Highlights of Laos

A private tour giving you a comprehensive insight into the main highlights and attractions of this beautiful country.

Discover all the most famous sites of Laos. Start at Chiang Rai, in Northern Thailand, before cruising on the Mekong River, visiting the numerous temples of Luang Prabang and finishing in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Tour highlights

    • Explore the temples of Luang Prabang
    • Visit Chiang Rai in Thailand
    • Regional departures available
    • Go on a breathtaking 7 hour river trip
    • Tour the capital, Vientiane
    • Witness dramatic and diverse landscapes


Day 1

Arrival in Chiang Rai

Welcome at Chiang Rai Airport and transfer to your hotel. Check in the hotel. The room is at your disposal from 14.00pm. Free time to discover the city. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Mekong Boat trip and overnight in local village lodge

After breakfast you will be transferred to Laos, passing through Chiang Khong. After crossing the Mekong River you will be met by our Laotian guide and will embark on a traditional boat to cruise for seven hours to Pakbeng. Here, you will be able to enjoy the splendid landscape and discover the banks of the Mekong, the mythical river which crosses China and also separates Laos from Burma and Thailand. As the main entry to Northern Laos and Luang Prabang, it’s a busy route bordered by villages along the way. You will stop in a village bordering the river, enjoy lunch on board, and arrive at Pakbeng at the end of the afternoon. Pakbeng is a mixing point for local hill tribes including H'Mong, Lue and Khamou. After checking in to your lodge you will discover the area on foot. Dinner and overnight is at the lodge. (B,L,D)

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Exploration of Laos village life

The morning is devoted to visiting the Mekong Elephant Camp. You will cross the Mekong River to attend a show of elephant bathing. And then you will take a 2 hour elephant ride through the villages of the many ethnic groups before returning to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon you will take a tuk tuk to visit the local market and then visit the village of Xang Keng Khmus, a beautiful village situated on the edge of the forest. In the late afternoon, you will also visit a local temple, Wat Chom Si Cheng overlooking the Beng River. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. (B,L,D)

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Mekong Cruise to Luang Prabang

Today you will be cruising for about seven hours through beautiful landscapes towards Luang Prabang. The Mekong River is at the bottom of a steep sided valley, with tropical forest invading its banks, and from time to time a village will appear. Lunch is served onboard and you will also stop to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. The caves offer a splendid view of the Mekong. Arrive at Luang Prabang the old royal capital and a UNESCO-classified world heritage site. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L)

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Luang Prabang touring

Visit this city found on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos. In particular, you will discover: Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City - a vast collection of sacred buildings and the most beautiful temple in the city. Vat May - built at the end of the 18th century, a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols. Vat Visoun - the oldest temple in the city with its wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou. Vat Aham - located just beside Vat Visoun, framed by two large Banyan trees.Vat Senna - the first monastery whose roof was to be covered with yellow and red tiles. At the end of the afternoon, climb Mount Phousi Mount to admire the sunset and then discover the H’mong Night Market on your way back to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.(B)

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 6

Royal Palace and free time to explore

In the morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum before heading off to Khuang Sy Waterfall on a return journey of around 50 miles. The road is bordered by villages and rice fields and you will stop in some of these villages and also have a countryside lunch at the waterfall. You can swim in the waterfall which scatters into many basins. Return to Luang Prabang and spend the balance of day free at your leisure.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L) 

INCLUDES : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Morning explorations and flight to Vientiane

In the morning, cross the Mekong to its right bank to see two small temples now abandoned to nature. Then, after a few minutes on a motor boat, discover a pottery village. Return to Luang Prabang about midday and in the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Vientiane where you’ll be met and taken to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

INCLUDES : Breakfast

Day 8

Explorations of Vientiane and departure

Tour Vientiane visiting: Vat Sisaket - which, in spite of the Siamese influence, presents an architecture all of its own. The largest temple in Vientiane, it is considered the most beautiful and its old ‘Bangkok’ style has indeed saved it from destruction. Vat Phra Keo - built in 1565 celebrates the Emerald Buddha it shelters. It was rebuilt identically in 1942. Located in a pretty garden, it shelters the Buddha under sloping, superb carved wood panels. Pha That Louang - a cloister guarding a large stupa that was saved when the city was raided by the Siamese. Damaged by the Ho plunderers Ho in 1873, it was restored by the French in 1930. It has become the symbol of the nation, representing both Buddhism and Lao’s sovereignty. This large relic is a masterpiece of Laotian architecture. Patuxay - a monument established in memory of the war with France. A panoramic view of Vientiane can be seen from the top. Talat Kua Din Market – a great local market to explore. At the end of the day, transfer to Vientiane airport for your departure flight. Meals on your own. The room is at your disposal until midday only. (B)

INCLUDES : Breakfast


Superior 1st June 2016 - 31st March 2017

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