Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Inside Laos tour

Inside Laos

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
From: $ 2,615 $ 201 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy Mekong River Cruise
  • Explore beautiful Luang Prabang
  • Discover Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological site steeped in legend
  • Visit Wat Sisaket and Haw Phra Kaew

Short Description

An adventure into this peaceful land reveals the compelling history, scenery and gracious people of Laos. Spend the night in a remote ecolodge as you cruise slowly down the alluring Mekong, stopping at a sacred cave and a local village. Explore the temples of fabled Luang Prabang and join the locals in a game of petanque. Uncover the mysterious Plain of Jars and the monuments of the bustling capital, Vientiane.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Chiang Rai
End City Vientiane

Trip Includes

  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night basic lodge accommodation
  • Breakfast daily 3 lunches and 3 dinners1 cruise
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except for walking touring and motorized trolleys in luang prabang)small group touring
  • Entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers
  • Local english-speaking guides
  • Return transfers

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Itinerary

Day 1: chiang rai,

Accommodation: La Luna Hotel & Resort LAOS

On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and meet your small group of fellow adventurers and tour leader for a welcome drink.

Days 2-3: Pakbeng & Kamu Lodge

Accommodation: Phetsokxai, Kamu Lodge

Rise early and cross the border into Laos to board a private wooden barge for your journey down the tranquil Mekong, past pristine landscapes and stunning scenery. Stay overnight in the old trading outpost of Pakbeng and explore its market, then continue to the comfortable Kamu Lodge, retiring for the night in your atmospheric tent lodgings. Absorb Lao culture, with an opportunity to meet the locals and try your hand at traditional activities such as rice planting and fishing.

Days 4-6: Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Sala Prabang

Continue by boat along the Mekong, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see the hundreds of Buddha statues inside, then on to beautiful Luang Prabang. The next morning, embark on a walking tour of the town's fascinating sites, including the Royal Palace and Wat Mai. Sample a local breakfast of noodle soup, and enjoy a game of petanque before sunset mocktails at a riverside temple. Rise early to witness the breathtaking ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms at dawn, and learn how to make sticky rice and grilled chicken for a picnic at scenic Kuang Si Falls. Have ample free time for exploring beguiling Luang Prabang's quaint laneways, architecture, and boutiques.

Days 7-10: Plain Of Jars & Vang Vieng

Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars, Thavonsouk Bungalows

A drive through the remote mountains of Northern Laos brings you to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological site steeped in legend. Tour the jar sites, then drive to idyllic Vang Vieng, home to stunning limestone karst scenery. Embark on a gentle kayaking trip and discover a nearby cave, returning as the sun sets over the tranquil Nam Song river.

Days 11-13: Vientiane

Accommodation: Mandala Boutique Hotel

Continue to the rapidly developing capital, Vientiane. Visit Wat Sisaket and Haw Phra Kaew, and partake in a traditional Baci ceremony in a local home. Visit the interactive COPE visitor center for a valuable insight into the lasting after-effects of the tragic 'Secret War'. V. Learn about the issue of disability prevalence, with a visit to an inspiring women's support center, before making stops at sparkling That Luang temple, and the grand Patuxai monument. Enjoy a farewell dinner on your final night, then have some free time in the morning before your departure transfer.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 600
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 485

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Minimum of 7 travelers

Accomodations

Laluna Hotel & Resort

Phetsokxai

Kamu Lodge

Sala Prabang

This charming and simple property with six separate buildings is located in the center of town on the banks of the Mekong. More like a guesthouse than a hotel, each room has its own style. Each building dates to colonial times and has been lovingly restored according to UNESCO guidelines.

Vansana Plain of Jars

Thavonsouk Bungalows

Mandala Boutique Hotel

Formerly a private villa, this chic boutique hotel is located in central Vientiane down a quiet leafy lane, just a short walk from the Mekong riverfront and Wat Simeuang. Spacious rooms blend French-colonial design with Asian touches such as natural silks and earthy wood tones. Enjoy breakfast in the peaceful, leafy courtyard in the cafe pavilion.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by the traveler: All cancellations must be received in writing. No refunds will be made for unused services, regardless of the reason once travel has commenced. Cancellations will be subject to the following cancellation fees applied per person, per confirmed booking:

  • cancellations made more than 65 days before the scheduled date of first service provided by us - the full deposit of US$ 600
  • cancellations made between 50-65 days before the scheduled date of first service provided by us - a cancellation fee of 25% of the travel arrangements and booking fee or US$ 600 (whichever is the greater) will be payable
  • cancellations made between 35-49 days before the scheduled date of first service provided by us - a cancellation fee of 50% of the travel arrangements and booking fee or US$ 600 (whichever is the greater)
  • cancellations made within 35 days of the scheduled date of first service provided by us - 100% of the travel arrangement and booking fee.

Cancellation of air, cruising and rail arrangements will be subject to fees charged in accordance with the type of airfare, cruise or rail tariff regulations.

Trip ID#:

InsLaoIns

Trip Excludes

  • Airfares from or to your departing destination, unless specified
  • Personal expenses
  • Passport and visa fees

Meals Included:

Breakfasts Daily, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

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