|Route:||Luang Prabang - Khuangsi - Pakse - Khong|
|Duration:||06 days / 05 nights|
|Features:||A memorable trip from the "bottom" to the "top" of Laos to explore main corners of the country. Chance to experience the different manners of Laos rich cultures with Khmer temples in Pakse, Buddhism Laotian temples in Luang Prabang and Xieng Khoang with legends of Plain of jars. Enjoy the exciting life of Mekong river residents. Great extension from Central Thailand.|
|Day 1||ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG|
|Day 2||LUANG PRABANG - LAO SPIRIT ADVENTURE||(B/L)|
|Day 3||LUANG PRABANG - PAKOU - LUANG PRABANG||(B)|
|Day 4||LUANG PRABANG - PAKSE - KHONE ISLAND||(B)|
|Day 5||DON KHONE ISLAND - SURROUNDING - KHONE PHAPHENG RESORT||(B)|
|Day 6||KHONE PHAPHENG RESORT - VUENKHAN (CAMBODIA BORDER) DEPARTURE||(B)|
DAY 01. ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG
Welcome to Laos - Luang Prabang, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. You will be transferred to the hotel and after a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mountain Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful view of the sunset of the city and Mekong River. We explore the night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribal people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 02. LUANG PRABANG - LAO SPIRIT ADVENTURE(B/L/-)
This is a full day trip combining a rafting tour with some sightseeing and an exciting elephant riding to/from Tad Sae waterfall. We will proceed to the Adventure and Elephant camp located 15 km from the downtown in the middle of unspoiled, natural green surroundings. After crossing the small river you will be introduced to our Asian Elephants and venture on a 1- 1,5 hour enchanting journey through forests, plantations and fields. These activities will provide you an unique experience with your own elephant getting through forests and along the Nam Khan River up to the waterfalls of Tad Sae. (In the dry season we ride a village trail). After the waterfall, lunch is served before a relaxing 30 minute rafting tour along the river back to the resort. The evening is free at your leisure.
Overnight in Lao Spirit resort.
DAY 03. LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVE (B/.../...)
After breakfast we head back towards Luang Prabang town to enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong river, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where you can taste the local product of Lao rice wine. On our way back to Luang Prabang we take a short stop at Ban Phanom, a village renown for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 04. LUANG PRABANG - PAKSE - KHONE ISLAND (B/.../...)
Today we visit the National museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating back from the days of the early kings to the last sovereign. If time permits we will visit the central market before taking flight to Pakse. On arrival we drive southbound then take the long tail boat to Done Khone Island, the largest one in the South Mekong river region also known as the 4000 islands and one of the most scenic areas in Laos.
Overnight in Don Khone Island.
DAY 05. DON KHONE ISLAND - SURROUNDING - KHONE PHAPHENG RESORT (B/.../...)
After an early breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with it’s locomotive. We continue discover the 4000 islands area by boat to visit the Liphi, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in South East Asia.
Overnight in Khong Island.
DAY 06. KHONE PHAPHENG RESORT - VUENKHAN (CAMBODIA BORDER) DEPARTURE(B/-/-)
Free at leisure for your own exploration of Pakse town before catching a flight to Siem Reap - Cambodia or exiting Laos by land from the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Rathani in Thailand. End of services.
Rates vary depend on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and other service. Please check with us for the best tour rates.
|Cities / Location||Standard 3-star||First Class 4-star||Superior 4-star +||Deluxe 5-star|
|Luang Prabang||Manoluck Hotel||Villa Santi Hotel||Grand Luang Prabang||La Residence Phouvao|
|Lao Sipirit Area||Lao Spirit Resort||Lao Spirit Resort||Lao Spirit Resort||Lao Spirit Resort|
|Khone Island||Sala Donkhone||Sala Phae Floating||Sala Phae Floating||Sala Phae Floating|
|Khonephapheng||Khonephapheng Resort||Khonephapheng Resort||Khonephapheng Resort||Khonephapheng Resort|
Border closing Thailand - Laos is normally opened 06:00am-04:00pm
Cruising around Khong Island is by long tail boat (the narrow boat)
Journey from Xiengkhouang - Luang Prabang is up and down mountain with zigzag road, allergic long driving is required if unfamiliar with.