Day 1 Departure from the UK.
Day 2 Arrival in Luang Prabang. Transfer to our downtown accommodation, in a Colonial style villa. Depending upon arrival time, at leisure to explore the town or find a strategically placed riverside cafe?
Day 3 Morning cycling tour of the quiet lanes, bustling markets, and ancient temples of this picturesque and laid back UNESCO World Heritage City. In the afternoon we'll venture to some nearby villages to check out ancient blacksmithing and weaving techniques, before returning to town and climbing Phu Si Hill for a spectacular sunset.
Day 4 A fascinating day, beginning with a visit to the awesome Big Brother Mouse organisation - a local initiative that aims to promote literacy and book reading amongst local kids. (Up until recently, very few books were published in the Lao language and the majority of local people have never seen a book!). After this, we'll visit a primary school in a remote village where you'll have the chance to meet students and teachers, distribute some books and even help out with an English lesson if you wish.
Day 5 Day out into the surrounding hills to visit the stunning Kuang Si Falls, with visits on the way to the Save the Bears Rescue Centre, and the Living Lands Organic farm to learn about all things rice!
Day 6 Drive through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Central Highlands with stops on route at villages and local markets. Mid afternoon arrival in equally spectacular Vang Vieng Town with free time to explore the area.
Day 7 Discover the region and its dramatic limestone karst scenery by boat and bicycle, exploring caves and including a leisurely trip on the Song River.
Day 8 Morning drive south to the present day capital Vientiane for a visit to the highly unusual Buddha Park. Evening tour of the city's lively night food market to sample some of the local specialities.
Day 9 Morning flight to Pakse, a charming old river port in the far south of Laos. Afternoon at leisure to relax in the hotel's well situated rooftop cafe or explore the old town.
Day 10 Off to the nearby scenic Boloven Plateau for a 2 day rainforest experience at the Treetops Jungle Hotel. Exciting activities will include zip-line across a majestic waterfall, canopy walkway, jungle nature hikes, a 'via ferrata' cliff walk, evening camp barbecue and overnight in bamboo tree houses.
Day 11 After this second day of jungle activities, we'll head back late afternoon to Pakse Town for our night's accommodation.
Day 12 Down the Mekong to Champassak Town for a guided tour of the riverbank UNESCO site and ancient pre-Angkor ruined city of Wat Phu, spectacularly perched on a hillside overlooking the Mekong Valley. Afternoon transfer to the picturesque 4,000 Islands and our accommodation in wooden riverside chalets on Don Khone Island. Time to wander around the village or check out sunset from the old French railway bridge.
Day 13 Off down the Mekong again - this time by kayak - to try and spot some of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins still found in this Lao/Cambodian border region. On our return to Don Khone we'll stop off to see the incredible Khonephapaeng Falls. These falls considered to be, in terms of width and water volume, the largest waterfall in the world, but one that very few people have heard of.
Day 14 Morning at leisure and afternoon transfer via Pakse to the Thai border, and on to Ubon Airport for a flight to Bangkok, and a connecting flight home.
Day 15 Arrival in the UK.
Note; for those arranging their own international flights, you should start the tour in Luang Prabang on day 2 and finish in Pakse on day 14. Pakse has an international airport, as well as being around 2 hours taxi drive to Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand.
Please note these are photos of sample hotels and resorts; accommodation options may vary and are subject to availability
‘French colonial’ chic at the Villa Chitdara in Luang Prabang. Friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and central location make this a great spot for exploring the UNESCO old town.
The highly unusual Jungle Hotel in Paksong is our Boloven Plateau accommodation choice with tree houses perched amid the rain-forest canopy
Awesome view of sunset over the Mekong from the rooftop bar of the riverside Sengtawan Riverview Hotel in Lao’s capital Vientiane.
The roof garden and restaurant at the excellent Pakse Hotel in central Pakse. Awesome views and a great spot for a cold wet one at sunset.
Dusk view from the cafe of the Seng Ahloune Resort on Don Khone Island in South Laos’s scenic ‘4,000 Islands’ region.
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