Exploration of the Land of Million Elephants

Duration: 17 Days/16 Nights
Price of the trips:$
Starting: Luang Prabang.
Ending: Pakse.
Destinations: Luang Prabang - Oudomxay - Luangnamtha - XiengKhuang - VangVieng - Vientiane - Pakse.

Step into one of Asia's best kept secrets - magical Cambodia and Laos - and walk into a world that time seems to have forgotten. From the glitz of Wat Po in Bangkok to the sleepy city of Luang Prabang, with temples of Angkor as far as the eye can see, the Land of the Golden Buddha is waiting for you with arms wide open.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Bangkok - Luang Pra Bang

Arrive in Luang Pra Bang airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel by our provided transportation. Luang Pra Bang 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 are riding to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai; we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and 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 experience the Street Night Market where you can find the traditional textile collections, gifts and souvenirs.

Day 2: Luang Pra Bang – Khouangsi Waterfalls (B)

This morning you may want to rise 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. From there you will 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 morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter, chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit a local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Na Ouan, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Lao Loum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi 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 to see the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Pra Bang.

Day 3: Luang Pra Bang - Udomxay (Overland) (B)

An early morning departure towards Udomxay, The road journey passing numerous small villages en-route visit Khmu, Lantene. They are living with a nature forest. On arrival at Oudomxay transfer to hotel before a sightseeing tour of the town. Explore the stupa of Santhiphap that overlooks this bustling centre of local trade and commerce. Overnight in Oudomxay.

Day 4: Oudomxay – Luang Nam Tha - Muangsing (B)

After breakfast, continue to drive further north to explore local lifestyle which is home to various hill tribe groups including Akha, Laos, Dao. There is also a significant Chinese population and a lot of trade goes on between here and China. On the way we visit an Akha minority village. This ethnic group was originally in China but immigrated into Laos centuries ago. Overnight in Muangsing.

Day 5: Muangsing – Xieng kok – Muang Sing (B)

The remote and extremely beautiful mountainous region of Muong Sing is ideal for anyone seeking a true adventure and trekking experience. After breakfast we have time strolling round this small town where many ethnic minorities are frequently seen on the main street while small vendors along the street selling local textiles and handicraft. Upon leaving the town we take a drive west, travelling by bumpy roads to Xieng Kok, a border town near the golden triangle. In late afternoon, we drive back to Muong Sing with a stopover at the Lantern minority village. Overnight at Moung Sing.

Day 6: Muong Sing – Oudomxay –Nong Khiow (B)

Early morning, we visit the bustling colorful Morning Market and the impressive ethnologic museum (dedicated to region’s ethnic minorities) are not to be missed. We visit these sights before we make our journey to Oudomxay. The road down the hill, passes numerous small villages en-route visit Khmu, Lantene. They are living within a nature forest. We pass by again Oudomxay, Nam Bak district, which was completely destroyed during the Indochinese war. On arrival at Nong Khiow, a small village is located on the bank of Nam Ou river and is surrounded by a chain of the mountains. Transfer to local guest house. Overnight in Nong Khiow.

Day 7: Nongkhoiw - Luang Pra Bang (Boat) (B)

After breakfast, we board a traditional boat to go down the Nam Ou River to Luang Pra Bang. This tranquil town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be“ the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. Stop en route to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, where thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. Continue down river to Ban Sang Hay village to sample the local rice alcohol known as Laow Lao. Arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Luang Pra Bang.

Day 8: Luang Pra Bang - Xieng Khuang - Road (B)

Breakfast. 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 will see the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 9: Xiengkhouang – Muangkham District (B)

After breakfast, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh, then drive to visit Muang Kham and some 50KM. En route visit tribal minorities villages of Hmong, Tai Dam and Khmu… and hot spring water and Tham Piew cave, where hundreds of people were killed by American bombs. Lunch in local restaurant. Return to the hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 10: Xieng Khuang - Vang Vieng (B)

Today we travel by roads to Vang Vieng. The journey is strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but rough routes in the whole of Asia. We arrive in Vang Vieng, a small town which is located on a bend in the Nam Song River. This tranquil town is rapidly developed with the advent of tourist, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops is unchanged for centuries. We embark on our boat for a well-paced trip on the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape. Over night in Vang Vieng.

Day 11: Vang Vieng Trekking (B)

The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous of these caves, Tham Jang, was used by local people around 200 years as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We visit this beautiful cave this morning before we take a walk to the Tai Deang and the Souay hill tribe villages. They are all friendly and welcoming. The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of the town and relaxation. Over night in Vang Vieng.

Day 12: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B)

Heading out of town we drive back to Vientiane. On the way we make a stop to visit Nam Ngum dam(90KM), a huge beautiful, artificial lake was created by damming the Nam Ngum river and flooding around 250 sq Km of forest. The lake is dotted with picturesque small islands and a cruise is well worth arranging to explore the fishing villages on different island. Before returning to Vientiane on the road No 10, visit Ban Keun and Ban Bo, where a traditional salt extraction plant can be seen. We finish the day to watch the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River from one of riverside bars. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 13: Vientiane - City Tour (B)

Breakfast, AM: 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 can stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

PM: continue to visit the rest of Vientiane by walk, visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng. Then we pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao, where the major goods display; including fresh food, household, textiles, gold, silver and ancient souvenir varied display.

Afterwards we drive out to see the Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Friendship Bridge which links Laos and Thailand and return to the hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 14: Vientiane - Pakse - Khong (B) by Flight

Following 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 shortstop visit, we continue to Khong Island by traditional local slow boat. Overnight in Khong Island.

Day 15: Khong Island Surrounding (B) By Boat

Today, we enjoy a cruise venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River from where thousands of islets jut out in dry season, giving this area a lovely name” Siphandon”. We stop at the fisherman's village of Ban Khone. where many old French buildings are seen, from there we discover the area of 4000 islands and visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao boundary to Cambodia call Liphi waterfall, known as the Samphamith. If we are lucky we may see the rare Mekong dolphin. Overnight in Khone Island.

Day 16: Ban Khone – Khone Phapeng – Phou Asa – Pakse (B)

After breakfast, take a boat for a 20 minutes to cruise to Ban Na Phiangdi and we take a short drive to the Lao-Cambodia border at Weukham and to the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapheng- is the largest waterfall in South East Asia. In the afternoon drive back to Pakse and on the way stop at Phou Asa to visit the vestiges of this temple dating from the 18th century. Here we experience an elephant riding through the forest path to the old citadel, overlooking the valley of the Mekong and forest preserved of “Dong Huasao”. Continue to drive to Pakse before sunset and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Pakse.

Day 17: Pakse Departure (B)

Breakfast, there is a free time for your own exploration of Pakse town before catching a flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia on every Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun.

Note: This trip can be arranged vice versa.
  • All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival, departure flights and agreed by traveller
  • Program can be adjusted or amended based on indicated sight visit
    Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
  • This program is majority based on local culture. Short skirt and trousers are restricted for major sights, such as major temples and museum
  • On your day 2 tours, you might rise up early morning to participate local culture offering alms, this is a highlight should not be missed. The ceremony begin from 05: 30 – 06: 00hrs, depend on which month of the year
  • Domestic flights are subjected to changed without prior notice

Tour Prices

Number of Person in Group/Pax Tour cost per Person (in US $)
ClassEconomy (2*)Superior (3*)First Class (4*)Luxury (5*)
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3 - 5 pax----
6 - 8 pax----
9 - 12 pax----
13 pax up----
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Package includes:

  • This trip can be arranged vice versa.
  • All above itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival, departure flights and agreed by traveller.
  • Program can be adjusted or amended based on indicated sight visit.
  • Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation.
  • This program is majority based on local culture. Short skirt and trousers are restricted for major sights, such as major temples and museum.
  • On your day 2 tours, you might rise up early morning to participate local culture offering alms, this is a highlight should not be missed. The ceremony begin from 05: 30 – 06: 00hrs, depend on which month of the year.
  • Domestic flights are subjected to changed without prior notice

Package excludes:

  • Domestic Air ticket with airport tax.
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned.
  • Accommodation in hotels (Double sharing room).
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: Daily breakfast
  • Domestic gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling

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