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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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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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.

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

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. Continue to 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. 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. 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. 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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Vientiane:On ApplicationOn Application

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

* 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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Charming 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.

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

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.

Hotel: Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel, 3 nights

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.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Departs daily from Siem Reap:On ApplicationOn Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch
Transport: Airport Transfers & private air-conditioned vehicle
Accommodation:3 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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Luang Say Cruise

Enjoy your overnight downstream Mekong Luang Say 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.

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

Day 1: Huay Xai – Pakbeng

Within the Mekong region, the capital of the Lao province of Bokèo, Huay Xai is an important border crossing point with neighboring Chiang Khong, Thailand and was thus chosen as the ideal departing port for the cruise. After one-hour journeying along the river, the boat stops at a traditional village. This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship.  Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ main culinary delights as well as a choice of fish and meat dishes. The river cruise arrives at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and admire the surrounding nature. A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Hotel: Luang Say Lodge

Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

Mornings are special times for breakfast at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace. The cruise departs for another day of nature discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned along the way to Luang Prabang. A few hours into the day after enjoying the sights of granite cliffs and sparkling sandy shores, the river boat makes a stop to visit the hill tribe village of Baw, where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a main course from Laos’ cuisine. A different choice of fish and meat dishes than on the first day is prepared for a greater culinary experience. Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, near Pak Ou village, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translated as Rock Cave, it is famous for housing over 2,500 Buddha statues of all sizes and for being a place of pilgrimage for locals. Following a day along the wide Mekong river, with beautiful sceneries of mountains, wild nature, local life and delicious food, the cruise arrives at Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Downstream Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang:
01 April to 30 September:
Monday & Friday
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01 October to 31 March:
Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday
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Upstream Cruise from Luang Prabang to Huay Xai :
01 April to 30 September:
Wednesday & Saturday
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01 October to 31 March:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday
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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 Accommodation
Guide: Local English Speaking Guide & Services of qualified crew during the cruise
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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Cycle Angkor & Luang Prabang

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. Skirt crowds of tourists by pedaling through jungle paths as you visit some of the most significant Buddhist and Hindu Temples. Mount your bike again and head out into the countryside surrounding Siem Reap to pedal through bright green rice paddies to red dirt roads through rural villages filled with friendly, waving locals. Kayak the waters of Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia’s largest body of freshwater, to glimpse the stilted floating villages and visit a private home for an authentic Khmer meal. From here we switch gears with a flight to Luang Prabang and immerse ourselves in the vibrant culture of this Laotian city. Wander the peaceful city streets and check out the hum of activity in Luang Prabang’s Night Market. Cycle the countryside of Laos with cultural stops along the way. Venture into the Pak Ou caves and bathe yourself in the cool waters of Kuang Si Falls. This journey highlights two incredible parts of Southeast Asia and will be both a rewarding cycling trip and a unique cultural experience.

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

Riding: 10km cycling – We begin your Discover Cambodia & Laos by Bike tour by gathering at our hotel for a quick briefing and bike fitting. Once we are all set up we will take a quick warm-up ride along the river through the countryside to test them out. After freshening up at the hotel, we will transfer to dinner. Afterwards, take in a performance by the renowned acrobatic troupe Phare Circus. Phare’s performers come from an NGO-run performing arts training school in Battambang, and these talented individuals specialize in weaving a beautiful story along with their impressive acrobatic acts. The night is sure to be entertaining for all!

Riding: 20km cycling – We’ll make our way to Angkor National Park before the first rooster crows in order to catch the sunrise over the spires of the main temple: Angkor Wat. Have your cameras at the ready to capture the spectacular colors the sky puts forth to light up the ancient, holy structure. As the other tourists scatter, we’ll make our way on foot around this former capital of the Angkor Empire with the expertise of a local guide to enrich our understanding of this incredible place. Once we’ve enjoyed a private breakfast in the forest of the park, we’ll cycle our way down back trails through crumbling ruins of ancient places of worship. In addition to visiting some lesser-known temples, we will park our bikes to explore the many Buddha faces of the Bayon temple and the walls of Ta Phrom that have been swallowed by tree roots in the jungle. Following lunch by the Sra Srang Reservoir, we’ll head back to town and enjoy a traditional Khmer dinner at a local family’s house, made from vegetables they grow in their own garden. Our local guide will provide more information about the ingredients.

Riding: 35km cycling – This morning we’ll saddle on our bikes and head into the countryside towards Banteay Srei temple. We will be riding on hard-packed laterite back roads today, with hardly another vehicle in sight until we approach the temple. Our route takes us through stretches of farmland and large plantations, through much-appreciated shady sections, and past school children heading to and from the classroom who will excitedly wave and cheer us on as we pass.
We’ll park our bikes at the intricately carved, red sandstone 10th-century women’s temple known as Banteay Srei before pedaling onwards towards the ACCB Wildlife Conservation Center. After a lunch break to refuel, we will head into the center for a tour that will include glimpses of huge birds, cheeky Langur Monkeys, gibbons, and more! Later we will return to town by van for a free evening to explore the increasing variety of Siem Reap’s culinary scene.

Riding: 35km cycling – After sampling local treats for breakfast, we will mount our bikes and cycle out on red, dirt roads and hard-packed tracks through the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. Look up as you pedal, and see cows being led on ropes through rice paddies, water buffalo bathing in muddy canals, friendly children who will wave excitedly as you pass, and the flat landscape dotted with tall palm trees.

Once we’ve reached a nearby river, we’ll rest our bikes for a short cruise to the unique floating villages on Tonle Sap lake, collecting smiles from locals along the way. If the water level allows, we’ll swap the boat for kayaks and paddle through the floating mangrove forests. Here a local guide will explain the importance of this body of water to Cambodia. We will return to Siem Reap by van in time for a quick shower and then transfer to the airport for our early evening flight to Luang Prabang, checking in on arrival to our charming hotel.

Riding: 25km cycling – This morning soak up the power of a monk’s blessing before we hit the bikes and spend the day on a cycling exploration of this cultural hotspot. We’ll make our way on two wheels to Wat Xiengtong – the royal temple of Luang Prabang – before discovering the endless wonders of the local fresh market. Your guide will introduce you the various products for sale, including fresh fruits and vegetables, insects ready to be snacked on, and even small frogs. After powering up with a coffee from one of the city’s oldest coffee stands, we’ll pedal onwards towards another, lesser-known temple, then along a path by the Mekong River to check out papermaking and a rice wine distillery that produces the well-known “Lao Lao”. This stuff is strong, so better to not indulge too much before getting back on the bike!A change of pace will put us on a boat down the Mekong to explore the far side of the river where pottery making happens in the villages. We’ll head back to town to Ock Pop Tock to learn about silk production before savoring a lunch of local Luang Prabang specialties. Afterwards, it’s a short ride back to the hotel and you’ll have the evening free to explore.

Riding: 16km cycling – This morning you’ll awaken to a peaceful view of the Mekong River- a great way to start the day! After breakfast, we’ll mount our bikes and head for the holy Pak Ou Caves. These caves, situated on the Mekong River, are packed with icons of the Buddha and are considered to be an extremely sacred site. Discover their significance for yourself before enjoying a local lunch and boarding a boat downstream back to Luang Prabang.

Riding: 30km cycling – Let’s make the most of our last day together in Laos with a scenic ride to the iconic Kuang Si waterfalls. After 30 km of pedaling out of town, reward yourself with a dip in the turquoise pools of this hillside waterfall. We’ll enjoy a tranquil visit and swim before a transfer by van back to town. Your Discover Cambodia & Laos by Bike tour concludes at noon and we can assist you with your further travel plans.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12USD $2,500.00USD $3,250.00
June: 06USD $2,500.00USD $3,250.00
October: 18USD $2,500.00USD $3,250.00
December: 25USD $2,500.00USD $3,250.00
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Inclusions 
Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Cannondale CX 3s Bikes
Support Vehicle :An air-conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Accommodation: 6 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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Indochina Explorer

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. Travel from south to north through Vietnam, which reveals bustling cities, sparkling bays, ancient relics and delectable cuisine. In Laos, experience the Asia of yesteryear with its languid pace and welcoming people.

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

Day 1: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

On arrival in Phnom Penh, transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Sunway Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh Tour

Discover Phnom Penh during a fun cyclo ride exploring the backstreets and highlights. Continue to Tuol Sleng Museum and the Killing Fields memorial at Choeng Ek. In the afternoon, explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda.

Day 3: Phnom Penh To Siem Reap

Fly to Siem Reap and venture to Tonle Sap Lake for a boat cruise.

Hotel: Somadevi Angkor Hotel & Spa or similar, 2 nights

Day 4: Temples Of Angkor

Take a pre-dawn tuk-tuk ride to Angkor Wat’s seldom-used East Gate entrance to see the silhouetted central spires at sunrise. See the stone head sculptures of Bayon temple, explore Banteay Srei temple and discover Ta Prohm temple.

Day 5: Siem Reap to Saigon (Vietnam)

Fly from Siem Reap, and enjoy your first insights into Vietnam as you arrive in Saigon. Meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Northern Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 6: Cu Chi Tunnels

From Saigon, drive to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. Wander the streets of Saigon on a walking tour and take in the city’s most impressive sites.

Day 7: Mekong Delta

Explore the Mekong Delta to gain insights into local life and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

Day 8: Saigon To Hue

Foundation, a unique enterprise that employs people with disabilities who make souvenirs from 100% recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin or similar

Day 9: Hue To Hoi An

Venture over the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and marvel at some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery. Stroll through the streets of Hoi An’s old town.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 10: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An.

Day 11: Hoi An to Halong Bay

Fly to Haiphong before driving to Halong Bay. Once on board your luxurious private junk boat, cruise impressive Halong Bay while feasting on fresh seafood.

Cruise: Overnight boat

Day 12: Halong Bay To Hanoi

Wake early to take part in a Tai Chi lesson as the sun rises. Continue exploring the bay before returning to Hanoi to discover the Old Quarter and meet some boisterous locals at a ‘Bia Hoi’.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi or similar, 2 nights

Day 13: Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites. Enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

Day 14: Hanoi To Vientiane (Laos)

Fly to Vientiane and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 15: Vientiane

Enjoy an authentic Lao coffee at a local cafe before discovering Vientiane’s main sites. Receive a traditional ‘baci’ blessing to welcome you to Laos.

Day 16: Vientiane To Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang. Visit the National Museum and Wat Mai temple. In the evening, take part in a cooking demonstration at Tamarind cooking school.

Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights

Day 17: Pak Ou Caves

Begin the day with a steaming-hot noodle breakfast. Walk to Wat Xieng Thong temple before taking a boat trip to Pak Ou Caves.

Day 18: Kuang Si Falls

Rise early and be rewarded with the sight of brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market and travel to Kuang Si Falls. Cook your own lunch before exploring Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, participate in a game of petanque. Enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate a memorable visit to Laos.

Day 19: Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 08$4,385.00$5,569.00
February: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
March: 05, 26$4,385.00$5,569.00
April: 23$4,329.00$5,544.00
May: 21$4,299.00$5,395.00
June: 18$4,299.00$5,395.00
July: 23$4,299.00$5,395.00
August: 20$4,299.00$5,395.00
September: 24$4,299.00$5,395.00
November: 05$4,385.00$5,569.00
December: 03$4,385.00$5,569.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 07$4,825.00$6,129.00
February: 04$4,825.00$6,129.00
March: 03$4,825.00$6,129.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 18 Breakfasts, 1 Brunch, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flights: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh - Siem Reap - Ho Chi Minh City - Hue / Hanoi - Haiphong / Hanoi - Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 17 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
Guide:English Speaking Guides
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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Secrets of Cambodia with Laos

This 11 Day Secrets of Cambodia with Laos Trip takes you inside the sights and stories of two of Asia’s most fascinating nations. Embrace the timeless charm and generous spirit of Cambodia on this Hidden Journey through ancient lost capitals, remote rural villages and extraordinary natural wonders, peeling back the layers of centuries-old culture and heritage through beautiful choreographed performances and traditional cooking customs and superstitions.

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

Day 1: Arrive Phnom Penh

A riot of colours, smells and swarm of scooters on Phnom Penh’s busy streets signal the start of our Hidden Journey. An Indochina gateway to the spiritual heart of Cambodia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetisers.

Hotel: Sokha Phnom Penh, 2 nights

Day 2: Phnom Penh

Exotic flavours are yours to explore this morning on an in-depth City Tour with a Local Specialist. Begin with a visit to Wat Phnom temple from which the city takes its name. Delve into the legend of Lady Penh who discovered the four statues of Buddha deposited on this tree-covered hill. The golden spires of the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda with its bountiful national treasures are our next stop on this exploration of Cambodia’s capital. Visits includes the National Museum, where we gain a unique insight into Khmer art and sculptures from different periods throughout Khmer history. Delving deep into the turbulent, terrifying history of the Khmer Rouge years, we travel along a dusty road to the outskirts of the city to visit the former school turned torture, interrogation and execution centre of Tuol Sleng. The history of that time is depicted in the thousands of S-21 portraits of victims that are on display at the Museum of Genocide, providing an insight into the horrors of Cambodia under Pol Pot’s rule. Our journey back in time continues on to the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, a memorial built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died under the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Spend the evening at leisure.

Day 3: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap

A leisurely start to your morning gives you an opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of the city. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap, the gateway to the magnificent temples of the lost city of Angkor. Spend the afternoon exploring Siem Reap’s busy streets on a walking tour. Visit to the labyrinthine Old Market where the locals spend their early mornings shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and spices. Wander past the busy stalls. See authentic Khmer soups and freshly baked baguettes. a remnant of the country’s French heritage. Tonight, we watch enthralled by the energy, emotion and enthusiasm of the talented Phare performers who use theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories.

Hotel: Le Meridien, 4 nights

Day 4: Angkor Wat & Siem Reap

Venturing deep into the Cambodian jungle and through a pyramid-shaped gateway into an ancient world. Serene stone faces watch over us as we cross the stone causeway suspended over a moat into the spiritual heart of the ancient lost city of Angkor. Enjoy a rare opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the fascinating ancient empire of the Khmer. Join a renowned scholar and Local Specialist who will bring to life the stories behind the intricate carvings and murals of celestial nymphs and mythical serpents along the abandoned hallways of Angkor Wat. We leave the mystical lotus-shaped temple towers behind us for your choice of activities. Visiting the National Museum to explore the history, art and culture of the Khmer civilisation. Collections date as far back as the 9th century. Or learning about the delicate traditions of silk making at a local silk farm. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join an Optional Experience.

Day 5: Angkor & Siem Reap

Our intimate encounter with a lost empire continues today. Uncover other iconic sites of the ancient abandoned city of Angkor that have been devoured by the Cambodian jungle. Explore its ancient ruins in the company of saffron-clad monks and mischievous monkeys that clamber up and over the roots of centuries-old trees that have carved their way deep into the Great City’s walls. Begin our day with a visit to the fortified Angkor Thom. Seeing such iconic sites as the Terrace of Elephants, the Royal Enclosure and the Temple of Bayon. With its giant smiling faces of Buddha that have watched over the heart of the lost city for centuries. Venture underneath the dense tree canopy to the crumbling, moss-covered ruins of the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm. Featured as the location for the film ‘Tomb Raider’. Exploring its towers courtyards and corridors to uncover the intricate stone reliefs that are shielded by the surrounding foliage. The fresh flavours of Khmer cuisine are explored during a Cultural Insight cooking class in Siem Reap. Amble through the vibrant local market and learn about cooking customs, ingredients and food superstitions. Joining a local chef at his restaurant, learn how to craft and cook various peppery Khmer specialities. After the class, share your creation with your travel companions over dinner.

Day 6: Angkor & Peak Sneng village

The terracotta-hued walls of Banteay Srei Temple are our first stop today. A red sandstone temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, whose 10th century delicate carvings of women with lotus flowers are said to have been too delicate to have been carved by a man. Hence its name, “Citadel of the Women”. Deep in the heart of the Cambodian countryside, we come face-to-face with the rich Khmer culture. Join a local family in their 80-year-old wooden house. Located on their dragon fruit farm for a Be My Guest lunch of traditional dishes freshly cooked with locally grown produce. Our interaction with the local Khmer villagers continues as we visit their local school. Chat to some of the children who join us on our rambling through the village to see how they spend their day-to-day lives. Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn some of the time-honoured craft traditions. Weaving is Cambodia’s national hats made from palm leaves, or folding Lotus flowers into delicate works of art, a Cultural Insight. Our in-depth interaction with Cambodia has sadly come to an end. We return to our hotel later and join our Travel Director and fellow expeditioners for a Farewell dinner.

Day 7: Siem Reap – Luang Prabang

Your morning visit to Wat Damnak will give you an in-depth insight into Buddhism, enjoying a rare opportunity to take part in a private blessing ceremony where a sacred thread will be tied around your wrist to protect against evil spirits. Later, we visit Artisans d’Angkor for a Cultural Insight into the exciting revival of Khmer arts and crafts at a training school, which creates job opportunities for young people living in rural areas. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, meet your Travel Director and transfer to your hotel. This evening, the smells of Padek, garlic and lao-lao rice wine permeate the air as we share a traditional Lao dinner together with our fellow adventurers at our hotel.

Hotel: Villa Maly, 4 nights

Day 8: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

This morning, we embark on a walking tour around the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang admiring the effortless fusion of traditional Lao architecture and French flair, and the natural beauty of a colonial city encircled by mountains and set on the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Our in-depth exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a visit to the Royal Palace Museum to uncover the history and culture of Laos, and Wat Xiengthong, the so-called ‘Temple of the Golden City’, whose tree of life mosaic and rare Buddhist deities make it one of the most beautiful temples in all of Laos. The mighty Mekong is our host for the afternoon as we board a traditional long-tail boat bound for the mystical Pak Ou Caves. We pass Laotian villages and wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant and then coming face to face with thousands of Buddha icons that fill the limestone caves, paying homage to the river spirit at her cavernous shrine. Boarding our long-tail boat, we cruise back to Luang Prabang stopping en route at Ban Muang Keo village for a Cultural Insight into the tradition of lao-lao brewing in the dark earthenware jars that seem to flood the tiny village.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Before the palm-lined boulevards of the city come to life, join the local Laotians who rise before dawn to pay their alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks and then follow their journey down to the bustling morning market where the locals buy their groceries for the day. If you’re feeling energetic, climb the winding steps up Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, stopping every so often to rest under the shady trees or offer blessings at the temples along the way before returning to the hotel for breakfast. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely start to the day before joining your fellow travellers for a visit to the Friends Visitor Centre, a local non-profit community project, to learn about the work done at the Friends Lao Hospital for Children. Return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon or take part in an Optional Experience.

Day 10: Luang Prabang

This morning, we drive south towards one of Luang Prabang’s most spectacular natural sites, the Kuang Si Waterfall. En route, we stop at Phou Si market to watch the local Laotians trade their fresh produce and at the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre for one-on-one interactions with local craftswomen whose traditional handicrafts are on display and for sale, a Cultural Insight. On arrival at Kuang Si National Park enjoy a rare opportunity to witness rescued Asian bears playing and feeding at the Asian Bear Rescue Centre. We then venture deep into the national park, enjoying a leisurely walk through to the 60-metre cascade that collects in turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. We return to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure or join in an Optional Experience, before joining our Travel Director and new friends for a Lao-inspired Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Depart Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

2018 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 14$4,075.00$5,405.00
April: 18$3,795.00$4,859.00
May: 16$3,795.00$4,859.00
June: 27$3,795.00$4,859.00
July: 25$3,795.00$4,859.00
August: 22$3,795.00$4,859.00
September: 26 $4,075.00$5,405.00
October: 24$4,075.00$5,405.00
November: 28 $4,075.00$5,405.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Phnom Penh / Siem Reap / Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
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