Discover hidden gems, incredible natural beauty and a unique way of life on your custom Laos tour. Cruise gently down the Mekong River observing the daily life of hill tribes and local villages until you reach Luang Prabang – the jewel of Indochina. Soak in the alluring mix of the past with the present and continue on to the quaint riverside town of Champasak, where ancient ruins and colonial architecture await.
Capital of Bokeo province and northern gateway to Laos, Huay Xai is a popular entry point to Laos from northern Thailand.
Mekong River Cruise Activities (Huay Xai To Luang Prabang) Take a one-night Luangsay Cruise ‘downriver’ to Houeisay-Pakbeng-Pak Ou-Luang Prabang. From Houeisay pier, head downriver on the Mekong to Pakbeng. Observe local life of river tribes; after lunch arrive at Luangsay Lodge set high up on the riverbank, where you will stay for the night. Dine on the Lodge terrace overlooking the Mekong. Next morning after breakfast on the Lodge terrace, explore Pakbeng’s morning market; observe villagers and hill tribes exchange/buy wares. Depart on the next part of the cruise; halt at Ban Baw to observe traditional rice-alcohol processing. Lunch back aboard. Arrive at Pak Ou village – at the mouth of the Nam Ou River; visit Tam Ting or ‘Caves of a Thousand Buddha’s’. Arrive in Luang Prabang by sunset; drive to your hotel. (Fitness level: Moderate; please note that staying overnight at Luangsay Lodge will require climbing up many steps. Please also note that at Luangsay Lodge there is no in-room telephone and guests will need to climb down stairs to contact the front desk. )
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 Arrange an optional pre-dawn start with your guide (0530 hrs) to witness Tak Bat, or alms-giving ceremony, to hundreds of saffron-clad monks – an awe-inspiring ancient ritual. Visit a bustling morning market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Take a guided audio tour of the Royal Palace Museum, housing precious possessions of the former Lao Royal family. Explore various architectural feats, including 19th century Wat Xiengthong Temple, and Wat Visoun, nicknamed the watermelon stupa. Gain insight into the ethnic culture at the Arts and Ethnology Center, and head to the textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek. Ascend 328 steps up Mount Phousi to watch the sunset over the Mekong. Kindly note that the Royal Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
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.
Bangkok is a quintessential blend of old and new! Meaning the city of angels, Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand – and is its largest metropolis.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 2,965 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,105 /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.
Accommodation in one double room for 9 days / 8 nights
Meals as indicated
Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
Luang Prabang – Pakse
Pakse – Bangkok
All activities as listed :
Huay Xai / Mekong: Mekong River Cruise Activities (Huay Xai to Luang Prabang)
Luang Prabang: Day Trip to Kuang Si Waterfalls & Rice Farm