Laos Highlights & Cruise In 4000 Islands

OVERVIEW

A spectacular 8 days journey of discovery through the heart of Laos and wonderful cruise in 4000 islands in the South of Laos

The far south of Laos is made up of four provinces: Attapeu, Champasak, Sekong and Salavan. This region borders Vietnam to the east, Thailand to the west and Cambodia to the south.

A contrasting combination of archetypal Mekong River life, the cooler climes of the Bolaven Plateau and three remote and little-visited eastern provinces make southern Laos a real mixed bag of tasty offerings. The whole area remains refreshingly raw, but as in the rest of Laos a series of community-based tourism projects have made getting inside Lao-style life easier than ever.

 

TRIP FACTS

Travel Style: Cultural & Classic Travel

Duration: 8days - 7nights

Start / Finish: Luang Prabang / Pakse

Departure: Departs daily on a private basis

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Board a local long-tail riverboat and cruise down the Mekong River

Visit the pre-Angkorian Vat Phou Temple

Drive to the Suay minority village of Ban Khiat Ngong.

Explore the highlands and take an elephant ride trough the primitive jungle

Trekking through the wetlands to observe the amazing diversity of the fauna and flora

Khong Island exploring

 

 

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: LuangPrabang Arrival

Day 2: Luangprabang - Pakou – WatXieng Thong – Pak Ou Caves – Tribalvillage

Day 3:  Kuang Si Waterfalls – Hill Tribes Tour

Day 4: Luangprabang – Vientiane - WatSisaket - That Luang Stupa

Day 5: Vientiane – Pakse – Champassak – WatPhou (WatPhou Cruise)

Day 6: HueiThamo - OumMoung Temple - Khong Island (WatPhou Cruise)

Day 7: Ban Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di – Pakse (WatPhouCruise)

Day 8: Pakse departure

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The stages of your trip:
Luang Prabang, Pak Ou, Kuang Si, Vientiane, Pakse, Champassak, Wat Phou, Khong Island
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Full Itinerary
  • Car
  • Hotel

Upon arrival at the airport in LuangPrabang, you are greeted and transferred to the hotel. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of WatVisoun and the shrine of WatAham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luangprabang.

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: Hotel in LuangPrabang

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of WatSene and the magnificent WatXiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of LuangPrabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.

Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban XangKhong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its handmade of Jute Sar paper.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in LuangPrabang

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

This morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Have breakfast, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will 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 crafts, and today you will visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. Continue driving to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to LuangPrabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at WatSiphouthabath.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in LuangPrabang

  • Car
  • Hotel

The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the Days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and the Central Market are not to be missed. Today, we visit these sights before catching a flight back to Vientiane. After checking into hotel, we are met to continue exploring Vientiane capital city, we start to visit the major sights of the capital; including the oldest WatSisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of WatPrakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.

On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

  • Car
  • Cruising
  • Hotel

In the early morning 06h30, we board a flight to Pakse.Upon arrival you are met and transferred to Vat Phou Cruise departure from Pakse for Champassak at 10:00am. Then we are board and heading south aboard a local long tail riverboat, zigzagging through mild rapids and sand banks, arriving at Champassak, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th century temple of WatPhou, the boat’s namesake. As dusk falls board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the deck, dinner is served on board, while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Overnight on Vat Phou cruise

  • Car
  • Hotel

Breakfast on board as we set sail for the village of HueiThamo, only a few minutes’ walk away from the Atacular hidden forest temple of OumMoung. Afterwards rejoin the boat for a cruise southwards and lunch on the deck, while we continue our leisurely sail further south to the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands”, arrived in the afternoon closed to Khong Island (the birthplace of the President of the Peoples republic of Laos) at Ban Dua Tae, and visit this traditional Laotian Village where the traditional way of life has not changed in centuries. Back on board for quiet dinner, under the stars, serenaded by the songs by the songs of the buffalo toads.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Overnight on Vat Phou cruise.

  • Car
  • Hotel

Breakfast on the deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong where we will board a small long-tail boat to Khone Island. After visit, take a long tail boat back to the main land amid the by-gone splendid of another age; colorful French colonial houses and an old customs post, alongside a stone quay. Take a minivan to amazingly scenic splendor of the KhongPhaPeng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“, close to the Cambodian border. Back to “civilization, for the two hours ride to Pakse, arriving in the afternoon, about 3:30 pm and transfer to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

  • Car
  • Hotel

Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy a free morning before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.

Meal: Breakfast

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Tours Details

THE DIFFERENCE OF AMO TRAVEL

  • Map of Vietnam with 04 famous destination detail maps in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
  • 01 bottle of water/day/person.
  • Post Card for sharing your memorable trip
  • Bookmark with basic Vietnamese lesson
  • Vietnamese Sim-Card for 24/24 support

SERVICES INCLUSION

  • 01 Night in the junk in Ha Long with 03 sea food meals on board
  • All of meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Professional and Experience local English speaking guide.
  • Private boat trip in along Perfume River in Hue
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • All of entrance fees and visiting permission in the restricted area (if applicable) as programm

SERVICES EXCLUSION

  • International and domestic air-tickets.
  • Bank Fee related to the payment.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Visa to Vietnam, Visa stamping fee
  • Beverage, personal expenses
  • Tipping for Tour-guide and driver. Our suggestion: 1-3$US/day/driver, 3-5$US/day/person for tour-guide depending your group size.

NOTE

  • Time check in: from 13h00 to 14h00, time check out: 12h00 (except the Junk in Ha Long about 10AM)
  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to Vietnam Airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight cancellation.
  • Hotels are subject to change by the time of booking.
  • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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