Grand Overland Tour of Laos

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Laos located in the Western Indochina offers us more than just a pure landscape but enchanting local and rich culture. The journey will take us through insightful excursions to outdoor adventures between Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Xieng Khuang, and Parkse to discover the enchanted beauty of that untouched land.

Day 1: Hello Luang Prabang

Our driver and guide will pick you up at the airport and head to your hotel to drop off luggage and get some rest. Our journey starts with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, the magnificent Luang Prabang temple Wat Xiengthong which shows classical Laotian architecture, Wat Visoun, and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.

Day 2: Big Brother Mouse- Ban Khia Luang- Pak ou Caves (B, L)

This morning, we will visit the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the visit to Ban Khia Luang village. The books will be given to the kids at school. After spending time with the local children, we will explore the village seeing weaving, and visit local temples. Lunch will be served with a Western picnic style or traditional Laotian food. After lunch, we drive to Ban Khoklin and then take a private boat down to the Nam Ou River to get to Pak Ou Caves. The 2 linked caves are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Return back to Luang Praban by the same mean for the night.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall and Ban Chan (B)

After breakfast, we will leave Luang Prabang by boat for the picturesque Ban Chan village, then visit Phousi market where we can see a variety of offers from dried buffalo skin, local tea, saltpeter among chickens to hill-tribe weavings. And now, it is the time to know the ethnic minority groups by visiting H’mong’s Ban Ouay village, then Laoloum’s Ban Ou village, and Khmu’s Ban Thapene village. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which offers a natural swimming pool and a walk in the forest. Stay the night in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xiengkhuang (B)

The ride from Luang Prabang to Xiengkhuang gives us many opportunities for photos with wonderful scenery and hill tribe villages. We shall make some stops on the way to see the local living lifestyle and feel the warm welcome from local villagers. Upon arrival, visit Site 1 of the Plain of Jars an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau.

Day 5: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun (B)

This morning we will visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, the MAG exhibition, and of course Site 2 of the Plain of Jars. To get to Site 3, we will take a short scenic trek via Tai Dam and Lao Leum village. This afternoon, we will see the old capital of Muang Khoun and be nearby villages that are the home of the H’Mong and Tai Dam people.

Day 6: Xieng Khuang- Muang Khoun- Vang Vieng (B)

The day starts by visiting the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan. At Phonsavan market, you can sit for a tasty bowl of freshly made steaming pho for breakfast or buy some local fruits or if you dare, try bamboo rats, porcupines, winged critters, snakes, or any bugs. In Laos, anything that can fly, scraw, walk, and swim could be your meal. Later the day, we will hit the road for Vang Vieng and spend the night in the city.

Day 7: Vang Vieng – Half Day tour – Vientiane (B)

First, this morning, visit the famous caves of Tham Jang which were once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. Be sure we don’t miss a very pleasant village named Ban Huai Ngai where we can see the different lifestyles of the locals. After having lunch, we head south to Vientiane by sunset time.

Grand Overland Tour of Laos

Day 8: Vientiane – Half Day city tour (B)

Start our day with stunning major temples of Vientiane including the oldest Wat Sisaket- a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Then stroll through the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We cannot miss the Lao national icon- The Luang Stupa and also the imposing Patuxay Monument which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The rest of your day is free.

Day 9: Vientiane – Pakse – 4000 Islands (B)

We will catch an early flight in the morning from Vientiane to Pakse. Once arriving in Pakse, drive south to Champassak and visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu which is one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. These intriguing Khmer ruins are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Hop on our bus and a long tail boat to get to the 4000 Islands area where we can relax for the rest of the day.

Grand Overland Tour of Laos

Day 10: 4000 Islands and surroundings (B)

After enjoying your delicious breakfast, we will explore Khone Island, starting with re-tracing the French colonial past at Ban Khone, where old colonial houses still stand, and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. Continue our day by visiting 4000 islands and the beautiful Liphi waterfall also known as the Samphamith which forms a natural border between Laos and Cambodia. Return to Ban Nakasang to drive the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng which is the largest waterfall in South East Asia, the “Niagara of the East”.

Day 11: 4000 Islands – Tad Lo- Pakse (B)

This morning, we will leave Khone Island for Bolevean Plateau. The place is famous for its cooler temperature, and stunning waterfalls, especially Tad Fan. Tad Fan waterfall is spectacular with twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows us to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, and other crops. In the afternoon we would get to Tad Lo, the home of another scenic waterfall and numerous ethnic minority groups such as Alak, Nge, and Katu villages. Return to Pakse for the night.

Day 12: Pakse – Departure (B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pakse Airport for a flight to Siem Reap where your vacation ends. Goodbye until we meet again.