Laos Highlights

Vientiane - Pakse - Don Khong - Luang Prabang

  • Visit the bizarre open air Buddha Sculpture Park with over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues
  • Experience the laid back, rural life of Southern Laos
  • Wander around Bolaven Plateau learning how coffee and tea are produced
  • Travel back in time visiting vibrant temples and an interesting museum
  • Cruise along the mighty Mekong River and discover the spiritual Pak Ou Caves
  • Soak your feet in the emerald water at Kuang Si waterfall
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The trip takes you to Vientiane, Laos’ capital city to explore French architecture and beautiful, ornate Buddhist temples. Even though it is the country’s largest city, it has not lost its friendly, laid back character. Travel further South and experience the relaxed, sleepy, charming local life of Siphandone, nestled at the foot of Laos on the Cambodian border, and as the name suggests, consists of lots of tiny islands scattered in the vast Mekong Delta. Hike to Bolaven Plateau characterized by coffee and tea plantations and dramatic waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation. Your trip ends in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples.


Day 1: Vientiane Arrival
Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour (B,L).
Day 3: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins – Bolaven Plateau (B,L)
Day 4: Bolaven Plateau – Don Khong (B,L)
Day 5: Don Khong – 4000 islands – Pakse (B,L)
Day 6: Pakse – Fly to Luang Prabang (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Sightseeing (B,L)

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)
Day 9: Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall - Elephant Experience (B,L)
Day 10: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Day 1: Vientiane Arrival

Welcome to Vientiane, Laos’ capital, an old French colonial trading post. This city is both abundant in French architecture as well as beautiful, ornate Buddhist temples. Even though it is the country’s largest city, it has not lost its friendly and laid back character.

Meet your guide and we drive to your hotel for check in (check in time: 14:00).

Meals: Not Included. Spend the night at your hotel in Vientiane.


Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour (B,L)

We have a day to explore Vientiane - the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indochinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: Wat Sisaket, the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound, offering you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past.

Next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both inside and out. It was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. Next we visit Pha That Luang, the giant golden stupa, a sight to see as the bright gold is in sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. You then  climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. In the afternoon we visit Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling); a sculpture park located 25 km south east of Vientiane.

Spend the night at your hotel in Vientiane.



Day 3: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins – Bolaven Plateau (B,L)

We take a morning flight to Pakse, a city of old French Colonial Buildings.  We visit the Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven coffee or Lao tea while watching as people and life go by.

On arrival, meet our guide then we head to visit unique Wat Phou Temple of Khmer of Wat Phou ruin, the majestic pre-Angkorian 10th century temple complex. You have time to look at the museum at the ruins site, walk up to the highest temple and take as many photos as you would like.

After lunch, we drive to Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region  and home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations. 

We drive to Tad Lo Waterfalls, a beautiful formation of three separate falls. From the bridge you will first see Tad Hang and then Tad Lo in the distance. The most impressive of the three, Tad Suong, is located a further 10km upriver. After exploring the falls and their surroundings, we continue through the Plateau.

Stay overnight at Tadlo Lodge, your  h
otel in Bolaven Plateau.


Day 4: Bolaven Plateau – Don Khong (B,L)

After breakfast, we continue to Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Tad Fane is a set of twin 120-metre high waterfalls formed by the merging waters of the Champy and Pak Koot rivers. These impressive falls are situated on the edge of Dong Hua Sao protected area, 38 km from Paksé. We drive further to the South (approximately 4 hours) to reach to Don Khong, the largest island of Siphandone.

You check into your hotel in Don Khong. The rest of the day is free at leisure.


Day 5: Don Khong – 4000 Islands – Pakse (B,L)

Today we explore the backwater life of Siphandone. During the rainy season, the Mekong River reaches a breadth of 14 kms, the river’s widest reach along its 4,350 km journey from the Tibetan Plateau towards the East Sea (Bien Dong).  When the river recedes, it leaves behind thousands of islands and islets.

At Ban Nakasang Pier we take a short boat trip to visit the surrounding islands of Done Det and Done Som for a glimpse into the traditional lifestyle of the fishermen. We continue to Done Khone Island and hike along its ancient railway line built by the French in 1897 to bypass the powerful rapids when transporting goods from Cambodia. We Continue to the Sumphamith Waterfall (Liphi Waterfall). We then continue by car to visit the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, the largest cascade along the Mekong River. A fault line caused the cascade, which is 6 km wide at this point, and the astonishing force of the water has cut dramatic gorges through the brittle bedrock.

We drive back to Pakse and on the way, we stop at Phou Salao view point for an overview of this quaint city.

Spend the night at your hotel in Pakse.


Day 6: Pakse – Fly to Luang Prabang (B)

Enjoy a last free day in Pakse, then we fly to Luang Prabang, profoundly influenced by the French, and unquestionably, earning the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. This exquisite town in Laos is not to be missed under any circumstances. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is the perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples.

Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang for check in. The rest of the day is free at leisure.


Day 7: Luang Prabang –Sightseeing (B,L)

Today we take a trip around the ancient city to visit most of the highlights. We begin with the Royal Palace Museum, built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture.

In the afternoon we ride to visit the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. We then head to the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. Later in the day, we adjourn to Phousi Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.

Spend the night at your hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B,L)

In the morning, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us breathtaking views of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves; two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, left by pilgrims. On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will visit a local village.

Arriving back in town, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Centre, where you will take a short tour and learn about silk, the weavers and about the women who work in the Centre.

You can try hands-on experience with joining a class of traditional weaving. The class starts with an introduction to silks, dyeing and weaving techniques. There is a Guide and a Master Weaver who will help you to make your own placemat.

After a stroll around the centre, you can enjoy a drink at your own expense at the Terrace of Silk Road Café overlooking the Mekong River. This is also one of the best places to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang.

Overnight at your hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall - Elephant Experience (B,L)

An early start gives you a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.

From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch - just set up on the ground as the locals do every day. This is a great chance for you to get a real feel for the local culture.

From there, we will transfer out of town to Kuang Si Fall Butterflies Park where we will have an authentic breakfast surrounded by the beauty of nature. During the breakfast, we will chat with the two owners of the Butterflies Park to better understand Lao nature and their efforts to create a beautiful place for visitors to Luang Prabang.

We then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. This is the perfect time to visit the waterfalls, while other tourists are still in the town.

Next, we transfer to Elephant Camp near the waterfalls, and enjoy a 30 minute elephant ride, exploring the Mekong River.

Return to your hotel where you are free to relax for the rest of the day.

Overnight at your hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 10: Luang Prabang Departure (B).

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel followed by free time before driving to the airport to take your departure flight home.

Have a good journey  and see you again!


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  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.​​​​​Domestic flight Vientiane - Pakse - Luang Prabang.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

International flights.
• Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
• Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
• Tips for guides and drivers.
• Personal travel insurance.
• Laos Visa


Cancellation by Customer

  • Cancellation received before 60 days: No charge
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 10% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 - 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 - 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 - 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Loas by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

  • Private Local Tour Guide: You will have a fully licensed local tour guide from 'welcome' until you are farewelled at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and take care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. Vietnam Exploration Booking Tours offer the best tour guides based on the features of your itinerary and the make up of the group, to maximize your tour while travelling. Having the right guide means you have the best experience.
  • Private Drivers and Vehicle: Safety is the first priority for transportation. All vehicles are in good condition and are well maintained with fully licensed and experienced drivers ensuring you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and enjoyable experience, cold drinking water and refreshing towels are provided in the car. 
  • ​​Local Flavor Meals: You don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Vietnam Exploration Booking only chooses clean restaurants with pleasant environments for our guests. The menu is also carefully selected to ensure you can try different food at every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while travelling. We can also recommend where to eat so you can enjoy your favourite food when not eating with the group.
  • Well-Selected Hotels: Comfort and good value are our priorities when choosing hotels for our guests. We do our best to ensure good rest by the comfort of the mattress and bedding and offering rooms with a pleasant decorative style, user friendly facilities, good service and a great breakfast!

Things to Bring:
Wear comfortable shoes and clothes suitable for activities such as riding in a boat, walking, cycling and for long drives.  Bring a hat/cap, sun screen, sun glasses, a swimsuit and insect repellent. The weather is normally very hot from April to October in Laos.

You should bring cash with you, preferably Lao Kip because the banking system doesn’t always function well. US Dollars are generally accepted and Euro are also sometimes accepted.

You should bring your medications with you although there are pharmacies in Laos if you do get sick.

Did we hit all the items on your travel bucket list for your holiday?
If not, don’t worry. We specialize in tailor-made tours and can customize this program to create your dream trip. Get in touch with your personal Travel Consultant to create your personalized program.

Don't want the fun to end?

Why not combine this tour with Halong tours, Sapa tours, cambodia tours, Myanmar tours or spend a few days in the tropical paradise that is the Vietnam coast? We take care of everything from flights to transfers and accommodation so that you can relax and enjoy your holiday. Explore our other destinations or speak with your personal Travel Consultant for some expert advice on suitable combinations.