Highlights
  • Vang Vieng check in to a quaint riverside bungalow before bicycling through the countryside and across the Nam Song River.
  • City tour including Haw Pha Kaeo, Wat Si Saket, Pha That Luang, and Patuxai.
  • A trek back over a small pass leads up to a Lao style picnic lunch on the riverside
  • The scenery  on the drive is some of the best in the whole country, but this long journey on the winding roads can be difficult at times.
  • Tour of the city including The National Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visun and Wat Aham
  • Visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall.

When I think of family friendly travel the first destination I think of is Thailand! A culture with a focus on their families, the Thai welcome traveling families with open arms. Known as the land of smiles, this beautiful family friendly country offers culture, diversity, history and some of the best beaches in the world. In this 14 day tour your family will experience the highlights, have a blasted Dream World Theme Park, and relax at the southern beaches.

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Everything about our holiday was perfect, the accommodation, the tours, the guides and the experiences.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Vientiane - Arrival

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation:  Green Park Boutique Hotel - 1Double with 2extrabeds Deluxe Suite Room

Arrive in Vientiane where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

In the evening you will be picked up for a traditional dinner including a Lao music and dance performance.

Day 2: Vientiane - City Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:  Green Park Boutique Hotel - 1Double with 2extrabeds Deluxe Suite Room

In the morning the guide will take you on a city tour including Haw Pha Kaeo, Wat Si Saket, Pha That Luang, and Patuxai. You can then have the afternoon free to explore on your own or relax by the pool.

Day 3: Vientiane to Vang Vieng

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:  Thavansouk Resort - Ban Lao Bungalow Room

After breakfast enjoy the north bound drive through beautiful landscape before reaching Vang Vieng in the early afternoon. Once you have reached Vang Vieng check in to a quaint riverside bungalow before bicycling through the countryside and across the Nam Song River. Your first stop will be at one of the most famous caves, Tham Jang. It was used as a bunker during defense against the Chinese in early 19th century. The view from the cave, surrounding landscape and tranquil pools make this a must see. Then you will head out through the village of Ban NaThong on a scenic dirt road for approximately 6km until you reach Tham Phu Kham. The Lao consider this the most sacred of the caves in Vang Vieng and contains a bronze reclining Buddha. After your descend from the 200m climb cool off with a dip in the inviting blue lagoon before heading back to town for the evening.

Day 4: Vang Vieng – Kayaking

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Thavansouk Resort - Ban Lao Bungalow Room

In the morning you will be transferred from Vang Vieng to the Khmu village of Vieng Samay, about 10 km north of Vang Vieng. After an introduction to the basics of kayaking, the Nam Song offers various small but fun rapids on the way to the first stop at the cave of Tham Nam Thaem. This cave cuts straight through the mountain, so one emerges on the other side of the range for some panoramic views of the Nam Kouang valley. A trek back over a small pass leads up to a Lao style picnic lunch on the riverside. The next paddle stop is at the Organic Farm, where mulberry tea and a variety of fruit wines are produced. The Tham Non Cave lies further downstream. As one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng, it served as a rescue shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Today it is home to a bat colony and “The Magic Stone of Vang Vieng.” The final leg is a gentle paddle - before returning to Vang Vieng in time to catch the sunset from the terrace of the Ban Sabai Riverside Bungalows if desired or a short walk back to the resort.

Day 5: Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Paradise Resort - Family House Poolside View

After an early breakfast continue by private van with new guide through the winding mountainous roads of the north. Stop and have lunch at local noodle shop in Phou Khon The scenery on the drive is some of the best in the whole country, but this long journey on the winding roads can be difficult at times. Don’t worry; your guide will have all proper medications and solutions to ease the journey. Arrive in Luang Prabang in the early evening and unwind with a massage or take a stroll through the night market.

Day 6: Luang Prabang - City tour half day and Kuang Si Waterfall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Paradise Resort - Family House Poolside View

Wake-up at sunrise to participate in giving the local monks morning alms. You’ll be accompanied by your guide who can demonstrate the proper method of alms giving and explain this daily Buddhist ceremony. Return to your hotel for breakfast, after which your guide will take you on a tour of the city including The National Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visun and Wat Aham. You will then leave the city and your guide will take you on a scenic drive to visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. On the way you’ll stop at a Khmu village for a glimpse of local life. Once you reach the falls, enjoy a picnic lunch amongst the beautiful scenery and then wind down with a relaxing afternoon dip in the serene pools.

Day 7: Luang Prabang - JWOC Village School Sponsorship

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Paradise Resort - Family House Poolside View

Take a trip with Nicole, the Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC) Country Director in Laos, to this picturesque village hidden away in the hills surrounding Luang Prabang. When you arrive in Phik Noy (Little Pepper Village) you will visit the primary school which JWOC supports through donations like yours. Your visit will, if possible, include the delivery of uniforms, books or other school essentials that JWOC is committed to help provide.

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Shangri Lao Explorer Expedition

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Paradise Resort - Family House Poolside View

Relive the footsteps of the historic 19th century French explorer, Dr. P. Neis with this original and authentic colonial style expedition. You will be picked up early morning from your hotel and transferred to the Shangri Lao camp 15 km outside of Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will get an introductory tour of the camp, the elephants and their hospital. After you meet your elephant you will begin your hour and half ride in a traditional Howdah seat with roof through the river, jungle and mountain tops. You will want to have your camera handy to take pictures of the majestic landscape that surrounds you. After saying goodbye to your elephant you will take a 10minute walk to reach Tad Sae Waterfall to see the cascading water over the limestone cliffs (please note that during the dry season there is no water at Tad Sae). Once you reach the Nam Khan River you will board a luxury bamboo raft. Enjoy the taste of Lao food on board while you float down river for an hour, taking in the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen. When you reach the camp you will then be transferred my minibus back to Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Departure

Meals : Breakfast

Transfer to Luang Prabang airport from your hotel in time for your flight (flight from Luang Prabang to Bangkok included).

Dates & Pricing
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Price Per Day:

$ 1,096 per day
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • Air tickets Bangkok - Vientiane / Luang Prabang - Bangkok
  • Boat tickets as specified above
  • Accommodation as specified above
  • Air-conditioned car/van with driver
  • Licensed English speaking guides
  • Tours and admission fees as mentioned above
  • Meals as specified in itinerary, including water
Trip Excludes
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees
  • Airport tax
  • Drinks (except water) and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tips
Meals Included:

8 Breakfast, 4 Lunches and 1 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Internal airfare and ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Vientiane
End City
Luang Prabang

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