Buddha statues in cave, Laos.

Fabled Icons of Laos: An Immersive Journey to the Undiscovered

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Countries Visited

Laos

Places Visited

Luang Prabang, Phonsavan, Vang Vieng, Vientiane...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

Laos is a country of hidden treasures offering unparalleled rewards during your custom-tailored Laos tour revealing the beauty of the landscape and cultural history. Temple spires soar above the rainforest canopy in a charming former imperial city. Secret caves conceal subterranean emerald lakes. Buddha statues glint with bronze in the passing sunlight and Irrawaddy dolphins puff mist into the air while gliding down the Mekong River. From dramatic waterfalls to intricate Hindu reliefs, ancient...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the daily procession of almsgiving, with locals in Luang Prabang offering goods to the local monks for their daily meal
  • Discover the staggering stone jars scattered across the plains in the Xieng Khouang province, adding a majestic ambiance to the landscape
  • Visit an organic mulberry farm for an insight into the cultivation of the berries and locally produced silk
  • Traverse the landscape of Hin Bun National Park to view Kong Lor Cave, known for its spectacular rock formations and emerald waters
  • Cruise down the Mekong River at Champasak to visit the 4,000 Islands and view the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Relax with a soothing visit to the natural hot springs outside of the small town of Phonsavan
  • Witness the sensational splendor of natural waterfalls cascading into turquoise and indigo waters across Laos, including the Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Trek across farms and around limestone karsts to find the Buddha Cave outside of Thakhek, home to nearly 230 ancient bronze Buddha statues
  • Revel in a sky-high sunrise with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride above Vang Vieng at daybreak

Detailed Description

Laos glistens with jade trees and silver emerald waters, golden temple stupas, and silver limestone karsts, each symbolizing the hidden treasures of the country during your 14-day tour of discoveries. The journey to uncover the hidden splendors of Laos begins with your arrival in Luang Prabang, the former imperial capital. Your flight lands at Luang Prabang International Airport. Your private transfer greets you upon your arrival and escorts you to a stunning hotel offering a combination of French colonial charm, modern luxury, and views of the enchanting Laotian landscape. The remainder of the day is yours to get acquainted with the city at your leisure.

The next day, your guide leads you on a private tour of Luang Prabang’s grand temples and cultural history, beginning with the monks’ morning alms procession. After touring the city, you make your way to Kuang Si Falls to enjoy the cool waters and stunning view. Your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to the town of Phonsavan. En route, you stop at an organic mulberry farm to learn the methods of silk cultivation. Then, you visit the Plain of Jars, discovering three archaeological sites known for the magnificent stone jars scattered across the open fields. Relax your mind and body at a private hot spring in the afternoon before returning to Phonsavan.

You have a scenic drive to Van Vieng, stopping at an organic farm on the outskirts of town to learn the methods of coffee cultivation and traditional crops, enjoying a lunch utilizing the produce harvested on the estate. The following day is yours to enjoy the beauty of Vang Vieng at your leisure. Inner tube down the river at a relaxing pace while enjoying the view or relish an adventurous kayak excursion. You could also spend time on an inner tube traversing a cave network to view the unique formations carved into the walls by the water. Witness a sunrise on a hot air balloon before continuing to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. You can visit a local monastery on the edge of the town known for its herbal sauna and soothing massages before settling into the enchanting city.

Your guide leads you on a half-day private tour of the iconic monuments of Vientiane, from the Wat Si Muang Temple to That Luang, and the Victory Monument of Patuxai. You have a scenic drive to Hin Bun National Park. Stop along the way to visit small villages and farms before an afternoon trek in search of monkeys, deer, and elephants. Discover Tham Kong Lo cave and trek the trail to Namsanam Waterfall before arriving in the comforts of your hotel in Thakhek.

Next, you traverse the trails to find Buddha Cave. Ascend the cliff wall to view the upper cavern and take a boat along the river through the lower cave. You continue south to Champasak for a cruise on the Mekong River in search of Irrawaddy Dolphins. Travel outside of Champasak to wander around the ancient temple ruins of Wat Phu. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel and escorts you to the Pakse International Airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$2,515 per person (excluding international flights)

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.

What's Included

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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