Classic Overland Laos Tour

  • Destinations: Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Vang Vieng, Vientiane
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Type: Adventure, Culture & History, Elephants, Minorities, Nature, River Cruise, Week or Longer

This tour takes you to all the classic, must see attractions of Laos and more! Start with a city tour in the laid back capital Vientiane. Next stop is Vang Vieng, which surrounding karst mountains are riddled with caves that can be easily visited from town. Drive through a beautiful mountain scenery to Phonsavan, the gateway to the famous and mysterious Plain of Jars. Another panoramic drive brings you to Luang Prabang, the charming UNESCO World Heritage city. Enjoy the beautiful French colonial architecture and get inspired by its ancient temples. Get on a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong River and admire the famous Pak Ou Budha Caves. Visit the amazing Kuang Si waterfall, with its refreshing turqoise pools, and go to an elephant camp. A total Laos experience!

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Day 1

Vientiane City Tour

Welcome to Vientiane! With a population of almost 1 milion this is the biggest city in Laos. After arrival in Vientiane airport, and completion of customs & immigration formalities, transfer with your guide to your hotel. Enjoy a city tour to Wat Sisaket with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Then visit Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo, which was the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha, which today resides in Bangkok. Admire the huge, golden That Luang monument, which all Lao citizens respect as holy pagoda. Visit Vientiane’s own Victory Monument, which looks like the Arc de Triumphe. This was built at the end of the Indochina wars with money rumoured to be American, and earmarked for the airport’s new runway. Thus the departing Americans dubbed this monument the vertical runway! Have a look at the lovely arches inside the monument.

There are many excellent restaurants in Vientiane and you will easily find something to suit your taste. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2

Buddha Park – Textile Village

After breakfast, we start to visit the major sight out of town about 30 km, visit Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Lao- Thai Friendship Bridge. En route stop at Lao/Thai Bridge, taking photos before continue to the park. Arrive in the town continue visit Textile village at Nong Buathong. Then transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane
Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

Morning Market – Drive to Vang Vieng – Explore Vang Vieng & Surroundings

After breakfast, visit Morning Market, first market in Vientiane, to spend time shopping on your own. Drive to Vang Vieng, about 3 hours from the capital. Once a key military airfield during the Indochina wars, the town’s central feature is the long-abandoned runway along the eastern side of town. On the west side, a small river separates the town from the nearby caves & mountains, which can easily be visited from town. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant en route. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Explore Caves – Panoramic Drive to Phonsavan – Plain of Jars

After breakfastl, check out of your hotel; visit the local market and then the ThamJang caves through which flows a crystal clear stream. Drive ahead to Phonsavan, known for the Plain of Jars, about 6-7hours drive that passes through splendid scenery and past many panoramic lookout points on the winding mountaintop road. There are several stops en route to take in the scenery. Welcome to Phonsavan! Uon arrival check in at your hotel before escorting you to the Plain of Jars, an impressive archeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Have lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to visit the old capital of Muang Khun Province and nearby hilltribe villages. They have a fascinating culture and a colorful history. Return in the late afternoon to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Drive to Luang Prabang – Discover World Heritage & Temple Sites

After Breakfast, we take a half day drive to the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang. It takes around 6,5 hours to arrive. En route we stop to talk with local ethnic people who have built their houses and settle down along the road. Also enjoy the very beautiful landscape that will make you temporary forget your home town. Upon arrival your guide will meet you and bring you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

World Heritage & Temple Sites

After breakfast enjoy Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping 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. Climb up Phou Sii hill stands right in the center 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, along side the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Overnight at same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Royal Palace Museum – Mekong River Boat Experience – Pak Ou Buddha Caves

After Breakfast at Hotel Visit the National Museum, once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries.

Begin a Mekong Riverboat trip with your guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Lunch local restaurant, return to the town late after noon visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong. Overnight at same hotel.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (early morning):

Day 8

Kuang Si Waterfall

After breakfast, Drive to the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall. 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 later in the afternoon return to the hotel to relax or explore on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (before waterfall):

Day 9

Textile Village – Elephant Camp

After breakfast, drive out of town visit the elepahnt camp at Ban Noon. En route stop at famous and well-knwon village, Ban Phom Nom, almost of those villagers are weavers. They used to be servants and made handicraft souveniors for the last king of Laos. Another stop at Henrimouhot monument at Kang Noon, a french man, who founded Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, but he died at Kang Noon when he moved to Laos for his discovery as Mararia. Then continue to the camp. Arrival, your guide brief about those 10 elephants jabout original come from and daily living condition, and take some vegetables for those elephant, return to the town. The rest of the day is free on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Optional Program – Next Destination

After breakfast, relax before you transfer to the airport, or enjoy our optional program.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (before departure):

  • Lao cooking class & lunch

  • Please make your choice below or contact us for other suggestions.

    Vientiane hotels

    Rating Type Name
    Standard (STD) B & P Hotel (or similar)
    First Class (FST) Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel (or similar)
    Superior (SUP) Novotel Hotel (or similar)
    Deluxe (DLX) Settha Palace (or similar)

    Vang Vieng hotels

    Rating Type Name
    Standard (STD) Angkham Hotel (or similar)
    First Class (FST) Elephant Crossing Hotel (or similar)
    Superior (SUP) Thavonsouk Resort (or similar)
    Deluxe (DLX) Thavonsouk Resort (or similar)

    Phonsavan hotels

    Rating Type Name
    Standard (STD) New Xieng Khuang Bungalow (or similar)
    First Class (FST) Vansana Hotel (or similar)
    Superior (SUP) Vansana Hotel (or similar)
    Deluxe (DLX) Vansana Hotel (or similar)

    Luang Prabang hotels

    Rating Type Name
    Standard (STD) Rama Hotel (or similar)
    First Class (FST) Lao Wooden House (or similar)
    Superior (SUP) The Grand Hotel (or similar)
    Deluxe (DLX) Souvannaphoum Hotel (or similar)

    The pricing for this tour varies according to group size and time of year.

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    Price includes:

    1. All land transport & transfers listed on the itinerary
    2. Meals as listed on the itinerary
    3. Services of an English Speaking guide throughout the tour
    4. All services as listed in the itinerary, including the Mekong river boat trip
    5. Lao Government Tax
    6. All Accommodation

    Payment policy

    Deposit 20% of total amount after confirmation of the tour packages.
    Total payment should be made 25 days before tour start.

    Cancellation policy

    Less than 30 days: 20 % charge
    Less than 20 days: 40 % charge
    Less than 15 days: 50 % charge
    Less than one week: 70 % of the tour price
    No show: 100% charge

    Child policy

    Under 24 months old:
    sharing twin room with 2 adults in the same bed is free of charge (if an extra bed is needed, charge is as described below).

    02-12 years:
    sharing twin room with 2 adults – 25% discount for an extra bed and breakfast and 50% discount without extra bed and breakfast