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The Hidden Charm of Laos - 11 Days / 10 Nights

The Hidden Charm of Laos - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Luang Prabang, Pakbeng, Muang La, Oudomxay, Vientiane, Pakse, Si Phan Don
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$ 1,350
You will visit the most famous lanscape of Laos from North to South including Luang Prabang, the Mekong river- a trans-boundary river in Southeast Asia, some remote villages in Muong La, the capital of Vientiane, a pilgrimage temple in Champasak and finally Khong Island.
Highlights: 
 
  • Pay visits to Vientiane and Luang Prabang as well as famous attractions of the two biggest cities in Laos.
  • Indulge the peaceful atmosphere stretching around the famous Khong Island
  • Enjoy Muang La rural area and resort.
  • Visit Pakse and its well-known Wat Phou Temple to understand why it deserves to be a World Heritage.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Luang Prabang arrival

Day 2
Luang Prabang Temple Tour (B)

Day 3
Royal Palace and Kuang Sii Fall (B,L)

Day 4
Luang Prabang - Pakbeng By Cruise (B,L)

Day 5
Pakbeng - Muang La (B,D)

Day 6
Half day exploring Muang La (B,D)

Day 7
Muang La - Oudomxay - Fly to Vientiane (B)

Day 8
Vientiane City Tour (B)

Day 9
Vientiane - Pakse - Vat Phou - Si Phan Don (B)

Day 10
Si Phan Don Sightseeing (B)

Day 11
Si Phan Don - Pakse - Departure (B)

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival

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 explore the city on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang Temple Tour (B)
Day 2: Luang Prabang Temple Tour (B)
When visiting Luang Prabang - the religious capital of Laos, you will explore the most beautiful temples, in particular:
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 May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
Continue to Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene - literally means "Temple of a 100 000 treasures" also one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
 
At the end of the day, visit Mount Phousi to enjoy sunset, visit Wat Chomsi on the top and admire the panoramic view over the city. 
 
On the way back the hotel, you might have chance to see H'mong night market with various traditional handocraft products of Laos. 
Meals on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Royal Palace and Kuang Sii Fall (B,L)
Day 3: Royal Palace and Kuang Sii Fall (B,L)

In the morning, after having a breakfast, you will visit the Royal Palace - National Museum, a beautiful building with traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs (Closed on Tuesdays).  

Then we drive out of town to visit KhuangSy Waterfall - one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to its breathtaking cascades of water. On the way to Khuang Sy Waterfall, you will stop to visit some of the villages - where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume. Then you will have a picnic lunch at the waterfall. If you want to swim, it is a great place because the waterfall scatters into many basins with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle. You will return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon with remainder of day free at leisure.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng By Cruise (B,L)
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng By Cruise (B,L)

After your breakfast, you will take part in a new journey- a cruise on the Mekong river. A picturesque view of the river will open in front of your eye with a fresh flow of water and tropical forest invading its banks, a village hiding in the mist..  

You will have time to discover Pak Ou- a famous cave with hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. It shows a splendid view of the Mekong. The final stop of the day is Pakbeng- a small village in Laos, on the Mekong river. It is the major stop for boats. There are several guesthouses and reataurants for tourists.

Lunch is served on boat. Dinner on your own and overnight at your lodge.

Transfer: Private car, Non-private boat
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng
Day 5: Pakbeng - Muang La (B,D)
Day 5: Pakbeng - Muang La (B,D)

After breakfast, we enjoy the tranquil atmostphere in the region and visit some village nearby. 

In the afternoon, your trip will continue to visit Oudomxay- a province of Laos with mountainous topography . On the way, you will visit some villages where Lu and Khmou hill tribes are living. Your journey to Oudom Xay District will last 3,5 hour drive. Here, you can enjoy harmonious combination of lanscapes and mountains  and live in multiethnic region with diverse and unique identities.

In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Muong La and then check in to your lodge.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La
Day 6: Half day exploring Muang La (B,D)
Day 6:  Half day exploring Muang La (B,D)

Today you will have a half day to explore the surrounding of Muang La. Discover the rural life of Pak La Village which sits outside The Resort, strolling through the village to admire the panoramic views of the Nam Pak River, the beautiful terraced rice-fields and extraordinary salt fields. You will see how the Khamu people benefit from their natural surroundings during your walk. You will also visit the temple of Chiao Pha Kham Sing which houses a sacred Buddha and is a place for pilgrimage.

The remainder of day is free to enjoy the resort. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Note: the activity can start at 9 am or 2pm.Walking shoes or sandals recommended
 
Transfer: Walking 
Included meal: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La
Day 7: Muang La - Oudomxay - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 7: Muang La - Oudomxay - Fly to Vientiane (B)

In the morning, you will relax in the hotel's hot spring pond and enjoy fresh air at dawn on your own.

Around midday, our guide will meet and transfer you back to Oudomxay Airport to get a flight to Vientiane. You will be transfered to your hotel to check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 8: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 8: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Today we will explore the capital city with its famous sites inclusing:
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. 
Talat Kua Din Market- is the busiest market area around Vientiane- where you can find animated daily life activities- a colorful corner of life of the locals. Don’t miss it!
 
In the afternoon, you will have chance to explore handicrafts of Laos through visiting a vocational training Centre- where disadvantaged woman from rural areas are trained a variety of skills of weaving, dyeing and tailoring. Visiting this centre, you will learn how to use traditional materials to make familiar products by your own.
 
You will have time in the late afternoon to stroll along the Mekong river. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

 

Day 9: Vientiane - Pakse - Vat Phou - Si Phan Don (B)
Day 9: Vientiane - Pakse - Vat Phou - Si Phan Don (B)
Today, we will transfer to the airport for flight to Pakse.
 
Welcome on arrival and transfer to Vat Phou Temple - one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. For those who are interested in art and history, this temple is an ideal place to explore. 
 
In the afternoon, you will discover another ruins- Ou Mong Ruins and continue driving to the pier where you will reach 4000 Island - Si Phan Done on Mekong river.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in 4000 Islands

 

Day 10: Si Phan Don Sightseeing (B)
Day 10: Si Phan Don Sightseeing (B)
After your breakfast, you will enjoy a boat trip to 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 at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car, Boat
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in 4000 Islands
Day 11: Si Phan Don - Pakse - Departure (B)
Day 11: Si Phan Don - Pakse - Departure (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 with a length of almost 10 kilometers. Thanks to its maginificent beauty, the locals called these falls as the jewel of the Mekong.
 
Enjoy the scenic fall and its beautiful surrounding before driving back to Paskse Aiport where you catch your flight to next destination.
Meals on your own. End of services.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: 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 (Oudomxay – Vientiane; Vientiane – Pakse)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Non-private 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: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang Temple Tour (B)
Day 3: Royal Palace and Kuang Sii Fall (B,L)
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng By Cruise (B,L)
Day 5: Pakbeng - Muang La (B,D)
Day 6: Half day exploring Muang La (B,D)
Day 7: Muang La - Oudomxay - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 8: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 9: Vientiane - Pakse - Vat Phou - Si Phan Don (B)
Day 10: Si Phan Don Sightseeing (B)
Day 11: Si Phan Don - 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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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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