhuang

Today, we make the day’s drive through the country side and view wonderful natural scenery before arriving Xiengkhuang. The journey will give you plenty of opportunities for photos and we will visit hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, visit Site 1 of the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau.
Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars

This morning we have time to visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, visit the MAG exhibition and Site 2 of the Plain of Jars before taking a short scenic trek to Site 3 via a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village. Following lunch, visit the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and the Tai Dam people.

Day 6: Xiengkhuang – Vang Vieng

Transfer to Vang Vieng by road, arriving there mid afternoon.
Hotel: Riverside Boutique Resort

Day 7: Vang Vieng – Vientiane

As part of our half day tour of Vang Vieng, explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals. Following lunch we head south to Vientiane, where we arrive before sunset.
Hotel: Salana Boutique Hotel, 2 nights

Day 8: Vientiane

After breakfast, explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights; start your tour with a visit to the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques.

Day 9: Vientiane – Pakse – 4000 Islands

You will be transferred to the airport early this morning for your flight to Pakse. On arrival in Pakse, we drive south to Champassak and visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Following lunch, we continue our journey by road and long tail boat to the 4000 Islands area, where you have the rest of the day to relax.
Hotel: Senesothxuen Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: 4000 Islands

After an early morning breakfast, we explore Khone Island. Here we begin by re-tracing the French colonial-past at Ban Khone, where some old colonial houses and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. We continue our exploration of the area of the 4000 islands by boat and visit the beautiful Liphi waterfall, also known as the Samphamith, which forms a natural border between Lao and Cambodia. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the east'.

Day 11: 4000 Islands –Tad Lo – Pakse

This morning we leave Khone Island and you will be met and taken by road west into the Bolevean Plateau. The Bolevean Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. The area is famous for its many waterfalls, and the most beautiful of these falls, Tad Fan. Tad Fan waterfall is spectacular with twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. In the afternoon we arrive at Tad Lo, home to another scenic waterfall and numerous ethnic minority groups. We visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu before returning to Pakse.
Hotel: Champasak Palace Hotel

Day 12: Depart Pakse

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Luang Pakse International Airport.

Inclusions 
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat
Flights:Flight Ticket: Vientiane – Pakse
Accommodation:11 nights
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary