Laos Travel In Style

Laos travel in style: Ideal for travellers who like to mix their adventure with an equal helping of comfort and relaxation, this well-balanced itinerary ensures you see all the definitive highlights whilst, from time to time, still breaking a sweat

TRIP FACTS

  • Travel Style: Adventure Travel
  • Duration: 14days - 13nights
  • Start / Finish: Pakse/ Luang Prabang
  • Departure: Departs daily on a private basis

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the world Khuang Si Water Fall
  • Discovery the Unesco Heritage site of Luang Prabang
  • Boat Trip upstream in Mekong River
  • Participating in the traditional Lao rite of passage by giving alms to the monks in the early morning
  • Wandering the quiet streets of ancient Luang Prabang
  • Visiting ancient wats (temples), exploring markets and hilltribe villages
  • Discovery the plain of Jars
  • Enjoy elephant ride in Ban Khiat Ngong
  • Exploring Khong Islands and surrounding
  • Learn about freshwater dolphin

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to Laos - Pakse
Day 2: Phou Asa, Champasak, Wat Phou, Oup Mong
Day 3 - Phou Asa, Jungle Elephant Safari
Day 4: Phou Asa – Khong Island
Day 5: Khong Island All day Cruise (B/L/D)
Day 6: Khong Island – Pakse - Vientiane
Day 7: Vientiane, Oudomxay, Muang La
Day 8: Muang La, 4x4 Adventure & Trek
Day 9: Muang La, Nam Ou River Cruise, Nong Khiaw
Day 10: Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang
Day 11: Luang Prabang, Walking Tour
Day 12: Luang Prabang, Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition
Day 13: Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp Expedition, Luang Prabang
Day 14: Depart from Luang Prabang

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The stages of your trip:
Pakse, Phou Asa, Champasak, Wat Phou, Oup Mong, , Jungle Elephant Safari, Khong Island, Vientiane, Oudomxay, Muang La
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Full Itinerary
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Upon arrival at Pakse Airport you will be met by your guide for the short drive south to Phou Asa and the wonderful Kingfisher Eco Lodge. The remainder of the day is at leisure - there are numerous activities on offer (learn to ride elephants, mountain biking, walking and bird watching to name a few!).

Meals: No meal
Accommodation: Hotel in Phou Asa.

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  • Hotel

Morning transfer to Champasak to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou; one of South-East Asia's most dramatically situated temple sites and has superb views of the Mekong River. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2001, the site dates back to the 5th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Whilst much of the origins of Wat Phou are unclear, it is believed that the original temple was built by the Khmer Hindus who eventually made Angkor Wat their capital.

Return to Champasak to admire the town's wonderful French colonial architecture before taking a ferry across the Mekong River to Ban Muang, where you can visit the atmospheric ruins of Oup Mong, a Khmer temple at Ban Houei Tomo, set deep within the forest.

Return to the Kingfisher Eco Lodge in the afternoon, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phou Asa

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  • Hotel

Start your day at the village of Khiet Ngong where you will meet the elephants and their mahouts before setting off out across the surrounding paddy fields and wetland. Entering the nearby jungle that surrounds the area, your seat – or howdah – gives you a unique vantage point to experience the jungle environment while cicadas and bird sounds accompany you along the way.

After several hours, break for lunch near a stream whilst your elephants are allowed to roam off in search of a light snack of their own!

Continue riding throughout the afternoon, all the time learning some basic commands and tricks from your mahout, returning to your lodge at around 4pm.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phou Asa.

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Drive to Ban Hatsaykhoune and take a ferry to cross the Mekong River towards Khong Island, located in the scenic Siphandone region (Four Thousand Islands). Khong Island, with its lovely fishing villages, its serene monasteries and its lush vegetation offers a unique opportunity to experience the peaceful Lao way of life.   

Visit Vat Hangkhong, considered as the oldest temple on the island, Ban Huay village and continue to Muang Sene to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.

Visit 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'.

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Cruise along the backwaters to explore Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the South China Sea; when the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets. Visit the surrounding islands of Done Ket and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. Continue to Done Khone Island.

Lunch at local restaurant in Ban Khone. Visit Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway built by the French in 1897 in order to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. Continue to Sumphamith Waterfall. In the dry season, the Irrawaddy Dolphins, one of the world’s rarest large mammal species, congregate at the base of the rapids to hunt the fish that survive in the deep pools. Spend a relaxing hour watching these extremely shy and endangered freshwater dolphins.

Board a local long-tail riverboat to reach the fishing village of Ban Phiengdy and continue by car to the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall so called “Niagara of the East“, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.Lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Pakse and drop off at the hotel. Return by boat to Khong Island.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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  • Hotel

Morning transfer to Pakse Airport in time for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a short tour of the city centre, taking in a few of the key highlights such as Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the Patuxai Monument which has more than a passing resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe.

Vientiane, capital of Laos, is often overlooked by travellers due to Luang Prabang’s status as one of the world’s premier travel destinations. Busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country, it is actually quite sedate when compared to most other capital cities in Asia. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, the city has a population of less than a million and is a true blend of east and west. French Colonial architecture sits side-by-side with gilded temples and due to its status amongst many travellers as Laos ‘2nd city’, you get to enjoy its wealth of highlights without the large crowds so often encountered in Luang Prabang.

In the evenings, there is a night market lining the river bank, with some excellent local food stalls found nearby on Chao Anou Road. Elsewhere in the city you will discover a wide array of dining and entertainment opportunities, with something to suit every taste and budget.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

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  • Hotel

Morning transfer to Vientiane Airport in time for your flight to Oudomxay. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Muang La, located on the outskirts of Oudomxay. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the serenity of the Muang La Resort and its welcoming hot spring baths.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La

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  • Hotel

Depart Muang La by 4x4 vehicle for a day of trekking and exploring the local area where you will discover minority hill tribe people and their fascinating way of life. Today’s journey is truly off the beaten track and ensures some stunning mountain views along the way.

Commence trekking over farmland and hills, with a picnic lunch trek for 45 minutes at the beautiful village of Ban Phavie, a Khamu village atop a hill, and with superb views over the surrounding area.

After lunch we continue trekking to reach a beautiful waterfall where you can relax and freshen up. Return to Muang La in the late afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Trekking time/grade: 5 hours/moderate

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La

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  • Hotel

Morning drive to the riverside town of Muang Khau where you will board a small boat for a cruise down the Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw. This particular stretch promises stunning scenery and a sprinkling of remote villages, including Ban Sob Jaem a Khmu and Hmong villages that can only be accessed by boat. Arrive in Nong Khiaw in the late afternoon.

Nong Khiaw is a remote village situated on the banks of the Nam Ou River and flanked on either side by stunning mountainous back-drops.

The remainder of your day is at leisure so why not take a stroll along the river bank, wander through local villages, or just settle back with a Beer Lao!

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Khiaw

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  • Hotel

Morning transfer to Luang Prabang, arriving in time for lunch. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and regularly voted as one of Asia's premier travel destinationsThe ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan rivers. In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi, rewarding climbers of its 328 steps with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang, a city where time has seemingly stood still, is also an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional Lao architecture with structures built by the European colonial authorities in more recent times. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

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An option (although we highly recommend it; in fact, we almost insist) for early-risers is to rise before dawn to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s a fantastic experience and for many a highlight of their visit to this iconic city.

After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the city. Your circuit begins at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. During Pimai (Lao New Year celebrations in April), the Kingdoms Palladium - known as Prabang and normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum - is put on public display inside this temple. Continue on to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang.

In the late morning visit the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from.

In the afternoon start with the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. There is also time to visit the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek before returning to the Old Town to climb Mount Phousi and enjoy the stunning views across Luang Prabang as the sun sets.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

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  • Hotel

After breakfast you will be collected by the Shangri-Lao's driver (approx 8am) for the short journey to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp, 15 km outside Luang Prabang (shared transfer).

The camp offers a different level of elephant safari to anything seen in Indochina before - combining unique elephant expeditions with a touch of flair and luxury - and provides the opportunity to engage with the wild array of wildlife and nature that surrounds Luang Prabang.

Having been introduced to the camp's specialist team and taken a tour of the various facilities, you will meet the herd and their mahouts, or keepers. Having helped with feeding time, your expedition begins with a morning ride through the surrounding forest to the protected Huay Sae Valley. Sitting up high in your howdah, the view is majestic as you pass amongst the foliage, helping clear a path for your elephant when the trail gets a little too tight (total elephant trek time approx 1.5 hours). A delicious lunch is awaiting your arrival and there will be plenty of time to cool-off in the nearby waterfall.

In the afternoon, continue along the trail, this time by foot, crossing bamboo bridges and passing several waterfalls buried deep into the dense jungle. As the trail leaves the valley, you will meet locals from a nearby hill tribe who will be waiting with their horses to help with any bags for the remainder of your trek down to the Nam Khan River (total trek time approx 2 hours).

Board a simple raft, typical of those used by the hill tribe people across the region, and float gently downstream for around an hour and half, with an optional additional 30 minutes at the Tad Sae Waterfalls if you wish.

Arriving back at the camp, your 'room' will be ready for check-in. There will be plenty of time to relax in the jacuzzi pool enjoying the majestic view, or you can join your guide on a walk to a nearby village.

In the evening a barbeque dinner will be served on the terrace before you retire exhausted, but very happy, to your luxury safari tent and let the surrounding forest help carry you to sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Shangri-Lao

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  • Hotel

Enjoy an early riverside breakfast, enjoy the magical sunrise atmosphere and make the most of your riverside setting whilst the sun slowly rises over the surrounding mountains. Remote villages stir into life and you will see plumes of smoke marking their locations. Locals will pass by on small boats, heading to the fields or taking their children to the village school.

After breakfast spends some time learning how the mahouts train and work with their elephant. It's very much a hands on experience and you will be involved with loading up the howdah and practising how to climb onto your elephant and ride it bare back. Your guide will also teach you more about the incredible relationship shared between elephants and their mahouts, many of whom will spend their entire lives devoted to just one elephant.

Together with the mahouts make your way to the nearby river to give the heard their daily bath. If you haven't bathed an elephant before (and why would you have?!) you haven't lived, it's a moment you will never forget. After some instruction from your mahout you will be given the opportunity to ride on the elephant’s neck, wash it, scrub it and guide it through the river - using your feet and vocal commands - back to the camp.

Having said goodbye (more food is usually an appreciated parting gift!) return to the camp to check-out of your tent. After lunch, there is plenty of time to relax, enjoy a swim or enjoy a walk through the nearby village to visit a small temple.

Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon (shared transfer) where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

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  • Hotel

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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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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