Laos Encompass, 8 days

Tour Overview

Come to see  three different sides of Laos across this eight day trip, experiencing the ancient town of Luang Prabang; the bustling capital of Vientiane; and the peace and beauty of rural Southern Laos.

This adventure begins in the charming town of Luang Prabang, with visits to ancient temples and sacred monuments including Wat Visoun and the former Royal Palace. We will venture out of the town to see the mysterious Pakou caves, visiting small traditional villages to see local craft-making and meet hill-tribe communities. We will relax and swim at the spectacular 60 metre high Kuang Si Waterfalls. Our trip will take us to the country’s vibrant capital city, Vientiane, where we will explore ancient Buddhist temples and important monuments, including Wat Sisaket - the oldest temple in Vientiane, and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew. We then journey South to the former royal capital of Champasak and take in the Wat Phou Temple hillside complex and museum, enjoying spectacular views over the valley. We will journey through this part of the Mekong river archipelago with bike rides and boat trips to charming villages, dramatic waterfalls and a coffee plantation, taking in beautiful landscapes on the way.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, with visits to its ancient temples and monuments, as well as its surrounding natural sites. Learn about Luang Prabang’s heritage with guided tours of Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai and the former Royal Palace - now the National Museum

+ Take in Luang Prabang local life by witnessing the saffron-clad monks collecting offerings on the streets at sunrise, shopping at the bustling night market and trying delicious local cuisine

+ Enjoy a scenic private boat trip to the stunning Pakou caves, adorned with thousands of golden Buddha statues

+ See traditional craft making at small rural villages, and meet people from the hill-tribe communities

+ Relax, swim and climb the spectacular 60 metre high, Kuang Si Waterfall, one of Laos famous natural sites

+ Experience the highlights of Vientiane city, including ancient temples, significant monuments and life on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy guided tours of the city’s most important Buddhist sites during your trip, including Wat Sisaket, Haw Pha Kaew, Luang Stupa and the Buddha Park

+ Experience the peace and beauty of rural Southern Laos, taking in stunning scenery and landscapes by boat and bike

+ Explore the former royal capital of Champasak, visiting the Wat Phou Temple hillside complex and museum

+ Explore charming, sleepy villages and meet friendly people from small hill-tribe communities, learning about their customs, traditions and way of life

+ Visit several dramatic waterfalls as well as a coffee plantation

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most our of your time in the city

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Luang Prabang

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time to explore the town at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: No

On arrival at Luang Prabang  Airport, you are greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel.  You have some time free to relax and catch your first glimpse of Luang Prabang. This ancient town was strikingly built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The human life has been recognized in place for over thousand years; however, Luang Prabang began a prosperous time, once being the royal capital of the Lane Xang Kingdom. The old-time appearance of Luang Prabang  has been changed since the protectorate  of the French, whose influence led to the construction of many colonial villas. This remarkably preserved town with saffron-clad monks, exquisite cuisine, gleaming temples, vibrant cultural traditions, distinctive artwork, relaxed atmosphere, traditional wooden houses and colonial style structures, makes it an unforgettably beautiful destination. You can wander through the old quarter where are many striking houses adjoining along narrow lanes and friendly people around. The main street is a paradise, giving way to the night market, a famous place to sample local foods and buy some souvernirs at bargaining. This fascinating old quarter captivates travellers in all senses and offers an endless exploration.

Day 2

Luang Prabang

Spend  this day exploring Luang Prabang Town.  Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace, national Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. Walk up  to Phousi hill  to visit this hill top temple and catch view of Luang Prabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall

Take a boat trip along Mekong River to visit Pakou Cave. En route , stop to see Ban Xang Hai. Explore Pakou Cave and drive to Kuang Si Waterfall.  Visit some hill tribe villages and relax by this waterfall.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Vientiane

Fly to Vientiane. Met by our guide and drive to hotel. Start a guided tour of Vientiane and visit Wat Sisaket , Haw Pha Kaew , Patouxai and That Luang Stupa .

OVERNIGHT: Vientiane MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Vientiane – Pakse – Watphou Temple – Khong Island

Travel by air to Pakse. Met by ouor guide and driven to see Wat Phou Temple and Wat Phou Museum. Keep driving to Khong Island and check in hotel before spending time to explore this island.

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Khong Island – Don Deth – Don Khone – Khon Phapheng Waterfalls

Enjoy boat trip along Mekong River to four thousand islands. Pass by Don Det and Don Som before arrivivng at Don Khone. Stroll around  this lush island with some French relics and ride bike to Liphi Waterfalls. Continue cruising and drive to see Khon Phapheng Waterfalls.

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Khong Island – Boloven Plateau - Tadlo Waterfalls – Pakse

Leave Khong Island and drtive to Boloven Plateau. Visit coffee plantation and taste local coffee made by farmers. Drive to explore Tadlo Waterfalls and some hill tribe villages.

OVERNIGHT: Pakse MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Pakse – Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to  airport for departure

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

7 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

7 breakfast (B)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang  with entrance fee

Boat trip on Mekong River in Luang Prabang

Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall

Sightseeing tour of Vientiane  with entrance fee

Sightseeing tour of Wat Phou with entrance fee

Boat trip and sightseeing in Khong Island

Excursion in Boloven Plateau with entrance fee

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Luang Prabang/from Pakse , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Laos and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

NO LISTING

Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Laos, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  Laos without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Laos.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Laos , visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes or 500 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;  2 liters of alcohol or wine or 5 liters of beer;  1 item of perfume or eau de toilette; personal effects.

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 2,000.- (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.

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