TRAVERSE LAOS: RIVERS & ROYAL CAPITALS

This tour takes you on an overland journey to Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane; with tours by local faces, cruises to hidden places and visits to unseen villages.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

7 Days, 6 Nights     FROM US$ 998 PER PERSON

Travel Laos on an overland journey: from magical Luang Prabang to sleepy Vientiane. Tour areas with expert local faces, cruise to secret caves in hidden scenic places and meet with locals on visits to unseen villages on this authentic Laos travel experience.

Visit the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong. Cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. Enjoy a traditional Lao lunch on board before returning to Luang Prabang for a guided tour. Watch as residents of the city offer food to orange robe clad monks.

Next, head to the picturesque Kuangsi Waterfalls. Drive to Vang Vieng and explore its famous caves. Visit Nam Gum Lake and reservoir, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains. Take a guided tour of the Laos capital, Vientiane. After your tour, discover world-renowned Lao coffee with an experienced roaster who will teach you all about the growing, roasting and blending of Lao coffee. Amazing fun.

 

Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

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Visit a bear rescue center which protects these endangered animals.
Enjoy a Lao lunch on board a boat at the foot of magnificent limestone cliffs.
Discover world-renowned Lao coffee with an experienced roaster.



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    Upon arrival our guide will meet you and take you by private car to your hotel (taking approximately 15 minutes). After checking-in, your afternoon is free at leisure to relax or stroll around the town.

    Later, ascend the stairs of Mt. Phousi and take in the spectacular view as the sun sets over the city. On the way back to the hotel, you can stop off at the hill tribe evening market to see its interesting selection of locally produced goods.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: None

    Lao Umbrellas on sale at Luang Prabang night market Laos
  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    In the morning, visit the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong; a beautiful, golden-gated building with colorful murals on its walls.

    Next, we cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, known locally as ‘Tam Ting’. These two caves are carved out of a huge limestone cliff and are filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues, some only a few centimeters tall and some as tall as a person. They are an important Buddhist pilgrimage site and you will see many people visit them in Pii Mai, Lao New Year.

    After this, your boat continues around the caves to the foot of magnificent limestone cliffs where we’ll enjoy a traditional Lao lunch on board.

    Arrive back in Luang Prabang and take a guided tour of this enchanting place. Visit the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace; where you can learn about the history of Laos and gain insight into many of the sights and buildings which you’ll visit.

    Next see Wat Mai, famed for its golden bas-relief, and the dazzling golden faade of Wat Sensoukarahm.Option: Participate in a traditional ‘Baci’ ceremony. These ceremonies are deeply rooted in the Laos culture and are used to celebrate a special occasion- whether a wedding, an annual festival, or as a welcome.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

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  • Day 3: Kuang Si Waterfall

    If you’re an early-riser you can go to watch as residents of the city offer food to long lines of orange robe clad monks who disembark from pagodas in this, their magical morning ritual (5.30am). After breakfast see the holiest temple in the city, Wat Visoun. This temple was rebuilt in 1887 and its courtyard contains the distinctive Watermelon stupa, named after its resemblance to the fruit. Next, we head to the picturesque Kuangsi Waterfalls. These waterfalls create a series of pools and are perfect for taking a cooling swim in. Their limestone rock formations and the surrounding jungle provide a natural setting for walks and relaxation (please wear a sarong when bathing). The Bear Rescue Center here provides information on the efforts being made to protect these endangered animals. Cruising back to town we stop at two villages along the way: Ban Xien Lek, which produces Lao textiles, and Ban Xang Khong, which makes Mulberry paper. The rest of your day is free at leisure to enjoy Luang Prabang.Option: Visit Ock Pop Tock, a weaving village just outside of town, where your expert guide will show you the process of textile production. You’ll also get the chance to make your own scarf. Enjoy a sunset drink by the Mekong before you head back to town.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 4: Luang Prabang-Vang Vieng

    After breakfast depart for the 7-8 hour drive down the scenic Route 13 to Vang Vieng (7 to 8 hours). We’ll take a stop on the way at Kasi, a famous fruit growing area. Arrive in Vang Vieng where the rest of your day is free to relax or explore its famous caves.

    Overnight in Vang Vieng

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Vang Vieng-Vientiane

    After breakfast it’s a 2 hour drive to the Nam Gum Lake and reservoir. This is a beautiful area of 250 square kilometers surrounded by mountains. Local fishermen fish here and we recommend a lakeside lunch of fresh grilled fish from the lake.

    Afterwards, cruise the lake in a small boat, taking in the outstanding natural scenery and enjoying the fresh air. We continue to the local market at Don Mak Kai before our arrival in Vientiane.

    Overnight in Vientiane

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 6: Vientiane

    Today go on a guided tour of the Laos capital, Vientiane. Situated on a bend of the Mekong River, Vientiane is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and many of its treasures can be unearthed simply by putting on one’s walking shoes (or sandals!) and exploring the place on foot.

    Start near the centre of town at Wat Sisaket, Vientiane’s oldest surviving temple. The courtyard contains over 300 different Buddha images, either sculpted or cast in the characteristic Lao style.

    Next is Wat Phra Keo, which displays both Khmer and Lao works of art and now serves as a religious museum. Wat Simuang is the most venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is believed to be the guardian of the spirit of the city. Walk around its main, Angkorian-era pillar three times and make a wish. It is believed that if you do this your wish will be granted. Next is the holiest site in Laos, the National Monument: Tat Luang. Constructed in the 16th century by King Setthethirat, its sharp angles and beautiful decoration make it an arresting sight as the sun shines on its gold-leaf and towering main spire.

    Your tour ends at Patuxay, situated at the end of Lane Xang, a large, tree-lined avenue. This Arc De Triomphe inspired building also incorporates traditional Lao motifs such as ‘Kinnari’, the mythical bird-woman said to represent feminine beauty, grace and accomplishment. Climb to the top and get fantastic panoramic views of the city.

    After your tour, discover world-renowned Lao coffee with an experienced roaster who will teach you all about the growing, roasting and blending of Lao coffee. The tour ends with a ‘cupping’ session where you get the chance to sample a variety of flavors and different brews.

    Overnight in Vientiane

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 7: Vientiane

    After breakfast you’re free at leisure until your guide meets you for transfer to the airport by private car.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

icon Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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