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Laos – Luang Prabang to the 4,000 Islands

2 week, fully escorted, Lao family adventure tour from World Heritage Luang Prabang to the far south

Family adventure tour to Laos

A 2 week escorted Laos family adventure tour. This tailored family itinerary begins in the old capital, and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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 less known, far south of the country and the Boloven Plateau for some jungle action before finishing in the picturesque 4,000 Islands region close to the Cambodian border.

Aiming at the entire family, we offer a varied range of soft adventure activities suitable for children aged 8 years and upwards. 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 tour of Vientiane’s highly unusual Buddha Park; a visit to the ancient ruined city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phu; trying a zip-line through jungle tree tops 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 on dates to suit your family and does not have set dates.  The starting from price is based on a family of 4 sharing two double/twin rooms.  Flights are extra and vary according to season.  Please ask for our most competitive quote.

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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. Check in 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?

Extra nights in Luang Prabang prior to 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 - 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 black smith 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 scool 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 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.

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

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Day 4 - Luang Prabang - into the surrounding hills

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!

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 on route at villages and local markets. Mid afternoon arrival in equally spectacular Vang Vieng Town with free time 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 on the 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 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 or explore the old town.

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, 

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Day 10 - Boloven Plateau - afternoon return to Pakse

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

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 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.

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

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Day 12 - Done 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 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.

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

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Day 13 - Pakse - morning at leisure and departure

Morning at leisure and afternoon drive to Pakse where tour ends.

Extra nights in Luang Prabang prior to, or Bangkok after 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 on request.

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

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Details

The nitty-gritty, the things you need to know, the answers to your burning questions.

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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

  • Cycle along the quiet lanes and past ancient temples of UNESCO World Heritage Luang Prabang
  • 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
  • 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
  • Visit a local village and village schoolhouse with a chance to meet teachers and students and even participate in the class English lessons.
  • Rainforest adventure in the lush setting of the Boloven Plateau including zip-lines, canopy walkway, waterfalls and coffee plantations
  • Stay in riverside chalets on the stunning 4,000 Islands in the far south

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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

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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