Laos at A Glance

16days -> Luang Prabang -> Vang Vieng -> Vientiane -> Pakse -> 4000 island

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Overview

Embark on an epic adventure trip through the rich, pristine heritage and undiscovered beauty of Laos to captivating Cambodia where you can confront a tragic past in Phnom Penh and nd your inner explorer amongst the magnificent temples of Angkor.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 2 Luang Prabang City Tour Breakfast
Day 3 Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfalls Breakfast
Day 4 Pak Ou Caves - Mekong Boat Trip Breakfast
Day 5 Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng Breakfast
Day 6 Vang Vieng - Nam Ngum lake - Vientiane Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Vientiane City Tour Breakfast
Day 8 Vientiane – Paksan - Khoun Kham Breakfast
Day 9 Tham kong Lor Cave - Thakhek Breakfast
Day 10 Thakhek - Savannakhet Breakfast
Day 11 Savannakhet - Tad LO Breakfast
Day 12 Tad LO - Bolaven Plateau - Paksong Breakfast
Day 13 Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - Vat Phou - Don Khong Breakfast
Day 14 DON KHONG Breakfast
Day 15 4000 Islands - Tad Khone Phapheng Waterfall - Pakse Breakfast
Day 16 PAKSE - DEPARTURE Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Luang Prabang

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. Luang Prabang is a very special city! It is enchanting with its magnificent location amidst mountain ranges and its historic temples, which gave the city the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang 

 

Meals:

Day 2

Luang Prabang City Tour

Explore the city by Tuk Tuk. The Tuk Tuk (a motorized-rickshaw) was brought to Southeast Asia in 1934 from Japan, and has since then become an icon of the region. The classic Tuk Tuk is a sheet-metal roof covering an open frame which rests on three wheels. They’re one of the most popular forms of transportation in Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, and this Southeast Asian emblem is the perfect vehicle for an open-air tour of Luang Prabang. 

Departing from the hotel at 08:30, get on the Tuk Tuk  to the open-air Morning Market in the old town. There are only a few large grocery stores here—instead, food is still produced by small farming families and villages and brought to Luang Prabang from the surrounding rural areas. Guide will explain the common vegetables and fruits that are in season and pick up some snacks for later.

A short walk from the market is Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham (“New Monastery ''), the National Museum (Royal Palace) and Hor Phra Bang. After the museum, travel again by tuk tuk through more of the picturesque town to Wat Visounnalath. Continue to Heuan Chan Luang Prabang for a short activity and learn how to make Banana Leaf and Flower.

Another short tuk tuk ride along the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong. End the day’s tour on top of Mount Phousi. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfalls

A day to follow the footsteps of the local rice farmers. Spend half a day in the rice field and forget that you are a tourist! On a traditional working organic farm you will be introduced to every step of the rice industry and will of course be involved in the selection of the seeds, the water buffalo plowing, the tedious planting etc. And of course there will be rice too to eat! Well-fortified with Asia's staple food, in the afternoon it continues into the breathtaking nature to explore the Tad Kuang Si waterfalls. The short drive leads through rice fields, small villages and hilly landscape. A detour to a Hmong village will tell you something interesting about the centuries-old culture of these people. The Kuang Si waterfalls are an ideal place to relax and recharge your batteries. After all, today the Bear Rescue Center and some villages await you, where you can get to know traditional handicrafts. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4

Pak Ou Caves - Mekong Boat Trip

Aboard a traditional, slow boat, the Mekong goes upstream. The Mekong is the tenth longest river in the world and has a biodiversity in its basin that is only surpassed by the Amazon in the world. At the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong you will go ashore to explore the Pak Ou Caves, where centuries-old stupas, shrines and thousands of Buddha sculptures testify to the spiritual traditions of mankind. On the Mekong, it's back to Luang Prabang. In Ban Xang Khong, watch how craftsmen from the bark of the mulberry tree conjure up special paper

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5

Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

Say goodbye to Luang Prabang and head to the imposing mountainous region of Central Laos! Along the way, visit some Hmong villages. This interesting indigenous hill tribe migrated from southern China to Laos in the 18th century. The arrival in the small town of Vang Vieng, which is located between gigantic limestone cliffs in the magical valley of the Nam Song River.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Vang Vieng - Nam Ngum lake - Vientiane

Today is a day of excursions. First, drive south to Nam Ngum Lake, where you can explore various tropical islands on a boat trip. Then we finally reach Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong, which was already declared the capital of the Kingdom of Laos in 1563. 

Colonial administration was established here during the French colonial era, and thanks to the economic growth of recent years, the city has become the country's most important economic center. 

Overnight in Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Vientiane City Tour

Discover the charms of Vientiane, a quiet but endearing capital city. Tour includes Wat Sisaket, Hor Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument. Visit to the Talat Sao (Morning Market), where you can find an abundance of locally made handicrafts.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8

Vientiane – Paksan - Khoun Kham

Start early and your guide will pick you up around 08:00. Overland journey brings us further East to Paksan and onwards to Bolikhamxay Province to Khoun Kham, the starting point for tours to Tham Kong Lor Cave. Stop at Wat Phra Baht and Wat Phonsan.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Tham kong Lor Cave - Thakhek

Visit Tham Kong Lor Cave, explore the karst limestone caves while drifting along a winding, underground river surrounded by spectacular rock formations. Then we continue to Thakhek, a small, clear city on the Mekong.Unterwegs We stop at the 'Great Wall' (Kamphaeng Yak) about their edification is very little known; and at the well-known and revered Sikhottabong Stupa, located on the Mekong. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10

Thakhek - Savannakhet

Overland southwards to Seno and Savannakhet, the capital city of Khammouane Province. Visit That Ing Stupa and Dinosaur Museum.

The old French Quarter of Savannakhet downtown invites you for an evening stroll, and you can sit along the Mekong River Bank for a sunset drink & snack.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11

Savannakhet - Tad LO

Drive to Tad Lo and on the way, visit the Hor Tay Phidok Library, located South of Savannakhet. Arrive late afternoon and check-in to the Lodge near the Tad Lo Waterfall.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12

Tad LO - Bolaven Plateau - Paksong

The renowned coffee of Laos is produced in this region. During colonization, the French promoted the production of high quality Arabica and Robusta strains. Production declined during the war years, but is now experiencing a renaissance. The climate of the plateau with its cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall makes it the perfect place for coffee production. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - Vat Phou - Don Khong

After breakfast, drive from Paksong down into the Mekong plain and visit the town of Champasak, where we’ll explore the French colonial architecture dotting the town. Further South, we reach the ruined Khmer temple complex of Vat Phou. Our next stop is the city of Champasak with its French colonial architecture. Continue to the largest islands in the 4000 islands region, Don Khong

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14

DON KHONG

This island is one of the larger, permanently inhabited islands in the area of 'Si Pan Don' (4000 islands). 

A peaceful place to spend a day or two, wandering past fishing nets drying in the sun, pedaling on a bicycle or just chilling by the river.

Overnight on Don Khong

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15

4000 Islands - Tad Khone Phapheng Waterfall - Pakse

By boat to explore the area of 4000 Islands (Si Pan Don). Return to Pakse with a stop at the legendary Khone Phapheng Cascade Falls. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 16

PAKSE - DEPARTUR

Transfer from hotel to airport for departure flight

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with fine daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available]
  • All trasfers / transportation on AC vehicle
  • Daily bottled water on coach

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned on the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Luang Prabang

Alana Hotel

Le Bel Air

Vientiane

Vansana Riverside

Muong Thanh Hotel

4000 Island

Pon Arena Hotel

Pon Arena Hotel

Vang Vieng

Elephant Crossing Vang Vieng

Silver Naga

Xieng Khoang

Vansana Xieng Khoang

Aunolack Khen Lao

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