TOUR 21 – (S) Experience Laos in comfort: Group Adventure Tour Package
15 Days. From AUD $2,550

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.

Tours to Laos, like those to Cambodia take on a little bit more adventure due to a less developed infrastructure than its neighbors but like Cambodia the charm of the people will more than compensate for that.

As well as a comfortable flight to begin with we will experience  real Laos  with  some truly local bus rides.

You will start with a flight from Bangkok to Pakse before bus trips to 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.

Then finish in one  the super highlight destination of  all S.E. Asia in Luang Prabang.

All this while relaxing in comfort with  three star accommodation along the way.

ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 14 nights).

From AUD $2,550

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  group adventure tour package officially starts when you check into our riverside Bangkok accommodation. A welcome dinner will be had in the evening. D.

If you arrive early enough your extra 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,  or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in Bangkok 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 about to 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 our group travel tour in the chill out capital of Laos of 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  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 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.

Apart from that you may take a stroll to the local "mall". Another eye opener for first time Laos visitors. B.

Day 5:

PAKSE - A free day in Pakse to take a stroll with a good restaurant and a Beerlao never  far away. A true highlight  of Laos just without the glamour. B.

Day 6:

 Tonight our Experience Laos in comfort group adventure  tour package will stay in; 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 and cargo along the way then at least for  seeing the most barbecue chicken on a stick, where vendors at bus stops may actually out number bus passengers.

A truly memorable and enjoyable  road trip albeit  for unusual reasons. B.

Day 7:

SAVANAKHET -Savanakhet is another of those quiet Laos riverside towns where again 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  Laos  group tour package 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  Laos adventure holiday will stay in; VIENTIANE - Another  shorter drive today sees us in what surely is 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, (Tuk Tuk), 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. 

  • Again, like all of Laos it will be the charm of  Vientiane that wins you over the most. 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:

Tonight our  Laos  group adventure tour package 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 the most scenic town in all Laos with its limestone karst topography that makes a very pleasant  place to have a relaxing stop over.

Vang Vieng has turned into a bit of a back packer party town so that's a choice as well as a relaxing swim in the hotel pool. Relax or party? B.

Day 12:

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

For the less active a Tuk Tuk will find you before you find them to take you around. 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, the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall and a local village or two among other interesting places. B.

 

Day 14:

UANG PRABANG - After visiting the hard to get to places we 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   group adventure tour package is officially over when we 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
17 Nov, 17 Nov, 01 Dec

2019
05 Jan, 19 Jan, 02 Feb, 16 Feb, 02 Mar, 20 Apr, 04 May, 18 May, 01 Jun, 15 Jun, 06 Jul, 20 Jul, 03 Aug, 17 Aug, 07 Sep, 21 Sep, 05 Oct, 19 Oct, 02 Nov, 07 Dec

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

Price

P/P, T/S, (Includes international one way flight from Bangkok to Pakse).
AUD $2,550
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,550