Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Classic Laos (8 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Luang Prabang, Laos To Don Khone, Laos

Valid for Departures Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Luang Prabang, Laos
Amantaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll begin your 7-day journey in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO-protected city surrounded by beautiful mountains. Just outside the city is a well-known elephant camp where you’ll get the chance to be trained as a mahout (elephant trainer) and enjoy a jungle trek on elephant-back.   You’ll also receive a monk’s blessing during a private temple visit, and hike up Mount Phou Si, where you’ll enjoy a picnic and see some of the best views of city and the Mekong River. In the evening, you’ll settle into your hotel - Luang Prabang has a great range of accommodation, and we recommend the prestigious Amantaka, with its historic French colonial architecture.

Day 2
Luang Prabang, Laos
Amantaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll rise early today, in time to watch the monks as they walk through the city receiving alms. Each morning, a procession of monks passes through the streets collecting food offerings from locals, which is then brought back to the monastery and shared. Next, you’ll enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves where more than 10,000 small Buddha statues have been stored. It’s considered bad luck to keep a damaged Buddha statue, so rather than dispose of them, they are kept here. In the evening, enjoy a cooking class where you’ll use fresh local produce to create an authentic Lao dish. Enjoy another evening in your Luang Prabang hotel.

Day 3
Luang Prabang, Laos
Amantaka Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The mountains surrounding Luang Prabang are home to several beautiful waterfalls and today you’ll walk to Kuang Si Falls, a striking three-tiered waterfall located in lush forest. The falls are  accessible via wooden walkways and bridges, making this a leisurely journey; there’s even the option of swimming in one of the crystal clear pools. After working up an appetite, you’ll enjoy lunch in a Khmu village. The Khmu are one of the largest ethnic groups in northern Laos, numbering approximately 450,000, with a strong sense of tradition and intriguing folklore. In the afternoon, you’ll pay a visit to Luang Prabang’s main temple, Wat Xieng Thong. You’ll have the chance to hold a private session with a monk here, to learn more about Buddhist beliefs and life in the monastery. Return to your hotel in Luang Prabang tonight.

Day 4
Vientiane, Laos
Settha Palace Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today it’s off to the nation’s capital - Vientiane. Here, you’ll first visit the golden That Luang Stupa, Lao’s national monument, dating back to the third century. Next, you’ll take a trip to the Talat Sao Market, an indoor complex of stalls offering everything from electronics to amulets to traditional Lao silk sarongs. After that, visit the Laos Textile Museum, where you can view the creative silk designs of local legend Carol Cassidy, an international ambassador for Lao silk weaving. Tonight, check into one of the best hotels in Vientiane - we recommend the Settha Palace for luxurious rooms and excellent service.

Day 5
Champasak, Laos
La Folie Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It’s onwards to Champasak Province today, a lush green region of rivers and rice fields bordered by Thailand and Cambodia. Your first stop is Wat Phu, where a historian will guide you through this ancient complex, providing historical context and answering any questions. Next, enjoy a meal in Ban Wat That Village, a laidback township with friendly people and beautiful scenery, where you’ll while away the afternoon. Tonight you’ll check into the charming La Folie Lodge on Dong Daeng Island, complete with river views and manicured gardens.  

Day 6
Champasak, Laos
La Folie Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll enjoy more of Champasak today, with a hike to the ruins of Um Tomo temple, a Khmer-style temple located on the bank of the Mekong amid trees and rice fields. Next, it’s on to view traditional wood carvings in a local village, after which you will end the day’s expeditions with an insightful trip to Champasak Provincial Museum in Pakse. Here, you can learn more about the region by viewing historic documents and artifacts. Return to La Folie Lodge this evening.

Day 7
Don Khone, Laos
Auberge Sala Don Khone Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you’ll embark upon a river cruise to Don Khone, through an archipelago of more than 4,000 small islands. It’s here in the brackish waters of the Mekong that the famous Irrawaddy dolphins can be spotted frolicking amid the mangroves. The islands here are home to countless small villages, and you’ll have the chance to visit them and bicycle through the area, stopping for a relaxed lunch by the water. Spend the night at the Auberge Sala Don Khone, a resort comprising floating cabins offering wide Mekong views.

Day 8
Don Khone, Laos
None Breakfast

After breakfast today, you’ll check out of your hotel and fly to Luang Prabang, where you can check in for your connecting flight home or to your next destination.

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Upon arrival and disembarkation of your flight a Remote Lands representative assist you with your luggage, escort you through immigration and customs formalities and introduce you to your private guide.

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Description

This 8-day journey takes you from the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang to the Don Khone archipelago in the south. Along this route, you’ll encounter hill tribes, go elephant trekking, hike through pristine rainforest, explore ancient temple sites and visit the relaxed islands of Don Khone, enjoying a touch of luxury everywhere you go.


Highlights


A trip to an elephant camp where you’ll trek on elephant-back through jungle


A leisurely hike to the picturesque Kuang Si Falls just outside Luang Prabang


A visit to ancient temple ruins in the countryside of Champasak


A Mekong cruise to Don Khone, spotting Irrawaddy dolphins along the way  

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