Laos

Adventure Tour

Laos Adventure

Summary

Type: Adventure Tour

Duration: 10 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Luang Prabang
Pakse
Van Vieng
Vientiane
Xieng Khoang



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    Laos Adventure - Itinerary

    Come and enjoy the jewel of Southeast Asia – Laos; a country of rare beauty and welcoming people. The tour commences in the sleepy capital Vientiane with its wide tree-lined boulevards and shimmering That Luang Stupa.

    Next it’s on to Van Vieng located amid a wonderful mountain landscape. Here we trek to local ethnic villages and visit limestone caves. At Luang Prabang enjoy saffron-clad monks and gilded temples and a relaxed pace of life.

    The tour also visits the enigmatic Plain of Jars and the Khmer ruins of Champassak; a forerunner to Angkor.

    Day 1

    Vientiane

    In the morning

    Arrive at Vientiane where you will be met and welcomed by your Laos guide. Transfer to your hotel for checking-in and briefing of the tour.



    Day 2

    Vientiane

    Vientiane
    In the morning

    Full day sightseeing of the Laos capital including its oldest temple Wat Sisaket, famed for its thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Also included is Laos’ national icon the That Luang Stupa and the Patuxay Arch – Vientiane’s version of the Arc de Triumph.

    In the afternoon

    Drive out to Buddha Park; an enchanting and somewhat bizarre collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures located near the Friendship Bridge. There are roughly 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, believed to be the creation of Buddhist monk.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 3

    Vientiane – Van Vieng

    In the morning

    Depart the capital on Route 13 for the small town of Vang Vieng. En route stop at Vang Xang, an 11th century archaeological site.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Vang Vieng nestled on a bend on the Nam Song River. Visit the Tham Jang Caves on the other side of the river and have a short trek through some stunning mountain scenery to another cave at Tam None and some nearby hill villages.

    In the evening

    End the day with a superb panorama of the sun setting over the Nam Son River.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Van Vieng

    Van Vieng
    In the morning

    Depart for the limestone Tham Phoukham caves set amid lush forests. Along the way, stop at local villages to witness the lives of the rural population. At Tham Phoukham there is a small natural pool where you can take a dip to refresh yourself.

    In the afternoon

    After a picnic lunch we explore the area on foot and visit some neighboring villages of the Hmong, Souay and Taidam ethnic minorities before returning by road to Vang Vieng.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 5

    Van Vieng – Luang Prabang

    In the morning

    After an early breakfast we drive to Luang Prabang. The journey offers more breath-taking scenery including steep terraced rice paddies and hill villages with numerous photo opportunities.

    In the afternoon

    Stop at the Munag Xieng Nguen village before arriving at Luang Prabang, one of the best preserved cities in Southeast Asia.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 6

    Luang Prabang

    In the morning

    Take a short guided tour including the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in coloured glass. Its exterior architecture is also remarkable with its low sweeping roof – typical of classical Lao architecture.

    In the afternoon

    Cruise up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. The two caves are linked and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for the production of Lao rice wine. On the return to Luang Prabang stop at small village well known for its hand weaving.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang
    In the morning

    Drive to the beautiful Khuang Si Falls where the waters tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Visit a nearby black bear sanctuary and enjoy a picnic lunch near the falls before returning to Luang Prabang.

    In the afternoon

    An afternoon’s sightseeing of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Wat Xiang Thong, the country’s most important Buddhist monastery, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and, if time, Wat Mai. Tour the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum with ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as various Buddha artifacts including the Prabang, a large holy image donated by the Khmer Kingdom in the 14th century.

    At sunset climb nearby Phousi Hill for great views of the town and river. There will be time to visit the Night Bazaar where you can find lovely handmade textiles created by the locals and the hill tribes.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang (Plain Of Jars)

    Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang (Plain Of Jars)
    In the morning

    Optional early morning start to witness the daily alms ritual, where saffron-clad monks receive offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.

    In the afternoon

    After breakfast head to Xieng Khoang province. The drive takes approx. 8 hours and there will be many photo stops and opportunities to enjoy some splendid natural scenery of mountains and forests. Arrive in Phonesavanh at mid-afternoon and continue to the Plain of Jar sites 1 and 2. Transfer to check in the hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Xieng Khoang – Pakse

    In the morning

    Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Champassak to visit the 6th century ruins of Wat Phu Temple which predate Angkor Wat by 500 years. Originally built as a shrine to Shiva, the temple is thought to have been linked to Angkor by a 100km road marked with stones.

    In the afternoon

    Drive to Pakse.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Pakse

    In the morning

    Tour ends after breakfast and transfer to airport for onward flight.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan
    • Experienced English speaking Laos tour guide
    • Cool towels and drinking water in car / minivan
    • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Laos Visa
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc

    Accommodation Information

    Destination First class Deluxe Class
    Vientiane Salana Boutique (Superior) Green Park Boutique (Deluxe)
    Vang Vieng Thavonsok Resort (Garden view) Thavonsok Resort (Garden view)
    Luang Phrabang Sala Prabang (Classic) Burasari Heritage(Superior)
    Xieng Khoang Vansana Plain of Jars (Standard) Vansana Plain of Jars (Standard)
    Pakse Champasak Palace (Superior) Champasak Palace (Superior)

    Laos Adventure Summary

    Details

    Type: Adventure

    Duration: 10 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Luang Prabang
    Pakse
    Van Vieng
    Vientiane
    Xieng Khoang
    FROM
    £949
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

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