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Images of Laos

A escorted photography tour taking you from Laos's World Heritage Luang Prabang, over the mountains to the mysterious Plain of Jars and on to the modern capital of Vientiane

11 day Laos photography tour

A Laos photography tour of some of the historical, cultural and scenic highlights of northern Laos lead by one of our highly experienced, professional travel photographers. The tour aims to encourage keen amateur photographers, not only to get to know their cameras better but to engage with their subject matter in more meaningful ways and in keeping with the All Points East philosophy, intends to emphasize a travel photography that appreciates local people, their cultures, traditions and religions and encourages a positive impact on the places and people it visits.

Our itinerary includes 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, followed by a spectacular drive through the central highlands to the remote, yet fascinating and mysterious Plain of Jars before completing the tour in the vibrant present day capital of Vientiane.

 

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Itinerary

Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

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Day 1 - Luang Prabang - arrival and time to explore

Late morning check in to our centrally located hotel, set in a converted French period villa, and afternoon briefing with our experienced travel photographer. Some time at leisure to explore before an evening, welcome local style dinner.

Photographic themes; architecture, temples, street life

Extra nights in Luang Prabang before your tour are available on request.
Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Walk,  Meals: D, 

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Day 2 - Luang Prabang - walking tour of the old city

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. Walking tour of the town including the National Museum & former king’s palace, Wat Xiengthong, Phu Si Hill Temple and the Fine Arts. The afternoon is at leisure to allow you to wander the quiet, picturesque lanes or check out the hill-tribe handicraft market?

Photographic themes: – period architecture, street life, river scenes, markets, temples

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Falls and sunset Mekong cruise

Early visit to the lively morning market before a drive through the surrounding hills, stopping off at a traditional silk weaving village, to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls. The trip includes the nearby Free the Bears, Rescue Centre, which does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear.   Return to Luang Prabang for a sunset boat cruise on the Mekong River.

Photographic themes: – landscapes, village life, river scenes and sunset

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 4 - Nong Khiaw - up country

Scenic drive north through the hills to Nong Khiaw town with its picturesque setting amid karst scenery aside the Ou River. Explore the village or cycle to some nearby caves used in Indochina War.

Photographic themes; landscapes/karst scenery, river scenes, village life

Overnight: Nong Khiaw Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 5 - Nong Khiaw - boat journey 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. Afternoon return to Nong Khiaw with some time at leisure or to explore the area.

Photographic scenes; mountain and riverine landscapes, villages

Overnight: Nong Khiaw Transport: Boat,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 6 - Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang - drive through the hills

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 boat for a trip to the famous Pak Ou cave temples.

Evening opportunity to participate in a traditional village Baci Ceremony, performed to celebrate an important event such as wedding, birth, or for welcoming guests.

Photographic themes; rural scenes, river life, Baci ceremony

Overnight: Luang Prabang Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, 

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Day 7 - Luang Prabang to Phonsavan - through the highlands

Early departure for a drive along scenic mountain roads to Phonsavan in Xieng Khouang province – location of the famous and mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’. Stops on the way include visits to Khmu and Hmong villages as well as a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the combat. Late afternoon arrival in Phonsavan and atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.

Photographic themes: – landscapes, villages, ‘on the road’

Overnight: Phonsavan Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 8 - Plain of Jars - explore the Plain and afternoon community project visit

Morning visit to the Mines Action Group or MAG office to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area.  We then transfer out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin our 1 hour trek along the ridge to the impressive, hill-top Jar Site 3. In the afternoon we visit the Lone Buffalo Foundation, community project improving opportunities for the local children through education and sport before finishing the day with sunset and spectacular panoramas at the Phou Xang Viewpoint.

Photographic themes: – landscapes, Plain of Jars, local life, sunset

Overnight: Phonsavan Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Phonsavan to Vientiane - ruins of Muang Khun and Vientiane by night

After a look around the lively morning market we’ll visit the picturesque ruined temples of the former provincial capital Muang Khun destroyed during the Indochina War before returning to Phonsavan by way of a mulberry farm and silk co-operative for a flight to Vientiane. An evening tour of the city’s bustling night, food market completes the day.

Photographic themes: – morning and night markets, rural life, the ghost town of Muang Khun

Overnight: Vientiane Transport: Minibus, Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 10 - Vientiane - city tour

Tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites; Si Saket Temple with its 1,000 Buddha images, the bustling morning market and Vientiane’s most famous monument, That Luang, as well as the unusual ‘Buddha Park’. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative stops, will also be made at the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a problem the local people face 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, D, 

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Day 11 - Vientiane - morning at leisure and departure

Morning ‘debriefing’ by our photographer and time at leisure before an afternoon departure.

Extra accommodation in Vientiane after your tour is available if required.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package. If you purchased your own flights, airport transfers can be arranged.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Laos, Luang Prabang Buddhas, (by Jeff Perigois)

Just a few of the many highlights

A wide range of photographic opps & subjects in what is perhaps Southeast Asia's least known destination including dramatic mountain scenery, rivers, waterfalls, villages; ancient temples of UNESCO Luang Prabang & Plain of Jars

  • 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
  • Overland through the spectacular Central Highlands to the remote and mysterious Plain of Jars in northeast Laos
  • 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 Vietiane on the banks of tdhe Mekong including a night, street-food tour

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Air Departures (UK)

  • 21 February 18 2,750 GBP

Land Departures

  • 22 February 18 1,850 GBP

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from Luang Prabang

*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

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Laos: A 30 day visa will be obtained for you upon your arrival in Luang Prabang or at the Lao border (Approx. $35).

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