Laos Overland - A gentle exploration of the natural and man-made wonders of the mystical land of Laos. Combine cruising with touring by private vehicle to see some of the best this friendly and peaceful country has to offer.
Laos Overland 7 Days
Day 1 – Arrive Luang Prabang
Arrive Luang Prabang in Laos and take a private guided transfer to your hotel.
Stay three nights in Luang Prabang.
Day 2 – Luang Prabang
On a sightseeing tour, visit the National Museum, explore the city’s fascinating array of shimmering temples and French colonial buildings, and climb Mount Phousi for panoramic views. In the afternoon, visit Kuang Si Waterfall, one of the town’s highlights. A single large cascade tumbles from the jungle feeding a series of falls and pools that make perfect swimming holes. Laos may be a landlocked nation without beaches but Kuang Si’s cool turquoise waters make up for it. (B)
Day 3 – Mekong River
Spend the morning cruising the mighty Mekong River. Visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves and stop at a riverside village where rice wine is produced, then the village of Ban Muang Keo where traditional Lao textiles are woven on ancient wooden looms. On return to the hotel, stop at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (closed on Mondays) to observe valuable artefacts and traditional clothing and implements from various minority groups in the area. Balance of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 4 – Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng
En route to Vang Vieng along the scenic Route 13, stop by Kasi and sample some of the local fruits. At Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, you will be enthralled by the spectacular karst limestone mountains lining the riverbanks. Watch the sun setting against the jagged limestone cliffs, or trek and explore the numerous caves while discovering their part in local mythology.
Stay one night in Vang Vieng. (B)
Day 5 – Vang Vieng – Vientiane
Experience the magnificence of Nam Ngum Lake and the mountainous surroundings while learning the significance of this artificially dammed lake that churns out hydroelectric power and revenue for the country. Revel in the natural scenery of this largest lake in Laos as you cruise slowly on the lake and observe fishermen in their daily activities. Gain further insights into local livelihoods at Ban Kheune’s salt mine and local market.
Stay two nights in Vientiane. (B)
Day 6 – Vientiane
Sightseeing in this quaint, sleepy capital, with its mix of Buddhist temples, fading French architecture and Chinese shophouses, includes visits to Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of little Buddha statues, Wat Prakeo, Wat Simuang, That Luang, and the Patousai Monument, Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe. In the afternoon, visit Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City. The park contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues and has been a tourist attractions and public park for both locals and tourists. On return to Vientiane downtown, stop at the Friendship Bridge that was designed & built by Australian companies and was funded by the Australian government as development aid for Laos. (B)
Day 7 – Depart Vientiane
Farewell Laos today as you are transferred by private vehicle, driver-only, to the airport for your exit flight. (B)
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- Tour Prices
Tour prices valid to 31 October 2017.
Hotels Twin Share Single Room Sole Traveller 3* Luang Prabang Inn (deluxe room), 3* Elephant Crossing Hotel (deluxe room) or Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and
3* Sabaidee@lao Hotel (superior room)
$1498 $1922 $2886 3* Le Sen Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) 3* Elephant Crossing Hotel or Vang Vieng Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and
3* Sabaidee@lao Hotel (superior room)
$1545 $2016 $2980 3.5* Villa Deux Rivieres (superior room), 4* Riverside Boutique Hotel (deluxe rm) and
3.5* Salana Boutique Hotel (superior room)
$1758 $2397 $3359 4* 3 Nagas (deluxe room), 4* Riverside Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and 4* Ansara Hotel (savvy room) $2087 $3051 $4015 4* Maison Souvanaphoum (garden wing room),
4* Riverside Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and 4* Ansara Hotel (savvy room)
$2115 $3203 $4092 4*+ Victoria Xiengthong Palace (palace room), 4* Riverside Boutique Hotel (deluxe room) and 4*+ Settha Palace (deluxe room) $2168 $3243 $4191
Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Please confirm prices when booking.
- Price Includes:
- 6 nights hotel accommodation
- 6 breakfasts
- Transfers and transportation
- Sightseeing tours as listed, by private vehicle with driver and English speaking guide, inclusive of entrance fees.
Surcharges and/or compulsory meals apply for travel 20Dec15-15Jan16, 10-20Apr16, 20Dec16-15Jan17 & 10-20Apr17. Sole traveller prices apply for one person travelling on their own and staying in a single room. The Single room price applies when two or more people travel together and a single room is required.
- Plenty of time to explore Luang Prabang, one of Asia’s best preserved traditional cities
- Spectacular limestone karst mountains lining the riverbanks near Vang Vieng
- Watching the fishermen go about their daily activities on a Nam Ngum Lake cruise
- Visits to the temples in the sleepy capital of Vientiane