Essential Laos

10 days Vientiane - Done Daeng - Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw

From $ 1699 USD/pax
From $ 1699 USD
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Vientiane

Vientiane
2days
Tuk Tuk Night Safari & Sin Dat BBQ

Done Daeng
2days
Wat Phou Sunrise & Waterfalls

Luang Prabang
3days
Mekong River Cruise

Nong Khiaw
2days
Kamu Eco Lodge

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Vientiane

Highlights

  • Hotel: 2-4 Stars
  • Attractions: 20+
  • Destinations: 4
  • Age: All age
  • Comfort: Standard
  • Style: Culture & Nature

Private guide & van for a more personalized experience

Enjoy lunch at local restaurants

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Luang Prabang

Explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves

Stay on one of most picturesque islands in the laid back southern region of the 4000 Islands. 

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - arrive Vientiane

    • Accommodation:

      Lao Plaza Hotel  

    • Meals:

      None
    • Activity:

      Welcome to Laos! You will be met and ascorted to check-in the hotel on your arrival to the airport. The rest of the day is free at leisure.  

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    • Good to know

      There is a night market lining along the river bank in the evenings. You can wander around there when the day fells. You will find some excellent local food stalls nearby on Chao Anou Road. You will also discover a wide array of dining and entertainment place elsewhere in the city, with something to suit every taste and budget.

  • Day 2 - Vientiane, City Tour, Tuk Tuk Night Safari & Sin Dat BBQ

    • Accommodation:

      Lao Plaza Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Dinner,Breakfast: Local Food

    • Activity:

      After breafast, today's trip begins at Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intactly after the Siamese invasion in 1828. It’s arguably the most beautiful temple in Vientiane and famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of miniature Buddha statues. 

      Next you will visit Wat Pra kaew, built in 1565 as the Lao royal family's personal chapel enshrined the Emerald Buddha statue, which was subsequently stolen by the Siamese and now sits in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.  Then go to the Patuxai monument - also called Anousavari, well known as Vientiane’s Arc de Triumph. Climb up to the roof for fantastic panoramic views. Later go to the national symbol, the golden stupa of That Luang, the holiest place in Laos.    

      The final visit of this morning will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting the Lao people's continued day-to-day struggle with the unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.

      Return to the hotel after lunch. The afternoon is at leisure.  

      When the sun sets and the air cools,  the city of Vientiane turns positively vibrant, especially around the street-food market. A trip to Laos wouldn't be complete without savouring some of Lao's fantastic street-food.  Accompanied by your guide, take a tuk tuk to the night market near That Luang, a place without many tourists, but is a consistent favourite among the locals. YAs the stalls come alive with delicious aromas, your guide will help you pick out a selection of dishes to sample but remember to save some room for the main event: a Lao-style BBQ, known as a Sin Dat.  

      After dinner go back to your hotel leisurely in the tuk tuk.

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  • Day 3 - Vientiane, Pakse, Champasak, Don Daeng

    • Accommodation:

      Don Daeng La Folie Lodge  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Take the morning flight from Vientiane to Pakse. Upon arrival, your guide will me you and escort you to Champasak, a delightful Colonial riverside town.

      Take the short boat crossing over the Mekong River to Don Daeng, one of the most beautiful islands in this laid-back region. Although it is too far north to be considered part of Si Phan Don, a.k.a the 4000 Islands, this doesn't deter from the archipelago experience.

      Explore the island leisure in the remainder of the day or just simply relax into the Si Phan Don pace of life!


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  • Day 4 - Done Daeng, Wat Phou Sunrise, 4000 Islands Tour

    • Accommodation:

      Don Daeng La Folie Lodge  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Dinner

    • Activity:

      Make an early morning visit to the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phou offering a stunning sunrise view and few people come this time in the morning. Return to your hotel by around 8am for breakfast.

      After breakfast, cross over the Mekong River again and drive south to Ban Hatsaikhone to board a local boat for a tour of the famous 4000 Islands.  

      You'll arrive at picturesque island of Don Khone by lunch time. You will ride a bicycle to explore the island in the afternoon, admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. When return to the mainland you will go to visit the impressive Khone Phapheng waterfalls, one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Southeast Asia, just a few miles from the Cambodian border.

      Continue to go to Done Daeng, arriving at early evening.

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  • Day 5 - Done Daeng, Pakse, Luang Prabang

    • Sights: 1

    • Accommodation:

      Luang Prabang Villa Santi Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Free at leisure till be transferred to Pakse for your flight to Luang Prabang.

      Upon arrival you will be met by your guide for the transfer to your hotel. 

      Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, situated at junction of Khan River and Mekong River, surrounded by mountains voted  as one of the Asia's premier travel destinations and it is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.  

      Before sun set climb 328 steps to the top of Mt. Phousi, which is in the center of the city.  The rewards of the climbers will be the panoramic view of the Luang Prabang and the surrounding view over the Mekong River. 

      In the evening there are plenty of great restaurants for you to choose - we recommend the local stalls by river side  for some truly authentic Lao flavours, washed down with the excellent Beer Lao!

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  • Day 6 - Luang Prabang, Tak Bat, Walking Tour, Weaving Villages, Baci Ceremony

    • Accommodation:

      Luang Prabang Villa Santi Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      An option for early-risers is to get up before dawn to witness the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony. the lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s an iconic sight in Luang Prabang. 

      After breakfast, you will begin your tour at the former Royal Palace Museum, giving a good overview of the local history. Followed by some temples, beginning with Wat Mai, a temple famous for its golden bas-reliefs,  then continuing on to Wat Xieng Thong, the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, and the unique Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. the final visit of this morning is the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre where you will further learn the ethnic mix and culture of Laos.

      In the afternoon visit the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xanghai.

      In the early evening you will have an opportunity to attend a Baci Ceremony in a local family. The purpose of it is to call escaped spirits back to the body. It is a very important tradition for Lao people before major events such as births, weddings, travel or welcoming guests. The ceremony itself is led by an older member of the family and involves gently tying cotton cords around your wrists, symbolizing good health,  friendship and good luck on your journey ahead.

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  • Day 7 - Luang Prabang

    • Accommodation:

      Luang Prabang Villa Santi Hotel  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Your day is at leisure.

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  • Day 8 - Luang Prabang, Mekong River Cruise, Pak Ou, Nong Khiaw

    • Sights: 1

    • Accommodation:

      Laos Kamu Lodge  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast,Dinner

    • Activity:

      Depart in the early morning to enjoy a local boat ride up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou caves, which are filled with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues, hidden from the looting Chinese Haw in times gone by. The statues are in various shapes and sizes ranging from a few centimetres to the size of a human.

      After the trip to the caves, continue to Kamu Eco Lodge on the banks of the river and you will arrive at lunch time. The lodge features 20 canvas tents covered by thatched roofs, each adapted to the local Lao style in harmony with its surrounds. Each tent has an private bathroom with shower, solar-powered warm water, toilet and electricity.

      In the afternoon you can enjoy this unique setting in a variety of ways. Options include rice planting, gold-panning, jungle walks to search for medicinal plants, traditional fishing, a local village visit, an archery contest, or simply relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere. Supper is served at the camp.


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  • Day 9 - Nong Khiaw, Mekong River Cruise, Luang Prabang

    • Accommodation:

      Laos Kamu Lodge  

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Enjoy a peaceful breakfast and then have a walk nearby before taking the short cruise back to Luang Prabang. Upon arriving, be escorted to your hotel.

      The remainder of your day is at leisure.


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  • Day 10 - depart Luang Prabang

    • Meals:

      Breakfast

    • Activity:

      Free at leisure till be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Accommodation

Lao Plaza Hotel

63,Samsenthai Road P.O.Box 6708 , 01000 Lao

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 4.8km Airports
  2. 1.3km Public Transport
  3. 1km Center
Why This Hotel:

Located in the heart of the Vientiane

Set international standards for the discerning traveler in this ancient and wonderful land

Don Daeng La Folie Lodge

Done Daeng, Pathoumphone,Pakse, Champasak, 01000 Champasak, Laos

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 37.2km Airports
  2. 34km Public Transport
  3. 5.4km Center
Why This Hotel:

Enjoy the swimming pool at sunset

Cycling around the lovely Done Daeng island

The Vat Phu is just a 15 minutes boat ride away

Luang Prabang Villa Santi Hotel

Sakkarine Road, Ban Wat Sene, 06000 LUANG PRABANG, Laos

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 7.3km Airports
  2. 3.6km Public Transport
  3. 1.2km Center
Why This Hotel:

It was once a former residence for King Sisavangvong’s wife

Situated in the heart of Luang Prabang

Laos Kamu Lodge

Ban Nioy Hai, Muang Nga District, Oudoumxay Province, 06000, Laos, 01000 Ban Gnoyhai, Laos

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100% satisfaction!

We only recommend you best hotels inspected by our team. Positive feedbacks continually arrive for their outstanding service and unique characters.

  1. 8km Airports
  2. 2km Public Transport
  3. 2km Center
Why This Hotel:

Allowing guests to get in touch with innermost selves

Learning more about yourselves by being a part of an ancient community

Good place for you to take a break from your busy days

    All transfers specified, in private car or air-conditioned minibus

    The service of an English Speaking guide

    Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)

    All excursions specified in the itinerary

    All entry fees

    All meals specified in the itinerary

    All bank charges and exchange rate changes at time of payment

    All insurances including cancellation, travel, repatriation and lost luggage insurances

    All drinks with meals and other items of personal expenditure

    All tips

    All services not specified in the itinerary

    All meals not specified in the itinerary

    Domestic flights not mentioned

    International flights

    Additional insurance

    Entry visas and visa fees (contact us for further information)

    Travel Insurance (Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip)

2 Reviews
4.8

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  • Bennnjiii
    4.9

    Spent 10 days with Mr. Jack, our guide, and Sambo, our driver. What’s an experience! It was an excellent experience. Mr. Jack was knowledgeable, amiable and friendly.

  • Mervyn H
    4.7

    Out guide , Mr Chan and our driver in Vientiane were the best. Mr Chan was well informed about all aspects of the temples and our driver Somah was a very good driver. They both spoke english well and helped make our trip a lot of fun. You won't be disappointed with this company.

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    All the hotels we advised have been inspected by our team and we spend time each year to top up our knowledge on the spot. Continuing Positive feedbacks on them from former customers because of their outstanding and unique characters.

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    Local Available 7/24

    All the hotels we advised have been inspected by our team and we spend time each year to top up our knowledge on the spot. Continuing Positive feedbacks on them from former customers because of their outstanding and unique characters.

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    Warm Welcome Kits

    We provide the welcome kits for each customer, you will receive the SIM card, city map, a bottle of drinking water and a cool towel per guest per day for FREE. Get all first-step information and useful tips in one profile and make your first tour simple and easy.

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