Mysteries Of Laos

Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang – Vientiane – Pakse – Tad Lo – Wat Phou – 4000 Islands – Khone Phapheng – Ban Khiet Ngong – Pakse – Ubon Ratchathani
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  • A strange Buhhda statue in Buhhda Park, Vientiane
  • On Phousi Mountain
  • Monks go to receive alms even in the rain
  • Park Ou Caves
  • Plain of jars in Xieng Khuang keeps remaining a mystery
  • Tad Fane Waterfall
  • Waterfall in Don Khone - 4000 islands

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Tour Code: LACL08
From the historic royal city of Luang Prabang to watch hundreds of saffron-robed monks walk silently for collecting Alms to the Plain of Jars in Xieng Khuang in the North. Down to the south, past the market town in Pakse and trek through the coffee plantations. Ride an elephant to see ancient ruins then sail through the 4,000 Islands where the mighty Mekong River spreads out and look for the rare Mekong dolphin. With impressive waterfalls, mysterious caves, rolling mountains and dramatic temples, this trip leaves you with so much more magic and irreplaceable memories. For those searching for authentic Asia and a little bit off the beaten track, Laos doesn’t disappoint.
Itinerary Day by Day

Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Located in north central of Laos, Luang Prabang is former capital and UNESCO World heritage site of Laos. The small city boasts French colonial architectures, numerous Buddhist temples and natural landscapes along the banks of Nam Khan River. 

The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure.

Accommodation: My Dream Boutique Resort or similar in Luang Prabang

Get up at the crack of dawn to participate in one of the most sacred Lao tradition, the Alms Giving Ceremony. See silent lines of Buddhist monks in orange robes walking down the streets to collect alms from faithful residents. 

After breakfast, start your city tour begin with the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  Continue to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground which represents classical Laotian architecture. Then transfer to visit some local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups including Ban Quay of Hmong people, Ban Ou of the Laoloum and Ban Thapene of the Khmu before cooling off in the turquoise and cool water of the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall or walking along the forest trails. On the way back, visit the nearby Kuang Si Butterfly Park which newly opened on January 2014.

Arriving in Luang Prabang, climb up the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunrise view of the city and the Mekong River. Overnight in Luang Prabang. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: My Dream Boutique Resort or similar in Luang Prabang

Today you embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. First stop at Ban Xiengmene to explore Lao local village life, visit Wat Long Khun, the limestone cave Tham Sakkarin and tour around the village. 

After lunch, continue by boat up the Mekong and enjoy breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, the two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where locals make the famous rice wine. On the way back, take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: My Dream Boutique Resort or similar in Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we transfer by car about 8 hours north to Xieng Khuang province, the home of Plain of Jars which is considered the most mysterious and misunderstood prehistoric site in Laos. En route, stop over several villages to observe the rural life of local people, including ethnic minorities such as the Hmong people. On arrival in Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khuang and check in your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars or similar in Xieng Khuang

After breakfast at hotel, we drive over the plains to visit the Plain of Jars site 1 and the site 2. Discover thousands of stone jars scattering over an area of hundreds of square kilometers.  Despite the best efforts of archaeologists, the origin and the reason for the Plain of Jars remains a mystery. 

In the afternoon, an hour drive takes you to Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khuang where we will see some ruins left over from the war.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars or similar in Xieng Khuang

Morning, you are free to stroll around the town of Phonsavan before transferring out to the airport for the short noon flight to Vientiane. (QV402 XKH VTE 12:20 - 12:50)

Upon arrival, we drive to the city old quarter and visit some main sites here, including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national icon, Pha That Luang, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument known as Victory Gate of Gate of Triumph, a war monument dedicated to people fought in the struggle for independence from the French. 

End of the day by enjoying the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar in Vientiane

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, a Buddhist temple built in 16th century which is considered the home of the guardian spirit of Vientiane. Then drive 25km southeast Vientiane to visit the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe.

Back to the city, the rest of the day is your own free time at leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Lao Orchid Hotel or similar in Vientiane

In the morning, you are free before catching the flight for Pakse. (QV515 VTE PKZ 06:30 - 07:45)

Upon arrival, welcomed by our guide and transferred to visit the largest Buddha Statue at Wat Chomphet. We then head east to the Tad Fane resort, which is also the name of the highest waterfall in Laos. After a soft rest, start trekking through the villages, coffee plantations, and a suspension bridge. Huge rocks and epiphytic orchids abound all along the way. Tall pine trees grow here, giving an atypical character of landscape. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Tad Fane Resort or similar in Tad Fane

We leave Tad Fane and enjoy a leisurely trip to the former royal capital of Champasak, our base for exploring the ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. A festival of this site is held annually during the full moon in February and attracts numerous pilgrims from all over southern Laos. We then drive further south to Don Khong in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Pon Arena Hotel or similar in Don Khong

Today, we embark on a long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where the waters recede during the dry season and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Don”. We explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuk tuk and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the "Corridor of the Devil" one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. 

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sala Done Khone or similar in Done Khone Island

After breakfast, we return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfall by volume in Southeast Asia near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. 

We then drive to Pakse. En route, stop in the village of Ban Khiet Ngong for an elephant ride (1:30) to mount Phou Asa, surmounted by the ancient citadel. Enjoy a panoramic view over the unspoiled area of Dong Houasao and the Mekong valley. On arrival at Pakse, visit Wat Chom Phet the central market in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Sisouk Residence in Pakse

Today, you are free before transferring to Ubon Ratchathani (Thailand) via Chongmek border. From there, you can continue your trip in Thailand or take the flight to Bangkok before taking another flight back home.
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
What's excluded
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All air tickets quoted separately
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses 
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
 Half Day Elephant Riding (Lunch Included at the Elephant Villages) (LPQ-13) (08:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 83 77 69

Morning, after you have breakfast at hotel our guide and driver will transfer you to Elephant Village. On arrival, you will be welcome and greeted by the Camp Manager who will give you a short briefing. You’ll enjoy the impressive experience of approx. 1 hour elephant ride on the Howdah (Elephant seat), you also take a boat trip return to the Tad Sae Waterfall and spend a bit time in the clear water. Your lunch will be prepared at the Elephant Village Restaurant (Buffet lunch served with Coffee or Tea and drinking water).  After lunch, you find the way back to hotel at 1 or 2 PM.

Included: Private air-conditioned vehicle/ English-speaking guide/Lunch/ Elephant ride/mineral water
Excluded: Meals, Personal expenses, other services not specified in the itinerary

Hotels Used in This Tour
 My Dream Boutique ResortLuang Prabang: My Dream Boutique Resort or similar

AddressBan Meung Nga Village, Meung Nga Street, Luang Prabang, Laos

Description: Surrounded by a peaceful garden which also captures the stunning views of the Nam Khan River, My Dream Boutique Resort is an oasis of tranquility just minutes from Luang Prabang's bustling town center. Furnished using natural woods and woven Lao fabrics blending seamlessly into lush surroundings, the property is a must-try. Experience the warm sunshine streaming through floor-to-ceiling glass doors which open out to private balconies, creating a perfect end to any day. My Dream Boutique Resort allows you to enjoy a full buffet breakfast in an open-air pavilion, free bicycles, free shuttle service, and many other amenities.

Vansana Plain of Jars HotelXieng Khuang:  Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel or similar

Address: 5 Rd Phongnam, Ban Phonesavanh Tai, Plain of Jars, Xieng Khouang, Laos

Description: This economy class hotel, situated in central Vientiane, is located on Phongnam Road. The hotel is within a mere 10minute walk to a multitude of cultural, historical, and tourist attractions, and not far from nature parks. Guests will be able to walk to the liveliest entertainment areas of the city. Featuring 38 modern rooms decorated with an Asian theme that is visually agreeable and simple, they are all set beautifully atop a hill overlooking the great views of the surroundings. Guests can enjoy delectable international and local dishes at the on-site restaurant, and a cold drink at the bar or nightclub. The Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel is perfect for travelers that want a location in a prime area.

Lao Orchid Hotel VientianeLao Orchid Hotel or similar

AddressChao Anou Road, Vat Chanh, Vientiane

DescriptionThe hotel provides many types of rooms with affordable price. The rooms are quite large, tidy, simple decor with huge begs, and free Wi-Fi access. The best feature of the hotel perhaps is its location next to the mighty Mekong, and surrounded by many nice restaurants, boutiques, night market. For better view, choose rooms at the front on upper floors toward the river, street and a temple. 

Tad Fane ResortTad Fane:  Tad Fane Resort or similar

Address: Ban Lak 38, Pakse - Paxong Road, Pakxong, Pakxong, Laos

Description: Nestled in the heart of Pakxong, one of the most scenic spots in the region, Tad Fane Resort overlooks the Tad Fane waterfalls, thundering down in a 200 meter deep gorge. With its elevation of 1100 meters the temperature around the resort is much more pleasant than elsewhere in Loas. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Pakxong hotel. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

With 14 bungalow-style houses, each one has been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience, with complimentary bottled water, balcony/terrace, non smoking rooms, desk, shower in each room. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include garden, water sports (non-motorized) are designed for escape and relaxation. Enjoy unparalleled services and a truly prestigious address at the Tad Fane Resort.

Pon Arena HoteDone KhongPon Arena Hotel or similar

Address: Khangkhong, Don Khong, Muang Khong, Laos

Description: Designed for both business and leisure travel, Pon arena Hotel is ideally situated in Don Khong; one of the city's most popular locales. Set 140.0 Km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Pon arena Hotel also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Muang Khong. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant, car park, poolside bar, luggage storage.

All guest accommodations feature thoughtful amenities to ensure an unparalleled sense of comfort. The hotel offers an excellent variety of recreational facilities, including pool (kids), garden, hot spring bath, outdoor pool, indoor pool. Pon arena Hotel is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Muang Khong.

Sala Done Khone HotelDone KhoneSala Done Khone Hotel or similar

Address: Ban Khone Tai, Don Knone Island, Khong District, Don Khone, Muang Khong, Laos 

Description: Conveniently located in Muang Khong, Sala Done Khone Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Set 7.00 Km from the excitement of the city, this 2-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Sala Done Khone Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Top features of the hotel include tours, room service, car park, bar, restaurant.

Guests can choose from 25 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized), garden are designed for escape and relaxation. Whatever your purpose of visit, Sala Done Khone Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Muang Khong.

Pakse Sisouk ResidencePakseSisouk Residence or similar

Address: Ban Lakmuang, Xe Don River Front, Pakse, Laos

Description: Nestled in the heart of Xe Don River Front, Residence Sisouk is an ideal spot from which to discover Pakse. Situated only 1.0 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Pakse hotel. This hotel offers numerous on-site facilities to satisfy even the most discerning guest.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include refrigerator, satellite/cable TV, shower, complimentary bottled water, hair dryer, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include massage, spa are designed for escape and relaxation. Residence Sisouk is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Pakse.
Service Details During the Trip
•    All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
•    Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner
•    Private services & daily departure
•    Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve


•    Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
•    Hotels listed in above might not be up to standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
•    Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations

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We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.

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