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LAOS FAMILY ADVENTURE

LAOS

LAOS FAMILY ADVENTURE

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Laos, long a forgotten backwater, combines some of the best elements of Southeast Asia in one bite-sized destination.

Summary:

Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Day 2: Luang Prabang City tour (B, L)

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B, L)

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Drive to Xieng Khoang (B)

Day 5: Excursion to the Plain of Jars (B)

Day 6: Xieng Khoang – Drive to Vientiane (B, L)

Day 7: Vientiane City tour (B)

Day 8: Vientinne – Fly to Paske – Drive to Tadlo (B, L)

Day 9: Tadlo – Drive to Dong Kong Island (B, L)

Day 10: Paske – Fly to Vientianne – Departure (B)

 

Tour Information:

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services.

Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vihicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All domestic flights
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights
  • Laos entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Hotel Selection:

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour, Laos Family Adventure 10 days. However, Indochina Pioneer offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget.

Location Boutique Option 3 Star Option 4 Star Option 5 Star Option
Luang Prabang La Sen Boutique Hotel Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel Villa Santi Hotel Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Xieng Khouang Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars Vansana Hotel Plain of Jars
Vientiane Salana Botique Hotel Sengtawan Hotel Riverside Lao Plaza Hotel Setha Place Hotel
Taldo Salavan Taldo Lodge Taldo Lodge Taldo Lodge Taldo Lodge
Don Khong Island Pon Arena Hotel Pon Arena Hotel Pon Arena Hotel Pon Arena Hotel

Remarks:

  1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Request” Tap and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!
  2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
  • Boutique & character hotels (highly recommended): from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
  • First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 – US$ 60 per room/night
  • Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 – US$ 110 per room/night
  • Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 – US$ 180++ per room/night
  1. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
  2. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
  3. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of internal airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of internal airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & full internal airline charges. 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult).
  • Departure
    Luang Prabang/Vientianne
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
  • Include
    Domestic Flight
    Departure Taxes
    Entrance fees
    Accommodation
    Personal Guide
    Airport Transfers
    Meals (As mentioned in the itinerary)
  • Not Included
    Personal Travel Insurance
    Tips and Personal Expenses
    International Flight
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Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be picked up by private guide and driver who hold up your names on a signboard and transfer you by private vehicle to your chosen hotel in downtown. The rest of the day is at your own leisure to explore this beautiful city. Luang Prabang is considered as one of the best preserved traditional cities in South East Asia. The tranquility and charm of this city with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Overnight Luang Prabang.
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Day 2: Luang Prabang City tour (B, L)

Rising to the sound of Luang Prabang, we have a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (food & water) from the faithful residents (optional). We then come back to the hotel for breakfast. Today we enjoy a full-day tour to visit the city’s major attractions; the oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its low sweeping roofs which represent classic Laotian architecture. Our trip also includes the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. At mid-day we have lunch in a local restaurant to enjoy some of the most delightful cuisine. In the afternoon we’ll visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups and then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to the city where we climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. Free evening to explore the night market. Overnight Luang Prabang.
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Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B, L)

After breakfast we will visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts, which reflect the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. We will then embark on a cruise up the Mekong River to explore the mysterious caves of Pak Ou. These two caves are linked and are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims during the ‘Secret War’. Along the way, we will visit the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. Drive back to town with a stop en route to visit the traditional villages of Ban Xienglek and Ban Xangkong where we will see jute paper making and weaving textiles being made by hand. Overnight Luang Prabang.
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Day 4: Luang Prabang - Drive to Xieng Khoang (B)

Depart Luang Prabang with our entire luggage we enjoy a 6 hour drive to Phonsava, Xieng Khoang, an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964 and 1973. Today we will enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Laos which is a great way to explore the real Laos. We make some stops en route for great photo opportunities, relax and stretch our legs. We arrive in Xieng Khoang in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoune and its’ nearby villages. Overnight Phonsava.
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Day 4: Luang Prabang - Drive to Xieng Khoang (B)

Depart Luang Prabang with our entire luggage we enjoy a 6 hour drive to Phonsava, Xieng Khoang, an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964 and 1973. Today we will enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Laos which is a great way to explore the real Laos. We make some stops en route for great photo opportunities, relax and stretch our legs. We arrive in Xieng Khoang in the afternoon and check-in to the hotel. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoune and its’ nearby villages. Overnight Phonsava.
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Day 5: Excursion to the Plain of Jars (B)

After breakfast, we drive out of town to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also visit the hot springs and Tham Piew cave - a historical shrine where hundreds of local people hid during the bombings of the Indo-China War. We end up our day by visiting the local villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. Here we will meet and interact with the locals who have a diversed culture and interesting history. Drive back to Phonsavan by late afternoon. Overnight Xieng Khoang.
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Day 6: Xieng Khoang - Drive to Vientiane (B, L)

Leaving the charming Xieng Khoang we wind our way in a private car to the Laos’ capital, Vientiane. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Laos, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. On the way, we will visit the Cave of Tham Jang which has now been made famous due to it’s use is the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. Arrive into Vientianne in the afternoon and check into our hotel room. After a short rest, we will commence an orientation walk of this relaxed and easy going city is a pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Overnight Vientiane.
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Day 7: Vientiane City tour (B)

After a breakfast, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Over night in Vientiane. Taking in the spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane.
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Day 8: Vientinne - Fly to Paske - Drive to Tadlo (B, L)

Depart Vientiane we are transferred to the airport to catch a short flight to Pakse. On arrival we will be met at the airport and transferred to Tadlo. On the way we pass many lush plantations, rolling hills, forests and villages. Part of the pleasure of travelling in this region is observing the beautiful countryside and meeting the local people. We stop at some of the nearby villages, home of the Kato hilltribe people. These people are very friendly and welcome you with waving hands and smiling faces. Is is fantastic to see they still retain their age old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. We continue to drive through the Paksong and Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature due to its location high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this plateau in all directions and then plunge into lush forests in a series of spectacular waterfalls. Arrive in Tadlo and check into the hotel. The remainder of the day is free at leisure to discover this remote town. Overnight in Tadlo
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Day 9: Tadlo - Drive to Dong Kong Island (B, L)

Depart Tadlo we drive back to Paske and from here we enjoy a leisurely trip to the former royal capital of Champasak to the ruins of Wat Phou - one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. We also visit Wat Phu, one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001. This wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We then continue our journey by traditional motorboat to Dong Khong Island, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands. This region is one of the most scenic areas in Laos. Overnight Dong Khong Island.
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Day 10: Paske - Fly to Vientianne – Departure (B)

After breakfast, we board our traditional wooden boat back to the pier and from here your private van drives you to Paske airport for you to take short flight back to Vientiane. Tour ends.

Tour Location

History of the City

Laos, long a forgotten backwater, combines some of the best elements of Southeast Asia in one bite-sized destination. Something for Everyone Laos deserves all the accolades it receives. Adrenaline junkies can lose themselves in underground river caves, white-water rapids or jungle ziplines. Wildlife nuts can trek through some of Southeast Asia's most pristine forests, still home to rare creatures. Foodies can experiment with the kaleidoscope of flavours that is Lao cuisine. From thrillseeker to gourmand, every type of traveller finds what they're looking for in Laos, one of the most authentic destinations in Asia. Fairytale Landscapes Away from the cities, it’s easy to make a quick detour off the beaten track and end up in a fairytale landscape with jagged limestone cliffs, brooding jungle and the snaking Mekong River as a backdrop. Community-based trekking combines these spectacular natural attractions with the chance to experience the 'real Laos' with a village homestay. The Lao people are wonderfully welcoming hosts and there is no better way to get to know their culture than by sharing their lives. Land of a Million Elephants In ancient times, Laos was poetically known as the 'land of a million elephants', but cynical Vietnam War correspondents renamed it the 'land of a million irrelevants'. But four decades after the war, Laos is becoming an increasingly relevant destination for the intrepid traveller. Pockets of pristine environment, a kaleidoscope of diverse cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on earth have earned Laos cult status. Imagine a country where your pulse relaxes, smiles are genuine and the locals are still curious about you.
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