Highlights of Laos
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Laos has only recently been discovered as a fascinating tourist destination. This delightful jewel is steeped in historical treasures, glorious colonial architecture, lush green jungles and magnificent mountainous terrain.
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang, the spectacular multi-tiered Kuangsi Waterfalls and the mysterious plain of Jars, regarded by some as ‘Asia’s Stonehenge’. visit exquisite temples in the capital, Vientiane. Journey by boat along the mighty Mekong River and explore some of the 4,000 islands that make up the Si Phan Don area.
Be amazed by the stunning natural scenery and meet its beautiful, gentle people. Refreshingly, its long-established ways of life continue; to hurry is simply not the Lao way. This is a truly magical nation.
DAY 1: AUSTRALIA TO BANGKOK
Fly with QANTAS Airways to Bangkok for an overnight stay in an airport hotel.
DAY 2: BANGKOK TO LUANG PRABANG
Fly to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang for a four night stay.
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG
Tour the city by tuk-tuk, visiting Wat Mai, Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat That. Later, climb Phousi Hill to watch the sun set before exploring the hilltribe market.
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG
Travel upstream on the Mekong River to the sacred caves of Pak Ou. Enjoy lunch on board and continue cruising to the villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong. This evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance.
DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat and visit the fresh food market. Continue to Wat Sene and the National Museum. Later, visit the stunning Kuangsi Waterfalls, stopping at a local market en route. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre before returning to Luang Prabang.
DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG TO PHONESAVAN
Drive to Phonesavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake along the way.
DAY 7: PHONESAVAN
Visit Site No.1 and No. 2 of the mysterious Plain of Jars. You will also visit the village of a H’mong minority group, Muang Khoune and the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) office, an organisation that helps clear unexploded landmines from many years of war.
DAY 8: PHONESAVAN TO VANG VIENG
Drive to Vang Vieng, stopping along the way at Pathang Village, which boasts stunning views over the karst mountains. This afternoon visit Tham Chang Cave.
DAY 9: VANG VIENG TO VIENTIANE
Continue south to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. This afternoon visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument.
DAY 10: VIENTIANE TO KHONG ISLAND
Early this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse. Upon arrival drive to Champassak where you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Khmer ruins of Wat Phou. Later, take an elephant ride to Phou Asa Hill and continue to Khong Island by road.
DAY 11: KHONG ISLAND
Enjoy a morning boat ride through the Si Phan Don area also known as ‘Four Thousand Islands’ and visit an old French railway station before lunch. This afternoon walk through the local villages to the Liphi Waterfalls where you will be given a fishing lesson by a local fisherman.
DAY 12: KHONG ISLAND TO UBON
Depart Khong Island and drive to Khone Phapheng Waterfalls, the biggest in Southeast Asia. Continue to the Bolaven Plateau where you will visit a tea or coffee plantation. After lunch, cross the border into Ubon, Thailand for an overnight stay.
DAY 13: DEPART UBON
This morning you will be transferred to Ubon airport to board your overnight flight to Australia (via Bangkok).
DAY 14: ARRIVE AUSTRALIA
Arrive home today.