Essential Laos: 12D Holidays in Southeast Asia’s Best-Kept Secret

Laos Enchantment: Discover Nature, Culture, and Timeless Treasures!

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.

Laos Explorer Adventure Tour

Tour Details

Country

Laos

Price

From $1,599 (USD)

Duration

12 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Trip Highlights

  • Ancient volcanic tea/coffee plantations
  • Ramsar protected wetland birdwatching
  • 4,000 Islands Mekong River exploration
  • Lao textile studio with local weavers
  • Elephant sanctuary and interaction
  • Trekking to ethnic villages around charming Luang Prabang
Pakse Bridge River
Day 1

Pakse Arrival - Bolaven Plateau

Upon arrival Pakse Airport, transfer to Bolaven Plateau where you will stay overnight.
Twin Falls - Tad Fane
Day 2

Bolaven 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.
Kingfisher Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Wetlands Birdwatching
Day 3

Wetlands 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.
Day 4 - 4,000 Islands
Day 4

Ban 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.
Sala Done Khone Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
Khone Pha Pheng
Day 5

4,000 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.
Lao Orchid Hotel Breakfast
Buddha Park, Vientiane
Day 6

Vientiane city highlights - transfer to Vang Vieng

Experience Vientiane's iconic landmarks on a half-day tour. Visit notable temples like Wat Sisaket and Wat Phra Keo, explore the Patuxai Victory Monument, and conclude with a visit to the revered That Luang stupa. Drive north to picturesque Vang Vieng in the afternoon, known for its stunning karst hill landscape and charming location on the banks of the Nam Song River.
Vang Vieng, Nam Song River
Day 7

Vang Vieng Experience – Full day Hike & Kayak

Embark on a full-day kayaking and hiking adventure to explore the pristine surroundings of Vang Vieng. Discover intriguing caves like Tham Sang (Elephant Cave) and Tham Hoi (Snail Cave), followed by a refreshing visit to Tham Nam (Water Cave). Enjoy a picnic lunch and a 1-hour trek to the Hmong village of Phathao, before embarking on a scenic 4-hour kayaking journey back to Vang Vieng along the Nam Song River, surrounded by majestic limestone mountains.
Riverside Boutique Resort Breakfast, Lunch
Vientiane - Luang Prabang Speed Train
Day 8

Vang Vieng - High speed train to Luang Prabang

Leave Vang Vieng 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.
Elephant Bathing
Day 9

Half 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.
Villa Chitdara Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
Mountains of Northern Laos
Day 10

Luang 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.
Homestay (shared, basic) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Kuang Si Waterfall
Day 11

Long 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.
Villa Chitdara Hotel Breakfast, Lunch
Luang Prabang
Day 12

Luang Prabang Departure

Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your onward departure flight.
N/A Breakfast

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Essential Laos: 12D Holidays in Southeast Asia’s Best-Kept Secret

from

$1,599 (USD)

12 Days

Includes

  • Experienced English speaking local guides.
  • Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicle for transfer
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Refill drinking water during sightseeing tour.
  • All sightseeing entrance fee where required in the itinerary
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room in hotel with daily breakfast; 01 night in homestay
  • Train ticket Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang, 1st class
  • Flight ticket Pakse – Vientiane (economy class)

Excludes

  • International flight to Pakse/from Luang Prabang
  • Visas where required.
  • Travel Insurance. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance from home.
  • Personal expenditure (telephone, laundry, shopping and so on…)
  • Tips for guide, driver, porters.
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks.
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned on itinerary and trip inclusive portion.

More Information

  • Varied Prices Based on Group Size, Travel Dates, and Hotel Options
  • There is surcharge for travelling on Lunar New Year, Christmas, regional New Year, Tet and other public holidays throughout the region please check with your consultant for date confirmation.
  • Flight times and the daily order of sightseeing are subject to change.
  • Transfer times are approximate and subject to local conditions at the time of travel.
  • All cycling and trekking/walking distances displayed are approximate and subject to the guests’ ability and availability of the route, the guide will use his/her discretion to ensure safety and comfort for all participants.
  • Singles Joining – If you are joining a trip as a solo traveler please add the single supplement to the trip price. If you are willing to share a room please let us know and we will do our best to find someone for you to share with, we will inform you before finalizing the final payment of the trip.

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