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: Chiang Rai (Thailand)
Arrive in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travellers and Tour Leader (or local guide).
Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort or similar
Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)
Make your way to the Laos border to board your private boat for the cruise to Pakbeng town. Along the way enjoy some of the best scenery on the upper Mekong. Arrive in Pakbeng by late afternoon and walk through the market to meet the local people and gain a glimpse into their everyday life.
Hotel: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge or similar
Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
Continue your journey to Luang Prabang. Stopping at sacred Pak Ou Caves where local people add to a repository of thousands of Buddha statues. In Luang Prabang, the evening is free for you to discover the town’s many restaurants.
Hotel: Sala Prabang or similar, 3 nights
Day 4: Luang Prabang
Surrounded by mountainous forests, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town with a tranquil atmosphere. Begin your exploration of Luang Prabang on a walking tour. Visit the National Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Xiengthong temples. After a free afternoon exploring independently, participate in a game of petanque, a national pastime followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Mekong.
Day 5: Kuang Si Falls
Rise early to see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms, following an ancient ritual known as Takbat. Explore a lively morning market and enjoy a local noodle breakfast before travelling to Kuang Si Falls. You can swim in the turquoise pools and visit a nearby bear sanctuary. In the evening, travel to a picturesque rural setting and try your hand at bamboo weaving before helping to prepare your own dinner using bamboo as the common ingredient for several dishes.
Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Fly to the capital city of Vientiane, and visit the Patuxai Monument and COPE Centre. The evening is free for you to discover Vientiane’s dining scene. Spend time on the Mekong esplanade exploring the vibrant night market which is filled with affordable textiles, souvenirs and food snacks.
Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar, 2 nights
Day 7: Baci Ceremony
Enjoy a morning coffee at a local cafe, hidden down an alleyway before discovering Vientiane’s most revered temples – Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket. In your free time, choose to enjoy Vientiane’s boutique shops, walk through the colonial quarter and visit Carol Cassidy’s textile museum located in her French villa. End the day with a traditional Lao ‘baci’ blessing in a local home. Your host will teach you how to make traditional savoury ‘jaew’ dips and the famous sticky rice that accompanies it. Enjoy a home-made banquet feast as you listen to a performance of traditional music.
Day 8: Vientiane
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
|2018 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|January 07, 14, 21, 28||$2,165.00||$2,640.00|
|February 04, 11, 18, 25||$2,165.00||$2,640.00|
|March 04, 11, 18, 25||$2,165.00||$2,640.00|
|April 01, 08||$2,165.00||$2,640.00|
|November 04, 25||$2,210.00||$2,680.00|
|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|