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Grand Laos Tours( 11 days throughout Laos from north to south) 
Tour code:  TA32
Duration:  11 days


 

  

Overview

Route: Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Xieng Khoang & Plains of Jars – Pakse – Don Khone Island

Hotels to be used:

Option 1: Authentic Boutique Hotel( 3 stars and 3 stars plus)

Ramayana Hotel( Luang Prabang), Laos Orchid( Vientiane), Auberge Hotel( Xieng Khoang), Sala Donkgon Hotel( Don Khone Island), Pakse Hotel( Pakse) or similar

 

Option 2: Deluxe Boutique Hotels( 4 stars and 4 stars plus)

Villa Santi Hotel( Luang Prabang), Salana Hotel( Vientiane), Vansana Hotel( Xieng Khoang), Villa Senesothxeun Hotel( Don Khone Island), Champasak Grand Hotel( Pakse) or similar

Tour features and highlights:

  • Enjoy the comforts and flexibilities of a private tour with your own guide and vehicle.
  • Numerous opportunities to immerse in the local daily life and interact with hospitable locals
  • Accomadation at boutiqued and stylish hotel with lots of characteristics in the heart of the city
  • Be inspired with the local knowledge provided by your local guide
  • Explore the charm, peace and hidden beauty of historial Luang Prabang – an Unesco-listed World Heritage City
  • Scenic cruise upstream the Mekong to Pak Ou cave on traditional boat
  • Memorable drive from Luang Prabang to Xiengkhoang through mountainous scenic areas and discover Xieng Khoang with mystery of the Plains of Jars.
  • Discover Vientiane capital – a developing city of great contrasts.
  • Board a long-tail traditional boat for a great cruise to Don Khone island in “4000” islands areas in Pakse

 Unique experiences:

  • Enjoy panoramic view of Luang Prabang and sunset on Mekong from Phousi Mount
  • Join in Alms Giving Ceremony with locals in early morning and visit local organic morning market
  • Visit to Buddha Park with the giant Buddha image of 45m long in Vientiane.
  • Have dinner with Laos traditional dancing performance.
  • Discover the fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples
  • Visit the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in South East Asia, known as Niagara of the east.

Itinerary

Grand Laos Tours( 11 days)

Itinerary in brief:

Day1. Luang Prabang Arrival – Luang Prabang City Tour

Day2. Luang Prabang Temples – Cruise to Pak Ou Cave on traditional boat – Handicraft villages:

Day3. Luang Prabang Monks Good Morning - Khouangsi Waterfalls

Day4. Luang Prabang – Xiengkhouang:

Day5. Xiengkhouang – Vientiane

Day6. Vientiane City Tour

Day7. Vientiane - Pakse - Don Khone Island

Day8. Don Khone Island and Surroundings by boat

Day9. Don Khone Island - Tadlo – Pakse

Day10. Pakse – Free

Day 11: Departure

Itinerary in details:

Day 1. Luang Prabang Arrival – Luang Prabang City Tour

Luang Prabang is perhaps 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.

• Guided tour to visit Wat Visoun, the Shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai

• Walk up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset

• Overnight at your hotel in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 2. Luang Prabang Temples – Cruise to Pak Ou Cave on traditional boat – Handicraft villages:

• After breakfast, enjoy a short guided tour to see the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground symbolize the classical Laotian architecture

• Cruise upstream on the Mekong River with great view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

• On returm, we disembark to visit traditional villages of  Ban Xienglek and Ban Xangkong - the villages of handmade jute paper making and take a short drive to visit Ban Phanom - a village well known for its hand weaving.

• Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 3. Luang Prabang Monks Good Morning - Khouangsi Waterfalls

• Optional join in Alms Giving Ceremony in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents and visit Morning Market to watch locals with their exotics trades for sales in this early morning.

• Drive to Khoang Si waterfall with stops to visit Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village en route and enjoy beautiful tall Waterfall where you can have an opportunity for a swim in the turquoise pools and visit Black Bear rescued center nearby.

• Keep drive to Ban Xangkhong - a village well known for silk handweaving and for making traditional Saa Paper.

• Back to Luang Prabang and Enjoy the sunset on Mekong river at Wat Siphouthabath.

• Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 4. Luang Prabang – Xiengkhouang:

• Guided tour to visit National Museum at the Former Royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.

• Drive 306km through a mountainous areas surrounded by wonderful natural scenery to Xiengkhouang with numerous stops for taking photos and encounters with locals.

• Visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau.

• If time permits, visit the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages of  Hmong hill tribe peoplewith their  interesting local culture and a colorful history.

• Overnight at the hotel in Xieng Khoang

 

Day 5. Xiengkhouang – Vientiane

• Guided tour to visit central market before your flight to Vientiane.

• Airport pickup and transfer to your hotel for chek-in before drive to visit Buddha Park - scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow with approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe.

• Overnight at the hotel in Vietiane.

 

Day 6. Vientiane City Tour

• AM: Guided tour to the oldest Wat Sisaket and the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa and imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph

• PM: Visit nice temples of Wat Ong Tue, Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where locals selling exotic stufff including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques.

 

Day 7. Vientiane - Pakse - Don Khone Island

• Transfer to the airport for a flight to Pakse

• Drive to Champassak and to visit the fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. This is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

• Keep on our journey by taking long-tail boat for a great cruise  to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the “4000” islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos.

• Overnight at the hotel on Don Khone Island

 

Day 8. Don Khone Island and Surroundings by boat

• Guide visits to 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.

• Keep on discover  this 4000 islands area by boat at our leisure to visit the Liphi waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith.

• Possibly  see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone

• Back to Ban Nakasang and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in South East Asia, known as Niagara of the east.

• Overnight at the hotel on Don Khone Island

 

Day 9. Don Khone Island - Tadlo – Pakse

• Drive to Tadlo, through Boloven plateau which is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. This drive  provides you a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route. It also gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region.

• Upon arrival at Parkse, we cisit TadLo waterfall and  the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu of  ethnic minority groups.

• We return to Pakse by late evening. Overnight at the hotel in Pakse.


Day 10: Pakse free at leisure.

 

Day 11. Pakse – Departure

• Free time on your own to explore Pakse town before transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight to Cambodia.


Rates

As a ground tour operator in Indochina, Travel Authentic is very pround to ensure that our price is unbeatable for the quality of the tour. Please contact us for the most updated quote of the tours. All prices are based on double or twin sharings and all tour is private for each group of travelers.

Price includes:

Private transportation in air-conditioned and new modal vehicle

All accommodations in twin or double sharings

Private boat trip as stated in above sights

Professional English speaking guide

Domestic flight(s)

All admission fees and permits to indicated sights

Meals: daily breakfast at hotel

Gov’t tax and service charge

2 bottles of drinking water and cold tissues per day during the tourings

 

Price excludes: International flights, travel insurances, other meals and tips



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The above itineraries are our suggestions only. All tours can still be custom-made to your personal need and budget !

Our differences

  •  We’re fully-licenced ground Tour Operator:

Travel Authentic is a fullly licensed tour operator by Vietnam Administration of Tourism. When you book with us, your money will be safe and you are dealing directly with the person on ground. That is why we can give you support on spot and our prices will be unbeatable for the quality.

  •  All of our holidays are Private:

You can pick your date of departure, choose what hotel you want to stay, decide what touring you want to do and how much free time you want to have. For all road journeys you will have your own car and driver, offering you the flexibility to stop off along the way if you see something of interest or wish to take a photograph. All sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private English-speaking guide. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace focusing on your own personal interests.

  •  Our unique authentic experiences:

Our guide and driver will be flexible to give you chance to meet up with friendly locals and do authentic local things to explore the insights of their life and a sense of their cultures. Inspite of not being stated or costed in the itinerary, it is a part of our tour operation and will surely give you many nice surpises and contribute to your memorable holiday.


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