TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Go into a country where times passes slower, where tranquility and Buddism are way of life, where the natural and ancient charming of Indochina is still intact.
  • Go into in the land of a million of elephants.
  • Let’s join with us to explore the city of Vientiane, being known as the quietest capital in the world; the spiritual capital of Laos and its ancestral beauty and other magical places such as the Pak Ou Caves, Vang Vieng or the city of Pakse.
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ITINERARY

DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Arrival in Luang Prabang, welcome by the local tour guide and the driver. Transfer to your hotel in the city center. It’s time for free after a long journey.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, visit the Royal Palace of Haw Kham, built in 1904 during the colonial period, by order of King Sisavang.
Then we will visit the museum of traditional and ethnological arts, to discover the diversity of the local culture and its more than 100 minority ethnic groups. Possibility of visiting the UXO Center of Luang Prabang, which is in charge of investigating the consequences that the war left in the country, in which more than 270 million bombs fell and more than 80 million are still lost in its territory without exploding.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, visit Vat Xieng Thong Temple, a vast complex of sacred buildings, jewels of Lao art and the most beautiful temple in the city, then you will visit Vat Aham, one of the oldest temples in the city, built in the year 1818 on the ruins of a temple from the year 1527.
Possibility of visiting Mount Phousi, which after climbing its 328 steps, offers spectacular views of the city with the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Towards the end of the afternoon, possibility of a free walk in the night market, where the minority ethnic groups of the mountains trade their handicrafts and typical products.
Free dinner.
Overnight in hotel.

DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG- NONG KHIAW (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Boat for a cruise on the majestic Mekong River, starting navigation in the middle of the morning mist, surrounded by the jungle, you can enjoy the authentic Laos and its quiet lifestyle.
On the way to visit Ban Xang Hai village, famous for its production of rice liquor.
After returning to the ship, arrival at the Pak Ou caves. These are two caves excavated at the foot of the cliff, where there are thousands of Buddha statues (more than 8,000). Exploration of the sacred caves.
Lunch in a restaurant on the banks of the river.
Continue by road towards Nong Khiaw. Enjoy a scenic drive along a winding road along the Nam Ou River to the small town of Nong Khiaw.
Arrival in Nong Khiaw and visit of the Pha Kaung caves, natural wonders rich in history.
Free for dinner.
Overnight in hotel.

DAY 4: NONG KHIAW – MUANG NGOI – NONG KHIAW (B/L) 1 hour by boat each section

After breakfast, depart from the village by local boat on the Nam Ou river to Muang Ngoi village and walk around the village and continue crossing rocks and rice fields.
Visit a Khmu village located on the banks of the Nam Ou River and see their gardens.
On the way we serve a Lao style lunch.
Continue with a short trek to Tham Kang cave, return to the village and take the boat back to Nong Khiaw at sunset.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: NONG KHIAW – MUANG HIAM (B/L)

In the morning transfer by road to Muang Hiam (also known as Vieng Thong) passing through beautiful landscapes of lush mountains covered with tropical jungle on the way.
This small township is located on the banks of the Nam Kahn River and is home to numerous minority ethnic groups such as the Hmong. Muang Hiam, is a small town, however, it is at the gates of the great area of Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park, where tigers and a wide variety of fauna once roamed.
Lunch at a local restaurant during the transfer.
To make the transfer more pleasant, you will have the possibility to visit some local villages on foot and learn about local life. In the afternoon arrival and installation in the accommodation to rest in this picturesque local town.
Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6: MUANG HIAM- NIGHT SAFARI (B/L/D)- Join group tour maximum 10 person per group

Get ready for a day of adventure in nature, exploring the depths of Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park. In the morning, begin a two-hour drive through the picturesque mountains to Ban Son Koua, to start a safari on the Nam Nem River.
After transfer, enjoy a short introduction to the daily life of the Khmu villagers before boarding a long-tail boat and cruising down the Nam Nern River to the national park substation, passing through the rainforest and spotting native birds in the path.
Local lunch prepared by the local villagers on arrival at the park.
After lunch, installation in the accommodation and free time to be rested for the night safari.
Towards the end of the afternoon, continue the trip by navigating the river, and start a walk through the forest. Hear from a local guide and learn how deer and other native animals track.
The guides will prepare a campfire on the banks of the river while they tell stories and folk tales of the Khmu ethnic group.
Local dinner prepared by your guides at the campfire.
Once the night has settled down and it’s completely dark, relax in a boat and float down the river with the engines off. Pay attention to the guides who will use hand signals to point out any animals on the way. If lucky, travelers may see sambar deer, barking deer, otters, lorises, civets, owls, and porcupines.
Return to camp and overnight in a Lao-style bungalow.

DAY 7: NIGHT SAFARI – PHONSAVAN (B/L)

Start your day early with a refreshing morning walk through the jungle, learning the use of some medicinal plants found in the area. The guides will also give insight into the history of this region that once served as a settlement during the Secret War.
Back in town, enjoy a well-deserved breakfast before returning by boat to the starting point of this jungle adventure. At a certain stretch, you travel at a leisurely pace with the engines off, trying to catch a glimpse of some of the forest’s wild residents along the way.
Overnight at hotel

DAY 8: PHONSAVAN- PLAIN OF JARS - PHONSAVAN (B/L)

Discover the unknown today, on a visit to the famous and fascinating Plain of Jars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scattered across a vast landscape of rice paddies and forests, these giant vessels, some up to three meters high and one meter wide, are thought to be likely stone urns dating back to the Iron Age. These fascinating megaliths are quite mysterious, with various archaeological theories as to their purpose and location, but none are certain.
Local lore also provides captivating explanations, rumors like the jars containing whiskey for the thirsty giants who lived in the mountains above Phonsavan. Take a guided walk through one of the plains, following the clearly marked path, as going outside can be dangerous. This area was the most heavily bombed during the Secret War, lots of unexploded ordinance still hidden in the foliage so best to stick with the guide.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Head to Muang Khoun next, the former royal seat of the small kingdom of Xieng Khouang. Five hundred years ago, it was known for its opulent stupas, but over time it has faced invasions from east and west, looted by bandits from the north, and seemingly endless bombing campaigns. Now, it’s a ghost of its former glory, making it a fascinating place to explore.
Overnight in hotel.

DAY 9: PHONSAVAN- LUANG PRABANG (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning, the road transfer back to the city of Luang Prabang begins. Enjoy some stops along the way, to appreciate the local life.
Lunch at a local restaurant during the transfer.
Arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon, and check-in at the hotel. Rest of the afternoon free for last purchases and walks on your own.

DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG (B/L)

Around 6:00, the monks parade through the streets of their district in search of offerings. If you wish, you can get up early and take part in this beautiful spiritual show in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, transfer by road to the Kuang Si waterfalls, some incredible waterfalls of turquoise color, forming incredible natural pools.
On the way, stop at the Phosy market and then visit Ban Sing village for a short walk through this authentic village. Hike to a pagoda with views of the Mekong River.
Continue the transfer to the National Park that houses the waterfalls. Walk on foot contemplating the different waterfalls and their particular turquoise water. Possibility of swimming in the natural pools of the waterfalls during the visit.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Towards the end of the afternoon, return to the hotel and free time to walk around the city on your own.
Overnight at hotel.

DAY 11: LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free morning for personal activities and shopping.
According to the flight schedule, transfer to Luang Prabang airport to take the return flight.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

INCLUSIONS

  • Double/Twin sharing accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfer as mentioned by a private vehicle with air conditioning.
  • Boat in Pak Ou cave, Nong Kiau- Muong Ngoy- Nong Khiau boat.
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch. D: dinner).
  • Tickets
  • Water 2 bottles / pax / day
  • Charges for services and taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • International/Domestic flights tickets
  • Laos visa
  • Surcharge for single supplement
  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Beverage

Destination

Cambodia

Duration

More than 11 days

Responsible Benefits

Locals Benefit, Making a Difference

MYSTERIOUS EXPEDITION OF LAOS

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