Southern Laos & Luang Prabang

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Southern Laos & Luang Prabang

Highlights Include:

  • Visits to villages, coffee farms, & tea plantations
  • Witnessing thousands of Buddha statuettes at the Pak Ou caves
  • Opportunities to explore the natural beauty of Laos
  • Being charmed by Luang Prabang
Tour Details

From: Please inquire | Single supplement on request

8 days

Departures: Daily, All Year

This eight-day trip through Southern Laos and Luang Prabang will allow you to experience the natural beauty of Laos, amazing waterfalls and the Irrawaddy dolphins, countless Buddha statues and temples, and a cultural experience you will never forget. Rich in history and culture, Laos and its peoples harmonize life to ancient rhythms and traditions that evoke timeless Asia.

This is a sample semi-independent itinerary. Travel will be independent with guided tours and activities along the way. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to create an itinerary to meet your preferences.

Day 1Transfer to Champansak | Meals: B

Meet your guide upon arrival and transfer south to Champansak crossing by ferry to your hotel. Overnight in Champansak

Day 2Khmer Temple, Phou Asa Ruins | Meals: B

Visit the famous Khmer Temple complex of Wat Phou. This represents the easternmost border of the Khmer empire. Travel to the top of Phou Asa to see the mysterious ruins. Continue on to the 4,000 Islands area by van and ferry. Overnight on Khone Island

Day 3Li Phi Falls & Khone Island | Meals: B

Enjoy a trip to Li Phi Falls. Here live some 50-100 Irrawaddy (freshwater) dolphins. If lucky, you’ll have the chance to see them. See the small gauge railway and Colonial Bridge built by the French to circumnavigate the falls. Then relax at leisure or exploring the island on your own. Overnight on Khone Island

Day 4Khonephapheng Falls, Bolaven Plateau, & Paksong Market | Meals: B

Return to the mainland and visit Khonephapheng falls, the largest in Asia. Continue north up the Bolaven Plateau, a high area known for its waterfalls, ethnic minorities and also the home to Lao coffee and tea production. Travel through the Lao countryside past villages, temples and farmland. Notice how the air gets cooler as you ascend to higher altitudes. In Paksong, visit a coffee plantation to learn the art of coffee growing and roasting from a local master and then stop at the local Paksong Market. Visit the majestic cascades of the Tad Yuang Waterfall for a dip if you like. Continue on to Tad Fane for a glimpse of the huge twin waterfalls that plunge 200 meters down a gorge, before returning to Pakse. Overnight in the Bolaven Plateau area

Day 5Leisure Day & Transfer to Luang Prabang | Meals: B

Morning at leisure to explore on your own and enjoy the resort’s facilities. In the afternoon transfer to Pakse Airport. Meet your guide upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 6Alms Giving & Walking Tour of Luang Prabang | Meals: B

The bells of the town’s monasteries toll at dawn when golden lines of monks emerge to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. The morning alms is an important aspect of Lao culture. As the sun rises about 200 Buddhist monks depart from the temples for their daily meal. If you rise early, you will have the opportunity to witness this sacred ritual, long lines of barefoot monks weaving through the streets on their alms rounds. Meet your guide for a walking tour of this historic and charming World Heritage Town. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, explore the side streets, along back alleys and through temples to soak up the ambiance, and see the National Museum which was the former Royal Palace. In the afternoon, enjoy a boat ride on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site perched high above the Mekong River where the figures of more than 3,000 Buddha images, some inlaid with semi-precious stones, remain undisturbed in this remote site. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 7Free Day in Luang Prabang | Meals: B

Today is free to continue exploring the city on your own. There is a lot more to do around Luang Prabang, visiting the Elephant Village, hiking and cycling, and seeing local villages. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 8Depart Luang Prabang | Meals: B

Depart Luang Prabang Airport back to the US – or continue your travels in Asia!

  • Flight Pakse–Luang Prabang including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Seven night’s accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance and visit to Wat Phou, Phou Asa Ruins, Li Phi Falls, Khonephapheng Falls, Bolaven Plateau, Tad Yuang Waterfall
  • Walking tour of Luang Prabang and Pak Ou Caves
Not Included
  • Round trip flights US-Asia including government taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports, visas, or health vaccinations
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
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