Grand Laos

Grand Laos

Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang → Nong Khiaw → Xieng Khuang → Vientiane → Pakse


  • Admire Alms Giving ceremony – A very famous activity of Theravada Buddhism.
  • Kuang Si waterfall – One of the most beautiful waterfall in Laos.
  • Enjoy the boat trip upstream Mekong River.
  • Stay on tree house and wait to see wild gibbons.
  • Discover Nam Ha National Park.
  • Visit charming town Nong Khiaw.
  • Mysterious archeological wonderland: The Plain of Jars.
  • Joining Tubing and Kayaking on Nam Song River.
  • Ancient temples and golden stupa in Vientiane.
  • Joining Tubing and Kayaking on Nam Song River.
  • Discover 4000 island area.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
3 / 4 / 5

This tour offers you the chance to discover deeper Laos. Within 27 days you will explore almost places in Laos from the hill tribe villages in mountainous area Northern to peaceful town on rivers bank. From ancient Luang Prabang to Bustling Pakse. You will see all the beautiful waterfalls, different ancient temples and ruins, cultural diversity of many different places.


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  1. Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival.

    Sabaidee! Welcome to Luang Prabang – A world heritage site.
    Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the airport and transfer to hotel for checking-in.
    Free to discover the town by you own.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  2. Day 2: Luang Prabang – World Heritage Site.

    Following breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a museum. The many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wats Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, visit fine temples of Vixoun, Wat Aham. Continue to Ban Phanom, village is well known for its hand weavings. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
    At night, free to discover the night market by you own.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  3. Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuangsi Waterfall – Living Land Farm

    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.
    After breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up at hotel for very exciting tour in Living Land Farm – Where you can learn the process to make rice and practice it by your own. Today you will become a real farmer to work on the farm, besides, you also will have chance to communicate with local people and see their daily work.

    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turqoise pools or walk along the forest trails.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang – Elephant Village (Join in group).

    8:30 am – 9:00 am: Pick up by our English speaking guide from hotel lobby.
    Arrival at the Elephant Village Camp: Welcome greeting by your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants
    Bareback Elephant Ride: Enjoy the impressive experience of a 1 km bareback elephant ride! 1 person per elephant
    Mahout Training: Receive your basic mahout training on how to control an elephant just like a mahout!
    Lunch: Dine at our Elephant Camp restaurant. Buffet lunch served with coffee / tea and drinking water (vegetarian options available)
    Bathe Your Elephant: Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan river for an exhilarating and once in a lifetime bathing experience!
    Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax, dip your feet or take a swim in the clear, cool water.
    Transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
    Note: No private guide service.

  5. Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pakbeng (Join-in Boat).

    Our driver will pick you up from your hotel at 6:30 AM, and transport you to the boat pier. The boat leaves at 7:00 AM for the upstream cruise to Pakbeng. French breakfast is served on board after the introduction of the crew. Shortly thereafter, we will stop to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images. For lunch, local food is served on board. Then, you will have free time for relaxing in the afternoon, until the boat arrives in Pakbeng at dusk. You will be served a typical snack and drink on board in the afternoon. Here, you will retreat to your accommodation for the night.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng.
    Note: No private guide service.

  6. Day 6: Pakbeng – Huayxay (Join-in Boat).

    The guide will meet you on the boat at 06:45 AM, which departs at 07:00 AM for continuing the trip up to Houay Xay. On the way, we visit a Hill Tribe village. Our guide will explain the way of living and the origins of these rural populations. After, lunch will be served on board. A final, brief stop has to be made in Pak Tha for having necessary boat documents signed. Then, before arrival in Houay Xay, we will initiate your palate to local flavors by offering a tasting of seasonal fruits, drinks, snacks. Arrival in Houay Xay will be around 5:00 pm.
    Transfer to hotel in Huay Xay.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Huay Xay.
    Note: No private guide service.

  7. Day 7: Huay Xay – Gibbon Experience (Join-in Package).

    The tour starts after a one-hour drive from Houayxay. Access walk is steep for over an hour and is thus recommended for trekkers in good physical shape aged from 12 to 50 years old. A series of very long ziplines flies you from mountain to mountain to the heart of the Nam Kan National Park and to the most giant tree to be found today in the Lao PDR
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Accommodation in a canopy-level tree house complete with running water; access only by zipline.
    Note: No private guide service.

  8. Day 8: Gibbon Experience (Join-in Package).

    Today, you will have a full day to explore the beauty of Nature, and see the gibbons. You will choose how you want to spend your time, there is no strict schedule, food will come when you get hungry, and the guides will escort you to your tree house and around.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Accommodation in a canopy-level tree house complete with running water; access only by zip-line.
    Note: No private guide service.

  9. Day 9: Gibbon Experience – Huay Xay (Join-in Package).

    Waking up among the heart of Mother Nature, among the rain forest, in a tree house, you can listen the song of the birds and enjoy the beauty of nature. Today you will continue to discover the national park and will come back to Huay Xay in afternoon.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Huay Xay.
    Note: No private guide service.

  10. Day 10: Huay Xay – Luang Nam Tha.

    After breakfast, you will rejoin the transfer to head to Luang Nam Tha. You will be drive through the Nam Ha National park, and arrival Luang Nam Tha in the afternoon.
    Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for checking in and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast. 
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Nam Tha.

  11. Day 11: Luang Nam Tha Trekking

    Departure by Tuk-Tuk, is roughly half an hour ride to Doiluckkam, where a local Khmu guide will join you on your journey. The first day’s pace is moderate though the Nam Ha NPA where the guide will share some of his knowledge of edible and medicinal plants. Next, you will be hiking uphill to see several massive old trees, many types of bamboo and diverse forest plants. If you travel quietly you may see some wild animals such as: monkeys, wild goats and wild pigs. Our Khmu man will prepare the traditional picnic lunch. After lunch the trek continues down from the mountain to your jungle camp, which we should reach by 4:30 pm. You spend a night near the Nam Ha River. Besides resting, you are free to go fishing for dinner with your Khmu guide, stroll around the camp or opt for a refreshing swim in the Nam Ha River close to your camp.
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
    Accommodation: jungle camp in Luang Nam Tha.

  12. Day 12: Luang Nam Tha Trek.

    In the early morning you are likely to hear many kinds of animals communicating with one another, such as: bears, monkeys, barking deer, gibbons, wild pigs, and jungle fowl from the higher mountain tops. You might be very fortunate if you spot some moving through the forest. Before breakfast, early risers are free to take a walk around the camp. (Please, be always mindful about the dos and don’ts in these fragile cultures), ask your guide if you are not too sure what is correct). After breakfast, prepared by our guide, you’ll cross the Nam Ha River and walk through fields, next you’ll get to visit Ban Nalan, where your will learn about Khmu lifestyle, culture, and traditions. Then there is a hike uphill through forest. Traditional lunch will be prepared en-route on the forest path. Thereafter, you will have an easy two-hour hike down the mountain slope until you arrive at the Ban Chalernsouk, where your driver will be waiting for you and shuttle you back to Luang Namtha.
    Meals: breakfast, lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Nam Tha.
    Note: No private guide service.

  13. Day 13: Luang Nam Tha – Nong Kiaw.

    After breakfast, rejoin the car to transfer to Nong Kiaw A beautiful rustic little town on the bank of the Ou River in Laos.
    Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for checking in.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Kiaw.

  14. Day 14: Nong Khiaw – Muang Ngoi – Nong Kiaw.

    We leave Nong Khiaw at 8:30am and cruise up the river via a traditional long boat. Along the way, we stop off to visit several different ethnic villages. We actually pass straight through Muang Ngoi at first and pay the village of Ban Sop Jam a visit. This village is famous for its traditional Lao silk and cotton weaving, here you can purchase some beautiful textiles if you wish.
    After spending some time in the village, we turn around and return back downstream to Muang Ngoi. Upon arrival, we take some time to have a break and a coffee before heading off on a small trek which takes us through some gorgeous scenery consisting of limestone cliffs, mountains and rice paddy fields.
    Along the trek, we visit a historical cave which was used as bomb shelter by the local during the second Indochina war. Upon returning back to Muang Ngoi we board our boat for the cruise back down the river whilst watching the beautiful sunset over Nong Khiaw, arriving back just before dark.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Kiaw.

  15. Day 15: Nong Khiaw – 100 Waterfall – Luang Prabang.

    We’ll start the day with a boat ride on the Nam Ou to a small village where you can learn about the way of life along this river. Then we’ll trek through small streams and rice paddies to reach the base of the 100 waterfalls. The next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.
    Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch on the falls in the middle of it all. Then we’ll take a small villagers’ trail from the top of the falls back down into the valley; along the way, you’ll take in views of the landscapes of the Nam Ou valley.
    Hiking back to the village, we’ll have more time to observe the daily life here before heading back back by a small boat to Nong Khiaw.
    Later of this day, transfer back to Luang Prabang.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  16. Day 16: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang.

    Today we embark on the 7 to 8 hour journey by car to Phonsavan. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life. Xieng Khouang, the gateway to the Plain of Jars, is a town that has been totally rebuilt after it was destroyed during the secret war in Laos. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at Phonsavan, the capital of the Xieng Khoung province. Take a city tour and have the option of visiting MAG, a humanitarian organization clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide (the Mines Advisory Group).
    The evening is free for you to enjoy as you please.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  17. Day 17: Phonsavan – Plain of Jars.

    After breakfast, we will take a short trek to explore the mysterious Plain of Jars and the surrounding area. The jars are thought to be 2000 years old, although there is little proof to date them very accurately. Archaeologist still struggle to confirm the specific purpose of the jars. Were they used for funerary urns or to store rice wine? It remains a mystery until now. Observe local village life; visit a small monastery in Ban Xiengdi and pass areas that were important battlefields during the American war.
    We continue on to Muang Khoun, the one place in the old provincial capital that was not been destroyed by American bombings.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  18. Day 18: Xieng Khuang – Vang Vieng.

    After breakfast, you will be transferred from Xieng Khuang to Vang Vieng.
    Vang Vieng is a small charming town on the Nam Song River side. It's surrounded by striking limestone mountains and caves. Tham Poukham, to the west, is a cave with a blue-green lagoon and a reclining Buddha statue, and many other famous caves.
    Upon arrival Vang Vieng, you will check in the hotel and relax on your own.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

  19. Day 19: Vang Vieng – Tubing – Kayaking.

    After breakfast, transfer from Vang Vieng to the Khamu village of Vieng Samay, about 10km north of Vang Vieng. Receive a safety briefing and an introduction to the basics of kayaking from a kayaking professional before you commence. The Song River is suitable for all levels and offers some small rapids along its course. The first stop is at the cave of Tham Nam Thaem. This cave cuts straight through the mountain, so one emerges on the other side of the mountain range for amazing panoramic views of the Nam Kouang valley. Trek back over small trails that lead to a Lao style picnic lunch set up on the riverside. Enjoy lunch in the peaceful environment before continuing to paddle to the next stop, which is at the Organic Farm. Here mulberry tea and a variety of fruit wines are produced, and may be tasted. The Tham Non Cave lies further downstream and is one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng. It served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War in the 1970’s. Today it is home to a bat colony and 'The Magic Stone of Vang Vieng'. The final leg is a gentle paddle - before returning to Vang Vieng in time to catch the sunset from the terrace of your hotel
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodations: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

  20. Day 20: Vang Vieng – Vientiane.

    Enjoy breakfast, discover Blue Lagoon and Tham Poukham. You will have chance to visit local villages and discover their lifestyle. Then you will transfer to Vientiane - the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  21. Day 21: Vientiane City Tour.

    Today we have a full day to explore Vientiane- the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: Wat Sisaket the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees.
    In the afternoon, a stop at the older part of Morning market is recommended before the visit Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  22. Day 22: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins

    After breakfast, we will take the van to the airport for your flight to Pakse.
    Upon arrival transfer to Champasak town, home to Wat Phou ruins. Until the 1860s, Champasak was the major town of southern Laos, however French-built Pakse eventually replaced it as the area's commercial hub. Nearby Wat Phou, a UNESCO World Heritage temple is all that remains of one of Southeast Asia's most mysterious and least understood kingdoms. The Hindu-influenced Wat Phou ruins is the finest example of Khmer temple ruins outside Cambodia, and little has changed since French explorers first visited the site in the late 1800s. This site was once the nexus of the Khmer Kingdom which spanned over much of present-day Southeast Asia.
    Back to Pakse town and visit Phou Salao, the best place to enjoy sunset panoramic view in Pakse.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  23. Day 23: Pakse – Bolaven – Khong Island

    Depart for the Bolavens Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations. Your first stop is at Tad Lo Waterfalls, a beautiful formation of three separate falls. From the bridge you will first see Tad Hang and then Tad Lo in the distance. The most impressive of the three, Tad Suong, is located a further 10km upriver. After exploring the falls and their surroundings continue through the Plateau.
    This afternoon, continue to Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Tad Fane is a set of twin 120-meter high waterfalls formed by the merging waters of the Champy and Pak Koot rivers. These impressive falls are situated on the edge of Dong Hua Sao protected area, 38 km from Paksé. (Note: water level may vary accordingly to the previous rainy season).
    On the drive back to Pakse we will stop to visit a tea and/or a coffee plantation. Laos is known for its famous coffee, the majority of which is grown here on the Bolaven Plateau. A visit to one of the plantations will show you the process of planting, harvesting and roasting these delicious beans.
    Transfer to Don Khong in late afternoon.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Khong Island.


  24. Day 24: 4000 Island Surrounding – Don Deng.

    After enjoy the breakfast, you will check out the room and then take the long tail boat down stream of Mekong River to Don Khone. From here, take motorised tuk tuk to see the remains of the sole railway built by the French during their time as colonial occupiers, followed by vibrant Li Phi Falls. Come back to Nagasang boat pier where the car and driver will wait for you transfer to the most beautiful fall: Khonephapheng Fall - the largest fall in Southeast Asia in terms of water volume. The falls had a profound effect on the planned use of the Mekong River as a French trade conduit connecting Vietnam with China, and resulted in the construction of the bypass railway joining Khone and Det islands.
    Transfer to Done Deng for checking in.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Done Deng.

  25. Day 25: Don Deng – Free at Leisure.

    You will have full day for free at leisure to refresh yourselves after a long trip.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Don Deng.

  26. Day 26: Don Deng – Free at Leisure – Pakse.

    Today is another day for free to enjoy the peaceful of Mekong river by your own.
    In afternoon, transfer back to Pakse.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  27. Day 27: Pakse Departure.

    You will have free time before be picked up and transfer to airport for departure flight.
    Meals: Breakfast.

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