Forgotten Laos (Code: LAC-AR 00-04)

This exciting tour, which commences in Thailand, takes you on a mythical journey on board the Luang Say cruise, a delightful way to explore the highlights of Northern Laos in style. You will see stretches of breathtaking mountainous scenery and pass beautiful lush forests as we enter the Laos border and stop over at hill tribe village’s en-route to the charming, sleepy city of Luang Prabang. A trip to the paradise setting of the Khouangsi waterfalls is a highlight of this tour, which has many cool pools that you can swim in

What’s included:

- 06 night hotel accommodation as below listed or similar
- 06 breakfast, 02 lunches and 01 dinner
- Modern transportation throughout the tour
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- Experienced local English or French speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights.

What’s excluded:

- Any meals and drinks other than specified
- Tip and Individual expenses.

Day 1 Houixai – Pakbeng (Cruise down operates Mon., Thu., & Fri.)

Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

After passing through immigration, we will cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos where our Lao guide will be waiting at the immigration point. After completing border formalities, we board a ready traditional boat for the trip down the Mekong River. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia’s most unvisited and unchanged countries. As we journey downriver, we will take in the beautiful scenery and stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu.

Day 2 Pakbeng – Luang Prabang

Breakfast – Lunch

After breakfast, we will sail downriver passing areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. Visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao wine. We also visit the Pak-Ou cave crammed with thousands of Buddha statues left by devoted pilgrims. Arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and be transferred to the hotel. This evening we can take a stroll around this enchanting little town. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3 Luang Prabang City Tours

After breakfast, we explore this charming city. Spend the day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-Lao’s of Southeast Asia. We will visit Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in the country, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Later, we visit the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum (closed on Tuesdays) where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as artifacts including the Prabang, a large holy image, which was given in the 14th century by the Khmers to King Fa Ngum. At sunset we climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Mount Phousi where you’ll catch a lovely view out over the town and the river.

Day 4 Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall


An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual. We can also visit the morning Phosi Marketwhere you can see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.  Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. If time permit, we drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall.

Day 5 Luang Prabang – Vientiane (road)


We begin our drive south to Vientiane, on the way stopping off to see some of the minority, via Vang Vieng where we can enjoy the scenic, panaromic views of unspoiled nature, the mountain and the beautiful landscape. After a short stop, we head out to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, built by the French on the site of Wieng Chan, the 16th century capital of Lane Xang. Wieng Chan was already bristling by the time Europe was emerging from obscurity, and today is a small bustling city that retains an air of Its French colonial past.

Day 6 Vientiane City Tours


This morning, we will commence sightseeing with a visit to the market. The market is wildly colorful amid baskets piled with rice, eggs, and tea, ducks, pigs and fish both alive and dead, are food stalls selling noodles, soup, and ‘food to go’ wrapped in banana leaves, existing cheek by jowl with sellers of jasmine, orchids, and marigolds – the latter being woven into garlands for temple offerings. From there you begin a walking tour of the city’s old Wats beginning with the venerable Wat Sisaket with its many wall niches holding small Buddha, Wat Prakeo – a former royal temple, the major Wats of Wat Mixai, Wat Ong Tu, Wat Haisok and Wat In Paeng, ending with some French colonial houses. In the afternoon, we will pay a visit to the studio of Carol Cassidy, an American who has done much to advance the Lao weaving tradition. Later this afternoon you visit That Luang Stupa, a national symbol of Lao sovereignty and a Buddhist shrine, overnight in Vientiane.

Day 7 Vientiane departure


Following breakfast, you are free for your own discovery until transfer for your departure.