Experience Laos to the fullest. A country that straddles the hoary history, living traditions, ancient culture, astounding natural beauty and adventure… Take in all of it… ranging from a rich heritage of Buddhism in the old French colonial town,the beauty of a riverside sunset, to mountains to be climbed, caves to be discovered, or just the long boat rides soaking the beauty of the mountains on both the sides. Make an attempt to take a peek into the unexplained history of the Plain of Jars. And then, there are the dense forests , gigantic waterfalls and Angkorian temples of South. Explore the marvelous history and natural beauty of the land bicycling, kayakking, trekking or by road…
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Land in Luang Prabang, and get whisked away to your hotel. A quick freshen-up and you are ready to hit the town. What awaits you are the Royal Palace Museum, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and a trek to the top of Mount Phousi . Wind up for the day with a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset.
Don’t forget to capture the Seven days lucky Buddha at Mount Phousi.
Fulfill your goose bumps quota of the day by participating in the Tak Bat , the Alms giving ceremony at the crack of dawn.
Prepare yourself to get stunned by the astounding classical Laotian architecture of the magnificent Wats and the sheer natural beauty of Kuang Si , a three tiered waterfall having its own large plunge pool and small little terraces of water. Don’t miss the bears lounging in a hammock or climbing timber frames in the nearby sanctuary.
Join a local family as an esteemed guest for a traditional Baci ceremonial dinner. The Baci is to celebrate a special event, such as a marriage, a home- coming etc
Brace yourself for fabulous views on a drive down to XiengKhouang. Explore the Plain of Jars site 1 and enjoy the sunset with lots of unanswered questions in your mind.
Unwind at Bamboozle or Nisha and shoot the breeze with other travelers
Visit the faded glory of the old capital Muang Khoun and the effects of a war that destroyed even the house of Gods. Visit the Plain of Jars sites 2 and 3 to try and answer questions in your minds from the last evening. You will get enough time to ponder over this in the trek between the two sites. On the way back visit the spoon making village of Ban Napia, where the villagers have perfected the art of making kitchen utensils and mementos out of war scrap.
Visit a village where almost every household makes rice whiskey in its backyard. You are free to consume some if you dare
Drive down to the back packer’s haven …Vang Vieng. On the way understand the intricacies of silk weaving at the Mulberry farm .
Traipse around this idyllic backpacker town, go river tubing , walking/biking or simply lounge at one of the many restaurants and swap stories with fellow travelers.
Eat well, do your stretches, drink a lot of water.
Vang Vieng Challenge day 1: If you opt for the strenuous Challenge, then brace yourself for a day packed with trekking, boating, zip lining, and walking on the cable bridges. Overnight stay at a camp next to river or waterfalls. This is taxing… but exhilarating.
Start with the first cave, Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) on the banks of the Nam Song, trek to the nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) and explore the numerous long corridors with wonderful limestone formations. Post lunch is the trek through paddy fields to the Hmong village of Phathao. Then enjoy Kayaking on the trip back to Vang Vieng going through the idyllic scenes of rural life: a unique sight with the limestone mountains in the background.
Kick off your shoes and relax with other travelers with a few pints – choose from any of the watering holes in the city or on the mountain top camp if you have opted for the VV Challenge
The Secret Eden trek
Witness the sunrise upon the limestone mountains. Post breakfast, start the day with zip lining, some of them 50 meters above the ground. Walk back through the paddy fields and drive to Vang Vieng for an overnight stay.
The Secret Eden trek – a long, arduous, utterly exhilarating jungle trek – will stretch you to the limit. This is less arduous than the Vang Vieng Challenge of course, but does require a moderate level of fitness.
Take a long breath and congratulate yourself on testing the limits of your endurance. Reward yourself.
Drive to Vientiane to be received and escorted to the hotel. A quick check-in and freshening-up later, sit back and enjoy a guided tour to all the main attractions of the city – the Wats, the museum and the historical monuments. Most of all just feel the vibe of this beautiful city pulsing with a curious mixture of the old and the new.
Just chill and soak in the city and sunset at the promenade that offers a wide range of restaurants and clubs
Vientiane City Center
Explore the city and outskirts while cycling on dirt trails through paddy fields, forest and villages, followed by soft paddling on inflatable kayaks down the Mekong to the city center of Vientiane…
Ban Na Hin
Drive through the towering mountains of Khammouane to the Lao Loum village of Ban Na Hin. Trek back to Ban Na Hin and stay overnight at a local guesthouse.
It’s a moderate trek, but beware of elephant sightings that can be thrilling as well as scary…
Ban Nathan village
Drive to the mouth of the cave, and take a boat ride through the cave itself. Walk on the other side of the cave to Ban Nathan village. Enjoy kayaking at the cave through a blue lagoon and drive to Thakek for overnight stay.
Ask for the walking section where you can wade through the river in the middle of the mountain!
Visit the Buddha cave where where 229 bronze and gold-plated Buddha images have been sitting on naturally formed, terraced rock rims for last 600 years. Drive through That Ing Hang and Heun Hin and stay overnight at Champassak.
Hike through the coffee plantations towards the green forests, and get ready for the Zip lines at the giant Kamet Falls. Enjoy the sensation of being weightless and truly one with nature. Let your adrenaline rush come to a maximum. Retire into a tree house almost 10 meters above the ground.
Savour the experience – this is the closest you will get to being Tarzan…
Be ready for extended flights through the jungle with the longest zip-line of 400 meters, and a small trek through the forest. Stay overnight at Champassak.
Trek through the Bolaven Plateau which is home to many tea and coffee plantations and also enjoy the amazing rock formations of Xing Sai Limestones. Continue to trek to Tad Fan and Tad Yeung Waterfall. Stay overnight at Pakse.
Bolaven Plateau is located in an ancient volcano that erupted millions of years ago. A motorcycle trip through the Plateau is a rewarding experience
Wat Phou Ngoy
Embark downstream on a long tail-boat to Champassak town and visit Wat Phou Ngoy on the way. Continue the boat ride through the mythical 4000 Islands.
Try the fresh coconut juice on the island, and enjoy the sunset in the island.
A short excursion to the old colonial French bridge and the French-built embankment. Take a boat ride to see one of the world’s rarest mammals, the Irrawaddy Dolphin. Drive through some amazing waterfalls to reach your hotel in Pakse.
Understand the story behind the Colonial era railway and bridge around Khone Phapheng falls. You may also get some nuggets around the role of the waterfall in trapping evil spirits.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home… with long lasting memories of 17 days spent in the midst of raw, wild and beautiful nature that will last long… we don’t know about you, but we ended up promising ourselves that we’d be back soon…