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Intimate Laos Tour

Intimate Laos Tour

13 Days / 12 Nights

from Chiang Rai / to Pakse or Ubon Ratchathani

Tour Highlights
• 13 days and 12 nights of discovering Laos
• Enjoy the laid back life of the country
• Marvel at thousands of Buddha statues at Pak Ou Caves
• Discover the rich heritage of Luang Prabang
• Nature trip at Kuang Si Waterfalls
• Vang Vieng nature and sports adventure
• Discover the Vientiane’s magnificent history
• Go underneath at Ban Kong Lor Caves
• Enjoy Laos’ colonial heritage at Savannakhet
• Mesmerize at the sight of twin falls at Dong Hua Sao
• 90-minute elephant ride
• Island hopping along the Mekong River
• More sightseeing adventure Siphandon
This exciting tour is useful to gain an overall impression of this exotic and authentic country in the heart of Southeast Asia in 13 days. It begins with a scenic river cruise on the Mekong River and a visit to the former royal city of Luang Prabang, which is considered the spiritual heart of Laos. By road it is on the scenic Vang Vieng to Vientiane and from there in the deep south. This mysterious part of the country will be visited by a few Western tourists, although it has lots of impressive World Heritage Site by UNESCO, remnants of the French colonial period and spectacular natural wonders.

Itinerary

DAY 1, 2012: ARRIVAL IN CHIANG RAI

Upon arrival in Chiang Rai, you will be welcomed by your English speaking tour guide. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

(Your hotel room is available from about 2pm. Your luggage may already be parked in the hotel and is a former reference of rooms subject to availability on arrival.)

DAY 2, 2012: CHIANG RAI –  Houay xai – Pakbeng (B, L, D)

Early morning is the transfer to the Lao border town of Houay Xai, where the entry formalities are completed. Then it goes on board a boat to the Pak Ou fleet (without guide) to Pakbeng. These versatile wooden boats are perfect for a leisurely, relaxing trip on the Mekong. The move to offer several delightful stops the opportunity to learn about the centuries virtually unchanged rural life on the banks of the mighty stream. The arrival is late afternoon.

Overnight in Pakbeng.

DAY 3, 2012: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang (B, L)

Today we are on board the boat (without guide) to Luang Prabang. En route visit the caves of Pak Ou. These are located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou and hide in the towering limestone cliffs. The maze contains a fascinating variety of Buddha images of all styles and eras. Then visit the earlier pottery village of Ban Xang Hai.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 4, 2012: Luang Prabang CITY EXPLORATION (B)

After breakfast, you begin to explore the former capital of the Kingdom of LanXang-which has been declared by UNESCO in 1995 on the World Cultural Heritage. Luang Prabang is known for his historic temples, the architectural heritage of the French colonial period and its unique atmosphere – all surrounded by magnificent green mountain ranges – famous.

For the tour include the 1560 was Wat Xiengthong. It is found right on the Mekong and its architecture embodies, masterpieces of craftsmanship and relics of the typical style of the north of Laos. Later visit the oldest temple in 1513 and thus built the city Wisunalat Wat (Wat Visoun). Of particular interest here is the collection of wooden Buddhas from the 15th and 16 Century. Built in 1821, then visit the Wat Mai, Wat That Luang Stupa, built in 1910 and the Thai-style temples Wat Saen.

Overnight in Luang Parabang.

DAY 5, 2012: Luang Prabang –Kuang Si Waterfalls – Luang Prabang (B)

Today you take a trip to the paradise Kuang Si waterfalls. There, the water gushes down beautifully over limestone rocks in a collection of shimmering turquoise pool, ideal for swimming. A perfect place to relax. Later visit the picturesque Khmu village of Ban ThaBaen with its lovely, traditional water-rice mill. Later return back to Luang Prabang and visit the National Museum, which was built between 1904 and 1909 as a royal palace.

At the end of the day program, you climb the Phu Si temple on the summit of the same name, 100 meter high mountain, from which opens a wonderful view of the former royal city and its surroundings. Round off the evening in one of the many romantic restaurants and typical for this city, stylish pubs.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 6, 2012: Luang Prabang – VangVieng (B)

The drive from Luang Prabang to VangVieng goes south through MuangKasi and Ban Phatang. The picturesque district in the province of Vientiane VangVieng you wait with a breathtaking landscape of the Nam Song River, flanked by bizarre limestone formations and caves.

Overnight in VangVieng

DAY 7, 2012: VangVieng – Vientiane (B)

Today you will visit the Tham Chang Cave. It was for the indigenous population in the early 19th Century, a kind of shelter against the marauding Chinese. Later, explore the ThamXangCave, the Elephant Cave is also called. It contains several statues of Buddha and a Buddha’s footprint. In addition, visit Sang Vang, a hermitage of Buddhist monks in the 11th Century, and the market Thalat. Drive from VangVieng to Vientiane.

Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 8, 2012: VIENTIANE (B)

Then you go on a tour of the Laotian capital. With around 400,000 inhabitants, it is quiet on the Mekong River and has a variety of interesting temples and markets that are ideal for strolling and shopping. During the day visit including the golden stupa PhaThat Luang, the Arc de TriompheAnousavari (Patuxai), the 1565 built former royal temple of King Setthathirat Ho PhaKeo and the monastery Wat Si Saket. Among the highlights of the day the sunset is one of the Mekong, which can be enjoyed especially impressive from the numerous restaurants on the banks of the stream.

Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 9, 2012: VIENTIANE-PASKSE – Tadlo (B)

Morning transfer to the airport. After landing, you are in Pakse to Tad Lo Resort accommodated, which is a very attractive property with a small, cozy bungalows on the way to Salavan. The journey continues in a northeasterly direction through the villages of Ban Loangam and Loangam. The province has approximately 256 000 inhabitants, of whom some unknown assembly-of Khmu minority groups such as the Ta-oy, Lavai, Katang belonging Katu or Kado. The main attraction of the province is the legendary SalavanBolaven plateau.

Overnight in Tad Lo

DAY 10, 2012: TAD LO – WAT PHOU – KHONG (B)

After breakfast, we head out of the plateau, stopping first at the attractive Paxuam Waterfall. We then drive to Champassak and onto Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back Century. This dramatically sited temple is one of the highlights of any trip to Laos.

In to the 5th the late afternoon you will drive to Don Khong, the largest of the Mekong Islands, known locally as ‘Siphandon’, literally ‘4000 Islands’. Don Khong itself is a great place to relax and take in the traditional Lao rural life. We arrive on Khong Island via ferry by the early evening.

DAY 11: Khong – Khone

Following breakfast we board a local private boat for a boat tour of the 4000 Islands. We reach the picturesque island of Don Khone and explore the island by bicycle, tracing the route of an old abandoned railway and admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings, and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall.

We then continue to the far tip of the island and from here we take a boat onto the Mekong to one of the few places in the world where it is possible to see freshwater dolphins. They reside in deep pools near the Cambodia border, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of them. We then return to your hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 12, 2012: DON KHONE ISLAND – Khone Phanpheng – PAKSE

After breakfast, take a trip to the waterfalls of KhonPhapheng. South of the island of Khon Mekong flows for a distance of 13 kilometers with foaming rapids and many, thundering waterfalls towards Cambodia. KhonPhapheng is the largest of them situated on the southern shore near the village of Ban Thakho. We then drive back to Pakse.

DAY 13, 2012: PAKSE – Ubon Ratchathani

After breakfast, we transfer you to Ubon Ratchathani airport for your departure flight.

(from Pakse to Ubon Ratchathani is about 2.30 hrs. Should always book afternoon flight from Ubon for client)

Rates & Services

Rates: 01.10.2015 – 30.04.2016

Price per person in USD (private tour) 2 persons in double room 1 person in single room(single traveller) Single room supplement
Hotel Category Standard 2.527 4.586 426
Hotel Category Superior 3.372 5.930 936
Hotel Category First Class 2.737 4.958 592
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.

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Services included in our rates:
• accommodation inc. breakfast (B)
• other meals as detailed in the itinerary (L=lunch, D=dinner)
• local specialized tour guide (English-speaking, other languages available on request)
• all transfers
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• domestic flights as detailed in the itinerary, economy class (20 kg luggage per person)
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• one high-quality guidebook per room
Services NOT included in our rates:
• international flights from and to your country of origin
• travel insurance
• meals other than those explicitly mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses
• visa fees
Travel dates [&] minimum no. of travellers:
• any day departure
• no minimum number of travellers
• this tour is a private tour and you will not be travelling with people other than those you booked with
As this is a private tour, you can depart on the day of your choosing and alter the daily sightseeing program to suit your interests. Inquire with our team to extend this tour or to combine it with our other programmes

Our Selection of Hotels for You

Hotel Category Standard:
Chiang Rai: Golden Triangle Inn *** (standard room)
Pakbeng: Mekong Riverside Lodge *** (standard room)
Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara ** – *** (superior room)
Vang Vieng: Thavonsouk Resort *** (garden view room)
Vientiane: Avalon Hotel ** – *** (standard room)
Tad Lo: Tadlo Resort *** (standard bungalow)
Don Khong: Pon Arena *** – **** (superior room with Mekong view)
Don Khone: Sala Donkhone ** (Ban Lao)
Pakse: Pakse Hotel *** (superior room)
Hotel Category Superior:
Chiang Mai: Laluna Hotel & Resort **** (garden view room)
Pakbeng: Pakbeng Lodge *** (superior room)
Luang Prabang: My Dream *** (classic room)
Vang Vieng: Thavonsouk Resort *** (riverfront room)
Vientiane: Beau Rivage *** (superior room wiith Mekong view)
Tad Lo: Tadlo Resort *** (standard bungalow)
Don Khong: Pon Arena *** – **** (superior room with Mekong view)
Don Khone: Sala Donkhone ** (floating bungalow)
Pakse: Residence Sisouk *** (superior room)
Hotel Category First Class:
Chiang Mai: The Legend Chiang Rai Hotel ****-***** (superior room)
Pakbeng: Luang Say Lodge **** (bungalow)
Luang Prabang: Maison Souvannaphoum **** (garden wing room)
Vang Vieng: Riverside Boutique ***** (deluxe room)
Vientiane: Green Park **** (deluxe room)
Tad Lo: Tadlo Resort *** (standard bungalow)
Don Khong: Pon Arena *** – **** (superior room with Meking View)
Don Khone: Sala Donkhone ** (floating bungalow)
Pakse: Athena Hotel **** (deluxe room)

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