Northern Laos Explorer

northTake in the spectacular scenery of Northern Laos on this 6 day tour. Explore the places that any visitor to Laos simply MUST see. Enjoy relaxing river cruises, wander around historical caves, cool off at an amazing waterfall and experience the enchantment of Luang Prabang. Next you will travel southwards to the scenic Vang Vieng with it’s beautiful river and impressive karst mountains before heading to the majestic Vientiane capital city for a guided tour of the most popular attractions in town.

 

Day 1. Houy Xai – Pak Bang.

 

Pick up from Houy Xai (Thailand / Laos border), we then start the scenic river journey on the majestic Mekong River, you will pass through a stunning landscape and experience the unique life of local people on the Mekong riverbank until reaching Pak Bang in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pak Bang.

 

Day 2. Pak Bang – Luang Prabang.

 

After breakfast, today the trip continues on the Mekong river by slow boat again, on the way we visit some villages on the banks until approaching Pak Ou cave. The cave remains a popular pilgrimage site for Lao people who ceremonially wash the Buddha statues during the Lao New Year before heading up to Luang Prabang and staying overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 3. Luang Prabang City Tour.

 

The first half of the day is spent visiting the museum at the former Royal Palace and the monasteries of Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Mai and Vat Visoun. After enjoying lunch at the restaurant we head to the nearby traditional Por Sa paper making village of Ban Xang Kong before we head up to visit the incredibly scenic Kuang Xi Waterfall which is surrounded with turquoise pools and is an ideal place for swimming! You can also visit the bear conversation center, home to various bears rescued from illegal poaching. Back in Luang Prabang we will visit Wat Phousi to enjoy the rewarding view of the city in the late afternoon. Stay overnight at a hotel in Luang Prabang.

 

Day 4. Optional tours: 1day trekking, 1 day kayaking, 1 day cycling and 1 day multi-sport tour.

 

Day 5. Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng.

 

After breakfast, we make our way over the mountains to Vang Vieng, with stops along the way at Ban Houy Hereh to enjoy the beautiful view, visit a Hmong tribe (Ban Khewtaloun), learn about herbal products at Ban Houystaep before approaching Vang Vieng. In the afternoon we cycle around and explore the town or some caves and see the impressive karst mountain scenery. Overnight stay at a hotel.

 

Day 6. Vang Vieng – Vientaine.

 

After breakfast, the excursion continues by minivan to Vientaine (The capital of Laos) taking around 4 hours. Today we take some time to discover the most prominent attractions in the town such, as Patuxay (a national monument), Pha That Luang (the biggest stupa in Laos), Hophakeo (emerald Buddha statue’s hall) and other monasteries. Stay overnight in Vientaine.

 

Day 7. Hotel – Airport.

 

Breakfast, then you are free until it is time to transfer you to the airport for your next destination.