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.
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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 & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Luang Prabang:||Price on Application||Price on Application|
|Meals:||11 breakfasts, 3 lunch|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Vientiane – Pakse|
|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.