Spirit of Laos 8days/7nights

Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Pakse and the south

This countrywide tour enables you to experience the three main centres of Laos, Luang Prabang, Vientiane and the beautiful southern region of Laos. Some interesting excursions are thrown in, making this an unforgettable journey.

Itinerary

Day1. Arrival – Luang Prabang
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.  Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day2. Luang Prabang – full day city tour
After breakfast we visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artifacts and a guided audio tour.  We then begin our temple tour taking in some the cities most beautiful, including the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style, as well as Wat Mai and Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. 
In the afternoon we visit the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which gives us a further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos.  We then visit the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek.  Our final stop of the day is a climb Mt Phousi, which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.  Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

Day3. Luang Prabang - Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Cave
The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit.  We then head north by car along route 13, before taking a unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village.  We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books.  We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple.  We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.
After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields.  At Ban Khoklin we then board 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 to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then arrive back in Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

Day4. Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to Vientiane, upon arrival in the capital you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
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.
Meals: Breakfast

Day5. Vientiane – Pakse –Khong Island
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

Day6. 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 Isand.
Meals: Breakfast

Day7. Khong Island - Tadlo – Pakse
Upon leaving Khong Island, we journey towards Today you will be taken by road east into 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 tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. 
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 afternoon. There is also time to relax and cool off in the pools below the waterfall.
In the afternoon, we 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 late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast

Day8. 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

2,350

1,595

1410

1295

690

3 Star

2,470

1,655

1465

1355

750

4 Star

2,515

1,680

1490

1380

770

5 Star

2,955

1,900

1,710

1,600

995

+ 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 LPQ-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)

 

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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