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Laos Explorer

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  • 6 Days 5 Nights
  • Max Guests : 14
  • Adults
  • 18- 23 November 2024
  • $1495 pp

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ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ nyinditonhab!

Welcome to the hidden gem of Southeast Asia – Laos! Nestled between China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, Laos remains a well-kept secret waiting to be explored. Join our Laos Explorer trip, a 5-night, 6-day adventure that will take you through the heart of this captivating country.

Destinations:

Our Laos Explorer trip includes the capital city of Vientiane, and the well-known historic retreat town of Luang Prabang.

  • Vientiane: discover ancient wats and stupas that tell tales of Laos’ rich history.
  • Luang Prabang: enjoy the historic retreat town, Luang Prabang, its Old Town and the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls.

We’ll be travelling by car, train, bus, boat and train. The trip will be 5 nights – 6 days.

Our small group trip, is exclusively for adults, with a maximum of 14 people. We need a minimum of 8 participants to proceed.

Explore this little visited country with us in 2024.

Highlights

  • Discover the Old Town of Luang Prabang
  • Visit the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Meet local H'mong villagers
  • Wats and stupas galore in Vientiane
  • Cruise the Mekong to visit Pak Ou Buddha Caves
  • Visit the Free the Bears centre - a rescue centre for Asiatic Black Bears
  • Take part in an early morning Alms Giving Ceremony

Price Includes

  • 🏨 Accommodation: 5 nights in carefully selected hotels.
  • 🚆 Trip Transport incl car, train and boat transport
  • 🍜 Most meals - 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 🇱🇦 Lao - 🇬🇧 English guide
  • 💫 Activities as described in itinerary
  • 🛄 Airport Transfers: Hassle-free arrival and departure with included transfers.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks not included on itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Visas

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Luang Prabang

Welcome to Luang Prabang! Our Guide and Driver will transfer you to your hotel and assist with check in. Join our Welcome Meeting at 6pm where your Guide will introduce you to Luang Prabang and run through the plan for the next few days. Then head out with your group to explore the Night Market and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Welcome Dinner

Accommodation: Sunrise Garden or similar

Day 2 - Luang Prabang old town and Mekong cruise to caves

Head out after breafast to discover the spiritual and cultural roots of Luang Prabang. You will visit Vat Mai, and then it’s a short walk to explore the National Museum, formerly the old “Royal Palace.” From here, climb Phou Sii Mountain to enjoy panoramic views over Luang Prabang.

Coming off the mountain, we will hop back into our air-conditioned vehicle to visit two more of the town’s beautiful and historic temples, Vat Xieng Thong and Vat Vi Soun. For a change of pace, we head to the traditional Weaving Centre.

After lunch, we will head down to the river to board our private boat, cruising up the Mekong to visit Pak Ou Buddha Caves. Set into the dramatic limestone cliffs at the confluence of the Mekong and Ou Rivers, these caves are home to over 4,000 Buddha images. We will visit two caves, the lower Tham Ting Cave and the upper Tham Theung Cave. Both caves serve as shrines to the river spirit and Lord Buddha and have been visited by pilgrims over many centuries.

On our cruise back to town, we’ll stop at the Whisky Village and the Mulberry Paper Village, ending with a sunset on the river.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

AccommodationSunrise Garden Hotel or Similar.

Day 3 - Kuang Si waterfall and Bear Rescue Sanctuary

Today we begin by visiting the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center. The Centre is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of ethnic minority groups in Laos and showcases traditional arts, crafts, and customs.

Next we visit the “older water melon temple”, Wat Visounarat. This temple dates back to 1513 and was named after King Wisunarat (Visoun), who ruled Laos from 1501 until 1520. It’s the oldest Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang and serves as the city’s Museum of Religious Arts. 

From here we enjoy a countryside drive to Na Ouane village to visit the Hmong Exhibition which highlights the Hmong culture and daily life. They will demonstrate how to use traditional agriculture tools, play traditional musical instruments and cook traditional Hmong cuisine. 

Walking across the road we will take lunch at Pha Daang Gardens, 4ha of organic gardens, grassland, rice paddies and fish pond. Your traditional Lao Banquet will be cooked by Ms La, whose family were cooks for the old royal family for many years. 

After lunch we will drive on to Kuang Si waterfalls. The turquoise waters of Kuang Si flow over many limestone rocks on their way from the mountain springs to the main waterfall and then down the cascading pools and on into the Mekong River. Limestone particles in the water which contain high levels of calcium carbonate reflects light making the water appear a stunning turquoise-blue colour.

On our walk down from the falls we will visit the Free the Bears Centre which is home to more than twenty Asiatic Black Bears. These bears have been rescued from an array of dire circumstances and now have happy life at the Centre.  

We will return to town in the late afternoon.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

AccommodationSunrise Garden Hotel or Similar.

Day 4 - Giving Alms, Market and free time to explore

It’s an early start this morning. Leaving at your hotel at 5:00 am we will take up a position on the street where we will view the traditional Alms Giving Ceremony. From there we will take a walk through the Morning Market where you will had the opportunity to sample some of the traditional foods, snacks and sweets on sale. 

As we come out of the market we will make our way down to the river bank to sample a traditional Lao breakfast of Lao coffee and noodle soup at the Pa Sa Nee Yom Local Restaurant

After breakfast you will be dropped back at your hotel where the rest of the day is free for you to explore.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

AccommodationSunrise Garden Hotel or Similar.

Day 5 - fast train to Vientiane

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel at 10.15am and transferred to the train station. On the way to the station we will stop to give the opportunity to buy snacks and coffee for the journey.

Your fast train departs at 11:41am and will arrive in Vientiane at approximately 1.45pm. On arrival we will head into town for lunch.

After Lunch we will explore the city’s main attractions before checking in at our hotel.

We will start at That Luang Stupa which is a sacred monument and one of Laos’ most impressive religious structures. It was founded in the 3rd century to house the breastbone of Buddha, which was brought to Laos by an Indian missionary. The current structure was built by King Setthathirat in 1566, after Vientiane became the capital of Laos. 

From there we will visit Pa Tu Xai Victory Gate, this massive concrete arch on Lang Xang Avenue is reminiscent of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the monument commemorates Laos’s resilience and eventual independence, as well as those who lost their lives in the wars that got them to that point. 

Finally we will visit the Cope Centre. COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) is the main source of artificial limbs, walking aids and wheelchairs in Laos. Its excellent Visitor Centre, part of the organisation’s National Rehabilitation Centre, offers myriad interesting and informative multimedia exhibits about prosthetics and the UXO that sadly makes them necessary.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

AccommodationEastin Hotel or Similar. 

 

Day 6 - farewell

It’s our final day 🙁 We have the chance for a final explore of this captivating place, before we get ready for our farewells.

 

Meals: Breakfast

 

What to Expect

When you join a Pip & Co Travel trip to amazing Laos, here is what you can expect:

  • Buddhist culture: Lao Buddhist culture is a strong feature of all the experiences we have in this country.
  • So much history: Learn about the impacts of war and colonisation, and the stories of the people affected.

  • Meet the locals: Lao and H’mong people are renowned for their friendliness and openness! 

Book your spot now and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime in Laos!

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FAQ

Who comes on the trips?

Lots of different people! A lot of women in their 50s – 70s are interested in our adults trips.

Families with younger pre school and primary school aged children are interested in our family trip options.

Travellers who share a love of discovery, learning, adventure, fun and kindness of any age or gender are right for Pip & Co Travel trips!

What are the payment terms?

To secure your place on the trip, you need to pay a deposit of $500 AUD. Payment can be made by credit card or bank deposit. 

If you need to cancel the trip, your deposit is a “lifetime” deposit – which means you can use it for any of our other trips.

Full payment is required 95 days before the trip date – for this trip 15 August 2024.

I'm travelling solo

We love having solo travellers on our trips.

We can match you with another solo traveller of the same gender, or in some cases there are limited solo supplements available.

You can add $475AUD to secure your own room.

Travel insurance

All Pip & Co Travellers will need to purchase comprehensive travel insurance prior to the trip.

If you need help with this, please contact us.

 

Can you help with flight bookings?

All Pip & Co Travellers will need to purchase their own international flights arriving at the starting destination in time to commence the tour.

If you need help with this, please contact me.

If you are travelling between two destinations to link two or more tours (ie. Viet Nam – Cambodia), I will provide a list of flight options to you to help with your planning and booking.

Where does this trip begin?

This Laos Explorer trip begins in Luang Prabang. If you are joining this trip from the Cambodia trip, you can fly directly to Luang Prabang from Siem Reap – I will help with flight options for you.

If you are joining us for the Laos trip only, you can fly to Luang Prabang from Hanoi, Singapore, and Bangkok. 

Contact me if you would like assistance with flight options.

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