Laos Insight

Laos Insight

Starts
Luang Prabang
Destinations
+ 4
Ends
Khong Island
Luang Prabang → Xieng Khuang → Vientiane → Pakse

Highlights

  • Travel back in time at vibrant temples and interesting museum.
  • Cruise along mighty Mekong river to discover spiritual Pak Ou caves – Soak your foot into emerald water of Kuang Si waterfall.
  • Explore mysterious Plain of Jars with picturesque settings.
  • Enjoy beautiful scenery of massive limestone mountains and bright green rice paddies in Vang Vieng.
  • Vist bizarre open-air sculpture Buddha park covering over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
  • Experience rural laid-back life of Southern Laos.
  • Wander around Bolaven Plateau to get knowledge of how coffee and tea are produced.
Age range
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The trip begins at exquisite town of Luang Prabang, UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will soak in the grace of this place to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. Head to the mysterious centre of Phonsavan to wonder at the ancient burial ground, the Plain of Jars. Traveling to the town of Vang Vieng is like arriving in a complete sanctuary. This little town is nestled among massive limestone mountains and bright green rice paddies. Stop at Vientiane, Laos’ capital city, an old French colonial trading post. This city is both abundant in French architecture as well as beautiful, ornate Buddhist temples. Even though it is the country’s largest city, it has not lost its friendly and laid back character. Your trip ends in Sothern Laos, Pakse, if you wander around a little, you’ll soon discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven Coffee or Lao tea while watching people and life go by.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival.

    Welcome to Luang Prabang, profoundly influenced by the French, unquestionably earns the title of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this exquisite town in Laos is not to be missed under any circumstances. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples. It’s a perfect destination if you are in the process of deciding where to travel in Laos.
    Meet you guide and be transferred to hotel for check in (check in time from 14:00). Rest of the day is free at leisure.
    Meals: Not Available.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  2. Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – City Tour.

    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai to learn about Lau Lao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine). Move to Ban Xang Khong where the Lue peoples of this village are noted in particular for Saa paper, which is paper made from fast-growing mulberry bark naturally shed by the tree. The paper is beautiful and durable, made into notebooks, scrapbooks, gift bags, cards, lanterns, fans, boxes and art with designs painted in gold.
    Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong - representative of classic Laotian architecture. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  3. Day 3: Luang Prabang – Alms Giving – Kuang Si Waterfall.

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    We begin our trip with Royal Palace Museum, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi 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 take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Buying T shirt or other merchandise is highly recommended to fund this preservation. Back to the old town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang – Phonsavan.

    Continue our trip to Phonsavan (around 8-9 hours) passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive with spectacular view of Laos rain forest and the mountain ranges. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  5. Day 5: Phonsavan – Plain of Jars.

    Spend the morning exploring the mysterious archaeological wonderland: the Plain of Jars.
    Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG exhibition then head out to the Plain of Jars. Explore Site 1 of the ancient and mysterious
    Plain of Jars: an enchanting archaeological site, where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the plateau. In the afternoon, we discover Site 2 and Site 3 in the different location and the journey to reach them offers glimpse of some typical local villages. We get back to hotel later in the afternoon and have couple hours to enjoy the hotel facility and the tranquility of this small town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  6. Day 6: Phonsavan – Vang Vieng.

    After breakfast and refreshment, we check out and take a drive to Vang Vieng (6 hours), a little charming town settle on the bank of Nam Song river with karst mountain backdrop. Arrive, check in and head to organic farm to get knowledge of natural materials & traditional methods for growing crops & raising animals, without using chemicals or artificial fertilizers. Back to hotel to relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

  7. Day 7: Vang Vieng – Kayaking – Caving.

    Today we discover the nature beauty of Vang Vieng. We will be transferred shortly to the Khmu village of Viengsamay about 10 km north of Vang Vieng. From here we paddle downstream the Nam Song River.
    We drive to visit Tham Phoukham cave, the country’s beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will meet local villagers and learn about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool called Blue Lagoon in front of the caves where you can swim and refresh yourself from the heat. Then we do the zipline for about one hour to enjoy fascinating scenery.
    Next we head to Tham Jang cave, the home for migrating people, who settled near the town’s southern Meuang Xong Village to rise vegetables. The locals stumbled into the cavern during the civil war, while seeking refuge deep in the forest.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

  8. Day 8: Vang Vieng – Drive to Vientiane.

    Enjoy free morning then we drive to Vientiane (4 hours), capital of Laos, arrive and check in.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  9. Day 9: Vientiane – City Tour.

    Today we have a full day to explore Vientiane- the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indochinese 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: National Museum, 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. Next is 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. Then 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. In the afternoon we take a half day tour to Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  10. Day 10: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins – Bolaven Plateau.

    We take a morning flight to Pakse, if you wander around a little, you’ll soon discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven Coffee or Lao tea while watching people and life go by.
    On arrival, meet your guide and drive to visit unique Wat Phou temple of Khmer of Wat Phou ruin the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex. You have time to take a look at the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. On the summit of the mountain is a 15 meter high monolith, which is the main reason for the site of the temple as this is a natural lingam or symbol of the Hindu god Shiva.
    Head to Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations. Our first stop is Tad Fane waterfalls, 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. We continue to impressive Tad Yuang waterfall with its twin torrents falling about 40 meters and flowing into lush jungle. Back to Pakse for overnight.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  11. Day 11: Pakse – Siphandone – Khong Island.

    Today we driver further to the South (about 4 hours) for a short along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the East Sea (Bien Dong); when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets.
    At Ban Nakasang pier we take a short boat trip to visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall (Liphi Waterfall). Continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock. Drive to Don Khong, the largest island for overnight.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Don Khong.

  12. Day 12: Khong Island – Pakse.

    Enjoy breakfast while watching sunrise on mighty Mekong river. We drive back to Pakse, on the way stop at Phou Salao for overview of the town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  13. Day 13: Pakse – Departure.

    Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy free time before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Have a good journey & See you again!

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

    3. Transport

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      Private transportation with A/C.

    • Flights

      Vientiane - Pakse by Laos Airline.


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    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
    • Domestic flight: Vientiane – Pakse.
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    • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
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    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

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