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Kong Lor Exploration

Kong Lor Exploration

3 Days / 2 Nights

from / to Vientiane

Tour Highlights
• 3 days and 2 nights of exciting countryside tour
• Get a peek at the window of rural Laos
• Tour the ancient temple of Wat Prabath Phonsane
• Mesmerize in the slow-paced life of the countryside
• Enjoy the site of natural rock formations
• Go deep down into the earth at Kong Lor Caves
Explore the breathtaking Kong Lor Caves and spend two days in a wonderfully authentic rural Laos village. You’ll be surrounded by stunning landscapes and views and that’s just on the journey. Cruise by boat through the caves, ogling at its beauty and tranquility, before immersing yourself in the life of Ban Kong Lor, a charming village full of welcoming smiles and indelible scenes.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vientiane – Ban Kong Lor (L)

This morning you will be met by your driver and guide in Vientiane and begin the journey south along route 13. Rural Laos fills the view from the window, each turn revealing a landscape that’s even greener than the last. Winding around the hills you’ll immerse yourself in wonderful panoramas, stopping part way to explore Wat Prabath Phonsane, a beautiful temple that’s named after the footprint of Buddha. Lunch is included and will be taken at a local restaurant.

After three hours you leave the highway, the scenery becoming even more spectacular as you wiggle and wind into the Phou Hin Poun National Protected Area. Limestone karsts rise dramatically from the side of the road, rice paddies stretch out onto the horizon, and rich green forests slowly pass by the window.

Arrive in the cute town of Ban Kong Lor and the rest of the day is at your leisure. The views are spectacular and the peaceful nature of this town is enough to have anyone lulling gently into hibernation. For an amazing local meal check out a very simple restaurant called Kounmee.

Overnight in Ban Kong Lor.

Day 2: Exploring Kong Lor Caves (B, L)

The Kong Lor Caves sound mightily impressive on paper; 7.5 kms long, up to 90 meters wide, and over 100 meters high. But they’re much more impressive when experienced first hand. Enter them on a long tail boat and it’s going to be a very long time before you see daylight again. Shine the spotlights and discover stunning stalactites and stalagmites, before leaving the boat and walking through breathtaking rock formations. Villagers still use this cave as an access route to the villagers on the other side. It’s quite a journey for them, being able to float through a place that is one of Southeast Asia’s most remarkable geological wonders. Deep inside the gloom is an emerald pool, one that reflects the skin color of a Hindi god and has become a sacred site for locals.

Once out on the other side you can stop for refreshments and walk to local villages, experiencing the simple way of life of this untouched part of the world. Your guide will recommend a route based on what you want to see and how long you want to walk. Take some time to relax here, because it really is a tranquil haven that’s surrounded by natural beauty.

Return to Ban Kong Lor the same way the locals would – going downstream through the cave on a long tail boat. In the late afternoon the village is wonderfully photogenic, and you’ll meet dozens of locals as they return from the rice fields and markets, and schools. Tourism hasn’t changed this village and you’re likely to get many welcoming smiles, plenty of children wanting to practice their English, and a wonderful experience of local Laos life.

Day 3: Ban Kong Lor – Vientiane (B)

Enjoy a second morning in the village before you are driven back to Vientiane after breakfast. It’s really recommended to get up early and take a walk through the village, as this is a final chance to see a rural Laos village at its most active and evocative.

After the countryside exploration of the last two days you’ll have the excellent cafes and restaurants in Vientianne to enjoy.

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 667 1.183 30
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)
• domestic flights as detailed in the itinerary, economy class (20 kg luggage per person)
• sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary inc. entrance fees
• boat tours and air-conditioned car/van transportation as detailed in the itinerary
• 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
Note: It is essential for travelers to pack sturdy, comfortable footwear. We also recommend that you bring a warm jacket and a small rucksack (or similar) for your drinks and camera.
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:
Hin Boun / Kong Lor: Sala Hin Boun (River Residence)

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