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Laos Experience

Small group tour
8 days - From US$1705*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.

Inclusions

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 1 domestic flight
  • 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
  • Earn 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent^

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AUGUST 5th
(Sunday)

End

AUGUST 12th
(Sunday)

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US$1705*

Single supplement:
US$375*
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SEPTEMBER 2nd
(Sunday)

End

SEPTEMBER 9th
(Sunday)

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US$1705*

Single supplement:
US$375*
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OCTOBER 7th
(Sunday)

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OCTOBER 14th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$1740*

Single supplement:
US$370*
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NOVEMBER 4th
(Sunday)

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NOVEMBER 11th
(Sunday)

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US$1740*

Single supplement:
US$370*
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NOVEMBER 25th
(Sunday)

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DECEMBER 2nd
(Sunday)

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US$1740*

Single supplement:
US$370*
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DECEMBER 9th
(Sunday)

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DECEMBER 16th
(Sunday)

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US$1740*

Single supplement:
US$370*
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DECEMBER 23rd
(Sunday)

End

DECEMBER 30th
(Sunday)

Per person from:

US$1820*

Single supplement:
US$370*
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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: Phetsokxai Hotel (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
Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

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