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Unveil Laos’ Mystery

Unveil Laos’ Mystery

Vientiane, Hinboun, Savanakhet, Pakse
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Discover the most authentic sites of Laos. Start from Vientiane, go down South to Hinboun, Savanakhet and finish in Pakse. This trip brings you a very fresh and a true taste of the unspoiled Laos.
Highlights: 
 
  • Learn deeply about Lao history by visiting Vientiane attractions, specially the COPE museum.
  • Immerse in the peaceful Hinboun and Thakhek, different from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
  • Have exhaustive look at the daily works of fishermen around Nong Thao Lake.
  • Visit particular temples and travel by local boat in Pakse to a well-known regional weaving village.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Vientiane arrival - Vientiane sightseeing

Day 2
Vientiane - Hinboun, Khammoune (B)

Day 3
Hinboun - Kong Lor Cave - Thakaek (B,L)

Day 4
Thakaek - Savanakhet (B)

Day 5
Savanakhet - Pakse Sightseeing (B)

Day 6
Half day to weaving village - Pakse departure (B)

Day 1: Vientiane arrival - Vientiane sightseeing
Day 1: Vientiane arrival - Vientiane sightseeing
Our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel from Luang Prabang Airport. Check in the hotel. The room is at your disposal from 14.00pm. Then you have time to relax and prepare to discover the city. 
 
In your Vientiane tour, you will visit:
Vat Sisaket- which is famous for not only its cloister wall storing thousands of tiny Buddha images but also its beautiful architecture and layout with history dated back to 1818.
Vat PhraKeo- which was built in 1565 is one of the most impressive and interesting temples in Vientiane. It previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha image. 
Pha That Louang (built 1566, reconstructed 1930). It is the most important Laotian religious and national monument. The temple has an unique architecture reflecting Lao culture and identity, becoming a symbol of Lao nationalism. 
Patuxay-the memorial monument –was built in 1957 and is the most prominent landmark in the city. The architecture of the monument was inspired by the architecture of Triomphe in Paris and combined with typical Lao motifs. From the top of the monument, you can see an excellent panoramic view of the city. 
 
Then, you will visit the Cope Musium. It is a non-profit organisation in Laos which provides prosthetic limbs, mobility assistance and rehabilitation for Lao people who can’t afford it. The COPE visitor centre is a small museum but a fantastic one. You can touch, handle and try out the mobility devices on display. It will be an ideal place for those who want to learn about Laos history.
 
At the end of the afternoon, you can stroll along the Mekong river. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Remark: The program will alter depending on your arrival flight.
Day 2: Vientiane - Hinboun, Khammoune (B)
Day 2: Vientiane - Hinboun, Khammoune (B)

In the morning, after your breakfast, you will take a 6 hour drive to Hinboun, Khammouane. Khammouane is a land of rugged karst mountains which were once the refuge of a succession of ethnic groups fleeing the Haw invasions in the north during the 19th century. On the way, you will visit a 15th century stupa and a hill-tribe market-where you can explore customs, way of living of the locals. It will be a rare opportunity for you to take a plenty of photos to save wonderful moments. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Hinboun- surrounded by limestone cliffs- a charming lodge with harmonious combination of nature. Here, you will have time for your further exploration the area, integrate into fresh nature. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Hinboun - Kong Lor Cave - Thakaek (B,L)
Day 3: Hinboun - Kong Lor Cave - Thakaek (B,L)
This morning, you will take a boat to explore Kong Lor Cave- one of the longest caves in the country. Konglor cave is a karst limestone cave in Phu Hin Bun National Park, in Khammouane Province, Laos. The karst formation is dramatic and the cave has been known as  "one of Southeast Asia's geological wonders".
 
You will start your expidition by a long tail road along the cave. After reaching the other side, you will trek to neighboring village. Here, you will have a lunch on the river bank and take a swim to enjoy the freshness of water. You could also find in the region a variety of wildlife including monkeys, several large cats and other fauna. All creat an animated, greeny picture in the combination between human and nature.
 
In the later this afternoon, you will travel by road for one hour to Thakaek– the capital of Khammouane province. Located on the Mekong river, at the junction of Routes 13 and 12, Thakhek is a quiet town, surrounded by beautiful countryside This city remains many French colonial style official buildings, villas and shops. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Thakhek.
Day 4: Thakaek - Savanakhet (B)
Day 4: Thakaek - Savanakhet (B)
Today, you will have amazing tour through the area with spectacular limestone landscapes. First, you will hike through a forest. On the way, you have chance to explore some traditional forest food and medicines of the locals. Then, take a walk around Nong Thao Lake-where you will see local fishermen at work. You will make stop at a small visit to take a glimpse of inhabitants’ life. Continue your journey by visiting a secret cave temple- which existed 300 year ago.
 
In the late afternoon, you will take 3 hour drive to Savannakhet- the capital of Savannakhet province, located alongside of the Mekong river. 
 
Meals on your own. Overnight in Savannakhet.
Day 5: Savanakhet - Pakse Sightseeing (B)
Day 5: Savanakhet - Pakse Sightseeing (B)

Today, you will continue your trip south along the Mekong river to Pakse for 4 hour drive. After arriving Pakse, you will have short time to relax and then start your exploration Pakse- the capital city of Champasak province of Southern Laos. The first stop will be Wat Luang Wat Luang -the main temple within the center of Pakse. Lying on the banks of the Se Don ,the temple was established in 1935 and also serves as a Buddhist (sangha) colleges as well. Then, continue visiting the Heritage Museum. Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Half day to weaving village - Pakse departure (B)
Day 6: Half day to weaving village - Pakse departure (B)

After your breakfast, you will transfer to the North of Pakse. From here, you will cross the Mekong river by a local boat to visit Don Kho- a famous weaving village. Don Kho is one of the most important places for traditional silk weaving in Champassak Province. Visiting this village, you will have opportunity to discover traditonal weaving techniques as well as admire unique handicrafts. Don Kho is a great place to experience a homestay. Just turn up on the island and say 'homestay' and the villagers will sort you out for 30,000K per bed. After your experience  of rustic life on this small village, you will come back to Pakse and then transfer to the aiport to get a departure flight. Meals on your own. End of our services.

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Unveil Laos’ Mystery

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Prices are quoted in US dollars per person for double occupancy
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Inclusion: 
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned 
  • Boat trip as mentioned
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion: 
 
  • International flights
  • Laos visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Vientiane arrival - Vientiane sightseeing
Day 2: Vientiane - Hinboun, Khammoune (B)
Day 3: Hinboun - Kong Lor Cave - Thakaek (B,L)
Day 4: Thakaek - Savanakhet (B)
Day 5: Savanakhet - Pakse Sightseeing (B)
Day 6: Half day to weaving village - Pakse departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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