TOUR 21 – Experience Laos: Soft Adventure Small Group Tour Package
15 Days. From AUD $2,310

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 neighbours 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 memorable local bus rides.

We start with a flight from Bangkok to Pakse before bus trips to Savannakhet and Tha Kaek to experience the real Laos without the tourist hordes.

We then visit the most laid-back capital in the region of Vientiane and travel through some of the best scenery in all S.E. Asia along the way to, in and from Vang Vieng.

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

All this while relaxing in comfortable accommodation along the way.

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

From AUD $2,310

Fishing Boats
Laotian Lady
mekong

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

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

Accommodation

  • Three-star hotels, (13 nights).
  • 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 small group soft adventure tour package will stay in; BANGKOK - Our Laos group tour vacation package officially starts when we 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 avoid the traffic on a public transport boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops/markets 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 sightseeing and/or shopping as well as a real Thai meal experience that can only be had in Thailand.

One of the most visited cities in the world and it won't 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 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 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; SAVANNAKHET - 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 outnumber bus passengers.

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

Day 7:

SAVANNAKHET -Savannakhet is another of those quiet Laos riverside towns where again one of the favourite 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.  An outdoor plaza, eating market is another great for an early evening drink & dinner with the locals.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 to break the long journey to Vientiane.

Tha Kaek sees few tourists but has enough charm for an overnight stop and another chance for a Beerlao in an atmospheric 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:

VIENTIANE - 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 stopover.

Vang Vieng has turned into a bit of a backpacker party town so that's a choice as well as a relaxing swim in the hotel pool. Relax or party? Relax is our advice after a fairly long day and another to follow. 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 small group soft 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 you will always treasure.

Tour Departure Dates

2019
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

2020
15 Jan, 05 Feb, 19 Feb, 06 May, 20 May, 03 Jun, 17 Jun, 01 Jul, 01 Jul, 15 Jul, 05 Aug, 19 Aug, 02 Sep, 16 Sep, 07 Oct, 21 Oct, 04 Nov, 18 Nov, 02 Dec

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

Price

P/P, T/S, (Includes international one way flight from Bangkok to Pakse).
AUD $2,310
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,390