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9-Day Laos Discovery

9-Day Laos Discovery

9 days

9-Day Laos Discovery
from $2295 USD

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Explore fantastic Lao landscapes, culture, and traditions on this unique, private trip to areas around Pakse and Luang Prabang.

You'll visit villages, temples and a stunning countryside of green rice fields, rain forest and mountains. We'll also visit classic tea and coffee plantations, enjoy a Mekong river cruise, and try our hand at local cuisine in a cooking class. You will also ride an elephant through a scenic landscape and visit stunning waterfalls.

This is our favorite itinerary, but we can include Vientiane upon request. Laid-back Laos is a truly refreshing change of pace to some of the busier tourist destinations like Angkor Wat and Bangkok nearby.

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive to Pakse around mid-day from Cambodia (direct flights from Siem Reap at extra cost - contact us if you have a different starting point - it is possible to arrive overland from Thailand). In the afternoon your will explore the area with your guide: the Bolaven plateau with tea and coffee plantations and the Tad Yeaung and Tad Fane waterfalls.

Meals included: n/a
Mid-Range Accommodations: Sisouk Residence Hotel

Day 2: Vat Phou Cruise

You'll meet your guide at 9:30 am for a transfer to a longtail river boat and a 2.5 hour trip to Champassak. In the afternoon you'll discover the Vat Phou ruins dating from the 10th century. In the evening join the Vat Phou cruise and enjoy the sunset. Dinner is on board.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Vat Phou Cruise

Day 3: Vat Phou Cruise

The boat sails toward the village of Huei Thamo and the hidden forest temple of Oum Muong. After visiting these places you'll return to the boat for lunch as the cruise heads south. In the late afternoon visit a Laotian village and then continue to the Don Khong island.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Vat Phou Cruise

Day 4: Vat Phou Cruise

This morning you'll visit another small village. The boat continues on to a small fishing village for lunch. Finally you'll visit the Pha Pheng waterfalls before returning to Pakse for the evening.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Sisouk Residence Hotel

Day 5: Free day

Free day in Pakse until your late afternoon flight (extra cost) to Luang Prabang.

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kiridara Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: Sala Prabang

Day 6: Luang Prabang City Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Luang Prabang. The tour will begin with the Wat Xieng Thong, an exquisite, 400-year-old royal monastic complex on the banks of the Mekong. You'll also visit Wat Wisunalat, Wat Aham and the Wat Thammothayalan monastery. At the end of the day visit the National Museum and climb up the stairs of Mount Phousi to enjoy sunset.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kiridara Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: Sala Prabang

Day 7: Luang Prabang Elephant Park

Today you'll learn about the life of the Asian elephant and the preservation of these wonderful animals. After a visit to the elephant park enjoy a 1-hour elephant ride through the countryside along the Khan river to the Tad Sae waterfalls. Here you will enjoy a Lao lunch. The rest of the afternoon is free for relaxation and personal exploration.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kiridara Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: Sala Prabang

Day 8: Luang Prabang Cooking Class

Learn about Lao cooking! This cooking class includes a visit to a local market to discover traditional ingredients. Afterward you'll cook a traditional meal and enjoy your dishes over lunch.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Mid-Range Accommodations: Kiridara Hotel
Luxury Accommodations: Sala Prabang

Day 9: Departure

Depart from the airport to Bangkok or your next destination.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

9-Day Laos Discovery

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2018

# People in Group: 2
Mid-Range Lodging: $1795
4-Star Luxury Lodging: $2495

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019

# People in Group: 2+
Mid-Range Lodging: $1795
4-Star Luxury Lodging: $2495

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)

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