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  • Tour Length:Tour 15 days / 14 nights
  • Tour Type: Adventure Tours
  • Start From: Hanoi
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Day 1

Day 1 Vientiane – Airport to hotel transfer

Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Vientiane

 

Day 2

Day 2. Vientiane – City tour and Buddha Park (B)

An optional early start enables you to visit the fascinating local market of Thongkhankham which is where the locals shop and a wide variety of weird and wonderful foods are on offer. We continue to explore the city by visiting the oldest wat in Vientiane, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which now serves as a museum of arts and antiques.  We then travel up Lanexang Avenue you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai Monument, which resembles its Parisian inspiration, the Arc de Triomphe.  The climb to the top offers great views over Vientiane.   We continue onwards down Rue Singha 23 to Laos’ National icon, and most important religious building the golden stupa of That Luang.  The final visit of the morning will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War area.

In the afternoon we visit the quirky yet impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the banks of the Mekong River.   By no means historic – Buddha Park was built in the 1950’s by a self styled ‘holy man’ – the park features some very photogenic and unusual sculptures, including a huge reclining Buddha, and a giant pumpkin.  Upon returning to Vientiane we have the optional of stopping at the Lao Disabled Womens Centre, which provides valuable training and schooling for disabled women in Laos.  The women here are friendly, and its interesting to have a chat with them to find out about their lives.   A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

Overnight: Vientiane

Day 3

 

Day 3 Vientiane – Hin Boun (B)

You will be picked up this morning from your hotel and transferred south along route 13 to the central Lao province of Khammoune.  En route we stop at Prabaht Ponsan, a stupa dating back to the 15th Century.  It is also home to the Budhhas footprint, left when, as legend has it, he was crossing the Mekong. Following lunch we make stop at the interesting Ban Ton Na Mae Hmong Market, then continue onwards into Khammoune province and into the mountainous area, where a stop at a view point near Khoun Kham offers a breathtaking view over the karst scenery, or ‘limestone forest’. We arrive at your accommodation by mid afternoon where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hin Boun

Day 4

Day 4. Hin Boun – river cruise and Kong Lor Cave (B,L)

After breakfast at your lodge, we board a private boat and cruise up the Hin Boun River.  We pass through several riverside villages and take in the stunning limestone karst scenery before reaching the entance of Kong Lor Cave.  Here we board a smaller local boat into the famous Kong Lor Cave.  We navigate through the cave, which is over 7km long and includes a spectacular cavern over 100m high, as well as a breathtaking stalagmite gallery which you can explore on foot. On the other side of the cave, we take a short walk past some tobacco drying huts to Ban Pon Ngam, a remote village.   In the afternoon we return through the cave by boat, and transfer directly by car to back to your accommodation, arriving there by mid afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hin Boun

 

Day 5

Day 5 Hin Boun – Muang Khoun – Phonsavan (B)

We depart early this morning (7am) for the long drive along the backroads of Laos.  Our first stop is Ban Thabuk, the ‘bomb boat village’ which technically are actually fuel tanks from the Vietnam War used as boats.  We continue through rolling countryside scenery, stopping to admire the Nam Mouan River before arriving at Ban Thasi for lunch.

In the afternoon we begin our climb up into the mountains and stop at a number of minority villages, including at Tai Lu weaving village, and a Hmong village.  Late afternoon, we arrive at the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital, where you can explore the ruins of a number of ancient pagodas in the Lanna style and Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha.

We arrive in Phonsavan by early evening.

Overnight: Phonsavan

 

Day 6

Day 6 Phonsavan – Plain of Jars tour (B)

This morning we visit the interesting Central Market, as well as the Mines Action Group (or MAG) office to learn about the important work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area.  We then drive out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin a 1 hour trek along the ridge to Jar Site 3, consisting over around 150 jars located on top of a hill, offering great views.  In the afternoon we visit Jar Site 1, the largest site, containing over 300 jars, before returning to your hotel by late afternoon.

Overnight: Phonsavan

Day 7

 

Day 7  Phonsavan– Sam Neua by road (B)

We begin our long drive today starting early this morning along some fairly rough roads, but the journey is broken up with stops at Hmong and Khmu villages, as well as time to admire the breathtaking scenery with a series of photo stops.  In the afternoon we visit Hintang.  Here we can see the mysterious menhirs (standing stones).  No one is quite sure who built them or why, perhaps burial sites or markers of some sort.  We also stop at Ban Sa Levy, a Tai Phong weaving village.  We arrive in Sam Neua early evening.

Overnight: Sam Neua

Day 8

Day 8 Sam Neua – Vieng Xai Caves and surrounding (B)

We begin the day with an optional short walk around Sam Neua town, including a visit to a weaving house showroom,  this area is highly regarded for its weaving products, particularly the traditional Lao skirt or ‘Sin’.   We also take a walk along the river to visit the local wet market.  We then set off on the short 45 minutes drive to Vieng Xai Caves, stopping at the village of Ban Na Taen  en route.  Vieng Xai Caves is where the Pathet Lao leaders lived during the “Secret War’.   We start our fascinating audio tour, that includes a visit to the Kaysone Phomvihane  (the leader of the Lao communist movement) Cave, and the Prince Soupanouvong  (the ‘Red Prince’) Cave.  We finish with the Artillery Cave that offers stunning views, over the surrounding countryside.  In the afternoon, we take an easy walk to some of the little visited caves and an opportunity to take in the beautiful limestone karst scenery.  We return to Sam Neua by late afternoon.

Overnight: Sam Neua

 

Day 9

Day 9 Sam Neua – Ban Son Koua – Night Safari in Nam Et National Park (B,L,D)

After an early morning breakfast, we leave Sam Neua (at 7am) for the 3 hour drive to the village of Ban Son Koua.  Here we board a long tail boat and cruise for 1 ½ hours on the Nam Nern River to the park headquarters where you will enjoy a lunch prepared by the villagers, and learn about conservation and management from the park staff.

At mid afternoon we depart for the night safari, stopping along the way at a salt lick, where your local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, identifies animal tracks.  After sunset, relax around a campfire, enjoy a BBQ dinner.  A couple of hours after dark we float down the river quietly while your local guide looks for wildlife by torchlight.  Approximately 2 hours later we arrive back at the park headquarters.  Your accommodation for the night is in traditional Lao style huts in the forest.

Overnight in Nam Et National Park

 


Day 10

 

Day 10 Night Safari in Nam Et National Park (B)

Before breakfast we rise early to explore the jungle where local guides will teach you about medicinal plants and explain the history of the area.  After breakfast we take the boat back to Ban Son Koua, making a stop at a prime spot for bird watching.  We continue by road to Vieng Thong, then onto Nong Khiaw, arriving there around sunset.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Day 11

 

Day 11 Nong Khiaw – Muang Ngoi – Trekking to visit Minority Villages (B,L)

After breakfast at your hotel, we board a local boat for a short cruise up the Nam Ou River for about 1 hour to Muang Ngoi.  Here you local village guide will meet you and we begin an easy day trek, taking in a Khmu minority village, some beautiful paddy field scenery and a Thai Daeng ethnic village.  We return back to Muang Ngoi, where you can bathe in the river to cool down at the end of the day, as the locals do.  We then return to Nong Khiaw by boat arriving there by early evening.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Day 12

Day 12 Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang by boat (B,L)

This morning we cruise by private boat down the Nam Ou River, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.   We continue our trip down the river to Luang Prabang.  You will be transferred to your hotel by private vehicle by early evening.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 13

Day 13 Luang Prabang – Tak Bat and Half day city tour (B)

You can discuss with your guide for an optional early morning start (5.30am) to witness and partake in the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving alms to the monks.  This is a unique ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang.  We can also visit the local fresh market to see how the locals shop, before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

Your half day city tour starts with a visit to the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history.  Our next stop is Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Next we visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. We also visit the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which gives us a great insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos.

The afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 14

Day 14 Luang Prabang – half day Kuang Si waterfall (B)

After breakfast, we visit Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre. Here you will be given a guided tour and the silk weaving process will be explained. We then drive out of the town where you have the option of stopping to visit Khmu, Hmong and Lao Loum villages, representing the main ethnic groups of Laos. This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pool or walk along the forest trails.   Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre, that does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear.  We then return to Luang Prabang by lunchtime.

Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day 15

 

Day 15 Luang Prabang – departure

After breakfast, you may have time at leisure before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.

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(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$/person)
Hotel  High Season: (Jan – Apr & Oct – Dec, 2017)
1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-6 pax SGL/SUP
Vientiane: Beau Rivage (Sup) $ 4.377 $ 2.412 $ 1.958 $ 1.737 $ 403
Hin Boun: Spring River Resort (Bungalow)
Phonsavan:Vansana Plain of Jars (Deluxe)
Sam Neua: Xayphasouk Hotel ( Standard)
Nam Et NP: Jungle Lodge (Standard)
Nong Khiaw: Mandala Ou Resort (Riverside)
Luang Prabang: Le Sen (Deluxe)
(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$/person)
Hotel  Low Season: (1 May,2017 – 30 Sep, 2017)
1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-6 pax SGL/SUP
Vientiane: Beau Rivage (Sup) $ 4.317 $ 2.382 $ 1.930 $ 1.708 $ 373
Hin Boun: Spring River Resort (Bungalow)
Phonsavan:Vansana Plain of Jars (Deluxe)
Sam Neua: Xayphasouk Hotel ( Standard)
Nam Et NP: Jungle Lodge (Standard)
Nong Khiaw: Mandala Ou Resort (Riverside)
Luang Prabang: Le Sen (Deluxe)
(Seasonal prices apply and will be confirmed when booking! All rates are quoted in US$/person)

*Important Note:
Stop-sell on Public Holidays: [01 Jan (New Year Eve), 18-21 Feb (Tet Holidays), 28 Apr (Hung King), 30 Apr (Reunification Day), 01 May (May Day), 02 Sep (National Day), 24 Dec (Christmas Season), 31 Dec (New Year Eve)].

Tour price includes:

  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in twin/double with daily breakfast
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: as per program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

Tour price excludes:

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Child from 4 – under 7 years old sharing the same room with parents will be charged 50% of the adult rate and utilizing existing bedding.Children Policy (only when sharing room with 2 adults): 1st child under 4 years old occupying the same room with parents and utilizing existing bedding is complementary to a maximum of one concerning accommodation.

  • Child from 7 – under 12 years old sharing the same room with parents will be charged 75% of the adult rate and utilizing existing bedding.Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old per room.
  • Or maximum 3 adults per room, extra charge is applied as per contract including extra bed.
  • Baby cot for infant is free of charge
  • The extra bed arrangement is subject to availability for all the above child price included extra bed.

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