Type: Adventure Tour
Duration: 10 Days
Best Time to Travel: October – April
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Vientiane – Van Vieng
Depart the capital on Route 13 for the small town of Vang Vieng. En route stop at Vang Xang, an 11th century archaeological site.
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.
End the day with a superb panorama of the sun setting over the Nam Son River.
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.
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.
Van Vieng – Luang Prabang
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.
Stop at the Munag Xieng Nguen village before arriving at Luang Prabang, one of the best preserved cities in Southeast Asia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang (Plain Of Jars)
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.
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.
Xieng Khoang – Pakse
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.
Drive to Pakse.
Tour ends after breakfast and transfer to airport for onward flight.
- 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
|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)|