ITINERARY : 08 Days / 07 Nights
Arrive Luang Prabang
Dinner at the hotel | Indigo House or similar
Our guide is waiting to meet you at the arrival hall and you soon will be transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. The city is a home of many significant temples (Wats) and those are to be included in your today program including Wat Visoun – half water melon stupa -, the shrine of Wat Aham, and Wat Xieng Thong, a magnificent piece of architecture, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes as well as doorways and the main sim has a marvelous 'tree life' mosaic pattern on an outer wall. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful and panoramic sunset over the Mekong River. Then it is time to stroll down the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of textiles made by the local and the hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Buddha cave, Kwang Si waterfall
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Indigo House or similar
After breakfast, we then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River to Buddha cave locally called Tham Ting. These two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes which left by pilgrims for centuries. Up the river for about five-minutes is Ban Muang Keo where we spend sometimes walking around the village to witness people lives here. Kids are playing on the ground together, you may also notice some ducks, dogs, pigs, roosters are also around. You may ask to sample lao-lao (Rice Whiskey).
Back to mainland to continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. Visit ethnic Hmong village, Buffalo farm and Bear rescue center before returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. We return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. back to mainland.
Elephant visit, Mt Biking
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Indigo House or similar
After picking the right bike for you we will leave Luang Prabang on a small dirt road that guides out into nature and remote areas. The first stop we have at Wat Pa Phon Phao, a forest temple famous for the teachings of Ajahn Saisamut. This large golden stupa contains three inside levels plus an outside terrace with a view into the countryside and Luang Prabang. The inside walls are painted with many Buddhist stories and moral admonitions.
The dirt road will bring us through teakwood plantations and rice fields up the Nam Khan valley. We pass the tomb of Henry Mouhot, the French explorer who showed Angkor Wat to the world. Henry Mohout perished of malaria in 1861 in Luang Prabang. We will continue our bike adventure through rice paddies and some forests before we arrive in our Elephant Park Project area where the Elephant Village is located. After crossing the small river, you will be introduced to our Asian elephants and go out for a scenic ride. Enjoy the new perspective and the amazing nature on this elephant ride. A stunning and landscape, quietness, and the lush nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the protected elephant. Lunch will be served either on the magnificent Tad Sae Waterfall or on the Mountain View veranda of the Elephant Village.
*Water dries during February – August*
Savanhnakhet – Pakse, Champassak
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Residence Bassac or similar
After breakfast, you will be transferred out to airport for flight to Pakse, Champassak. Pakse is the capital of Champassak province, the fourth largest town in the country of Laos, serving as a major transport and commerce hub for southern Laos. Drive on the National Road No. 13, south to visit the ruins of Wat Phu (UNESCO World Heritage site) which is well known as the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire between 9th – 13th centuries. Here is also a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. Base on lunar calendar, Wat Phu festival takes place yearly during on the full moon nights around January or February, a spectacular illumination of 4000 oil burner line around the complex.
Champassak - Khone Island
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Sala Donkhone or similar
We will then continue our road drive further down south to visit Khone Phapheng waterfall also known as ‘The Niagara of The East’, you will then be transferred to Ban Nakasang for a boat trip to Khone Island. We explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone by bicycle 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 visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil" one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. Transfer to your hotel, check in and rest at leisure.
Khone Island, Boleven Plateau
Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch at local restaurant | Sabaidee Valley or similar
Meet at your hotel in Pakse then drive out to Bolaven Plateau on route 16E heading to Paksong. Bolaven known as an elevated region in Southern Laos – an expanse of highland former from ancient volcano. Pay a visit to the Local coffee and tea plantation – you will see both Arabica and Robusta and tea grown in village plots through the region. Tad Fan is the highest waterfall in the south, towlines of water falling down from the top to the bottom from about 130 meters. Tad Yuang waterfalls next Tad Fan – just 6 km. Paksong Market is the centre in trading for people around the Bolaven. Rest and stay at your leisure.
Bolaven Plateau, Vientiane
After breakfast, we travel back to Pakse to a flight back to Vientiane. Begin your afternoon, pay a visit to Wat Si Muang, the country most well-known worship site and home of the Guardian spirit. The temple believed to be drawn by its good luck or good fortune power, and It is also the presence of city pillar. Afterward, visit to That Luang Stupa, is a gold covered stupa. The stupa is believed to enshrine a relic of the Buddha. Yearly procession and ceremony are held to pay respect to the great stupa including alms giving, wax castle procession, traditional music and songs, Lao Hockey game, and night fare. Up on our return, a guided walk around the victory monument – Pratuxai – built in 1957 and dedicate to those who fought for independence from France. End our day with a nice sun set walk along the Mekong River at Chao Anouvong Park, some are here for outdoor work out, jogging; dancing. Nonetheless, many food stores at the night market there for you to try.
After breakfast, you will be transferred out to airport for your next destination.