Essential Laos

7 DAY(S) Classic Tours

Ubon - Pakse - Khong - Tadlo - Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Savour in the quintessential religious traces of Laos culture as you make your journey through impressive and mysterious temples, pagodas and caves. Mingle with local life in an unspoiled nature and get to know their handicraft making.

Highlights

  • Hiking on the Bolaven Plateau, in Pakse, surrounded by incredible natural beauty
  • Discover the beauty of Khong Island 
  • Visiting and swimming at three waterfalls in Tad Lo
  • Wandering around in Laos' capital, Vientiane and visiting its highlights
  • Experience the tranquility of Luang Prabang with its heritage sites

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 3
    Explore the peaceful Don Khone Island by motor boat and visit the most beautiful Liphi waterfall.  
  • Day 4– Day 5
    Visit the major sights of Vientiane capital and enjoy the sunset by the Mekong riverside.
  • Day 6 – Day 7
    Discovering the mysterious Pak Ou cave and contemplating the charming town of Luang Prabang.

Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours

Welcome to Laos. In the first day of your Laos holiday, you will be transferred directly to the wharf and take a 2-hour cruise by a traditional boat to Champassak. Disembark at this ancient town, known as Champa Kingdom and continue by car to Wat Phou, the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos. Vat Phou is the site of ruins which were one part of a temple built before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. It contains some of the most ancient Khmer architectures which date back to between the 7-11th centuries. We will drive to Don Khone, an area of 4000 islands which is the widest point of the Mekong river during the rainy season. In the dry months the river recedes, making an area of thousands of islands and islets. This section of the river is also famous for being the home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. En route, we stop to visit the ruins of the Khmer temple of Oup Mong at Ban Houei Tomo. We arrive the peaceful Don Khone Island in the late afternoon by a long tailed motor boat.

Overnight on Don Khone Island.

After an early morning breakfast, we begin by re-tracing the French colonial-past at Ban Khone, where some old colonial houses still stand and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. We continue our exploration of the area of the 4000 islands leisurely by boat and visit the most beautiful Liphi waterfall, also known as the Samphamith, which forms a natural border between Lao and Cambodia. With good luck, we may catch a watch of the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia. In the afternoon we drive to Pakse with stop in Phou Asa to visit the vestiges of the temple dating back to the 18th century. If time permits and elephants available we may get a chance to experience a 2-hour elephant riding through forest paths. 

Overnight in Pakse.

After breakfast we make an excursion to Tadlo via the plateau of Boloven, the “capital” of  tea and coffee  of Laos. You wil have the chance to observe the traditional coffee and tea makers. En route we visit the ethnic villages of Ban Tateng to experience the traditional lifestyles of the Alack, Katu and Nge tribes. We continue to visit the charming village of Tadlo where you will be transferred to the Tadlo resort where you enjoy swimming in the pool of the Tadlo waterfall close to the resort. 

Overnight in Tadlo.

 

In the early morning we drive to Pakse to take flight to Vientiane. After hotel check in you will start the city tour with the major sights of the capital. We visit the sacred Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you should not miss taking some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph to keep momories from this Laos tour.

Enjoy a sunset by the Mekong riverside and overnight in Vientiane.

In the morning your will be transferred to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang. After hotel check in you will visit Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is more Sinhalese in style than Lao. We climb 350 steps to Phousi mountain to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding area. Wat Phou Si sits on top of the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! We then continue to visit Wat Mai built in 1796, this five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. We explore street night market, where you will find a lovely collection of local handmade textiles of the hill tribes surrounding Luang Prabang. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its sweeping low roofs, which represents the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong river, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to 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 and visit Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, we visit the National museum (close Tuesday), which was once a king's palace. Displayed inside this museum is a collection of personal artifacts from the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Finally you will be transfered to the airport for departure. End of your Laos holiday.

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  • Relaxing Pacita Dizon

Relaxing

We have visited these waterfalls before but always like to revisit them as it is so relaxing and cooling in the clean waters

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  • Buddha Park Alysha

Buddha Park

The park may be discovered a bit much from the primary key city centre but well well worth the trip. It's situated on the river front and possesses an excellent restaurant. The dome building has a substitute of going till the peak for the purpose of view but stairs are incredibly large without advised for children and elderly. Since it is open air it's encouraged going in early morning hours

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  • Like in Budapest David Cooney

Like in Budapest

The place, you can either drive or walk to pinnacle. On top, you will see a lot of monk statues and the biggest one. If you look forward from the top, you will see alomost of city. You could make sport at sunset, walk to the top of mountain. Fresh air is around you. If anyone who used to visit Budapest, you will have the same feeling with me when you stand at the Liberty statue.

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  • The real stuff Chandra Choudhury

The real stuff

I was so surprised first second I see Phou Asa mountain, it's not that higher, but when we getting up there oh wow so nice and beautiful, you can see whole views down there, with widely lake, on top of the mountain little bit strange I don't know why ? Up there had small lake how the water can stay and where it came from? Im a little bit scared at the moment because I was so excited so I went there alone

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  • Best views of Luang Prabang Toan Gandara

Best views of Luang Prabang

The climb is steep, but once you reach the top, you are enthralled with the view of the city, along the two river that run through it. If you want to see the sunset, make sure to get up there a bit early to secure a spot: lots of people will do the same!

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  • Amazing temple complex Ruparelia

Amazing temple complex

Probably the best, and lovliest temple complex in Laos, well worth the 20,000 kip enterance fee. Beautiful architecture, lovely colouring,and guilding of the 20 or so buildings, shrines, pavilions here. It is considered to be one of the most important monasteries in Laos. The gardesn are full of flowering shrubs. and trees. The complex dates from 1560, and until 1975, it was used to crown the kings of Lao. In one of the buildings, is the royal funeral carridge, and urns for the royal family.

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  • Cool Peter

Cool

Did great job. Make sure we all had a great time. Would have liked many night time activities. Samnang in the morning could be improved as it felt rushed. Otherwise we had a fantastic time on the junk

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  • Breathtaking view. Stephen Pemberton

Breathtaking view.

It gives you a sense of freshness, or of, reborn!! Many people jumped into the clear waters. Worth visiting!

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  • Must see here David Colner

Must see here

Very interesting Kmer side nearby Champassak Splendid view from above Ideal as preview of Angkor Wat since it is situated at the ancient road to Angkor

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  • Great example of Luang Prabang Architecture Nicolas Bega

Great example of Luang Prabang Architecture

This temple is apparently one of the most highly architecturally revered buildings. The main temple gradually unfolds itself, with carvings on each corner. Also the highlight is the royal funeral carriage. You must pay to enter.

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  • Great nature Leah Bayin

Great nature

Beautiful area, where the water runs crystal clear. Many areas of small pools of water , there is one designated swimming area. But take a walk to the top first, then come back and enjoy a swim. Just a warning the little fish nibble a bit at your feet.

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