Overview

  • Splash in the turquoise water at Khuang Si waterfall and witness the important religious ceremony – almsgiving in Luang Prabang city.
  • Admire the Buddha images in Pak Ou Caves, which overlook the gorgeous site of the Mekong river and learn the technique of producing wine in the local villages.
  • Hop to many temples, constructions, and famous places in the peaceful city of Vientiane.
  • Enjoy the tranquil moment when visiting rustic tribal villages and gorgeous waterfalls in Bolaven Plateau.
  • Explore the 4000 islands, which is home to many magnificent waterfalls, including the most massive fall in Southeast Asia: Khone Papheng
  • Discover the Don Det and Don Khone – the paradise of backpackers and meet the Irrawaddy dolphins. 
     
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Luang Prabang Arrival

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Meals: N/A

Welcome to Luang Prabang – a gorgeous town of UNESCO World Heritage. When you go through the airport entrance, our tour guide will meet and drive with you to your hotel for check-in. Then your active travel tour in Laos will begin!

Meals are on your account and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 2

Luang Prabang – Sightseeing – Kuang Si Waterfall

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Meals: Breakfast

Optional: Tak Bat ceremony ticket: 15 USD/pax (from 2 pax upward).

Tourists rising early in the morning will see the alms giving ceremony – one important religious activity in Luang Prabang. If you would like to watch the dawn, you should come to the recommended place at the crossroads in time, around 05.00. This place provides a nice spot to enjoy the dawn, and also, you can see the monks from temples walking in the line and receiving the offerings from Buddhist devotees.

In the morning, our tour starts with a visit to Phousi Mount, a favorite spot to overlook the panorama of the beautiful city Luang Prabang.

After that, we go down the mountain to arrive at Vat Xieng Thong (also known as the Temple of the Royal City). This temple is not just a stunning construction with skillful patterns, paintings, but it contains a spiritual meaning of the religion.

Next, we head to one temple, which is highlighted by the unique structure of the earliest Lao style – Wat Visoun.

Built in the 18th century, located near the alluring Royal Palace; Wat Mai is a stunning temple, which is also the most gigantic and beautiful religious construction in Luang Prabang with sophisticated ornaments. This is our next destination to explore in order to admire the gorgeous art of the previous generations.

Then, we will transfer to a popular tourist attraction in Laos: the Khuang Si Falls. With crystal blue water and over 5-meter-high, the cascade waterfall, you will be surprised by the unspoiled beauty and can help yourself splashing in the refreshing cool water. Moreover, the way getting to Khuang Si is also a pleasant ride, which is through the endless rice paddle field and small rustic villages scattered along the road.

After that, we travel back to the city and enjoy the free time. Meals are on your account and spend the night in the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave – Joint Tour

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, we will travel by boat to the places of interest. After having breakfast at the hotel, our driver on a tuk-tuk will accompany you to the boat pier.

Right there, we will gather with other passengers on the traditional Nava Mekong to start the journey on the Mekong River. At about 10:00 AM, the boat will leave the port. Interestingly, the way heading to Pak Ou cave is very beautiful with peaceful natural jungles and mountains as well as tranquil villages.

The cruise will take us about 2 hours to get to Pak Ou Cave, which peacefully located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou River. In the caves, there are thousands of Buddha images in various shapes and sizes. It is an important religious place to Laotian pilgrimages. Every year, during the Lao New Year festival (around mid-April), Pak Ou cave welcomes thousands of devotees coming to worship the Buddha and wish for luck.

After that, we get back on the boat and enjoy a delectable lunch with Laos dishes.

After about 1.5 hours, around 14:00 PM, we will arrive in Luang Prabang. At the pier, transfer with our driver via a tuk-tuk to return to your hotel.

Then, you can enjoy your free time and freely strolling around the town. Dinner on your account and spend the night at the hotel in Luang Prabang. Day 3 with Asia Private Travels ends.

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Khmu Village – Fly to Vientiane

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today morning; we will embark on a ferry to cross the Mekong river to a tranquil Khmu Village. After strolling around the area to capture the moment of  the locals in their daily life, we will pay a visit to the Ban Chan pottery village if there is still time. The village is a quality source of pottery where provides a great chance to experience the making of clay pots. 

Then, you will pass several villages and the Ban Boum Xieng village, where people welcome you with an authentic smile. At last, we will stop at one Khmu family to enjoy a hearty local lunch.

As the afternoon comes, get ready to move to the airport and take the flight to Vientiane to continue your Laos holidays with Asia Private Travels. As soon as you arrive, transfer to your hotel for check-in and then have a rest. Dinner on your account and spend the night at the hotel in Vientiane.

Day 5

Vientiane City Tour – Buddha Park

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Meals: Breakfast

Our today tour will take us to the places of interest in Vientiane that will definitely make you fall in love with.

The first destination is Vat Phra Keo, which is an astounding temple from 1565. Not just the beautiful style that makes the temple unique, but the ornaments are also delicate. In the past, the temple used to honor the famous Emerald Buddha image.

Turn to the next temple – Vat Sisaket. The temple is unique, with thousands of Buddha images that are carved, stored in the niches of the wall. Moreover, when visiting the temple, you will also have a chance to open the book of history from 1818.

Pha That Louang is a temple that preserves the distinctive Laostian’s architect since 1566. Through time, there were damages that the temple had suffered, so in 1930, it was rebuilt. This temple means significantly to the Laotians, and today, it becomes a national symbol.

Proceed to another well - known attraction -  Patuxai. A memorial monument that the construction dated back to 1957 is a  not - to - be - missed landmark in Vientiane. It is simply a piece of art with the perfect combination architecture of the Triomphe in Paris and Laos typical style. If you want to catch a spectacular view over the city, get to the top of the building and enjoy the panorama.

Then, we will stop for a busy but exciting time at the Talat Sao market. It is a typical local market, which is very famous in the city. Take your time wandering around finding many exotic products and yummy dishes.

In the afternoon, let’s discover the Buddha Park situated 25 kms from the city of Vientiane. There are over 200 statues that are beautifully carved in various sizes and shapes. They are all made of concrete depicting the Buddha, Hindu deities, humans, Godhead, animals, and monsters. The 2 most notable sites in the park are the 40 meter long Buddha image and the 3 storey Pumpkin building. 

Meals on your account and spend the night in the hotel.

Day 6

Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Bolaven Plateau

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Meals: Breakfast

We take a short flight to Pakse – the land of dreamy, serene villages that unchanged through time early this morning. As soon as you arrive at the airport, our guide and driver will meet and escort you to Bolaven Plateau. This is a beautiful highland area that lies in the east of the province and this is a must-go destination in your itinerary with Asia Private Travels.

Bolaven Plateau is home for many tribal villages, including the Lavens, which is also the name of the regions. 

Next, we will stop at Tad Lo - a marvelous three storey waterfall. Then, we stop at Tad Yuang & Tad Fane waterfalls and finally have a break at the coffee and/or tea plantation. Enjoy the drink and the fantastic view of the highland before we return to the hotel. Spend the night in Bolaven Plateau.

Day 7

Bolaven Plateau – Watphou – Khon Pha Pheng Fall – Khong Island

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Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, say goodbye to Bolaven Plateau then we are heading for the 4000 islands, where is spectacular with pristine nature landscapes and gorgeous waterfalls. En route, we will make a stop at Vat Phou temple, which lies on the list of UNESCO World Heritage. This is an impressive architecture with three levels carrying the features of the pre - Angkorian style. 

After a moment of respect at the sacred temple, we continue the journey to Ou Mong Ruins. Then, head to the Khone Papheng - one of the most favorite waterfalls in the 4000 islands. With the length of 10 kilometers, Khone Papheng becomes Laos remarkable natural landscape and the most magnificent waterfall throughout Southeast Asia.

Considered as the biggest islands of the Si Phan Don area, Don Khong not just carries itself a diverse ecosystem but also attractive with the natural site. Indulge in the refreshing water of the pool at your hotel and enjoy the stunning view after that. Meals on your account. Spend the night at the hotel.

Day 8

Khong Island – Pakse

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Meals: Breakfast

At Don Det and Don Khone, you will have a peaceful moment to explore the scenic, tranquil region as the areas are called the heaven of backpackers. To get to the destination, we will travel by boat on the Mekong river. 

As you arrive, take a bike tour, and ride to feel the fresh ambiance of these two islands. Make a stop at Ban Khone fishing village to have a glimpse of the simple local life and also to discover the French railway tracks and the gorgeous Liphi Waterfall. 

While having epic experience, don’t forget to take awesome pictures to save on your traveling album.

In the afternoon, get on the motorboat to visit the Cambodian border where to epxlore the habitat of the Irrawaddy dolphins – unique, rare freshwater dolphins. 

At the end of our day tour, let’s travel back to Pakse and enjoy your leisure time. Meals on your account and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 9

Pakse – Departure

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Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, enjoy your breakfast and relax in your free time. Then, prepare your luggage as you will transfer to Pakse Airport for your departure flight. Room service ends at noon.

Meals on your account. Asia Private Travels Services end here.

Inclusions

Exclusions

Trip Notes

► Visa Requirements:  Laos visa on arrival is available at Luang Prabang and Vientiane International aiports as well as the border checkpoints. You will need to prepare a passport with at least 6 months in validity, 2 passport - size photos and cash for the handling fee. Visa fee ranges from $20 - $42 USD depending on your nationality.

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 - 2 pax 7 - seater car
3 - 8 pax 16 - seater car
9 -14 pax 25 - seater car
15 - 20 pax 35 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  •  Laos New Year: Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

the view from the top of Patuxai was so incredible
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Sasa

United States

"I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a unique and authentic experience in Laos, it's a great opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Laos.  Especially, the view from the top of Patuxai was so incredible :)"

Perfect services, good tour, we will come back one day
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Shea

Canada

"Good services, the accommodations were comfortable and clean, and the food was delicious, everything was perfect. The scenery throughout the tour was stunning, and I loved seeing the endless rice paddies and small rustic villages. Exploring Don Det and Don Khone by bike was a peaceful and refreshing experience, and the Liphi Waterfall was gorgeous!!"

Best holiday!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Luke

United States

"The 4000 islands were a serene and tranquil region, and the Vat Phou temple was an impressive architecture. We also had chance to visit the Bolaven Plateau, a beautiful highland area, and the Tad Lo waterfall was really breathtaking.  I appreciated the mix of cultural and natural experiences on this tour. my wife too"

Good trip, good services!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jane M

United States

"the view from the top of Patuxai was incredible, and the Talat Sao market was a great place to find unique souvenirs <3 This tour was very well organized, and the guides were knowledgeable and friendly"

Meaningful time with friends!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Allan

Canada

"I was amazed by the intricate ornaments of Vat Phra Keo and the thousands of Buddha images at Vat Sisaket! Vientiane was such a beautiful city! The Pha That Louang temple was also a national symbol and a must-see destination. Thanks to APT company, you guys are the best!"

Spiritual adventure in Laos
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Claire

Australia

"The Khmu Village was such a unique and authentic experience, I loved learning about the Ban Chan pottery village. Besides, the boat tour on the Mekong River was so peaceful, and visiting the Pak Ou cave and seeing all the Buddha images was a impressive spiritual experience!"

Impressive beauty! Laos is the best!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Sandra J

United States

"I loved exploring the temples in Luang Prabang, particularly Wat Mai with its intricate ornaments. The Khuang Si Falls were absolutely breathtaking. I couldn't believe how crystal clear and refreshing the water was. Mr.tour guide was so gentle <3"

Amazing! Thank you
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Bruce

United States

"This tour was amazing! Watching the alms giving ceremony and visiting the beautiful Phousi Mount was the perfect way to start the day."

A truly enriching experience!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Eoin Irwin

Brazil

"The tour guide's knowledge of Laos was exceptional, adding depth to every destination we visited. Besides, the homestay experience allowed us to connect with local communities and gain a deeper understanding of Lao culture so i really like this journey! "

The whole tour is great but it needs to improve something.
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jake

United States

"While the Laos tour overall was a memorable experience, I would like to provide some constructive feedback regarding a minor concern.  There were a few instances where the pace of the tour felt rushed, leaving us with limited time to fully appreciate certain attractions or engage in meaningful interactions with locals. While these issues did not significantly hinder our enjoyment, addressing these issues would further enhance the overall tour experience. Thank you. "

The Laos tour provided a perfect blend of adventure and cultural exploration
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Aaron Crosby

United States

"We trekked through lush jungles, encountered cascading waterfalls, and stayed overnight in remote villages. The local guides were experienced and passionate, sharing fascinating stories about the region's flora, fauna, and tribal communities. We left Laos with a deep appreciation for its natural beauty and the warmth of its people! "

Laos stole our hearts, and the tour we took allowed us to experience its magic fully.
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Amirah

Taiwan

"We sampled delicious street food, tried our hand at traditional crafts, and met friendly locals along the way. This tour offered an authentic and unforgettable insight into Laos and we got very very impressed!! "

This trip was great and i kinda enjoy it!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Henry

United States

"had an wonderful experience in Laos when i joined many outdoor activities and got so excited. "

Our Laos tour was an absolute delight from start to finish!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Raihan

China

"APT provided exceptional service, and our guide was a wealth of knowledge. The tour also included a visit to the famous Buddha Park, where we encountered an impressive collection of sculptures. If you're seeking a captivating cultural journey, this Laos tour will not disappoint, i must say that! :) "

Embarking on the Laos tour was like stepping back in time.
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Acosta

Brazil

"The morning alms-giving ceremony was a spiritual and humbling event. We explored the charming streets, visited traditional workshops. I can say that the tour offered a glimpse into the soul of Laos, and we left with a profound appreciation for its culture and history! Love it "

I cannot speak highly enough about the Laos tour we took!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Zakir

Cambodia

"We cruised through the scenic 4,000 Islands region, encountering playful dolphins along the way. The Bolaven Plateau was a hidden paradise, with its coffee plantations and cascading waterfalls. The tour was well-organized, with comfortable accommodations and delicious local cuisine, i can't stop being excited in the whole trip! hope to be back again!! "

The Laos tour provided a perfect balance of cultural immersion and relaxation
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Conner Diaz

Australia

"We explored the ancient temples of Vientiane and learned about the country's intriguing history. The overnight stay in a traditional Lao village was a unique experience, where we had the chance to participate in local activities and interact with the friendly villagers. The tour also included visits to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Pak Ou Caves and its so impressive to me! "

Our Laos tour exceeded all expectations!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Mark Duffy

United Kingdom

"The tour operator provided excellent service, ensuring a seamless and comfortable journey throughout. We had the opportunity to witness the daily alms-giving ceremony in Luang Prabang, which was a truly humbling experience. The food in Laos was a delightful surprise, with a perfect blend of flavors and spices. This tour allowed us to immerse ourselves in the beauty of Laos, and we couldn't be happier with our choice!!! "

Everything was definitely great, I want to stay longer
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Asad

Malaysia

"The Laos tour was an incredible experience! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warm hospitality and kindness. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we had a deep understanding of the country's rich history and culture. The itinerary was well-planned, allowing us to explore breathtaking temples, charming villages, and stunning natural landscapes. I love this experience so muchh!! "

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