Laos - North & South Highlights
7 Days / 6 Nights
This comprehensive tour combines the Northern and Southern highlights of Laos and includes the key cultural and natural experiences the destination has to offer. 7 days in Laos is just enough time to have an intense programme, but still find some ‘quiet time’ to enjoy the relaxed pace of life, which is the specialty of Laos.
Northern Laos with Luang Prabang, the cultural centre of Laos, is famed for living Buddhist culture and French colonial heritage
Southern Laos with the Bolaven Plateau is home to the most impressive natural wonders of Laos, and South-East Asia and the Wat Phou UNESCO World Heritage Site, a small, but significant temple.
Experiential activities (Baci Ceremony, Traditional Story-Telling) offer an inexpensive way for making the tour more interactive and multi-sensual
Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.
Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience Laos with Seven Senses.
Day 1. Arrive Luang Prabang (-/-/D)
Arrive Luang Prabang, the world heritage city. Your local guide will welcome you at Luang Prabang International airport.
Private transfer to your hotel where a welcome drink will be served. Check in.
If time permits, orientation tour of the town by tuk tuk.
Climb up Phousi hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong river.
Later you will participate in a Baci ceremony - Baci is a ceremony in Laos which has been practiced for hundreds of years. The term commonly used is “sou khuan” which means “spirit enhancing or spirit calling”. The ceremony involves the tying of white cotton strings around a person’s wrists and a prayer saying or well-wishing for the person that the ceremony is intended for. The Baci ceremony is held on many different occasions or events throughout the year. It can be held any day of the week though it has to be on a good day in the lunar calendar. These good days are known to elders, senior monks, or ex-monks. The ceremony can be held for both sad times and happy times.
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 2. Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning embark at the local pier of Luang Prabang on a traditional boat cruise upstream on the Mekong river to visit the sacred Buddha caves. On the way stop at Thin Hong, a picturesque village to get a glimpse of daily life. Visit Tham Ting and Tham Phoum caves in which you find hundreds of Buddha statues. Lunch on board.
Return to Luang Prabang by boat.
On the way back stop at Ban Xang Khong, handmade paper village. After arrival to Luang Prabang, drop in the old city for a walk or shop at the Hmong night market.
In the evening: Garavek Story Telling – Experience Lao Myths and Legends accompanied by the traditional Khaen Flute (Mouth Organ).
Dinner at Elephant restaurant.
Day 3. Tagbat Ceremony - Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuangsi Waterfalls (B/L/-)
Early morning at sunrise join the daily Tagbat ceremony - alms giving to the monks of Luang Prabang. This serene ritual is an important part of spiritual life of the Lao people. For visitors it offers a memorable experience and opportunity for photography. Your guide will explain how to respectfully follow the customs and rules involved. After the ceremony you will visit the local fresh market. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Visit the Royal Palace Museum housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past, then continue to Vat Xieng Thong at the tip of the peninsula. The oldest and most beautiful temple of the UNESCO World Heritage town dates back from the 16th century. The roof sweeps low to the ground and glass colored panels adorn the walls of the chapels. Visit the residential neighborhoods of the peninsular before visiting Wat Mai.
Lunch at Couleur Café restaurant (colonial bistro style, modern Lao kitchen).
In the afternoon, excursion by car to Kuangsi waterfalls 32 km to the west of Luang Prabang. Short walk through the forest to the waterfall. After enjoying the scenery, take a swim in one of the nearby clear pools. Visit the Asian Bear sanctuary. Return to Luang Prabang. Dinner at Leisure.
Day 4. Luang Prabang - Pakse - Champasak - Don Daeng (B/L/D)
Early morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse. Upon arrival in Pakse, have a homegrown coffee at the Sinouk Cafe, then transfer to the pier to embark on a traditional boat for a 2 hours cruise to the small town of Champasak. Continue by car to visit Vat Phou, the ruins of a Khmer Temple from 8-11th century. Visit the local museum. The temple might not be as impressive as Ankor Wat, but is a significant historical site and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to your hotel for check-in.
In the afternoon explore your hotel's surroundings on foot or bicycle, or just take time by the pool or on your terrace overlooking the Mekong and the mountains around Champasak.
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 5. Don Daeng - Khon and Det Islands - Champasak (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning drive to the mighty Khonphapeng Waterfalls at the southern tip of Laos. Continue to the port for a ferry boat to Don Khon and Don Det. Cross the French railway bridge linking Don Khon and Don Det and pass-by an old locomotive, left behind by the French colonial authorities. Walk to the beautiful Liphi Waterfalls.
Lunch at local restaurant. At the end of the day, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
Day 6. Champasak - Bolaven - Pakse (B/L/-)
Drive to the Bolaven Plateau, a unique elevated region in Laos, where tea and the famous Café Lao are grown. Stop at a plantation and continue to the spectacular Tad Fane Falls located in pristine jungle. Visit Tad Phasuam and Tad Yeuang Waterfalls. Lunch at Sinouk Coffee plantation.
Drive back to Pakse, arrive and check in to your hotel.
Dinner at Leisure.
Day 7. Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at your hotel. Time at leisure until your transfer to Pakse airport.
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
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS FROM £1,545 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Accommodation at the following carefully selected boutique hotels when available, based on twin/double occupancy:
My Dream Boutique Resort
The River Resort
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Boat tickets according to the itinerary.
Domestic flights according to the itinerary.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Daily breakfast and lunch (without drinks) on tour days as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Return flights from the UK to Laos.
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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