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Secrets of Southern Laos

Duration

8 days

Guaranteed

2 travellers

Group size

16 travellers

Price

From GBP £ 1,020

WHAT TO EXPECT

Discover the rich world of coffee with Mr. Kamsouk as you explore the picturesque Bolaven Plateau aboard a vintage army Jeep. Immerse yourself in the tranquil ambiance of Don Daeng Island, nestled within the idyllic 4,000 Islands region. Cycle through its serene landscapes and encounter local villages, gaining insights into the island way of life. Delight in a traditional Sindat dining experience, where you become your own chef, grilling ingredients at your table and savouring the authentic flavours of Laos.

Itinerary

Welcome to Laos! On arrival, a transfer will take you to your hotel. In the evening, meet your fellow travellers over welcome drinks while your Tour Leader explains some important details and logistics of the journey ahead. Find the details of this night’s activity in your welcome pack.
Luang Prabang is Laos’ most beautiful and engaging town. Surrounded by mountainous forests and situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang has a tranquil, old-world charm. This fascinating town was the capital of the Lane Xang (million elephants) kingdom until the mid-16th century. The legacy of the European presence here has blended delightfully with more than thirty gilded Buddhist temples to create a town rich in atmosphere and history. Begin your discoveries with the charms of Luang Prabang with a leisurely walk around the old quarters. Starting from the vibrant morning market, then onto the charming city main street and the National Museum. Afterwards, visit Wat Xienthong ‘The Temple of the Golden City’, considered the finest temple in Laos. End the day by a relaxing scenic boat ride, for a memorable sunset cruise along the Mekong river.

Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Walking tour around the old quarter of Luang Prabang
  • Visit of Wat Xienthong
  • Unique – Sunset cruise along the Mekong river
  • Start your day with a drive to the outskirts of Luang Prabang which will take us to Kuang Si Waterfall, the most beautiful of the waterfalls near Luang Prabang. Swim, explore and be surrounded by turquoise waters and jungle, then visit a nearby bear sanctuary to see Asiatic Black bears rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. As we return to town you will get to see the fascinating world of Lao textiles come alive with a visit to Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre. Later this evening, journey to Bamboo experience where you will see a bamboo presentation while enjoying a delicious dinner and a traditional ‘baci’ ceremony.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Excursion to the Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visit of the Bear Rescue Centre
  • Arts & Craft – Visit of the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre
  • Spiritual – ‘baci’ ceremony at Bamboo Experience
  • Continue your journey south as you take a flight to Pakse. On arrival, begin our discoveries with a scenic drive through mountains and winding roads all the way up to the region of Bolaven Plateau. Along the way you will get the chance to meet Mr Kamsome, a local coffee farmer and a coffee expert who will take you for an exciting off-road driving adventure in an old army Jeep into the coffee plantation.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Scenic drive to the region of Bolaven Plateau
  • Explore a coffee plantation and meet a local coffee farmer
  • Experience being surrounded by verdant jungles and rolling mountains, at our first stop – the Tad Fane or the “Twin Waterfalls”. We will then continue on to visit the ancient ruins of Wat Phu (Mountain Temple) a UNESCO World Heirtage Site, noted to be one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Continue the scenic route until we reach Done Khong, the largest island of Si Phan Don 4,000 Islands.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Stop at the Tad Fane or the “Twin Waterfalls”
  • Visit of the ancient ruins of Wat Phu (Mountain Temple), UNESCO World Heirtage Site
  • Explore an archipelago of islands where time swings slowly by. Feel the fresh breeze while sailing along the Mekong River, passing fisherman villages and eventually reaching Done Khone where we will disembark. On the island, feel the breeze in your hair as you enjoy a bicycle ride and see iconic sights such as the old French locomotive and Railway Bridge. You will then visit the spectacular Liphi Waterfalls, a collection of powerful falls spilling down in many angles branching out to join the Mekong River.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Sail along the Mekong River
  • Visit Done Khone island by bicycle
  • Unique – Visit the spectacular Liphi Waterfalls
  • Continue our adventure with a visit to the mighty Khone Phapheng Waterfalls. Marvel at its immensity and its powerful cascading currents. Continue to the village of Ban Khiet Ngong located in Xe Pian National Protected Area, an extensive wetland home to rare wildlife species. Enjoy a short walk as we ascend to the top of the Phou Asa Mountain where mysterious columns made out of stacks of plate-like rocks stands proudly as if protecting an unseen structure, believed to be a temple. Return back to Pakse to end an adventurous day and feast on a traditional Sindat dinner.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

  • Insider Experiences:
  • Visit of the Khone Phapheng Waterfalls
  • Visit of the village of Ban Khiet Ngong located in Xe Pian National Protected Area
  • Unique – Ascend the Phou Asa Mountain to see mysterious columns
  • Taste – Traditional Sindat dinner
  • It’s time to say goodbye, but just think of all the wonderful stories you will take home. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travels.

    Meals included:
  • Breakfast
  • Inclusions

    • Insider Experiences

      Arts & Craft - Visit of the Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre
      Spiritual - ‘baci’ ceremony at Bamboo Experience
      Taste - Traditional Sindat dinner
      Unique - Sunset cruise along the Mekong river
      Unique - Visit the spectacular Liphi Waterfalls
      Unique - Ascend the Phou Asa Mountain to see mysterious columns

    • Accommodation

      7 nights in 3-4 star hotels


    • Meals

      Daily breakfast
      2 local dinners

    • Transport

      Airport transfer on arrival and departure
      Air-conditioned vehicle
      All boat trips

    • Touring

      English speaking tour guide
      All entrance fees
      All tipping

    SKU: IJDB-SGJ-12-2023 / 2024 Category: Tags: , ,

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