ULTIMATE TOUR TO LAOS
17 Days 16 Nights
Laos – a beautiful and peaceful country is appealing to tourist with its solemn pagodas, magnificent waterfalls, unique Buddha statues, and local hospitality. In addition, as this Southeast Asian country is traversed by the Mekong River and known for mountainous terrain, there are many outdoor activities are available. All of these uniqueness make Laos a desirable destination that you never get tired of discovering.
Enjoy the wonderful nature with jungle, caves, and waterfalls
Meet and talk with local people to find out the actual life in Laos
Try special traditional dishes in every province you pass by
As you get off the plane, you will set your feet on Luang Prabang – the second biggest city in Laos. As an ancient capital, Luang Prabang is a nostalgic and peaceful city. But since the city is not too crowded and busy, it offers visitors the feeling of relaxation and enjoyment as much as possible.
At 2PM, you will start to explore the unique nature and special of this culture with countless famous pagodas and temples such as Wat Visoun- the oldest temple in Lao, Wat Aham- the temple of spiritual culture and Buddhist practice, Wat Mai – the largest and most richly decorated temple and Mount Phousi – a spectacular place to watch the sun rise or set over the Mekong River.
Beside many places to visit, you are welcome to joy Baci Ceremony, one of the most famous metal activities. This is the national custom of blessing in special events for a new marriage, a homecoming, a welcome, a birth, or one of the annual festivals.
As the end of the day, you will have dinner with traditional foods at the hotel.
The next day in Luang Prabang will be a glorious day to travel to Bansomsanouk by car. This is where you will have a chance to visit the phenomenal downstream of Mekong – Nam Ou River.
In addition to its lovely landscapes, Bansomsanouk offers many activities such as swimming, kayaking, paddling on Nam Ou River to boost your energetic day.
One of the most interesting activities you don’t want to miss is boating to Pak Ou Caves – one of the most respected holy place on the land.
Before returning to Luang Prabang, to finish your day, remember to take your time to visit Ban Xang Hai – the Whiskey Village and Ban Xang Khong – the silk weaving village.
The 3rd day in Luang Prabang is an ideal day to discover Elephant Camp with breathtaking scenery.
After one hour trekking through the jungle with the elephants, your next action will be uncovering the marvel of nature is Khuang Si Waterfalls – a group of many small and large waterfalls located in Kuang Si Mountain.
After finishing your picnic lunch, you can try swimming and monkey jumping in Khuang Si Waterfalls.
Besides nature, the unique of culture is also prominent in your tour. By spending time in Ban Na Ouan of Hmong people, you can find many traditions have been orally passing of legends and rituals from one generation to another – a distinguished achievement for your travel.
You will hop to the car to go back to Luang Prabang to finish the day.
Leaving Luang Prabang, our journey in Laos continues to Xieng Khuoang – a part of Xiang Khouang Plateau, in the northeastern part of the country.
As it takes nearly 12 hours on the bus, you will get to the hotel at night and enjoy the dinner with the unique cuisine of a plateau region.
The journey in Xieng Khuoang starts by taking a car to the Plain of Jars – the megalithic archaeological landscape.
The history of the stone jars is a mystery but their sizes vary up to three meters high, weigh up to several tons. Those jars are believed to have the age of about 2,000 years.
After the lunch, exploring Muang Khoun that was once renowned for its lavish stupas and temples before suffering from the war is a great chance for you to understand how the war impacted in the past.
Before coming back to Phonsavan for dinner, one of the most special places to visit in Muang Khoun is That Foun, Vat Piavat – the only two remaining places after being bombed.
It bears the scars of the events that ended Xieng Khouang’s centuries of prosperity.
About four hours car ride to the north of Phonsavan, you will arrive in Vang Vieng – a sleeping beauty has accidentally been forgotten.
Sitting on the banks of the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is a living place of agricultural community in Laos. All of that helps to create a adventure paradise with dramatic limestone mountains rise above the luscious paddy fields.
You will have lunch in the restaurant and recover after a long journey. After that, instead of taking a nap, it will be more interesting if you sail down the Nam Song River, right.
Feeling the gentle glide of water, cumulus clouds and lush covered the tree alongside the river is a reach to nirvana.
At the end of the day, dinner with local food will be perfect for a long day discovering Vang Vieng.
During the low season, it will be a great experience to cross the Nam Song river by using the temporary bamboo bridges. Although local tourism and agriculture businesses have been developed, villagers still rely on the river as a food supplying sources.
Crossing Nam Song River, you are welcome to discover the extraordinary limestone caves. The first cave on your way will be Tham Xang which has an elephant head statue formed by dynamite exploration in the 19th century. From that day on, Tham Xang has become an important Buddhist shrine in Laos.
If you want to explore a primitive cave, Tham Hoi or so-call Snail Cave is a great option. It was shelter to the locals during the American bombing raids in Vietnam war. People believed that the Buddha near the entrance protected them from an explosion, injuries and the unfortunate.
The next extraordinary cave on this expedition is Tham Nam Water Cave, which has streams running through the mountainside, where you can dip yourself into fresh water to cool off in the hot weather of Laos. An outdoor lunch will provide more energy for more cave ventures.
In the afternoon, after 2 km of trekking, passing by the rice fields and vegetable gardens, you will get to the Hmong village of Phathao where you can learn about the traditional life of Hmong people.
You can further explore the beautiful embroidery products ready as gifts to buy.
Before getting back to the hotel in Vang Vieng, kayaking on the river and admire the beauty of mountains and surrounding scenery along will be an unforgettable experience in Nam Song – an outstanding nature creature.
Tham Jang – the most famous cave in Vang Vieng- used to be a bunker to defend against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century.
By visiting Tham Jang, you will have a chance to see various beautiful stalactites, rare stalagmites, as well as Laos history through legendary stories from local people.
Apart from Tham Jang, crossing river Ban Huai Ngai with the splendid beauty of the mountain will be a plus point of this tour. This is an opportunity to have amazing pictures and records.
In preparation for another long journey to Vientiane, you will have lunch in Vang Vieng. You will arrive in Vientiane to take some rest in the hotel, then enjoy your dinner before getting busy to discover this fascinating city on the next day.
After a sound sleep at night, you are ready for Vientiane.
You will be visiting the most famous places in the capital such as Wat Sisaket, Wat Phrakeo, Wat Simuang, Emerald Buddha, and That Dam. This is a great chance for you to figure the spiritual site and the unique part of this Kingdom of a Million Elephants.
To have enough energy for your adventure as well as to see a distinctive Laos culture, your lunch will be ready at a charity-run restaurant in Makpet.
The next stop will be exploring Vientiane in COPE Visitor Centre. Here you will be introduced about how this organization helps crippled people move on.
Moving on, we arrive Patuxay Monument which is a symbol of unique architectural – art – sculpture construction in Laos to commemorate the soldiers who died during World War II and the independence war from France in 1949.
Right next to Patuxay Monument is That Luang Stupa – the most important Buddhist monument in Laos – with large golden stupa believed to enshrine a breastbone of the Buddha.
Talking about Vientiane, people usually talking about a typical region of the Mekong Delta with lovely nature and friendly people. A stroll on the riverside of Mekong Delta to enjoy the peaceful moment and the wonderful sunset view will fulfill your perfect day in Vientiane.
If you are in favor of discovering South East Asia cuisine, this journey will bring you to many stops en route for local street food.
If you love extreme sports, the next destination on this journey – Khammouane province – is a great place to try some as it lies mostly in the forested mountainous terrain.
The stop of this day trip is Ban Na Hin – a valley surrounded by limestone mountains. This place also owns the most beautiful mountain viewpoint in Southern Laos.
After lunch, you can take some time to walk to nearby local villages where the number of cows is higher than the population of the village. This will make you love your life more and enjoy every moment of the journey. When heading back to the hotel, you can taste much best food in Laos at dinner.
On your second day at Ban Na Hin, it will be the most amazing spot you have ever visited – Khong Lor Cave. It is 7.5 kilometers long with Hinboun river passing through solid rock.
It is a challenge for you to get into this cave as it is in an amazing giant limestone valley. The trip has a stop en route in That Mouang, That Nam Sanam Waterfall where you can trek to this two waterfall and enjoy the fresh air as well as the beauty of this jungle place.
You can have a chãne to visit a local village, which will give you time to discover a different side of life. Before driving back to Ban Na Hin, do not forget to take pictures of Khong Lor Cave at sunset. It is really a incredible experience.
Kiss goodbye to the peaceful air of Ban Na Hin. The next visit – Pakse – will be totally on the opposite. It is the capital and most populous city in the south of Laos.
Before getting to the hotel and have your dinner, you have a stop en route at Savannakhet- the second-largest city in Laos to discover the varied culture of Laos as it has a mixed population of Lao, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese.
Located in Salavan Province, the next destination is a trek trip stopover for travelers to the especially famous for being a “cheap city” – Tadlo.
On this tour, your will visit Phasoeme & Kato Village where you can find a significant overlap between the Lao and Thai floras.
In the afternoon, the top activity is to visit and admire the majestic of Tadlo Waterfall including 3 waterfalls within 10km of Tadlo.
Departing from Tadlo, crossing Boloven Plateau, the next end is Khong Island – the largest island in Laos with 18 kilometers long and 8 kilometers at its widest point.
We will rest for a cup of traditional coffee. Continue the day tour, you will arrive in Si Phan Done – a group of islands and a part of Mekong river bordering Laos and Cambodia. Here, make sure to have conversations with the friendly locals and have a pleasant time in the landscape of rice farms and plenty farm of animals.
In the afternoon, it is a stunning experience to take a boat trip to main islands of Si Phan Done including Done Ket, Done Som, and Island of Done Khone.
In Done Khone island, you will be introduced to Ban Khone Village – a fisherman’s village well known for its coconut, bamboo and cotton cultivation.
After a long day of walking, you have will dinner in the hotel.
On the way discovering a unique province in southwestern Laos – Champasak, we will visit Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest fall in southeast Asia. Here is where the Mekong stops its navigation to China.
After that, the trip continues with exploring more about the capital of Champasak and Wat Phu – a ruined Khmer Hindu temple complex in southern Laos.
It is your time, after lunch, to explore Wat Phu temple by visiting the statue of Vishu – the preserver of the World, Shiva, Kala – the god of destruction and listen to stories about these gods from local people.
To understand more about the religion in Laos, the adventure will stop by Wat Phou Museum that is as a living heritage site for local for researching the history. Oum Moung Temple – an Angkorian temple- considered will be the resting place for visitors to Wat Phou.
Away from many historical sites and marvelous natural landscapes in Champasak, from Pakse, we take a flight back to Vientiane and have lunch.
After taking some time to rest, the last stops of this journey are Buddha Park – a sculpture park with more than 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues.
You will then come to the Lao – Thai Friendship Bridge for sightseeing and back to the hotel after that.
The journey in Laos ends in the busiest and the most developed city of Lao – Vientiane.
Here is where you can pick up some gifts to bring home.
Ready for the flight back to your home.
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
All land transfer by air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees and sightseeing fess as mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking tour guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic flights
Tips for tour guide and driver
Personal Insurance (Highly recommend)
Optional tours and extra services
Other services not mentioned in the program
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