Explore Southern & Central Laos

  • Destinations: Four Thousand Islands, Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Southern Laos, Vientiane
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Type: Culture & History, Minorities, Nature, River Cruise, Week or Longer

This tour combines all the south of Laos has to offer, with the major destinations in the rest of the country, i.e: the laidback capital Vientiane, the mysterious Plain of Jars and World Heritage city Luang Prabang. The south of Laos holds some of the most spectacular waterfalls and other natural sites of the country. Learn about the interesting tribal cultures in this area and visit the ancient Khmer temple complex of Wat Phu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Deep in the south, the Four Thousand Islands provide an ideal place to relax. The trip also involves many river cruises.

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Day 1

Discover World Heritage Sites

Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2

Visit Ancient Temples – Mekong River Boat Experience – Pak Ou Buddha Caves

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and BanXienglek, well known for its hand made of Jute Sar paper. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (evening):

Day 3

Morning Alms – Market – Kuang Si Waterfall

This morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.
After breakfast, you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths, return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well known weaving village, return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (before waterfall):

Day 4

Royal Palace – Scenic Ride to Plain of Jars

After breakfast, we visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sights. Today, we are driving 306KM overland on up Hill Mountain with splendid natural scenery to Xiengkhouang, where was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. If time permits, we are seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun [if time permits] and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Phonsavan.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Fly to Vientiane – Buddha Park

After breakfast, visit the Central Market, and then further explore the town by yourself, before we catch a flight to Vientiane. After checking into hotel, [if time permits] we continue our sightseeing tour of Vientiane surrounding; visit the impressive Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a display of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River. A view of the sunset over the Mekong River is perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Vientiane City Tour

After breakfast you are met to continue exploring Vientiane capital city. We start to visit the major sights of the capital, including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. At noon continue to visit the rest of Vientiane by walk, visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. Then we pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouad in where the major goods display, including fresh food, household, textiles, gold, silver and ancient souvenir varied display. We return to Mekong riverside by late afternoon observing sunset. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (before city tour):

Day 7

Fly to Pakse – Wat Phu World Heritage Temple Site – Four Thousand Islands

After breakfast, we take an early flight to Pakse. On arrival, we drive on the National Road No. 13th south to Champassak and visit the ruins of Wat Phu, which is well known as the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire between 9th –13th centuries. Here is also a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines. After a short visit, we continue to Done Khone Island by long tail local boat. Overnight in Don Khone Island.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

River Cruise – Liphi Waterfall – Niagara of the East

Early morning breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone, where the old French colonial buildings and its retrace the old colonial past with seeing the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue discover the area of 4000 islands by our leisurely boat to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls of marking the end of Lao boundary to Cambodia call Liphi waterfall, known as the Samphamith. If we have luck, we may be seen the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphinat Ban Hang Khone. Return to Ban Nakasang and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng. The largest waterfall in South East Asia, known as Niagara of the east. Overnight in Don Khone Island.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Coffee Plantations and Hill Tribe Villages on the Bolaven Plateau

Upon leaving Done Khone Island, we continue our journey towards Tadlo, through Boloven plateau where famous tea and coffee plantation and other lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil are incredible all along the way. En route, there are some opportunities to explore a part of Boloven plateau and visit some hill villages of the Katu, Alak and Nge ethnic minority people, return to Pakse by late evening. Overnight in Pakse.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

Explore Pakse – Next Destination

After breakfast there is a free time for your own exploration of Pakse town, before catching either flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia or overland exit the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Rathani Thailand.
Meals included: breakfast


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

Luang Prabang hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Manoluck Hotel
First Class (FST) Muang Luang Hotel
Superior (SUP) The Grand Hotel
Deluxe (DLX) Souvannaphoum Hotel

Phonsavan hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Vansana Hotel
First Class (FST) Vansana Hotel
Superior (SUP) Vansana Hotel
Deluxe (DLX) Vansana Hotel

Vientiane hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Lanexang Hotel
First Class (FST) Novotel Hotel
Superior (SUP) Lao Plaza Hotel
Deluxe (DLX) Settha Palace

Don Khong hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Villa Meuang Khong
First Class (FST) Villa Meuang Khong
Superior (SUP) Villa Meuang Khong
Deluxe (DLX) Villa Meuang Khong

Don Khone hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Sala Donkhon
First Class (FST) Sala Donkhon
Superior (SUP) Sala Donkhon
Deluxe (DLX) Sala Donkhon

Pakse hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Champa Residence
First Class (FST) Champa Residence
Superior (SUP) Champa Residence
Deluxe (DLX) Champa Residence

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

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Package includes:

- Accommodation at hotel base on twin sharing basis
- Air conditioned transportation
- Tours as per itinerary including entry fee
- Meals as indicated on itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Drinking water, cool towel refreshments during the trip
- Private Mekong boat trip
- Lao Tax

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