Laos Discovery - 09 Days
You will discover
- Day 01Luang Prabang arrival (-/-/-)
- Day 02Luang Prabang city tour – Khuang Si fall (B/-/-)
- Day 03Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B/L/-)
- Day 04Luang Prabang – Khmu Village visit – fly to Vientiane (B/L/-)
- Day 05Vientiane city tour – Buddha Park (B/-/-)
- Day 06Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Bolaven (B/-/-)
- Day 07Bolaven – Wat Phou temple – Khon Phapheng – 4000 islands (B/-/-)
- Day 084000 Islands – Pakse (B/-/-)
- Day 09Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)
You will be interested in:
- Visit the highlights in Luang Prabang such as Vat Xien Thong or the temple of Royal city, Wat Visoun temple, Wat Mai temple and immerse yourself into the stunning, turquoise Khuang Si falls.
- Explore the traditional local villages and enjoy a boat trip to the Buddha caves.
- Discover the beauty spots in the capital of Laos: Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang temple, Patuxay arc and Vat Phra Keo temple.
- The gorgeous Waterfalls in Bolaven and Wat Phou temple ruins.
- Biking in the 4 thousand islands in Pakse.
- A boat trip on the Mekong River.
Day 01 : Luang Prabang arrival (-/-/-)
Upon Luang Prabang airport, our Authenik Travel’s tour guide and driver will welcome you and transfer to your hotel in the city center.
Meals on your own and take a rest after your flight.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 02 : Luang Prabang city tour – Khuang Si fall (B/-/-)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet our tour guide and driver to go to Mount Phousi where you can enjoy a great panoramic view of the City and the river.
Take a short drive to Vat Xien Thong (the temple of Royal city). This is one of the most important Laotian monasteries and still remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, traditional art and royalty.
The next stop will be Wat Visoun temple, dating back to 1513 and the reign of King Visoun . This is the oldest temple in Luang Prabang and was once the home to Luang Prabang Buddhas. Wat Visoun temple is with an unusual structure which represents the earliest Laotian style.
Follow this with a visit to Wat Mai, a beautiful temple built in the 18th century, located by the Royal palace. It is the biggest temple in Luang Prabang with beautiful decorations.
Enjoy a driving through rice fields and a beautiful small village. Make some stops to discover their daily life before reaching Khuang Si fall, a gorgeous turquoise waterfall. Refresh and swim in the clear water.
Return to city and spend the rest of day at your leisure.
Stay overnight at a hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 03 : Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B/L/-)
Have breakfast at your hotel then visit a local market in the town to discover the daily life. (We recommend visiting early in the morning).
Transfer to the pier, embark a boat and enjoy a trip upstream along the Mekong River. Discover the numerous Buddha images in the Pak Oo caves such as Pak Oo cave (the mouth of the Oo River), Tham Ting cave ( Lower cave) and Tham Theung ( Upper cave). They are on the right side and overlook the Mekong River. Travel a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai.
Encounter the locals and learn how to make LauLao (Laotian whisky) and LauHai (Laotian wine). Return to the city, making stops at Ban Xang Khong village and Ban Xieng Lek village, well known for handmade Jute Sar paper.
Return to your hotel and relax and stay overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 04 : Luang Prabang – Khmu Village visit – fly to Vientiane (B/L/-)
In the morning, meet our tour guide at your hotel and you cross the Mekong River via a local ferry towards Khmu village. En route, make a short visit to Ban Chan pottery village. It is a rare chance to try your hand at creating beautiful pots from clay.
Along the way, you will pass through some rustic villages, encounter the local people, and see the children playing together or farmers doing their work on the fields. Visit Ban Boum Xieng to observe the ethnic traditions and daily life. Continue driving to a Khmu family and enjoy lunch with them.
In the afternoon, drive back to the Mekong River and discover the decorative, less visited Wat Long Khun temple. From here, take a short transfer to Wat Tham Xieng Maen located in a limestone cave and visit its Buddha images.
The last highlight of the day is Wat Chom phet - This is an excellent spot for a panoramic view of the area.
Back to the city and transfer to airport for short flight to Vientiane.
Upon arrival, pick up to hotel, check in and free to relax.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 05 : Vientiane city tour – Buddha Park (B/-/-)
Enjoy your breakfast at hotel and meet our tour guide for full day Vientiane city exploration.
The first highlight of the trip is Vat Phra Keo temple, built in 1565. It is one of the most interesting and impressive temples in Vientiane. It previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha image.
Next, visit Vat Sisaket temple which is well known for not only its cloister wall storing thousands of small Buddha images but also its beautiful architecture and decoration with dating back to 1818.
Transfer to visit Pha That Luang temple, built in 1566 and reconstructed in 1930. It is the most important Laotian religious and national monument. The temple has a special architecture reflecting the culture and identity of Laos, becoming a symbol of Laos nationalism.
Later, discover the Patuxay arc, a memorial monument built in 1957 and the most prominent landmark in the city. Its architecture was inspired by the 'Arc de Triumph' in Paris combined with typical Laotian style. From the top of the monument, you can enjoy a great panoramic view of the city.
Next, move to Talat Sao market where you can do some shopping and uncover the local life.
In the afternoon, visit the famous Buddha Park, located 25km from the city. The park is home to over 200 Buddha statues and characters of Hinduism made from concrete, especially the enormous Buddha statue which is 40m in length propping its arm. Furthermore, there are many other statues you could visit to understand more about Buddhism.
Stay overnight in Vientiane
Day 06 : Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Bolaven (B/-/-)
Meet our driver at hotel and transfer to the airport without guide to catch your short flight to Pakse.
Upon arrival at Pakse airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and continue the trip to Bolaven Plateau, located in the east of Pakse. It is home to various hill tribes and great of beautiful landscape as well as countless waterfalls.
Stop to visit Tad Lo waterfalls featuring crystalline water. In the afternoon, keep continue to Tad Yuang & Tad Fane waterfalls, stopping en-route to visit a coffee, tea plantation.
Overnight in Bolaven Plateau.
Day 07 : Bolaven – Wat Phou temple – Khon Phapheng – 4000 islands (B/-/-)
We leave Bolaven for 4000 islands in the morning by our private car, on the way, stop to visit Vat Phou ruin temple. Recognized by UNESCO as the World Heritage. Wat Phou is a grandiose pre-angkorian temple built upon three levels.
Explore Ou Mong Ruins before driving to Khone Papheng - one of the most significant attractions of the 4000 islands. This 10 kilometer waterfall becomes the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia and considered the gem of Laos.
Driving to the biggest island of Si Phan Done area - Don Khong. Enjoy the stunning views of water whilst relaxing at hotel.
Overnight in Don Khong.
Day 08 : 4000 Islands – Pakse (B/-/-)
Explore the 2 islands Don Det and Don Khone. Take a boat trip along Mekong River. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the river and see the local people’s daily life as well as the peaceful time to see the children playing along the Mekong River.
Take a bike to visit these two islands, which are linked by a bridge. Visit Ban Khone fishing village - where you could explore the ruins of French railway tracks and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in the islands and capture the great photos of the local life and natural beauty.
In the afternoon, enjoy the boat trip again to visit the River along Cambodian border where the famous Irrawaddy dolphins live. If lucky, you can see them playing and swim on the river.
Transfer to Pakse for leisure.
Overnight in Pakse.
Day 09 : Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel then enjoy your free time before meet our driver for transfer to the airport without guide to catch your departure flight home or next destination.
Room is your disposal until noon only.
- Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
- Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- Domestic flight
- Local English speaking guide
- Meals where mentioned (B= breakfast; L= lunch; D= dinner)
- All entrance fees
- Water on tour.
Service Not Included
- International flight tickets from/to your country
- Laos visa
- Travel insurance
- Others not mentioned
- Drinks, other than water on activity days
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
What clients say about us?
We were most impressed with all the Hotels you arranged as well as their excellent locationsJul 24, 2018
We were absolutely satisfied with Authentik Travel especially Chu Anh, she was so helpful to us while organizing our itineraryJul 20, 2018
Well organized and time efficient tour!May 22, 2018
Very committed and responsive local team, tour was absolutely what we wanted - TripsAdvisorApr 24, 2018