The ancient temple of Wat Xieng Thong in Laos

Laos Sonata: A Highlights Tour of Laos

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Countries Visited

Laos

Places Visited

Vientiane, Champasak, Don Khone, Luang Prabang

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Laos shimmers like a jewel with emerald rice fields, peaks that are draped in jade canopies, and glinting golden stupas. Your customizable highlights tour will encompass the best of the Land of a Million Elephants with roaring waterfalls and elegant French colonial villas, traditional dugout canoes and peaceful riverside villages on stilts. Indulge in exotic fruit, bamboo, and semi-sweet coffee aromas while you embrace the majestic ambiance of monks draped in saffron and black bears basking in...

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Trip Highlights

  • Witness the dramatic shimmer of the 2,000-year-old statue of Buddha in the National Museum of Luang Prabang, crafted from solid gold
  • Relish in an excursion through the wetlands and semi-evergreen forest while riding an Asian elephant
  • Discover the ambiance of the inspiring temples adorned with gilded doorways and detailed stone carvings at Wat Phou complex, home to Lao’s oldest temples 
  • Wander the grounds of Vientiane’s oldest temple complex to view the stunning temple spires and majestic artwork at Wat Si Saket
  • Traverse the remaining French colonial architecture on a private guided tour of Laos that includes the center of Catholic life at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • View rescued Asian black bears in their natural habitat while traversing the wildlife enclosure of Free the Bears
  • See the largest cascade in Southeast Asia create whitewater rapids for up to six miles along the Mekong River at Khone Phapheng Waterfall
  • Traverse the Mekong River around the Four Thousand Islands near the Cambodian border to find Irrawaddy dolphins
  • Experience the vibrant market life and active villages of Laos, including a visit to the famed weaving community of Ban Phanom
  • Delight in the unique expression of devotion in Luang Prabang by accompanying locals as they offer alms to passing monks in the daily procession 

Detailed Description

Laos provides insight into the best of Southeast Asia cast across the beautiful landscape and the enticing history of the mountains and fields, villages and cities. Your 10-day tour of the country’s enchanting highlights will begin with your arrival at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. The capital city has a relaxed charisma found within the mixture of historical and French colonial architecture. Your private transfer will meet you at the airport and escort you to your luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city. Follow your guide on a private walking tour of Vientiane and enjoy your exploration of the French colonial history and its lingering influence seen along the streets and culture.

Your private transfer will meet you the next morning and escort you to the airport for a quick flight southeast to Pakse. Continue with a scenic drive to the marvelous Wat Phou temple complex in the Champasak District to traverse the historical grounds with your guide to view the Khmer ruins before visiting the Hindu and Buddhist shrines in the area. Settle into the comforts of your eco-lodge for the evening to embrace the wonders of the landscape and your luxurious seclusion.  The next day will be at your leisure to discover the treasures of the wetlands and semi-evergreen forest. Follow the trails around your eco-lodge or relish a unique adventure on an eco-friendly elephant ride out of Kiet Ngong Village.

Venture next to the island of Don Khone, which is a part of the Four Thousand Island archipelago found near the Laos-Cambodia border. En route to the serene island, you can view Khone Phapheng, Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall, and then take the remainder of the day to explore the rice fields, islands, and trails found around Don Khone at your leisure. The next day, visit the villages of Ban Khone to view the colonial buildings connected to Laos’s first railway and then continue on a long-tail boat to find freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River. After breakfast the next morning, return to the Pakse Airport with your private transfer to fly back to Vientiane.

After checking into your luxurious hotel, your guide will lead you on an immersive tour of Vientiane’s impressive sites, including Wat Si Saket temple, the Wat Pha Keo Museum, and the Patuxai monument. The next day, you will have a brief flight from Vientiane to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. Your private transfer will escort you to your hotel to settle in before exploring the historical temples situated along the cobbled streets and following the 328 steps to the viewpoint atop Mount Phou Si. In the evening, you can embrace the vibrant culture of Luang Prabang’s enticing night market before waking the next morning to witness the Procession of Monks before setting out into the countryside to view the remarkable landscapes and the craftsmanship of Ban Phanom weaving village.

Relish the beauty of Luang Prabang and its surroundings at your leisure the following day. Enjoy a morning visit to the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls, and then visit the Asian black bear enclosures at the not-for-profit Free the Bears or view the stunning colors of the butterfly population at a local butterfly sanctuary. The next day, journey through the galleries of the National Museum located inside the Royal Palace to discover the solid gold Buddha statue. After returning to the hotel, your private transfer will meet you in the lobby and escort you to Luang Prabang International Airport for your flight home. 

Starting Price

$1,615 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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