Laos isn’t a huge country, but getting around it can take time – especially if you veer away from the usual tourist trail. The classic route, “Between Two Capitals”, is deservedly popular with visitors wanting a quick introduction to Laos, with a good mix of cities and natural beauty, plus plenty of tourist comforts along the way. The other two itineraries suggested here require more time, but reward handsomely with sleepy temples, plunging waterfalls, hill-tribe treks and mysterious ruins.
Day 1: Arrival into Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang – City tour, and Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 3: Luang Prabang – City tour, and Khouang si falls (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane (flight) (B)
Day 5: Vientiane – Pakse (Flight)– Champasak/Done Daeng Island (B)
Day 6: Full day tour of Bolevan Plateau (B)
Day 7: Full day tour of 4000-Island (B)
Day 8: Departure (B)
Arrival into Luang Prabang
Your expert guide will meet you at Luang Prabang International Airport while your private transportation brings you directly to your chosen hotel.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – City tour, and Pak Ou Caves (B)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temples of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is produced. On return, we take a short drive to another small village Ban Phanom, which is famous for its hand weaving.
|Pak Ou Caves|
Luang Prabang – City tour, and Khouang si falls (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 (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.
After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace. It displays a collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. There will also be time for us to look around the Central Market. We then continue towards Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit the local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, Laoloum and Ban Thapene, and then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall. Here you can take a dip in the inviting pools or walk along the forest trails surrounding the waterfall. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk handweaving and for traditional Saa Paper making.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
|Khouang si falls|
Luang Prabang – Vientiane (flight) (B)
After breakfast, we take our morning flight to Vientiane.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After the hotel checking in (depending on room availability), we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and 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.
Overnight in Vientiane
Vientiane – Pakse (Flight)– Champasak/Done Daeng Island (B)
Full day tour of Bolevan Plateau (B)
This morning we leave early and drive north to the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is to visit Ban LakSipkao, a village specializing in knife making. We then stop tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. We then make a stop at a coffee plantation, en route to ThaTeng Market, a colourful ethnic minority food market. Next we explore a couple of fascinating minority villages, Ban Pong Neua, an Alak village that boasts a sacrificial altar, and Ban Kokphung, a Katu village where they keep coffins under their houses. We also make a stop at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall, then head back to the hotel. We arrive in Champasak/Donedaeng by early evening.
Full day tour of 4000-Island (B)
After an early morning breakfast, we cross over to the mainland and drive south to Ban Hatsaikhoune, where we board a local private boat for a boat tour of the 4000 Islands. We reach the picturesque island of Don Khone by lunchtime, and in the afternoon explore the island by bicycle or TukTuk or Walking, tracing the route of an old abandoned railway and admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings, and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. We then return to our boat and head back to the mainland, visiting the spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls, one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Southeast Asia. In the late afternoon we drive back to Champasak/Don Daeng, arriving there by early evening.
Depending on your departure flight, you may have free time at leisure, before crossing back to the mainland by boat, then onto Pakse by car to the airport for your departure flight.
Price: on request
- Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
- Ground transportation by private, air-cond vehicle
- Regional ENGLISH speaking guide
- Sightseeing with admission fees
- Private boat trips as programmed
- Mineral water and cold tissues on tours
- International air tickets arrival to and departure from Laos
- Flight ticket Luang Prabang to Vientiane via Lao Airline @ US$105/ticket
- Flight ticket Vientiane to Pakse via Lao Airline @ US$145/ticket
- Visa stamping on arrival to Laos (US$ 30 per person)
- All other meals & beverages are NOT mentioned in the program
- Personal expenses and Tips
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