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Laos Experience

Small group tour
10 days - From US$0*PP

Experience the picturesque countryside of 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. Continue overland to Vang Vieng and kayak down the Nam Song River. In Vientiane, dine in a local house, explore sacred temples and receive a ‘baci’ ceremony.

Inclusions

  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except tuk-tuk touring)
  • Mekong River cruise
  • Entrance fees
  • English-speaking Tour Leader
  • All tips on tour
  • Return group transfers from airport to accommodation
  • Meals as indicated (B = breakfast
  • L = lunch
  • D = dinner)

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Small Group Tour Itinerary

DAY 1: CHIANG RAI (THAILAND)
On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing. Overnight at Laluna Hotel & Resort (or similar).

DAY 2: CHIANG RAI TO PAKBENG (LAOS)
Drive to the Lao border and board a private boat to cruise along the Mekong River. Take in life along the river and the picturesque scenery as you enjoy lunch and cruise to the riverside village of Pakbeng, home to the H’mong and Thai Lu people. On arrival in Pakbeng, walk through the local market for a glimpse into everyday life. Overnight at Phetsokxai (or similar). (BL)

DAY 3: PAKBENG TO LUANG PRABANG
Once again board your boat and cruise to Luang Prabang. Enjoy lunch and stop along the way at sacred Pak Ou Caves where local people add to a repository of Buddha statues. On arrival in Luang Prabang, take a tuk-tuk to your hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Stay the next three nights at Sala Prabang (or similar). (BL)

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG
Nestled on the banks of the Mekong River, Luang Prabang is a charming laidback town surrounded by rugged mountains. Enjoy a walking tour of Luang Prabang. Explore the National Museum which was previously the former royal palace and now houses fine examples of Lao art and furniture. Visit serene Wat Mai temple before continuing onto Wat Xieng Thong temple. After a free afternoon exploring independently, participate in a game of petanque, and enjoy sunset drinks and traditional local snacks overlooking the Mekong. (B)

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG
Rise early to see Buddhist monks collecting alms, following an ancient ritual known as Takbat. Explore a lively morning market and enjoy a local noodle breakfast and French coffee. Drive to Kuang Si Falls to swim in the turquoise pools and visit a nearby bear sanctuary. On your return to town, spend the afternoon relaxing or continue to explore Luang Prabang at your own pace. This evening, take part in the Bamboo Experience cooking class set among beautiful rice paddy fields. (BD)

DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG TO VANG VIENG
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before driving through stunning scenery to Vang Vieng, a quaint riverside town. Climb to the entrance of Tham Chang cave for views of town. The cave is one of the deepest in Vang Vieng and has a natural spring which is a popular swimming hole for the local people. Stay the next two nights at Villa Nam Song (or similar). (B)

DAY 7: VANG VIENG
After breakfast, kayak along the Nam Song River as you soak in the beautiful natural scenery. Return to town and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Choose to hire a bike and ride through the spectacular countryside or simply relax. (B)

DAY 8: VANG VIENG TO VIENTIANE
Continue your overland journey to the capital city of Vientiane. Along the way stop at ‘Kilometer 52’, a village with a large ethnic H’mong population and an excellent market. Vientiane is home to a charming mix of French-colonial architecture, glittering temples and lovely restaurants. On arrival, discover the city’s most revered temples, Pha That Luang and Wat Sisaket before seeing the Patuxai Monument which is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Stay the next two nights at Lao Orchid Hotel (or similar). (B)

DAY 9: VIENTIANE
Travel towards the Thai/Lao Friendship Bridge to intriguing ‘Buddha Park’ filled with statues inspired by Buddhist and Hindu epics. 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. Spend the afternoon at leisure. In the evening, receive a traditional Lao blessing at a ‘baci’ ceremony to wish you safe onward travels. Enjoy a Lao ‘jaew’ feast as you listen to a performance of traditional music – the perfect end to your time in Laos. (BD)

DAY 10: VIENTIANE
Enjoy breakfast before transferring to the airport for your onward journey. (B)

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