20 March 2019
16 October 2019
International flights and current taxes
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Most meals (12 breakfasts, 11 lunches & 8 dinners)
Luang Prabang: Climb Phousi Hill for spectacular sunsets over this well preserved city
Mekong River: Take a breathtaking cruise on this mighty river
Xiangkhoang: Discover the Plain of Jars, Laos’ most unusual and mysterious architecture
Vientiane: Wander through the Buddhist architecture of Laos' charming capital city
Our Highlights of Laos itinerary has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with international flights, accommodation and all the touring listed below. You will be accompanied by our industry-leading National Escorts whose unparalleled knowledge and talent will turn your tour into an unforgettable experience.
Day 1: Fly to Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. On arrival you will have free time to start soaking up the local culture. An enchanting city, Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos. At its core, lush greenery, golden temples and vivid-robed monks come together to create a colourful, rich heritage and French colonial legacy. Take a walking tour around the vibrant night market, keeping an eye out for craft souvenirs from Laos' hill tribes as you go
Day 3: Ban Na Ouane Village
Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, when the monks of Luang Prabang’s monastic communities collect alms from locals. See Wat Sene and the National Museum. Visit the traditional H’mong village of Ban Na Ounae, before walking to the cascading turquoise waters of delightful Kuang Si Waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre on the return to Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Mekong River Cruise
Explore Wat Xieng Thong, considered Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple. Board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that reside within. Visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong to witness the daily life of the local people and their cottage industries. This evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance.
Day 5: Phousi Hill
Climb Phousi Hill to admire the views down over the city before exploring Wat Mai, Wat Visoun and Wat Aham. Browse the wares at the lively hilltribe market before a free afternoon.
Day 6: Journey to Phonsavan
Drive to Phonsavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake on the way.
Day 7: Plain of Jars
One of the most important prehistoric sites in Indochina, these mysterious clusters of giant jars are thought to be about 2,000 years old. You will visit Site 1 where there are over 200 jars, Site 2 which also allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the region, and Site 3, situated in picturesque woodland. There will also be a visit to the office of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that helps clear unexploded ordnance that are a remnant of American raids during the Vietnam War. There is also an opportunity to speak with the head of the organisation.
Day 8: Tham Chang Cave
Depart Phonsavan for Vang Vieng. Stop en route at Pathang village, where you can enjoy dramatic views over the karst landscapes for which Vang Vieng is famous. On arrival, head into Tham Chang Cave to explore. The cave was used as a hideout for locals when marauding Yunnanese came to town in the early 19th century.
Day 9: Discover Vientiane
Drive to Vientiane, Laos’ capital. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Spend the rest of the day exploring with visits to Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument.
Day 10: Si Phan Don
Rise early for a morning flight to Pakse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex set in the beautiful landscapes of Mount Phu Kao. Drive on to Khong Island, the largest island of the laidback Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River. The rest of the day is free.
Day 11: Islands and Waterfalls
Around Si Phan Don, meaning ‘4,000 islands’, the pace of life is slow and easy and the river views are gorgeous. See the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Indochina’s largest, and pop over to Khong Island by speedboat to discover its charming colonial buildings and see Liphi Waterfall, nicknamed the Devil’s Corridor. Depending on the season, you may see traditional fishing techniques in action. The rest of the day is free.
Day 12: Bolaven Plateau
Depart Khong Island for Pakse, stopping en route to admire Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Continue up onto the Bolaven Plateau to pay a visit to a coffee plantation and learn about the process of planting, harvesting and roasting the beans. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner back in Pakse.
Days 13 14: Fly to Australia
Transfer to Pakse airport for your flight to Australia, arriving home thesame or following day.
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