Laos Discovery Tour will give you deep exploration of Laos from north to south. The trip include 3 UNESCO World Cultural Heritages in Laos: Luang Prabang town, Plain of Jars and Wat Phu. Start in Luang Prabang and end in Pakse, the tour can connect to Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City or Bangkok.
Upon arrival, meet our driver/tour guide and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure
Wake up early before dawn (around 5:00 am) to catch up with traditional alms giving ceremony. The unique and must-see activities in Laos.
In the early hours of the morning each day, as the sun is rising, the local Buddhist monks pad softly around the streets barefoot in single file, accepting gifts from the locals. All around the town, locals kneel down on the street, offering the monks gifts of rice, fresh fruit and sweets to contribute to their one meal of the day.
Transfer back to hotel for breakfast. And then, we start to visit most of famous sites in Luang Prabang including Wat Visoun (known as the ‘Watermelon Stupa’ on account of its spherical shape), Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong, which epitomizes all the elegance and grace of the city’s architecture. Next stop is Royal Palace and National Museum.
After lunch by your own expense, we take one hour journey by private car (~30 km) to beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy landscape and swimming on natural and clean small lakes there before back to Luang Prabang center. The tour end with sunset view on Phousi moutain before drive to hotel.
After breakfast, we start exciting day by enjoy a 3-hour morning boat trip from Luang Prabang center to Pak Ou Caves. After discovery of Pak Ou Caves, cruise back and stop at “Ban Xang Hai” local village for tasting their unique homemade local rice whisky and rice wine. There is also an Elephant Camp at Ban Xang Hai village name “Mani Fah” where you can have lunch at Camp’s restaurant. Greeting from camp manager and learn short story about elephants. Enjoy the impressive experience of elephant ride on the howdah (elephant seat) or on your elephant’s neck. Back to Luang Prabang town.
Free at leisure or your own arrangement. You can choose our optional tours if want to explore more.
Today, we spend the whole day for transfer from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan in Xieng Khuang province. The trip take around 7 hours with 260 km not including lunch time and short break. Upon arrival in Phonsavan, check in hotel and take a leisure.
After breakfast, we start the day to to discover mysterious Plain of Jars – UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. Driving 20 km approximately, we will reach to the monolithic site 2, located on two hill tops before we move on to a site that lies right in the rice paddy fields (referred to as site 3).
After that, we drive on to Muang Khoun, the ancient Tai Phouan Capital that was destroyed during the second Indochina War. The ruins of Vat Piavat and That Foun are the only remains of a significant past.
After lunch time, we return to the main town of Phonsavan, passing numerous large Hmong settlements. The region has quite a few Hmong villages which can be visited upon request and when time / weather permit this. We end the day at yet another and the most expansive site of the Plain of Jars – site number 1 – featuring the greatest number of jars and the largest monoliths in size.
After breakfast, leave Phnosavang to transfer to beautiful Vang Vieng town. The trip take around 6 hours with 240 km. Stop en route for short break and lunch. Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, check in hotel and leisure.
We depart from Green Discovery Office in Vang Vieng. After 14 km transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, we visit the first cave, Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation.
The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. 45min of exploration through numerous long corridors with wonderful limestone formations. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), also a good place for a swim.
After a picnic lunch, the trek to the Hmong village of Phathao passes through rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens. The trip back to Vang Vieng varies according to the level of the Nam Song. Descending the Nam Song by kayak leads us through idyllic scenes of rural life: a unique sight with the limestone mountains in the background.
After breakfast, say farewell with Vang Vieng for transfer to Nam Ngum Lake. Once you reach Nam Ngum Lake, take a long-tail boat trip on the massive artificial lake with many small islands. Feel the wind in your hair as you cruise around the reservoir, formed when the Nam Ngum River was dammed for hydroelectricity, to admire the panoramic views and get the opportunity to swim in the clear waters before lunch by your own expense at local restaurant.
And then, we continue the road to Vientiane. Along the road, we visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang and a market often frequented by Hmong people before arrival in Vientiane.
After breakfast, meet our guide at the hotel lobby and start Vientiane discovery. Firstly, we transfer to visit Buddha Park – famous for being home to more than 200 religious statues, including a huge 40-meter Reclining Buddha image. And then, we visit Pha That Luang with its golden stupa – sympol of Laos.
After lunch time at local restaurant. We continue our trip to Wat Si Saket – which features remarkable frescoes and more than 6,000 Buddha images. Then steps to Wat Ho Phra Keo and Presidential Palace. After next stops at Wat Si Muang and That Dam – an old stupa whose gold covering was stolen by the Thai army during their 1828 invasion, we stop at the last site: Patuxai Victory Monument.
Transfer back to the hotel around 4:00 pm
Early morning, take morning flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, meet our guide and start tour in Pakse.
Today, we discover south of Laos by visiting Bolaven Plateau area, Tad Lo and Tad Fan waterfalls, surrounding minority villages.
After breakfast, transfer to visit Wat Phu (Kmer ruins dating tray 11th century and is considered the largest site of its kind after Angkor), World Cultural Heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2001.
And then take the road to Khong Island. On the way visit the waterfall Phasouay and minority villages such Alak and Katou. Continue our journey through the Mekong Delta to the island of Khong Island.
Afternoon, take a boat trip on 4,000 islands area. Overnight in Khong island.
Free at leisure until to transfer back to Pakse for the flight to next destination.