Incredible Laos (Code: LAC-AR 00-2)

A perfectly balanced tour taking in Laos most impressive sights, including Luang Prabang, the Plain of Jars and the 4000 Islands. Great variety nicely paced and superb value for money makes this tour a Viengchampa favourite.

What’s included:

- 09 nights hotel accommodation
- 09 breakfasts, 01 lunch
- Modern transportation throughout the tour
- Private boat trip as stated in above sights
- Entrance fees as stated in the tour program
- Experience local English speaking guide.

What’s excluded:

- International air ticket to and from Laos
- Domestic air ticket Xiengkhuang – Vientiane – Parkse: US $ 225.00/pax. (Price may subject to change without prior notice)
- Any meals and drinks other than specified.
- Tip, individual expenses.

Day 1 Arrival – Luang Prabang

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be the best preserved city in South East Asia. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2 Luang Prabang – City Tour – Pak Ou Caves


Today, we visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. seeing the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On the way, we also visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek and Ban Nong Xai, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking. Once back in Luang Prabang city we visit a traditional silversmith workshop. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Note: during rainy season the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available.

Day 3 Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall 

Breakfast + Lunch

We visit the local Phosi Market, where your guide will show you the diverse offerings on display. We also stop atOck Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre. Here you will be given a guided tour and the silk weaving process will be explained. Next we drive to Ban Thinkeo, a Hmong village and start trekking with the villagers. In the afternoon, drive to Khuang Si and relax at this magnificent multi tiered waterfall. We then return by road to Luang Prabang at the end of the day. Overnight in Luang Prabang. 
Note: during rainy season the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available

Day 4 Luang Prabang – Xiengkhuang


Today, we make the long but scenic days drive through wonderful natural surrounds to Xiengkhuang. The journey will give you plenty of opportunities for photos and visiting hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit Site 1 of the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. Overnight in Xiengkhuang

Day 5 Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (Flight)


This morning we have time to visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, visit the MAG exhibition and Site 2 of the Plain of Jars before taking a short scenic trek to Site 3 via a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village. We then transfer to the airport for the short flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 6 Vientiane – Half day city tour


This morning we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital, including the oldest Wat Sisaketwith thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure ofThat Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The final visit of the day will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 7 Vientiane – Pakse -Khong Island (Flight)


This morning, we take a flight to Pakse. On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred directly onto aprivate traditional boat for a 2-hour cruise to Champassak. Disembark at this ancient town, of the Champa Kingdom; continue by car to Wat Phou, another World Heritage Site in Laos, which became recognized by UNESCO in 2002. Wat Phou is the site of ruins which were once part of a temple built some time before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. It contains some of the most Ancient Khmer architectures which date back to between the 7-11th centuries. In the afternoon you will drive to Don Khong, an area of 4000 islands which is the widest point of the Mekong River during the rainy season, although during the dry months the river recedes, leaving behind thousands of islands and islets. This area of the river is also famous for being the home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. En route, we stop to visit the ruins of the Khmer temple of Oup Mong at Ban Houei Tomo. Arrive at Khong Island via ferry early evening. Overnight on Khong Island

Day 8 Khong Island – Surrounding


This morning we take the boat to Ban Nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the ‘Niagara of the east’. Then you will transferred to the Cambodian border of Dom Kralor.

Day 9 Khong Island – Tad Lo – Pakse


Upon leaving Khong Island, we journey towards Tadlo, through the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region. Upon arrival at Tad Lo Waterfall, we visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups. We travel to Pakse by late evening. Overnight in Pakse

Day 10 Pakse Departure


After breakfast, there will be free time for your own exploration of Pakse Town before catching a flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia or exiting Laos overland from the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Ratchathani Thailand.