Best Of Laos – 12 Days

The complete journey through Laos within 12 wonderful days. Beginning in the north and traveling south with a combination of activities will surely not make you tired, but enjoy the trip most. All the highlights of country that represents Laos history, culture, tradition and natural beauty are definitely inclusive.
Complete your Laos holiday with a unforgettable experience.

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Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival (Meals: N/A)
Upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, a guide and driver of Laos Tours Expert will welcome you and transfer to hotel in town for check in. The rest of day is at your own leisure.
Luang Prabang – the best preserved city in South East Asia is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era. Its remarkably well-preserved townscape reflects the alliance of these two distinct cultural traditions.
Your unforgettable memory is the Bustling Hill Tribe Night Market where sells traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the ethnic local people.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 2: Luang Prabang city tour – Pak Ou Caves (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong – the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos.
Then we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves. En route, stop over to visit Ban Xang Hai where distillation sticky rice wine can be seen. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Cave. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 3: Trekking to Ban Long Lao – Kuang Si Waterfall (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we will enjoy a short visit through the Luang Prabang countryside. Begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Long Lao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Long Lao Song. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school. As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddys and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the Second Indochina War.
After visiting the cave one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Xi waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. Lunch can be taken at the falls with time for relaxation, swimming and the possibility to climb to the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch the sun setting over the Mekong.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we take the road overland through beautiful natural scenery to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964-1973. This is long drive (approximately 7 – 8 hours) with spectacular view of Lao rain forest and the mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, check in your hotel and relax.
Overnight in your hotel in Phonsavan.

Day 5: Xieng Khouang – Plain of Jars (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at hotel, we drive over the dirt road to explore the mysterious archeological wonderland: the Plain of Jars. Explore Site 1 of the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars: an enchanting archeological site, where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the plateau. Then we discover site 2 and site 3 in the different location and the journey to reach them offers glimpse of some typical Hmong local villages. Spend a short time to visit Russian Tank before having lunch on your own.
In the afternoon, enjoy a drive of 1 hour to Muang Khoun. Muang Khoun is one area in the old provincial capital that has not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is home to a unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that remain in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period. Drive back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Phonsavan.

Day 6: Xieng Khouang – Vang Vieng (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we will travel to Vang Vieng by car. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life.  Stop en-route to visit Tham Xang Cave – also called Elephant Cave, it contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites that give the cave its name. Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, check in your hotel and relax.
Overnight in your hotel in Vang Vieng.

Day 7: Kayak on Nam Song River (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you will be transferred for a short distance out of Vang Vieng then we paddle downstream the Nam Song River. On the way we stop to explore some stunning caves, take a short trek and visit to the Organic Farm, where mulberry tea and a variety of fruit wines are produced.
The trip offers a number of the regions cave sites and scenic areas. The day can easily be tailored to your preferences. Arriving the dock nearby your hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Vang Vieng.

Day 8: Vang Vieng – Vientiane – city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive along route 13 to Vientiane the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments. Take a short visit of Wat Sisaket – the oldest surviving monastery in Vientiane with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Next stop is Patuxai Monument (or also called Anusawali by Laotian) – the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, where you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views over the city. Then we move to the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol – Pha That Luang.
If time permitted, we will visit Wat Si Muang – the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane before drive back to the city’s center and check in your hotel.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 9: Vientiane – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau
In the early morning,we will head to the airport to catch a flight to Pakse. On arrival you will met your guide and driver for the journey east across the Bolaven Plateau, passing the many plantations typical of those found in the region. Bolaven Plateau is an area of highlands situated to the east of Pakse, home to various hilltribes, such as Lavens from which the region gets its name. Any visit 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 visited en-route.
Continue to Tad Lo, home to another scenic waterfall as well as numerous ethnic minority groups. Having visited the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu return to your lodge where you can enjoy a sunset swim in the waterfalls.
Overnight in Tad Lo Lodge.

Day 10: Bolaven Plateau – Wat Phou – Khong Island (Meals: Breakfast)
This morningwe drive back to Pakse and continue the trip to UNESCO world Heritage Site, Wat Phou a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple.  Crossing the Mekong River by ferry and visiting the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou that are located near to the town and are one of South-East Asia’s most dramatically situated temple sites with superb views across the Mekong River.
Return to Champassak, driving through streets lined with French colonial buildings.
After lunch, a short stop at Ban Nong Bune will give you the opportunity to observe wood carvers at work before continuing to Ban Kiet Ngong a small Lao village where you will embark on a 90 minute elephant ride through the forest up to Mount Asa. Ride through the Xe Pian Protected Area whose wetlands and forest offer a biodiversal ecosystem. This tour program was developed to provide the local villagers with a sustainable tourism project from which they can profit. Continue on to Khong Island, the biggest island in south Laos and the start of the 4000 Islands Region.
The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore the island by foot or bike, or just simply relax into the Si Phan Don pace of life.
Overnight in your hotel in Khong Island.

Day 11: Khong Island – Khone Phapheng – Pakse (Meals: Breakfast)
Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone and surroundings. Visit the peaceful islands of Done Det and Done Khone for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen and sites of the only railway ever built in Laos (end of the 19th century).
Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall. Return to Ban Khone. Board a local long – tail river boat to reach Ban Phiengdee for lunch. After a stroll through the palm-fringed villages, continue to the southernmost part of Laos and the impressive Khone Papheng waterfalls, the largest cascade along the Mekong River, just a few miles from the Cambodian border. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.
In the afternoon, drive back to Pakse via a good location to spot the region’s rare Irrawaddy dolphins. The remainder of your day is at leisure to relax or explore the island further.
Overnight in your hotel in Pakse.

Day 12: Pakse – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
You are free to walk around the town before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight.

Khawp Jai Lai Lai & La Khawn (Thank you very much & Goodbye)

Price per person
Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Land Tour $US 1,652 $US 1,114 $US 898
Flights $US 145 $US 145 $US 145
Total $US 1,797 $US 1,259 $US 1,043

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic flight ticket from Vientiane to Pakse
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Private long tailed boat trip on Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves
– Private boat trip to visit Khong Island and Surroundings
– Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
– Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
– Local English speaking guide
– 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge.

Service Excluded:
– International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
– Travel insurance, Laos Entry Visa fee
– Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels