Southern-Central to Northern Laos Expedition

  • Destinations: Four Thousand Islands, Luang Prabang, Southern Laos, Vientiane
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Type: Culture & History, Elephants, Minorities, Nature, River Cruise, Week or Longer

This tour combines all the major attractions in the south of Laos with the most important central destinations. The south of Laos holds some of the most spectacular and largest waterfalls in Asia. It has coffee plantations and tribal villages on the Bolaven Plateau, the ancient Khmer temple and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phu, and the laidback Four Thousand Islands in a wide section of the Mekong River. The trip also includes many boat cruises, at which you have a chance to spot the rare river dolphins, and an elephant ride. In central Laos you will do a city tour of the capital Vientiane and visit World Heritage city Luang Prabang, with its charming French architecture and ancient temples.

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Day 1

Traditional boat cruise – Wat Phu World Heritage Site – Four Thousand Islands

Take a morning flight from Bangkok to Ubon Ratchathani, on arrival meet and drive to Chongmek, crossing border to Laos and continuing to Pakse. Transfer directly to the pier of Pakse to take a traditional boat for a 2-hour cruise to Champassak. Continue then by car to Vat Phou, another World Heritage Site in Laos recognized by UNESCO in 2002, this ruin temple was built before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, which is one of the most ancient Khmer temple architecture dating back the 7-11th century. In the afternoon drive to Don Khone the area of 4000 islands, which is the widest it ever reaches of Mekong River in rainy season. During the dry months the river recedes and leaves behind thousands of islands and islets and this area of the river is also famous for being the home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins, south of Don Khone where you stay. En route, we stop to visit the ruins of the Khmer temple of Oup Mong at Ban Houei Tomo and continue driving to Don Khone Islandat Ban Nakasung pier and board a long tail motor boat to a peaceful Don Khone Island before sunset. Overnight in Don Khong Island.

Day 2

French Colonial Remnants – Niagara of the East – Elephant Ride

Early morning breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone, where the old French colonial houses 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 dolphin at 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. In the afternoon drive to Pakse and, on the way stop in Phou Asa to visit the vestiges of this temple dating from the 18th century [ if time permits and elephants available] we experience elephant riding for 2hrs through the forest path and then driving to Pakse before sunset and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Pakse.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

Coffee Plantations on Bolavan Plateau – Minority Villages – Overnight near Waterfall

After breakfast excursion drive to Tadlo via the plateau of Boloven where tea and coffee plantations growing and most famous Lao coffee. You have chance to observe the traditional coffee and tea maker. En route visit the minority villages of Ban Tateng and experience the daily lifestyle of ethnic minority people of Alack, Katu, Nge that remain not so much change their lifestyle, we continue to Tadlo and visiting the charming village of Tadlo area then transfer you to Tadlo resort, enjoy swimming in the pool of Tadlo waterfall where your accommodation near by. Overnight in Tadlo.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

FLy to Vientiane – City Tour

Very early morning, we drive to Pakse to board a flight to Vientiane Capital, upon arrival; you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. A city tour acquaints us with the major sights of the capital. We visit the sacred Wat Sisaket the oldest temple 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, sunset by Mekong Riverside and late evening. Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

Fly to Luang Prabang – Discover World Heritage Sites

After breakfast, then free time until your transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang. Check in the hotel. Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. 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, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) emphasizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xiengthong is considered to emphasize & characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang’s local style: its several roofs sweep 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; visit the National Museum, which was once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Then return to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Optional program (evening):

Day 6

Mekong River Boat Cruise – Pak Ou Buddha Caves

After breakfast, begin a full day boat trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves with their lacquered Buddha statues. Then make a visit to the village of Ban Phanom where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms. Then return to Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

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):

Optional program (extra day):

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

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

Pakse hotels

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

Tad Lo hotels

Rating Type Name
Standard (STD) Tadlo Resort
First Class (FST) Tadlo Resort
Superior (SUP) Tadlo Resort
Deluxe (DLX) Tadlo Resort

Vientiane hotels

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

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

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

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Package includes:

1. Accommodation at hotel base on twin sharing basis
2. Air conditioned transportation, Including transfer with guide from Oubon-Chong Mek Border
3. Tours as per itinerary including entry fee
4. Meals as indicated on itinerary
5. English speaking guide
6. Drinking water, cool towel refreshments during the trip
7. Private boat trip Donkhong-Donkhone & LPQ-Pak Ou Cave
8. Lao Tax

Package does not include:

1. Meals other than those mentioned in the program.
2. Personal items & hotel incidental charges.
3. Personal drinks at the meal times.
4. Gratuities to the guide, driver or hotel’s porter
5. Internationa airport tax (US$ 10.-)
6. Laos visa on arrival ($30.-)

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