Incredible Laos 10days/9nights

Luang Prabang-Xiengkhuang-Vientiane-4000 Islands-Pakse

A perfectly balanced tour taking in Laos' most impressive sights, including Luang Prabang, the Plain of Jars and the 4000 Islands. Great variety, nicely paced and superb value for money makes this tour a Viengchampa favourite.

Itinerary

Day1. Arrival - Luang Prabang
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be 'the best preserved city in South East Asia'. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: _/_/_

Day2. Luang Prabang – City Tour - Pak Ou Caves
After breakfast, your short city tour starts with a visit to Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. We then return to Luang Prabang by car. We have also the option to visit the weaving textile and Sa paper making villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast/_/_

Note: during rainy season (May-September) the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available

Day3. Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall
Leaving Luang Prabang with your private guide and driver, you travel for around one hour and twenty minutes out of the town. On the way you pass through beautiful scenery and rural landscapes with rice terraces and pineapple fields. You visit Ban Longlao a local H'mong village where the culture, customs and language are all different to mainstream Laos. Your trek starts from the H'mong village and takes between two and two and half hours through primary forest and jungle before reaching the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall. Lunch (not included) can be taken at the falls with time for relaxation, swimming and the possibility to climb to the top of the waterfall. Afterwards you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch the sun setting over the Mekong.
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
Note: during rainy season the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available.

Day4. Luang Prabang – Xiengkhuang (Road)
We start early this morning, around 8am for the drive to Xiengkhuang, famous for the 'Plain of Jars'. The road follows a twisty mountain route, and we make our first stop at Houi Hei, which offers great views of the surrounding mountains. We then continue Ban Kiu Marknao 2, a Khmu village to explore, before arriving in Phou Khoun for lunch. We continue on the road into Xiengkhuang province, reaching our highest altitude of the day 1500m above sea level, just after Phou Khoun. We have time to make a stop at Ban Son Boom, a Hmong village. Our final stops of the day are a reminder that this region played a major part during the Vietnam War – as we visit a hidden Buddha Cave, that served as an army hospital during the war. We arrive at your hotel by early evening. if time permit visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) office. (The road journey today takes approximately 7-8hours including stops on the way)
Overnight in Xiengkhuang.
Meals: Breakfast/_/_

Day5. Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (Flight)
This morning we visit the Mines Action Group or MAG office to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area.  We then transfer out to Jar Site 1, the largest site, and Jar Site 3, located on top of a hill offering great views of the surrounding countryside.  We return back to Phonsavan town, and onto the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals: Breakfast

Day6. Vientiane – Half day city tour
Your half day city tour, begin with the oldest, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. . Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.  The final visit of the day will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. Overnight in Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast

Day7. Vientiane – Pakse –Khong Island (Flight)
You will be transferred to the airport early this morning for the flight to Pakse. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly onto a private traditional boat for a 2-hour cruise to Champassak.  Disembark at this ancient town, of the Champa Kingdom; continue by car to Wat Phou, another World Heritage Site in Laos, which became recognized by UNESCO in 2002. Wat Phou is the site of ruins which were once part of a temple built some time before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. It contains some of the most Ancient Khmer architectures which date back to between the 7-11th centuries. In the afternoon you will drive to Don Khong, an area of 4000 islands which is the widest point of the Mekong River during the rainy season, although during the dry months the river recedes, leaving behind thousands of islands and islets. This area of the river is also famous for being the home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. En route, we visit the atmospheric ruins of the Khmer temple of Oup Mong at Ban Houei Tomo, located in the forest. Arrive at Khong Island via ferry early evening. Overnight on Khong Island

Meals: Breakfast

Day8. Khong Island – Surrounding
Following breakfast, we enjoy a visit to the surrounding countryside, and embark on a long tail boat tour to Don Khone, where we disembark and have the option of exploring the island by bicycle, which takes you to visit the remains of the French period and Liphi Waterfall or "the Corridor of the Devil". We return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is a really impressive site near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Then we drive back to Khong Island. Overnight in Khong Island

Meals: Breakfast

Day9. Khong Island – Bolaven Plateau - Pakse
This morning we leave early and drive north to the Bolaven Plateau.  The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is to visit Houey Ten, a Katu village specializing in knifemaking.  We then stop at a tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. 
In the afternoon, we then make a stop at a coffee plantation, en route to Tha Teng Market, a colourful ethnic minority food market.  Next we explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village, that boasts a sacrificial alter.  We arrive at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall by late afternoon and head back to Pakse, stopping at Ban Houi Hun, an Alak weaving village, where they keep coffins under their houses, and at another picturesque waterfall, Paxuam, before arriving back in Pakse by early evening. Overnight in Pakse
Meals: Breakfast

Day10. Pakse – Departure
After breakfast; there will be free time for your own exploration of Pakse Town before catching a flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia or exiting Laos overland from the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Ratchathani Thailand.
Meals: Breakfast

Hotel

Tour price per person in US$ for group of:
Price valid from 01-Oct-13 to 30-Sep-2014

Supplement

1pax

2pax

3-4pax

5-8pax

Single room

2 Star

2,985

1,925

1,650

1485

735

3 Star

3,145

2,005

1,730

1,565

812

4 Star

3,235

2,055

1,778

1,615

850

5 Star

3,720

2,298

2,025

1,856

1095

+ Supplement Peak Season at Le Sen from 12-16 Apr’14: USD20/room/night
+ Supplement Peak Season at Maison Souvannaphoum from 24 Dec’13 – 01 Jan’14: USD40/room/night

Inclusive of above prices:

Exclusive of above prices:

  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Domestic air ticket XKH-VTE-PKZ
  • Private Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, lunch/dinner where stated only
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

 

Hotels quoted in above package

Location

2 Star

3 Star

4 Star

5 Star

 

Luang Prabang

Villa Chitdara or similar
(Deluxe room)

My Dream resort or similar
(Deluxe room)

Le Sen Hotel or similar
(Deluxe room)

Maison Souvannaphoum
(Garden Wing room)

Xeing Khuang

Vansana Plain of Jars
(Standard room)

Vansana Plain of Jars
(Standard room)

Vansana Plain of Jars
(Standard room)

Vansana Plain of Jars
(Standard room)

 

Vientiane

Avalon Hotel
(Standard room)

City Inn
(Deluxe room)

Ansara Hotel or similar
(Savvy room)

Green Park
(Deluxe room)

4000 Island

Pon Arena
(Mekong River View)

Pon Arena
(Mekong River View)

Pon Arena
(Mekong River View)

Pon Arena
(Mekong River View)

Pakse

Champa Residence
(Standard)

Pakse hotel
(Deluxe room)

Champasak Palace
(V.I.P room)

Champasak Grand
(Deluxe room)


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