Laos Explorer – 9 Days

Laos is a country as yet untouched by the modern demands, stress and peace of life. Its beauty lies
in the Lao people, century-old traditions ans heritage, ands its lush, pristine landscape. Savor your Laos holiday by spending your time in a sleepy town of Luang Prabang, then travel by car to Vientiane passing through the mountain range and villages of minorities, end your trip with a fascinating journey on Vat Phou cruise – one of the best service provider who offerrs a great trip on Mekong river in the South of Laos.

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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 (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 at your hotel, 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. Continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. 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. Furthermore, we visit Wat Visoun which entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts.
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 3: Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall (Meals: Breakfast)
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 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.
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 4: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vientiane (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we drive from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive (approximately 8 – 10 hours) with spectacular view of Lao rain forest and the mountain ranges. There will be plenty of opportunities to break the journey in order to take a nice shot of the great carst mountain scenery and local daily life.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 5: Vientiane city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your full day tour in Vientiane 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 6: Vientiane – Pakse – Champassak – Vat Phou Cruise (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we will head to the airport to catch a flight to Pakse. Upon arrival at Pakse airport, you will be transferred to the longtail riverboat for your 2.5 hour journey to Champassak. Upon arrival at the Vat Phou cruise, check in your cabin and unpack before enjoy your lunch on deck. The highlight of the afternoon is the Vat Phou ruins – the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex and cruise’s namesake. You have time to visit the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like. As dusk falls, we transfer you back to the Vat Phou cruise for a chance to enjoy the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.
Overnight on Vat Phou Cruise.

Day 7: Huei Thamo – Oum Muong Temple – Khong Island (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Breakfast is on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo. This is a small village a few minutes walk away from the mysterious hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. Afterwards we rejoin the boat to continue our cruise southwards. Lunch is on the deck, while leisurely sailing closer to the wild paradise of the “4,000 Islands” Late afternoon we disembark from the boat to walk through Ban Deua Tia, a small Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Our day’s cruise finishes at the most northern tip of Don Khong, the largest inhabited island in the river archipelego. After dinner, the evening is yours to relax and enjoy.
Overnight on Vat Phou Cruise.

Day 8: Khong Island – Khone Pha Pheng Waterfall – Pakse (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
While you have breakfast on the deck, the Vat Phou boat cruises the Mekong to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where you board a small boat to meander among the 4,000 Islands to Khone Island. You will visit the old French railway and walk across the bridge that links Khone and Det Islands. We continue on the boat back to the mainland for lunch at a local restaurant in a small fishing village, Xieng Di, on the banks of the Mekong. A bus transfers you to the historically significant Khone Pha Pheng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East”, close to the Cambodian border.
We then bring you back to your hotel in Pakse for the end of the cruise experience.
Overnight in your hotel in Pakse.

Day 9: 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 1,406 $US 1,228 $US 1,144
Flights $US 145 $US 145 $US 145
Total $US 1,551 $US 1,373 $US 1,289

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– 1 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 cabin on Vat Phou Cruise for 3 days 2 nights journey
– 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