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ITINERARY

Luang Prabang - Phonsavan (Plain of Jars) - Vang Vieng - Vientiane: 10 days

Laos put simply is a wonderful place to visit - the people are gorgeous, the scenery is spectacular, the food is yum and life here is at a relaxed pace. On this tour you get an insight into local life with visits to small villages and rural areas combined with the highlights of Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. What's more, this tour takes you down the road less travelled to the Plain of Jars - an area in the highlands where giant stone jars are scattered across the fields, which archaeologists are baffled by and don't know how they got there or who is responsible for them. 

This is a Private Tour, meaning you will have your own personal guide, driver and private car. Travelbay can cater for any size group but it will only be YOUR group and we will provide a suitably sized vehicle. You can select any date (subject to availability, with very few exclusions - please give us at least 30 days notice). We think these tours are very special and hope you will too!  

Travelbay Tips: Arrive early or stay an extra night - as most people love Laos. Another option is to pair this tour up with one of our Vietnam, Cambodia or Myanmar tour packages. 

* Price includes 9 nights' accommodation, private transfers, your own personal guide and driver, daily breakfast and more. Price does not include return international flights to Laos.

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to Laos are approximately $900 – $1300 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

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Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang 

Welcome to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be met at the airport, welcomed by your tour guide and taken to your hotel in this gorgeous town. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage town, Luang Prabang is a special place to visit and has much to offer from gilded wats (temples) to outstanding natural beauty, delicious cuisine and more.

The night markets in Luang Prabang are exceptional and we recommend a visit, they are within walking distance from your hotel (all options) and you can visit them at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara - Standard Room (Standard); Villa Santi Hotel - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Satri House - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Day 2: Sightseeing in Luang Prabang and the Kuang Si Waterfall

After breakfast, start with a sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang - possibly the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town combined with the incredible natural scenery and cultural sights make it a very special place to visit.

Visit the former King's Palace, Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

Continue on to Kuang Si Waterfall - a beautiful waterfall made up of limestone formations and numerous turquoise coloured pools - a highlight for many when visiting Luang Prabang. Here you can enjoy the cooling freshness and leafy green shade of the area and bathe in some of the pools at the lower level of the waterfall.

If you would like to arrange more walking and trekking of the surrounding area please let us know. You can walk from the Hmong Village to the waterfall through rice fields and forests under the shade of rosewood trees followed by a picnic lunch and swim at the waterfalls.

On the return to Luang Prabang visit Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made Jute Sar paper.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure and later in the day, in time for sunset, climb up to the top of Mount Phousi - home to a gilded stupa and incredible sunset views of the city and Mekong River (please note: there are around 329 steps to reach the top).

Overnight in Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara - Standard Room (Standard); Villa Santi Hotel - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Satri House - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3: Visit the Pak Ou Caves and travel to Kamu Lodge

This morning you may choose to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black alms-giving bowls receiving offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.

Please Note: It is custom to ensure shoulders, chest and legs are covered so out of respect please have suitable clothing. If you choose to go, but prefer not to make an offering, that is fine but it is requested that you stand back and observe the ritual in silence.

Around 8.30am board on a traditional long river boat at Kamu Lodge pier and take a leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Along the way you will get a glimpse of typical Laotian villages. Arrive at Pak Ou Caves and explore the sanctuaries which consist of two large caves - both are home to thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimetres to two meters in height. 

Continue upriver to reach Kamu Lodge around noon. This is a private eco-lodge located in a remote village surrounded by rice fields - a great way to experience local life in Laos. 

Check into your safari tents that have modern bathroom amenities and facilities (the tents also have thick walls) and then enjoy lunch set amongst the rice paddies.

After lunch, you can choose to either relax or take part in the traditional Kamu lifestyles and activities such as rice planting and harvesting in the surrounding rice fields, gold panning in the Mekong (anything you find is yours!), traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner) or watch the Kamu Village, archery contest.

Enjoy the local dinner - a feast by local standards and after dinner, retire to your tent.

Overnight at Kamu Lodge (Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Enjoy Kamu Lodge and travel back to Luang Prabang

Enjoy the morning at the lodge and after lunch, at 2pm board your boat and cruise back to Luang Prabang. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara - Standard Room (Standard); Villa Santi Hotel - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Satri House - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5:Travel to Phonsavan and see rural Laos

Today you will travel by private car to Phonsavan in Xieng Khuang, an area once devastated by American bombing. Enjoy the journey along the back roads that are a great way to see authentic Laos. There are very few other travellers, it is mostly rural dwellers who are as interested in you as you are in them! The drive is around 6 and a half hours and along the way you can take many stops to enjoy and photograph the gorgeous landscape. 

Overnight in Phonsavan: Vansana – Standard Room (Standard); Vansana – Deluxe Room (Deluxe & Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: The Plain Of Jars

After breakfast head out to the old capital in Muang Khoun province and some nearby Hmong and Thai Dam villages.

Then continue on to the Plain of Jars, an impressive archeological site containing hundreds of jars scattered over the highland plain. It is not known how the jars came to be here and their origin remains a mystery. 

On the way back to Phonsavan, stop at more local villages to learn about local culture and lifestyle.

Return to Phonsavan by late afternoon.

Overnight in Phonsavan: Vansana – Standard Room (Standard); Vansana – Deluxe Room (Deluxe & Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: Travel to Vang Vieng, visit caves and local villages 

This morning leave Phonsavan for the scenic drive to Vang Vieng. The drive takes around 5 hours, will be by private car and is another opportunity to take in the mountain scenery and local village life. Arrive in the afternoon in Vang Vieng - a small town located amongst limestone cliffs, beautiful scenery and on the Nam Song River. 

Explore the famous Caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders and cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where you can get an insight into local life. 

Overnight in Vang Vieng: Elephant Crossing – Deluxe Room (Standard); Amari – Superior Room (Deluxe); Riverside Boutique – Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Travel to Vientiane and visit the market of Thalat

Enjoy breakfast and relax at the hotel. In the afternoon drive to Vientiane (about 3 hours). On the way pass through spectacular countryside in the mountainous region and visit the busy and colourful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions.

On arrival in Vientiane you will be taken to your hotel. 

Overnight in Vientiane: Family Boutique  Deluxe Room (Standard); Xaysomboun Boutique – Superior Room (Deluxe); Green Park – Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 9: Discover the city of Vientiane

Today you have a full day to explore Vientiane – the charming and fascinating capital of Laos and one of the classic Indo-Chinese cities with a mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences.

Visit the National Museum, Wat Sisaket - the city's oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images and Haw Phra Kaeo - a large temple is built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees.

In the afternoon stop at the older part of Morning market and visit Pha That Luang - a giant golden stupa. Then climb the Arc De Triumphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and from the top you get a wonderful view of the city. 

Overnight in Vientiane: Family Boutique  Deluxe Room (Standard); Xaysomboun Boutique – Superior Room (Deluxe); Green Park – Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 10: Time to go home or onto your next adventure

Today the tour ends. After breakfast you will be taken to the airport in time for your flight or if you would like to extend your time in Laos, we can arrange this for you. 

Meals included: Breakfast

 

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 10 day private tour of Laos exploring Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane. 
  • 9 nights' accommodation.
  • 12 meals.
  • All airport transfers – your tour guide will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • All transportation throughout the tour - this is a private tour with your own personal English speaking guide and driver. 
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
Highlights:
  • Explore Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage site and a gem of Southeast Asia.
  • Visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall - a highlight of any trip to Luang Prabang.
  • Climb Mount Phousi in the centre of Luang Prabang and enjoy the sunset views of the town and Mekong River.   
  • Visit local villages such as Ban Xang Hai and discover daily life as well as the warmth of the locals. 
  • Cruise the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves and explore the caves and sanctuaries filled with Buddha statues and images. 
  • Spend a night at the Kamu lodge and get a taste for local life in a rural setting amongst the rice paddies.
  • Take the road less travelled to Phonsavan and the mysterious Plain of Jars. 
  • Enjoy a night in Vang Vieng and wander through the impressive Tham Jang caves.
  • Discover the lovely capital of Vientiane with its many temples, monuments and general delight. 
MORE INFO

Travelbay Laos Tours - 10 Day Local Life in Laos Private Tour Map

How to get there:
This tour starts in Luang Prabang and ends in Vientiane, Laos.

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

Timezones:
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

Visa information:
Tourists to Laos require a visa. This can be obtained on arrival and you will need a completed application form, a recent passport sized photo and the visa processing fee. In January 2018 this was US$35.  

Currency information:
The currency used in Laos is the Lao Kip.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Vaccination information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Tipping and tour guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping. Really this is a personal matter, not obligatory and at your discretion.

Some like to provide the tour guide with a few dollars a day and a little less for the driver. If you love your guide you can of course offer more – it really is up to you. 

Tour guides will not generally join you when eating – you are welcome to invite them though if you feel to.

Climate:
The climate in Laos is classified as tropical monsoon. What that means is that the weather is tropical and the wet season generally sees a fair amount of rain.

Dry season: November to February (cool dry) and March to April (hot dry)
Wet season: May to October 

Peak season: November to December is the peak season for travel in Laos.

The New Year (Pi Mai) is celebrated from April 13 – 16 and in some places the celebrations can last even longer. The whole country celebrates and there are many water activities on the street. Many people travel home to their families and travel at this time is not recommended.

Population: 6.9 million

Language: Lao (closely related to Thai)

Predominant religion: Buddhism 

Some interesting facts: 
Laos was once called Lan Xang which translates to "kingdom of a million elephants".

Laos has been conquered by the Thai, the French and the Japanese. It gained its independence in 1949 from the French.

Laos has been labelled the most bombed country in the world. It is estimated that during the Vietnam war, more than all the bombs dropped on Europe during World War II were dropped in Laos.  

Luang Prabang has a curfew of 11.30pm. All businesses are required to be closed by this time except for the bowling alley. 

More Travelbay Laos Tours:
Travelbay Laos Tours - Experience the Magic of Laos in 6 Days - Private Tour Travelbay  Laos & Cambodia - 12 Days of Marvels, Magnificence and More
Travelbay Tip:

Arrive early and spend a few extra nights in Luang Prabang, or stay on in Vientiane at the end of the tour. For a longer holiday, add on one of our Vietnam, Cambodia or Myanmar tour packages.  

Travelbay Vietnam – 10 Day Highlights of Vietnam Tour Travelbay Cambodia - 6 Day Highlights Tour 

Travelbay Myanmar - 8 Delightful Days in Mandalay, Bagan, Inle & Yangon Travelbay Vietnam and Cambodia – Best of Both in 13 Days     

TERMS
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Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact, any special requirements and a copy of each traveller's passport. 

Very Important:

It is extremely rare for any of these tours to not have availability (as we remove them when full) however, it is important to note that your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received booking confirmation from us.

In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel. 
  • Bookings are subject to availability.
  • Child prices: Please contact us for child pricing.
  • Minimum group size is 2. 
  • The listed "Price per person ~ single room" relates to having your own room for the tour. If you are a single traveller please note the minimum group size is 2. If you would like to travel alone, please contact us and we can arrange a quote. 
  • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you at very reasonable rates.
  • If you have any other special requests including having a quote for a tailor made tour, please let us know as we can make arrangements.

Inclusions:

  • 9 nights' accommodation, twin share with daily breakfast.
  • Private car and driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. 
  • Your own personal English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
  • 12 meals (daily breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner)
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • All airport transfers in private vehicle. 
  • Free wifi available at the hotel lobby.
  • Taxes and service fees.

Exclusions:

  • International airfares to and from Laos.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Laos visa fee.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Compulsory dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec. Surcharge will be advised and added by tour operator.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Additional activities and attractions as stated in the itinerary.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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