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Inside Laos - 2018

Small group tour
13 days - From US$2170*PP

An adventure into this peaceful land reveals the compelling history, scenery and gracious people of Laos. Spend the night in a remote ecolodge as you cruise slowly down the alluring Mekong, stopping at a sacred cave and a local village. Explore the temples of fabled Luang Prabang and join the locals in a game of petanque. Uncover the mysterious Plain of Jars and the monuments of the bustling capital, Vientiane.

Inclusions

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night lodge accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles (tuk tuk touring not air-conditioned and touring of Luang Prabang old town is on foot)
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • tour leader based on a minimum of 10 passengers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • porterage and incidental tipping
  • arrival and departure transfers.

Prices and Departures

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DECEMBER 12th
(Tuesday)

End

DECEMBER 24th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$3070*

Single supplement:
US$664*
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JANUARY 16th
(Tuesday)

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JANUARY 28th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2690*

Single supplement:
US$625*
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JANUARY 23rd
(Tuesday)

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FEBRUARY 4th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2690*

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US$625*
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FEBRUARY 20th
(Tuesday)

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MARCH 4th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2690*

Single supplement:
US$625*
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MARCH 6th
(Tuesday)

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MARCH 18th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2690*

Single supplement:
US$625*
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MARCH 27th
(Tuesday)

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APRIL 8th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2690*

Single supplement:
US$625*
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APRIL 3rd
(Tuesday)

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APRIL 15th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2625*

Single supplement:
US$610*
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MAY 8th
(Tuesday)

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MAY 20th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2170*

Single supplement:
US$485*
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JULY 3rd
(Tuesday)

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JULY 15th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2330*

Single supplement:
US$485*
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AUGUST 28th
(Tuesday)

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SEPTEMBER 9th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2330*

Single supplement:
US$485*
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OCTOBER 16th
(Tuesday)

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OCTOBER 28th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2625*

Single supplement:
US$610*
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NOVEMBER 20th
(Tuesday)

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DECEMBER 2nd
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2705*

Single supplement:
US$575*
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DECEMBER 25th
(Tuesday)

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JANUARY 6th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2860*

Single supplement:
US$580*
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JANUARY 15th
(Tuesday)

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JANUARY 27th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2820*

Single supplement:
US$655*
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JANUARY 22nd
(Tuesday)

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FEBRUARY 3rd
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2820*

Single supplement:
US$655*
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FEBRUARY 19th
(Tuesday)

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MARCH 3rd
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2820*

Single supplement:
US$655*
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MARCH 5th
(Tuesday)

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MARCH 17th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2820*

Single supplement:
US$655*
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MARCH 26th
(Tuesday)

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APRIL 7th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2820*

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US$655*
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APRIL 2nd
(Tuesday)

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APRIL 14th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2760*

Single supplement:
US$640*
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MAY 7th
(Tuesday)

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MAY 19th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2280*

Single supplement:
US$510*
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JULY 2nd
(Tuesday)

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JULY 14th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2445*

Single supplement:
US$510*
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AUGUST 27th
(Tuesday)

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SEPTEMBER 8th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2445*

Single supplement:
US$510*
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OCTOBER 15th
(Tuesday)

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OCTOBER 27th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2760*

Single supplement:
US$640*
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NOVEMBER 19th
(Tuesday)

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DECEMBER 1st
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$2835*

Single supplement:
US$610*
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DECEMBER 24th
(Tuesday)

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JANUARY 5th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$3000*

Single supplement:
US$610*
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

Day 1: Chiang Rai (Thailand)
On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and meet your fellow travelers and Tour Leader (or local guide).

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort (or similar)

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)
Drive to the Laos border to board your private boat for the cruise to Pakbeng town. Arrive in Pakbeng by late afternoon in time for a walk through the local market.

Hotel: Phetsokxai (or similar)

Day 3: Pakbeng to Kamu Lodge
Continue your journey to Kamu Lodge, an eco-adventure designed to give you an insight into one of Laos’ ethnic minorities – the Kamu. Choose to participate in traditional Kamu activities including rice planting and harvesting, gold panning, fishing, or take a gentle hike to the nearby waterfalls. In the evening, enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal in an open-air pavilion overlooking the rice paddies.

Hotel: Kamu Lodge (or similar)

Day 4: Kamu Lodge to Luang Prabang
Spend the morning doing as much or as little as you like at Kamu Lodge before continuing your cruise to Luang Prabang. Stop at Pak Ou Caves where local people continually add to a repository of Buddha effigies. In the early evening, participate in a cultural cooking experience themed around bamboo, an extremely versatile plant used in weaving, and which is also delicious to eat.

Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Luang Prabang
Enjoy steaming-hot noodle soup for breakfast at a local noodle house. Visit Wat Xieng Thong temple, one of the most beautiful in Laos. Explore the National Museum and visit serene Wat Mai temple. Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty as you participate in rice farming activities on the outskirts of town. In the evening, join in a game of petanque followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Mekong River.

Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (or similar)

Day 6: Kuang Si Falls
Rise early to see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms. Explore a lively morning market before traveling to Kuang Si Falls, where you can swim in the turquoise pools and visit a nearby bear sanctuary.

Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Luang Prabang to Plain of Jars
Embark on a full day road journey to the mysterious Plain of Jars. Head into town for dinner and gain a glimpse into the history of Phonsavan, one of the most heavily bombed places on earth.

Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jars (or similar)

Day 8: Plain of Jars
The Plain of Jars is one of Asia’s most unusual sites and the jars are estimated to be over 2,000-years-old. Visit jar sites 1, 2 and 3, which are the most accessible sites cleared of landmines. Stop at the Ban Napia spoon village which is known for turning bombs into spoons. In the afternoon, visit MAG Center to learn about the devastating effects inflicted on the Lao population by American military forces during the ‘Secret War’ on Laos.

Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jars (or similar)

Day 9: Plain of Jars to Vang Vieng
Drive approximately six hours through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng. Explore Tham Chang caves, one of the deepest in Vang Vieng, before returning to your resort.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows (or similar)

Day 10: Vang Vieng
Enjoy a leisurely morning exploring Vang Vieng at your own pace. In the afternoon, travel upstream for some light kayaking on the Nam Song River, returning as the sun sets over this peaceful area.

Hotel: Thavonsouk Bungalows (or similar)

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Continue your overland journey to the capital, Vientiane. Stop at ‘Kilometer 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population and an excellent market. In Vientiane, visit Wat Sisaket, the city’s oldest original temple before being welcomed into a local home for a traditional ‘baci’ ceremony to wish you safe onward travels.

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Vientiane
Travel towards the Thai/Lao Friendship Bridge to intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics, whose creator was rumoured to have been an eccentric local artist. Visit the Lao Disabled Women’s Development Center and COPE Center to learn about the inspiring work done by both organizations to help local people living with disabilities. Explore Laos’ most important temple Pha That Luang before visiting Patuxai Monument, reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Celebrate a memorable vacation in Laos with a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel (or similar)

Day 13: Vientiane
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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