Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Behind the Scenes in Northern Laos (9 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Vientiane, Laos To Luang Prabang, Laos

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018


Day 1
Vientiane, Laos
Green Park Boutique Dinner

Upon arrival in Vientiane a car will be waiting to take you to one of two luxurious accommodations - the Settha Palace or Green Park Hotel. Check in, freshen up and take the rest of the day to enjoy the hotel or explore the surroundings. If you arrived on an early flight, our friendly guides will arrange a tour of some of the cities breathtaking temples and museums.

Day 2
Luang Namtha, Laos
Boat Landing Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With an afternoon flight, the morning is yours to either enjoy in the comforts of your hotel or with a guided tour of some of Vientiane’s famous sites. A short northbound flight will bring you to Luang Namtha where you will check into the Boat Landing Eco-Lodge. Take the rest of today to enjoy as you please, preparing for the action-packed days ahead!

Day 3
Louang Namtha, Laos
Boat Landing Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake with the birds and beasts of the Nam Ha jungle. A traditional breakfast prepared by open-fire will give you the energy you need for the day ahead. Trek further up and into the forest, take in the sights and sounds, the jungle boasts an incredibly rich biodiversity. Begin a steep descent and arrive at a traditional village. Dine and interact with the locals and take a refreshing dip in the river. Experience village life to the fullest and spend the night in a comfortable wooden hut.

Day 4
Louang Namtha, Laos
Boat Landing Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Set off for a Hill Tribe excursion today, visiting remote villages in the pristine mountain wilderness of Laos. You’ll encounter more than a dozen different ethnicities on this tour, and have a chance to learn about their cultures and see age-old traditions still in practice. A highlight of the day is dinner in one of the villages you encounter, where you’ll be treated to organic local produce cooked in authentic local style. Spend the night in your room at the Boat Landing Guest House in Luang Namtha.

Day 5
Louang Namtha, Laos
Boat Landing Guest House Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake with the villagers and share breakfast before bidding them a grateful farewell. Today’s trek will take us along the river before returning to the jungle. Take in the incredible views of the low-lying valleys and scope out the distance you have traveled so far. The final descent to Ban Chaleunsouk begins after lunch. A songthaew will be waiting to take you back to the Eco-lodge. The remainder of the evening is yours. Relax, you deserve it!

Day 6
Pak Beng , Laos
Pakbeng Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After three days of excitement and physical exertion, day six provides a much-needed break. Today we begin our journey to Pak Beng, via the scenic 3.5-hour route. Veering off the beaten trail stopping at villages inhabited by Hmong, Khmu and Lanten ethnic groups. Arriving in Pak Ben check into the Pak Beng Lodge. Rest and refresh – you’ve earned it - before a meal at the lodge’s signature restaurant overlooking the river into the jungle beyond.

Day 7
Luang Prabang, Laos
Hotel De La Paix Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with an early breakfast over a revitalizing view. Today you will have the unique opportunity to take an elephant ride along the Mekong River and the surrounding jungle. Next, hop on a boat that will slowly take you down the mighty Mekong to Luang Prabang, your final destination. Arriving in the city you will be escorted to your hotel- we recommend Hotel De La Paix. You have the rest of the evening to yourself.

Day 8
Luang Prabang, Laos
Hotel De La Paix Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the first half of your day visiting the former Royal Palace museum and monasteries of Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Saen and Vat Visoun. Learn of the fascinating history behind the city, Laos’ former capital. Following a lunch of Luang Prabang specialties, like Khai Pan, take a traditional Tai Lue through weaving roads of Ban Phanom, famed for textiles and weaving techniques. Next stop, the Kuang Si Waterfall, take a dip in the turquoise-blue pools. One more stop, the village of Ban Na Oun, before returning to Luang Prabang for a sunset cocktail atop mount Phousi, the perfect end to your tour.

Day 9
Luang Prabang, Laos
None Breakfast

Enjoy your final morning in Luang Prabang. Take this as an opportunity to do some last minute shopping or just relax ahead of your departing flight. You will be transferred by private vehicle from your hotel to the airport.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Spend eight days exploring the vibrant, colorful countryside and cityscapes of Northern Laos.  This tour offers a splendid balance of adventure, education, exertion and relaxation. You will have the opportunity to calmly open yourself to new sights, sounds and scents of the world around you on scenic tours by water and land. In an encounter with the majestic, gentle giants of the Asian jungle will give you the unique opportunity to get close to and ride on an elephant! And what better way to learn about a new and exciting place than completely surrendering to its harsh conditions. Challenge yourself and improve your survival skills on an exhilarating three-day trek through the jungle.


  • Get up-close and personal with Asia’s friendly giants, take a bareback elephant ride

  • Enjoy a scenic day trip to the beautiful Pak Beng Lodge

  • Experience the power of the mighty Mekong River on a boat trip to UNESCO Heritage site

  • Immerse yourself in colorful, close-up culture visiting the villages of the Khmu and Lanten people

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable

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By: Squash1

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2013

excellent at making sure everything is taken care of...personal cell phone contact appreciated and very customized orientation...also very nice
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

Excellent package

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Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2013

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By: Dustin and Eli

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2018

Remote Lands coordinated our trip and made the experience worry-free. All of our transfers and guides were on time, professional, kind and even went above and beyond when a couple of unexpected needs arose. Thank you!
Travel Advisor:  Geraldine Hasting