Images of Laos
A escorted photography tour taking you from Laos's World Heritage site of Luang Prabang to the picturesque 4,000 Islands of the far south
14 day Laos photography tour
A Laos photography tour of some of the historical, cultural and scenic highlights of Laos, led by one of our highly experienced professional travel photographers. The tour aims to encourage photographers of all levels, not only to get to know their cameras better but to engage with their subject matter in more meaningful ways. In keeping with the All Points East philosophy, we emphasize a travel photography that appreciates local people, their cultures, traditions and religions, and encourages a positive impact on the places and people we visit.
Our itinerary includes the lively riverside capital Vientiane as well as the fabulous ancient capital – now UNESCO World Heritage Site – Luang Prabang where you can explore the beautiful temples and colonial architecture of what is acknowledged to be the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia.
From here we head south to the old French Mekong port of Pakse from where we’ll explore the picturesque Boloven Plateau as well as taking a bot downriver to another UNESCO site – the spectacular Angkor period temple of Wat Phu.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Vientiane - arrival, orientation and time to explore
Arrival in the Lao capital Vientiane. Time to relax or take a riverfront stroll, with an introductory briefing from our travel photographer before a welcome local-style dinner.
Photographic themes; architecture, temples, street life
Extra nights in Vientiane before your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.
Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Vientiane - city tour
Tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites – Si Saket Temple with its thousand Buddha images, the bustling morning market, and Vientiane’s most famous monument, That Luang, as well as the unusual Buddha Park. We will also stop at the excellent and highly informative COPE exhibition centre, which highlights the problem faced by the local people in the form of unexploded ordnance due to heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War.
Photographic themes: – architecture, temples, street life
Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Luang Prabang - walking tour of the old city
Morning flight to UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang and check into our centrally located hotel, set in a converted French period villa. Afternoon walking tour of the town, including the morning market, National Museum and former Kings’ palace, Wat Xiengthong and the Fine Arts Centre.
Photographic themes; period architecture, street life, river scenes, markets, temples
Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Plane, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Falls and sunset Mekong cruise
Early visit to the lively morning market before a drive through the surrounding hills, to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls, stopping off at a traditional silk weaving project. The trip includes the nearby Free the Bears Rescue Centre, concerned with protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. Return to Luang Prabang for a scenic sunset cruise on the Mekong River.
Photographic themes: – landscapes, village life, river scenes and sunset
Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 5 - Nong Khiaw - north into the hills
Scenic drive through the hills to Nong Khiaw town with its picturesque setting amid karst scenery along the Ou River. Explore the village, or cycle to some nearby caves used to shelter villagers and Laos fighters in the Indochina War.
Photographic themes; landscapes/karst scenery, river scenes, village life
Overnight: Nong Khiaw Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 6 - Nong Khiaw - boat trip up the Ou River
Take the local boat north up the spectacular Ou River through awe-inspiring limestone mountains and past remote fishing villages only accessible by boat. In the afternoon we will return to Nong Khiaw and have some free time to explore the area or relax by the river.
Photographic themes; mountain and riverine landscapes, villages
Overnight: Nong Khiaw Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 7 - Pak Ou - return to Luang Prabang via the Pak Ou Cave Temples
Optional early morning hike to a stunning viewpoint before a scenic road trip along the Ou Valley to Luang Prabang. At the confluence of the Mekong, we’ll transfer to a boat for a trip to the famous Pak Ou cave temples, with their thousand Buddhist figures. In the evening there will be an opportunity to participate in a traditional village Baci Ceremony, performed to celebrate an important event such as a wedding, birth, or for welcoming guests.
Photographic themes; rural scenes, river life, Baci ceremony
Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
Day 9 - Boloven Plateau - coffee plantations and waterfalls
Tour some of the sites of the Boloven Plateau, home to numerous ethnic minorities and the centre of Lao’s coffee growing industry. The day will include a visit to one of the area’s coffee plantations, a fascinating local market, and a chance to bathe in the spectacular Tad Yeuang Falls.
Photographic themes: landscapes, plantations, country life
Overnight: Pakse Transport: Minibus, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 10 - Champassak - down the Mekong to Wat Phu
Back on to the Mekong for a boat trip south to the small, historic town of Champassak. Afternoon trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phu – a pre-Angkor, Khmer temple dramatically situated on a mountainside overlooking the valley of the Mekong.
Photographic themes: The Mekong, small-town life, Angkor ruins
Overnight: Champassak Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 11 - The 4,000 Islands - land and river journey to Don Khong
A short hop south by road and ferry via another ancient Angkor period site – the jungle temple of Wat Tomo – to the 4,000 islands – a stretch of the Mekong of truly outstanding natural beauty straddling the Lao/Cambodian border where we’ll stay in a riverside resort on Khong Island.
Photographic themes: landscapes, ruins. ‘on the road’
Overnight: Don Khong Transport: Minibus, Meals: B,
Day 12 - 4,000 Islands - by boat through the archipelago
Morning tour around Khong Island to discover the still very traditional rural life as well as a visit to a local market. Afternoon journey through the islands by boat to our next destination, Khone Island.
Photographic themes: village life, markets, rural scenes, river scenes
Overnight: Don Khone Transport: Boat, Walk, Meals: B,
Day 13 - Don Khone - Khonephapeng Falls and dolphins
Explore some of the islands by boat and on foot. Visit Southeast Asia’s largest waterfalls, the stunning Khone Phapaeng Falls, and with luck catch a glimpse of some of the rare freshwater dolphins which still inhabit this stretch of the river.
Photographic themes: landscapes, river life, country scenes
Overnight: Don Khone Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B, D,
The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.
Just a few of the many highlights
A wide range of photographic opportunities in what is perhaps Southeast Asia's least known destination including dramatic mountain scenery, rivers, waterfalls, villages, ancient temples of Luang Prabang and the 4,000 Islands
- Hands on photographic assistance, tips and advice by our experienced professional travel photographer
- Discover the ancient temples and well-preserved colonial architecture of World Heritage Luang Prabang
- Explore the sublime landscapes of the picturesque 4,000 Islands
- A wealth of fantastic photo opportunities of street-life, local markets, handicrafts and village scenes
- Boat trip up the Mekong River past dramatic karst landscapes to the thousand Buddha images of the Pak Ou cave temples
- Day tour of some of the varied sights of Laos' capital Vientiane on the banks of the Mekong followed by an evening street-food tour
Air Departures (UK)
- 30 January 19 3,300 GBP
- 8 November 19 3,300 GBP
- 31 January 19 2,450 GBP
- 9 November 19 2,450 GBP
Guaranteed Places Left Special Price Solo Traveller Closed
*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Vientiane
*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Villa Chitdara, Luang Prabang view
- 'French colonial' chic at Luang Prabang's Villa Chitdara
- Friendly staff, a relaxed atmosphere and central location
- Great spot for exploring the old World Heritage town
Sengtawan Riverside Hotel, Vientiane view
- Central but quiet location in Vientiane
- Scenic riverside setting overlooking the Mekong
- Great rooftop bar and restaurant
Mandala Ou Resort, Nong Khiaw view
- Fantastic riverside location close to Nong Khiaw Village
- Individual chalets in a garden setting
- Pool, herbal sauna, riverside bar and yoga sala available
Pakse Hotel, Pakse view
- Splendid views from the hotel's rooftop bar and restaurant
- Sip a cold one as you watch the sun set over the Mekong
- Central but quiet location in the old port town
Inthira Hotel, Champassak
- Stay in a beautifully restored old French villa
- Great location in the centre of Champassak Village
- Excellent in-house bar and restaurant
Seng Ahloune Resort, 4,000 Islands
- Scenic riverside location
- Located on Khone Island in Sth Laos's scenic '4,000 Islands'
- Traditional style wooden chalets
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
Visa Info & Notes
Laos visas are available on arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport for between $30 & $42 depending upon nationality
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