Tour code:
LAOS20D
Duration
20 days 19 nights
Start in
Vientiane
Finish in
Vientiane
Places to visit
Vientiane - Nam Ngum lake - Vang Vieng - Xieng Khoang - Plain of jars - Ban That Hium - Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall - Elephant Village Camp - Tad Sae Waterfall - Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - Wat Phou - 4000 islands (Don Khong Island) - Pakse - Vientiane
Starts
Ends
Vientiane, Laos Vientiane, Laos

Highlights

Laos is increasingly establishing itself as a highly coveted destination for travelers, celebrated for its enchanting natural beauty, profound historical heritage, and an irresistibly tranquil ambiance that invites visitors to slow down and savor the moment. Among the nation's most captivating attractions, 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 nestled in the southern heart of Laos.

For an immersive exploration of the rich historical and cultural tapestry of this region, often referred to as the "Land of a Million Elephants," we recommend a meticulously designed an Authentic Laos itinerary 3 weeks. This curated itinerary places significant emphasis on experiencing the breathtaking landscapes and cultural wonders of Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Xieng Khoang, the Plain of Jars, Nong Khiaw, Pak Ou Cave, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall, Pakse, Bolaven Plateau, Champasak, Wat Phou, and the 4000 Islands

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Day 1: Arrival Vientiane (No-meals)
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Upon arrival at Wattay Airport, our staff will meet you at Wattay Airport and transfer you to your centrally located hotel in Vientiane. Enjoy free time to explore the city sights and the Mekong Riverside sunset before overnighting in Vientiane.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane - City Tours - Buddha Park (B/L)
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On this day, we embark on a journey to explore the prominent landmarks of the capital city. Our first stop is Wat Sisaket, a revered temple known for its unique architecture and an impressive collection of over 8,000 Buddha statues. Next, we head to Wat Ho Prakeo, which houses the highly venerated Emerald Buddha statue.

We then proceed to visit That Luang Stupa, a monumental structure that holds great significance in the history of Laos. This magnificent edifice is considered the most important national monument in the country. Our final destination for the morning is Patuxay, a city landmark that pays tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in wars.

As the day progresses, we head towards Buddha Park, a captivating site located near the Friendship Bridge. The park boasts of an enchanting display of over 200 Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, each with a unique story to tell. We spend our afternoon wandering through this surreal wonderland, marveling at the intricate details and the artistic finesse of each sculpture.

The perfect end to our day is witnessing the breathtaking sunset over the Mekong River. We soak in the tranquil ambience and the stunning view, feeling grateful for the incredible experiences we had on this memorable day.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 3: Vientiane - Nam Ngum Lake - Vang Vieng (B/L)
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After breakfast, we head to Nam Ngum, a vast reservoir formed by damming the Nam Ngum River. Along the way, we stop at Ban Keun, renowned for its salt extraction plant and Lao rice wine distillation village.

On arrival, we take a long-tail boat ride to visit fisherman villages, beautiful islets, and enjoy a short walk to experience local life.

In the afternoon, we arrive at a small and peaceful town nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River, where we check into our hotel and explore the Tham Jang caves, once used as a hideout from Chinese invaders.

Overnight in Vang Vieng (Priority for homestay)

Day 4: Vang Vieng - Tham Phoukham - Tad Kaengyui (B/L)
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Following breakfast, we'll embark on a scenic drive through picturesque paddy fields to reach the Tham Phoukham caves. These renowned limestone caverns, enveloped by verdant forests, are among the country's most breathtaking natural wonders.

Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to encounter local villagers and gain insight into their daily routines. Upon arriving at the caves, take a dip in the small, inviting natural pool to cool off from the heat.

Later in the day, we'll retrieve our motorbikes and journey six kilometers outside of town to reach the Kaeng Yui waterfall, where we'll spend the remainder of our time. This is an excellent opportunity to unwind, relax and bask in the beauty of this magnificent waterfall.

Overnight in Vang Vieng (priority for homestay).

Day 5: Vang Vieng- Xieng Khoang (B/L)
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Our journey today takes us away from this enchanting town as we make our way towards Xieng Khouang. This area was once ravaged by American bombings, and we will be navigating the back roads to truly immerse ourselves in an authentic Laos experience.

Along the way, we'll encounter few other travelers, but we will have the opportunity to meet and interact with rural dwellers who are as intrigued by us as we are by them.

During our travels, we'll stop at Kasi to visit some minority villages and learn about their daily lives.

Overnight in Xiengkhuang

Day 6: Xieng Khoang - Plain Of Jars (B/L)
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We begin our day early, setting off at 8 am on a scenic drive to Xieng Khuang, renowned for its fascinating 'Plain of Jars'. The journey takes us through a winding mountainous route, and our first halt is at Houi Hei, which provides spectacular vistas of the surrounding mountains.

Next, we head to Ban Kiu Marknao 2, a Khmu village that we explore, gaining insights into their unique culture and traditions. After this enriching experience, we continue our drive and reach Phou Khoun, where we relish a delicious lunch.

As we proceed further into the Xieng Khuang province, we reach our highest altitude of the day - 1500m above sea level, shortly after Phou Khoun. We take a break at Ban Son Boom, a Hmong village, and soak in the local flavors and customs.

Our final destinations of the day serve as a poignant reminder of the significant role this region played during the Vietnam War. We visit a hidden Buddha Cave, which was used as an army hospital during the war, leaving us in awe of the resilience and strength of the people.

We arrive at our hotel by early evening, feeling grateful for the incredible experiences and the breathtaking scenery that we encountered on this memorable day.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Xieng Khuang

Day 7: Xiengkhoang - Ban That Hium (187km - 6h By Car) (B/L)
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Following a scrumptious breakfast, we embark on a visit to the Nam Et - Phou Louey National Protected Area Headquarters & Visitor Center, where we gain an insight into the natural wonders and diverse wildlife of this stunning region.

After this enriching experience, we proceed towards the Waterfall and Swim Area, where we can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters and marvel at the serene beauty of the surroundings. We relish this moment of tranquility and soak in the stunning views, feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

This promises to be a day filled with relaxation and rejuvenation, allowing us to unwind and connect with nature in the most profound way.

Overnight in Ban That Hium

Day 8: Ban That Hium - Nong Khiaw (167km - 5h By Car) (B/L)
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We kickstart our day with a hearty breakfast, and then set off on a scenic drive to Nong Khiaw. The journey takes us on a picturesque route spanning 167 km, which we cover in approximately 5 hours by car.

Upon arrival in Nong Khiaw, we check-in to our hotel and freshen up. In the afternoon, we head out to visit the magnificent Tad Mook Waterfalls. We spend our time exploring the cascading waterfalls, surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking landscapes.

We take in the tranquil ambience of the surroundings, immersing ourselves in the serenity and natural beauty of the area. This promises to be a rejuvenating experience, leaving us feeling refreshed and invigorated.

We return to our hotel in Nong Khiaw, feeling grateful for the incredible experiences we had on this memorable day.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Day 9: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou (B/L) (120km - 3h00 By Car)
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We begin our day with a sumptuous breakfast, and then set out to explore the mesmerizing Pha Tok Caves. The journey to the caves is an adventure in itself, as we hike through lush green rice paddies and traverse through dense jungle sections.

Upon reaching the caves, we are greeted by a spellbinding sight of stalactites and stalagmites, which have formed over thousands of years. We immerse ourselves in the serenity of the surroundings, feeling a sense of awe and wonder.

After the cave exploration, we relish a delightful lunch at a local restaurant, savoring the unique flavors and aromas of the region.

In the afternoon, we proceed to Pak Ou, where we continue our quest for exploration and discovery. The journey promises to be an unforgettable experience, filled with breathtaking vistas and stunning landscapes.

We look forward to embarking on this adventure, immersing ourselves in the rich cultural heritage and natural wonders of the area.

Overnight in Pak Ou

Day 10: Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B/L) (30km - 1h00 By Car)
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We start our day with a delicious breakfast, after which we proceed to visit the magnificent Pak Ou Caves. These caves are a sight to behold, situated amidst a stunning natural setting, nestled in a mountain, at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers.

We explore both the caves and marvel at the impressive collection of Buddha statues, which have been placed here over the centuries. The caves are steeped in history and culture, and we soak up the rich heritage of the area, feeling a deep sense of reverence.

After the cave visit, we head to a local restaurant for a scrumptious lunch, where we indulge in the unique flavors and aromas of the region.

In the afternoon, we continue our journey towards Luang Prabang, experiencing the beauty of the region as we travel. This promises to be a memorable journey, filled with breathtaking vistas and stunning landscapes.

We eagerly look forward to discovering the charms of Luang Prabang, one of the most enchanting cities in Southeast Asia, steeped in culture, history, and natural beauty.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 11: Luang Pra Bang City Tour (B/L)
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We start our day with a hearty breakfast, followed by a comprehensive package tour of the major sites in Laos. Our journey begins with a visit to the National Museum, where we immerse ourselves in the rich history and culture of the region.

We then proceed to explore the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, which is a magnificent sight to behold. The shrine of Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong are also on our itinerary, and we take in the beauty and serenity of these sacred sites.

Next, we climb up to the top of Phousi Mountain, an exhilarating experience that promises stunning views of the city and the Mekong River. At the summit, we explore the sacred, gilded stupa and take in the breathtaking sunset view, feeling a deep sense of awe and wonder.

After the mountain exploration, we visit the Night Market, where we find an array of lovely crafts and handmade textiles sold by local and hill tribe people from the surrounding area. We immerse ourselves in the vibrant energy of the market, soaking up the rich cultural heritage of the region.

We end our day feeling enriched and enlightened, having experienced the best of Laos and its rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Luangprabang

Day 12: Luang Pra Bang - Kung Si Waterfall (B/L) 30 Km - 40' By Car
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We rise early to join in or watch the local people as they perform the Tak Bat alms giving to local monks, an important part of the original old culture. We witness this beautiful ceremony with reverence and respect, feeling deeply moved by the spiritual energy and devotion of the participants.

After breakfast, we drive 30 km out of town to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall, a natural wonder that promises to take our breath away. We have the opportunity to swim, relax, and take a soft trek to the top of the fall, soaking up the refreshing energy of this natural oasis.

On the way back, we make a short stop at a Black Hmong village, where we find an array of hill tribe handicrafts that make perfect souvenirs for passing visitors. Once back in town, we have the rest of the day free to indulge in an afternoon tea or coffee at one of the many stylish cafes and bars. We take in the vibrant energy of the city and plan some shopping, immersing ourselves in the rich culture and beauty of Laos.

As the day comes to a close, we reflect on the wonderful experiences we've had, feeling grateful for the opportunity to explore and immerse ourselves in the rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty that Laos has to offer.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Luangprabang

Day 13: Luang Prabang - Elephant Village Camp - Tad Sae Waterfall (B/L)
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At 8:00 am to 8:30 am, your English speaking guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel in Luang Prabang. You will then be taken to the Elephant Village Camp where you will be greeted with a warm welcome from your guide and participate in a short briefing about elephants. You will get up close and personal with the elephants during feeding time and explore the Elephant Village, where you can visit the elephant hospital, museum, gallery, and even witness the dung paper making process!

You will also have the impressive experience of being a Mahout and learn how to communicate with these majestic creatures.

Afterward, you will take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and enjoy swimming or relaxing in the clear water. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit as water levels may vary with seasonal conditions.

Lunch will be served at the Elephant Camp restaurant, which includes a buffet with coffee, tea, and drinking water. Vegetarian options are also available.

Finally, at 2:00 pm, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Luang Prabang.

Dinner on your own.

Overnight in Luangprabang

Day 14: Luang Prabang - Free Time (B)

After breakfast, free time for your relaxation.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Luangprabang

Day 15: Luang Prabang - Pakse | By Plane (B)
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Today, we will take a flight to Pakse. on arrival in Pakse airport, you will be taken to the hotel.

Free time in Pakse.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Pakse

Day 16: Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak - Wat Phou - 4000 Islands (B/L)
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Following our breakfast, we embark on a tour of the Bolaven Plateau, where we make a stop at the impressive Pha Suam waterfall and take some time to visit the ethnic minority villages of Lao Teung.

Our journey then takes us to Champasak, where we marvel at the pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, an ancient temple that sits atop the Southeast Asian region's most breathtaking setting. We have ample time to explore these captivating Khmer ruins, which rest at the foothills of Mount Phu Kao.

As the day progresses, we continue our expedition by road and make our way to the 4000 Islands area, where we spend the night on Don Khong Island.

Overnight in Don Khong Island

Day 17: 4000 Islands - Khone Island - Surrounding (B/L)
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After enjoying our breakfast, we depart from town and board a long tail boat to journey into the furthest reaches of the Mekong River. During the dry season, the waters recede, leaving behind thousands of islets that have earned this area the endearing name of "Si Phan Done". We continue our exploration of the 4000 islands region by boat, and later on bikes as we visit Khone Island.

At Ban Khone, we delve into the French colonial-era and marvel at the remnants of the old colonial houses and the first Lao railway, which featured its own locomotive. Our expedition also takes us to the stunning Liphi waterfall, famously known as the Samphamith, forming a natural boundary between Laos and Cambodia.

We conclude our adventure by returning to Ban Nakasang and driving to the magnificent Khone Phapeng waterfall - the largest waterfall in all of Southeast Asia and fondly dubbed as the "Niagara of the East".

Overnight in Don Khong Island

Day 18: Don Khong Island - Pakse - Vientiane By Plane (B)
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Following breakfast, the rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy as you please until it is time for your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Vientiane.

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 19: Vientiane - Free Time (B)
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After your breakfast, you have the rest of the day free to spend as you wish. You can choose to relax at your accommodation, explore the local area, or take part in any activities that interest you. Enjoy your free time!

Meals on your own.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 20: Vientiane - Departure (B)
Car Air plane

Following your breakfast, you have the day at your leisure to enjoy as you please until it is time for your transfer to the airport for your departure flight. You may wish to explore the local area, visit any landmarks or attractions you haven't seen yet, or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere of your surroundings. Enjoy your free time, and have a safe journey home!

Meals on your own.

End of your 3 weeks in Laos !

  • 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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