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Luang Prabang - Pakou Caves - Khuangsi Waterfall - Xieng khouang - Vientiane - Pakse - Khong Island - Tadlo - Pakse

Laos is famous for nature, ancient sites with high value and good preservation, and warm-hearted but deliberate people. Starting from historic and cultural Luang Prabang, the best reserved ancient town in South East Asia, then discover mysterious sites and spend time with own leisure at Southern Laos. Tour focuses on experience and meetings with locality beside sightseeing.

Highlights

  • Experience the tranquility of Luang Prabang with its heritage sites
  • Feel the mist of one of Asia's most spectacular natural attractions, Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Unearth the mysterious Plain of Jars and ancient stupas in Xieng Khuoang province as you learn more about Laos’ history
  • Wander around in Laos' capital, Vientiane and visiting some of its highlights
  • Embark a boat in Khong Island venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River
  • Go hiking on the Bolaven Plateau, in Pakse, surrounded by incredible natural beauty

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 3
    Contemplating the charming town of Luang Prabang and its suburb with many famous sites and original villages.  
  • Day 4– Day 6
    Visiting the Plain of Jars in Xiengkhuang and explore Vientiane - a charming and fascinating capital
  • Day 7 – Day 10
    Enjoying a long tail boat to Don Khong and exploring the wild beauty of Pakse

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 - Luang Prabang, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.

You will be transferred to the hotel and after a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mountain Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful view of the sunset of the city and Mekong River. We explore the night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribal people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong river, which gives us a panoramic 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. Back to Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, the villages well known for its hand weaving, silk weavings and for Saa (jute) papermaking. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Early wake up for a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clothed monks who collect 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. You will visit the morning Phousi Market where you will see such local different products as dried buffalo skin, local tea and salt among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. You also drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast at hotel, we visit the National museum at the former Royal palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings through the last sovereign. After visiting these sights we drive 306km uphill a mountain surrounded by wonderful natural scenery to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973.

Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. If time permits, we will see the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe people who have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

Following breakfast, we visit the Central market. You will have free time to explore the town further before catching our flight back to Vientiane. After checking into the hotel, we continue our sightseeing tour of the surrounding areas of Vientiane with visit the impressive Lao - Thai Friendship bridge and the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong riverside meadow, close to 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. A spectacular view of over the Mekong river at sunset is a perfect way to finish this day. Overnight in Vientiane.

After breakfast, we continue to explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital including 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. En route 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.In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by walking with Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane central market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. Overnight in Vientiane.

We catch an early flight to Pakse. On arrival, we drive on the National Road No.13 southbound to Champassak and visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We continue our journey by long tail boat to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region also known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos. Overnight in Khong Island.

After an early breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with it’s locomotive. We continue discover the 4000 islands area by boat to visit the Liphi waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng, the largest one in South East Asia. Overnight in Khong Island.

Upon leaving Done Khone Island, we continue our journey towards Tadlo, through Boloven plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located above the Mekong valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region. Upon arrival at Tad Lo waterfall, we visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups. We return to Pakse by late evening. Overnight in Pakse.

After breakfast there will be free time for your own exploration of Pakse town before catching your flight back home.

# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Don Khong - Senesothxeune
2 Luang Prabang - Chitchareune Muangluang Hotel
3 Pakse - Champasak Grand Hotel
4 Vientiane - Vientiane Plaza
5 Xiengkhouang - Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel
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  • Jaw dropping Schneebeli

Jaw dropping

Words and photos can’t really do it justice. I would recommend you arrive early as we got there at 9am and had it to ourselves for a little while. Also make sure you climb up to the very top (steps on the left) as there is another pool up there with a rope swing.

Excellent

5

  • Simply the best Markus Galluher

Simply the best

Having seen pictures of the falls online I was expecting a lot. When we got there I was blown away by the nicest falls I have ever seen, and I've see quite a few. We went in early September which is the low season as it is also the wet season. This year there had been limited rain and the ampunt of water coming over the falls was perfect. The experience was helped by there not being too many people there. I imaging the experience would be totally different in high season. Swimming in the pools directly below the falls is now banned but there is a swimming area a couple of minutes walk downstream that is stunning. If you have limited time in Luang Prabang this is the must do activity.

Excellent

5

  • Must Go in Luang Prabang Mornel

Must Go in Luang Prabang

This particular waterfall is beautiful. You have to go. It is approximately forty five mins from Luang Prabang you are able to buy a tuk tuk there or even many hostels organise group tuk tuks. When you get into first you are going to see a bear sanctuary that is awesome. Next towards the waterfall. The bottom pools are really busy. Keep going until you get on the bridge in which you are able to envision the waterfall. On each side here there's a route left and right. Go up the very best. It is a steep climb, you want some amount of good shoes and fitness (no flip flops). Took 10 minutes on the top. Worth IT! It is truly quiet just a couple of folks here and a lot of pools. Can swim comfortably. Take a look at the platform at the edge. The sights are astounding!

Excellent

5

  • Nice to visit Mana and Fablein

Nice to visit

Quite touristy but a must see in Luang Prabang, particularly when it is not rainy season. There is a lovely walk up behind the waterfall which is enjoyable too.

Excellent

5

  •  Great waterfall and lush vegetation. David Cash

Great waterfall and lush vegetation.

We loved this waterfall. It’s more spectacular than you can imagine from the pictures. The color of the water and the beauty of the surrounding vegetation is impressive. The moon bears shown in cages on the way up the fall are interesting. But since they are caged as if in a zoo, I’m not sure why it is described as a sanctuary.

Excellent

5

  • Spectacular Falls Nicola Stephensont

Spectacular Falls

Thought the falls would be just another water fall but I was proved wrong as usual ! The lower levels are magnificent with beautiful clear water flowing down. However the upper levels are even more spectacular and at the very top you can take a plunge ! Very clean area where you can relax and enjoy nature

Excellent

5

  • Must visit Lee Lip Seung

Must visit

It's 30 km from city, good 45 mins journey. We rented a private van thru the hotel at US$60 for party of 4. The series of cascading waterfall in the greens is mind soothing. Entrance fee is 20000 kips. Many nice pics, can swim too. Though its 1.8 m deep in certain sections.

Excellent

5

  • Exceeded expectations Anika Mashru and Nikita

Exceeded expectations

The falls had been recommended to us by friends but it’s something that has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. Even though it was rainy season and we had read it could be quite rough and muddy we were blessed by blue calm pools to swim in and the waterfall was spectacular. The whole family thoroughly loved this trip which we reached in a Tuk tuk van that cost us 250000 kip. We missed the carpe Dium restaurant which was also recommended to us but don’t make the same mistake as we did and ensure it’s part of your trip!

Excellent

5

  • Beautiful place Rachel Dick

Beautiful place

It was raining when we went and there were less people. Definitely, a beautiful place and best to visit when less crowded with only a few people taking photos of themselves and ignoring the beautiful scenery.... Hiked to the top and had the place to ourselves. The park guide was friendly and showed us a scenic route to return to the entrance.

Excellent

5

  • A must if you're in Luang Prabang! Yonne Chan

A must if you're in Luang Prabang!

These waterfalls are as gorgeous as they appear in the pictures! They are stunning and it's great to swim there particularly when it's so hot out. They are really the highlight of our time in Luang Prabang. Plus you get to see the Bear Sanctuary as your climb up to the caves. The bears are so cute! One note, we were told that if it's just rained, the beautiful blue waters will likely be more yellow. Also the rainy season is clearly the best time to see the waterfalls rather than peak travel season.

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