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Laos Tours

Journey to the Heart of Laos

LAOS TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Relax on a Mekong cruise, visiting tribal villages
  • Enjoy the beauty and artistry of royal Luang Prabang
  • Mingle with ethnic Lao, Hmong, Yao, Kamu, Katu and Yalak peoples
  • Explore Khmer ruins near the Cambodian border
  • Full day cruise of the beautiful 4000 islands

Laos is Southeast Asia’s most pristine environment with intact traditional cultures and friendly locals excited to interact with visitors.  Visit Laos with us on this immersion experience into tribal village life and traditional Buddhist culture.  Witness extraordinary beauty such as Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) and enjoy a scenic boat trip down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang.  Explore historic treasures such as Pak Ou Caves, Plain of Jars and magnificent world heritage ancient temples Wat Phu Champasak and Preah Vihear, one of the greatest of the Angkor-era Khmer temples.

Laos Travel
Girl selling textiles in an ethnic village along the Mekong
Courtesy of Joy Robinson

ITINERARY- LAOS TOUR

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Day 1: Chiang Rai
Morning arrival. Afternoon visit Wat Rong Khun, also known as the “White Temple”  and Wat Phra Keo, the best known of the Northern temples.  It once housed the Emerald Buddha.

Day 2-3: Cruise to Luang Prabang. Day 2 overnight is at hotel in Pakbeng
Enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Mekong. Delicious buffet lunches served on board. Stops along the way at Lao, Hmong, Yao and K’Hmu villages offer the opportunity to sample rural life. Day 3 a stop to viist Pak Ou Caves before arrival in Luang Prabang

Day 4-6: Luang Prabang
Visit the exquisite temples of Luang Prabang. Experience the peaceful Lao lifestyle at several villages and visit Kuang Si Waterfall.

Day 7-8: Phonsavan/The Plain of Jars
A slow journey along mountain roads with stunning views of the forested mountains, lush valleys and karst formations. The Plain of Jars is one of Asia's most unusual sites. The jars are thought to be over 2,000 years old but their origins remain a mystery.

Day 9-10: Vientiane
Tour the National Museum, the most outstanding Wats and monuments. Excursion to Buddha Park.

Day 11: Tha Khaek
A mid-point stop, we'll enjoy visits to Wat Phabat and Wat Phonsan en-route.

Day 12-13: Tad Lo - Pakse
Explore the region, rich in natural beauty including Tad Lo Falls. En-route to Pakse, visit Katu and Alak Villages, distinctive for the face tattoos of their women. We’ll stop at markets and coffee and cardamom plantations.

Day 14: Champasak
Visit Wat Phou, the finest example of Khmer temple ruins outside Cambodia.

Day 15: Four Thousand Islands
Enjoy a full day cruising to Don Khong, Don Det & Don Khone Islands. We disembark to explore the main villages.

Day 16: Return to Pakse
From Don Khong, we cross the Mekong by ferry and continue by vehicle to the spectacular Khon Phapheng Falls, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. Elephant ride from Ban Khiat Ngong village (known for its unique textiles) to Phou Asa village.

Day 17: Preah Vihear - Bangkok
Visit magnificent Preah Vihear, pending accessibility. Fly to Bangkok and overnight at airport hotel.

Day 18: Depart

 

Trip Details

LAOS TOUR - TRIP LENGTH
18-day trip begins in Chiang Rai and ends in Bangkok
DATES 2017
February 1-18
November TBD
LAND COST
From $3975 /Feb
ACCOMMODATIONS
3 nights 4/5-star boutique hotel
1 night deluxe eco-resort
4 nights heritage hotels
3 nights rustic bungalows
2 nights simple lodges with stunning views
4 nights best avail. 2/3-star
GROUP SIZE
2-12 guests
INCLUDED MEALS
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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