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Laos tours are a delightful experience! Combine the cultural highlights of spending time with Buddhist monks in local monasteries with beautiful natural landscapes and a relaxing Mekong River cruise.


Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3ChampasakBeautiful Khmer Ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bolaven Plateau, Riverside ProvinceLa Folie Lodge
3 - 5VientianneMekong Valley, French Mansions, Blooming Bougainvillea-Lined StreetsAnsara Hotel, Green Park Boutique Hotel
5 - 6PhonsavanPlain of Jars, Hills of Paradise, Beautiful LandscapeVansana - Plain of Jars Hotel
6 - 9Luang PrabangUNESCO World Heritage Site, Mekong River, French Colonial BuildingsLe Sen Boutique Hotel, Maison Souvannaphoum

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  • Heritage
  • Landscape

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival

Drive from Pakse to Champassak (40 km, 1 hr)


2 Nights

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
La Folie Lodge – Opt 1
RoomSuperior Room
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Champassak to Pakse (40 km, 1 hr)

Flight from Pakse to Vientiane

Transfer from Vientiane Airport to Hotel


2 Nights

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

Included Activities

Sights & Sounds Tour 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
StyleGuest house
RoomDeluxe Room
Day 5 - 6

Transfer from Hotel to Vientiane Airport

Flight from Vientiane to Phonsavan

Transfer from Xiengkhuang Airport to Hotel


1 Night

Meaning the ‘hills of paradise’, Phonsavan is the lively new capital of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos.

Included Activities

Visit to Plain of Jars
Visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) Office to discover the work of clearing remaining landmines and unexploded ordnance. In the Plain of Jars around Phonsavan, just a short drive away, you can see centuries old, giant stone jars scattered around and part of prehistoric burial rites. A short trek from Jar Site 2 will take you to Jar site 3, which has more than 150 jars. This is located atop a hill and offers you a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside! Before you return in the afternoon, visit Jar Site 1 – the largest with more than 300 jars!

Hotel Options
RoomVansana-Deluxe Room
StyleGuest house
Day 6 - 9

Drive from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang (270 km, 5 hrs)

Transfer from Hotel to Luang Prabang Airport

Luang Prabang

3 Nights

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

Included Activities

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.

Visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls & Pak Ou caves
Discover beautiful landscapes! After your breakfast, enjoy a relaxing upstream cruise on a private boat past tranquil countryside vistas and moored wooden canoes on the Mekong. Disembark at the Ban Muang Keo village and take a short trek to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which house thousands of Buddha figurines in varying sizes! On your way back to Luang Prabang for lunch, stop to explore the artisans colony at Ban Nongxai. Drive out to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls in the afternoon, where a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters do much to revive you. A visit to the Bear Rescue Centre to see the rehabilitated rare Asiatic Black Bears, can be a rewarding experience before you return to your hotel in the evening.

Hotel Options
RoomDeluxe Room
RoomGarden Wing

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,890 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 2,990 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals, as specified in the itinerary
  • Activities and excursions, as specified in the itinerary
  • Transportation services, as specified in the itinerary
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact supporting you during your trip

Not Included

  • Entrance fees and meals, unless mentioned in the itinerary description
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visa and tourism fees
  • Travel, health, and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare
What our guests say about this trip

We have no hesitation in recommending Enchanting Travels. Careful planning of the itinerary before we left and attention to detail as well as very efficient guides meant everything went like clock work. We would definitely use them for another holiday.

– Kennedy Family
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Live Laos: From Monks to Mekong

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