This new Laos itinerary allows you to venture through incredibly off-the-beaten-path small towns, which are brimming with authentic experiences! Rather than flying across Laos, this unique journey connects North and South Laos with stunning drives and a treasure trove of natural beauty.

Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4Luang PrabangUNESCO World Heritage Site, Mekong River, French Colonial BuildingsLe Sen Boutique Hotel, Maison Souvannaphoum
4 - 6Nong KhiawNatural Beauty, Boat Rides, Tribal Villages, Scenic WalksMandala Ou Resort
6 - 8VientianneMekong Valley, French Mansions, Blooming Bougainvillea-Lined StreetsAnsara Hotel, Green Park Boutique Hotel
8 - 9Hin BounHin Boun River, Relaxing Boat Rides, Nature Reserve Visit, Kong Lor Cave, Tribal Village VisitsSala Hin Boun
9 - 10ThakekMekong River, Local Market, Unusual Cuisine, French Colonial BuildingsLe Bouton D'or Boutique Hotel
10 - 11SavannakhetMekong River Visit, Ing Hang Stupa (Buddha’s Bones), French Colonial Buildings, Natural BeautyDaosavanh Resort & Spa Hotel
11 - 14ChampasakBeautiful Khmer Ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bolaven Plateau, Riverside ProvincePon Arena Hotel, La Folie Lodge

Ideal For

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
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 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 $ 2,890 /person
  • Option 2 $ 3,595 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 13 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Luang Prabang – Vientiane
  • All activities as listed :
    • Luang Prabang: Kuangsi Waterfall & Organic Farm
    • Luang Prabang: Luang Prabang Highlights & Morning Alms Giving
    • Nong Khiaw: Nam Ou River Day Trip from Nong Khiaw
    • Vientianne: En route Activity (Vientianne-Hin Boun)-Prabaht Ponsan & Khammoune
    • Vientianne: Tour to Sights & Sounds of Vientiane
    • Hin Boun: En route Activity (Hin Boun-Thakek)-Kong Lor Cave
    • Thakek: En route Activity (Thakek-Savannakhet)-Visits to Budha Caves & Stupa
    • Champassak: Mekong Boat Trip
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with a safety-tested chauffeur for all activities specified in the itinerary
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes

This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group, and accommodation availability.

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

Transfer from Luang Prabang Airport to Hotel

Luang Prabang

3 Days

Luang Prabang is considered the jewel of Indochina, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Activities

Kuangsi Waterfall & Organic Farm
A 1hr drive southwards takes you to one of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Highlights & Morning Alms Giving
Arrange an optional pre-dawn start with your guide (0530hrs) to witness the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving of alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks. This truly awe-inspiring ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang, dates back generations. Later, visit the local fresh market to see how locals shop, before returning to your hotel. After breakfast, visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, now a National Museum housing precious exhibits of former possessions of the once Lao Royal family. Enjoy an overview of the local history on a guided audio tour in the museum followed by the temple tour, exploring some the most beautiful structures: the country’s most historic 19th century Wat Xiengthong temple, with its low-to-the-ground sweeping roof in classical Luang Prabang style, and Wat Visoun, nicknamed ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Next, visit the Arts and Ethnology Center to get insights into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. In the afternoon, see the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek. Thereafter, return to town to visit Wat Siphouthabath, a monk school. Here, you will get the chance to interact with a young monk and learn about their daily life. The final stop of the day is Mount Phousi, where you will ascend 328 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for amazing sunset views over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.

Hotel Options

Le Sen Boutique Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Maison Souvannaphoum – Opt 2
RoomGarden Wing
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
CategoryUpmarket
Day 4 - 6

Drive from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw (130 km, 3.5 hrs)

Nong Khiaw

2 Days

Panoramic views await! The sleepy town of Nong Khiaw is located right on the banks of the Nam Ou River and is known for being one of the most picturesque settlements in the area.

Included Activities

Nam Ou River Day Trip from Nong Khiaw
Enjoy a scenic river cruise! After breakfast, set sail aboard a private vessel on the scenic Nam Ou River. As you cruise up the river the beautiful and enchanting landscapes will take your breath away! On your way, stop at the ethnic villages of Ban Sop Khing and Ban Sop Jaem. Only accessible by boat, these villages offer fascinating insights into the daily life of ethnic minorities. Stop for lunch at the fishing village of Muang Ngoi where you can also enjoy a leisurely amble. By mid-afternoon, you will arrive at Nong Khiaw, where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Hotel Options

Mandala Ou Resort – Opt 1
RoomFountain Bungalow
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
CategoryMid-range
Day 6 - 8

Drive from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang (130 km, 3.5 hrs)

Flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Transfer from Vientiane Airport to Hotel

Vientianne

2 Days

Vientiane, located in the Mekong Valley, is the small, quiet and picturesque capital city of Laos.

Included Activities

En route Activity (Vientianne-Hin Boun)-Prabaht Ponsan & Khammoune
Set out early from Vientiane and travel southwards to reach Khammouane. On the way, stop to see the Prabhat Ponsan stupa area that is believed to bear an imprint made by the foot of Buddha. Enjoy lunch and a stopover at the lively Ban Ton Na Mae Hmong Market. You will witness breathtaking views of the surrounding karst landscape from a viewpoint near Khoun Kham. Continue to Ban Thabuk (the bomb boat village), where old casing from the Vietnam War has been used to manufacture boats. In the late afternoon, end your journey in Hin Boun, where you spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Tour to Sights & Sounds of Vientiane
Enjoy a half day city tour starting with a leisurely stroll in Vientiane, a quaint and easygoing town. Admire French colonial architecture betwixt beautifully gilded temples. Start with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest surviving Siamese temple containing over 8,000 Buddha statues, followed by the erstwhile royal temple of Wat Ho Phra Keo, former home of the Emerald Buddha statue, now serving as a museum of arts and antiques. Then, travel up Lanexang Avenue for photographic moments of the Patouxay monument or Arc de Triomphe, commemorating the dead of past wars – uncannily similar to its Paris sibling. Climb to the top for panoramic views of Vientiane. Continue on along Rue Singha 23 to Laos

Hotel Options

Ansara Hotel – Opt 1
RoomSavvy Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
CategorySimple
Green Park Boutique Hotel – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategoryMid-range
Day 8 - 9

Hin Boun

1 Day

Picturesque and tranquil, Hin boun is located in the Khammouane district of central Laos, right in the heart of an eponymous nature reserve known for its natural wonders.

Included Activities

En route Activity (Hin Boun-Thakek)-Kong Lor Cave
Explore mysterious caves! After a hearty breakfast, drive down to the Kong Lor village where you will find a private boat waiting to take you to the famous Kong Lor caves. Your guide will navigate you safely through the seven kilometer long cave, where you can stop to explore the spectacular stalagmite gallery on foot. Once you reach the other side of the cave, take a short walk to see the remote Ban Pom Ngam village. After you return through the cave, a car will drive you to Thakek. Arrive by late afternoon, just in time for a leisurely stroll where you can enjoy a stunning sunset over Mekong River.

Hotel Options

Sala Hin Boun – Opt 1
RoomRiverview Residence
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
CategorySimple
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Hin Boun to Thakek via Kong Lor Cave (190 km, 6 hrs)

Thakek

1 Day

Thakhek is the capital of the Khammouane province in central Laos and is located on the banks of the mighty Mekong River that forms the boundary between Laos and Thailand.

Included Activities

En route Activity (Thakek-Savannakhet)-Visits to Budha Caves & Stupa
Start early in the morning from your accommodation in Thakhek for your drive to Savannakhet. En route, you will visit the Tham Pa Fa (Buddha Cave), which has 229 centuries-old bronze statues. Only rediscovered in April 2004, this incredibly picturesque cave sits high atop a limestone cliff and offers magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Continue southwards on your journey to arrive at Savannakhet by lunchtime. In the afternoon, set forth to visit the old French Quarters and the sacred That Inhang Stupa, before checking into your hotel. You can spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Hotel Options

Le Bouton D'or Boutique Hotel – Opt 1
RoomSuper Deluxe
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
CategorySimple
Day 10 - 11

Drive from Thakek to Savannakhet (140 km, 4 hrs)

Savannakhet

1 Day

The city of Savannakhet in the eponymous Laotian province, is certainly a beautiful sight to behold! With a population of 120,000, this is the second largest urban settlement in Laos, after Vientiane.

Hotel Options

Daosavanh Resort & Spa Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
CategorySimple
Day 11 - 14

Drive from Savannakhet to Champassak (260 km, 5 hrs)

Champasak

3 Days

Champasak is a quaint and unique riverside province in southern Laos.

Included Activities

Mekong Boat Trip
Post breakfast, board a local private boat for a tour of Si Phan Don – 4,000 Islands. Reach the picturesque island of Don Khone with French colonial era remnants. Explore the island on bicycle, tracing the route of an old abandoned railway and admiring the beautiful Liphi waterfall or Corridor of the Devil. Locals lay fish traps at the bottom to catch fresh fish. Return to the boat heading back to the mainland. Visit the spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls, one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Southeast Asia, stretching an impressive 10 kilometers. From here, one of the few places in the world where this is possible, board a boat on the Mekong to see rare ‘Irrawaddy’ freshwater dolphins, that reside in deep pools near the Cambodian border, and if lucky, you may just catch a glimpse. Return to Khong Island by car, arriving late afternoon.

Hotel Options

Pon Arena Hotel – Opt 1
RoomMountain View
MealsBreakfast
StyleGuest house
CategorySimple
La Folie Lodge – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
CategoryUpmarket

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