• Enjoy a 3day/2nt Mekong River journey aboard a traditional and elegant Mekong teak barge
• Explore the ancient Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
• Visit Luang Prabang (UNESCO)
• Visit the Cave City of Viengxay and limestone cliffs of Van Vieng
• Enjoy an elephant safari
• Visit tribal villages
• Explore 10th century Khmer Ruins of Wat Phou
• 18 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start in Vientiane, finish in Pakse
• All meals included
• Includes 1 internal flight
• Activity Level: 2
Experience the ancient traditions of a welcoming culture. 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 the nation's capital, Vientiane. This eclectic city is a mixture of Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, French and American influences; its many faces expressed through its people and architecture. We visit the majestic temple site of Wat Phou, a Khmer ruin built 200 years before Angkor Wat.
Travelling north we visit Van Vieng with its numerous caves and vibrant river activities. The Plain of Jars and ponder the great mystery of the thousands of 2,500-year-old stone jars. Viengxay for its cave system that supported 20,000 people. The Laos "Northern Heritage" route to Nong Khiew and a trip on the Nam Ou River to Luang Prabang - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most exotic temples in Asia.
Traveling south, we experience the natural beauty of Khong Island on the Mekong River. At the Boloven Plateau, enjoy an elephant safari and hike through the surrounding local villages and coffee plantations. Our journey concludes in Pakse, Laos
has guaranteed departures
Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms. Basic accommodation in Viengxay & Nong Khiew.
Some rough/dusty roads and long drives.
Arrive in Vientiane, Laos
Stunning scenery to Phonsaven
Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
The fascinating Caves of Viengxay
Northern Heritage Route to Nong Khiew
Nong Khiew Village Life
To Luang Prabang (UNESCO)
Temples of Luang Prabang
Kuang Sy Waterfall, K'hmu Villages
Elephant Village Sanctuary
Start 3 day Mekong River Cruise, Pre-Angkorian Ruins of Wat Phou
Huei Thamo, Oum Muong Temple, Khong Island
Don Khone, Pha Pheng Waterfall, Pakse
- Angkor Wat