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  • City Tour
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  • Meet the Locals

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Discover Laos

Luang Prabang - Khuang Sy Waterfall - Pakbeng - Vientiane
Unique about this tour:
  • Day 2: Visit Luang Prabang, a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture
  • Day 5: Discovery of the Mekong Elephant Camp in Pakbeng
  • Day 9: Visit local village, meet local people and the archaeological site the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khoang
  • Day 12: Relax with a cold Beer Lao (the national beer) and watch the sun set over the Mekong River

Get away from the noisy tourist hordes and discover the sublime tranquility of Laos, the most peaceful land in Asia. Quietly watch as monks collect offerings at dawn. Ride an elephant to seldom-visited ethnic Laotian villages. See the archaeological site of a 1,000-year-old civilization. Take a Mekong River cruise and see the villages where life revolves around the river. Visit temples and take in magnificent scenery -- all this and more on your northern Laos tour. 

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Services

Included
  • Transfers to and from airports
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels or hotels in the same category
  • Meals as mentioned in the program - B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
  • Local English-speaking guides
  • Boat cruises mentioned in the program
Excluded
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • Laos entry visa (40USD/person)
  • Economy class flight from Xieng Khoang – Vientiane with airport taxes (160USD/person)

Example Trip to customize

Arrive at Luang Prabang. Visit the town

Arrive and be met at Luang Prabang airport. Check in to the hotel, where your room is available any time after 1:30pm. In the afternoon, explore this city on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang is home to more than 100 temples, some considered among the most beautiful in Laos. Visit Vat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, distinctive because of its wooden windows inspired by the Vat Phou, a Khmer Temple. See Vat Aham just next door, which is framed by two large Banyan trees. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Le Bel Air Resort

Day 1

Luang Prabang full day visit

We suggest early risers enjoy the sunrise at the crossroads in town around 6am, when monks in saffron robes from Luang Prabang’s many temples walk in long silent processions, searching for offerings left to them by the faithful. Please respect them, watch in silence and refrain from disturbing them. 



The whole day is for you to discover Luang Prabang. You’ll visit Vat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Royal City, a vast collection of sacred buildings and one of the jewels of Laotian art and the most beautiful temple of the city. Also visit Vat Senne, the first monastery with a  roof covered with yellow and red tiles, the Royal Palace which is now the National Museum (closed on Tuesdays), Vat May, a capped sanctuary featuring a five-sided roof topped by three parasols built at the end of the 18th century.



At the end of the afternoon, climb Mount Phousi to admire the sunset. Coming down, discover the H’mong Night Market which sets up every day from 5 to 10pm in the main street. Meals are on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Le Bel Air Resort

Day 2

Khuang Sy  

Visit Khuang Sy waterfall

In the morning, cross the mighty Mekong river to its right bank. Here you'll see two small temples now abandoned to nature. Take some time to admire the grandeur of this river. The Mekong is the 12th longest in the world and runs through six countries. It provides life and livelihood to millions of people throughout Southeast Asia. Then continue on your journey. After a few minutes on a motor boat, discover a pottery village which, encouraged by the Department of Culture and Heritage, keeps this ancient craft alive. Then travel to Khuang Sy waterfall on a road bordered by villages and rice fields. Have lunch in the countryside by the waterfall. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Le Bel Air Resort

Day 3

Pak Ou - Pakbeng  

Visit Pakbeng

You’ll go to the pier and embark on a very beautiful traditional-style cruising boat for a Mekong River cruise. Visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of Buddha statuettes. Continue upriver to Pakbeng. The countryside is incredibly beautiful; the river is pierced in places by abrupt limestone rock outcrops. Numerous villages are found on the Mekong’s riverbanks; this "mother of waters" is a major thoroughfare. Entire lives are lived on it. You’ll have lunch onboard and arrive at Pakbeng at the end of the day. Dinner and overnight at Pakbeng Lodge, a charming establishment where all the rooms have a magnificent view of the Mekong from their balconies.

Comfort Accommodation: Pakbeng Lodge

Day 4

Pakbeng  

Discover the Mekong Elephant Camp

The morning is devoted to the discovery of the Mekong Elephant Camp. First, you'll cross the Mekong River to attend a show of elephant bathing. Then, you ride an elephant for about two hours through ethnic villages not yet on the tourist routes. Return to Pakbeng Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll take a tuk-tuk to visit the local market, Pakbeng. On the way, you will visit the beautiful village of Xang Keng Khmus, situated on the edge of the forest. As you return to the hotel in the late afternoon, you also visit the local temple Wat Chom Si Cheng, which overlooks Beng River. Dinner and overnight at Lodge Pakbeng.

Comfort Accommodation: Pakbeng Lodge

Day 5

Pakbeng - Muang La - Muang Khua  

Visit hill tribes

Depart in the morning for Oudomxay, a small borough taking the form of an N or an S that is surrounded by a range of mountains. Along the road, you’ll visit villages inhabited by Lu and Khmou hill tribes. Arrive at Oudomxay around midday and have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue toward Muang Khua, stopping at Muang La, seat of the Lu hill tribe’s sacred Grand Buddha (Pra Ongtu). Meet people from the minority groups Egor, Hmong Lai, Yao and Khmou. Here, modern life is far away. You’ll revel in the beautiful countryside and discover the daily lives, traditions and history of the different ethnic minorities along Nam Pak. Arrive at Muang Khua at the end of the day. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at Sernaly Guesthouse.

Comfort Accommodation: Sernaly Guesthouse

Day 6

Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw  

Explore the beautiful countryside

In the morning, board a traditional slow boat to travel the Nam Ou River for about three hours to Muang Ngoi. The abrupt limestone cliff landscapes partly covered by vegetation are imposing. Stop at the beautiful village Thai Ed, then arrive at Muang Ngoi. This charming village stretches along the Nam Ou and has a tropical ambience with its coconut palms and thatched cafes. Leave immediately to walk around Muang Ngoi in the middle of rice fields and limestone outcrops, reminiscent of Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay. Depending on the season, see different stages of rice growing. Have a late lunch at a local restaurant, then continue down the Nam Ou to Nongkhiaw. Dinner on your own and overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Riverside Resort

Day 7

Nong Khiaw  

Back to Luang Prabang

Leave by road toward Luang Prabang. Visit Lu villages at Bane NaYang and Bane Hat Kho. Lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive at Luang Prabang in the afternoon, check in to your hotel. You’ll then have free time to personally discover Luang Prabang. There is no shortage of interesting things to discover here. Admire the architecure and scenery, make chit-chat with the friendly locals, or just kick back and enjoy a cold Beer Lao! Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia, and a wonderful place to simply wander around and take in the local atmosphere. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel

Comfort Accommodation: Le Bel Air resort

Day 8

Xieng Khoang  

Visit Xieng Khoang

Early in the morning, you'll leave by minibus for a long road journey to Xieng Khoang. During the occasional stops along the way, you’ll be able to visit local villages and meet local people. Enjoy a traditional Laotian lunch at a local restaurant. When you arrive in Phonsavanh, you will check in to the hotel, then you have free time to discover the surrounding area. Xieng Khoang province is a mountainous region with a high level of biodiversity. Stroll along dirt paths admiring the scenery and impressive rock formations. You'll find no shortage of photo opportunities around here. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel

Day 9

Xieng Khoang  

Visit Plain of Jars

The morning is devoted to visiting the Plain of Jars, the second-most famous archaeological site in Laos and the remnant of an ancient civilization. Spend a couple of hours exploring and admiring the surreal rock jars, thought to be associated with prehistoric burial practices. You'll then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant -- another chance to sample delicious Laoation cuisine. In the afternoon, visit Muang Khoun, the old capital of the Phouan kingdom that was known for its splendid temples. Sadly, few of them survived the bombings during the Indochina war. You’ll visit Vat That Foun – considered a storing place for the "relics and ashes of Buddha." Finally, visit the village of Vat Phiavat. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel

Day 10

Xieng Khoang - Vientiane  

Visit Vientiane

Walk in the market where local tribes (Thai Dam, H’mong, Phuan) bring their products each morning. Then fly to Vientiane where you’ll be met and transferred to the town. Afterward you’ll visit Xieng Khoang, a monument erected in memory of war victims. There’s a panoramic view of Vientiane from its summit. Then visit Talat Sao, also known as “the morning market,” where you can find all kinds of imported and local items. At the end of the day, walk along the banks of the Mekong River. Enjoy the tranquil evening atmosphere and watch the locals go about their business. Evenings by the Mekong are a great time to enjoy a cold Beer Lao and watch the world go by. Meals are on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Comfort Accommodation: Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

Day 11

Vientiane  

Vientiane and departure

On your final day in Laos, you will explore Vientiane, to see the following attractions:



Vat Sisaket, which, in spite of its Siamese influence, presents an architectural style all of its own. The largest temple in Vientiane, it is also considered the most beautiful, and its old “Bangkok” style has saved it from destruction.



Vat Phra Keo, built in 1565, honors the Emerald Buddha, a statue of whom is sheltered inside the temple. The original building was destroyed, and rebuilt identically in 1942. Located in a pretty garden, it shelters the Buddha under superb carved wood panels and elegant colonnades, built in typical Lao style and with a northern Siamese roof.



Pha That Luang, a cloister guarding a large stupa that was saved when the city was raided by the Siamese. Damaged by the Ho plunderers in 1873, it was restored by the French in 1930. It has become the symbol of the nation, representing both Buddhism and Lao’s sovereignty. This large relic is a true masterpiece.



Lunch is on your own. You can stay in your hotel room until noon. At the end of the day we'll take you to Vientiane airport for your departure. 

Comfort Accommodation: Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

Day 12