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Rural Laos Tour (18-days)

Get off the beaten track with this tour of the rural far north and far south of this beautiful country.

In remote areas, we only offer the accommodation indicated in the program below.

Day 1: Arrival - Vientiane (L)
Arriving in Vientiane, our Laos representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After lunch in a local restaurant, we take a city tour including Wat Hoprakeo, built in 1566 by King Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane that survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese (Thai) in 1828; ThatLuang Stupa Museum shrine (great Sacred Stupa), the most important national monument in Vientiane, with a golden stupa believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha; Pratuxay Monument situated in the centre of Vientiane, its architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporating typical Lao motifs, then finally we see the sunset at Mekong riverside.

Day 2: Vientiane - Luang Namtha (B/L/D)
This morning we transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Namtha to start our tour of the unspoilt rural beauty of the far north of Laos. Our guide will meet you transfer you to your hotel for a stay of 2 nights. After lunch at a local restaurant, we visit a local market, Luang Namtha town and take a walk to enjoy the scenic views of rice paddies etc.

Day 3: Luang Namtha (B/L/D)
One day trekking in the jungle from Ban Nam or Ban Sida village through hills and forestry. Alternativey, you may prefer a cycling tour around the valley visiting nearby villages and forest trails or even just a free day at leisure to relax at the lodge or stroll in the area.

Day 4: Luang Namtha - Muang La (B)
This morning we drive for about 3-4 hours to Muang La, on the way visiting local villages of ethnic minorities such as the Lanten tribe, Hmong and Uplander people. Arriving at Muang La, we check in at the luxury Moung La Resort for a stay of 2 nights.

Day 5: Muang La (B)
Free day at leisure to relax at the resort, taking advantage of the hot spring tub, sauna and massage, or perhaps explore the local area on foot or bycycle.

Day 6: Muang La - Muang Khua - Nong Khiaw (B/L)
Morning at leisure until we leave for Pak Numnoy in time for lunch at Mrs.Mon's restaurant (we recommend the deep fried Mekong catfish and stir-fried fresh mixed market vegetables served with sticky rice!) Afterwards we drive on to Muang Khua and transfer to a long boat for the journey (3-4 hours) down the beautiful Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw, where we check in at the Nong Khiaw Lodge.

Day 7: Nong Khiaw (B)
A free day at leisure to relax. From Nong Khiaw, a forty-five minute walk takes you to Tham Pha Thok cave and waterfall, or you can hire a bicycle for the same outing. .

Day 8: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang (B/L/D)
This morning we leave by boat towards Luang Prabang. One the way we stop at Pak Ou for lunch. This is the confluence of the Nam Ou River and the mighty Mekong. After lunch we visit the famous Pak Ou Caves with their lacquered Buddha statues, then make a visit to the village of Ban Phanom where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms and the paper making factory. Return to the boat to finish the journey to Luang Prabang. Arriving at Luang Prabang, transfer to your hotel. Evening dinner at local restaurant and afterwards a stroll around the night market.

Day 9: Luang Prabang (B/L)
Our tour today of the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang, first visits Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa. Phou Sii hill stands right in the centre of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then we continue onwards to Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xieng Thong is considered to emphasize and characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang's local style: its several roofs sweep low to the ground. See also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana. Afterwards, we visit the National Museum, which was once a king's palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from dignitaries of foreign countries.

Day 10: Luang Prabang (B/L).
Today we visit the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall. On the way we visit a Hmong village and Ban Ouh village of the Lao and Lu hill tribe peoples. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Enjoy a picnic lunch and afternoon at leisure.

Day 11: Luang Prabang (B)
A day at leisure to enjoy the riverside walks, shops and cafes of Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang - Pakse - Don Daeng (B/L)
Today we transfer to the airport for the flight to Pakse. Our local guide will meet you, and after lunch at a local restaurant, we transfer to the boat landing for a leisurely trip to the former royal capital of Champasak, our base for exploring the ruins of Wat Phu. This impressive site is well known as the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire between 9th and 13th century. Later, we transfer by boat to Don Daeng Island for a stay at La Folie Resort of 2 nights.

Day 13: Don Daeng (B)
Free day at leisure to relax by the resort's lovely swimming pool or walk or bicycle around local villages on the island,

Day 14: Don Daeng - Don Khone (B/L/D)
This morning we transfer by boat back to the mainland and drive southwards, eventually taking another boat to venture into the widest reach of the Mekong River from where thousands of islets jut out in the dry season, giving this area a lovely name 'Si Phan Done' - Four Thousand Islands. We arrive at the peaceful island of Don Khone and check in at the Sala Phae floating guesthouse. After lunch, we visit the many relics of the French colonial period and the marvelous rushing Liphi falls (also called the " Corridor of the Devil"). The next stop on our trip is Ban Na Kasang, a very pleasant village where we can see the different local lifestyle. Dinner and overnight in Khone Island at the
Sala Phae Floating Guesthouse.

Day 15: Don Khone - Tadlo (B/L)
This morning we transfer by boat to the mainland and drive southwards to visit the Lao-Cambodia border at Weukham and the nearby impressive waterfalls, Southeast Asia’s largest. Afterwards, we drive up onto the Bolaven Plateau towards Tadlo. On the way we visit a tea/coffee plantation, the spectacular waterfall at Xeset and the nearby villages. Arriving at Tadlo, we check in at
Tadlo Lodge for a stay of 2 nights.

Day 16: Tadlo (B/L)
This morning we take a walking tour of nearby village and forests. After lunch, we take an elephant ride through the jungle and later see the elephants enjoying their bath time at the lodge.

Day 17: Tadlo - Pakse (B/L)
This morning we drive to Pakse and transfer to hotel. Today's city tour includes local market, museum and temple.

Day 18: Pakse - Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for the flight to Vientiane to connect to flight to UK or other destination.

Please note that, whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary. Due to limited availability of hotel rooms, sometimes a particular hotel may not be available - if so we will discuss options with you.

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Your quoted price will normally include:
International flights
Meals as shown in the programme (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.
Departure taxes
Your tour price will not include:
Visa fees
Drinks with provided meals
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.