8 Days / 7 Nights - Tour
Houexai - Pakbeng - Luang Prabang
- Vientiane - Pakse - Vat Phou - Bolovan Plateau
Day 1 Houexai - Pakbeng
Upon arrival by ferry from Thailand you will be greeted by your
Tour Escort from the Luang Say Cruise and he will accompany you
to the immigration counter to enter Laos. After that we will board
the Luang Say Boat and start our cruise down the Mekong River. The
scenery is beautiful and we will stop along the way at some local
villages and sample the simple but peaceful life of the local people.
Pick-nick lunch is served on board. Late afternoon arrival in Pakbeng
and check-in the very charming Luang Say Lodge on the banks of the
River. Dinner will be served on the terrace of the resort overlooking
the Mekong River. Accommodation at Luang Say Lodge.
Day 2 Pakbeng - Luang Prabang
Breakfast. Today we are back on the boat for the second leg of our
journey down the Mekong. We will pass by local fishing villages
and enjoy this relaxing way of travel. On the way we will stop at
Pak Ou village to visit the famous Tham Thing Caves of a Thousand
Buddhas and at a local village, which is famous for it's rice wine!
Pick-nick lunch is served on board. Late afternoon arrival in Luang
Prabang. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Dinner and accommodation
at hotel, Luang Prabang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 Luang Prabang
Breakfast. The ancient capital of the former Kingdom is one of the
best-preserved ancient cities in South East Asia. Nestled in the
mountains at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers the town
has a unique charm with gilded temples on nearly every corner and
saffron robed monks strolling through the quiet streets. The city
center of this World Heritag Site has kept the flair of the bygone
days and is rich in cultural heritage with old monasteries and temples.
This morning we will discover the oldest part of the city on foot.
We will first visit Wat Nong. Opposite this temple is an Art School
where students from all over Laos learn the ancient art of Lao workmanship.
Further down the little road we will enter Wat Saen, a Thai style
monastery with several wats. From there we will continue towards
the end of the Penninsular and visit a few smaller temples: Wat
Sop, Wat Sirimungkhun, Wat Si Bouan Heuang and Wat Khili. Almost
at the end of the Penninsula we will find the richest and most beautiful
temple: Vat Xieng Thong. The temple was build in classic Luang Prabang
architecture in 1560. The rear wall of the Sim features an impressive
"tree of life" mosaic set in red background. Inside richly
decorated wooden column support a ceiling vested with Dharma-Wheels.
In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha
images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon we will visit Wat Wisunalat, one
of the city's oldest temple with That Makmo, the so called Watermelon
Stupa because of it's round dome. From there we will walk a few
steps up to Wat Aham, which is known for it's two large Banayan
Trees. Nex we will walk up 350 steps to Wat Phousi Hill. The temples
on the slopes of Phousi are all of rather recent construction but
from the top we have a very nice view over the city and it's surroundings.
Late afternoon we will visit Wat Pha Baht Tai, a very pleasant place
to see the sun go down over the Mekong River. Dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodation at Hotel, Luang Prabang.
Day 4 Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Breakfast. This morning we will visit Khouang Si Waterfall which
are about 30 km south of Luang Prabang. The pleasant drive through
the countryside takes about 1 hour. The waterfall tumbles over multi-tiered
limestone formations into cool, clear pools, which invite for a
refreshing swim! After we enjoyed this relaxing site we will visit
a village of the Khmu minority close by. On the way back to Luang
Prabang we will visit Ban Phanom Village, which is well known for
cotton and silk hand weaving. You can stroll through the village
and watch the weavers working on their handlooms. Time permitting
we will also visit the tomb of Henri Muhout, the French explorer
who re-discovered Angkor Wat in the 1860's. It is located in the
jungle outside the village on the banks of the river. Lunch at local
This afternoon we will visit Wat Mai. It is build
in traditional Luang Prabang style and has a remarkably rich decorated
veranda. We will then continue to the National Museum, which is
located in the former king's palace in the center of Luang Prabang.
On display is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the Royal
Family as photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign
visitors. Mid afternoon transfer to the airport and departure with
domestic flight to Vientiane. Transfer to your hotel and check-in.
Dinner and accommodation at hotel, Vientiane.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Vientiane
Breakfast. The capital of Laos is a very laid-back city, busy and
hectic in comparison to the rest of the country very quiet however
if compared with any other city in Asia. The tree lined boulevards
and the old temples give the town it's special touch of ancient
past and French colonialism. Today we will visit Wat Sisaket, the
oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Wat Sisaket
is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. All other temples in
the city have undergone extensive restoration. Vat Sisaket features
remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Nearby is Haw Phra
Kaew, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Haw
Phra Kaew has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some
of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country.
The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that
now resides in Bangkok's Wat Phraw Kaew. Lunch at local restaurant.
This afternoon we will visit the Lao National History
Museum. It is located in a old French Mansion and houses different
exhibitions with interesting artifacts from the French colonial
period, the struggle for independence and of course the fight for
power by the Pathet Lao. Next we will visit the That Luang Stupa.
This is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of
both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Built in 1566 by
King Sethtathirat its central structure is 45 meters tall and can
be seen from far. The original stupa was said to contain relics
of Lord Buddha. We will then continue to Patousay, the victory gate
also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture
is inspired by the "Arc de Triumph" in Paris. Late afternoon
we will stroll along the Mekong River and enjoy a refreshing drink
at one of the simple riverside cafes on the board of the river.
Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Vientiane.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Vientiane - Pakse
Breakfast. Time permitting we will also visit the lively morning
market, the main trading place in the city. Morning transfer to
the Airport. Departure with domestic flight to Pakse. Transfer to
your hotel and check-in. Pakse is a busy trading town and the center
of the south of Laos with connections to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
This morning we will transfer to the boat jetty for a boat trip
to Champasak. From there we will continue by car to visit the impressive
site of Wat Phou. This ancient Khmer Temple was build in the first
decades of the 9th century by Jayavarman II and served as Khmer
Capital until the Kingdom moved to the Angkor plain. Despite of
being smaller, Wat Phou can be compared to Angkor. Not only has
it been built in the same style; it also exudes the same atmosphere
of an ancient city lost in the jungles for uncounted centuries.
The site of the temple is divided into two parts. The lower part
consists of two ruined palace buildings at the edge of a pond, which
was used, for ritual ablutions. The upper section, the temple sanctuary
itself, once enclosed a large Shiva phallus (linga). It was later
converted into a Buddhist temple but much of the original Hindu
sculpture remains. We will enjoy a pick-nick lunch near the site.
In the afternoon we will continue to a local village
where we will make an Elephant Ride through the thick forest to
Phu Asa Temple. This ancient Khmer temple is on a small hill from
where we have a nice view over the whole area. Late afternoon return
to Pakse. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Pakse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Pakse - Bolovan Plateau - Pakse
Breakfast. Today we will make a day trip to the Bolovan Plateau.
This is a very fertile plain to the North-East of Pakse and famous
for it's coffee plantations and it's beautiful hilly countryside
with small rivers and waterfalls. Along the way we will visit some
local villages as well as coffee and tea plantations. Late morning
we will arrive at the charming Tad Lo Resort where we will visit
the waterfall nearby. Lunch at Tad Lo Resort. In the afternoon we
will return to Pakse via Paksong. Late afternoon return to Pakse.
Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Pakse.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Pakse - Departure
Breakfast. This morning we will visit the colorful market of Pakse
in the center of town. Tour ends either with transfer to Pakse Airport
or at the overland border to Thailand.
All our tours are conducted by an experienced tour
guide. All our prices are valid for; English, French, German speaking
guides and the language requested must be specified by the time
of booking. Other languages guides are subject to confirmation by
the time of booking and subject to extra charges.
Sightseeing tour & transfer as detailed in
Tour Guide as described above
Accommodation in specified hotels or hotels of similar category
Full board as specified throughout the whole tour
Domestic flights with Lao Aviation as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic Airport Tax where applicable
All entrance fees
Boat trips as specified
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
International flights To and From Laos
Lao visa fees (currently US$30 per person if arranged on arrival)
Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenir, etc)
International Airport Tax (currently US$10 net)
Personal Travel Insurance