Classic option from US$2145* PP
Trip code: ILA-C-13 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Chiang Rai, Mekong River Cruise, Kamu Lodge, Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Vang Vieng, Vientiane FINISH
An adventure into this peaceful land reveals the treasures of Laos through its history, scenery and gracious people. Spend the night in a remote ecolodge as you cruise slowly down the alluring Mekong, stopping at a sacred cave and hilltribe village. Explore the temples of fabled Luang Prabang and join the locals in a game of petanque, then uncover the mysterious Plain of Jars and the charming capital, Vientiane.
DAY 1: CHIANG RAI
On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and meet your small group of fellow adventurers and tour leader for a welcome drink and to prepare for your Mekong boat journey.
Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort
DAYS 2-3: PAKBENG & KAMU LODGE
Rise early and cross the border into Laos to board a private wooden barge for your journey down the tranquil Mekong, past pristine landscapes and stunning scenery. Stay overnight in the quiet trading outpost of Pakbeng, and then continue to the comfortable Kamu Lodge. Absorb the culture here, with the chance to meet the locals and try your hand at traditional activities such as rice planting and fishing.
Hotels: Phetsokxai, Kamu Lodge
DAYS 4-6: LUANG PRABANG
Continue floating down the peaceful Mekong, visiting the beautiful Pak Ou Caves along the way, until you reach spectacular Luang Prabang. Spend your days amongst the historic monuments, colorful markets, peaceful temples and friendly people of this World Heritage listed town. Delve into the culture as you enter ornate monasteries, visit the absorbing Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and meet local monks. Test your culinary skills in a fun Lao cooking class and view the gorgeous Kuang Si Falls. The incredible spectacle of the ancient ritual of monks collecting alms at dawn is a vision you will not forget. Soak up the town’s relaxed atmosphere with a game of petanque.
Hotel: Sala Prabang (Lodge)
DAYS 7-10: PLAIN OF JARS & VANG VIENG
A drive through the remote mountains of Northern Laos brings you to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological site steeped in legend. A picturesque drive ends in idyllic Vang Vieng, home to stunning limestone karst scenery. Embark on a kayaking trip and discover a nearby cave, returning as the sun sets over the tranquil river.
Hotels: Vansana Plain of Jars, Thavonsouk Bungalows
DAYS 11-13: VIENTIANE
Continue to Asia’s most laid-back capital, Vientiane. Discover the city’s iconic sights, such as Wat Pha That Luang and the Patuxai Monument, and be sure to peruse the vibrant array of fabrics in the Morning Market. At the interactive COPE visitors center gain a valuable insight into the problems UXOs, unexploded bombs, have caused in this peaceful land and what this fantastic organization is doing to help. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Mandalay Boutique Hotel
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