“Unforgettable Laos” tour covers major cultural and historical highlights during the ancient country - Laos. Easy travel with many things to see and learn, highlights include city tours through Luang Prabang and Vientiane, giant waterfalls, hidden caves, treks to the ethnic villages...
Discover the beautiful Luang Prabang and Vientiane through the city tours
Trekking to the ethnic villages and overnight in homestay
Visit the MAG exhibition and Site 2 of the Plain of Jars
A visit to some famous attractive caves such as Pak Ou Caves, Tham Phoukham Cave...
Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival (None)
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is your own time at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - City Tour - Khouang Si Waterfalls (B/-/-)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
ABF, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang.
In the afternoon, we still have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham before ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoi (B/-/-)
Today, we will transfer to Muang Ngoi via Nong Khiaw. Along the way, we will stop at Ban Pak Ou and board on a small motorboat to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
We will reach Nong Khiaw at around lunch time, we then board on a leisurely boat upstream the Nam Ou River to Muang Ngoi, the scenic fishing village at the middle of nowhere. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Muang Ngoi.
Day 4: Muang Ngoi - Trekking to Ban Houeisene (B/L/D)
Morning, begin trekking 2 hours to Ban Houay Boor (a Khmu and T'ai Deng ethnic village). After lunch at villager's home in Ban Houay Boor, continue trekking 1 hour to Ban Na (a T'ai Deng village) and Ban Houaisene, where we stay overnight at community bamboo guesthouse. Before dinner, joy Baci ceremony and traditional music show with the villagers.
Day 5: Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw (B/L/-)
Today we will walk for about 2 hours back to Muang Ngoi. Morning, after breakfast, we begin trekking through the Rice field and beautiful landscape back to Muang Ngoi. On the way. we will stop at the Cave, where we will take a break for relaxing(swimming is possible). At approximately noon, we arrive at Muang Ngoi, where we will rest and have lunch.
Before boarding the boat back to Nong Khiaw, you may wish to do as the locals do and bathe in the Nam Ou. We return to Nong Khiaw by early evening. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Day 6: Nong Khiaw - Vieng Xay - Vieng Thong (B/-/-)
We depart early this morning for our journey to Vieng Thong via Vieng Xay. These back roads are a perfect way to venture off the beaten track and explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive can be challenging on some parts of our journey due to poor road conditions; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience. On arrival we check in at a very simple hotel and take a walk to explore this picturesque hill town. Overnight in Vieng Thong.
Day 7: Vieng Thong - Nam Nern Night Safari (B/L/D)
8am departure from Viengthong to Son Koua Village, river travel to the Nam Nern Substation with your private van. After a 1.5 hour drive along a curvy road through gorgeous mountainous landscapes you arrive at Ban Son Koua, an ethnic Khmu Village. Village guides and boatmen will be awaiting you to greet you and take you on a short tour of the village where you will learn about the animist tradition of appeasing the village spirit. Guests then embark on a 1.5 hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards depending on the time of year and bird life.
After arriving at the park substation, visitors will be shown to their accommodation, bamboo huts close to the river, and will then be offered a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, you will receive a briefing by park staff about the on the ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey. At mid-afternoon, the group takes the boat again to continue the journey upriver.
After about 50 minutes the boats will stop, and. the group will hike into the forest to visit a salt lick. The local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, explains how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. The guide points out evidence of wildlife, such as tracks or scat at the salt lick.
The boats continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where the group takes a picnic around a campfire. After dinner, the guides tell Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. The guides also educate tourists about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting. The group may also look at photos of animals captured by the camera trap at the salt lick.
The group departs for the night spotlighting 2-3 hours after dark, floating down the river with engines off. The guides 1 per boat use their headlamp to spot wildlife. If they see something, they will give a clear sign. Then you can switch on your own flashlight to have a better look at the animal. Hence, tourists will have their flashlights switched off most of the time to avoid scaring animals. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals. Animals that may be seen include Sambar deer, otters, barking deer, various species of civets, loris, porcupine and owls. Seeing tigers is very rare because they usually don’t come close to the river.
Overnight at the Ecolodge at the middle of the jungle
At the end of the spotlighting, the boats arrive at the ecolodge near the substation.
Day 8: Nam Et - Xieng Khouang (B/-/-)
Medicinal Plant Walk, Breakfast & Float Downriver
Before breakfast, local guides take you on a walk around the jungle, teaching about the use of some medicinal plants and explaining the history of the site, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War. After breakfast, the boats float back through the core zone at a relaxing pace with engines off, while the guides point out wildlife along the way.
Upon arrival in the village, you are invited to try earthen jar rice wine “lao hai”. We may have a soft rest to talk with the villagers before transferring directly to Xieng Khouang. Overnight in Xieng Khouang.
Day 9: Xieng Khouang - Muang Khoun and Plain of Jars (B/-/-)
This morning we have time to visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, visit the MAG exhibition and Site 2 of the Plain of Jars before taking a short scenic trek to Site 3 via a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village. Following lunch we have a half day tour seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hilltribe and Tai Dam people.
The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Xieng Khouang
Day 10: Xieng Khouang - Vang Vieng (B/-/-)
In the morning, we travel by road south to Vang Vieng. Our intrepid journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic, but also a road that is pot holed in places. On arrival at Vang Vieng, we cross the Nam Song River to Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through breathtaking mountain landscape to explore the Tam None Cave and some hill villages. Today ends with a superb panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song River. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 11: Vang Vieng - Morning Cycling Tour - Vientiane (B/-/-)
Early morning, start to cycling to Blue Lagoon (7Km from the town center), of which the waters are an aqua-blue, and are always cool. We will also visit the nearby Tham Phoukham Cave, which contains a reclining Buddha statue as well the requisite formations normally found in caves.
We will also visit the most famous cave in Vang Vieng , Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles. We bid farewell to Vang Vieng and drive to Vientiane. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, this capital conjures up exotic images, with a curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 12: Vientiane - City Tour - Buddha Park (B/-/-)
In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. We then transfer out to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe.
We then come back to the town to visit the city in the afternoon, including the oldest Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 13: Vientiane - Departure (B/-/-)
You are free before taking the departure flight.
- Transportation with air-condition in private (1-3: 12 seats; 4-7: 16 seats; 8-14: 25 seats; 15-24: 35 seats; 25-up: 45 seats)
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as per program
- Gov’t tax and service charge
- Luggage handling and drinking water
What's Not Included
- Visa stamping fee on arrival
- All air tickets quoted separately
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Single room (quoted separately)
- Other foreign language guide
- Peak tourist season or special event rates
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
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