Unseen Laos Tour, 15 days

Tour Overview

Experience the best of Laos with this epic two week adventure taking in the bustling capital city, ancient towns, charming villages, life on the Mekong River and spectacular natural scenery.

This tour will commence in the ancient town of Luang Prabang, where we will see ancient temples, sacred monuments and colonial architecture. We will travel to the mysterious Pakou caves by bicycle, stopping at small traditional villages to see local craft-making and meet hill-tribe communities. We will journey to mystifying “Plain of Jars” archaeological site, also taking in the tranquil village of Van Vieng, and visiting various spectacular caves in the surrounding countryside. We will see Vientiane’s most treasured sites, including the oldest temple in the city and the former royal temple. From the city, we will take a scenic journey towards the Namsanam Waterfall and the Khong Lor Cave, which can be explored by boat. We will then venture south to Pakse, via the historic town of Savanakhet, where we can visit the oldest and largest monastery in southern Laos. From Pakse, we can trek between the Taldo Waterfalls, learning about local life and nature on the way. Our journey continues to the Boloven Plateau where we will see charming villages, dramatic waterfalls and a coffee plantation. We will travel by traditional boat along the Mekong river, taking in the lush islands of the archipelago and visiting the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. Our journey ends with a visit to former royal capital of Champasak, where we will see the Wat Phou Temple complex.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, with visits to its ancient temples and monuments. Witness saffron-clad monks collecting offerings on the streets at sunrise, shop at the bustling night market and try delicious local cuisine

+ Experience the stunning Pakou caves, adorned with thousands of golden Buddha statues, and enjoy a scenic boat trip on return

+ Witness the mysterious archaeological site, “Plain of Jars” to see thousands of ancient stone jars scattered across the landscape

+ Enjoy the serenity of Van Vieng village and the surrounding mountainous countryside, including several spectacular caves

+ Experience the highlights of Vientiane city, including ancient temples, significant monuments and life on the mighty Mekong River

+ Navigate the river passages of the Khong Lor Cave by small boat

+ Visit the historic town of Savanakhet, taking in the oldest and largest monastery in southern Laos

+ Take a guided trek between the Taldo Waterfalls to admire the natural beauty of the area and learn about local life

+ Visit the Boloven Plateau’s charming villages, dramatic waterfalls and a coffee plantations

+ Venture to the peaceful, rural islands of the Mekong archipelago, cycling and boating to the villages and waterfalls of the region

+ Take in the former royal capital of Champasak, including the famous Wat Phou Temple complex

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

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most out 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: Breakfast

On arrival at Luang Prabang  Airport, you are greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel.  You may have free time to relax and catch your first glimpse of Luang Prabang. This ancient town is 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, relaxing atmosphere, traditional wooden houses and colonial style structures, makes it an unforgettably beautiful destination. You can wander through the town old quarter where are many striking structures adjoining along narrow lanes  and friendly people around. The main street is a paradise while it gives 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 – Craft Villages - Pakou Caves Biking

Take a bike ride  to venture into rural Laos.  Make stops to see craft villages of Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xang Khong and try local local whisky at Ban Xang Hai. Cross Mekong River and visit Pakou Caves. Embark on boat and cruise down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang – Phonsavan

Leave Luang Prabang and drive along mountain road to Xieng Khouang.  Make some stops to see hill trbe villages and mountain scenery. Arriving in Xieng Khouang Town, stroll around to catch a look.

OVERNIGHT: Xieng Khouang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Xieng Khouang – Plain Of Jars - Vang Vieng

Head out of the town, visit Plain of Jars and old town of Muang Khoun. Catch look at this demolished town and travel along zigzag road to Vang Vieng. 

OVERNIGHT: Vang Vieng MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Take short drive out of  Vang Vieng and visit many hidden caves, including Tham Xang, Tham Hoi, Loop , Tham Nam. Walk to seePhatthao village of Hmong people. Drive to Vientiane and check in hotel. 

OVERNIGHT: Vientiane MEALS: Breakfast

Day 7

Vientiane - Buddha Park

Start a guided tour of Vientiane. Visit Wat Sisaket , Haw Pha Kaew , Patouxai and That Luang Stupa . Stroll around Morning Market before heading out of town to see Friendship Bridge and Buddha Park.

OVERNIGHT: Vientiane MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Vientiane – Ban Na Hin - Namsanam Waterfall - Khong Lor Cave

Leave bustling streets of Vientiane  and drive to Khammouane Plateau. Stop en route and walk through jugle visit  Namsanam Waterfall . Keep driving through Ban Na Hin to Khong Lor Cave area. 

OVERNIGHT: Thakhek MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Khong Lor Cave – Thakhek

Take boat trip to venture into Khong Lor Cave. Enter to this cave and continue boating in a part of Khong Lor Cave or  whole lenthg. Walk around Khong Lor Village to learn more about local life style. Travel by road to Thakhek Town.

OVERNIGHT: Thakhek MEALS: Breakfast

Day 10

Thakhek – Savanakhet – Pakse

Travel by road fromThakhek to Pakse Town. En route, make stop to see Savanakhet Town. Visit Talat Yen plaza and Wat Sainyaphum before heading to Pakse Town.

OVERNIGHT: Pakse MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11

Pakse – Tadlo Waterfalls

Take drive to Tadlo area and start trekking in mountainous region. Visit villages of Katu and Ta Oi hill tribe people and explore three waterfalls of Tad Hang, tadlo and Tad Suong.

OVERNIGHT: Saravane MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12

Tadlo Waterfalls – Boloven Plateau - Khong Island

Have time to enjoy refreshing at Tadlo. Travel by road through Boloven Plateau and visit scenic landscape and taste coffee made by villagers. Arriving in Don Khong, check in hotel and go biking to explore this island.

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13

Khong Island – Don Deth – Don Khone – Khong Island

Take a boat trip along Mekong River and venture iinto four-island area.  Visit Ban Khone and ride a bike to Li Phi Waterfall . Travel back to Khong island by boat. 

OVERNIGHT: Khong Island MEALS: Breakfast

Day 14

Khong Island - Khon Phapheng Waterfalls – Wat Phou – Pakse

Continue exploring southern Laos wih drive to Khon Phapheng Waterfall. Visit this fall and drive to Wat Phou . Visit Wat Phou Temple and Wat Phou Musuem  befoe taking drive back to Pakse.

OVERNIGHT: Pakse MEALS: Breakfast

Day 15

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:

14 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

14 breakfast (B) , 1 lunch (L)

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

Biking excursion to Pakou Cave in Luang Prabbang

Sightseeing tour of Vientiane  with entrance fee

Boat trip and sightseeing of Khong Lor Cave  s

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?

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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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