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The essential of Laos

If you want to discover Laos for the first time, this program is perfect for you. You will not miss the must-sees of the country passing from north to south. On the program, discover the most beautiful temples, waterfalls, immersion in the local culture while skirting the Mekong.

Proposed services

  • Local guide
  • Bicycle tour
  • Culture
  • Private Car
  • Hiking

The route day by day

1

Arrival in Luang Prabang

Once you have arrived in Luang Prabang Airport, you will meet your French speaking guide and your driver who will take you to your hotel.

Your room will be available from 2 pm.

You will visit the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun and Wat Aham, built during the reign of King Wisunarat in 1513.

Night in the hotel.


Détail du jour

Daily services : Private Driver / Private French Guide

Villa Chitdara

Facing the Mekong River and in the heart of Luang Prabang, this 25-room boutique hotel occupies a French colonial-style villa. Villa Chitdara is located a 7-minute walk from Phra Bang Bronze Buddha and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.

Standard (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Room Service
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

Elegant rooms with a private balcony where you can enjoy the street (to see the procession of the monks) or the view of the garden.

2

Tour of the City of Luang Prabang

Luang prabang

Luang Prabang is one of the most beautiful cities of Southeast Asia, which benefits from an exceptional geographic location at the foot of a mountain range and at the intersection of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. You will visit the most emblematic and culturally rich sites. A guide will explain about the history of the city, its architecture and culture so that you can appreciate the visit more..

  • You will climb the relatively easy 328 steps up to the top of the mysterious Mount Phousi . The panoramic views from the top are breathtaking!
  • The Vat Mai, a well-respected sanctuary with a magnificent roof, built at the end of the 18th century.
  • The Royal Palace which nowadays houses teh National Museum and it very large collection precious objects which used to belong to the royal family. Here you can also see a large number of statues that were discovered in the region's temples. It is here that The Vat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Royal City, is a complex of sacred temples and sanctuaries where you can see the most refined traditional Lao art, without a doubt the most beautiful site in Luang Prabang.

Then, you will board a motorboat to get to the Pak Ou Caves, the most well-known Buddhist site in the Luang Phrabang area. This superb excursion on the Mekong River lined with karst cliffs and small villages will be an opportunity to capture a little of what life is like on the riverbank. When you get to the caves, you will marvel at the thousands of little statues of Buddha inside. During the boat trip you will be able to enjoy a local lunch at your own pace.

Duration of the boat trip: 2 heures

Night in the hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
  • déjeuner
Daily services : Boat / Private Driver / Private French Guide

Villa Chitdara

Facing the Mekong River and in the heart of Luang Prabang, this 25-room boutique hotel occupies a French colonial-style villa. Villa Chitdara is located a 7-minute walk from Phra Bang Bronze Buddha and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.

Standard (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Room Service
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

Elegant rooms with a private balcony where you can enjoy the street (to see the procession of the monks) or the view of the garden.

3

Hike from Ban Nong Heo to the Kuang Sy Waterfalls

Luang prabang

In the late morning, your guide will accompany you to the temple to take part in the Tak Bat ceremony. You will see the inhabitants kneeling down holding their hands out with food for the passing monks in their saffron orange coloured robes. You will be touched by this important moment, with a calm and respectful silence because the monks and the inhabitants do not exchange any words during this moment. After this lesson in humility, your guide will drive you to a local market which is very lively in the mornings. Next you will visit a local restaurant near the Mekong River to drink a soup which will calm your hunger and give you energy for the day. If you don't fancy a soup at this time of the morning, you can take a coffee and watch the locals going about their business. Then you can return to the hotel for a more substantial breakfast.

Note :

  • Guests will head out to take part in the Tak Bat ceremony, which takes place between 5:50 and 6:30 am.
  • Visitors taking part in this ceremony are recommended to cover their arms and legs.
  • Please do not cross in front of the monks and please only take photos from a respectful distance.
  • Please also remain quiet.
  • The Khao Soi is just for a taste, and guests may of course return to the hotel afterwards for breakfast if they wish.

 

Hiking from Ban Nong Heo to the Kuang Sy Waterfalls

Once you arrive at Ban Nong Heo, you can take your time to discover the charming Khamu village, its traditional houses, water buffalos and its free roaming ducks. You can also see the farmers and blacksmiths going about their daily duties. Your guide will then take you on a gentle hike in the countryside through forests, valleys and plantations, passing by some pretty viewing points. You can even ask him to cut some sugar canes right from the field so you can taste the refreshing juice ! After the walk in this delightful natural setting, you will get to the village of Ban Thapene, situated at the entrance of the Kuang Sy Waterfalls. 

Distance and duration of the hike : 1.5 hours & Level: 0

Visit to the Kuang Sy Waterfalls, one of the most important sites in Luang Phrabang. These falls consisting of limestone rock formations and numerous turquoise coloured natural pools have become an unmissable destination for visitors to Laos. The inside of the falls has been turned into a public park where you can take a rest and enjoy the shade from the trees. What is most interesting, can be found a little further uphill : lots of small natural limestone pools that have formed by erosion. You can relax and have a swim here in these natural bathing pools.

Return to Luang Prabang and overnight in your hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Private Driver / Private French Guide

Villa Chitdara

Facing the Mekong River and in the heart of Luang Prabang, this 25-room boutique hotel occupies a French colonial-style villa. Villa Chitdara is located a 7-minute walk from Phra Bang Bronze Buddha and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.

Standard (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Room Service
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

Elegant rooms with a private balcony where you can enjoy the street (to see the procession of the monks) or the view of the garden.

4

On the way to Vang Vieng

Luang prabang, Vang vieng

You will reach Vang Vieng by air-conditioned vehicle, from which you can admire the magnificent mountain landscape (6 hour journey). When you arrive, you will be taken to check in to your hotel.

At the end of the afternoon, board the boat for a peaceful cruise along the Nam Song River, in a delightful spiky karst peak landscape.

Night in your hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Private Driver / Private French Guide

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel is located on the banks of the Nam Song River and facing the Vang Vieng Limestone Mountains. The hotel therefore offers a delightful panorama in a peaceful atmosphere.

Standard (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

The hotel rooms are set in large modern buildings and are simply but elegantly decorated. They all have a balcony with a remarkable view.

5

Discovering Vang Vieng and the region

Luang prabang, Vang vieng

In the morning, head to Vang Vieng and the little village of Ban Phathao where your hike will begin. You will walk along rice fields at the foot of impressive karst peaks, along the magnificent paths shaded by large trees, and you will see the local people going about their daily business. You will arrive at the first cave Tham Loup (a deep cave) then to Tham Hoi (smaller, nearby), where you will see a beautiful landscape before continuing to a small village near the river where you will visit the sacred temple at the Elephant Cave. Then, cross the bridge to meet up with your transfer back to town.

Distance and duration of the hike : 5 kilometres - about 2 hours & Level : 0 

The route : From Vang Vieng to Ban Phathao : 14 kilometres - 30 minutes 

In the afternoon you will head to the other side of the Nam Song River to get to the foot of the Pha Ngeun Peak, departure point for your hike in this splendid natural setting, typical of the Vang Vieng countryside with its mountainous woodland. When you reach the top, you will be rewarded with a 360 panoramic view over the rice fields and forests, and the limestone peaks on the horizon. You can take a rest here whilst admiring the view. Then, about a 40 minute descent to town. 

Duration of the hike :  2.5 hours & Level : 0 à 1 

Night in the hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Private Driver / Private French Guide

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel is located on the banks of the Nam Song River and facing the Vang Vieng Limestone Mountains. The hotel therefore offers a delightful panorama in a peaceful atmosphere.

Standard (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

The hotel rooms are set in large modern buildings and are simply but elegantly decorated. They all have a balcony with a remarkable view.

6

On the way to the capital Vientiane

Luang prabang, Vientiane, Vang vieng

In the morning, travel from Vang Vieng to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, about a 3.5 hour journey

The capital of Laos, Vientiane maintains a strong Asian identity despite the French colonial influence. You will visit the principal landmarks of the city, in contrast to the old monasteries and other Asian style buildings. :

  • The Vat Phra Keo Temple : Built in 1565 for the famous Emerald Buddha and renovated in it original style in 1942. It is situated in a wonderful garden, which has some superb carved wooden panels and gracious columns under its typical Lao and North Siamese roof.
  • Pha That Louang : a cloister built around a large stupa, saved during the raid on the town by the Siamese but then damaged by the Ho looters in 1873 before being renovated by the French in 1930 ; It has become the nation's symbol representing the country's Buddhist religion and sovereignty. This large sanctuary is a Lao architectural work of art
  • The Patuxay, or Arc de Triomphe : You can enjoy a view of Vientiane from the top
  • Talat Sao Market : here you can find everything you need in Laos

Note: You can also finish the tour of the city on foot along the Mekong River to watch the sunset before visiting the night market.

Night in your hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Private Driver / Private French Guide

Beau Rivage Mekong

Charming hotel with a unique decor located on the banks of the Mekong. In the evening, take the opportunity to stroll along the Mekong and enjoy the many restaurants nearby.

Standard (x 1)
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels

The Standard room offers a view of the Garden. With a simple decoration, you will have a comfortable stay in this colonial house with 3 floors.

7

Fly to the south of the country

Luang prabang, Vientiane, Si phan done

Your driver will meet you to transfer you to the airport to take your flight to Pakse.

On arrival at Pakse Airport, you will meet your guide, then you will have a 3 hour journey through the countryside of the south of Laos for the last time, heading towards the village of Ban Nakassang, from where you will make a 30 minute crossing to the island of Don Khone or Don Det. Siphandon, the 4000 islands archipelago is the ideal place for enjoying the zen atmosphere of this region.

Distance: 150 kilometres - 3 hours 

Note : Based on the time of day, you will be able to make certain stops along the way : Phaphena Waterfalls (40 minutes), Vat Hatxaikhun (20 minutes), Ban Ponsaad (20 minutes), Ban Nong Bung (20 minutes)

Night in hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Boat / Private Driver / Private French Guide

Sengahloune Resort

Located on Don Khon Island, Le Sengahloune Resort offers accommodation a 2-minute walk from the Old French Railway Bridge. Enjoy the calm and serenity of the place in the heart of the Mekong.

Standard Mekhong Riverview (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom

This room has a balcony with a view of the river and offers all the comforts you need for your stay in the 4000 islands.

8

Sailing to the 4000 islands

Luang prabang, Si phan done

Set off to discover how abundant life is at the 4000 islands, starting with a 40 minute journey on a wooden boat departing from Don Loppadi, a village that is strongly influenced by Buddhism. The villagers will be happy to show you how they make fishing nets and rice baskets, as well as their way of preparing glutinous rice. The journey continues to another island where a fisherman will show you how to cast a traditional fishing net. Try to get the hang of it before returning to the pier at Don Det.

In the afternoon, it is time for a bicycle ride to see the marvels of the island, the famous Liphi waterfalls and the old locomotive that dates back to the French colonial period. In the south of the island, near the village of Ban Hang Khone, you will take a boat past the islands that border Cambodia. With a bit of luck, the dolphins from Irrawaddy might be out and about. During this visit, you can learn what local life is like and admire the Mekong and its unique landscapes.Note : If guests prefer not to cycle, we can arrange for a Samlor, or tuk-tuk instead (supplementary fee).

Duration : The tour normally lasts 6 hours but can always be adapted for

Night in the hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Boat / Private French Guide

Sengahloune Resort

Located on Don Khon Island, Le Sengahloune Resort offers accommodation a 2-minute walk from the Old French Railway Bridge. Enjoy the calm and serenity of the place in the heart of the Mekong.

Standard Mekhong Riverview (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom

This room has a balcony with a view of the river and offers all the comforts you need for your stay in the 4000 islands.

9

Head to Vat Phou and Champasak

Luang prabang, Champasak, Si phan done

Breakfast in the hotel. You will start the day with a visit to the impressive waterfalls at Khone Phapheng, the largest in Laos.

Then, the zen atmosphere of this 4000 island archipelago will put you in good condition before starting the 3 hour journey to Champasak.

The countryside around Champasak is among the most beautiful in Laos. In the afternoon, head off on a walk to discover the Vat Muang Kang, the oldest temple in use in Champasak, which combines French colonial and Buddhist architectural styles. Situated along the Mekong River, the site provides a magnificent view and a calm atmosphere with its garden, its historical buildings and its wooden dormitory for the monks. From there, you will start a walk along a bamboo-lined path, passing through traditional villages where the locals prepare traditional rice boxes or various culinary specialities. During this walk, you can enjoy pastoral landscapes around the Mekong up to the Vat Phanon Temple.

Then, visit the Vat Phu complex, a temple not to be missed in the south of Laos, it too classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Settle in to your hotel and free time to relax.

Night in the hotel.


Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Boat / Private Driver / Private French Guide

Residence Bassac

Friendly hotel with bright rooms and picturesque charm. Residence Bassac is located 10km from one of Indochina's most beautiful historical sites, the temple of Wat Phou.

Superior (x 1)
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

Bright and tastefully decorated room with French and Laotian influences.

10

Departure from Laos

Luang prabang, Champasak

Breakfast in the hotel.

Free time to explore independently, then transfer to Pakse Airport for your return flight.



Détail du jour

Repas :
  • breakfast
Daily services : Private Driver

Dates and prices

Period Price per adult
From November to April
1428 EUR * Choose

*Excluding international flights, price per adult, subject to variations depending on the options desired, the availability of our partners and the exchange rate.

This price includes
  • 24/7 OnSite Support in English
  • Daily meals indicated
  • All activities described except options
  • All transfers, unless otherwise stated
  • Complete travel roadmap
  • Accommodation
This price does not include
  • International flights

  • Tips

  • Personal expenses

  • The insurance

NB: The hotels proposed are our selection for this tour, they will be subject to change to hotels of a similar category depending on their availability.

Proposed accommodation

Villa Chitdara Luang Prabang

Facing the Mekong River and in the heart of Luang Prabang, this 25-room boutique hotel occupies a French colonial-style villa. Villa Chitdara is located a 7-minute walk from Phra Bang Bronze Buddha and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.

  • Wifi
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry Service
Standard (x 1)

Elegant rooms with a private balcony where you can enjoy the street (to see the procession of the monks) or the view of the garden.

  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Room Service
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator
Vansana Vangvieng Hotel Vang Vieng

Vansana Vangvieng Hotel is located on the banks of the Nam Song River and facing the Vang Vieng Limestone Mountains. The hotel therefore offers a delightful panorama in a peaceful atmosphere.

  • Pool
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Room Service
  • Massage Room
  • Laundry Service
Standard (x 1)

The hotel rooms are set in large modern buildings and are simply but elegantly decorated. They all have a balcony with a remarkable view.

  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Private Bathroom
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator
Beau Rivage Mekong Vientiane

Charming hotel with a unique decor located on the banks of the Mekong. In the evening, take the opportunity to stroll along the Mekong and enjoy the many restaurants nearby.

  • Spa
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry Service
Standard (x 1)

The Standard room offers a view of the Garden. With a simple decoration, you will have a comfortable stay in this colonial house with 3 floors.

  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
Sengahloune Resort Si Phan Done

Located on Don Khon Island, Le Sengahloune Resort offers accommodation a 2-minute walk from the Old French Railway Bridge. Enjoy the calm and serenity of the place in the heart of the Mekong.

  • Pool
  • Wifi
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
Standard Mekhong Riverview (x 1)

This room has a balcony with a view of the river and offers all the comforts you need for your stay in the 4000 islands.

  • Safe
  • Wifi
  • Air conditioning
  • TV
  • Balcony /Terrace
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
Residence Bassac Champasak

Friendly hotel with bright rooms and picturesque charm. Residence Bassac is located 10km from one of Indochina's most beautiful historical sites, the temple of Wat Phou.

  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry Service
  • Activity Center
Superior (x 1)

Bright and tastefully decorated room with French and Laotian influences.

  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini-Bar
  • Private Bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Towels
  • Refrigerator

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The essential of Laos

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  • 10 day(s)
  • Custom made
    • Luang Prabang
    • Vang Vieng
    • Vientiane
    • 4000 îles & Champassak

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