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Overview

Ensure that Laos’ traditions and unspoiled nature are kept intact for years to come. Travel in a responsible manner, supporting sustainable tourism initiatives and interacting with locals to understand Lao culture. From Vientiane to Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, cultural tours are blended with activities designed to preserve Laos’ heritage. 

Trip Highlights

Sustainable Laos

Support Local Lao Traditions

Enjoy a performance of traditional dance, visit family-run weaving workshops and browse for handicrafts at local markets to understand Lao culture.

Join Socially-Responsible Activities

Donate books and other items to a rural village in need and take a trek to promote conservation of Laos’ natural wonders

Travel in an Eco-Friendly way

Leave no trace with treks, bike rides and trips in local boats to minimize tourism’s environmental impact. 

Itinerary

1

Vientiane Arrival - City Tour

Vientiane Airport – Vientiane (4 km): 15 min

Upon arrival to Vientiane, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport in a private car to the hotel for check. After resting at the hotel, enjoy a half-day guided tour of the capital.

Begin with a visit to the nearby Wat Phra Keo, which displays a collection of Lao and Khmer artworks. Another nearby visit is the Presidential Palace. Though it cannot be visited on the inside, the palace offers an excellent glimpse into the colonial past of the country.

Continue with a visit to COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the Vietnam War and the lasting impact of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the area, as well as the efforts underway to clear them.

Continue to the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where it’s possible to climb to the roof of the monument for amazing views over the city.

The final stop of the tour heads to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed in the 16th Century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its golden spire.

In the evening, enjoy a traditional Lao dinner and performance at Phatoke Laodeum.

Overnight in Vientiane

2

Vientiane - Orchid Trek

Vientiane – Trek departure point: 1,5 hours Trek: 4/5 hours

On day two, enjoy an authentic ecotourism trek close to Vientiane. Led by locals from Ban Hatkhai village, the Orchid Trek provides a source of income for local villagers and a way of improving environmental and cultural awareness. Part of the money generated by each tour goes directly to the villagers and the village development fund.

Depart from Vientiane early in the morning for a 1.5-hour drive to the starting point. Embark on a guided walk through Phou Khao Kway National Park, which is home to more than 50% of the wild orchid species of Laos.

Along the route through bamboo and evergreen forests, soak up beautiful views of waterfalls and enjoy the chance to spot numerous species of orchid and local wildlife.

Stop for a picnic lunch alongside a river before continuing to Tad Xay waterfall, which cascades down seven levels. This provides the perfect place to stop for a refreshing swim before transferring back to Vientiane.

On the way back, stop at Dong Mak Kai, which sells a variety of local produce including ant eggs and insects!

Return to Vientiane around 17:30.

Overnight in Vientiane

3

Vientiane - Vang Vieng

Distance and journey time: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (160 km): 3-4 hours Tham Xang - Tham Loup & Tham Hoy: Easy hike, mainly flat, and 30min

After breakfast, embark on the scenic drive north, stopping en route at a salt factory and Nam Ngum Lake. The total drive time is approximately 3.5 hour; arrive in Vang Vieng in time for lunch at the Organic Farm. After lunch, begin a short tour to learn about the farm's range of livestock and organic crops.

Cross the Nam Ou River further north to Tham Xang and hike 30 min (if you are fit enough) to 2 other and lesser known caves of Tham Loup and Tham Hoy . You will come across rice fields, cows and many fruit gardens along the way.

The journey then continues to Vang Vieng’s most important cave, Tham Chang (or Jang), which became home to migrating people during a civil war. The cave’s elevated position offered perfect views of Vang Vieng and the surrounding area, so the entire village moved there to sit out the war.

The cave still offers panoramic views, while its interior features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. There is an opportunity to swim in the natural spring water.

Return to the hotel in time to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the banks of the Nam Song River.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

4

Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (230 km): 5 hours

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Vang Vieng before continuing the journey north to the spiritual capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. The drive will take approximately five hours, including a stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Please be aware that there are numerous sharp bends and the journey climbs/descends a lot of mountains along the way.

Arrive in Luang Prabang and check in to the hotel.

At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, which affords spectacular views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the city and surrounding hills. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby night market, where local ethnic people gather to sell a large selection of handicrafts.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

5

Luang Prabang - Full day Cycling Tour

Luang Prabang Hotel – bike station (2 km): 5 min

Start the day with a hotel pick up after breakfast, departing for the Luang Prabang cycling tour around 08:30.

After doing a fitting and adjusting the bikes, begin the city tour at the former Royal Palace. Now home to the National Museum, this site offers some excellent insight into the history of Laos. Afterwards, pay a visit to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief.

Next head to Wat Visoun, the holiest temple in the city, passing along the 16th century Wat Aham to reach Wat That, where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa. End the temple explorations with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang.

Lunch today will be at Tamarind (Note: closed on Sundays), offering some of the best Lao cuisine in Luang Prabang.

After lunch, leave town and head for Phosy Market. The guide will help explain what’s being sold here and will encourage sampling some of the most delicious items. Anything purchased at the market directly benefits the vendors selling them.

Continue the ride to Ock Pop Tock, a non-profit organization seeking to preserve traditional weaving techniques, a trade which was once an important source of income for many Lao families. A short tour introduces the process of silk weaving from the initial stages of creating the dyes to the final process of loom weaving.

Ride along the Mekong for the final stop of the day: the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. Dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities, this centre displays traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts, offering a great insight into the Lao people (Note: closed on Mondays).

Return to the hotel by bike.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

6

Luang Prabang –Ban Chan Pottery House

Begin the day after breakfast, meet the guide and tuktuk driver at the hotel for a short transfer to the royal boat pier behind the National Museum.

After a 5-minute cruise to the other side of the Mekong, arrive at the quiet village of Ban Chan, famously known for the making of clay pottery. Back in the days, Ancient kings of Laos chose this village for their pottery making skills and it became the major way of life for the people. See that most of the houses were built with pottery in mind, some even have a kiln! Today, pottery making is a disappearing trade.

Get to meet the Lamphet Family who has created a Pottery House in cooperation with the Luang Prabang Tourism Department from their genuine desire to preserve the history and tradition of this treasure. Through pottery, there is a chance to share the culture, history and food of Ban Chan Village while learning and helping to keep this unique craft alive and support the local community.

First, go behind-the-scenes to have a look at these ancient techniques but will also provide a hands-on opportunity to work with clay. Be guided by the skilled pottery makers and get an up close and personal authentic Lao cultural activity.

Once done, join in a traditional Lao lunch cooked by the Lamphet family! All the ingredients come from local sources and if the season is right might even come from the family’s very own organic garden. Get a sampling of all of Luang Prabang traditional foods like khaiphaen (fried river weed), grilled fish, eggplant dipping sauce, and spicy papaya salad. 

Say goodbye to the hosts and teachers and return to Luang Prabang by boat before being transferred back to the hotel by 13:30.

Note: The Pottery House Lao Food only allows a maximum of 12 participants at a time. Please inquire if you wish to organize for more.

Afternoon at Leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

7

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kamu Lodge

Luang Prabang – Kamu Lodge by boat: 3 hours

After breakfast, transport will be provided to the pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge.

Along the way, the boat will stop at the Pak Ou Caves. The caves, which are an important destination for local pilgrims, are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold Buddha statues.

Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge in time for lunch. The lodge features 20 private canvas tents with thatched roofs. The tents are decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture and come equipped with private bathrooms, solar powered hot water and electricity.

During the afternoon, participate in a selection of traditional activities such as rice planting and harvesting, gold panning in the Mekong (January to June), traditional fishing, or visiting a local village.

Dinner and overnight at the Kamu Lodge

8

Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang

Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang by boat: 3 hours

Enjoy breakfast in the cool morning air and spend the morning at leisure. The guide is available for a quick visit to the nearby villages before check out (check-out time: 10:30).

After lunch at the Lodge, the boat will depart around 14:00 for the cruise down to Luang Prabang, arriving around 17:00.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

9

Luang Prabang - Departure

Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Airport (4 km): 15 min

Transfer by private car to the airport for the departure flight.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services do not include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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