10 Days / 9 Nights
Experience Luang Prabang - take a boat to the Pak Ou Caves - swim in the crystal clear water ponds at the foot of the Kuangsi Waterfall - see the capital, Vientiane - then fly to Pakse and admire waterfalls and ethnic villages in the South. Go trekking, visit coffee plantations and the 4000 Islands, finally explore Vat Phou,
a Khmer temple from the 10th century.
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Day 1. Arrive Luang Prabang - Phou Si (-/-/-)
Welcome by your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel for check in. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon your guide will take you around town on an orientation tour, then climb up to visit Phou Si hill. The hill commands great views over the town, the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and the mountain ranges. It takes you 328 steps to reach the top, and at sunset, the changing colors of the sky are particularly spectacular. The light reflecting on the golden spire of the temple at the top is also beautiful. The stairs are lined up with flamboyant and frangipani trees providing a deserved shade as you walk up and down.
Once back at ground level, stop at the awakening Hmong minority people's Night Market. It is held daily in the streets around the National Museum. Villagers come here to sell their handicrafts.
We recommend a “sinhdat” BBQ dinner at DyenSabai. Lao people love sharing experiences including dining ones. The concept of “sinhdat” (literally “seared meats”) is a variation of the renowned Japanese “ShabuShabu”. It consists of grilling meat cuts on top of a metallic dome that is placed above a clay pot with ardent ashes. All this is set in the middle of your table and everyone grills at his own pace. The dome is also recipient of a delicious broth that makes a soup with herbs, vegetables, eggs, and other condiments. Everything is dipped in a sweet red beans and soy pasta. You can complement that with a dash of lime juice, grated garlic and crushed fresh hot chili.
Day 2. Luang Prabang City Tour (B/-/-)
At 5:40 am head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend the alms giving. Long lines of monks and novices stroll the street of the town center to collect their daily food subsistence from the worshippers. This ancient ritual is locally known as “tak bat”.
Continue with a visit to the open-air food market that is held daily in the streets nearby the former Royal Palace. Lao people still like buying fresh food. While fridges are widespread in households, people prefer going to local markets and returning home with fresh ingredients. Return to have breakfast at the hotel.
After breakfast, we visit The National Museum in the building that used to be Royal Palace. Inside the complex of the National Museum, you will see the “Prabang” sacred golden statue, which gave its name to the town.
Then visit Vat Mai, the former Royal temple. Continue to the Heritage House, a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional architecture at the back of Vat Xieng Muane. Visit TAEC, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre which depicts Laos's rich ethnic diversity with themed rotating exhibits. It is hosted in a former French judge's colonial mansion.
Lao set lunch at Khaiphaen restaurant, a vocational training restaurant for disadvantaged street kids.
Afternoon, free at leisure
We recommend dinner at Bamboo restaurant.
Day 3. Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide at the lobby, and transfer to visit Vat Xieng Thong, one of the most emblematic temples in Laos. It is located at the top of the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet.
Then, continue to the pier to board your long-boat for a highly scenic 2 ½ hour boat ride up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. In Pak Ou, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.
Return to town for lunch at Kitchen by the Mekong.
Afternoon, we drive to Kuang Si waterfall, 32 km south-west of Luang Prabang. Kuang Si is a good place to get more familiar with the endemic and endangered Asian Black Bear at the Rescue Center. It is also possible to hike to the top of the falls via a steep trail, and if the weather is good, you might enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water ponds at the foot of the falls.
Return to Luang Prabang and en route visit ethnic minority villages.
We will view the sunset at Ock Pop Tok with snacks and soft drinks.
We recommend dinner at Tangor restaurant.
Day 4. Lung Prabang - Vientiane (B/-/-)
Meet your guide at the lobby and transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your domestic flight to Vientiane.
Upon arrival to Vientiane meet your guide and transfer to town for sightseeing. Start with a visit to Vat Sisaket: the only temple left intact after the Siamese invasion in 1828. It shelters hundred of statues of Buddha within its walls.
Continue to Vat PhraKeo, now a religious museum where you can see Lao and Khmer works of art. It used to host the “Emerald Buddha” that is now on display at Bangkok’s Royal Palace.
In the afternoon, visit Patuxai Monument, also called Anousavari, and enjoy a panoramic views over the city from the top. It is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe that is located at the top of LanXang Avenue, the Champs Elysees of the Lao capital. Next is That Luang, a golden stupa that crowns a small hill is the holiest place in Laos, and site of an amazing pilgrimage in November. It is iconic and represented on all bank notes and official stamps.
Visit to COPE centre. To learn more about Laos and its history that is not very well known: the Secret War, which corresponds to the Vietnam War (also known as American War from a Vietnamese stand point). Laos is unfortunately the country which has received the most bombs per capita during the war. Still today, a good deal of those unexploded ordnances (UXOs) explode as people work their fields and children play in the countryside. Laos is actively fighting the use of these cluster bombs and the COPE centre will depict and inform visitors on these issues. Part of the complex is actually a medical centre where disabled people get new hopes as they receive prosthesis and get new mobility after reeducation. Transfer to hotel for check in. Evening free at leisure.
We recommend dinner at a local restaurant along the Mekong river.
Day 5. Vientiane - Pakse - Bolaven Loop (B/-/-)
Early morning meet your guide at the lobby and transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse.
Upon arrival in Pakse meet your local English speaking guide and visit Bolaven Plateau. You will see some waterfalls and ethnic villages along the way. Your tour will start by stops at PhaSoum & Tad Lo waterfalls.
Continue toward Paksong. En route, depending on timing, visit some ethnic villages (Katu, Alak, Lavens) and a Mulberry farm close to Ban Thatheng. Drive to Sinouk coffee resort and check in. Evening free at leisure.
We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Day 6. Full Day Trekking - Champasak (B/L/-)
Paksong – Khamsone Coffee plantation –Tad Moun– B Bang
Depart to Paksong, then change from to a Jeep. First stop will be the Khamsone Coffee farm: 13km/30min on a bumpy road (can be muddy in rainy season). Arrival at Khamsone coffee plantation, where Mr. Khamsone, your guide and the coffee farm owner will explain and demonstrate everything about coffee plantations from planting to roasting, finishing by a coffee tasting to savour the different kinds of coffee (Robusta, Arabica and Typica).
Trek along the coffee plantations for 45 mins to the top of the Volcano named PhuSanak and enjoy the panorama view of Bolaven plateau before continue the trek to PhuKatok where the American army fought the Vietcong in 1965 – 1973.
Continue trekking to Tad Moun waterfall (2 km/1 hr), on the way you can see many vegetable fields like ginger, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, chili ...etc.
At Tad Moun waterfalls take a picnic & enjoy your time to swim and relax. (Fruits and beverages will be provided).
In the afternoon, after relaxing at Tad Moun waterfall, continue your trek to Tad Mearlouk waterfall before transfer to B. Bang. Arrive to B Bang then switch back from the Jeep to car, continue to Champasak. Late evening arrive at Champasak; check in to the hotel.
We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Day 7. 4000 Islands - Khone Papheng (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to boat pier in Ban Had XayKoun and embark on your boat for a cruise to Don Det & Don Khone to explore local villages. You will also see some local fishermen on their daily duty along the river, and the scenic view on 4000 Islands, locally called Si Phan Don. Visit Tad Somphamit (Li Pi) in Don Kone.
Lunch at local restaurant, then visit Khone Phapheng, further south, at the border with Cambodia. They are part of the largest waterfalls in this region of Asia. Return to hotel and free time at leisure.
We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Day 8. Vat Phou (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visit Vat Phou in Champasak, the second UNESCO World Heritage site of Laos PDR. Vat Phou was part of the Khmer empire centred at Angkor to the southwest, at least as early as the reign of Yashovarman in the early 10th century. Return to the hotel and free time at leisure.
We recommend dinner at the hotel.
Day 9. Champasak - Day at Leisure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Day free at leisure.
Day 10. Champasak - Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)
According to your flight schedule transfer to the airport for departure back to the UK.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS FROM £1,760 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Domestic flights, boat tickets according to the itinerary.
Accommodation at the following carefully selected boutique hotels when available, based on twin/double occupancy:
Beau Rivage Mekong
Sinouk Coffee Resort
Nakon Cafe Guesthouse
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Laos. Request a quote from us.
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for Laos
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
You have chosen to visit some remote areas of Laos where tourism is still in its infancy. We thank you for your open-mindedness and consideration. We are persuaded you will enjoy your time in these little visited parts of our beautiful country. We take this opportunity to inform you that you might occasionally face some situations when you may not be attended in a very professional manner simply because staffs have not necessarily been properly trained. In developing countries, it is an on-going concern which is being addressed by the relevant local and national authorities but we rest assured that tour guide will do his/her utmost to compensate the eventual weaknesses encountered here and there. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your feedback.
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