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Welcome to Asia, the most populous, energetic, exotic and contradictory continent on earth. Across one vast landmass you’ll find sci-fi skyscrapers and whitewashed mountain monasteries, honking moped shoals and silent Taoist temples, neon cityscapes and saffron-clad monks bent in prayer. If you’ve come for the familiar, you’re in for a surprise. When you’re munching deep-fried grasshoppers with white pepper in Thailand, exploring the rice paddy fields in Bali and swimming with Burmese sea-gypsies.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.



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From USD $1,490.00 per person

Why fly or bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap and miss the scenery and the friendly folk in between? Give a bike ride a try instead, and discover a unique patch of SouthEast Asia.

From USD $2,100.00 per person

Cycle Angkor to Saigon - A journey in the truest sense of the word from the most significant archaeological site in Cambodia to the most important commercial city in Vietnam.

From USD $2,500.00 per person

Discover Angkor & Luang Prabang by Bike. Ride the hidden trails of Angkor National Park by bike after witnessing the sunrise over Angkor Wat and a private breakfast in the forest.

 



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From $2,999.00 per person

Combine the best of Cambodia & Vietnam. Gain insights into the region's past in Phnom Penh, venture to Siem Reap and witness the sun rising over magnificent Angkor Wat.

From $3,249.00 per person

A journey through Vietnam and Laos will leave you energised and inspired. Encounter welcoming people throughout, including Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang.

From USD $3,350.00 per person

This Cycle Angkor to Hoi An adventure links two of the region's famous locations, the Angkor temples of the Khmer Empire with the historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An.

 



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From $3,895.00 per person

Glimpse past and present on this in-depth encounter with the glittering cityscapes, youthful verve, and centuries-old culture, heritage and traditions of vibrant Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.

From USD $4,000.00 per person

Cycle from Bangkok to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). The essential discovery trip of Thailand, Cambodia and the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

From $4,029.00 per person

Experience the picturesque countryside of laidback Laos & Cambodia hidden south coast on this unforgettable journey. Cruise down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, kayak along the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng and discover the sacred temples of Vientiane.

 



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From $4,299.00 per person

This comprehensive journey takes in the history, culture and natural beauty of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In historic Cambodia, uncover the museums and monuments of the capital, Phnom Penh, before witnessing the incredible temples of Angkor.

From $4,549.00 per person

On this fascinating Vietnam and Cambodia tour you’ll explore several of the world’s greatest treasures, behold spectacular scenery, learn about different cultures, and experience the warmth and hospitality bestowed by the locals.

From $5,095.00 per person

Explore the colonial heritage of Singapore and Malaysia and discover the diverse culture of the region. A melting pot of religion and cultures, from Buddhism to Catholicism, the Dutch to the Chinese and the British, explore the colonial heritage of the region.

 



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From $6,325.00 per person

The temples and tuk tuks of Bangkok give way to the ancient traditions of Chiang Mai on this in-depth trip. A journey from the colourful streets of Bangkok to the sacred spaces of Chiang Mai.

From $6,495.00 per person

Experience Vietnam & Cambodia Uncovered. Journey from the beauty of Halong Bay to a spine-tingling encounter with the abandoned capital of Angkor Thom.

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Discover the Mountains of Laos by Bike

Discover the Mountains of Laos by Bike is the perfect tour for those who can’t find the time for an extended adventure. This tour is a compact, challenging ride through an intriguing part of Laos. We set off from Luang Prabang and ride our way through this amazingly green mountain range with small communities of Hmong and Khmu hill-tribes dotted throughout. Very light traffic adds to the enjoyment and allows us to really enjoy the downhills. This is sure to be a memorable trip across the most scenic mountain range in Southeast Asia, with views for miles, and some really satisfying riding.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Riding: 78km cycling – Your group leader will have made contact the evening before and will provide you the opportunity to try out your bike. In the morning, you meet your fellow riders and hit the road. Cycling out of Luang Prabang, we are faced with what is, without a doubt, the most difficult day of cycling on this tour and also one of the most rewarding with two huge uphill climbs. We pass through lush forest and many small Hmong villages that sit dwarfed by the amazing landscape of limestone mountains that surround them. We stay the night in a small junction village called Phukoun on top of the mountains. Few people stop here overnight so the accommodation is simple but adequate. We do drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.

Riding: 90km cycling – Another challenging day of cycling, beginning with a descent, then back into the climbs. There is a lot of up, a lot of down and not a lot of flat, but this is the northern mountains of Laos, so it is what is to be expected. We are riding today into Xieng Khouang Province, home of the highest peaks in Laos and the Plain of Jars. We stay this evening in the town of Phonsavan. We again drive a section today to reach our destination and keep the ride achievable.

This morning we drive to the mysterious Plain of Jars and explore by foot. These giant stone jars are distributed over an extensive area through an upland valley. The impressive ruins were probably used as burial vessels or as part of burial ritual, and are thought to date back to the Iron Age. After a morning exploring the fascinating Plain, we drive back to Phukoun for another night in this little-visited town. It may seem strange to be spending two nights in this out-of-the-way place, but the previous day of riding and the day exploring the Plain will surely be worth it. And the views from here are truly jaw-dropping.

Riding: 100km cycling – There is that old saying, that what goes up, must… Anyway, today you get to enjoy something of a payoff for the climbing of the last couple of days. The main descent is a continual, very enjoyable 20km and the rest of the day continues on a similar trend, although there are some short sections where you need to have your climbing legs ready. We ride door to door today and expect to arrive into the very beautiful Vang Vieng in the late afternoon. Vang Vieng is famed as a chillout town and refuge of the homesick backpacker. A pizza may even be in order if you need a break from the rice.

Riding: 30km cycling – With only a few short pedal strokes, we find ourselves in some truly beautiful countryside where rice paddies are framed by jutting limestone karsts. We visit a lagoon for a swim and stop off at a cave along the way. We return to town just after lunch and have a shower before boarding the van for the drive into Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we will take you to your hotel or to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
February: 17USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
June: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
July: 06USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
October: 12USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 07USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 28USD $1,610.00USD $1,740.00
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 21USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
June: 07USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
July: 05USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
October: 11USD $1,400.00USD $1,570.00
December: 31USD $1,610.00USD $1,740.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Merida, Giant or Trek (actual make of bike may vary) mountain bikes
Support Vehicle:An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Laos Experience

Discover the picturesque countryside on a 8 Day Laos Experience Tour, where peaceful temples, lush mountain scenery and vibrant markets await. From the Golden Triangle area in Northern Thailand glide down the Mekong to the beguiling World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang, site of ancient Buddhist monasteries, faded colonial architecture and delightful boutiques. In Vientiane, dine in a local house to a traditional musical performance, explore sacred temples and learn about the secrets of famous Lao coffee.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Chiang Rai (Thailand)

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

Drive to the Lao border and board a private boat to cruise along the Mekong River. Take in
life along the river and the picturesque scenery as you enjoy lunch and cruise to the riverside village of Pakbeng, home to the H’mong and Thai Lu people. On arrival in Pakbeng, walk through the local market for a glimpse into everyday life.

Hotel: Phetsokxai or similar

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Once again board your boat and cruise to Luang Prabang. Enjoy lunch and stop along the way at sacred Pak Ou Caves where local people add to a repository of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure.

Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is a charming laidback town surrounded by rugged mountains. Enjoy a walking tour of Luang Prabang. Explore the National Museum which was previously the former royal palace and now houses fine examples of Lao art and furniture. Visit serene Wat Mai temple before continuing onto Wat
Xieng Thong temple. After a free afternoon exploring independently, participate in a game of petanque, and enjoy sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong.

Day 5: Luang Prabang

Rise early to see Buddhist monks collecting alms, following an ancient ritual known as Takbat. Explore a lively morning market and enjoy a local noodle breakfast and French coffee. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools and visit a nearby bear sanctuary. On your return to town, spend the afternoon relaxing or continue to explore Luang Prabang at your own pace. This evening, take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking class set among beautiful rice paddy fields.

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before driving through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng, a
quaint riverside town. Climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for views of town. The cave is one of the deepest in Vang Vieng and has a natural spring which is a popular swimming hole for the local people.

Hotel: Villa Nam Song or similar, 2 nights

Day 7: Van Vieng

After breakfast, kayak along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful natural scenery. Return to town and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Choose to hire a bike and ride through the spectacular countryside or simply relax.

Day 8: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Continue your overland journey to the capital city of Vientiane. Along the way stop at ‘Kilometre 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population and an excellent market. Vientiane is home to a charming mix of Frenchcolonial architecture, glittering temples and lovely restaurants. On arrival, discover the city’s most revered temples, Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument which is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Vientiane

Travel towards the Thai/Lao Friendship Bridge to intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Centre and COPE Centre to learn about the inspiring work done by both organisations to help local people living with disabilities. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony to wish you safe onward travels. Enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast as you listen to a performance of traditional music – the perfect end to your time in Laos.

Day 10: Depart Vientiane

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January 15$1,995.00$2,449.00
February 12$1,995.00$2,449.00
March 12$1,995.00$2,449.00
April 09$1,995.00$2,449.00
May 14$1,919.00$2,285.00
June 11$1,919.00$2,285.00
July 09$1,919.00$2,285.00
August 13$1,919.00$2,285.00
September10$1,919.00$2,285.00
October 08$1,995.00$2,449.00
November 12$1,995.00$2,449.00
December 10$1,995.00$2,449.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January 14$2,199.00$2,695.00
February 11$2,199.00$2,695.00
March 10$2,199.00$2,695.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers, Private Boat & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Luang Prabang / Vientiane
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Pandaw Cruise – The Mekong: From Laos to China

For the first time it is possible for Pandaw Cruise passengers to sail on the mighty Upper Mekong River from Laos to China. This will be an incredible, pioneering 14-night river expedition discovering charming villages, stunning scenery, pristine jungle, the Golden Triangle and the very different emerald green Mekong in China’s Yunnan province. Our journey also includes overnight stops in Luang Prabang, Chiang Saen and Jinghong.

The river recces sail aboard a Pandaw, specifically designed and built for sailing on the Upper Mekong with low draft and extra powerful engines.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Embark by noon for a lunch followed by an afternoon walking tour of this World Heritage Site with its delightful traditional Laos wooden houses and many gilded monasteries. Return to ship for drinks and dinner and a welcoming Lao baci ceremony.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Further visits in Luang Prabang: The Royal Palace was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. After the death of King Sisavang Vong, the crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to occupy the palace.

We will visit the Buddhist temples Wat Xienthong and Wat Mai, the latter being the biggest and most decorated temple.

Afternoon at leisure for individual exploration. In the evening visit Luang Prabang’s lively night market and savour the buzzing café life.

Day 3: Kuang Si Falls

05.30am walk to the town centre to watch the alms giving and ceremony. Visit the morning market before returning to the ship for breakfast.

Our bus will take you to the butterfly park, founded by a Dutch couple in 2014 as a research and preservation centre of Laotian butterflies. After a brief journey we reach our next stop, the stunning Khaung Si Waterfalls with stunning jungle pools and scenery. Don’t forget your swimsuit!

This afternoon we will sail upstream towards Pak Ou.

Day 4: Pak Ou Buddha Caves

Visit to Pak Ou, a Buddhist sanctuary and one of Laos’ most respected holy sites with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves which are a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River.

We continue upstream and visit a village by small boat known locally as the “Whisky Village”. Learn how they produce their alcohol.

Day 5: Sailing The Mekong

An exciting day spent sailing through dramatic scenery with lush jungle and forest punctuated by tiny villages clinging to the river bank.

Pause for a walk ashore at Ban Huay La village with wooden houses and women at work weaving. Later presentation by the guide on Laos language and culture.

Day 6: Pak Beng

The scenery becomes even more dramatic and the river faster and more treacherous. This passage can be very exciting and most passengers sit spellbound on deck. Morning cooking demonstration of favourite Laos dishes by our Pandaw chefs. Afternoon walk around the market town of Pak Beng. Jungle mooring.

Day 7: Sailing The Mekong

A long sailing day covering a considerable distance but punctuated by a morning walk around Ban Pak Sit village, a traditional riverside village full of charm and life, and an afternoon walk around Pak Tha village. Village mooring.

Day 8: Into Thailand

After an afternoon visit to the local pagoda, we proceed to Lao and Thai Immigration, joining the Pandaw ship again in Chiang Kong. Sail further into Thailand in the late afternoon and moor overnight in Chiang Kong.

Day 9: Chiang Saen

This morning we visit a Thai hill-tribe village to appreciate a very contrasting culture from Laos.

After lunch on board we explore Chiang Sean and the Wat Phangao Pagoda. In the evening traditional Thai dancers perform on deck. Overnight in Chiang Saen.

Day 10: Golden Triangle

In the morning transfer by bus to the smuggler city of Tachilek in Burma where we will visit the “extraordinary“ market (essentially one massive duty free area), Chinese temples and the Tachilek Shwedagon Pagoda.

After lunch a visit to the Hall of Opium. The Golden Triangle used to be infamous as one of the largest producers of opium. Various Thai organizations led by the Royal Project and Doi Tung Development Project have spent decades battling this trade. As part of this campaign, the Hall of Opium was built to educate people about the dangers of the drug through an entertaining exhibition which traces opium’s history from its first use 5,000 years ago to current issues of drug abuse and addiction.

To end the day we will reunite at the Buddha Statue at the Golden Triangle to take in the view over the three bordering countries Thailand, Laos and Burma.

Overnight in Chiang Saen.

Day 11: Ban Dom Moon

Leaving behind the bustle of the Golden Triangle we return to a Mekong that is now narrower and faster than anything encountered so far on this journey. Afternoon walk around the Pok Lok village followed by a talk by our guide on the region’s ethnography.

Day 12: Sob Luoy Province

Visit Ban Pak Keo, its villagers and walk up a small hill adorned with a pagoda and enjoy the beautiful view over the Mekong.

Stop at Ban Na Kor (Sob Luoy Port) in the afternoon and sail on to a remote sand bank to moor for the night. Canapés and cocktails are served on the sundeck followed by local Laos folklore stories and traditional floating fire lanterns.

Day 13: Guan Lei

Crossing into China at Guan Lei Port in the morning, we are free to take a walk and explore before passing immigration. Sail the final stretch of the scenic and dramatic Mekong in China to Jinghong where we moor overnight.

Note: In the event that water levels are too low, too high or the flow too fast, we may not reach Jinghong. In this case you will be transferred for the final stretch by speed boat and lodged in the best available four or five star hotel.

Day 14: Jinghong

Jinghong was founded in 1180 by Tai King Phanya Coeng. Its turbulent history has been influenced by Thai, Burmese and Chinese occupations, which can be seen in its buildings and the local language.

In the morning we will visit the fascinating Tropical Plant Institute, a vast garden with over 13,000 plant species and 35 exhibits. We then continue to Manting Park, the oldest park in Xishuangbanna, dating back 1300 years. Previously a Dai Imperial Garden, the park’s attractions include the opportunity to learn about the culture of the Dai people. Manting Park is also called ‘Chunhuan Park’ which means the place where people can have relieve their mind and soul of all earthly worries.

On our final evening in Jinghong, experience an evening cultural show at Maxmumbani, where dancers from 38 different ethnic groups display their traditions with acrobatics and fascinating story of China and its people. Moor overnight in Jinghong Port.

Day 15: Jinghong

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport or hotel

Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Transfers: Transfers from Vientiane or Udon Thani to ship in Vientiane.
Transfers from Jinghong airport/hotel to ship in Jinghong.
Accommodation:14 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Gratuities: Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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Pandaw Cruise – The Laos Mekong

Enjoy a three country expedition as we will traverse Laos to touch Thailand and Burma at the once notorious Golden Triangle with Pandaw Cruises. From Vientiane, the old French capital, and so redolent of L’Indochine Pandaw will be the first river expedition since pre war days to cross all Laos. We stop two nights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang with its dazzling wood carved monasteries and then on deep into the mountains, through rapids and gorges on our high powered little Pandaw. Visit tribal villages and explore into jungle and countryside. As the first year of operation, please anticipate many a change – but a great adventure!

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant for availability, latest offers, pre and post cruise touring options and flights.

Day 1: Vientiane

Transfer to your Pandaw Cruise Ship and embarkation at 11.30 am, followed by lunch and afternoon an exploration of the delightful French city including visits to the golden Pha That Luang Stupa, Sisaket Temple, the President’s Hall, Wat Prakeo Temple and the Phatouxay monument. Set sail late afternoon, enjoy a welcome dinner on board and overnight near Vientiane.

Day 2: Cruising The Mekong

Cruise upstream on the Mekong, passing lush jungle scenery and tiny riverside villages. Morning presentation on the Lao language. Afternoon cooking demonstration on the upper deck. Arrive in Ban Xanakham to moor overnight.

Day 3: Pak Lai

Afternoon visit to the French administrative town of Pak Lai with many colonial buildings and a bustling local market. This town boasts the largest elephant festival in South East Asia, usually in February.

Day 4: Ban Park Bor Village

Morning visit and walking tour to Khamo tribal village, a typical village, set on the banks of the Mekong amidst lush jungle. In the afternoon pass through the Xanyaburi Hydro Electric Power Plant.

Day 5: Ban Mouang Khai Village & Luang Prabang

In the morning visit a Hmong village and continue upstream to the village of Ban Mouang Khai. Afternoon sightseeing by minibus visiting the jungle pools and dramatic Khaung Si waterfall then on to a butterfly garden. Arrive in the heart of the temple city of Luang Prabang where there is a buzzing night market and many great cafes and some good local restaurants.

Day 6: Luang Prabang

In the morning explore by tuktuk this well-preserved and unique world heritage site with its many Buddhist temples, libraries and royal palace. Visit the National Museum and have the afternoon free to explore the beauty and unique atmosphere of Luang Prabang on your own. Enjoy traditional Laos dancing on the upper deck late afternoon. Moor overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Pak Ou Caves

Early morning walking tour to see the alms offering by the local people to hundreds of monks who walk around the city every morning. Passengers are invited to join in with offerings we provide for the alms giving. Morning sightseeing by local boat exploring the unique Pak Ou Caves and Elephant camp, a Buddhist sanctuary with spectacular limestone cliff faces. Evening cocktails on a sandbank. Sail upstream on the beautiful Mekong towards Ban Bo

Day 8: Pak Beng

Morning visit to a local Khamo village. Sail upstream on the Mekong passing Pak Beng towards Pak Sit.

Day 9: Ban Houayxay

Early morning walking tour in a Khamo village then cruise through stunning scenery to the border of Laos and Thailand. The night is spent on the Lao side in the Huay xay area where we take a late afternoon village walk.

Day 10: Chiang Saen

Cruise upriver to the Town of Chiang Sean for border crossing at the Golden Triangle. Farewell cocktails and Thai traditional dance on board for your last evening.

Day 11: Chiang Saen

Disembark by 8.30 in Chiang Sean and group transfer to hotel/airport. En route, explore the Golden Triangle including a visit to the opium museum. Continue to airports or city hotels in Chiang Rai (2 hours) and Chiang Mai (6 hours).

Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & locally made soft drinks, local beer and local spirits, jugged coffee and selection of teas and tisanes, mineral water.
Transfers: Transfers Chiang Rai / Chiang Mai to ship and ship to Vientiane / Udon Thani
Accommodation:10 nights on-board the Pandaw Cruise
Guide: English Speaking Guide
Gratuities: Gratuities to crew on board the Pandaw Cruise
Entrance Fees & Touring: Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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RV Champa Pandaw

Built in 2016, the RV Champa Pandaw was constructed to withstand the upper extremes of the mighty Upper Mekong River. She therefore was able to deliver Southeast Asia’s first-ever “four countries” river expedition. She features a total of 2 upper decks and 12 main deck staterooms, each spanning 170sq ft and finished in brass and teak.

All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins. Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. The RV Champa Pandaw offers Bistro style al fresco dining, observation deck, open-air lounge and bar, and WiFi (free/limited). The 10 night Laos Mekong Cruise allows travellers to explore parts of Laos that many few have travelled before.

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RV Laos Pandaw

Built in 2015, the RV Laos Pandaw was constructed to withstand the upper extremes of the mighty Upper Mekong River and is traditionally styled to reflect the river’s rich colonial history. Featuring just 10 Main Deck staterooms, the vessel provides an intimate experience with personalised service to match. Each spanning 150sq ft and finished in brass and teak, the cabins are well appointed, spacious and comfortable. All cabins have ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, French windows, desks, safes, storage and have the option of twin or double beds Cabins.

Broad promenade decks run around the outside of the accommodation to provide each guest with a fantastic vantage point. The RV Laos Pandaw offers al fresco dining, observation deck, open-air lounge and bar, and WiFi (free/limited). Offering 2 cruises a year on the Upper Mekong – The cruise between Laos and Thailand (and vice-versa) takes 10 nights and the cruise between Laos and China (and vice-versa) takes 14 Nights.

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Secrets of Southern Laos

Explore the languid waterways and countryside of Southern Laos, taking in the lush coffee plantations and waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau and the amazing 4,000 Islands expanse of the mighty Mekong. Watch the sun sink over the Mekong, admire the breathtaking scenery, and explore idyllic islands by bicycle. End with two nights at the gorgeous La Folie Lodge on Done Daeng Island, within eyesight of the mysterious Wat Phou Angkorian temple.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Welcome to Luang Prabang! Check-in to your hotel to relax and refresh. Enjoy a welcome drink and have a brief introduction with your guide.

Hotel: Sala Prabang, 3 nights

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Discover the charms of Luang Prabang with a leisurely walk around the old quarter. Start from the vibrant morning market, then on to the charming city main street and the National Museum. After, visit Wat Xieng Thong ‘The Temple of the Golden City’, considered the finest temple in Laos. For the finalé, embark on a scenic boat ride for a memorable sunset cruise along the Mekong river.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

takes us to the multi-tiered turquoise-coloured Kuang Si Waterfall, deemed one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Southeast Asia. Here you can also visit the Bears Rescue Centre to see rescued Asiatic bears. On our way back, get to see the fascinating world of Lao textiles come alive with a visit to Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. Stop for an ice cream made from real buffalo milk at the Buffalo Dairy! In the evening, see a bamboo presentation plus dinner and ‘baci’ ceremony at Bamboo Experience.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Bolaven

Enjoy free time in the morning, then board your flight to Pakse, the gateway to Southern Laos. Begin your journey with a scenic drive through mountains and winding roads all the way up to the Bolaven Plateau. Meet a local coffee farmer and a coffee expert who will take you for an exciting off-road driving adventure in an old army Jeep into the coffee plantation.

Hotel: Sinouk Coffee Resort

Day 5: Bolaven – Wat Phou – Don Khong

Experience being surrounded with verdant jungles and rolling mountains, at Tad Fane the
twin waterfalls. Visit the ancient ruins of Wat Phou Tok mountain temple, a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, noted to be one the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Continue the scenic route until we reach Don Khong, the largest island of Si Phan Don (which means ‘4,000 islands” in Lao).

Hotel: Pon Arena Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: The 4,000 Islands – Mekong Cruise

Explore an archipelago of islands where time swings slowly by. Feel the fresh breeze while sailing along the Mekong River, passing fisherman villages and eventually reaching Don Khone where we will disembark. On the island, enjoy a bicycle ride and see some iconic sights such as the old French locomotive and Railway Bridge. Then, we will visit the spectacular Liphi Waterfalls, a collection of powerful falls spilling down in many angles branching out to join the Mekong River. Cruise to Ban Nakasang then transfer back to Don Khong.

Day 7: Don Khong – Pakse

Continue your adventure with a visit to mighty Khone Phapheng waterfall and the village of Ban Khiet Ngong located in Xe Pian National Protected Area, an extensive wetland home to rare wildlife species. Enjoy a short climb to the top of Phou Asa mountain where mysterious columns made out of stacks of plate-like rocks stands proudly as if protecting an unseen structure, believed to be a temple. Return to Pakse to end an adventurous day and feast on a farewell Sindad dinner (Lao BBQ).

Hotel: Athena Hotel

Day 8: Depart Pakse

Enjoy a free morning before departure for your flight home or to continue to your next
destination.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 05, 19$1,825.00$2,259.00
May: 03, 17, 31$1,825.00$2,259.00
June: 14, 28$1,825.00$2,259.00
July: 12, 26$1,825.00$2,259.00
August: 09, 23$1,825.00$2,259.00
September: 06, 20$1,825.00$2,259.00
October: 04, 18$1,865.00$2,355.00
November: 01, 15, 29$1,865.00$2,355.00
December: 13, 27$1,865.00$2,355.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January: 10, 24$1,865.00$2,355.00
February: 07, 21$1,865.00$2,355.00
March: 07, 21$1,865.00$2,355.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Luang Prabang - Pakse
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Highlights of Laos

Discover the Highlights of Laos. Laidback Laos is home to smiling faces, stunning river scenery and delicious cuisine. Discover Vientiane’s atmospheric temples and riverside eateries, while beautiful Luang Prabang reveals elaborate monasteries, colourful markets and a delightful blend of architecture. Mingle with the locals on a visit to a family home for a special Lao blessing, play a round of petanque and see hundreds of robed monks collecting morning alms, as you discover the true heart of Laos.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane

On arrival meet your tour guide and drive to the hotel for check-in. Enjoy a welcome drink and chose to relax or explore nearby sights on your leisure time.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Vientiane

Day 2: Vientiane – Vang Vieng

Explore the charming capital starting with a Tuk Tuk ride from your hotel to the iconic Patuxai Monument. Walk down Lane Xang Avenue, stopping at the Morning Market and the
Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE). Visit Wat Si Muang and Wat Si Saket,
before stopping at the Presidential Palace. Get re-energised with a Lao coffee and croissant at Chao Anouvong Park. Visit a series of temples before reaching the Mekong riverbanks. Hop-on a Tuk Tuk ride back to your hotel and prepare for our journey to Vang Vieng.

Hotel: Saksiri Riverside Boutique Hotel

Day 3: Vientiane to Luang Prabang

Take a scenic walk across the Nam Song River to visit the Hmong village of Ban Phan Thao. Trek along a small canal and enjoy breathtaking views of limestone karst mountains and luscious rice fields. If you wish you can visit some caves optional). Reach the rice paddies of Ban Nadoa Village and Tham Chang Cave. Take a road trip through majestic mountains and visit other Hmong villages on the way to Luang Prabang.

Hotel: Sala Prabang, 3 nights

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Discover the charms of Luang Prabang with a leisurely walk around the old quarter. Start with the vibrant morning market, the charming city main street and the National Museum. After, visit Wat Xieng Thong, considered the finest temple in Laos. For the finalé, embark on a scenic boat ride for a memorable sunset cruise along the Mekong River.

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si

A short drive to the outskirts of Luang Prabang takes us to the multi-tiered turquoise-coloured Kuang Si Waterfall, deemed one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Southeast Asia. Here you can also visit the Bear Rescue Centre to see rescued Asiatic bears. On our way back, get to see the fascinating world of Lao textiles come alive with a visit to Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre.

Tips: Stop at Buffalo Dairy for ice cream made from real buffalo milk! In the evening, see a bamboo presentation with dinner and a ‘baci’ ceremony at Bamboo Experience

Day 6: Depart Luang Prabang

Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April 06, 13, 20, 27$1,235.00$1,499.00
May 04, 11, 18, 25$1,235.00$1,499.00
June 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$1,235.00$1,499.00
July 06, 13, 20, 27$1,235.00$1,499.00
August 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$1,235.00$1,499.00
September07, 14, 21, 28$1,235.00$1,499.00
October 05, 12, 19, 26$1,265.00$1,579.00
November 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$1,265.00$1,579.00
December 07, 14, 21, 28$1,265.00$1,579.00
2021 Dates & Prices
January 04, 11, 18, 25$1,265.00$1,579.00
February 01, 08, 15, 22$1,265.00$1,579.00
March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$1,265.00$1,579.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flight: Air Ticket: Vientiane / Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide:Local English Speaking Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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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.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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. 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. Take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. 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. We then 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. 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. Continue our exploration of the area of the 4000 islands by boat. 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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Luang Prabang:Price on ApplicationPrice on Application

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

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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