Indulge in the gourmet lifestyle during your customizable Laos itinerary tailored to discover the enriching cultural flavors of Laos, shaped by its landscapes and history. Coffee plantations flourish in the highlands, with cherries bursting with a delightful sweetness. Markets brim with the aromas of noodle soup and radiant crimson colors of chilies. French cafes line the cobbled lanes of Vientiane, and gilded shrines create an opulent skyline over the trees in Luang Prabang. Sample the lifestyle...
Luang Prabang – Simple and Delicious
Luang Prabang nourishes the spirit with an abundance of culture and comfort. The scent of tamarind blends with the aroma of blossoming frangipanis across the cobbled lanes of the old imperial city. The gilded spires of 33 wats, Buddhist monasteries or temples, glint in the passing sunlight. Monks draped in saffron-colored robes stroll beneath the shading trees. Exquisite French colonial villas shimmer with grace amongst the verdant exotic trees and blooming flowers. Your flight lands at Luang Prabang International Airport.
Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and escorts you to a luxurious hotel located inside a renovated colonial-era villa, combining the elegance of French aristocracy, natural beauty of the countryside, and modern amenities.
After settling into the comforts of your hotel, your guide meets you in the lobby and leads you to the base of Mount Phousi, which towers over the center of the city at nearly 330 feet above the surrounding streets. The bordering trees shade the steep ascent, leading to the summit crowned by a golden stupa standing more than 75 feet tall. You have a spectacular panorama of Luang Prabang below, providing a perfect introduction to Laos.
Luang Prabang – Endlessly Bright
Luang Prabang – A Day with Elephants
Vientiane – A Capital View
Vientiane – The Soul of Laos
Champasak – On the Bolaven Plateau
Champasak – Ancient Temples and Rare Dolphins
Don Daeng – In the Image of the Waterfall
Don Daeng – River-Island Leisure
Don Daeng – Fresh and Ready
- Indulge in the flavors of Laos with two distinct cooking classes meant to teach you the basics of Laotian cuisine, regional tastes, and your preferred flavors
- Visit a private coffee plantation, tasting coffee cherries before learning the methods used to cultivate, dry, and roast the beans to produce quality coffee
- Meet local Asian elephants at a renowned village started to protect and rehabilitate Laotian elephants before enjoying a ride to the river
- Witness the powerful, thundering whitewater rolling over the Khone Phapheng Waterfall in southern Laos
- View the morning procession of monks collecting alms from devout locals in the Luang Prabang in the form of cookies, sweets, and rice
- Search for Irrawaddy dolphins while cruising on the Mekong River
- Traverse the exotic, dense rainforest of the Bolaven Plateau on a guided tour before visiting with community leaders of local Ethnic villages
- Discover the unique blend of French colonial architecture and iconic Laotian style in the capital city of Vientiane
Laos combines a passion for cuisine with enchanting natural splendor. Your 10-day Laos itinerary teaches you the importance of flavor and how the landscape shaped the culture, beginning with your arrival in Luang Prabang. Your private transfer greets you at the airport and escorts you to a stunning hotel at the heart of the imperial city. Settle into the comforts and luxury of your accommodation before venturing to the top of Mount Phousi for a panoramic view and introduction to the temples of the ancient capital. In the evening, you can stroll through the night market for insight into the bustling culture of cooks, patrons, and artists. The next morning, your guide leads you on an in-depth tour of the morning market.
Buy fresh ingredients from vendors before delighting in a cooking instruction, which takes place in an outdoor kitchen overlooking a gorgeous lake. The remainder of the day is yours to visit the renowned temples and relax in the serene ambiance of the city. Then, you visit the Elephant Village to meet the rescued and rehabilitated elephants protected within the grounds. Enjoy a ride on the elephant to the river for a fun and memorable bath before venturing to the Tad Sae Waterfall on a soothing boat ride. Explore the galleries of the Royal Palace Museum before flying from Luang Prabang to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. After settling into your gorgeous hotel, enjoy a private tour of the sacred temples of the city and the Victory Monument.
You traverse the Wat Si Saket temple complex before a cooking class along the banks of the Mekong River. Your second lesson provides a more in-depth tutorial on Laotian cooking, along with the etiquette of cooking, eating, and cuisine. Fly to Pakse in the morning. Your private transfer leads you to Bolaven Plateau for a tour of a private coffee plantation, which continues to thrive in the cool temperatures of the highlands. Continue to an ethnic minority village to learn about the culture of the locals and the history of the peoples. Next, you have a half-day tour of Wat Phou, an ancient temple complex connected to the Khmer Empire. In the afternoon, you board a boat for a Mekong River cruise in search of Irrawaddy dolphins.
Relish a quiet morning in Champasak before viewing the roaring cascades of Khone Phapheng Waterfall. Take a long boat across the river to reach the shores of Don Daeng Island, a part of the renowned 4,000 Islands. The day is yours to revel in the serene ambiance of island life or enjoy a spa treatment at a resort in Champasak. You could also visit the woodcarving village of Ban Nong Bueng for a unique view of artisanal life in the countryside. On the final day, you travel across the Mekong and continue to Pakse Airport for your flight home.
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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