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Laos special

Price: Available upon request. Duration: 10 Days
Overview

This 10-day trip starting from Southern of Laos will give you most highlights of this country by visiting to the Khong Island - the largest island in the area offering the serene monasteries and one of the most scenic areas in Laos and the other World Heritage Sites and their mighty waterfalls.

As you’ll be travelling tailor-made, you can transform this sample tour into your dream holiday. Just ask us to make any changes, and you’ll have a revised itinerary with 24 hours – no limit to the number of changes, and no charge for making the amendments!

Day 1: Pickup at Pakse airport and transfer by boat to visit the Wat Phu. Overnight in Khong Island

Day 2: A full day exploring Khong Island with its beautiful Liphi waterfalls

Day 3: Drive from Khong Island to Tadlo and visiting to Boloven plateau. Arrival in Tadlo, enjoy a touring and overnight here.

Day 4: Enjoy a visiting to Tadlo waterfalls in the morning. Transferring to Pakse aiport for flight to Luang Prabang. 

Day 5: A full day touring in Luang Prabang including the Wat Sene, Wat Xiengthong and Pak Ou cave. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 6: Touring to ethnic village and Kuang Si Waterfalls for a visiting. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 7:A full day exploring Xieng Khouang. Overnight in Xieng Khouang

Day 8: Flight from Xieng Khouang to Vientiane and enjoy a half day city tour after arrival. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 9: A full day touring in Vientiane.

Day 10: Transferring to Vientiane airport for departure flight

 

DAY 1: PAKSE ARRIVAL - WAT PHU - KHONG ISLAND

Upon arrival, you are met and transfer to boat pier, we board the long tail motorboat downstream the Mekong to Champasak to visit the ruins of Wat Phu, the pre-Angkorian temple, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Here we also have a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. After lunch we drive to the peaceful Khong Island, the largest in the 4000 islands region, on the way we stopover to at the villages of ban Phone Saat.  

Meals: Lunch

DAY 2: KHONG ISLAND

After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise venturing into the widest point of the Mekong River where thousands of islets become visible in dry season, giving this area a lovely name: Si Phan Don.  Along the way, we stop at the Liphi waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. We also visit the fishing village of Ban Done Khone. On return, we take a short drive to the Lao – Cambodia border at Weukham, expect to be encapsulated by the sight of Khone Phapheng, which boasts South East Asia’s biggest waterfall, known as the Niagara of the east. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 3: KHONG ISLAND - TADLO

Upon leaving Done Khone Island, we continue our journey towards Tadlo, through Boloven plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route.  This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region. Upon arrival at Tad Lo waterfall, we visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 4: TADLO - PAKSE - LUANG PRABANG

After breakfast, we enjoy Asian Elephant riding to visit beautiful Tadlo waterfalls and local village of Khmu; we transfer to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival we explore the main town. Strolling around walking street of Night Market where you can find the lovely souvenirs of hand-made textiles from local peoples from Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE – LUANG PRABANG

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG - KOUANGSI WATERFALLS - LUANG PRABANG

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit 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 handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. We also drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Phabath.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG - XIENG KHOUANG

After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. Today, we drive 306km uphill a mountain surrounded by wonderful natural scenery to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. If time permits, we see the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 8: XIENG KHOUANG - VIENTIANE

Following breakfast, we visit the Central Market. After you will have free time to explore the town further before catching our flight back to Vientiane. After checking into the hotel, time permitting we continue our sightseeing tour of the surrounding areas of Vientiane; we visit the impressive Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. A spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 9: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR

After breakfast, we continue to explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest temple Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

In the afternoon, we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We return to the Mekong Riverside in the late afternoon for observing the sunset.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

DAY 10: VIENTIANE DEPARTURE

Your time will be your own until your private car and driver arrives to take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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