Tour code:
LAOS14D_1
Duration
14 days 13 nights
Start in
Luang Prabang
Finish in
Pakse
Places to visit
Luang Prabang – Ban Xienmiene Village - Ban Long Laos - Kuang Si Waterfall - Nong Khiew - Cruise to Ban Hatsapheuy - Trek to Sojam - 100 waterfalls trek - Pak Ou cave - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Orchid Trek - Fly to Pakse – Boloven Plateau - Done Khong Island (4000 islands) – Done Khone – Done Det - Pakse
Starts
Ends
Luang Prabang, Laos Pakse, Laos

Highlights

Laos is increasingly becoming a highly coveted destination for travelers, celebrated for its captivating natural beauty, abundant historical heritage, and an irresistibly tranquil and unhurried ambiance. Among the nation's most alluring points of interest, you'll discover Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the charming town of Vang Vieng, and the mesmerizing expanse of the 4,000 Islands located in the southern reaches of Laos.

For an optimal exploration of the historical and cultural tapestry of this region often referred to as the "Land of a Million Elephants," we propose a meticulously designed travel plan centered around a Laos travel itinerary 2 weeks. This itinerary places a significant emphasis on immersing oneself in the enchanting landscapes of Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall, Nong Khiew, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Pakse, and Done Khong Island (4,000 Islands)

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Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival (B)
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Upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you'll be warmly escorted to your hotel in this well-preserved traditional city. Luang Prabang's serene ambiance, stunning landscapes, and cultural landmarks make it a captivating destination in Laos.
After check-in, enjoy leisurely activities at your own pace, immersing yourself in the town's tranquility. Explore the charming streets, adorned with architectural beauty and natural wonders. Visit ancient temples or venture into the lush surroundings of waterfalls and mountains for an unforgettable experience.
Savor the distinctive local cuisine and take a leisurely stroll along the Mekong River, witnessing the captivating sunset. In Luang Prabang, time slows down, allowing you to unwind and appreciate life's simple pleasures. Embrace this opportunity for a journey that will awaken your senses and create cherished memories of this idyllic destination.
Meals on your own.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang City Tour – Ban Xienmiene Village (B)
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Start your day early for a truly memorable experience - join the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks, a unique tradition preserved only in Laos. Afterward, explore a vibrant local market before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

Next, head to the former Royal Palace, now known as the National Museum, for a fascinating visit. Admire the golden bas-relief at Wat Mai, a renowned temple that houses the Prabang during the Lao New Year, known as Pimai. Capture the iconic beauty of Vat Xiengthong, the most photographed temple, located near the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers.

Cross the Mekong River by ferry and venture into the authentic village of Ban Xienmiene. Take a leisurely walk and observe the daily life of the local villagers. Climb up to Wat Chompet temple for panoramic views before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Ban Long Laos – Trek To Kuang Si (B)
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After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, embark on a scenic drive to a nearby valley southeast of Luang Prabang. Your destination is Long Lao Village, where an exciting hiking tour awaits. Before beginning the trek (approximately 9 km, lasting about 3.5 hours with a medium difficulty level, and potentially slippery terrain when wet), take the opportunity to explore the rich cultural and traditional life of the village, inhabited by Khamu and Hmong people.

The trek takes you into the mountainous countryside of Luang Prabang. As you hike, you'll pass through orchards, rice fields, and vegetable gardens, gradually ascending towards forested mountains adorned with wild jungle scenery and some moderately challenging climbs.

In the afternoon, you'll reach the breathtaking Kuang Si Waterfall, known for its crystal-clear waters. Following an exciting forest trail, you'll be rewarded with the sight of the welcoming pools of the waterfall, where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing swim.

While at the Kuang Si Waterfall park, make sure to visit the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Sanctuary, where you can learn about Asian sun and moon bears and the Free the Bears protection program. By the end of the afternoon, we'll return to the hotel by vehicle.

For meals, you will have the freedom to choose and enjoy your own dining experiences.

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiew - Cruise To Ban Hatsapheuy - Trek To Sojam/Homestay (B/D)
Car Sampan Cruise

After having breakfast, begin your journey to Nong Khiew. Along the way, make a stop to explore the local market called Nam Park, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere.

Upon reaching Nong Khiew, embark on a captivating long-tail boat cruise along the Nam Ou River, which lasts approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. The boat will take you to Ban Hatsapheuy village, where you'll commence a 30-minute hike to Sojam village, home to the Thai Deang people. Take the opportunity to walk around the village, interact with the locals, and gain insights into their daily lives and unique culture.

You'll then proceed to check in at a local family's homestay in the village. Please note that the comfort at the homestay is simple, with no air conditioning or hot water available, and the toilet facilities located outside.

For lunch, you have the freedom to choose and enjoy a meal on your own.

In the evening, savor a delightful dinner prepared by the local family at the village. Embrace the authentic experience of dining with the community and immersing yourself in the local culture.

Dinner and overnight at homestay.

Day 5: Sojam Village – 100 Waterfalls Trek (B/L)
Car Sampan Cruise

After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, the day begins with a scenic boat ride along the Nam Ou River, where you'll have the opportunity to observe and learn about the local way of life along the riverbanks. From there, embark on a trek through small streams and rice paddies, making your way to the base of the magnificent 100 waterfalls.

As you proceed, you'll find yourself surrounded by the enchanting sights and sounds of the waterfalls and lush jungle. The cascades create a captivating symphony as you navigate through them. The inviting pools that dot the landscape offer a refreshing opportunity for a leisurely swim.

Your knowledgeable guide will lead the way through the cascades and arrange for a local-style lunch to be prepared amidst this breathtaking natural setting. Afterward, you'll follow a small trail used by villagers, ascending from the top of the falls and descending into the valley. Along the way, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the Nam Ou valley's picturesque landscapes.

Upon hiking back to the village, you'll have more time to observe and immerse yourself in the daily life of the locals. Later, you'll take a boat ride to Nong Khiaw and check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Important note: Please bring trekking sandals that can withstand getting wet. It is essential to be in good physical shape and confident in traversing uneven terrain for this beautiful tour. Avoid wearing flip-flops. A picnic lunch will be provided for this excursion.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at hotel in Nong Khiaw.

Day 6: Nong Khiew – Pak Ou – Boat Cruise To Luang Prabang (B)
Car Sampan Cruise

Following breakfast, commence your journey back to Luang Prabang. Along the way, make a stop to visit the authentic Ban Nayang village, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and gain insights into the daily lives of the villagers.

Continue driving until you reach Ban Ou village, where you'll cross the Mekong River. This crossing will take you to the Pak Ou caves, situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. Inside these two caves, you'll find an awe-inspiring display of hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha images. These images hold immense significance and are the focal point of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities, which take place around mid-April.

After exploring the caves, enjoy a boat cruise along the majestic Mekong River, heading back to Luang Prabang. Take in the scenic views along the way as you savor the tranquil ambiance of the river.

Upon arriving in Luang Prabang, proceed to check in at your hotel. The remaining time is yours to enjoy at your leisure, allowing you to relax or explore the charming city as you desire.

Meals on your own.

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (B)
Car

Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at the hotel before embarking on a scenic drive to Vang Vieng. Take this opportunity to immerse yourself in the authentic beauty of Laos as you make your way to the town of Vang Vieng. Along the journey, make stops at high viewpoints that offer breathtaking vistas of the tropical forest, allowing you to appreciate the natural splendor of the surroundings.

Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, prepare for a memorable experience as you descend the Nam Song River by boat. This picturesque boat ride will take you through idyllic scenes of rural life, with the backdrop of magnificent limestone mountains. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the river as you take in the serene and enchanting views.

For meals, you have the freedom to explore and choose your own dining options in Vang Vieng, allowing you to savor the local cuisine at your leisure.

Overnight in hotel in Vang Vieng

Day 8: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B)
Car

After breakfast, you will be transferred to visit Tam Jang Cave, a remarkable attraction that requires climbing 172 steps. Upon reaching the top, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the city and the surrounding landscape, offering a captivating panorama to behold.

Following the cave visit, continue your journey towards Vientiane. Along the way, make a stop to enjoy the beautiful scenery overlooking the Nam Ngum River. Take a moment to appreciate the serene views and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings.

Upon arriving in Vientiane, proceed to check in at your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure, allowing you the freedom to explore the city or simply relax and unwind at your own pace.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Vientiane

Day 9: Vientiane – Orchid Trek (B/L)
Car Hiking Trekking

This tour begins at 08:00 with a unique ecotourism Orchid trek near Vientiane. Depart after breakfast for Phou Khao Khouay National Park, located a 1.5-hour drive away.

Led by a local guide from Ban Hatkhai village, the Orchid Trek supports conservation efforts and showcases the villagers' impressive knowledge of the park's flora and fauna.

During the morning, explore the diverse landscapes of the National Park, including bamboo fields, rainforests, and open fields. Capture photos, venture off the trail to discover colorful flowers or wildlife, and appreciate the abundance of orchid species and other plant and animal life.

At midday, take a break at a picturesque riverside spot. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the tranquil surroundings.

After recharging, continue the orchid trek deeper into the National Park until reaching Tad Xay waterfall. This magnificent waterfall consists of seven cascading levels, creating small pools perfect for swimming. It's a fantastic place to relax and unwind after the adventurous day.

Bid farewell to the trekking guide and return to your hotel to rest and rejuvenate.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Vientiane

Day 10: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Car

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, begin your day by visiting Wat Sisaket, renowned for its vast collection of miniature Buddha statues. Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance of this temple and appreciate the thousands of intricately crafted Buddha images.

Next, explore Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo. Wat Prakeo, once home to the famous Emerald Buddha (now housed in Bangkok), offers a glimpse into Laos' rich cultural heritage. Take your time to appreciate the architectural beauty and historical significance of these sacred sites.

When it comes to dining options in Vientiane, you'll find a plethora of excellent restaurants to suit your taste. Explore the local culinary scene and indulge in a meal that tantalizes your palate.

Make your way to the magnificent That Luang monument, a colossal golden structure revered as a holy pagoda by the Lao people. Marvel at its grandeur and significance as an iconic symbol of Laos.

Lastly, visit Vientiane's Victory Monument, which bears a resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe. Built at the conclusion of the Indochina wars, there are rumors that it was funded by the Americans, with the intention of supporting the airport's new runway. Fondly referred to by departing Americans as the "vertical runway," the monument's interior boasts lovely arches worth exploring.

Take your time to appreciate these landmarks and soak in the rich cultural heritage and history they embody.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Vientiane

Day 11: Vientiane – Fly To Pakse – Boloven Plateau (B)
Car Air plane

Meet your local driver and proceed to Wattay Airport for your departure.

Board an early morning flight from Vientiane to Pakse. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and driven to Boloven. As you leave Pakse, the road gradually ascends onto the Plateau, offering scenic views along the way. The region's volcanic rock formations provide fertile soil, creating ideal conditions for tea and coffee plantations to thrive. Take the opportunity to visit these plantations and gain insights into their cultivation and processing techniques.

Continue your journey to Tad Fane Waterfall, where you can admire the breathtaking cascade. Additionally, a pleasant walk or drive through the nearby coffee plantations for approximately 2km will lead you to Tad Yuang Waterfall.

Next, proceed to Sinouk Coffee Resort, where you will check in and have leisure time to unwind and enjoy the surroundings.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Boloven Plateau.

Day 12: Boloven Plateau – Wat Phou Temple – Done Khong Island (4000 Islands) (B)
Car

After breakfast, embark on a drive to visit the magnificent Tad Lo and Tad Phasuam Waterfalls, known for their impressive beauty. Take in the awe-inspiring natural surroundings and enjoy the refreshing atmosphere of these cascades. On the way back to Pakse, make a stop to explore a local village, immersing yourself in the culture and daily life of the community.

Continue your journey by driving to the pre-Angkoran ruins of Wat Phu, a temple complex situated dramatically atop a hill. These Khmer ruins, dating back to the 9th Century, offer a fascinating glimpse into the region's rich history and architectural heritage. Appreciate the captivating beauty and historical significance of this archaeological site, recognized by UNESCO as one of Laos' World Heritage sites in 2001.

Next, proceed to the 4000 islands region. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel in Don Khong, the largest island in the area. Enjoy leisure time to relax and unwind or embark on personal explorations of the island, discovering its unique charm and natural wonders at your own pace..

Meals on your own.

Overnight in hotel in Done Khong Island.

Day 13: Done Khong Island – Done Khone – Done Det – Pakse (B)
Car

Enjoy a delightful breakfast at your hotel. Begin your day with a boat cruise from Don Khong island, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the enchanting 4000 islands region. Sail down to Don Khone island, where you will discover remnants of the French colonial era, including an old pier, a railway station, a former French hospital building, and the maritime office. Take in the historical ambiance of this area.

Continue your exploration with a visit to the Liphi waterfalls, known as the "Corridor of the Devil." Witness local fishermen daringly setting fish traps at the base of the falls, providing a fresh catch every day. Afterwards, transfer to the authentic Don Det island, where you can further appreciate the local charm and unique atmosphere.

In the afternoon, embark on a cruise to Ban Nakasang village, followed by a van ride towards the Cambodian border. Here, you will visit the majestic Khone Phapheng waterfall, renowned for its grandeur and magnitude. These falls are responsible for the Mekong River being unnavigable into China. Spanning an impressive 10km stretch of the Mekong, the sight of the cascading waters is truly awe-inspiring.

Conclude your day with a drive to Pakse. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and settle in for a comfortable stay.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Pakse

Day 14: Pakse – Departure (B)
Car
Enjoy a satisfying breakfast at your hotel to start the day. Afterward, you have free time to relax or engage in any desired activities until it's time for your departure. Later, you will be transferred to the Pakse airport to catch your international flight.
End of Laos 2 week itinerary !
  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
    • English-speaking guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Local Sampan cruise.
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Drinks and meals not mentioned
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Laos visa fees.
  • Notes

    • Domestic air tickets are not included, we will purchase them when you finalize the tour date.
    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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