This adventure package is starting from Luang Prabang and end in Pakse, the 24-day tour package that includes accommodation in a hotel as youll as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Laos On the Roads 24 Days is an exciting adventure that moves through the length and breadth of the most charming country in South East Asia. You will star from Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage town; marvel at the beautiful architecture, climb Mount Phousi, take a dip in the Kuang Si Waterfalls and try delicious street food at the night market.

Travel through mountainous terrain and past breathtaking views to Vang Vieng and go tubing, cycling, kayaking or rock climbing; before heading to Laos’ capital city – Vientiane to meet friendly hill tribe villagers and discover the mysterious Plain of Jars.

Adventure into a relatively untouched region of Southern Laos, that’s not easily accessible but is a genuine adventure travel paradise that can’t be missed; zip through a 7km long cave by a boat in Kong Lor; to see Rhesus Macaque monkeys and soft shell turtles in Xe Champhone, and explore the 4000 Islands, an impressive island-studded delta within the Mekong River. You visit the capital Vientiane. Ending in the deep south you explore the inland Mekong Delta and raging waterfalls.

Highlights:

+ Luang Prabang – World Heritage Town sightseeing with traditional Baci ceremony

+ Discover the jungle trails of Nahm Dong Park with the view of Mt. Phousi

+ Visit ethnic villages to learn their unique culture

+ Excited to swim in the cool water of Kuang Si waterfall

+ Venture off the beaten track to Muang Hiam to explore the real Laos

+ Nam Nem Night Safari at Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA

+ Visit the “Plain of Jars”

+ Trekking to Tham Xang Cave and kayaking on Nam Song River to Tham None Cave

+ Vientiane capital of Laos discovery

+ Long tail boat along underground cave on Hin Boun River

+ Explore 400 Khong Island

GROUP SIZE AND PRICE PER PERSON

Group size
Valid from 1 Nov 2018 – 30 April 2019
Price per person in USD in party of
1
2
3-4
5-6
7-9
10-14
Sgl-Sup
First Class

$8023

$4429

$3475

$3000

$2885

$2514

$606

Deluxe

$8422

$4621

$3702

$3192

$3076

$2706

$811

 

Group size
Valid from 1 May 2019 – 30 Sep 2019
Price per person in USD in party of
1
2
3-4
5-6
7-9
10-14
Sgl-Sup
First Class

$7855

$4338

$3384

$2909

$2794

$2423

$606

Deluxe

$8254

$4535

$3581

$3105

$2990

$2620

$811

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Day 1: Arrival Luang Prabang – Royal Palace (-/-/-)

You will be met On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport and transferred to check in the hotel.

The tour will start your city tour by bike with a visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos.

The next site is Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. You then visit Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs syoueping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. You then climb the stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 2: Luang Prabang - Nahm Dong Park (Camping) (B/L)

Departing at 8:30 am from your hotel, transfer to Nahm Dong park, which locates in Ban Xiengmouk, 10Km from city center. Arriving at the park, you will have a short youlcome by the park manager before joining the morning activities here.

You will first start with the Zipline flying over the jungle and the waterfalls admiring the amazing evergreen scenery. The zipline will take about 1 hour.

Then you will walk back via the jungle trail crossing some flying bridges, small streams, and clear natural pools, where you can take a refresh splash if you wish so.

The picnic lunch will be served at the viewpoint where you can spread your view over the region, including the view of mount Phousi in the city center. The afternoon is your free time to relax, you can either stroll around the park and visit the organic garden, join some more activities (extra charge).

Today, you will spend the night camping at the park. Enjoy the BBQ dinner around the fire under the starry sky before going to bed.

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Day 3: Ban Long Lao - Kuang Si Waterfall - Back to Luang Prabang (B/L/-)

Breakfast at hotel, begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Longlao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Longlao Song. Here, you are may witness the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together, sharing the same school even and live in harmony on a day to day basis.

As you continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddies and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way you explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the second Indochina war.

After visiting the cave one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Si waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. After descending from the top of the waterfall you enjoy a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!

In the afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing around the turquoise pools below the waterfall. If time permits, you can also visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms.

Before returning to Luang Prabang you take a short walk to a nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene which is home to some of the most beautiful pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Approximately: 2 hours driving, 4 hours trekking

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Day 4: Luang Prabang - Ban Lae (Homestay) (B/L/D)

Enjoy breakfast at homestay, you then transfer directly to Ban Lae, which locates 25Km from town. You will be welcomed by the host family upon arrival then make a stroll around the village to see the life of local people.

You continue visit the local school, which should be livelier during the workdays or you can visit the local market is another option for you. You will have a lunch served at the house of the host family.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the fishing by the stunning Nam Xeuang river, experience traditional fishing techniques. If you wish, the dip in the Nam Xeuang river is very inviting and worth a try.

There is also the chance to join agricultural activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields (depending on the season); walk around the farm and rice field. Late afternoon, you may wish to join and help the host with preparing the dinner, a great chance for you to learn about Laotian cuisine.

Before the dinner, you will join the Baci Ceremony, held by the elders of the village. This is a traditional ritual ceremony of the Lao people to express the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.

While having a dinner, the folk tales will be told by the host family and translated by our guide. After the dinner, you may love to stroll around the riverbank, and sense the nature, admiring the starry sky before going to bed.

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Day 5: Ban Lae - Pak Xeng - Muang Hiam (B/-/-)

The fifth day of the tour, you will drive through the most rural and least developed part of Laos via the back roads from Vieng Kham to Muang Hiam, these are the perfect ways to venture off the beaten track and explore the real Laos. You see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as you are of theirs.

The drive can be challenging on some parts of our journey due to poor road conditions; however, the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience.

Arriving in Muang Hiam, you will check in the simple guesthouse to take some rest before taking a walk explore this small village.

If time permits, you can visit the nearby hot spring, which is very popular among local people. If you wish, you can take a dip to refresh like the locals.

Overnight in Muang Hiam

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Day 6: Muang Hiam - Ban Son Keua - Nam Nern Night Safari (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel, you will take a short transfer to Ban Son Khua, where you will join the transfer, and depart for the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA (National Protected Area).

Here you will experience the Nam Nern Night Safari and stay in a simple ecolodge, all of which has been developed with the local community. Learn about wildlife conservation, medicinal plants, traditional agriculture and the history of the Secret War from your local Khmu guide.

Upon arrival at Ban Son Koua, an ethnic Khmu Village, village guides and boatmen will meet you and take you on a short tour of the village where you will able to study about the animist tradition of appeasing the villager spirit. From here, you will embark on a 1.5-hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long-tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards and bird life.

After arriving at the park substation, you will enjoy a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, receive a briefing by park staff about the on-the-ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey. Around the middle of the afternoon you will depart for the night safari.

Making a stop near a salt lick, you will hike into the forest. Your local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, will explain how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. Your guides will point out evidence of wildlife, such a tracks or scat at the salt lick.

The boats will continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where you will have a picnic dinner around a campfire. After dinner, your guides tell Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. They educate you about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting.

Depending on the amount of moonlight, depart for the night spotlighting 1-2 hours after dark, floating down river with engines off. There is only one light per boat. To avoid scaring the animals, only guides use the light to do that. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals.

At the nightfall, the boat is also very quiet so as not to disturb the animals. Animals that may be seen include Sambar Deer, Otters, and Barking Deer, various species of Civets, Slow Loris, Porcupine and Owls (Hogbadgers, Asian golden cat and wild dogs have also been seen).

End of the spotlighting, the boats arrive at the evening camp. Before going to bed you will be able to check out a variety of insects attracted to the black light set up near the substation.

Overnight in Nam Nern

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Day 7: Nam Nern - Xieng Khuang (B/-/-)

Get up early, your local guide will take you on a walk around the jungle before the breakfast. There you will know how to use of medicinal plants and explaining the history of the site, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War.

Enjoy the breakfast, then the boats float back to the village at a relaxing pace with engines off, pointing out birds along the way.

Upon arrival in the village, you will be invited to try earthen jar rice wine (lao hai). After that continue driving about 3 hours to Xieng Khuang. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life along the way. You will have lunch en route at a local restaurant.

Xieng Khouang is a town that has been totally rebuilt after being destroyed during the secret war in Laos. It is now located 30 km away from where it was originally and locally called “Phonsavan” is the gateway to the Plain of Jars.

After checking into your hotel, if you still have the energy, you can visit the MAG Center in the town, a humanitarian organization clearing the remnants of conflict for the benefit of local communities worldwide. Laos PDR was also the most heavily bombed nation in the world (per capita). Free entry, open every day from 08:00h – 20:00h

Overnight in Xieng Khuang

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Day 8: Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars Site - Muang Khoun (B/-/-)

Starting the day by a journey through Phonsavan and the Plain of Jars, is a huge archaeological complex littered with mysterious 2000 years old stone jars sized from 70cm up to 3 or 4 meters. Their true origin remains a mystery. It seems that they were carved into boulders. Several researches lead by the French archaeologist Madeleine Colani in the 30’s suggested that they could be old graves, but to this day they remain an enigma.

Your trip will enable you to visit the 3 sites and also discover some local villages where you can observe local village life. Site 1, close to the town is settled at Thong Hai Hin and is the biggest site. Site 2 is at Hai Hin on Phou Salator, “Phou” in Lao means “Mountain”.

End your tour at site 3 in Hai Hin Lat Khai. Site 3 is the most impressive with over 150 jars. Close to this site, you will visit Ban Xiengdi where there is a small monastery with Buddha images. On the way back, you will pass areas that were important battlefields during the American secret war. You can still see bomb craters from that time today.

Attention: The Plain of Jars has been heavily bombed during the war and you have to respect all the signs and stay along the defined trails due to bombs, UXO and landmines.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day trip to Muang Khoun. Muang Khoun one place in the old provincial capital that was not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is home to unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lies in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period.

Then return to Xieng Khuang and overnight.

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Day 9: Xieng Khuang - Vang Vieng (B/-/-)

In the early morning, you visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandises. We leave Xieng Khuang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng, a small town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with its limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.

Our first stop today is at Tham Pra, which served as the hospital for the army during Indochina Wars. Then, drive to the T-junction at Phoukhoun to visit the colorful market of hill tribe people.

The panoramic view at the peak of Phou Phiengpha is what you never want to miss today before continuing further to the Khmu village of Ban Phouhin Lekphay. Your next photo stop is Phatang Mountain view point to admire the beautiful scenery before reaching Vang Vieng.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

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Day 10: Vang Vieng - Trekking -Kayaking (B/L/-)

Today you will transfer to Phatang Resort around 18 km north of Vang Vieng. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking you shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river which offers various small but fun rapids along the way to our first stop at Tham Xang Cave. Here you will walk up to the massive theater like cave while hearing about local history about the area!

After emerging from the cave a short kayaking will lead us to a picnic spot on the riverside where you shall enjoy lunch. After lunch you shall continue down the river until the next stop at the Organic Farm where mulberry tea and a variety of different fruit wines are produced.

Continuing on downstream you arrive at Tham None Cave which is one of the largest caves in Vang Vieng! It served as a bomb shelter for local villagers during the Second Indochina War. However, today it is home to a bat family and the ‘Magic Stone of Vang Vieng’. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle downstream to Vang Vieng where you will arrive just in time to catch the sunset.

Approximately: 15minutes transfer, 4.5 hours (wet season) 3.5 hours (dry season) kayaking, 1.5-hour caving/walking

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Day 11: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B)

This early morning, you drive out of town to the capital, Vientiane. Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This city conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. En route, you will make a short stop at the H’Mong market at Km52.

This afternoon you explore the town; with Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images.

You continue sightseeing by visiting Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. You then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa.

Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 12: Vientiane - Orchid Trek (B/L/-)

You will departure at 7:30am for the National Park at Phou Khao Khuay, the closest national protected area to Vientiane. You will discover the National Park under the expert guidance of a French orchid specialist who will tell you all about the different plants and wildlife.

You arrive in the village of Ban Hatkhay at around 9:30am where you will be joined by two local guides with your freshly made Lao picnic. The Orchid Trek begins at Pha Say with its stunning view across a 40m deep gorge and the dense jungle.

You follow narrow, shaded trails and discover the different types of forest in the park: semi-deciduous, tropical and bamboo – extraordinary, unspoilt habitats. You have the chance to learn about the medicinal uses of the forest plants and also the other plant types that abound in the forest. You take your picnic lunch in a dry river bed (depending on the season).

Your afternoon continues with a pleasant stroll to the waterfall at Tad Say before making your return to the village. You may be lucky and see some the colourful butterflies and birds that live in the forest. Return to Vientiane is at around 6:00pm.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

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Day 13: Vientiane - Kong Lor (B/-/-)

At 08:00, you will be met by your driver and guide in Vientiane, to begin the journey south along route 13. This first leg of the journey takes around 3 hours and it is interesting to have a quick stop at Wat Prabath Phonsane (‘Temple of the footprint of Buddha’).

You will then leave the highway and enter the Phou Hin Poun NPA (National Protected Area). The scenery will become much more spectacular, featuring limestone karsts, forests and rice paddies.

From leaving the highway to reaching your destination will take approximately 2 hours. On arrival in the small town of Ban Kong Lor you will check in, freshen up and then head out to explore the famous Kong Lor Caves.

You will be given life jackets and head torches before a short walk around to the main entrance of the cave. Upon entering the cave, you will board a long tail boat which will take you through the length of this spectacular cave along an underground section of the Hin Boun River – a length of 7.5km before you see daylight again!

The river flows all year and reveals vast formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which you will explore partly on foot whilst inside the cave. In places the cave is up to 90m wide and 100m high. The cave is still used by local villagers as an access route to the region beyond (it is far quicker than climbing over the mountains which this cave cuts through!).

Once out on the other side you can stop for refreshments and walk to local villages, enjoying the scenery and observing a simple way of life (discuss with your guide how far you would like to walk). Return by boat, travelling ‘downstream’ through the cave, to Ban Kong Lor.

Overnight in Ban Kong Lor

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Day 14: Kong Lor - Ban Nathan - Ban Namsanam (B/-/-)

Your driver will pick you up at the hotel then start a short drive (5-10 minutes) towards the Kong Lor Caves. Life jackets and head torches will be provided before a short walk to the main entrance of the cave.

Upon entering the cave, you will board a long-tail boat for a journey through the length of this spectacular cave, along an underground section of the Hin Boun River. It will be 7.5km before you see daylight again!

The river flows all-year-round and reveals vast formations of stalactites and stalagmites, which can be explored partly on foot whilst inside the cave. In places the cave is up to 90 meters wide and 100 meters high. The cave is still used by local villagers as an access route to the region beyond (it is far quicker than climbing over the mountains through which this cave cuts!).

Once out on the other side, you can stop for refreshments and walk to local villages, enjoying the scenery and observing a simple way of life (you can discuss with the guide how far they would like to walk).

Return by boat, travelling ‘downstream’ through the cave to Ban Kong Lor. From there, you will transfer to Ban Namsanam, home to the authentic Sainamhai Resort. You have free time to relax by the river admiring the sunset or stroll around the local village.

Overnight at Sainamhai Resort

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Day 15: Ban Namsanam - Thabak - Ban Nam Yen - Ban Thalang (B/L/-)

You are recommending to start the walk at around 06:30am to explore the villages as they wake up and prepare for the day.

After breakfast, youwill say goodbye to the lovely village and depart for Ban Thalang. You will take a one-hour drive and make the first stop in Ban Thabak, and enjoy the 02-hour boat ride along the Nam Theun river. The boat is made from the old aircraft oil tank, and suitable for up to 3 people per boat.

During the cruise, you enjoy the tranquil landscape of the along the bank of the river. You may stop at one or two local villages if you wish to see deeper into the local life. After the simple lunch at local restaurant, you will drive further to Ban Nam Yen, to cool off and take a dip at the natural swimming pool.

You will also make a short stop at Tham Mangkon (Dragon caves) before transferring directly to the beautiful village Tha Lang in Nakai District, where we will check in the simple Sabaidee Guesthouse.

The rest of the afternoon is free for your own exploration. You can choose to stroll along the river to admire the sunset, or go fishing on the lake (which is created by the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Dam).

Overnight at Sabaidee Guesthouse

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Day 16: Ban Tha Lang - Thakhek (B/L/-)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, depart for Thakhek, the capital town of Khammouane Province. Along the way, you will make a short stop to visit Nam Theun 2 Visitor Center, where you can have some information of this Hydropower project.

You then continue driving about 02 hours to the village of Ban Nakhang Xang, to meet the village guide, who leads the trek.

Trek through secondary forest while the guide points out forest products that provide the local people with significant food resources. The trail passes through a cave that exits into a striking valley surrounded by towering cliffs and forest. The picnic lunch will be served wherever you feel hungry, you recommend having it at Tham Hip, which offers the great panoramic view over the area.

You then continue the trail, following the shoreline of Nong Thao Lake, where trekkers can see local fishermen at work. At Tham Nong Paseum Cave, the adventurous can swim into the 400-metre-long cavern and explore its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites.

You will continue walking, and climb a bamboo stairway to the Buddha Cave, which was rediscovered in April 2004. The cave contains 229 bronze Buddhas that are said to be over 300 years old.

Arrive in Thakhek late afternoon, check in your hotel in town before taking a walk along the river to admire the sunset if you wish.

Overnight in Thakhek

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Day 17: Thakhek - Savannakhet - Pakse (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel then your guide will come to pick you up around 09:30 to continue your journey south. The drive to Savannakhet takes approximately 1.5 hours. Before entering Savannakhet you will make a stop at the beautiful 16th Century temple of That Ing Hang.

An impressive central stupa dominates a courtyard which is flanked by statues of Lord Buddha, in a style similar to Wat Sisaket in Vientiane. That Ing Hang is among the most revered temples in Laos and many Buddhists will travel here during December for the annual ‘Boun Phathat’ ceremony.

Continue in to Savannakhet. The city is most famous as the birthplace of the father of the Lao People’s Democratic Repulic (Lao PDR), Kaysone Phomvihane, who was born here in 1920. Take a short tour of the architectural highlights, which include various French villas and the striking St. Teresa Catholic Church.

Visit the small but very interesting Dinosaur Museum. Dinosaur remains are being found nearby which are between 150,000,000 – 250,000,000 years old. You can speak to the resident paleontologists about their work and the proceeds from your visit help to keep this project going.

After lunch in a local restaurant (on own account) it will be time to hit the road again for the drive to Pakse, which takes approximately 3.5 hours. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

On the confluence of the Mekong and the Sedone River, Pakse is the most important town in southern Laos. Pakse is the home a very important Vietnamese community, so if you visit this town during the Têt (Vietnamese New Year), do not be surprised if many shops are closed. This small city has a mixture of Chinese and French architecture and some lively markets.

Overnight in Pakse

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Day 18: Pakse - Bolaven Plateau (B/-/-)

Enjoy local breakfast, depart for the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations. The scenery around Tad Fan waterfall is spectacular with twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation.

A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to see the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that are grown in the area.

This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region. You will spend the night in Bolaven Plateau

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Day 19: Bolaven Plateau - Jeep Tour (B/L/D)

At 09:00 am, you will meet the Jeep tour specialist at Chai Coffee, and have some discussion with him there when enjoying a cup of coffee before hop on the Jeep and drive 30 minutes to Tad Moun Waterfalls, where you can enjoy the fresh cool water, and visit the nearby vegetable farm.

11:00 am, you continue driving to the Coffee Farm of Mr. Khamsone via the 10KM bumpy and muddy road, which will take you 01 hours with your special Jeep car.

Upon arrival, Mr khamsone, the Coffee farm’s owner will take 1hr to demonstration about coffee Roasting step and finishing by a coffee cupping to Savor the different kind of coffee (Robusta, Arabica and Typica).

You will have the picnic lunch on the farm at around 1:30PM before walking to the nearby refugee cave, which is used as the hidden place by the local villagers during the war time.

After that, you will continue walking along the farm to see the volcano mountain named Phou Sanark where we can enjoy the view over the farm and the nearby villages during the sunset. You can learn to cook Lao foods with the wife of Mr. Khamsone while preparing the dinner with her. Overnight at the tent camp at the coffee farm.

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Day 20: Back to Tadlo (B/L/-)

After breakfast, at 09:00 am you will transfer by JEEP for 14km or 1hr to Laven village name’s B Setkhord. In this village there are 500 families living in around 100 years old. So, during the France Indochina, these plateau call Laven plateau, which means: An area or the hometown of Laven people living. Upon arrival, we can walk around, and our guide can tell you more stories about this village.

You then drive to Tad Say Waterfall where you will have the picnic lunch. After that you will drive to a Suay Village named B Darsia to see many traditional house. 30% of the house here is still the traditionally built long house, and 60% is the traditional house. The house is the place, where many generations will share together. The family use the house for all daily activities such as cooking, eating, and sleeping.

You arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Free for the rest of the day, sensing the taste of nature.

Overnight at Tad Lo Lodge

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Day 21: Bolaven - Wat Phou - Champasak - Don Khong (B/-/-)

Breakfast at hotel, you will departure for Champasak. Arriving in Champasak, visit Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century.

Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features quadrangular pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary itself.

The temple was built during the rule of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. The temple served as the most important economic and political center of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.

After your visit, you continue drive to Done Khong to spend the night.

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Day 22: Champasak - Khong Island - Khone Island (B/-/-)

Leaving the town, and embark on a long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where during the dry season the waters recede to emerge thousands of islets and giving this area a unique name” Si Phan Done”.

Upon arrival, explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, such as the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive and the immemorial French colonial buildings.

You continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuk tuk and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil” one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. If you are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. Free for the rest of the day to relax or stroll around the island.

Overnight in Don Khone.

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Day 23: Khone Island - Khone Phapheng - Pakse (B/-/-)

After breakfast, you will take a long-tail boat to Ban Nakasang; from there, you drive south to visit Khone Phapheng, which is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is an impressive spot near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Afterwards, you will drive back to Pakse.

In the afternoon, you will first visit Ban Khoh, which specializes in stone carving, and walk to the nearby Wat Chomphet, which hosts the biggest sitting Buddha in Laos.

Late afternoon, you will ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view over the town of Pakse, and the nearby area, whilst the dark is falling over the city.

Overnight in Pakse.

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Day 24: Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)

Breakfast at your hotel then you will free at leisure until time transfer out to the airport to take the flight departure. End of Services

Cities Hotels List Room Type
Superior Category

Luang Prabang

My Dream Resort

Classic

Luang Prabang – day 4

Homestay

Muang Hiam

Heuan Khamxay

Standard Fan

Nam Nern

Nam Nern Night Safari

Xieng Khuang

Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars

 Standard

Vang Vieng

Vansana Vang Vieng Hotel

 Standard

Vientiane

Vientiane Plaza Hotel

Superior

Ban Kong Lor

Spring River Resort

Riverview Bungalow

Ban Namsanam

Sainamhai Resort

 Standard

Ban Tha Lang

Sabaidee Guesthouse

Standard

Thakhek

Le Bouton d’or Boutique Hotel

 Superior

Pakse

Pakse Hotel

Superior

Bolaven – day 18

Sabaidee Valley

Deluxe

Bolaven – day 19

Coffee Farm

Tent Camp

Bolaven – day 20

Tadlo Lodge

Standard

Don Khong

Pon Arena

Standard

Don Khone

Sala Done Khone

 Floating Studio

First Class Category

Luang Prabang

Maison Dalabua Hotel

Grand Deluxe

Luang Prabang – day 4

Homestay

Muang Hiam

Heuan Khamxay

Standard Fan

Nam Nern

Nam Nern Night Safari

Xieng Khuang

Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars

 Standard

Vang Vieng

Eden de Vang Vieng

Deluxe

Vientiane

That Luang D’or

Deluxe

Ban Kong Lor

Spring River Resort

Riverview Bungalow

Ban Namsanam

Sainamhai Resort

 Standard

Ban Tha Lang

Sabaidee Guesthouse

Standard

Thakhek

Le Bouton d’or Boutique Hotel

 Superior

Pakse

Athena Hotel

Deluxe

Bolaven – day 18

Sabaidee Valley

Deluxe

Bolaven – day 19

Coffee Farm

Tent Camp

Bolaven – day 20

Tadlo Lodge

Standard

Don Khong

Pon Arena

Standard

Done Khone

Sala Done Khone

 Floating Studio

INCLUDED

Transportation with air-condition in private

Accommodation in twin/double shared room

Boat trip as stated in above sights

English speaking guide

Admission fee to indicated sights

Meals as per program

Gov’t tax and service charge

Luggage handling and drinking water

EXCLUDE

Visa stamping fee on arrival

All air tickets quoted separately

Travel Insurance in all kinds

Single room (quoted separately)

Other foreign language guide

Peak tourist season or special event rates

Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

EXPERT’s Pick:

  • Sun hat
  • Sun block
  • Polarized sun-glasses
  • Light clothing
  • Light-youight Water-proof jacket
  • Syouat-shirt
  • Hand held torch
  • Sensible shoes / boots for trekking
  • Long trousers for jungle walks
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Insect repellent

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