Travel Dates: October 3, 2018 to March 31, 2019 Book this vacation by October 26, 2018 to avail a special price of USD $ 5,204 (option 1) and USD $ 5,406 (option 2), and save up to 22 % off your trip price!
This Laos tour is the perfect introduction to the historic highlights and rural landscapes of the country. One of the most untouched destinations in Asia, live the slow pace of life as you travel from Luang Prabang, the jewel of Indochina, to the quaint riverside province of Champassak that boasts ancient ruins and authentic Laotian culture.
Please note that this offer is not valid for travel between December 22, 2018 and January 8, 2019.
Luang Prabang is considered the jewel of Indochina, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day Trip To Kuang Si Waterfalls & Rice Farm A one-hour drive southwards takes you to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights: Kuang Si Waterfalls. En route, halt at Phosy market where local people trade fresh produce. At the Kuang Si Waterfalls National Park, take a leisurely hike until you reach the waterfalls. You can venture up to the main waterfall and even swim in a large pool. Enjoy a picnic lunch before traveling by car to the Living Lands Rice Farm. Here, meet up with a local farming guide, be invited to interact and experience the rice harvesting operation, and see how different tools are created. End your tour with a tasting of traditional food items that include rice. You will leave with a new appreciation for rice, and an admiration for the Laotian people who continue to harvest rice without modern machinery. At mid day, you will return to your hotel.
Highlights Of Luang Prabang & Morning Alms Giving Ceremony Take part in one of the alms-giving ceremonies (Tak Bat) at the old French town of Luang Prabang, in the company of your local guide at 05:30 AM. Catch a bit of local color at the fresh market nearby, before breakfast. Afterwards, visit the Royal Palace Museum and the charming Huan Chuan Heritage House. Discover the historic, cultural and architectural heritage of this quaint colonial town. Refresh yourself with iced tea at the sprawling gardens of the heritage villa, and then walk up to the iconic Wat Xiengthong temple. Admire the temple’s low sweeping roof, typical of the classical temple architecture of the region. Walk over to the Wat Khili temple and view its famous library with its priceless exhibition of the town’s Buddhist heritage. Stop by the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for an understanding of the rich ethnic tapestry that is Laos. Take a little trip to the beautiful villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek beyond Luang Prabang for an insight into the area’s textile heritage. The town’s watermelon shaped Wat Visoun temple with its gilded stupa awaits you next. You could call it a day in the company of a splendid sunset, viewed from atop the Wat Prabath Tai temple. Or you could return full circle and end your day tour in the company of monks. Stop by the Wat Aham in time for the evening prayers as the temple’s monks gather at the prayer hall to chant and meditate together. (Full Day; Duration: 6-9 hrs; Private Activity & Transfer; Please bring comfortable walking shoes; Note: Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre Closed on Mondays & Royal Palace closed on Tuesdays).
Pak Ou Caves Excursion Discover a Laotian national treasure! The mysterious Pak Ou Caves are famous for housing thousands of buddha figurines in varying sizes. Embark on a two-hour cruise aboard a traditional long-tail that takes you up the Mekong River towards the caves. Enroute, you will see many a typical sleepy Laotian village hidden amid thick foliage, charming wooden canoes bobbing by the shore, and floats that mark nets and fish traps set by the locals. The caves themselves are a thing of wonder – set high atop a limestone cliff overlooking the Mekong. On your way back, stop at the Ban Muang Keo village to observe local weavers and whiskey distillers honouring their timeworn traditional crafts
Champasak is a quaint and unique riverside province in southern Laos.
Full Day Mekong River Boat Ride Aquatic adventures await! After a hearty breakfast, step aboard a private boat for your full day tour of the 4,000 islands in Si Phan Don. At the picturesque island of Don Khone, you can take a bicycle ride through the French colonial-style remains, past abandoned railway tracks to the furious Liphi Waterfalls which is also called the Corridor of the Devil. The return journey will take you to the spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls which stretches for an impressive 10 km. Don’t’ miss your chance to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins from a boat which takes you to the deep pools near the Cambodian border. In the late afternoon, a car will take you back to Khong Island.
Half Day Tour Of Wat Phou See the pre-Angkorian Wat Phou temple, built between 5th-13th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is part of the greater Khmer Empire, linked via ancient highways to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The lower part of this ancient Khmer religious complex has two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, the upper section is the temple sanctuary itself. Climb the crumbling stairway adorned with ‘nagas’ or snake heads. This dramatically located temple is one of the foremost highlights of any trip to Laos.
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.
Accommodation in one double room for 8 days / 7 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Luang Prabang – Pakse
All activities as listed :
Luang Prabang: Day Trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls & Rice Farm