Vientiane,Hinboun,Thakhek, Pakse, Champasak, Siphandon, Luang Prabang
16 Days & 15 Nights
- An immersive journey into the Lao culture
- To discover an off-the-beaten-track destination, untouched landscaped, and remote areas
- To respect local communities and their authenticity
- A responsible tour to get closer from the locals, live their traditions from the inside, and support the communities met along the way
Discover the beauty of Laos – 16 Days & 15 Nights
Arrival in Vientiane and spend some time to rest and walk around.
In the morning, you will start a bicycle ride on the red soil road along the Mekong river. Then you will have the opportunity to visit the COPE center and watch an excellent documentary films about UXOs and COPE, an organization in partnership with the government to help the invalid victims of the Indochina war and open up awareness about the UXOs (unexploded ordnance) situation in Laos. In the afternoon, you will visit the Houey Hong Vocational Training Center to learn how to tie and dye your own scarf using natural dyes.
You’ll leave Vientiane in the early morning to travel along the road that leads to Hinboun. There is no better way to discover the stunning landscapes of Khammouan Province than a boat trip that meanders along the peaceful Nam Hinboun River. Along the way, you’ll find an array of dramatic sceneries that each seem to surpass the next in terms of beauty.
Enjoy the surreal limestone mountain of Khammouane with an easy hike passing through the tobacco fields surrounded by the most astonishing landscapes of the region. On arrival at Ban Konglor village, you will visit the other side of the famous 7.5-kilometer Konglor cave aboard a long tail boat. Then you will start a walk amid stunning landscapes and through villages to reach a secret spot where you can enjoy your picnic lunch.
Then make your way back the boat pier before passing back through Konglor cave. To finish your day you will be welcomed to the home of a local village family where you will share the dinner with your host.
Duration of the walk: From 1 to 3 hours
After a free morning, you will have your last lunch in Hinboun before saying goodbye to the fantastic scenery of the Konglor area.
You will drive to Thakhek ( about 4 hours) formerly an important administrative and trading platform under French occupation, the city still boasts the remains of former colonial houses and wide avenues typical of that era.
In the morning you’ll leave the charming town of Thakhek to head towards the South of Laos. Make a stop after Thakhek to visit the Sikhottabong Stupa. Then, continue your trip on Road 13 heading towards the South to reach the city of Champasak.
In the early morning, you will set off by bicycle, and reach a dirt trail which lies between mountains and rice paddies and lead to the UNESCO world heritage complex of Vat Phou, the must-see temple in southern Laos. Park your bikes and enjoy some time exploring the site. You will then continue cycling to reach your next destination: Vat Muang Kang, the oldest temple in Champasak. You will then cycle along the Mekong River and cross by boat to Don Daeng island along with your bikes. Discover the richness of the natural landscapes, as well as the countryside farming and fishing community before travelling back to Champasak.
Distance & duration of cycling: 35 kilometers – 4h 30min to 5 hours without stops
Today you will travel to Don Khong and reach Siphandone, the archipelago of 4,000 islands. You will visit a local family in a lowland Lao village to learn about the production of traditional homemade rice paper and rice noodles. Then, your journey will continue by boat to Don Som island where you will stop at Ban Thapho, and where the locals will teach you how to make farmers’ hats with palm leaves, which can then be taken home as a handmade souvenir. After another short boat trip you will discover the old Keng Koum temple, before continuing further down the Mekong River to Don Thorlathee island, where local villagers make their livings by selling handicrafts made by bamboo weaving. After one more short cruise to reach Don Xang island, you will be able to enjoy a stroll in a natural environment before continuing on to Don Khone island.
Start your journey today with a motorized pirogue (canoe) trip to the flooded forest, and a short trek, passing by wild beaches and deep forests on the island of Don Phapheng. Then continue the walk through the nearby village, and cross the river in a small wooden boat. From there, you can enjoy the enormous waterfall. After crossing the river you will be transferred to Pakse and experience a very scenic drive to the entrance of the Bolaven Plateau. Then you will take a chance to discover two of the most impressive falls of the Plateau: Tad Fan and Tad Yuang and discover the coffee plantations and the local workers before been transferred to your hotel.
Today you will have chance to travel by jeep to discover hidden treasures that are to be found off the beaten track. A passionate coffee farmer who will stride across his plantations will welcome you and you will watch a traditional coffee roasting. Then, you will head off for a short walk to explore the small paths surrounded by plantations and enjoy sunset on the plateau.
Your day will finish at a local house, where you will spend the night. The family will show you the best of Laos’ hospitality and invite you to cook some local dishes with them.
You’ll wake up with a delicious cup of coffee before going to see the incredible views of the highlands offered by the PhuKhatok and PhuKhate volcanoes. After lunch, you’ll jump back in your Jeep for a sensational excursion to the far reaches of the Bolaven plateau to visit remote bamboo villages of the Laven and Souay ethnic minorities where you’ll have the sensation of stepping back in the time. Say Good By to the Boloven Plateau and you will travel by car to Pakse airport and take your fly to Luang Prabang.
After your arrival, you will be invited to attend a Baci (Sou Khouan) ceremony, one of the most popular traditions in Laos.
You will start your day with a visit of the Kuan Sy Waterfalls and then you will experience a cooking class at Mrs. Vandara’s cooking school. The table in the open air kitchen will be filled with unusual ingredients all selected to help you discover the Lao food, such as banana flowers, mini-eggplants, sticky rice, exotic flowers and more. After the preparation you will have lunch together with your hostess. On the way back to Luang Prabang you will make a stop at the buffalo dairy farm and will be introduced to the concrete actions undertaken by the project. At the end of the afternoon, you will have time to speak with a monk in a serene and peaceful temple and you will participate in an incredible group meditation together with the monks of the local temple.
In the early morning, you will experience the Tak Bath ceremony, procession of monks with orange robes. After this humbling experience, you’ll will experience a local breakfast (soup) before the visit of the city. Your discovery of Luang Prabang will take you into its most emblematic and culturally-rich sites.
You will enjoy a unique fishing experience using only local equipment and no modern techniques. Then, step aboard a local motorboat to travel to the Pak Ou caves, the most famous Buddhist site around Luang Prabang. In the afternoon, you will be welcomed into the home of a local Lao family in Ban Lae village, outside Luang Prabang, where you will stay for the night.
Today, you will visit the handicraft village Ban Xang Khong well knew as “paper village”. At the village, you will discover the typically Lao creations made from Sa paper and observe the craftspeople at work. Stop at the “Artisans du Mekong”, an art gallery which showcases the work of the local artists, before going back to Luang Prabang.
Free time before being transferred to the airport for your departure.