Travel Dates: November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 Book this vacation by September 30, 2017 to avail a special price of USD $ 3555, i.e. USD $ 345 per person off this trip price.
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. A completely private vacation, you can tailor this Laos trip to match your interests and preferences with recommendations from any one of our Asia destination experts!
This offer is valid from travel between November 2017 and March 2018, except on holidays between 22 December 2017 – 6 January 2018.
Luang Prabang is considered the jewel of Indochina, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day Trip To Kuang Si Waterfalls & Organic Farm A 1hr drive southwards takes you to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights…Kuang Si Waterfall. En route halt at Phosy market…observe locals trading in fresh produce. Hike leisurely through the national park to Kuang Si Waterfall. Perhaps venture going up to the main waterfall and even swim in a large pool. Enjoy a picnic lunch before transferring by car to the Living Lands Organic Farm. Here, meet up with a local farming guide, where you will be invited to interact and experience step-by-step the rice harvesting operation; see also how different tools are created. End with a tasting of traditional foods using rice. You will leave with a new appreciation for rice, and an admiration for the Lao people who yet continue to harvest rice without modern machinery. Return to your hotel by mid-day.
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. Venture to the monk school of Wat Siphouthabath to interact with a young monk and ascend 328 steps up Mount Phousi to watch the sunset over the Mekong. Kindly note that the Royal Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
Meaning the ‘hills of paradise’, Phonsavan is the lively new capital of Xieng Khouang Province, Laos.
Khmu Village, Buddha Cave & Old Russian Tank Visits (En Route From Luang Prabang) Be fetched from your hotel by your guide at about 0800hrs and drive to Xiengkhuang, famous for the ‘Plain of Jars’. Follow a twisty mountain route before stopping at Ban Houi Hia with its panoramic mountain views. Continue further to Ban Kiu Kharm Pom, a Khmu village that you can explore before arriving in Phou Khoun for lunch. Continue the road journey into Xiengkhuang province, where you reach the highest altitude of the day – 1500m above sea level. With some extra time, make a stop at Ban Sonboun, a Hmong village. End the day with a visit to a hidden Buddha Cave that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War. An optional stop can be to visit an old Russian tank. Arrive at the hotel by early evening.
Day Trip 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!
Vientiane, located in the Mekong Valley, is the small, quiet and picturesque capital city of Laos.
Half Day Sight & Sounds Tour Of Vientianne 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
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.
Kong Lor Cave Visit (en route from Hin Boun) 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.
Tham Pa Fa Cave Visit (En Route From Thakek) 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.
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.
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