11Days/ 10Nights Mekhong river journey to the World Heritage City of Luangprabang, with overland to Vientiane and fly to Champasak the Pearl of Southern Laos

11Days/ 10Nights Mekhong river journey to the World Heritage City of Luangprabang, with overland to Vientiane and fly to Champasak the Pearl of Southern Laos

Day1.  Chiangrai – HoueiSay – Pakbeng

This morning you will have an early morning transfer from Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand on the banks of the Mekong. After passing through immigration, you will cross the Mekong River to HoueiXay in Laos where your Lao guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point. After completing border formalities, you board a ready traditional boat for the trip down the Mekong River. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited, unchanged countries. This once-powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang (Million Elephants) was founded in the 14th century with the help of the Khmers, and it went on to become one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until its demise in the late 19th century. Bisected and bordered by the Mekong River, omnipresent symbol of Indochina, Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. It is a peaceful place, and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. Laos is Old Asia preserved. As your journey downriver you will stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Khmu at HoueiPalam. Continue our cruising down the stream. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit local market; experience daily lifestyle of colorful hill tribe traders exchanges their goods. Overnight in Pakbeng (B, L,D)

Day2.  Pakbeng – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang

Breakfast, as you sail downriver as a second leg, you will pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao Rice wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves, where thousands of Buddha statues are stored. You arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and transfer to your hotel. This charming city of UNESCO world heritage site, The Luang Prabang is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, in a beautiful mountain setting. From 1353 until 1545 it was the capital of Lane Xang before power was transferred to Vientiane. Despite the move Luang Prabang remained the seat of monarchical power and when the kingdom broke up in 1694, one of the deceased king's grandsons established a rival kingdom to those in Vientiane and Champassak. Though weakened, the Luang Prabang royalty endured until 1975, when after the reign of 63 kings it was formally dissolved. You spend the following day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-La’s of Southeast Asia. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B, L, D)

Day3.  Luang Prabang – City Tour

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. During our time here, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River.

After noon, we drive to the Elephant village to visit and support the best preserve Asian Elephant care Centre, then we take a long tail boat to Tadsae water fall. Return to Luangprabang. In the evening we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B, L, D)

 

Day4.  Luang Prabang – Kuangsi water fall - Vang Vieng

After your breakfast, We continue our excursion to The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum, then go straight toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. Picnic Lunch at the water fall before heading back to Luangprabang. Then we travel on by roads to Vang Vieng. Our intrepid journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but also one of the roughest routes in Asia. In the afternoon we arrive in Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. We will embark on a boat for a well-paced trip along the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape. Overnight in Vang Vieng (B, L, D)

Day5.  Vang Vieng -Explore

The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous of these caves is Tham Jang, which was used by the local people as a refuge from Chinese invaders 200 years ago. Morning is on your own today. In the afternoon, we will explore the Water cave, located about 15km away from Vangvieng. To do this we will be driven there after that have a short trek through the Lowlander tribe village of Phaxang. Arrive in front of the Water cave, Guide give instruction before tubing experience into the cave(roughly half an hour). After that we return to where our local transportation stop. Continue to drive to where our Kayaking start and then enjoy our Kayaking experience down the Namxong river. Have fun with your kayaking until reaching the stopping point, The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of the town and relaxation. Over night in Vang Vieng (B, L, D)

Day6.  Vang Vieng - Vientiane –Tour

Early morning, we drive out of town to the faboulous capital, Vientiane. Along the way we make a stop to visit Houeimaw village, a famous fishermen’ village. Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. This afternoon we explore the town; with a visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa and the Buddha park. Overnight in Vientiane. (B, L, D)

Day7. Vientiane - Pakse – Saravan –Bolaven – Tadlo

After breakfast we make an excursion to Tadlo via the plateau of Bolaven, where tea and coffee plantations produce the infamous Lao coffee. You wil have the chance to observe the traditional coffee and tea makers. En route we visit the ethnic villages of Ban Tateng to experience the traditional lifestyles of the Alack, Katu and Nge tribes. We continue to visit the charming village of Tadlo where you will be transferred to the Tadlo resort. You will enjoy swimming in the pool of the Tadlo waterfall which is situated close to the resort. Overnight in Tadlo (B, L, D)

Day8. Tadlo – Bolaven Plateau – Don Khong.

After your breakfast, We continue our journey by driving to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos. On the way we will make a stop at the coffee and tea plantation, including Tad Yeuang and Faan water falls. Then in the after noon visit Oupmong ruin, another related archaeological site, then Ban Hinsiew to see local process the Palmyra sugar juice into the ball of sugar. Overnight in Don Khone Island (B, L, D)

Day 9. Don Khong – Don Khone and Don Det (By boat and local type of Tuktuk).

After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise venturing into the widest point of the Mekong River where thousands of islets become visible in dry season, giving this area a lovely name: Si Phan Done.  Along the way, we stop at the Liphi waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. We also visit the fishing village of Ban Done Khone. On return, we take a short drive to the Lao – Cambodia border at Weukham, expect to be encaptivated by the sight of Khone Phapheng, which boasts South East Asia’s biggest waterfall, known as the Niagara of the east. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. Overnight in Khong Island (B, L, D)

Day10. Don Khong – Vat Phu Asa – Vat Phu – Pakse

Upon leaving Don Khong, we drive on the National Road No. 13th south to visit Khonepapheng water fall, the biggest waterfall in Southeast Asia and the widest fall in the world. We will stop on the way to visit Phu Asa (here we have 2 hours elephant rides), and continue our driving to visit the fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.(B, L,D)

Day11. Pakse – Departure.

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to the Vangtao – Chongmek border, is the international Laos – Thai border crossing. Say good bye to Laos and welcome to Thailand.(B)

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All prices are valid from July 1st,2017through 31st  March, 2018

Tour price in USD net per person in group of

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The prices are quoted in USD per person base on your needs. We offer FOC for Tour Leader for all the ground service eg…all meals, entrance fee, accommodations, single supplement, water and cool handkerchief. Except flight ticket from Vientiane to Pakse.

Option1: Inclusive Package of 12-15pax : 1642$/person[ included: Domestic flight from Vientiane to Pakse] [ included: , cruise, English speaking driver, Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary, we will use minivans while in town and 25Seater bus from Luangprabang to Vangvieng, Vientiane, and Southern Laos]

Option2: Package 12-15 pax: without domestic flight only is 1,497$/person[ included: , cruise, English speaking driver, Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary, we will use minivans while in town and 25Seater bus from Luangprabang to Vangvieng, Vientiane, and Southern Laos]

 Price Including:

  • Hotels mentioned above with daily breakfast.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Private services of English speaking driver and air-conditioned vehicles with water and cool towels.
  • 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners as mentioned in the itinerary with 2Days/1Nights Mekong cruise from Houeixay to Luangprabang, with overnightstay in Pakbeng.
  • Lao government tax.

Price Excluding:

  • Domestic & international flights
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Gratuities.
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Lao visa fees (contact us for further information

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