Day 1 Arrival in Luang Prabang, via Bangkok. Time to relax before an afternoon boat trip up the picturesque Mekong River. Visit the village of Ban Muang Keo for a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Return to Luang Prabang for sunset at Phu Si Hill and a chance to sample some local specialities in a riverside restaurant.
Day 2 Nestled in the mountains, long isolated from the outside world, we’ll discover World Heritage Site Luang Prabang’s fabulous temples, French colonial architecture and taste Lao delicacies (and the famous Lao beer!) in riverside cafes. Morning walking tour of the town including the National Museum & former king’s palace, Wat Xiengthong, Phu Si Hill Temple and the Fine Arts School to see how traditional Lao arts and handicrafts are being preserved. The afternoon is at leisure to allow you to wander the quiet, picturesque lanes or check out the hill-tribe handicraft market?
Day 3 Day trip through the surrounding hills to visit the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls and to discover the fascinating, traditional village life of some of the local peoples.
Day 4 Early departure for a drive along scenic mountain roads to Phonsavan Town in Xieng Khouang province – location of the famous and mysterious Plain of Jars. Stops on the way include Khmu and Hmong villages and a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the Vietnam War - a reminder that this region played a major part in the conflict. Late afternoon arrival in Phonsavan and atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.
Day 5 Morning visit to the Mines Action Group to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area. We then drive out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin our 1 hour trek along the ridge to the impressive Jar Site 3, consisting of around 150 jars located on top of a hill, offering great views over the surrounding countryside. Lunch in Phonsavan before a flight to the Lao capital of Vientiane, and time perhaps to stretch our legs with a stroll along the Mekong waterfront for sundowners in a riverbank cafe?
Day 6 Day tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites including Si Saket Temple with its thousand Buddha images, the bustling morning market, Vientiane’s most famous monument – the That Luang Stupa, as well as the unusual Buddha Park. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative, a stop will also be made at the excellent COPE Visitors Centre. This was established to highlight a major problem many of the local people face daily in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of the heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.
Day 7 Morning at leisure in Vientiane and end of tour.
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.
Awesome view of sunset over the Mekong from the rooftop bar of the riverside Sengtawan Riverview Hotel in Lao’s capital Vientiane.
"I just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant trip to Laos last week. Your organisation was great and the guides were brilliant and lovely. I would definitely recommend you and hope to travel with you in the future."
Julia - November 2015
"Thank you and everyone concerned for a great holiday which exceeded our expectations, we could not fault any part of it. It started as a holiday but quickly became an adventure. Everyone involved; guides, local guides and drivers were all superb. There were so many highlights of this holiday including visiting the hill tribe villages and interacting with the local people and especially the children, these memories will last a long time. We now appreciate the expertise of your company."
Anne and Mike O'Brien, 2011
"We so thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. There was no 'hitch' and with our guide Wi we were seamlessly guided through the most amazing places. Wi was really great, she went over and above her remit."
Judith Hubbard, Jan 2011
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