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Expedition At A Glance

9 days, 8 nights

Difficulty Level: 3

Price (US$): From $1,195.00

Months Available: October through April (Available year round)

OVERVIEW


Laos Discoverer

For the active traveler, this trip is designed to keep you moving, exploring and tasting the uniqueness of Laos. Begin your journey in the wonderful World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, one of the most magnificent small cities in the world. Wake early to watch orange-robed monks collect alms at sunrise on a walking tour of the town, explore mineral-crusted waterfalls and swim in their mist if you like. Taste and cook some of the best food in the country!Take a scenic drive south towards Vang Vieng and you will marvel at the massive karst mountains that seem to rise out of the slow moving river in front of your hotel. Experience one of the most beatuiful sunsets of your life with a cool beverage on your porch, and then rise to go explore those mountains during the day. Vang Vieng is an adventure travelers paradise! Head south to Vientienne, the capital city, to get to the root of this country’s rich and dark history. Visit the Laotian equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe, and the COPE visitor’s center. Shop to your heart’s delight, and perhaps watch local weavers create tapestries for you to take home. This 9 day/8 night trip is the perfect length to experience the beautiful nature, culture and people of northern Laos. This trip is available November – April.

Highlights:

  • Touring the UNESCO-protected town of Luang Prabang, one of our favorites in Southeast Asia
  • Exploring the scenic karst mountain caves of Vang Vieng
  • Visiting the mineral-rich Kuangsi waterfalls
  • Meeting the remarkably resilient and friendly Laotian people

DETAILED ITINERARY


Day 01 – Luang Prabang
Arrive in Luang Prabang where you will transfer to your hotel. Have the rest of the day off to walk around in this amazing UNESCO world heritage town.

Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)

Day 02 – Luang Prabang
Begin the day with a walk around the Royal Palace and learn about the royal history of Laos. Visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center where focus will be on the many ethnic groups that still live in villages around Laos. Visit the colorful and famous temple Wat Xiengthong before stopping for lunch. After lunch depart by boat up the Mekong river. After enjoying the splendid views for one hour you will arrive at Pak Ou caves. Through several centuries these caves have been used as the resting place for old Buddha statues and paintings. After enjoying the caves and the surroundings if time allows it return back to Luang Prabang

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 03 – Luang Prabang Kuangsai Waterfall trip
Rise early to see the Buddhist monks collect alms on the street at dawn. Return to your hotel afterwards for breakfast before venturing to a local market to shop for the cooking class. After the shopping you will get to learn how to cook traditional Lao food and then ending with having your own homemade Lao food for lunch! After lunch we will depart for the stunning Kuangsi Waterfall, where it’s possible to just walk around and enjoy the views or take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear blue rock pools. Return to Luang Prabang before dinner.

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 04 – Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
Today transfer to Vang Vieng in a private air-conditioned minivan (around 7-8 hours). Enjoy the views of the stunning landscape with its combination of karst cliffs, rice fields and small villages along the roadside. This is one of the most beautiful drives in Laos!

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 05 – Vang Vieng
Today take on a on a 26 km ride via mountain bike to the countryside of Vang Vieng while stopping along the way to venture into several amazing limestone caves!

(option: Substitute going caving via bicycle with a 1 day rock climbing course that is suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. This option is only available in dry season)

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 06 – Vang Vieng to Vientiane (Kayak and Zip line through the jungle)
After a 1, 5 hours journey south towards Vientiane by Songthaew you will arrive at the Nam Lik river. After getting some basic kayak instructions you will board your kayaks and venture of into this fun and scenic river. You will encounter a few easy but still fun rapids along the way! After roughly one hour of kayaking we stop to trek up a small mountain and zipline our way down through the jungle. After flying through the jungle canopy and abseiling down the platforms for a few hours we arrive back to the Nam Lik where we board the kayaks again! After roughly one hour of kayaking we will arrive at our destination where the Songthaew awaits us for bringing us to Vientiane.
Overnight Hotel. (Dinner)

Day 07 – Vientiane City tour
Explore the morning market and visit Vientiane’s oldest original temple, WatSisaket. Continue to the COPE visitor’s center and Phra That Luang, before finishing at the Patuxai Monument, Laos’ “Arc de Triomphe”.

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 08 – Vientiane free day
Today you have the day off to relax and explore this sleepy capital. If your flight is later in the day we recommend spending a relaxed day at Sengdara Fitness which offers an outdoor swimming pool, café/bar, sauna, fitness center, steam room and massage. A great way of making sure you return home nicely relaxed!

Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 09 – Final departure
Drop off at airport. (Breakfast)

PHOTO AND VIDEO GALLERY


COST AND INCLUSIONS


Per Person Price – (valid till Dec 31, 2015)

3 star accommodations:

1 person: $ 2,545 USD (Includes Single Supplement)
2 – 5 persons: $ 1,595 USD per person
6 or more persons: $ 1,195 USD per person

Single Supplement: $ 250 USD

4/5 star accommodations:

1 person: $ 3,350 USD (Includes Single Supplement)
2 – 5 persons: $ 2,550 USD per person
6 or more persons: $ 1,795 USD per person

Single Supplement: $ 995 USD

Price includes:

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • All airport transfers
  • Twin sharing hotel accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours with English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees
  • All biking, zip lining, kayaking activities as outlined in the itinerary


Price does not include:

  • Your international airfare
  • Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (Recommended)
  • Other expenses of a personal nature

DATES AND AVAILABILITY


Daily departures available for 1 or more participants.

BOOK THIS TRIP


“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”

-Linda McElroy, Napal, CA, Rebuilding Nepal: Singla, October 2015

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