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Laos Family Tour

2-week, fully escorted, Laos family tour from World Heritage Luang Prabang nestled in the northern mountains to the delightful 4,000 Islands of the far south

Luang Prabang to the 4,000 Islands

A 2-week escorted Laos family tour. This tailored family adventure begins in the old capital, UNESCO listed Luang Prabang, before taking you overland to the spectacular karst landscapes of Vang Vieng, and the fascinating contemporary capital, Vientiane, situated on the banks of the Mekong. From here we’ll travel to the lesser-known, far south of the country and a jungle experience on the Boloven Plateau before finishing in the picturesque 4,000 Islands region and Khone Phapaeng Falls, close to the Cambodian border.

Aiming at the entire family, we offer a varied range of soft adventure activities suitable for children aged 8 to 80 years. These include, cycling among the ancient temples and local markets of picturesque Luang Prabang, hiking through lush forests and bathing in waterfalls, exploring the limestone caves of Vang Vieng, a visit to the ancient ruined city and World Heritage site of Wat Phu, trying a zip-line through jungle treetops on the lush Boloven Plateau and kayaking down the Mekong itself to see some of the River’s rare freshwater dolphins.  These are just some of the varied and exciting activities on offer.

This is a private, family tour and therefore can be organised at a time to suit your family rather than with fixed departures dates. as well as meaning that the itinerary and activities are completely flexible. Prices are based on a minimum of 4 persons sharing two double or twin rooms while flights are extra and vary according to the season.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries, requests or tweaks you may have.

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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

Arrival in Luang Prabang and check in to our downtown hotel, in a converted French-period villa. Depending upon arrival time, at leisure to explore the town or find a strategically placed riverside cafe before a welcome, local-style dinner introduces you to the little-known but tasty, Lao cuisine.

Airport transfers are included if you purchase the 'with flights' package.

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

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Day 2 - Luang Prabang - tour of the old town

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 blacksmith and weaving techniques, before returning to town and climbing Phu Si Hill for a spectacular sunset.

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

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - village and school visit

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 many local people have never seen a book!).  Afternoon visits include a village primary school 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.

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

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Day 4 - Luang Prabang - into the surrounding hills

Into the surrounding hills to visit the stunning Kuang Si Falls, with stops on the way at the commendable Free the Bears rescue centre, as well as the fascinating Living Land Organic Farm to learn all about the country’s staple food – rice!

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

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Day 5 - Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng - over the mountains

Drive through the spectacular mountain scenery of the Central Highlands with stops en-route at villages and viewpoints as well as a colourful local market. Mid-afternoon arrival in equally spectacular Vang Vieng Town with time at leisure to explore the area.

Overnight: Vang Vieng Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 6 - Vang Vieng - explore the area by boat and bicycle

Discover the region and its dramatic limestone karst scenery by boat and bicycle, exploring caves and including a leisurely trip along the picturesque Song River.

Overnight: Vang Vieng Transport: Boat, Bike, Walk,  Meals: B, L, 

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Day 7 - Vang Vieng to Vientiane - south to the capital

Morning drive south to the present day capital Vientiane via the picturesque Nam Ngum Lake and a stop at a fishing village, 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.

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

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Day 8 - Pakse - flight south and afternoon at leisure

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, sample a traditional herbal spa or perhaps explore the old town’s temples and market.

Overnight: Pakse Transport: Plane, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 9 - Boloven Plateau - off to Treetops

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.

Overnight: Treetops Jungle Hotel Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B, L, D, 

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Day 10 - Boloven Plateau - afternoon return to Pakse

After our second day of jungle activities, we’ll head back in the late afternoon to Pakse Town for our night’s accommodation.

Activities can be tailored to suit any age group

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

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Day 11 - Champassak - down the Mekong to Wat Phu

Down the Mekong to Champassak 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.

Overnight: Don Khone Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Day 12 - Don Khone - explore the 4,000 Islands by kayak

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, we’ll stop at the incredible Khone Phapaeng Falls. Despite being Asia’s (and indeed one of the world’s) largest waterfalls these remote falls remain little-known.

Overnight: Don Khone Transport: Minibus, Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, D, 

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Day 13 - Pakse - morning at leisure and departure

Morning at leisure and afternoon drive to Pakse where the tour ends. Departure point is Pakse International Airport although a transfer to nearby Ubon Ratchathani Airport in Thailand is also available if connections are more convenient.

Extra nights in Luang Prabang prior to or Bangkok after your tour as well as a variety of beach and island extensions are available on request.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Minibus, Plane,  Meals: B, 

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Just a few of the many highlights

From World Heritage Luang Prabang to the spectacular karst landscapes of Vang Vieng, the jungle-clad Boloven Plateau, the Angkor-period ruined city of Wat Phu and last but not least the picturesque 4,000 Islands

  • Trip into the surrounding countryside to the famous Kuang Si Falls including stops to visit the Free the Bears Rescue Centre and a guided to
  • Cycle along the quiet lanes and past ancient temples of UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang
  • Rainforest adventure in the lush setting of the Boloven Plateau including zip-lines, canopy walkway, waterfalls and coffee plantations
  • Visit a local village and village schoolhouse with a chance to meet teachers and students and even participate in the class English lessons.
  • Stay in riverside chalets on the stunning 4,000 Islands in the far south
  • Kayak down the Mekong itself to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins and take in the Khonephapaeng - one of the world's largest but least known w

Air Departures (UK)

Land Departures

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

*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

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

Visa requirements:
Laos visas are available on arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport for between $30 & $42 depending upon nationality
Thai visas are issued free of charge at the border crossing

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