Your Laos itinerary is custom-tailored for an unforgettable expedition through the lush jungle, along the meandering Mekong, and over the stunning mountaintops to reveal the natural and cultural splendors of the landlocked country. Bask in the ever-present aroma of tamarind, learn the enticing flavors of Laotian cuisine, search for Irrawaddy dolphins, and enjoy a stunning view of gilded stupas that tower above the trees. Discover an oasis of ancient pools and gilded temples as elephants bathe...
Vientiane – Arrive in the Charming Capital of Laos for a Night Market Visit
Vientiane maintains a relaxed ambiance alongside the banks of the Mekong River. The capital city shines with gilded Buddhist temple filigree and French architecture recalling the era of French colonialism. Quiet cafes line the streets of Old Town beneath the shade of the lush jungle canopy while the soaring figure of the Victory Monument adds to the modest skyline of Southeast Asia’s smallest capital city. Your private transfer will greet you at Wattay International Airport upon your arrival on Laos, and then bring you to your luxurious hotel at the heart of Vientiane.
The renovated French villa will offer views of a blossoming garden brimming with the colors of exotic flowers. The aroma of tamarind will fill the air as you make your way to the Patuxai Victory Monument with your guide to see the towering figure at the center of the eponymous park. Four walkways lead to the spouting fountains that symbolize the north, south, east, and west. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris inspired the seven-story monument, garnished with traditional Laotian architectural elements in the form of the five decorative towers.
Lotus leaves and dragons embellish the exterior and lead to images of gods, goddesses, and elephants along the walls and ceilings of the interior. In the evening, you will make your way to the banks of the Mekong to stroll along the promenade and bustling Night Market. Red-roofed stalls line the walkway amongst the eager visitors, joggers, and locals walk the paths and enjoy the cool breeze. The aroma of banana pancakes sweeps through the air amongst the happy laughter of patrons wandering amongst the active market.
Vientiane – Enjoy a Full Day Exploration of Vientiane’s Cultural Highlights
Champasak – Fly to Pakse and for a Half-Day Tour of Ancient Wat Phou
Champasak – Discover the 4,000 Islands and Search for Irrawaddy Dolphins
Luang Prabang – View Phapheng Falls before Traveling to Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Take Part in Morning Alms Giving and a Full Day City Tour
Luang Prabang – Explore Luang Prabang and the Countryside at Leisure
Luang Prabang – Depart for Home
- Enjoy a cruise on the mighty Mekong River to find a pod of the rare Irrawaddy dolphin
- Meet with Asiatic elephants up close before enjoying an elephant ride to the river
- Witness the marvelous display of devotion during the alms-giving procession in Luang Prabang as monks walk single-file through the city
- View the more than 6,000 Buddha icons that decorate the oldest surviving temple of the Siamese-Laos war in Vientiane at Sisaket
- Discover the stunning rush and natural grandeur of Phapheng Falls, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia
- Traverse the tiers of the ancient temple complex Wat Phou, which was erected in the 11th century under the Khmer dynasty
- Relish the flavors of Laos with a culinary class designed to teach you the staples of Laotian cuisine while enjoying the fun of flavor and cooking
The pleasures of Laos abound during your 8-day Laos itinerary that will highlight the beauty of temple design, the splendor of the landlocked landscape, and the marvels of the rich cultural history. Your expedition will begin with your arrival in Vientiane. Your private transfer will greet you at Wattay International Airport and escort you to your luxurious hotel inside a renovated French villa. Meet your guide after you settle in for a visit to the Patuxai Victory Memorial before strolling along the vibrant aisles of the night market, located along the Mekong River promenade.
Wake the next morning, and your guide will be there eager to lead you on a tour of the capital of Laos. Visit the historical and lavish temples found across the city and stroll through the National Gallery. The next day, you will fly to Pakse in the south, and your private transfer will greet you at the airport and bring you to the ancient temple grounds of Wat Phou. Traverse the six tiers for insight into the Angkor-era temple. Bask in the shrines, enjoy the preserved artwork, and take pleasure in the fabulous panoramas before settling into your hotel in the charming town of Champasak in the evening.
The next day, board your riverboat to cruise down the fabled Mekong River. Stop along a number of the 4,000 Islands to view life on the shores before searching for Irrawaddy dolphins, often found in pods near the Cambodian border. Witness the stunning display of nature’s power at Phapheng Falls the next day before flying from Pakse to the Imperial city of Luang Prabang in the north. Your private transfer will greet you at the airport and lead you to your gorgeous hotel that will have views of lush gardens and verdant mountains.
Take to the hills with your guide for an introduction to the city as you climb Mount Phousi. Take your time in the small temples and along the pilgrimage stairway before reaching the temple that crowns the summit. Take part in the morning alms giving early the next morning as the local monks form a single-file line and march through Luang Prabang to receive gifts of food from the village. Continue with a tour of the quiet city by the water before enjoying a private evening cooking class at a popular restaurant. Venture the next morning to Elephant Village to meet Asiatic elephants rescued and rehabilitated. You can ride the elephant through a portion of the jungle until you reach the riverbanks. Return to Luang Prabang in the evening for one last night before your private transfer will arrive at your hotel in the morning to escort you to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight home.
$1,867 per person (excluding international flights)
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