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Luang Prabang – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Tree Top Explorer – Champasak

10 Days / 9 Nights

From 133 US$/pers/day

  • The Luang Prabang’s night market, full of various original local handicrafts.
  • Kuang Si waterfalls and its plenty of astonishing turquoise ponds…
  • The peaceful cruise down the majestic Mekong, permitting to stop at will.
  • The magnificent view on the karstic relieves in Nong Khiaw, unforgettable.
  • The « Baci » (traditional ceremony in Laos in honour of all happy life events : meetings, weddings…) celebrated for you in a local family’s house.
  • The bicyle ride to Lippi’s falls in the charming Don Khone island, around  « 4000 islands area », southern Laos.
  • Thematic, experiential and unique programs and journeys.
  • Direct link with full of creativity, skilled and trustworthy local agencies passionate about their destination.
  • Optimum standard of service during all your trip (before, during and after).
  • Availability of destination’s experts and access to practical informations, detailed and reajusted in real time.

From 133 US$/pers/day.

The price indicated above is only approximate, and can be subject to variation according to various factors like the season or even the number of travelers for example.

Do not forget that it is also variable considering the activities and the spirit around your trip, which can be completely customized to your wishes.

Do not hesitate to contact us to receive your own free tailored quote !

In all our programs, some meals will be included and some left at your own discretion (for some specific times, allowing you to discover some neighbourhoods for example).

Meals included will be indicated next to the Day thanks to the following abbreviations : BKF = Breakfast / LUN = Lunch / DIN = Dinner.

Note: Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, it is possible to obtain your visa on arrival (VOA). Simply bring 1 passport picture along with between USD 30 and 45 / person in cash, visa fees varying from one nationality to another. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond your return departure date. Visa on Arrival forms are available before immigration counters.

Day 1 = LUANG PRABANG (LUN)

Welcome by your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best–preserved traditional town in Southeast Asia. It is a sleepy town that has a long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with splendid natural scenery and a sense of timelessness. Magical and charming Luang Prabang is a destination that every traveler has to see once in their lifetime. In 1995, Luang Prabang was voted by the UNESCO as a World Heritage town.

Lunch at local restaurant.

We then ascend Phou Si hill. The hill commands great views over the town, the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and the mountainous ranges. It takes you 328 steps to reach the top, and at sunset set, the changing colors of the sky are particularly spectacular. The light reflecting on the golden spire of the temple at the top is also beautiful. The stairs are lined up with flamboyant and frangipani trees providing a deserved shade as you walk up and down.

Once back to ground level, ends your day by stopping at the awakening Hmong minority people Night Market. It is held daily in the streets around the National Museum. Villagers come here to sell their handicrafts.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 2 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

Early in the morning, head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend alms giving. Long lines of monks and novices stroll the street of the town center to collect their daily food subsistence from the worshippers. This ancient ritual is locally known as “Tak Bat”.

You will continue with a visit to the open-air fresh food market that is held daily in the streets nearby the former Royal Palace. Lao people still like buying fresh food. While fridges are widely spread in households, people prefer going to local markets and returning home with fresh ingredients.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Half day city tour with essentials:

Start with The National Museum that used to be the former Royal Palace. Inside the complex of the National Museum, you will see the “Prabang” sacred golden statue, giving its name to the town.

Then visit Vat Mai, adjacent to the national museum.

Vat Sene, one of the most beautiful temples in town, with its red walls and golden bas-reliefs.

TAEC, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Depicts Laos ‘rich ethnic diversity with themed rotating exhibits. It is hosted in a former French colonial times judge’s mansion.

End with the Heritage House being a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional building, made of wood on poles, at the back of Vat Xieng Muane.

We will drive to Ock Pop Tok weaving centre, on the bank of the Mekong. You will enjoy lunch at “Silk Road Café”.

Ock Pop Tok dyeing session. The Natural Dyes Class is an introduction to silkworms and silk types. In this class, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and complete their own color dyes. At the end of class you will take home 3 dyed silk skeins. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in their garden. Just to name but a few colors are turquoise, ochre, golden, ivory, emerald green, etc.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

After breakfast, you will attend to a Lao Cooking class in the morning. You will start with a visit to the major food market of Talat Phosy; spot and learn about local products.

Then, you will be driven to ‘Tamarind Gardens’ to start food preps.

Some of the items you will prepare yourself may include:

  • Varieties of jeow: the fundamental Lao spicy dipping sauces
  • Mok Pa, fragrant fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves
  • Tamarind’s specialty: lemongrass stuffed with chicken & herbs
  • Koy or laap, a tasty minced meat and herb ‘salad’
  • Dessert course: a surprise!

And of course you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette.

Lunch what you cook! And return home with new skills to impress your invitees during your next home party!

To end the afternoon, you will take an excursion to Kuang Si waterfalls, a picturesque series of cascading waterfalls hidden in the forest (bring your swimsuit if you would like to enjoy a refreshing dip in the cool water of the pools). En route to the falls, your guide will take you to some of the nearby ethnic minority villages for a look into Laotian rural life and a chance to interact with the locals.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Asian Black Bear Rescue Center.

It is also possible to hike to the top of the falls via a steep trail, and if the weather is good, you might enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water ponds.

Return to town and enjoy Petanque games with local residence. Another French legacy here. This balling game is extremely popular with Lao gentlemen. Civil servants and retired people are numerous to gather in the late afternoon and evening to share some happy moments together. Bottles of Beer Lao are often around and chit-chat playing with friends is another opportunity to cheer on any occasion!

Around 7pm, you will head to a local restaurant to enjoy Laotian food.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 4 = PAKBENG (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Transfer to boat pier to enjoy a cruise excursion up to Pakbeng with the scenery along the Mekong River. En-route we will stop to visit Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River where you can visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. In Pak Ou, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.

Lunch will be served on board.

After lunch, we will keep cruising up to Pakbeng.

You will arrive at Pakbeng’s pier before sunset.

Check-in & dinner.

Accommodation in Pakbeng Lodge.

Day 5 = MUANG LA (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Then we will transfer by road to Oudomxay and Muang La (about 4 hours), with a few stops to meet charming ethnic villages.

Oudomxay is now an important trading hub and as you leave it behind you, you will notice the contrast as you head into the unspoiled countryside. This northern region of Laos is very mountainous and green, with rice paddies and plantations dividing areas of thick jungle. You will encounter various tribes on this part of your holiday and even on the drive to the hotel you will pass some villages perched precariously on steep mountainsides and then others in the valleys carved out by ancient rivers.

Arriving at the village of Muang La, nestled in a beautiful natural setting, you will be free to chill and enjoy the view.

Accommodation in Muang La.

Day 6 = MUANG LA (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

This full day tour will be dedicated to a hike and some visits of villages on the way. A transfer by four-wheel drive vehicle will be the only way to cover enough ground and climb the steep mountains in order to reach the most untouched and fascinating villages in the regions.

You will set off to visit an Ikhos village and a Hmong village; two of the many ethnic groups in Laos. Your route climbs to 1,000m above sea level and will offer some magnificent views of the stunning mountain scenery. Your first visit will be a completely isolated Ikhos village; this ethnic group originates from Tibet and Yunnan Province in China. You will learn about the daily life of the village and how the villagers still follow customs passed down through the centuries.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch with amazing surroundings.

After lunch, an optional short walk (20 minutes) will take you to an abandoned Hmong village with a stunning 360° panorama. You will continue on to visit a Hmong village – this ethnic group originates from the high steppes of Tibet and you will learn about their way of life, the importance of their livestock (pigs, buffaloes…..) and the care that they give to their animals.

After that, we will return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Accommodation in Muang La.

Day 7 = NONG KHIAW (BKF/LUN)

Early breakfast at the hotel, then transfer by road to Muang Khua and then by private local slow boat for a cruise down on the Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw.

Stop en route to visit some minority villages in Muang Ngoi.

Lunch will be served on-board or on a sand river bank or islet.

Arrival in Nong Khiaw in the afternoon, check-in and free time at leisure.

Accommodation in Nong Khiaw.

Day 8 = NONG KHIAW (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

“Wow, wow, wow” was the glowing review from the first guests on this one-of-a-kind exploration tour. This trek guarantees you an amazing day in the Lao countryside, exploring the lush green jungle and endless waterfalls. Our exclusive ‘100 Waterfalls’ Tour has been featured in several international travel publications, with BBC even stating that it’s one of the best adventures in Laos! The adventure begins with a one-hour boat trip on the scenic Nam Ou river before you start on the challenging and exciting jungle hike through the newly discovered ‘100 Waterfalls’ trail”. You will visit a village and learn about local life in Northern Laos before taking the boat back to Nong Khiaw.

Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside. Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos river before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!

Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008! For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you will be very inviting for a refreshing splash.

Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you will enjoy on the falls, surrounded by amazingly green nature.

A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.

Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to Nong Khiaw by boat.

Accommodation in Nong Kiaw.

Day 9 = LUANG PRABANG (BKF/LUN)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Today we will transfer by road down to Luang Prabang. It will take about 2 to 3 hours. Arrival in Luang Prabang around noon, then installation at your hotel.

Note: Possibility to leave after lunch in Nong Khiaw, if you prefer staying longer there than returning earlier in Luang Prabang.

Free time at leisure.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 10 = PAKSONG (BKF/LUN)

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and transfer to the airport for your morning flight to Pakse on QV 513 departure at 1040 and arrival at 1220 (subject to change without prior notice from the airlines).

Welcome by your local guide in the arrival hall.

Lunch at local restaurant in Pakse.

We will drive up to the Bolaven Plateau to visit some waterfalls and ethnic villages along the way. Your tour will start by stops at Pha Soum & Tad Lo waterfalls.

We will continue toward Paksong. En-route, depending on timing, you will visit some ethnic villages (Katu, Alak, Lavens) and a Mulberry farm close to Ban Thatheng.

Check-in and free time at leisure.

Accommodation at Sinouk Coffee Resort.

Day 11 = BAN KHIET NGONG (BKF/LUN)

After breakfast, we will leave the resort for a drive to Champasak and en-route you will visit Tad Yuang & Tad Fane waterfalls.

You will also visit Vat Phou, the second UNESCO World Heritage site of Laos. Vat Phou was a part of the Khmer empire, centered on Angkor to the southwest, at least as early as the reign of Yashovarman in the early 10th century.

Lunch at Inthira’s restaurant in Champasak.

In the afternoon, we will keep driving south to Xe Pian National Park. Once at Ban Khiet Ngong you will enjoy a 90-minute elephant back ride around Phou Asa, this little rocky hill surrounded by jungles.

Accommodation at Kingfisher Lodge.

Day 12 = DON KHONE (BKF/LUN)

For those interested, early bird watching from 6am and will end at around 9am.

Return to hotel and check out.

Then, transfer to Ban Hat Xay Khoun to cross the river to Don Det & Don Khone Islands. You will go for a bicycling tour around the islands and see the old locomotive, railway and colonial bridge built by the French. They wanted to avoid navigating on the rapids and waterfalls that abound on this section of the Mekong. You will also visit the beautiful Li Phi falls.

If time permits, you can pay the extra cost on spot and visit Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins. Ban Hang Khon is one of the rare places on earth to spot these endangered mammals.

Accommodation at Sala Don Khone.

Day 13 = PAKSE (BKF)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Return to Ban Nakasang by boat and continue your visit by road to visit the largest waterfall in South East Asia: “Khone Phapheng Waterfall”.

After that, we will head back to Pakse airport for your onward flight.

Note: Another option is to drive overland to the Lao-Khmer border and continue the trip in Cambodia.

Alternatively, it is also possible to drive overland to Thailand and Ubon Ratchathani airport to catch an afternoon or evening flight to Bangkok.

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