Laos Adventure Holiday

Laos Adventure Holiday is a multi-activity holiday that includes both popular places and off-the-beaten path destinations. Begin the trip in Luang Prabang, you travel from north to south Laos

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

Laos Adventure Holiday is a multi-activity holiday that includes both popular places and off-the-beaten path destinations. Begin the trip in Luang Prabang, you travel from north to south Laos, visit such sights as Khouangsi Waterfall, Pakou caves, Plain of Jars, Vang Vieng, and 4000 islands.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

On arrival at the airport, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel. This former royal capital with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop retains a unique charm rarely found in Asia. There is little traffic on the roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves. We’ll embark on a half-day guided tour, which ends with a climb to Phousi Hill to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. There is a night market we can go to for some shopping, or just enjoy the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR & PAK OU CAVE

Today, we continue our tour of the city, visiting the oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. After the river trip we drive towards Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3: KHOUANGSI WATERFALL

The exploration of Luang Prabang would be not complete with a visit to the National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace. This interesting structure displays a lovely collection of treasures and artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture. Heading out of town we drive southbound to the Khouangsi waterfalls, passing some verdant and rugged scenery and visiting some hill tribe villages. When we arrive at the falls, you can swim in the cool and crystal clear pools, or trek in the surrounding lush forest. Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG -> XIENG KHOUANG

Today we leave this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area once devastated by American bombing. These back roads are a great way to have authentic Laotian experiences. We see very few other travelers, just mostly rural dwellers who are as interested in us as we are of them. The drive is very long, but we can make many stops to photograph the gorgeous landscape. Overnight in Xieng Khouang .

DAY 5: PLAIN OF JARS

After breakfast we head out to the old capital in Muang Khoun province and some nearby Hmong and Thai Dam villages. Our excursion continues to the Plain of Jars, an impressive archeological site containing hundreds of jars scattered over the plain. During the day we’ll stop at more local villages to learn about local culture and lifestyle. We return to Phonsavanh by late afternoon. Overnight in Xieng Khouang.

DAY 6: XIENG KHOUANG -> VANG VIENG

We leave Xieng Khouang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng. The drive can be strenuous as the route is one of the roughest in Asia. We’ll arrive in the afternoon to this small and tranquil town nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. The place is a natural paradise and is perfect for some R&R. Overnight in Vang Vieng

DAY 7: VANG VIENG TREKKING

Today we head out of town taking a short drive before setting off on a full day’s trek through undulating hillsides and paddy fields. On the way, we visit the Tham Hoy Cave and Ban Phathao village. After a splendid picnic lunch, we continue walking past the fantastic karst formations. The trekking ends when we arrive in Ban Tham Xang in the late afternoon. At this small village, we have a chance to explore the interesting local lifestyles and enjoy a traditional dance. Overnight in Vang Vieng

DAY 8: VANG VIENG -> VIENTIANE

Heading out of town we enjoy a short bamboo raft ride along the Namsong River. We will be able to witness life on the river and the wild surroundings. We also visit the pleasant Ban Huai Ngai village before departing for Vientiane. Located on the banks of the Mekong River. This capital is an interesting fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French and American influences. Overnight in Vientiane .

DAY 9: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR

Our full day sightseeing tour of Vientiane commences with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest city temple. This amazing structure has remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. Then we see the former royal temple, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha. We also visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, before continuing to see the imposing That Luang Stupa. We head out of town to visit Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years here. Observing the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 10: VIENTIANE -> PAKSE -> TADLO

We take a short morning flight to the southern city of Pakse. After meeting our guide we drive to Tadlo. On the way we’ll pass many lush plantations, hills, forests and villages. We stop at some nearby villages, home to the Kato group. Hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly, welcoming you with waving hands and smiling faces. We continue our journey through the Paksong and Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature and for the impressive rivers that run off the plateau’s edges and plunge into the lush forests below. We’ll make sure to stop at Tad Fan waterfall with its spectacular 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 how coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops are cultivated. This part of our journey is off the beaten track and allows you to discover some of the lesser-known areas in Laos. Upon arrival at Tad Lo, we visit the minority villages of Alak, Nge and Katu, people. Overnight in Tadlo .

DAY 11: TADLO -> WAT PHOU -> DON KHONE

We leave this lovely destination and drive back to Pakse and enjoy a leisurely trip to Champasak the former royal capital. This will be our base for exploring the ruins of the 5th century Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples, perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. We continue our journey by motorboat to Don Khone, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known for its 4000 islands. Overnight in Don Khone Island .

DAY 12: 4000 ISLANDS

Heading out of town we embark on a long tail boat to explore the local peaceful villages where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era, including old buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with it’s locomotive. We continue by boat to the marvelous Liphi waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Asia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. Overnight in Done Khone Island.

DAY 13: LAOS -> CAMBODIA

After breakfast, we board a boat to Ban Nakasung and take a short drive to the Lao – Cambodia border. En route we visit the breathtaking Khone Phapheng waterfalls, South East Asia’s biggest, known as the Niagara of the East. The trip ends after your transfer to the Lao-Cambodia border at the Veukham or Dong Kalor.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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