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Complete Laos Expedition - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Complete Laos Expedition - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Vientiane, Bolaven Plateau, Si Phan Don, Pakse, Luang Prabang
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$ 926
This tour provides you the best places in Laos. Your journey will begin with Vientiane’s temples. Continue transfer south to visit Bolaven Plateau- a cooling farming area, Wat Phou temple and the famous Island - Si Phan Don. Your journey will finish with a wonderful cruise on the Mekong and the Nam Ou rivers. In your tour, we will try our best to meet your need, create as much as fun and pleasure as possible for you.
Highlights:
 
  • Pay visits to Vientiane and Luang Prabang as well as famous attractions of the two biggest cities in Laos.
  • Soak in the tranquil rhythm of daily life in Si Phan Done and its attractive waterfalls.
  • Interact with the gentle elephants in Pakse and ride them into the forest.
  • Enjoy cruise along the poetic Nam Ou River with surrounding natural scenery.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Vientiane

Day 2
Vientiane City Tour - Buddha Park (B)

Day 3
Lao Cooking Class (Join In) (B,L)

Day 4
Vientiane – Pakse - Bolaven Plateau (B)

Day 5
Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (B)

Day 6
4000 Islands (B)

Day 7
4000 Islands – Pakse - Luang Prabang (B)

Day 8
Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)

Day 9
Ban Vanglae - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)

Day 10
Luang Prabang Free day (B)

Day 11
Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane
Day 1: Arrive Vientiane
When you arrive in Vientiane, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
 
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. It was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is now the economic centre of Laos.
 
In the evenings, on the river bank, a night market is organized with some excellent local. It is a great chance for those who want to discover culture as well as cuisine of the unique city. Overnight in Vientiane.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meals: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane City Tour - Buddha Park (B)
Day 2: Vientiane City Tour - Buddha Park (B)
Today, time will be devoted to visit some most famous sites in Vientiane. Highlights include:
 
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. 
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. 
That Luang -the symbol of Lao sovereignty and an icon of Buddhism in Laos.
The Wat Si Meuang – the home to the guardian spirit of the city.
 
You could also visit the morning market- Talat Sao to take a glimpse of the local activities or buy some souvenirs as gifts when coming back home. 
 
Then, you will visit the COPE Museum. 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.
 
In the afternoon, you will have a short visit of Buddha Park. Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. It was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. This explains why his park is full not only of Buddha images but also of Hindu gods. When returning to the city centre, you will make a stop a Vocational training centre- where disadvantaged woman from rural areas are trained a variety of skills of weaving, dyeing and tailoring.
 
Your long day of experience will finish at sunset.
 
Overnight in Vientiane.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

 

Day 3: Lao Cooking Class (Join In) (B,L)
Day 3: Lao Cooking Class (Join In) (B,L)
Today, you will have a new experience related to Lao cuisine. You will join a cooking class at Tamarind Restaurant. After meeting at the restaurant, you will be guided to the local market - where you can find a variety of fresh food. It will be a worth-travelling visit because through which, you can get more experience about Lao cuisine and have further understanding about Lao people and their customs. It is an opportunity for you to discover diverse food including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats and fishes. After having all you need for your dish, return to cooking place. Here, you will observe how traditional dishes are prepared and different flavors of different regions are combined together. Then, you will have time to practice what you have seen to make your own dish. Your dish will be what you enjoy in the lunch time.
 
The remainder of day is free. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Vientiane.
 
Transfer: Shuttle bus
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 4: Vientiane – Pakse - Bolaven Plateau (B)
Day 4: Vientiane – Pakse - Bolaven Plateau (B)
In the morning, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse. When you arrive, our guide will meet and lead you east to visit Bolaven Plateau-which is green all year round and cooler than the rest of Laos and Thailand. Surrounding the plateau there are a number of protected national parks, dramatic waterfalls, remote hill tribes, dense jungle and a taste of some of the world's best coffee beans.
 
It’s probably best known for being home to some of Southeast Asia's most spectacular waterfalls including Tad Fane. You will make a stop at Tad Fan waterfall. The impressive Tad Fane twin falls thunder over 100 metres down the steep cliffs into a gorge, located a few kilometres west of Paksong Town, Champasak Province.
 
In the afternoon, you continue to visit Tad Lo waterfall- located in the plateau Bolaven Plateau. You will stop at Pong Neua village where Alak minority people inhabited and Kok Bhoung village where Katou minority people live in. It will be a good chance for you to discover customs, traditional fashion and their way of living. Then, return to your lodge. It is free time for you to relax by the riverside or swim in the waterfall. Overnight at Tad Lo. 
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Tad Lo

 

Day 5: Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (B)
Day 5: Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (B)
After enjoy an amazing morning in the plateau, you will continue south to Si Phan Don.
 
The first stop you will visit is Champasak- a province in southwestern Laos, near the borders with Thailand and Cambodia. You will discover an ancient ruin of Wat Phou- a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos. It offers stunning views over the surrounding land and Mekong River. Wat Phu is considered one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Like other notable Khmer architecture in Southeast Asia, it was constructed using sandstone, laterite and bricks. Wat Phu has been an active temple for Buddhist religious practice for quite some time because Buddhism replaced Hinduism in Laos in the mid 13th century. It will be an ideal place for those who are interested in history and archeology of Laos.
 
Upon arrival, you will spend the rest of day to relax and explore the island on your own. Overnight in the 4000 Islands.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in 4000 Island

 

Day 6: 4000 Islands (B)
Day 6: 4000 Islands (B)

After your breakfast, you will ride a bicycle to visit Done Det and Done Khone - where you could explore the ruins of French railway tracks and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the islands and take awesome photos of the local life and natural

beauty.
In the afternoon, you will turn back to your hotel. Remainder of day is free at your leisure.
Meals on your own. Overnight in 4000 Islands.
 
Transfer: Boat, bicycle
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in 4000 Island
Day 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Luang Prabang (B)
This morning, we will transfer back the mainland. You will make a stop at Khone Papheng waterfalls - one of the biggest attractions of the 4000 islands of the Mekong in southern Laos near the border with Cambodia. Because of its beauty, the locals called these falls as the jewel of the Mekong.
 
We will head to Pakse airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.
 
When you arrive in Luang Prabang, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
 
Luang Prabang is the capital city of Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. It is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era .The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
 
In the evening, you could enjoy authentic Lao flavors especially Beer Lao from a variety of local restaurants. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 8: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 8: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("Tak Bat" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
 
Another choice that you could make is visiting a monk school in the city. This will be a great chance for those who are interested in monastery because you will have time to talk with young monks, learn about their daily life. 
 
After your breakfast at the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…, you will start your city tour. IN this tour, you will visit some most famous temples of the city. Highlights include: 
Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
The last one you will visit in this morning is Arts and Ethnology Centre.
In the afternoon, you will Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek- the weaving and textile villages. Here, you will have time to explore traditional handicrafts, admire diverse and unique products made by skillful hands of artisan. After that, you will return to town to visit a monk school. To finish a long day, you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the city at sunset.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 9: Ban Vanglae - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)
Day 9: Ban Vanglae - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)
In the morning, you will take a 1.5 hour land transfer to Ban Don Ngurn village. After having time to discover the village, you will take a private boat to cruise down Nam Ou River- one of the most important rivers in Laos. En-route, you have plenty of opportunity to admire the stunning limestone karst scenery and then have a delicious picnic lunch on riverside.
 
After your lunch, you continue your trip down the river to visit Ban Vanglae,- where Lu minority people still practice traditional weaving and dyeing. Here, you will have chance to learn about traditional weaving and dyeing techniques and admire unique crafts made by skillful hands of the locals. Leave the village, you continue your cruise back to LuangPrabang.
 
On the return way, you will visit the famous cave-Pak Ou-  the “mouth” of the “Ou” River, a famous cave with hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. Overlooking the river, it shows a splendid view of the Mekong.
 
In the late afternoon, you will arrive in LuangPrabang. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in LuangPrabang.
 
Transfer: Private car, Boat
Included meals: Breakfast, Picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 10: Luang Prabang Free day (B)
Day 10: Luang Prabang Free day (B)

Your day is at leisure or explore the town on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Transfer: N/A
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 11: Depart Luang Prabang (B)
Day 11: Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Today is your free time to relax before being transferred to the airport to get a departure flight.

Transfer: Private car
Included meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 
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Inclusion:
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (Vientiane – Pakse; Pakse - Luang Prabang)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion:
 
  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • 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: Arrive Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane City Tour - Buddha Park (B)
Day 3: Lao Cooking Class (Join In) (B,L)
Day 4: Vientiane – Pakse - Bolaven Plateau (B)
Day 5: Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (B)
Day 6: 4000 Islands (B)
Day 7: 4000 Islands – Pakse - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 8: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 9: Ban Vanglae - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)
Day 10: Luang Prabang Free day (B)
Day 11: Depart Luang Prabang (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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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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