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NEW PACKAGE: DISCOVER LAOS IN 18 DAYS - 17 NIGHTS

Day 1: Xieng Khong – Bokeo (Ban Houeisay) – Luang Nam Tha:
In the morning, your local English speaking Guide will welcome you at Bokeo International Border Check Point in Ban Houeisay and will assist you for the formality of Lao immigration. Then you will have a drive on a private minivan from Ban Houeisay Village of Bokeo Province to Luang Namtha on the high way that links Thailand to China. On the way visit one or two villages (lantene or (and) Khmu Village (s) on the way depending on the time of your arrival in Bokeo Province. Arrival in Luang Nam Tha, check-in at Dokchampa Hotel or similar. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Luang Nam Tha – Muang Sing (B):
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the local market of Luang Nam Tha and will have excursion by land to Muang Sing District of Luang Nam Tha Province. On the way, you will visit Ethnic villages: Ban Hong Leuai (Lao Hoeui Ethnic Village), Khmu Village, Ban Lak Kham Mai (Akha Village), Ban Sop I Mai (Akha Village). Check-in at Phou IU Guesthouse or similar. Free time and overnight at the Guesthouse

Day 3: Muang Sing (Biking and walking by carrying the bicycle) (B):
After breakfast at the Guesthouse, transfer to the tourist office to rent the bicycles and you will start the sightseeing on bicycle and sometimes you will walk by carrying your bicycle when climbing hills and when the road is not good.

First you will visit the the Lolo Village. After that you will go on biking to visit Ban Nong Bou (Tai Dam) to see weaving and visit Ban Khoum of Tai Neua ethnic group to see the local distillery “Muang Sing whisky”.

You will go on biking and walking up the hill to visit That Xieng Tung, a stupa on the hill. Then you will continue the biking to Ban Khan Mai to visit Hmong Village. After that you will go biking to visit Ban Silihuang, a Tai Nueua Village to see how people make the Khao Soi (Rice Noodle).

We return to town for lunch of your own charge.

After lunch, you will continue the biking to visit Akha Village of Ban Namdaet and visit Yao village (Ban Nammai, Ban Jonkha and Ban Saileck).

Then you will go on biking to visit Akha Village (Ban Phakha) and your visit will be ended with the visit of Tai Lue Village of Ban Donchai. Return to Tourist Office to return the bicycle. Then you will be transferred to the Guesthouse. Free Time and overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 4: Muang Sing – Luang Nam Tha – Oudomxay - Muang Khoa (B):
Early in the morning, transfer to the Market of Muang Sing. Visit the market. Return to the Guesthouse for breakfast. Then you will depart on the private minivan to Muang Khoa District of Phongsaly Province. passing via Oudomxay Province. On the way stop to visit some ethnic Village (Khmu, Hmong). Upon arrival in Muang Khoa District, check-in at Sernaly Guesthouse or similar. Free time and overnight at the Guesthouse.

Day 5: Muang Khoa – Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiow (B):
After breakfast at the Guesthouse, transfer you to pier for the boat trip downstream on Nam Ou River on a private boat to Nong Khiow via Muang Ngoi. Stop to for lunch on your own charge at Muang Ngoi. Continue the boat trip to Nong Khiow. Arrival in Nong Khiow, check-in at Nong Khiow River side Lodge. Free time and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6: Nong Khiow – Luang Prabang (B):
After breakfast at the hotel, boat trip downstream on a private boat to Nong Khiow. From there, you will have a drive to Luang Prabang. On the way, stop to visit Khmu, Lu and Hmong villages. Arrival in Luang Prabang, check-in at Lao Wooden House, located in the center of the town. Free time. You may visit the Night Market by yourself on the main street. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Luang Prabang (City Tour) (B):
At 5.30AM or 5.45AM (depending on the season), as the Guesthouse in the center of the town, you may assist by yourself the alms giving where more than 200 Monks pass on the main street.

At 8.30 AM, after your breakfast, your guide will meet at the Guesthouse and he will show you Luang Prabang, the World Heritage City. The sightseeing on a private minivan will begin with the visit of the former Royal Palace, then you will visit Vat Visoun, Vat Aham, Vat May, Xieng Thong and Wat Xieng Thong. In the afternoon, you will visit Ban Xang Khong Village (Lu village) to see the weaving and the Sa paper hand made. The today’ s sightseeing will be ended with the climb up of the Phousi Hill with 328 steps to see the view of the town from the top the mount and the sun set on the Mekong River. Return to the Guesthouse. Free time and overnight at the Guesthouse.

Day 8: Luang Prabang (Pak Ou Caves and Kwangsi Waterfall) (B):
Today, your excursion consists of the boat trip to the Holy Caves at Pak Ou Districts and the excursion by land to the Kwangsi Waterfall.

After your breakfast, you will embark on private traditional boat for the boat trip up stream to visit the Pak Ou Caves. On the way, stop to visit one village on the Mekong River Bank and visit Tam Ting Cave (the lower cave) and Tam Poum Cave (the upper cave).

You will have lunch on your own at local restaurant there in Pak Ou Village. You will return by boat to Ban Xang Hai village to see local traditional distillery ‘lao Lao’. From there, continue the excursion by land on private minivan to Kwangsi Waterfall, the splendid waterfall in the outskirt of Luang Prabang. On the way, you will visit Ban Na Ouane, a Hmong Village, moving from the Kwangsi area. You will see Hmong ladies pass their time in sewing and sell their handmade products in the village. Arrival at Kwangsi Waterfall, relax, visit the waterfall or swim if you desire. Return to your Guesthouse. Free time and overnight there.

Day 9: Luang Prabang (Elephant Camp) (B):
Your excursion today consists of elephant riding and trekking in the outskirts of the town.

At 8.30AM, your Guide will meet you at the lobby of the Guesthouse, then you visit the Phosi Fresh Market, after that you will have a drive to the Elephant Camp. Here, you will have one hour and half for elephant riding through the forest and you will be able to feed elephant with bananas as a way to thank the elephant. We will drive you to Ban Xieng Lom Village for the trekking to Khmu Village. Lunch on your own. You will continue the trek to Tad Sae Waterfall, which is a series of low cascading falls with a large swimming pool for swimming and “monkey jumping” if you desire. Then we will transfer you on a long tail boat to meet the minivan. You will be transferred to your Guesthouse. Free time and overnight at the Guesthouse.

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Phonsavanh (B):
Breakfast at the Resort, then departure by land on private minivan to Phonesavanh District of Xieng Khouang Province. On the way, stop on your request to take photos or visit villages along the road. Arrival in Phonesavanh, check-in at Vansana Hotel. Proceed the excursion to the Plain of Jars (main site) and to Muang Khoune to visit ruins of the Indochina war. Return to the town. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Phonesavanh – Vang Vieng (B):
Breakfast at the hotel, check out from the hotel, then visit the Phonsavanh Market and departure to Vang Vieng. Upon arrival there, you will check-in at Vansana Hotel on Nam Song River Banks or similar hotel. Visit the Tham Chang Cave. Return to hotel. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Discover Vang Vieng (B):
Today you will discover the highlights of Vang Vieng. After your breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to access point to Ban Tham Xang Village. You will get across the Nam Song River by boat or traditional bridge to Ban Tham Xang. You will go on foot for about 5 minutes to Tham Xang Cave (Elephant Cave) to visit it. After that you will have a trek for 30 minutes to Tham Nam Cave (Water Cave). Here in the cave you will visit the cave with tubing (a tyre of van for floating on water ) for one hour.

Then you will go on kayaking on Nam Song River. After the kayaking, transfer you to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B):
After the breakfast at the hotel, you will leave on minivan for Vientiane Capital. Arrival in Vientiane, you will check-in at City Inn Hotel or similar.

In the afternoon, your guide will meet you again at the lobby and begin the sightseeing of Vientiane Capital, starting from the visit Ho Pra Keo, built in 1560 by King Setthathirath, used to house the Emerald Buddha (Pra Keo Morakod), then visit Wat Sisaket, built in 1818 by King Anouvong. Visit the Thatluang Stupa and climb up the Patuxay Monument to see the panoramic view of the town. Then you will visit the Holy Temple Vat Simuang. Return to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 14 : VIENTIANE-PAKSE-WAT PHOU-KHONG ISLAND (B):
Breakfast at the City Inn Hotel, free time for leisure till transfer to the airport for flight to Pakse. Welcome at the airport by your local guide at Pakse Airport, then transfer to the quay for boat trip to Champasak, then proceed the trip by land to visit archaeological site Wat Phou. Lunch on your own at local restaurant there. Visit Wat Phou. Continue the excursion by land to Done Khong. Check-in at Villa Done Khong or similar. Dinner on your own at local restaurant. Free time for leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 15 : DONE KHONG (B):
Breakfast at the guesthouse, excursion by boat through the “Si Phan Done” (“Four Thousand Islands”) and by land to Khone Prapheng Waterfall (the biggest waterfall in South East Asia). Lunch on your own at local restaurant during the excursion.
In the afternoon, return by land to the hotel. Dinner on you own at local restaurant. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 16 : DONE KHONG - PHOU ASA - PHASOUAM - TAD LO (B):
Breakfast at the hotel, return by land to Pakse. Stop at Phou Asa for elephant riding. Lunch on your own at local restaurant there. In the afternoon, proceed the route to Tad Lo. On the way stop to visit Phasouam Waterfall. Upon arrival, check-in at Say Tse Resort or Similar. Dinner on your own. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 17 : TAD LO – KATOU – TAD FANE – PAKSONG – PAKSE (B):
Breakfast at the resort, then excursion by land to visit Katou Village. Continue the excursion to visit Tad Fane Waterfall and coffee and tea plantation at the Plateau Boloven. Continue the route to Pakse. Upon arrivalnin Pakse, check-in at Pakse Hotel or Similar. Dinner on your own. Free time and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 18 : LEAVING PAKSE - LAOS (B):
Breakfast at the hotel, free time for leisure till transfer to the airport or Wang Tao Border Check Point for leaving Laos.

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