• A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights

    A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights

  • A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights
  • A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights
  • A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights
  • A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights
  • A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights

A glimpse of Laos – 8 days 7 nights

This Laos tour offers a true 'highlights of' experience with plenty of time available for independent exploration of this enigmatic country.  Including visits to Vientiane, Luang Prabang and an overnight at the experiential accommodation of Kamu Lodge on the banks of the Mekong River.

The pace of this trip is perfect for those wanting a guided introduction to Laos combined with time for optional touring and plenty of relaxation.

Destinations: Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si - Pak Ou caves


  • - Join city tours in Vientiane and Luang Prabang.
  • - Discover the primitive natural landscape in this country.
  • - Take time to get closed to local people.

Day 1: Vientiane arrival 

  • - Arrive in Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
  • - In the afternoon, visit Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city.
  • - Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.
  • - Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane - City tour (B)

  • - After breakfast at your hotel enjoys a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’.
  • - Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.
  • - Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art.
  • - Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace.  Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.
  • - nStop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered the guardian of the spirit of the city.
  • - Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true.
  • - Visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims.
  • - The afternoon is free at leisure to stroll along the Mekong and enjoy a great range of restaurants. You might also like to haggle for bargains in the evening market.
  • - Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 3: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B)

  • - Enjoy a leisurely morning.
  • - Your guide and private car will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight, QV105 departing at 1300 to Luang Prabang.
  • - Arrive in Luang Prabang on flight QV105 at 1340. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
  • - Free time in the afternoon to wander the lanes of the spiritual capital of Laos - the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.
  • - As the day comes to an end climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of Mount Phousi, where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings.
  • - The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colors over the peaceful scenery below.  Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market.
  • - Every evening along the main street, the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts.  The quiet evening atmosphere and soft lights of the stalls combine to create a magical market setting from which to shop for souvenirs.
  • - Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - City tour (B)

  • - Today, take a half-day guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Town. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast.
  • - Start your city tour at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos.
  • - Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade.
  • - Finish the tour at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics.
  • - Then transfer back to your hotel or restaurant of your choice.
  • - Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Day 5: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

  • - In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a short transfer through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls (32km southwest of the city).
  • - Along the way you will drive through beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. There are also viewpoints overlooking the Mekong River.
  • - Stop en-route to visit a small village which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities. You will have an opportunity to learn about their traditions and culture, much of which has remained unchanged for centuries.
  • - Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfall, relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is perfect for exploring on foot.
  • - For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views await you at the top.
  • - These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day.
  • - Before you leave you might like to visit the bear sanctuary which is next to the falls, run by Free The Bears Fund Inc. There are currently 23 Asiatic Black Bears living in the sanctuary, which has saved them from poaching.
  • - The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure in Luang Prabang.
  • - Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 6: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou cave - Kamu Lodge (B, L, D)

  • - After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge.
  • - Along the way stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues.
  • - Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge for lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each one of which is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture allowing the Lodges’ grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature.
  • - They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity.
  • - This afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience:
  1. -          Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
  2. -          Gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
  3. -          Traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong.
  4. -          Local village visit and encounter
  • - Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 7: Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang (B)

  • - This morning you will return by boat to Luang Prabang, arriving in time for lunch.
  • - On arrival you in Luang Prabang you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel.
  • - Afternoon at leisure .
  • - Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 8: Luang Prabang departure (B)

  • - Your private car and guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Price inclusion:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.

Price exclusion:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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