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LAOS 07: Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Phonsavan – Luang Prabang – Pakse – Don Khone (14 days)

  • Tour Code: LAOS 07
  • Tour route: Vientiane Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Phonsavan – 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. Afternoon we’ll visit Ho Prakeo (The emerald Buddha house), Wat Sisaket, and Victory Gate (Arc de Triomphe), and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country’s most important monument. In the evening you can walk along the path beside the Mekong at the sunset is always popular for travelers and locals alike. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 VIENTIANE

Meet our guide at the hotel and we drive out of Vientiane to Buddha Park. On the way we will pass the Friendship bridge between Laos and Thailand. We may stop the beautiful point to take a photo. Xiengkhouan is the name of the village, during the Lao Royal Kingdom, Mr Boun Leua who believe and used to study in India about Hinduism constructed and hired the people to make many statuses in this area. Inside this garden you can see the statuses of Buddha and Hinduism mixing. It’s good idea if you walk through the big pumpkin from the ground to the top and you can see the nice view of this garden. We will spend the time here about 1 or 2 hrs before return to the town and visit COPE centre. Free at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG

Following breakfast at the hotel, 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 4 VANG VIENG

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. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Approximately: 15 minutes transfer/ 3 hours kayaking / 1 hour caving, jumping

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 VANG VIENG – PHONSAVAN THE PLAIN OF JARS

By road we depart this morning to Xieng Khouang, home to the amazing Plain of Jars. Travelling trough high mountains and karst formations, we have time to stop and visit remote dwellings of ethnic minority villages. Probably you will notice that many houses have looms underneath with which the family’s clothes, bags and accessories are manufactured. Late afternoon we’ll arrive at Phonsavan, the capital of the Xieng Khoung province. Overnight in Phonavan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 PHONSAVAN

In the morning we’ll visit the local market and then by private car, we’ll spend the day exploring the Plain of Jars (number 1, 2 and 3) and the surrounding area. The jars are thought to be 2000 years old, although there is little proof to date them very accurately. Archaeologist still struggle to find out the specific purpose of the jars, were they used for funerary urns or to store rice wine. Overnight in Phonsavan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 PHONSAVAN – LUANG PRABANG

After breakfast we will visit the mulberry farm ad then we continue to 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 8 LUANG PRABANG

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. In the morning we embark on a half-day walking tour, visiting the National Museum (formerly known as the Royal Palace), wat Xieng Thong, wat Sen and wat May. Afterward we take a boat to Pac Ou caves, on the way we will have a short stop en route to learn about the traditional process of making local rice alcohol or whisky and weaving at Ban Xang Hai. We will have a lunch at local restaurant at Ban Pac Ou before return to Luang Prabang. Free a the night market and do on yourselves. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 LUANG PRABANG

If one rises early there is a good opportunity to see a daily Lao morning ritual. Monks carrying their bowls, wander through town blessing local people who give them offers (mostly sticky rice). After breakfast a day trip 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 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. If we have time enough we will continue to Ban Phanom or Ban Xiang Lom the weaving village for the excellent pieces of Lao textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 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 11 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 12 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 13 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 14 PAKSE – DEPARTURE

In the morning, we’ll 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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