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A 10 day adventure discovering the unparalled charm and rustic beauty of Laos. During this adventure travel through the kingdom formerly known as Lang Xang, the Land of a Million Elephants and stay in Indochina’s most elegant hotels. You will have the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of this Buddhist country as you traverse and back from Luang Prabang all the way to southern Laos and back up to Pakse.

Start city: Luang Prabang

End city: Pakse

Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Luang Prabang -  Xiengkhouang  - Vientiane - Don Khong - Pakse

- Extendable with optional tours from Luang Prabang and from Pakse

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Tour Brief

Day 1. Welcome Luang Prabang World Heritage Site
Day 2. Luang Prabang - Magic Mekong and the Holy Pak Ou Caves
Day 3. Luang Prabang World Heritage Site - Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 4. Luang Prabang - The Plain of Jars - Phonsavanh - Xieng Khouang Plateau
Day 5. Xiengkhouang - Phonsavanh - Vientiane by Flight
Day 6. Vientiane City tour 
Day 7. Vientiane - Pakse - Wat Phou Ruins
Day 8. Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Done Khong
Day 9. Khong Island -  Pakse
Day 10. Pakse - Departure

 

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

GROUP SIZE PRICE/Person
6 Persons $1,014 Reservation
4 Persons $1,184 Reservation
2 Persons $1,595 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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ITINERARY

Day 1. Welcome Luang Prabang World Heritage Site
Up on arrival, our guide will greet and transfer you to the hotel located in the city center. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos, maybe in Indochina. We’ll visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham. The evening will be spent climbing up to the top of Phousi Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa, as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Discover the Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of locally handmade textiles and other local goods.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
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Day 2. Luang Prabang - Magic Mekong and the Holy Pak Ou Caves
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a short-guided tour of the Wat Mai and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. We then take cruise up the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we’ll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they distill local rice wine. 
Back to city center to visit Ban Phanom which is very famous for local hand weaving. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 3. Luang Prabang World Heritage Site - Kuang Si Waterfalls
If you wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls taking offerings from the local people.
After breakfast, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a museum. The many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then take a stroll on the Phosi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Continue to the Kuang Si Waterfall. Along the way, we’ll stop to visit local villages.  At the waterfalls you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. The evening is free to enjoy as you wish.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 4. Luang Prabang - The Plain of Jars - Phonsavanh - Xieng Khouang Plateau
Enjoy a beautiful countryside 6 hour drive to Xieng  Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964-1973, while visiting some local hill tribe villages along the way. Upon arrival at Phonsavanh, we’ll continue to the famous Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavanh
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Day 5. Xiengkhouang - Phonsavanh - Vientiane by Flight
After breakfast, visit the bustling Central Market and enjoy free time to further explore the town before our flight to Vientiane. After checking into the hotel, (if time permits) we’ll continue our sightseeing visiting the impressive Lao - Thai Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a display of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monks on the Mekong River.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Day 6. Vientiane City tour 
Today will be a full day to explore Vientiane - the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: National Museum, Wat Sisaket - the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. 
Then visit Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. 
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
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Day 7. Vientiane - Pakse - Wat Phou Ruins
After breakfast, we will take the van to the airport for your flight to Pakse.
Upon arrival transfer to Champasak town, home to Wat Phou ruins. Until the 1860s, Champasak was the major town of southern Laos, however French-built Pakse eventually replaced it as the area's commercial hub. Nearby Wat Phou, a UNESCO World Heritage temple is all that remains of one of Southeast Asia's most mysterious and least understood kingdoms. The Hindu-influenced Wat Phou ruins is the finest example of Khmer temple ruins outside Cambodia, and little has changed since French explorers first visited the site in the late 1800s. This site was once the nexus of the Khmer Kingdom which spanned over much of present-day Southeast Asia.
Back to Pakse town and visit Phou Salao, the best place to enjoy sunset panoramic view in Pakse.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

Day 8. Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Done Khong
Today, you will have an excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau, which was formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practising Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies.
You visit numerous of waterfall: Tad Yuang, Tad Fane Waterfalls, Tad Phaseum fall.
Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal vernacular architectures and life of the Southern Laos tribes. You will have chance to see the coffee plantation on the way, and take the stop to buy some packs of coffee from this plateau if you want.
Transfer to Done Khong in late afternoon
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Khong island

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Day 9. Khong Island -  Pakse
After enjoy the breakfast, you will check out the room and then take the long tail boat down stream of Mekong River to Don Khone. From here, take motorised tuk tuk to see the remains of the sole railway built by the French during their time as colonial occupiers, followed by vibrant Li Phi Falls. Come back to Nagasang boat pier where the car and driver will wait for you transfer to the most beautiful fall: Khonephapheng Fall - the largest fall in Southeast Asia in terms of water volume. The falls had a profound effect on the planned use of the Mekong River as a French trade conduit connecting Vietnam with China, and resulted in the construction of the bypass railway joining Khone and Det islands.
Come back to Pakse in late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

Day 10. Pakse - Departure
Enjoy breakfast and free time for your own exploration of Pakse Town before your private transfer to Pakse Airport.

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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
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • International flight
  • 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 (more at: www.laostravel.com/visa).
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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