This unique, whole country tour will take you from North to South, showing you the diversity, uniqueness and natural beauty of Laos.
Starting in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, visit ancient temples, Royal Palaces and mysterious shrines.
Head into central Laos and visit the inexplicable Plain of Jars.
The capital city, Vientiane, shows modern, bustling Laos side by side with monuments both old and new.
Next, Southern Laos, with its waterfalls, ancient Khmer temples and the Bolaven Plateau.
Immerse yourself in history, culture and stunning scenery.
Tour Code: TigerT 2
We’ll finish the day with a trip to the colorful night market.
Then we’ll board a cruise up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.
Along the way, we’ll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where you can see the locals distilling rice into local Lao Lao wine and whiskey.
After returning we’ll take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made traditional Saa paper.
Please be respectful with the use of your camera! Strictly no flash!
After breakfast, we’ll stroll through the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and salt among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the Kuang Si waterfall where you can visit the Bear Rescue Center, managed by an NGO called FreeTheBears.
On the way we make some stops to visit local villages.
At the waterfalls you can swim in the pools or stroll along the forest paths.
We’ll return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
This high-altitude region exhibits a rich diversity and stands in contrast to the more tropical parts of Laos.
The plateau itself is scarred by the legacy of American bombing from 1964-1973.
Along the way we’ll stop at hill-tribe villages, mostly from the Hmong minority.
In Phonsavan we’ll visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological mystery.
You’ll spend the night in Phonsavan.
Here, we’ll enjoy a Lao noodle soup breakfast and visit a Buddha statue at Wat Piawat and an old stone stupa.
On the way back to Phonsavanh we’ll explore more of the Plain of Jars, either “Site 2” or “Site 3”.
Depending on your flight schedule, an alternative activity may be to explore the local markets before boarding.
A 30 minute flight will bring us to the capital of Laos, Vientiane.
If time permits, we’ll continue our sightseeing tour of Vientiane with a short visit to the Patuxay, a monument of national pride on Lanexang Avenue.
It’s also well worth taking a stroll in the evening along the Mekong River, where a local market entertains visitors and locals alike.
Overnight in Vientiane.
We’ll then visit the iconic That Luang Stupa.
Along the way we may stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument,Vientiane’s own ‘Arc de Triomphe.’
Later in the afternoon we’ll continue our tour on foot if it’s not too hot.
We can visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok or even take the time to relax. Next we’ll pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talat Sao and Talat Kouadin, where major goods are traded, including fresh food, household, textiles, gold and silver. You may even see ancient souvenirs on display. We’ll return to the Mekong Riverside in the late evening. We highly recommend a cold beer Lao while you enjoy the cooling weather at sunset on along the river.
The Wat Phou Museum exhibition hall on the lower levels invites visitors to study the rich heritage of Khmer artists and Buddhist sculptures. Afterward we’ll continue to the small town of Champassak, where colonial influence can still be observed in the local architecture. In the afternoon we continue to Don Khong Island by traditional local slow boat or Minivan, spending the night at Don Khong.
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