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At a Glance

  • 8 days
    • Visit ancient Luang Prabang
    • Experience overnight at local homes
    • Explore small riverside community of Pak Lai
    • River cruise to less known villages
    • Witness amazing Tad Leuk & Tad Sang waterfalls

Visting Countries
Laos,

 An unique opportunity to see a world ofnatural beauty and local life. This unrevealed tour explores the wonders of Laos from its friendly people and intriguing spiritual culture to its diverse landscapes and natural wonders. Travelling beyond the touristy areas, you’ll discover a side of Laos untouched by the modern world.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1 Luang Prabang arrival
  • Day 2 Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave
  • Day 3 Luang Prabang - Khuang Si Waterfall
  • Day 4 Khuang Si – Luang Prabang – Pak Lai by boat
  • Day 5 Pak Lai – Vientiane by boat
  • Day 6 Vientiane – Buddha Park
  • Day 7 Vientiane – Ban Hatkhai
  • Day 8 Ban Hatkhai – Vientiane - departure

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Luang Prabang arrival

     Arrive in Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to our hotel for check-in.

     
    In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty temples still remain in the town and surrounding areas. Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture. Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. 
     
    Overnight in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 2

    Luang Prabang – Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave (B/L)

     The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. Then head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. After that, enjoy ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. Also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple.  Stop for lunch at the village, which can be either a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.

     
    After lunch, say goodbye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin, then board on a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. And continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.
     
    Overnight in Luang Prabang.
  • Day 3

    Luang Prabang – Long Lao – Khoung Si Homestay (B)

     After breakfast, drive to Hmong and Khmu village one hour's journey from Luang Prabang. This village is located in a beautiful valley is the starting point for a three hour trek that finishes at the Kuangsi waterfall. Local guides are available to lead you to the falls (note they speak only Lao). You can also begin visit Kuangsi Waterfall from Ban Nong Heo, which has a spectacular view over the valley and river. Ban Nong Heo is 20 minutes from town by tuk-tuk. Homestay in Vanvisa (www.kuang-si-homestay.com)

  • Day 4

    Luang Prabang – Pak Lai by boat (B)

     After breakfast, you will discover some of the most remarkable, most impressive landscapes of this still untamed river. The Landscape becomes more and more spectacular hills covered with tropical vegetation awe-inspiring rock formations along the riverbanks, and a fascinating array of fast currents and slower river parts. The power of the mighty Mekong will give your cruise the feeling of a real expedition, enjoy the beautiful views and watch natures’ wonders along the riverbanks before you will head again and stop at the small riverside community of Pak Lai, know for one possessing many colonial buildings. The purely natural landscape is only broken by the seldom sights of small villages and local herds of cattle.

    Overnight in Pak Lai.
  • Day 5

    Pak Lai - Vientiane (B)

     After breakfast, today your spectacular cruise begins with the departure from Pak Lai down steam to Capital of Laos Vientiane.

    Overnight in Vientiane. 
  • Day 6

    Vientiane – city Tour – Buddha Park (B)

     Explore the town this with Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. The following sight is Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, where previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. We then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa.

    Afternoon, take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred status of Hindu divinities and Buddha. En route, we stop looms their stilt houses. Drive through villages on the bank of Mekong through beautiful views of vegetable garden, tobacco plantation ... etc. It’s very nice to take photo stops and see rural life of local people. Also have a nice view of the Mekong Friendship Bridge as the border between Laos and Thailand after visiting then Buddha park, return along another road back to Vientiane. In the evening, back to Vientiane for overnight.
  • Day 7

    Vientiane – Ban Hatkhai (B)

     You will be transferred from Vientiane to Ban Hatkhai, where a long-tail boat takes us up-stream on the Nam Mang River, before continuing along the smaller Houay Xai stream, one of its many tributaries. A 2 hours trek passes under an evergreen canopy, while slowly gaining height. A picnic lunch is served on the way. The magnificent pair of waterfalls, Tad Xay and Pha Xay and only about 800m apart, is particularly beautiful and thundering during and after the rainy season. Tad Xay has a pool which is great for bathing. You'll be there in the early afternoon. From here, a pick-up takes the group to Ban Hatkhai, from where you stay overnight in the home of a villager (home-stay).

  • Day 8

    Ban Hatkhai – Tad Leuk – Vientiane departure (B/L)

     After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Tad Leuk Waterfall. The Tad Leuk is a local tourist attraction amidst mixed deciduous forest. A permanent exhibit at the Visitor Center gives some good information on the flora and fauna of the NPA. The Tad Leuk Nature Trail points out some interesting botanic details. You will have early lunch at Tad Leuk.

    In the afternoon, the trek following a path upstream along the Nam Leuk river to the Tad Sang ("Elephant") waterfall, another idyllic place for bathing and relaxation. Along the way, a large number of orchids can be seen, especially in the wet season. In the dry season you can cross the river to trek back to Tad Leuk on the other side of the river. Then return to Vientiane transfer to airport flight to next destination.

The price of tours base on accommodation category, travel period, and number of tourists. Please contact us for more information about prices.
 

Services Include:
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast as mention or similar
  • Transfer services in a private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees, other boat fees where applicable
  • Meals as listed in the program B= Breakfast; L= Lunch & D = Dinner: pre-arranged at local restaurants based on local food with set menu. 
  • Tours with local English speaking guide (Other languages with supplemental charge)
  • Boat trip as mentioned
 
Services Exclude:
  • Dinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special request on food, and meals. 
  • Entrance fees, permits and guide service during free time. 
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • Internal airfares in the tour (please refer to the supplement quotation)
  • International airfare from/to Vietnam
  • International airport departure tax
  • Visa handling fee, visa stamp fee.
  • Personal expenses such as Bar, telephone & Laundry bills 
  • All other service not stated in the program
 
A. CANCELLATION POLICY:
The cancellation charges below refer to the non-transferable fee that is charged to the group member who has cancelled their tour:
  • More than 45 days before departure: No cancellation charge
  • Between 45 and 30 days before departure: 10% of total tour cost 
  • Between 30 days and 15 days before departure: 25% of total tour cost
  • Between 15 days and 7 days before departure: 50% of total tour cost
  • Less than 7 days before departure: 90% of total tour cost
  • No-show at the airport on the day of arrival/departure: 100% of total tour cost

 

B. CHILDREN POLICY (land service only)
  • Child from 1- 4 yrs:  Free of charge if sharing bed with parents 
  • Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 30% of adult price if sharing existing bed(s) with parents
  • Child from 5 – 6 yrs: charge 50% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
  • Child from 7 – 11 yrs: charge 75% of adult price if using extra bed/mattress in parents’ room
  • Child from 12 yrs up: pay as adult rate
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