Laos - Along the Mythical Mekong

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Highlights

• Explore the ancient Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
• See the Majestic temples and sites of Luang Prabang (UNESCO)
• The Mekong River & Khong Island
• Visit the Cave City of Viengxay
• Encounters with Hilltribe villages
• Explore 10th century Khmer Ruins of Wat Phou

Fact File

• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start & finish in Bangkok
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2

 

The culture and traditions of Laos are the least changed among Southeast Asian countries and make it a mecca for those searching for a truly exotic adventure. Here, you will find ancient temples, exquisite scenery, an eventful history and exotic cuisine, all within the warm embrace of a welcoming people.

We begin in Bangkok, Thailand, fly north to Chiang Rai and continue to the Golden Triangle before entering Laos. A two-day Mekong River journey takes us to remote hill tribe villages and mountainous jungles. We arrive in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most beautiful and exotic temples in Asia.

Our northern circuit continues to Pak Ou Cave (Buddha Cave) enroute to Nong Khiew. Enjoy a day trip to a beautiful, 'weaving' hill tribe village before we traverse the remote mountains to Sam Nua. Explore the fascinating caves of Vienxay, used as the headquarters of the Pathet Lao Revolutionary Movement during a virtual secret war. We visit the Plain of Jars (UINESCO) and ponder the great mystery of the thousands of 2,500-year-old stone jars.

We fly to the nation's capital, Vientiane to enjoy the eclectic mix of Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, French and American influences before flying south to Pakse where we embark on a 3day/2nt Mekong River journey aboard a traditional and elegant Mekong teak barge. Traveling south along the Mekong, we visit the majestic Khmer temple site of Wat Phou, built 200 years before Angkor Wat and the natural beauty of Khong Island. Our adventure concludes with a flight back to Bangkok.

FROM: $4995

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

  has guaranteed departures

Accommodations

Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms.

Comfort notes

Some rough/dusty roads and long drives.

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
Day 2: Fly to Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle
Day 3: Enter Laos, Mae Kong boat journey to Pac Beng
Day 4: Remote Mae Kong to Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang, Kuang Sy Waterfall, K’hmu Villages
Day 7: Luang Prabang, Elephant Village Sanctuary
Day 8: Bhudda Cave, to Nong Khiew
Day 9: The weaving village of Ban Xang Khong
Day 10: Northern Heritage Route to Sam Neua
Day 11: Viengxay Caves, Sam Neua sites
Day 12: To Plain of Jars (Phonsavan)
Day 13: Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
Day 14: UXO and Organic Silk Farm (MAG optional)
Day 15: Fly to Vientiane
Day 16: Fly to Pakse
Day 17: Mekong River, Pre-Angkorian Ruins of Wat Phou
Day 18: Khong Island, French Railway & Somphamit Waterfall
Day 19: Pakse, Farewell Dinner
Day 20: Pakse, Fly to Bangkok
Day 21: Departure
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