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Combine your love for food with your passion for travel on this unique culinary tour. Learn the secrets of Laos’ world famous cuisine, as you explore the landscape, meet the people and delve into the history of the country – finding inspiration in the favorite local dishes.

Start city: Luang Prabang

End city: Pakse

Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Khong Island, Pakse

- Extendable with optional tours from Luang Prabang and from Pakse

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PRICE

Tour Brief

Day 1 – Arrival in Luang Prabang
Day 2 – Luang Prabang Cooking Class
Day 3 – Luang Prabang – Elephant Riding
Day 4 – Luang Prabang – Flight to Vientiane
Day 5 – Vientiane – City Tour & Cooking Class
Day 6 – Vientiane – Flight to Pakse – Bolaven
Day 7– Pakse – Wat Phou – Khong Island
Day 8 – Khong Island – Khong Phapheng Waterfall
Day 9 – Khong Island – Don Deng - Free at leisure
Day 10 – Don Daeng – Pakse – Departure

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.

GROUP SIZE PRICE/Person
6 Persons $1,051 Reservation
4 Persons $1,123 Reservation
2 Persons $1,370 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival in Luang Prabang
Upon arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang you are greeted by a guide who will then escort you to the hotel. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred gilded stupa as well as enjoy the beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From here, we explore the Street Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection and handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
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Day 2 – Luang Prabang Cooking Class

We start the day by meeting at a restaurant and before transferring to the local market.
Learn more about the market while taking in the amazing sights, sounds and aromas of this busy place. We will have the opportunity to interact with the local sellers and purchase some of the ingredients to be used in the cooking lesson. You will be transferred to a picturesque lakeside pavilion where you will be introduced to the Laos kitchen.
The chef will give you an introduction to all the fresh ingredients you have just bought from the market.
Learn how to make Jeow, this is a spicy Laotian dipping sauce and Mok Pa, a popular fish dish steamed with herbs in banana leaves….
Enjoy the tastes of your newly discovered recipes for lunch.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 3 – Luang Prabang – Elephant Riding
08:30 – 09:00 am depart your hotel for a tour of the Elephant Village. The camp manager will greet you and conduct a short briefing before our elephant ride.  Enjoy a one and a half hour walk through a unique natural jungle valley and limestone cascades to the Elephant Jungle where a boxed lunch will be served. Visit Tad Sae Waterfall and relax on a boat trip on the Khan River back to the   Elephant Village.  We should arrive back in Luang Prabang around 4pm.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4 – Luang Prabang – Flight to Vientiane
The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture, dates back from the days of the early king through the last sovereign. The National Museum and Central Market are not to be missed! Today, we visit these sights before catching a flight to Vientiane. After checking into hotel, we continue exploring the capital city and famous sacred structure of That Luang Stupa. We’ll stop for a photo opportunty of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
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Day 5 – Vientiane – City Tour & Cooking Class
We begin by visiting the major sights of the capital including the oldest Wat Sisaket, with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Meet at Full Moon Cafe at 10:00am to begin your epicurean experience.
Travel to a garden on the Mekong River and begin preparations for a wonderful lunch.
Traditional Lao cooking utensils will be used to create a variety of dishes and learn the secrets of making perfect sticky rice. Lao cooking is light and fragrant and you’ll be able to customize your dishes to your own palate. While dining you’ll also learn about Lao culture and etiquette.
A Lao Recipe Booklet will be provided so you can take your experience home.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 6 – Vientiane – Flight to Pakse – Bolaven
After breakfast, you will fly to Pakse. Upon arrival, take an excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau, was formed by an ancient volcano and is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages; some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies.
The first stop is the Phaseum Resort. Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal architecture and life of the southern Laotian tribes. Continue to Tadlo on the northern edge of the Bolaven Plateau. Tadlo is touted as an eco-friendly resort near the Xeset Waterfall. After lunch at Tadlo, continue on visiting Alack and Nge Tribal Villages. Drive back to Pakse, via Paksong with stops to visit the impressive Tad Fane Waterfalls and a tea & coffee plantation. Dinner at the hotel.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse
Day 7– Pakse – Wat Phou – Khong Island
On the way to Kohong Island visit Wat Phou, the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. We then continue on to Nagasang, and then cruise by boat to the beautiful Island of Ban Khone, where you can sometime see Irrawadee dolphins. Overnight in Ban Khone.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Khone
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Day 8 – Khong Island – Khong Phapheng Waterfall
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before cruising by boat and to Khone Phapeng Waterfall, which spans 14km across the width of the mighty Mekong River. This waterfall is listed as the world's widest waterfall it is quite impressive especially during the rainy season when the water in running fast and furious.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Khone
Day 9 – Khong Island – Don Deng - Free at leisure
Enjoy breakfast then transfer by car and boat to Don Daeng. Overnight at La Folie Lodge on Don Daeng.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Don Daeng
Day 10 – Don Daeng – Pakse – Departure
Breakfast at the hotel then transfer by boat to Pakse. If time permits, visit Pakse before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A

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FAQs

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Domestic flights: Luang Prabang  -Vientiane – Pakse
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Boat Trip on Mekong River
  • Vientiane & Luang Prabang Cooking Class
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excluded

  • International flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)• Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visa fees (contact us for further information)
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Vietnam Tour can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
Call us on +84384 823 345 to speak to one of our experts.

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