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LAOS 06: Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang – Pakse – Don Khone (9 days)

  • Tour Code: LAOS 06
  • Tour route: Vientiane Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang – Pakse – Don Khone Pakse

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVAL - VIENTIANE

On arrival at the airport you are transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a friendly sleepy town resting on the shores of the mighty Mekong River. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG

Following breakfast at the hotel, In the morning we include a sightseeing tour around the city. We’ll explore some of the best sights including the Victory Gate (Arc de Triomphe), the Wat Sisaket, and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country’s most important monument. Afterwards we heading out of the town, we travel by roads to Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is a small village settled between a spectacular spread of limestone karsts and is surrounded by green lush paddy fields en dwellings of ethnic minorities. The terrace of your hotel offers splendid sunsets amidst these magnificent natural settings. If we have time enough we’ll explore the town or visit the cave Tham Chang. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG

We will be transferred from Vang Vieng to the Khmu village of Viengsamay, about 10 km north of Vang Vieng. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking, the Nam Song offers various small but fun rapids on the way to the first stop at Tham Lom (Winding Cave) for swing jumping. We then continue to Tham None (Sleeping Cave) lying further downstream. It is one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng, it served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a bat colony and ‘The Magic Stone of Vang Vieng. The final leg is a gentle paddle – before returning to Vang Vieng in time to catch the sunset from the terrace of the Ban Sabai Riverside Bungalow. Approximately: 15 minutes transfer/ 3 hours kayaking / 1 hour caving, jumping

Afterward we will travel (6-hrs) to Luang Prabang. The former royal capital, is best known for it’s ancient temples and romantic setting at the confluence of the Mekong and Kane Rivers. Because of the compact size of the peninsula, Luang Prabang is best explored on foot. After arrival in Luang Prabang, then climb the Phousi Hill to enjoy excellent views of the lush World Heritage city and the Kane and Mekong River. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 LUANG PRABANG

This early morning you may want to wake up early and participate in a daily Lao morning ritual. Monks carrying their bowls, wander through town, blessing local people who give them offers (mostly sticky rice). After breakfast we’ll visit Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sen and Wat May and then  to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls where turquoise waters cascade over limestone formations. The abundance of water forms a magnificent display of nature. Below the Kuang Si are large ponds which are perfect for swimming and cooling off under the spray. Before enjoying a picnic lunch next to the pools, we will pass stupendous landscapes, teak forests and several ethnic minority villages (Hmong and Khmu).
Near the waterfalls, it’s worth while to visit a centre where the endangered black Asiatic beers found a safe shelter. Afterward we return to Luang Prabang and free at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 LUANG PRABANG – PAKSE – BOLAVEN PLATEAU – PAKSE

This morning you embark on a half-day walking tour, visiting the National Museum (formerly known as the Royal Palace). Afterwards we will transfer to the airport for the flight from Luang Prabang to Pakse by QV513. 1100 – 1240. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon we’ll also visit Tad Phasuam, the local village of Laos ethnic minority over here, and then we will visit Tadfane where there are the coffee and tea plantation. We will return to Pakse then. Overnight in Pakse.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 PAKSE – CHAMPASAK – VAT PHOU

After meeting at Sinouk Coffee House in the centre of Pakse at 9.30a.m., you will be transferred to a long-tail boat for a 2.5 hour journey to Champasak. You are welcomed on board with a drink and a set lunch menu is served. The highlight of the trip in the afternoon is to take some local transportation and visit Vat Phou ruins and museum; the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th  century temple complex. You are transferred back to the boat to enjoy the tropical sunset on the deck. A set menu dinner is served on board and the boat docks for the night at Ban Muang.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 HUEI THAMO – OUM MUONG TEMPLE – KHONG ISLAND

The boat leaves at 6a.m. and a continental breakfast is served on board from 7a.m. The first stop is at Huei Thamo village in order to visit some rural life and a mysterious hidden forest temple called ‘Oum Muong’. After you are back on board, the boat starts to cruise southwards passing by the wilderness paradise of ‘4,000 Islands’. A set menu lunch is served on board. By late afternoon the second stop is at Ban Deua Tia where you can walk through this small Laotian village to observe a traditional way of life. A set menu dinner is served on board and the boat docks for a night at Ban Deua Tia.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 DON KHONE – PHA PHENG WATERFALL – PAKSE

The boat leaves at 6a.m. and a continental breakfast is served on board from 7a.m. The boat stops at Ban Veuthong where you are transferred by a small boat to Khone Island. You will visit the old French railway and walk across a bridge which links Khone Island and Det Island. After that, you are transferred to the mainland by a small boat to Xieng Di fishing village for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. A bus transfers you to Pha Pheng waterfall also known as ‘The Niagara of The East’ and you will arrive in Pakse around 4p.m. Overnight in Pakse.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 PAKSE – DEPARTURE

In the morning we’ll visit Dao Heuang market and then transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of the tour.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Price

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Inclusion & Exclusion

RATES INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation based on twin or double rooms with daily breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Private vehicle all through the trip as per program
  • Kayaking in Vang Vieng as per program
  • Vatphou cruise 3days in the south as per program
  • Guidance of English speaking local guide through the trip as per program
  • Entrance fees during guided time
  • All excursions as mentioned in itinerary
  • Mineral water + wet wipe
  • All service charge and government taxes

RATES EXCLUDE:

  • International / domestic airfares and taxes
  • Visas and visa fees
  • Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills.
  • Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance fees during free time
  • Bank charge
  • Bank transfer

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