Experience Mighty Mekong River – 9 Days

Start your Laos holiday in Vientiane – the country’s laid-back capital and followed by concrete travel plan from Laos to Northern Thailand. You will discover the mighty Mekong River from the South of Laos up to North East Thailand. This is the most complete Laos experience of the lot, ensuring you don’t miss a thing along the way.
Travel through Laos to Thailand, sticking close to the Mekong River, taking in sites such as Vientiane, Wat Phou, Si Phan Done, Luang Prabang and 2 days 1 night upstream river cruise on Mekong river to Laos – Thai border in Huay Xai.
Laos Tour Expert can also tailor this holiday to meet your specific needs.

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Day 1: Vientiane arrival (Meals: N/A)
Welcome to Vientiane – the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments. A guide and private car of Laos Tours Expert will meet you at Wattay Airport and transfer to your hotel in town for check-in. Free at your leisure to walk along Mekong River’s bank, especially enjoy a daily night market which offers both modern and traditional local products and some excellent local food stalls found nearby on Chao Anou Road. Elsewhere in the city you will discover a wide array of dining and entertainment opportunities, with something to suit every taste and budget.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your first impression of Laos by visiting 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, and Wat Si Muang – the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane.
On the way back to the town, enjoy some shopping in the biggest market in Laos – Talat Sao. You can buy some souvenirs such as silk and silver jewellery and get insight into daily life of the people of Vientiane.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 3: Vientiane – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau (Meals: Breakfast)
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 4: 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 5: Khong Island – Khone Phapheng – fly to Luang Prabang (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 and catch a domestic flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival at the airport, a guide and private car of Laos Tours Expert will welcome you and get transferred to your hotel in town.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 6: Luang Prabang walking tour – Kuang Si Waterfall (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you are advised to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Have a simple preparation by your own and show your respect to the monks and our people is highly appreciated.
After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Then we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunrise. Continue your foot to 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.
In the afternoon, enjoy a short drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will have a chance to make the most of beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. After passing the entrance gate, you will visit the Bear Rescue Center where now cares for 23 bears. Most of the bears arrive at the rescue centre as very young cubs having been confiscated by the Lao Government from illegal poaching and trading. It is likely that they would otherwise have been destined for a life of torture in a “bile farm” outside of Laos.
Continue your steps up to the chain of falls to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Sitting under the shade of big trees and swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Pakbeng (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast at your hotel, a driver of Laos Tours Expert will come to pick you up and transfer to the local pier of Luang Prabang to embark on a Shompoo boat trip upstream on the Mekong River to Pakbeng. The boat leaves the Ban Don Mai boat pier at 7:00am. On the way, we will stop to visit Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images. Lunch is served on board. The boat arrives in Pakbeng before the night.
Overnight in your hotel in Pakbeng.

Day 8: Pakbeng – Huay Xai – Cross border to Chiang Khong (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Embark at 7:00am on the boat. Visit a Kamu village on the Mekong River. Lunch is served on board. After stopping in Pak Tha to have the boat documents signed, we will arrive in Huay Xai around 5:00pm. Then you cross the border (by yourself) to Chiang Khong, Thailand.
Overnight in your hotel in Chiang Khong – Thailand.

Day 9: Chiang Khong – Chiang Rai – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
Enjoy your free time along the Mekong River bank before driving to the Chiang Rai airport for 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 1,139 $US 884 $US 761
Flights $US 325 $US 325 $US 325
Total $US 1,464 $US 1,209 $US 1,086

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic flight ticket Vientiane – Pakse & Pakse – Luang Prabang
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Private boat trip to visit Khong Island and Surroundings
– Sharing Shompoo Cruise upstream Mekong River 2 days 1 night
– 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