Laos Adventure Tour - 13 Days | 12 Nights

Start : Luang Prabang
Finish : Vientiane
Destinations: Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw - Sam Neua - Son Koua village - Viengxay - Xieng Khouang - Plain of Jars - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Phou Khao Khouay

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Arrival (None)
  • Arrival in Luang Prabang. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
  • Meals on your own.
  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Visits (B/L)
  • After break fast at the hotel.
  • City sightseeing tour of World Heritage listed Luangprabang to include old royal temples: Wat Visoun and That Makmo water melon stupa, with a large Buddha statue and many ancient wooden and bronze Buddha images collected from the ruins of temples in northern Laos.
  • Visit the most beautiful temple in the city with its classical mosaic decoration at Wat Xieng Thong. Absorb the scenery overlooking the heart of the city from Phousi Hill then enjoy shopping at the lively street evening market at Sisavang Vong Road.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Luangprabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Elephant riding (B/L)
  • Wake up in good time to participate in the ritual of Buddhist monks known as Alms-giving. Take the distance with respect and share the fervor and prayers of the monks.
  • Together with your local guide you will proceed to the Elephant Project and the "Elephant Village" about 15 km out of town and in the middle of a green, natural surrounding, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 1 hour Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants.
  • A stunning landscape, tranquility and lush nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy...
  • To follow a boat trip to the waterfall Tad Xae. This waterfall is very impressive during the rainy season. You can also spend some time swimming in the clear water basin before returning to the village of the Elephant. 
  • Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Today, we then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, giving us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside.
  • We take an interesting to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which are two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
  • On the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for the production of Lao rice wine.
  • After we continue to drive along the Nam Ou River by road Nong Khiew.  On the way we stop to visit the Thai Lu village at Ban Pak Jak and weaving villages of Ban Nongkham, Ban Muang Souen and arrive in Nong Khiew late afternoon.
  • Nong Khiaw is a village on the banks of the river in a spectacular valley in the mountainous landscape around is wonderful.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Day 5: Nong Khiaw – Samneua (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We have the beginning of our journey to Samneua, the base of the Lao revolution during the Indochina war, this part of our trip is the most adventurous to driving on rugged wild road which served link between the head commander center Pathet Lao revolutionary party in the 1960s to the early 1970s and the Luang Prabang area, today it is still intact.
  • We arrived at Samneua late afternoon, transfer to hotel.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight Samneua.
Day 6: Samneua (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After the slopes and trails of Sam Neua, here is a new unknown region! Besides caves is a large number of Hmong and Yao minorities we meet by turns overcome in the villages and rice terraces overlooking valleys, gullies and rice fields. Visit caves and ethnic minority villages.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight Samneua.
Day 7: Sam Neua - Son Koua village (B/L/D)
  • After a 1.5-hour drive along a curvy road through gorgeous mountainous landscapes you arrive at Ban Son Koua, an ethnic Khmu Village.
  • Village guides and boatmen will be awaiting you to greet you and take you on a short tour of the village where you will learn about daily life and the animist tradition of appeasing the village spirits. Guests then embark on a 1.5-hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long-tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards (depending on the time of year) and bird life.
  • After arriving at the park substation, visitors will be shown to their accommodation, bamboo huts close to the river, and will then be offered a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, you will receive a briefing by park staff about the on-the-ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey.
  • Afternoon
  • At mid-afternoon, the group takes the boat again to continue the journey upriver. After about 50 minutes the boats will stop, and the group will hike into the forest to visit a salt lick. The local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, explains how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. The guide points out evidence of wildlife, such as tracks or scat at the salt lick.
  • The boats continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where the group takes a picnic around a campfire. After dinner, the guides tell Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. The guides also educate tourists about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting. The group may also look at photos of animals captured by the camera trap at the salt lick.
  • Evening
  • The group departs for the night spotlighting 2-3 hours after dark, floating down the river with engines off. The guides (1 per boat) use their headlamp to spot wildlife. If they see something, they will give a clear sign. Then you can switch on your own flashlight to have a better look at the animal. Hence, tourists will have their flashlights switched off most of the time to avoid scaring animals. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals. Animals that may be seen include Sambar deer, otters, barking deer, various species of civets, loris, porcupine and owls. (Seeing tigers is very rare because they usually don’t come close to the river.)
  • Lunch & Dinner included.
  • Overnight in e-colodge.
Day 8: Son Koua village – Viengxay - Xieng Khouang (B/L)
  • Before breakfast, local guides take you on a walk around the jungle, teaching about the use of some medicinal plants and explaining the history of the site, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War. After breakfast, the boats float back through the core zone at a relaxing pace with engines off, while the guides point out wildlife along the way.
  • Return
  • Upon arrival in the village, you are invited to try earthen jar rice wine (Lao hai).
  • Before departing, the group will be asked to fill out a wildlife monitoring form that is used to monitor wildlife abundance and indicate the amount of bonuses put into the village development fund from the tour costs.
  • Visitors may continue on towards to the plain of XiengKhouang mysterious stone pots Sam Tai, the potted history this still remains a mystery, Elders told stories for many generations they were "Khun Cheuang alcoholic." Khun Cheuang who conquered and decided the principality of Muong Phuoan the ancient name of region XiengKhouang.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Xieng Khouang
Day 9: Xieng Khouang - Plain of Jars - Vang Vieng (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Visit the "Plain of Jars" is an archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered on a tray. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years, but most of archaeologists still question their purpose.
  • After we have time today to explore the site and near by villages populated by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people.
  • We leave Xieng Khouang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng, a small and quiet town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. It’s stunning scenery with a mixture of calm and hard water flush remains intact, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. Arrive in Vang Vieng late afternoon.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 10: Vang Vieng Experience (B/L)
  • We will transfer around 10km North to the ethnic Khmu village of Viengsamay where after an introduction to the basics of kayaking we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song river. After we continue traveling downstream to Tham None (Sleeping cave).
  • Which is one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng and served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a family of bats and the ‘Magic Stone’ of Vang Vieng. In the rainy season we will swim through the entrance to the cave.
  • The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle which will return us to Vang Vieng just in time to catch the sunset.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in vangvieng
Day 11: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive  to Vientiane, stopping at Vangsang archeology site which is over a thousand years old.  En route we stop at Tha Heua, a small village that specializes in dried fish, which you will see hanging in front of the houses. On arrival Vientiane capital, transfer to hotel for check in.
  • Begin city tour of Vientiane Capital to include: a visit to Wat Sisaket the oldest standing temple in Vientiane and houses many important documents and treasures, including 6840 Buddha’s images, Hor Prakeo housed the Emerald Buddha (Prakeo) today is a museum of the most extensive collections of Buddhist artifacts in the country, photo stop or climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city at Patuxay (Victory Gate) the monument was modeled after Arc de Triumph in Paris, yet retains its Laotian identity with traditional decorative motifs , That Luang ( The Great Sacred Stupa) is said to contain relics of the Lord Buddha himself and is the country’s most cherished religious monument. Laos’ largest Buddhist festival of the year is held here on the 12 Th month of the Buddhist calendar, last visit to Talatsao Morning Market for variety of local handicraft products and imported goods.
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Vientiane
Day 12: Vientiane - Phou Khao Khouay Experience (B/L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • We will be transferred from Vientiane to Ban Hatkhai, where a long-tail boat takes us up stream on the Nam Mang, before continuing along one of its tributaries, Houay Xai. A 2 hours trek passes through an evergreen canopy as we gain height.
  • A picnic lunch is served on the way.
  • The magnificent pair of waterfalls Tad Xay and Pha Xay, particularly beautiful during and after the rainy season are reached in the afternoon. You have some free time at Tad Xay which has a pool recommended for bathing. 
  • Lunch included / Dinner on your own.
  • Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 13: Vientiane – Departure (B)
  • After breakfast, free time until transfer to the airport by our guide and car for your flight home.
End of our services !

Price include

  1. Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle
  2. English speaking guide
  3. Accommodation at the hotel including breakfasts
  4. Boats for cruises
  5. Entrance fees for all sightseeings as mentioned on  the program
  6. Lunches and dinners (L/D) mentioned
  7. Taxes

Price exclude

  1. Other International flights and airport taxes
  2. Visa fee's for Laos
  3. Insurance of traveler (obligatory)
  4. Personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned : Beverage, tips, etc.