TOUR 21 – (S) Experience Laos in comfort: Small Group Tour
15 Days. From AUD $2,120

EXPERIENCE REAL LAOS WITHOUT COMPROMISING ON COMFORT.

Because of the distances and the geography involved we begin in Bangkok and finish in Luang Prabang.

It takes in all the usual highlights of Laos plus some lesser known but no less interesting destinations. Get a feel of amazing Bangkok also.

You will start by visiting Pakse, Savanakhet and Tha Kaek to experience the real Laos without the tourist hordes before visiting the most laid back capital in the region of Vientiane and some of the best scenery along the way to, in and from Vang Vieng before finishing in  the super highlight destination of Laos in Luang Prabang. All this while relaxing in mostly three star accommodation along the way.

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 13 nights, 1 to 2 star hotel x 1 night).

From AUD $2,120

Fishing Boats
Laotian Lady
mekong

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - PAKSE - SAVANAKHET - THA KAEK - VIENTIANE - VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG

Accommodation

  • Three star hotels, (13 nights).
  • One to two star hotel, (1 night).

Transport
Bus, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  •  Luang Prabang; Unguided Mekong river boat trip to Pak Ou caves and the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall. (half day).
  • Wat Phu Champasak. (Half day).

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
15 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - Our  Laos small group tour officially starts when you check into our Bangkok accommodation. A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. D.

If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak weekend market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.

A few of the  dozens of other options may be Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Wat Traimit, Jim Thompsons House, Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. 

Day 2:

BANGKOK -  A free day to recover from any jet lag by the pool or get out and experience what this truly amazing city has to offer with your tour coordinator available to point you in the right direction whether it be sight seeing and/or shopping or a real Thai meal experience that can only be had in Thailand. One of the most visited cities in the world and it wont take long for you to find out why. B.

 

Day 3:

 

Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in: PAKSE- A short international flight will see us in the chill out capital of Laos in Pakse.  Pakse now has a bridge over the Mekong to Thailand  meaning it has grown into a bit of a trading town also. But with the usual Laos laid back style it also makes for a more than relaxing stay. Possibly the chill out capital of Laos? Only a young town by Laos standards it was founded by the French in 1905. Some minor attractions in town are a small History museum and the usual array of Wats.  But only forty six kilometres out of town is the the reason so many tourists now arrive in Pakse. World Heritage listed  Wat Phu Champasak is one of the highlights of Laos.This fifth century Khmer religious complex is tiny in comparison to the Angkor kingdom but is no less intricate in design. If you can't make it to Angkor then Wat Phu Champasak is a more than worthy alternative. Last but not least Pakse has a few great restaurants with one in particular, in our opinion, being one of the best restaurants in all Laos. Thai, Laos, Western and Vietnamese food are on offer with the Vietnamese curry noodle salad being  one of the best choices to begin with.  B.

 

 

Day 4:

PAKSE - A half day tour of Wat Phu Champasak is included today. B.

Day 5:

PAKSE - A free day in Pakse to relax or stroll with numerous good restaurants and a Beerlao never  far away.  Maybe experience a Laos shopping mall? B.

Day 6:

 Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay SAVANAKHET - A chance today to get that real Laos bus experience. All aboard with the locals for a day you will always remember. If not for the slow speed bus that stops for every waving hand along the way then at least for  seeing the most bar-be-qued chicken on a stick (s) where vendors at bus stops may actually out number bus passengers. A truly memorable day on the road. B.

Day 7:

SAVANAKHET -Savanakhet is another of those quiet Laos riverside towns where one of the favorite pass times is having a Beerlao beside the Mekong. Traces of the French still remain with colonial era buildings lining some of the quiet wide streets. Some of the tourist attractions include the Provincial Museum, a small Dinosaur Museum and the two temples of Wat Sainyaphum and Wat Rattanalangsi among other temples and old churches. For the most part though just strolling around this charming town is one of the best ways to enjoy it. B.

 

Day 8:

Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in;  THA KAEK - Heading further north today on a shorter bus trip we will have an overnight stop in another Mekong riverside town. Tha Kaek sees few tourists but has enough charm for an overnight stop and another chance for a Beerlao in a riverside restaurant. B.

 

 

Day 9:

  • Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in; VIENTIANE - Another  shorter drive today sees us in what surely must be South East Asia's smallest and sleepiest capital city. With only a little bit of the usual Asian big city hustle and bustle beside the Mekong lies Vientiane. 

    Sightseeing begins with a short Jumbo ride to the most important temple in Laos of Wat That Luang. After that most sights can be seen on foot and include  Wat Si Saket, Wat Si Muang or wat Mixai among others. Then the Arc De Triomphe look alike of Patuxai, Lao National Museum or enjoy a drink at the central Fountain Circle. No meals.

Day 10:

VIETIANE - A full day to explore the Laos capital. 

 Don't miss the Morning Market, (open all day), which today resembles a shopping mall rather than the wet market of yesteryear. Iphone anyone? B.

 

 

Day 11:

onight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in;  VANG VIENG - Today we travel by bus to the scenic town of Vang Vieng beside the Nam Song river for an overnight stop to break the long journey to Luang Prabang. Vang Vieng is one of the most scenic towns in all Laos and makes a very pleasant  place to have a relaxing stop over. B.

Day 12:

Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort small group tour will stay in; LUANG PRABANG -  By bus  today with some stunning scenery along the way will see our Laos small group tour in the wonderful Unesco World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. The best way to see Luang Prabang is with a leisurely stroll. B.

WHERE TO START? Just about anywhere as Luang Prabang is one of the great travel destinations in Asia today. First up, while you still have the energy, try walking up the hundred or more steps to Phu Si Temple with fantastic views as the reward. Then onto, in no particular order, The Royal Palace Museum, Wat Ho Pha Bang, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, Wat That Luang, Wat Manolom or another dozen or so other Wat's.

Cooking courses can be found  at: TamarindTamnak Lao Three Elephant Cafe;  Massage and Spa's are another way to enjoy Luang Prabang for the not so energetic. Markets and other great eateries will see you get enough nourishment to complete the task at hand whatever you decide on. Dinner by the Mekong with a Beerlao being the perfect way to finish the day. 

 

Day 13:

LUANG PRABANG - A half day tour with a local operator today will include a trip on the Mekong  to visit the spiritual caves of Pak Ou, a beautiful waterfall and a local village or two among other interesting places. B.

 

Day 14:

UANG PRABANG - After visiting the hard to get to places you now have a totally free day to explore all the nearby attractions at leisure. In the evening a Craft and Clothing Market thrives as the main road becomes a Walking street for some of the  best local wares to be snatched up at bargain prices.  A farewell dinner will be had in the evening.B. D. 

 

Day 15:

Our Experience  Laos in comfort  small group tour is officially over when you check out of our Luang Prabang accommodation. An airport transfer is also included. B.

You can now head home after experiencing real Laos.  Some of those southern Laos bus trips will surely be what you are going on about for years to come. A true Laos experience that should not be missed.

Tour Departure Dates

2018
05 May, 19 May, 02 Jun, 16 Jun, 07 Jul, 21 Jul, 04 Aug, 18 Aug, 01 Sep, 15 Sep, 06 Oct, 20 Oct, 03 Nov, 17 Nov, 01 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S, (Includes international one way flight from Bangkok to Pakse).
AUD $2,120
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,270