Laos inside – 12 days

Explore the hidden treasures of Luang Prabang, Enjoy a delightful walking tour past the temples and colonial architecture of Luang Prabang,Visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, Swim at Kuang Si Falls, Admire the limestone karst scenery in Vang Vieng, Soak up the French-inspired culture in Vientiane, Experience the 4000 Islands and surrounding area in Pakse.

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Day 1: Arrival – Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. LuangPrabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding LuangPrabang. Overnight in LuangPrabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves (B,L)

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the MekongRiver, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking.Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: LuangPrabang – Kuang Si Waterfall (B)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will 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 handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. Time permitting you may also wish to drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at WatSiphouthabath. Overnight in LuangPrabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang (Road) (B,L)

Today we leave this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area famous for the mysterious Plain of Jars.These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travellers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. In arrival, we visit the 3 floors market before checking in the hotel. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 5: Xiengkhouang – Plain of jars – Muang Khoun

After breakfast we have a short visit to Phonsavanh food market located right in the centre of the town. Then we head out to the old capital of MuangKhoun province and its nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Thai Dam people. Our excursion continues to the 2nd and 3rd Plain of jars fields, where you can obtain more scenic views. Along the way, we visit more local villages and learn about the local culure and lifestyle. Return to Phonsavanh by late afternoon. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 6: Xieng Khouang – Vang Vieng (Road) (B,L)

The “Plan of Jars 1” is an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over a plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most of archaeologists still question their purpose. We have time today to explore the site and some nearby villages, populated by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people; they are very poor but possess a vibrant local culture and an interesting history. We leave XiengKhouang for our scenic drive to VangVieng, a small town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with its limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. Depending on road and traffic conditions, we will arrive at VangVieng by mid or late afternoon. Overnight in VangVieng.

Day 7: VangVieng – Tham Phou tham(B,L)

After breakfast, we start our board on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you could explore the nearby area. You will have a picnic lunch enjoying the scenery. After spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas, we make our return to the VangVieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, we visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam villages meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 8: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (Road)(B,L)

An impressive way to start our day is a walk around the bustling central market. Heading out of town we enjoy a short bamboo raft along the Namsong River, which gives us a taste of adventure. The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of VangVieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous in VangVieng is the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban HuaiNgai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles. We bid farewell to VangVieng and drive to Vientiane after lunch. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, this capital conjures up exotic images, with a curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. On arrival, it’s your leisure time to explore around your place.Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 9: Vientiane – Pakse – 4000 Islands(Flight) (B)

You will be transferred to the airport early this morning for your flight to Pakse. On arrival in Pakse, we transfer to the boat pier for cruise down to Champassak and to 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 ferry boat to the 4000 Islands area, where you have the rest of the day to relax. Overnight in 4000 Islands (B)

Day 10: 4000 Islands and surrounding(B)

After an early morning breakfast, we explore Khong Island. Here we begin by re-tracing the French colonial-past at Ban Khone, where some old colonial houses still stand and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. We continue our exploration of the area of the 4000 islands by boat and 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’. Overnight in 4000 Islands.

Day 11: 4000 Islands – Tad Lo – Pakse(B)

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, we visit.  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. Overnight in Pakse.

Day 12: Pakse – Departure(B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pakse Airport for your flight.

Grade tour Price per person in US$ Single
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2 pax3 - 4 pax5 - 7 pax8 - 10 pax
3 stars$ 1464$ 1352$ 980$ 774$ 255
4 stars$ 1561$ 1449$ 1078$ 872$ 348
5 stars$ 1706$ 1594$ 1223$ 1017$ 486
(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$/person)

Tour price includes:

  • Transportation in private
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

Tour price excludes:

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Air ticket
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Lunch or dinner unless where stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Cancellation policy:

  • No Show            = 100 % charge
  • 1-7days             = 50 % of the tour price
  • 8-14days            = 30 % of the tour price
  • 15-30 days         = 10 % of the tour price
  • 31 days up         = no charge

Additional Remarks:

  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
  • Hotels listed in above might not be upto standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
  • Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations
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