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Laos Highlight Tour - Along The Mekong River

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This exploration of Laos starts in north eastern Thailand, entering Laos and following the Mekong River before reaching Luang Prabang. Explore the World Heritage town and its surroundings, with the Mekong as point of reference. Head south to Vang Vieng, a village nestled along the Nam Song River; pass by Ventiane, and travel to the fertile Boloven Plateau, and then Champassak.

Customizable tour itinerary

This tour idea is fully customizable

This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Arrival in Chiang Rai

Your holiday begins...
• Upon arrival, meet your guide in the arrival hall  
• The Lanjia is an eco-friendly community lodge
   nestled high on a hill in Chiang Rai Province  
• First-hand experience on how to make Hmong
   batik handkerchief with Hmong ladies

Visited:
Chiang Rai
Accommodation
night in Lanjia Lodge (Ban Kiewkan)

Day 2: Beginning Your Cruise

Two days of heavenly bliss...
• Transfer (without guide) for around 30 minutes to
   the Thai-Lao border for crossing
• Private local slow boat for your 2 days cruise
   down the Mekong River to Luang Prabang
• Visit some minority villages along the cruise and
   lunch will be served on-board 

Visited:
Pakbeng
Accommodation
Pakbeng Lodge (Pakbeng)

Day 3: Arriving in Luang Prabang 

Stopping off at venues...
• Meet local people and experience life at a
   market in a small town in Laos 
• Enjoy the scenery along the Mekong River until
   reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves
• Stop at Ban Xang Hai, a village famous for its rice
   liquor locally called “Lao-Lao”

Visited:
Pakbeng Luang Prabang Province
Accommodation
night in Maison Dalabua (Luang Prabang Province)

Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour

So much to see and do...
• Visit the main sites of Luan Prabang, including
   the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace
•  View the “Prabang”, a sacred golden statue that
   has given its name to the town
• Drive to Ock Pop Tok weaving centre for a
   hands-on experience dying silk skeins 

Visited:
Luang Prabang Province
Accommodation
night in Maison Dalabua (Luang Prabang Province)

Day 5: Minority Villages, Kuang-Si Waterfalls

Local traditional rites...
• Take a Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula, to an alms giving
   ceremony of the monks
• This ancient ritual of collecting food from
   worshippers is locally known as “Tak Bat  
• Return to town and enjoy a game of Petanque 
   with local residents

Visited:
Luang Prabang Province
Accommodation
night in Maison Dalabua (Luang Prabang Province)

Day 6: Vieng Vang and Pirogue Tour

Delicious dining and awesome views...
• Leave Luang Prabang town by road down to Vang
   Vieng
• Stop en route to visit some villages along the way  
• Lunch at Phou Pieng Fa restaurant, with amazing
   panoramic 360 views over the valley 

Visited:
Luang Prabang Province Vang Vieng
Accommodation
Villa Vangvieng River Side (Vang Vieng)

Day 7: Discovering Vientiane

Beautiful city...
• Lunch at Makphet restaurant, a vocational training
   restaurant for disadvantaged children   
• Afternoon sightseeing tour in Vat Sisaket, home to
   hundreds of Buddha statues
• View the Patuxai Monument, and enjoy a
   panoramic view over the city from the rooftop

Accommodation
Ansara Boutique Hotel (Vientiane)

Day 8: Bhudda Park and COPE Centre

So much to see and learn...
• Breakfast at the hotel before meeting your guide
   in the lobby for your day out
• Head to the Buddha Park, containing a mixture of
   Hindu and Buddhist style sculptures 
• In the afternoon visit the COPE centre, established
   in 2008 as a free permanent exhibition

Visited:
Vientiane
Accommodation
Ansara Boutique Hotel (Vientiane)

Day 9: Paksé, Waterfalls and Ethnic Villages

Learning the culture...

• Meet your guide and transfer to the airport for
   your early flight to Paksé
• Drive to the Boloven Plateau to visit waterfalls and
   ethnic villages along the way 
• Continue toward Paksong, check-in and free time
   at leisure  

Visited:
Vientiane Pakxe Paksong
Accommodation
Sinouk Coffee Resort (Pakxong)

Day 10: Coffee Tasting, and Drive to Champassak

Exquisite beans...
• Arrive at Pakxong and experience coffee tasting at
   Jhai Coffee shop
• At noon, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch at Tad Say
   waterfalls 
• Drive to Souy village and transfer by minivan to
   Champassak

Visited:
Champassak
Accommodation
River Resort (Champassak)

Day 11: Slow Boat and the 4 000 Islands 

French influence...
• Cross by ferry to Ban Muang and transfer to Ban
   Hat Xay Khoun overland
• Cycle around the islands, and see the old
   locomotive, railway and colonial bridge
• Return to Ban Nakasang by boat and visit the
   largest waterfall in South East Asia

Visited:
Champassak
Accommodation
River Resort (Champassak)

Day 12: Ancient City of Vat Phou (UNESCO)

Historic information...
• Visit Vat Phou, a UNESCO World Heritage site 
•Vat Phou is one of the best-preserved examples of
   major Khmer architecture 
• Lunch at Inthira’s restaurant in Champassak
   before a free day at leisure

Visited:
Champassak Vat Phou
Accommodation
River Resort (Champassak)

Day 13: Discovering Champasak

A day of leisure...
• Breakfast at the resort and free day at leisure
• Guide and vehicle are at disposal around
   Champassak if necessary
• Head to Champasak Spa to pamper yourself
   support a local cause

Visited:
Champassak
Accommodation
River Resort (Champassak)

Day 14: Last Day of Your Travel

Thank you for coming...
• Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then rest until your
   transfer to the airport in Paksé
• We will assist with luggage and with formalities if
   necessary
• Thank you for visiting Laos, we hope to see you
   again soon

Visited:
Champassak

Chiang Rai Pakbeng Luang Prabang Province Vang Vieng Vientiane Pakxe Paksong Champassak Vat Phou

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. $2,810 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
For 2 For 4 Single Supplment                                     
Price per person $2,710 $1,990 $810

Included in price:

  • Accommodation at selected hotels, based on twinor double occupancy with daily breakfast. Single occupants must add the supplement single
  • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicles or as stated in the program by Tuk-Tuk for instance
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Local Lao English-speaking licensed guides (one place, one guide)
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • All activities as stated in the program
  • Private boat cruise as mentioned
  • All permissions and local taxes
  • Refreshing tissues and drinking water during overland transportation

Not included in price:

  • Visas and stamps in Laos: tourist visas are available at the border for most nationalities (30 US$ to 45 US$ per person depending on nationality o be cleared on the spot in cash; + one passport sized picture + eventual overtime fees; passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond travelling dates. Subject to change without prior notice from the local authorities)
  • Domestic, regional and intercontinental flights and taxes
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses (such as internet, laundry, minibar, massages, souvenirs, but not limited to)
  • Travel insurances of any kind
  • Luggage handling
  • Tips to drivers, guides, porters and waiters: we recommend you consider 5$/person/day, to be handed according to your satisfaction
  • Any other services and meals not mentioned in the proposal
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of the local agent
  • Banking fees

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