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
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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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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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Vietnam & Laos Explorer

A journey through Vietnam and Laos will leave you energised and inspired. Encounter welcoming people throughout, including Buddhist monks in Luang Prabang. Uncover the vibrant cities of Saigon and Hanoi, explore historical Hoi An and Hue, then unwind on the banks of the Mekong in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. Take in the region’s breathtaking scenery, from mountainous regions to river life and sparkling bays.

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

Day 1: Saigon (Vietnam)

On arrival in Saigon, transfer to your hotel and embrace the frenetic energy of Vietnam before meeting your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Northern Hotel or similar, 3 nights

Day 2: Cu Chi Tunnels

Venture to Cu Chi and discover the incredible network of underground tunnels. Explore Saigon on a walking tour taking in the city’s most impressive sites and landmarks. Sip a cocktail as you watch the evening lights come to life over Saigon.

Day 3: Mekong Delta

Travel south of Saigon to the Mekong Delta and explore the palm-fringed canals and tributaries of the Mekong in your private boat. Learn about the main local industries of the area as you visit a traditional brick factory and meet a family of weavers. Feast on a delicious lunch prepared using fresh local ingredients.

Day 4: Saigon To Hue

Fly to Hue, a former imperial capital, and see the city’s most famous sites including Emperor Tu Duc’s tomb, Imperial Palace and Citadel. Visit Spiral Foundation, a unique enterprise which employs people with disabilities who make souvenirs from 100% recycled materials.

Hotel: Hotel Saigon Morin or similar

Day 5: Hue To Hoi An

Drive along the Hai Van Pass from Hue to Hoi An and soak in some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery. Hoi An is a charming riverside town famous for its tailors and preserved architecture influenced by Chinese, Japanese and French culture. Spend time exploring the World Heritage listed old town.

Hotel: Hoi An Historic Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Hoi An

Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you like in Hoi An. Choose to explore the old town or cycle to An Bang Beach.

Day 7: Hoi An To Halong Bay

Fly to Haiphong and drive to Halong Bay. Board your luxurious private junk boat and cruise impressive Halong Bay. Begin your exploration of the magnificent bay which boasts over 3,000 islands that rise from the sea.

Cruise: Overnight boat or similar

Day 8: Halong Bay To Hanoi

Rise early to watch the sunrise as you greet the day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck. Explore a remote island and climb to the peak for a 360 degree view of Halong Bay. Travel to Hanoi before discovering the Old Quarter and meet some boisterous locals at a ‘Bia Hoi’ establishment.

Hotel: The Ann Hanoi or similar, 2 nights

Day 9: Hanoi City Tour

Discover Hanoi’s must-visit sites including Ho Chi Minh Quarter, House on Stilts, Presidential Palace and One Pillar Pagoda. Enjoy a farewell group dinner to celebrate your time in Vietnam.

Day 10: Hanoi To Vientiane (Laos)

Depart Hanoi and fly to Vientiane. In the evening, meet your new group of fellow travellers and Tour Leader (local guide).

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 11: Vientiane City Tour

Enjoy an authentic Lao coffee at a local cafe. Discover Vientiane’s main sites including Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang, Patuxai Monument and COPE Centre before receiving a traditional ‘baci’ blessing to welcome you to Laos.

Day 12: Vientiane To Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang and explore the National Museum. Visit serene Wat Mai temple before enjoying free time to explore Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, take part in a fun private cooking demonstration at Tamarind cooking school.

Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights

Day 13: Luang Prabang City Tour

Begin the day with a steaming-hot noodle soup breakfast. At the tip of Luang Prabang peninsula, visit Wat Xieng Thong temple, one of the most beautiful in Laos. Take a boat trip to visit Pak Ou Caves, a sacred shrine where local people add to a repository of thousands of Buddha statues.

Day 14: Kuang Si Falls

Rise early to see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market before travelling to Kuang Si Falls and cooking your own lunch. Spend time exploring Luang Prabang independently. In the evening, participate in a game of petanque followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Mekong River. Celebrate a memorable visit to Laos with a farewell group dinner.

Day 15: Luang Prabang

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2019 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
January: 12$3,275.00$4,219.00
February: 09$3,275.00$4,219.00
March: 09, 30$3,275.00$4,219.00
April: 27$3,249.00$4,185.00
May: 25$3,249.00$4,125.00
June: 22$3,249.00$4,125.00
July: 27$3,249.00$4,125.00
August: 24$3,249.00$4,125.00
September: 28$3,249.00$4,125.00
November: 09$3,275.00$4,219.00
December: 07$3,275.00$4,219.00
2020 Dates & Prices
January: 11$3,599.00$4,645.00
February: 08$3,599.00$4,645.00
March: 07$3,599.00$4,645.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 14 Breakfasts, 1 brunch, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & air-conditioned vehicle
Flights:Air Ticket: Ho Chi Minh City / Hue - Hoi An / Haiphong - Hanoi / Vientiane / Luang Prabang
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation & 1 night cruise
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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