LAOS EXPLORER 12D11N
Day 1Pakse Arrival - Bolaven Plateau
Upon arrival Pakse Airport, transfer to Bolaven Plateau where you will stay overnight.
Day 2Bolaven Plateau - Ban Kiet Ngong
The Bolaven Plateau is an ancient volcanic region known for its tea and coffee plantations, home to many tribal villages. Enjoy a full-day tour of the area, admire twin falls Tad Fane and Tad Yeung Waterfalls, and visit a tea and coffee plantation. Overnight stay at Kingfisher Ecolodge with a delightful set dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3Wetlands Birdwatching Safari
Before dawn, trek along the edge of the the Ramsar protected Ban Kiet Ngong Wetlands, one of the largest and least altered wetlands in the region. Enjoy the bird activity in the days early light. With over 320 species of birds present on the wetlands it is certainly one of the best places in Laos to view such a wide variety of wetland dwelling birds.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4Ban Kiet Ngong - 4,000 Islands
After having breakfast, transfer to the 4,000 Islands and board a long-tail boat to the island of Don Khone. Hop on a tuk tuk or bicycle to visit the remnants of the French colonial area. Continue onwards with a visit to the Liphi waterfalls, nicknamed the “Corridor of the Devil”, where local daredevils put fish traps at the bottom of the falls to catch fresh fish each day. Enjoy a tasty lunch on the island. Take a local boat to go around on the waterways and slowly enjoy the simple beauty of life along the immersive Mekong River.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 54,000 islands - Pakse - Fly to Vientiane
Visit the majestic 10km long Khone Phapheng Waterfall (also known as the Mekong Falls), the biggest waterfall in Asia and the main reason why the Mekong River is not navigable all the way to China. After the visit, transfer back to Pakse for your onward flight to Vientiane.
Day 6Vientiane - Buddha Park & Lao Textile Studio
Spend a relaxing morning exploring the quiet side of Vientiane. Drive 1hr southeast of the city to the Buddha Park. Built in 1958, the park is a fanciful sculpture garden full of Buddhist and religious images. Walking amongst the bizarre and sometimes ornate statues. Return to Vientiane. In the afternoon, visit the weaving home-studio of Mrs. Carol Cassidy, an American expert in textiles who arrived in Vientiane in 1989 as part of a United Nations project to promote traditional weaving. The studio now employs over 40 local weavers who create naturally dyed and woven silk pieces reflecting traditional Lao designs.
Day 7Vientiane – Train to Luang Prabang
Leave Vientiane to Luang Prabang on a speed train. Take a half-day walking tour exploring some of the highlights of this incredibly picturesque town including the Royal Palace (National Museum), Wat Xieng Thong and Mount Phousi.
Day 8Half Day Elephant Experience
Known as the “Land of a Million Elephants”, Laos once attracted a large population of elephants for its large grazing pastures. However today, there are only about 500 elephants left in the wild. Spend a half day at the Elephant Village, an elephant sanctuary set amid the jungle, cliffs and waterfalls near Luang Prabang. Learn about the elephants and their life at the village, enjoy the moment for interacting directly with elephant. Explore the Elephant Village, for example visit the elephant hospital, the museum and the dung paper-making facility! Later, take a traditional Lao long-tail boat upriver to visit the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9Luang Prabang – Mountain Trek
Leave your hotel for a 2-day adventure in the mountains of northern Laos, wind through bamboo forests and ascend uphill through the jungle whose summits offer breathtaking panoramic views. Later, arrive at Long Lao Mai village of Hmong people where you will have time to interact with the local people, learn more about their daily life and spend the night at a homestay. Enjoy dinner prepared by the villagers. Home stays act as supplemental income for the villagers – 100% of your accommodation fee is circulated back to the community.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10Long Lao Mai trek to Kuang Si Waterfall
After breakfast, lace up your hiking shoes for another scenic trek through the wilderness. The hike will take about 3 hours, ending at the famous Kuang Si waterfall, a hidden oasis amidst a tropical jungle. You’ll also visit the Bear Rescue Center inside Kuang Si Waterfall where Moon bears (Asiatic black bears) live in a forest sanctuary protected by the Free the Bears Fund, a non-profit organization. You’ll have lunch in Kuang Si Waterfall before being transferred back to Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11Luang Prabang at leisure
Today is free at leisure or explore the town on your own.
Day 12Luang Prabang Departure
Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your onward departure flight. Meals: Breakfast
Welcome to beautiful Laos, listed among the top 20 must-visit destinations in 2023 by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper. This trip will give you the opportunity to experience the highlights of this wonderful country and its charming nature. You’ll explore the southern region of Laos, take a new train ride from the capital city of Vientiane up north, and take a peaceful trek to ethnic villages, immersing yourself in the serene city of Luang Prabang.
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