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Laos Experience with 4000 Islands - 2018

Small group tour
14 days - From US$2830*PP

Experience the picturesque countryside in laidback Laos, where peaceful temples, lush mountain scenery and vibrant markets await. From the Golden Triangle area in Northern Thailand glide down the Mekong to the beguiling World Heritage listed town of Luang Prabang, site of ancient Buddhist monasteries, faded colonial architecture and delightful boutiques. In Vientiane, dine in a local house to a traditional musical performance, explore sacred temples and learn about the secrets of famous Lao coffee. In tranquil Southern Laos, explore the coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau and the little-visited 4,000 islands expanse of the mighty Mekong.

Inclusions

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • 2 domestic flights
  • 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.

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2018

Day 1: Chiang Rai (Thailand)
Arrive 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)
Make your way to the Laos border to board your private boat for the cruise to Pakbeng town. Along the way enjoy some of the best scenery on the upper Mekong. Arrive in Pakbeng by late afternoon and walk through the market to meet the local people and gain a glimpse into their everyday life.

Hotel: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge (or similar)

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
Continue your journey to Luang Prabang, stopping at sacred Pak Ou Caves where local people add to a repository of thousands of Buddha statues. In Luang Prabang, the evening is free for you to discover the town’s many restaurants.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

Day 4: Luang Prabang
Surrounded by mountainous forests, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town with a tranquil atmosphere. Begin your exploration of Luang Prabang on a walking tour and visit the National Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Xiengthong temples. After a free afternoon exploring independently, participate in a game of petanque, a national pastime followed by sunset drinks overlooking the Mekong.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

Day 5: Kuang Si Falls
Rise early to see brightly-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms, following an ancient ritual known as Takbat. Explore a lively morning market and enjoy a local noodle breakfast before traveling to Kuang Si Falls, where you can swim in the turquoise pools and visit a nearby bear sanctuary. In the evening, travel to a picturesque rural setting and try your hand at bamboo weaving before helping to prepare your own dinner using bamboo as the common ingredient for several dishes.

Hotel: Sala Prabang (or similar)

Day 6: Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Fly to the capital city of Vientiane, and visit the Patuxai Monument and COPE Center. The evening is free for you to discover Vientiane’s dining scene. Spend time on the Mekong esplanade exploring the vibrant night market which is filled with affordable textiles, souvenirs and food snacks.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel (or similar)

Day 7: Baci Ceremony
Enjoy a morning coffee at a local cafe, hidden down an alleyway before discovering Vientiane’s most revered temples – Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket. In your free time, choose to enjoy Vientiane’s boutique shops, walk through the colonial quarter and visit Carol Cassidy’s textile museum located in her French villa. End the day with a traditional Lao ‘baci’ blessing in a local home. Your host will teach you how to make traditional savory ‘jaew’ dips and the famous sticky rice that accompanies it. Enjoy a home-made banquet feast as you listen to a performance of traditional music.

Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel (or similar)

Day 8: Vientiane to Pakse
Fly to Pakse, considered to be the capital of Southern Laos and your base for exploring this beautiful and undeveloped region. Enjoy some free time before meeting your new group of fellow travelers at a tour briefing.

Hotel: Pakse Hotel (or similar)

Day 9: Bolaven Plateau
Discover a few of the impressive waterfalls on the fertile Bolaven Plateau - Laos’ premier coffee-growing region. During colonial times the Bolaven Plateau was populated by French settlers who were attracted to the cooler climate and fertile soils which created ideal coffee-growing conditions. Today, Lao coffee beans fetch some of the highest prices in the world. Visit a small-scale Fair Trade organic coffee farm to sample a freshly brewed Arabica and Robusta coffee. At Tad Lo Lodge, you may get a glimpse of a small herd of elephants bathing in the stream next to your lodge.

Hotel: Tad Lo Lodge (or similar)

Day 10: Bolaven Plateau to Khone Island
From the Bolaven Plateau continue your journey to Khone Island in the far south of Laos, a trip that includes a relaxing boat ride. This remote part of Laos is situated close to the Cambodian border and is known for its expansive waterways, powerful waterfalls and languid tropical atmosphere.

Hotel: Sala Done Khone (or similar)

Day 11: 4,000 Islands
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before driving to Ban Hang Done village to embark on a boat trip, in search of the famous and elusive Irrawaddy freshwater dolphin. See Li Phi Falls before enjoying a walk through the forest and local villages to your hotel. Visit the remains of the sole railway built by the French during their time in Laos, and the bridge, also built by the French, which connects Done Khone with Done Det Island. Enjoy free time in the afternoon, and explore the islands at your own pace. Hire a bike or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll.

Hotel: Sala Done Khone (or similar)

Day 12: Wat Phou & Done Daeng Island
Travel to Khonephapheng Falls, the largest waterfalls in Southeast Asia in terms of water volume. Cross the Mekong River to La Folie Lodge and enjoy free time at the lodge. In the late afternoon, travel to Champasak to explore Wat Phou temple, a World Heritage listed site. Explore the pre-Angkorian ruins – one of the finest examples of Khmer temple architecture outside Cambodia.

Hotel: La Folie Lodge (or similar)

Day 13: Done Daeng Island
Set out on a bike ride around Done Daeng Island, which is dotted with shoreline villages, rice fields, and swaying coconut palms. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to further explore the island by bicycle or on foot. Alternatively, sip a cocktail by the hotel’s gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the Mekong. This evening, enjoy a delicious group dinner at the hotel’s restaurant to celebrate the end of a memorable vacation in Southern Laos.

Hotel: La Folie Lodge (or similar)

Day 14: Done Daeng Island
Transfer to Pakse airport for your onward journey.

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