Laos Discovery – 10 Days

This “off-the-beaten” tour in Laos will be the perfect itinerary for anyone wanting to see the very best of Laos in a short period of time. Start after crossing the border from Chiang Khong – Thailand, you will spend every moments of the trip beside of the beauty of nature, traditions of hill tribe local villages. It covers most of the highlights from the North to the South of Laos. Fantastic.
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Day 1: Huay Xai – Luang Nam Tha (Meals: N/A)
After the VISA registration, a guide and driver of Laos Tours Expert will welcome you and drive east towards Luang Nam Tha. You will be grateful for the recently improved road, making what was once a very arduous journey indeed, a smooth and comfortable drive. En-route stop to visit a hill tribe village at Muang Phouka before arriving in Luang Nam Tha in the late afternoon.
Located on the banks of Nam Tha River, the town is surrounded by rugged mountains and beautiful tropical forests. Close to the border with both China and Myanmar, it is the ideal base for trekking or cycling in this truly un-spoilt region of North East Laos.
Overnight in your Guest House in Luang Nam Tha.

Day 2: Luang Nam Tha – Vieng Phoukha – Ban Nam O – Ban Nam Lo (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We depart at 8:30AM from the Eco-Guide Service office (Eco-Guide Service office is 59 km further from Luang Namtha town). Transfer by pick-up (or tuk-tuk) takes us to Ban Nam O, a traditional village of the Khmu Kwaen ethnic groups. This is where our first village-based guide joins the group. The first half of the day we trek through the meandering Nam O River and its lush valley. A Lao-style picnic lunch is taken on the way when hiking across several ridges offering panoramic views onto the forests of the Nam Ha NPA. The well-worn Akha trail continues pass a temporary settlement of the upland rice farmers of Ban Nam O.
Overnight in a local house (Homestay)

Day 3: Ban Nam Lo – Prasat Cave – Vieng Phoukha – Luang Nam Tha – Oudomxai (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Rising early, we may be able to hear the sounds of the Black-Cheeked Gibbons. Tour of the village before setting off to a second Akha and Khmu village, Ban Taleng, where we’ll have lunch. During this day, we walk through the primary and secondary forest, and discover “Pa Mai Hok” , a bamboo forest area. After walking to the rough road following the Nam Mai river, the pick-up takes us to the Prasat Cave. The limestone cave is the final stop on this tour before returning to your guesthouse in Luang Nam Tha in the afternoon.
Get on the car and we head south to the town of Oudomxay. After making a number of stops to admire the scenery, we reach Oudomxay by late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Oudomxai.

Day 4: Oudomxai – Muang Ngoi – Pak Ou caves – Luang Prabang (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your day with a nice journey passing picturesque scenery along the Nam Ou River – Laos’s longest inland river. Lunch is on your own so why not try simple local cuisine at Muang Ngoy. Following lunch, we will take the boat cruise to Luang Prabang before the sunset with a stop at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers to visit the Pak Ou Caves – a pantheon of gold Buddha statues tucked into the nooks of the limestone cliffs. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai. Stop here to learn about LauLao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine), before continuing down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. Check in at the hotel then take an evening stroll through the quaint streets and enjoy the sunset over the river and surrounding lush countryside. The evening highlight includes a visit to the local night market in the city center, where ethnic minority people come together to buy and sell their wares.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 5: Luang Prabang city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you may want 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.
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 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 20thcentury. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong, the Golden City Monastery, which dates back to the 16thcentury and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit the fine temples of Wat Mai, Wat Visoun. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 6: 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 7: Luang Prabang – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau (Meals: Breakfast)
Today 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 2,261 $US 1,411 $US 1,082
Flights $US 180 $US 180 $US 180
Total $US 2,441 $US 1,591 $US 1,262

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Domestic flight ticket from Luang Prabang 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