An independent journey through Laos with custom made accommodation and touring.
Travel to Laos is like a step back in time, no wait, a leap back in time ! Everything runs at a gentle pace, it is like leaving the real world behind as you experience the charms and beauty that Laos has to offer.
Beginning in the capital Vientiane you will stay for two nights before you travel through some stunning scenery to Vang Vieng and onto the delightful Luang Prabang. As if being on the banks of the Mekong are not enough to slow the pace of Luang Prabang, every night the main road is closed and turned into a night market for you to stroll and maybe make a purchase or two.
Take the leap back in time and enjoy Laos for yourself with our exclusive custom made journey including hand selected accommodation and carefully chosen touring to enhance your time in Laos.
We have details below or you can contact Glenn on (02) 4361 1699 or (02) 4384 1118
CUSTOM MADE INDEPENDENT JOURNEY INCLUSIONS:
- Arrival transfer from Vientiane Airport to Settha Palace
- 2 nights stay in Vientiane at Settha Palace – Deluxe room
- Breakfast daily in Vientiane
Settha Palace – Vientiane
- A Dinner and tradition at the Kaualao Restaurant
- Vientiane exploration tour (see it’s own Arc de Triumph) and visit the buddha park
- Sighteeing transfer from Vientiane to Van Vieng via Nam Ngum Lake and river – including long tail boat visiting private locations and talking with the local fishermen.
- 3 nights Vang Vieng – Choice of accommodation
- Breakfast daily in Van Vieng
Amari Resort (The new)
The Riverside Boutique (The old)
We will discuss the option for your accommodation in Vang Vieng between the new and the old style so you can decide where you would prefer to stay.
Choice of touring in Vang Vieng –
- Kayaking an Caving – on the Nam Song River and Tam Sang Cave more or those that are active.
You will travel to Phatang village – around 18 km north of Vang Vieng. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking, we shall set off down the beautiful Nam Song River which offers various small but fun rapids along the way to our first stop at Tham Xang Cave. Here we will walk up to the massive theater like cave while hearing about local history about the area!
After emerging from the cave, a short kayaking will lead us to a picnic spot on the riverside where we shall enjoy our lunch. After lunch, we shall continue down the river until the next stop at the Tham None Cave which is one of the largest caves in Vang Vieng! It served as a bomb shelter for local villagers during the Second Indochina War. However, today it is home to a bat family and the ‘Magic Stone of Vang Vieng’. The final leg of the journey is a gentle paddle downstream to Vang Vieng where we shall arrive just in time to catch the sunset
Or something a little less adventurous !
- Vang Veing exploration by Car – visit a local caves, surrounding villages , farm lands and the Blue Lagoon swimming spot. A gentler way to spend the day !
Heading 2km out of Vang Vieng town we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngae, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals.
Drive out to the countryside and the driver and guide take you to some out of the way secret places: limestone peaks, caves, villages, rice paddies. And you do not spend all the day driving, you will do some hiking as well, to experience peace & the charm of this unique landscape (from Mount Pha Ngeun in particular) or join unusual sites (like Tham Phoukham, a vast cave which houses a Reclining Buddha). After that, a good splash in the beautiful waters of the Blue Lagoon will be very revitalising. The best little swimming hole, the Blue Lagoon, where the river of soft, delicately pale blue flows slowly out of the jungle, deepening in the middle to create a perfect place to swim during those hot afternoons. Best of all, there’s a tree that grows right over the deepest part of the river, with branches perfectly aligned overhead as diving platforms.
We can discus which option you would prefer to do while you are in Luang Prabang, as you have a free day maybe you would like to do both we can had the second tour cost added to your journey for you !
- Sightseeing drive from Van Vieng to Luang Prabang through steep terraced fields and hill villages with a chance to interact with the Khmer and Hmong people at stops along the way.
- 5 Nights accommodation Luang Prabang – Satri House – Deluxe room
Satri House – Luang Prabang
- Luang Prabang a Monks’ life tour – Not a typical tourist experience !
Set off after breakfast for a visit of the Morning Market where, together with the guide and local host lady, we pick all ingredients needed for our upcoming cooking class. Today, we will not take part in a regular tourist-oriented cooking class. We will instead drive a little outside Luang Prabang center to a small village where you will experience how typical Laos dishes such as Laap Laos, Orlam soup and papaya salad are cooked. The food is then brought to a local temple to offer for the monks’ lunch, and as part of this ritual, your name will be recited a blessing chant. Later, join in an open talk about Buddhism in Laos with monks. We will also have the chance to have further exchange with the community before returning to Luang Prabang for a light lunch with some of the food you will have cooked.
Hop into a vintage tuk-tuk for a leisurely ride around the town. The guide will point out various intersting things to see along the way and tell you more about the history and daily life of the people. We stop to visit a temple en route; then onto The National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, showcasing many treasures of Laos’ royal past. We continue to Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s largest and most splendid temple, which is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story.
- Kuangsi Waterfall tour
Heading out on a scenic fifty minute drive out of the city, up mountains, and through jungle and farmland passing Hmong and Khmu hill-tribes along the way. On arrival at the famous Kuang Si Waterfall, a short walk brings you down to the abrupt waterfall where you will have time for a swim or simply relaxing by the water’s edge.
Lunch time: We stop in the middle of the falls area to discover the menu “at any time” at Carpe Diem Restaurant
On the way back to town, stop at Ock Pop Tok – an organization that showcases the local the weavers of the area
You will stop along the way and then join a boat trip back to Luang Prabang to enjoy dinner as you cruise along Mekong River – A pleasant way to experience the relaxed pace of life along the Mekong River while leisurely admiring the sunset.
- River cruise tour to Pak Ou Caves
Today you will cruise North 25 Klm upstream on the Mekong river to Pak Ou Caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. The Mekong is such a vital lifeline to everyone living on the river, today will give you an opportunity to see more of life on the Mekong as you cruise.
You will cruise by narrow boat to Pak Ou Caves, enjoying the splendid natural scenery along the way and observing local fishermen and daily activities along the river. Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, are filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues.
On the return trip you will stop at the villages of Ban Xangkhong to see handmade Saa paper making and hand-weaving textiles.
- Therapeutic Elephant Trek Join-in tour
8:30 – Depart Luang Prabang and travel to MandaLao elephant camp – Get an in-depth introduction into elephant behavior and communication. Cross the river for your first intoduction to the elephants.
Bathing – Elephants and Mahouts will interact and continue their on-going bonding in the river, while you watch them and enjoy the majestic elephants during bathtime.
Begin Trek – Pass beautiful Lao gardens before exploring the jungle covered Huay Nok stream. (The trek is 2.5 Km and takes about 1.5 Hr it is flat and shaded most of the way.) With some final treats for the elephants you begin the trek back to MandaLao.
Lunch – Enjoy traditional Lao cuisine made primarily from our own organic produce and arrive back to Luang Prabang at around 1.30
This not a high impact Elephant experience and MandaLoa elephant camp is mindful of the Elephants well being. However should you not wish to participate we can remove it from your itinerary for you.
- Departure transfer from Satri House to Luang Prabang Airport
HIGH SEASONS: 10 January – 30 April / 01 October – 24 December 2019
$ 3325 per person Twin Share
LOW SEASON: 01 May – 30 September 2019
$ 2621 Per person Twin share
All prices in AUD per person, twin share and conditions apply. Subject to availability at the time of booking and currency fluctuations. Amendments to duration and inclusions are permitted.
This custom made travel itinerary has been especially hand created and is a sample of the choices on offer in Laos. Durations, locations, hotels and touring can be altered to suit your individual requirements and needs. When you speak with us we will tailor and book your travel arrangements to your exact tastes and budget to ensure your individual experience is perfect for you. We aim in providing you your ultimate holiday to amazingly interesting destinations.
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