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Highlights of Laos

14 days Go Beyond Group Tour

Highlights of Laos

Laos has remained the most pristine and culturally-intact country in Indochina. Experience the old-fashioned charm of its cities, explore untouched landscapes, and meet the incredibly friendly people, who have faced adversity yet still maintain a smile.

  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 12 , Lunches: 11 , Dinners: 8
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    12 nights in 3+ star accommodation
  • Visas
    Visa fees & processing for Australian passports
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 2
    A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats.
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    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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14 DAYS
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Bangkok (1N) - Luang Prabang (4N) - Phonsavan (2N) - Vang Vieng (1N) - Vientiane (1N) - Khong Island (2N) - Pakse (1N)
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Tour Highlights

Our Highlights of Laos tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Day by Day Itinerary

Bangkok (1N) - Luang Prabang (4N) - Phonsavan (2N) - Vang Vieng (1N) - Vientiane (1N) - Khong Island (2N) - Pakse (1N)
  • Day 1
    Fly to Bangkok
    Dinner
    DAY 1: Fly to Bangkok

    Fly to the vibrant city of Bangkok. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

    Dinner
  • Day 2
    Fly to Luang Prabang
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 2: Fly to Luang Prabang

    Fly to Luang Prabang. On arrival you will have free time to start soaking up the local culture. An enchanting city, Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos. At its core, lush greenery, golden temples and vivid-robed monks come together to create a colourful, rich heritage and French colonial legacy. Take a walking tour around the vibrant night market, keeping an eye out for craft souvenirs from Laos' hill tribes as you go.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3
    Kuang Si Waterfalls
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 3: Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, when the monks of Luang Prabang's monastic communities collect alms from locals. See Wat Sene and the National Museum. Visit the traditional H'mong village of Ban Na Ounae, before walking to the cascading turquoise waters of Kuang Si Waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre on the return to Luang Prabang.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 4
    Pak Ou Caves
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 4: Pak Ou Caves

    Explore Wat Xieng Thong, considered Luang Prabang's most beautiful temple. Board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of Buddha sculptures that reside within. Visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong to witness the daily life of the local people and their cottage industries.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 5
    Phousi Hill
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 5: Phousi Hill

    Climb Phousi Hill to admire the views down over the city before exploring Wat Mai, Wat Visoun and Wat Aham. Browse the wares at the lively hilltribe market before a free afternoon.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 6
    Phonsavan
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 6: Phonsavan

    Drive to Phonsavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7
    Plain of Jars
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 7: Plain of Jars

    One of the most important ancient sites in Southeast Asia, these mysterious clusters of giant jars are thought to be about 2,000 years old. We will visit Site 1 where there are over 200 jars, Site 2 which also allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the region and Site 3, situated in picturesque woodland. There will also be a visit to the office of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that helps clear unexploded ordnance from American raids during the Vietnam War.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8
    Vang Vieng
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 8: Vang Vieng

    Depart Phonsavan for Vang Vieng. Stop en route at Pathang village, where you can enjoy dramatic views over the karst landscapes for which Vang Vieng is famous. On arrival, head into Tham Chang Cave to explore. The cave was used as a hideout for locals when marauding Yunnanese came to town in the early 19th-century.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9
    Discover Vientiane
    Breakfast, Lunch
    DAY 9: Discover Vientiane

    Drive to Vientiane, Laos' capital. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more friendly backwater than chaotic capital. Spend the rest of the day exploring with visits to Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa, and the Patuxai Victory Monument, that resembles Paris' Arc de Triomphe.

    Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 10
    Si Phan Don
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 10: Si Phan Don

    Rise early for a morning flight to Pakse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex set in the beautiful landscapes of Mount Phu Kao. Drive on to Khong Island, the largest island of the laidback Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River. The rest of the day is free.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 11
    4,000 Islands
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 11: 4,000 Islands

    Around Si Phan Don, meaning '4,000 islands', the pace of life is slow and easy and the river views are gorgeous. See the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Southeast Asia's largest, and pop over to Khone Island by speedboat to discover its French colonial buildings and see Liphi Waterfall, nicknamed the Devil's Corridor. Depending on the season, you may see traditional fishing techniques in action. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12
    Bolaven Plateau
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    DAY 12: Bolaven Plateau

    Depart Khong Island for Pakse, stopping en route to admire Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls. Continue up onto the Bolaven Plateau to pay a visit to a coffee plantation and learn about the process of planting, harvesting and roasting the beans. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner back in Pakse.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Days 13-14
    Fly Pakse to Australia
    Breakfast
    DAYS 13-14: Fly Pakse to Australia

    Fly from Pakse to Bangkok where you'll have the use of a hotel room before your evening flight back to Australia, arriving home the following day.

    If booking own flights, do not book a flight departing Bangkok before 17:00pm. As flight schedule times are subject to change please check with our reservations staff before booking own flights.

    Breakfast
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Accommodation

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

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When to go

City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 23
    32
    28
  • 13
  • Luang Prabang
  • 14
    27
    21
  • 15
  • Pakse
  • 16
    31
    24
  • 2
  • Phonsavan
  • 9
    23
    16
  • 9
  • Vientiane
  • 16
    28
    22
  • 8
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 24
    33
    29
  • 20
  • Luang Prabang
  • 15
    31
    23
  • 19
  • Pakse
  • 21
    33
    27
  • 8
  • Phonsavan
  • 11
    26
    18
  • 16
  • Vientiane
  • 18
    30
    24
  • 13
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 42
  • Luang Prabang
  • 18
    33
    26
  • 30
  • Pakse
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 20
  • Phonsavan
  • 14
    28
    21
  • 57
  • Vientiane
  • 22
    33
    27
  • 34
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 27
    35
    31
  • 91
  • Luang Prabang
  • 21
    34
    28
  • 108
  • Pakse
  • 25
    35
    30
  • 76
  • Phonsavan
  • 17
    29
    23
  • 145
  • Vientiane
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 85
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 248
  • Luang Prabang
  • 24
    34
    29
  • 147
  • Pakse
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 223
  • Phonsavan
  • 19
    27
    23
  • 194
  • Vientiane
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 246
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 26
    34
    30
  • 157
  • Luang Prabang
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 258
  • Pakse
  • 24
    31
    27
  • 420
  • Phonsavan
  • 20
    27
    24
  • 193
  • Vientiane
  • 25
    32
    28
  • 280
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 175
  • Luang Prabang
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 228
  • Pakse
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 383
  • Phonsavan
  • 20
    27
    23
  • 277
  • Vientiane
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 272
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 26
    33
    29
  • 219
  • Luang Prabang
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 289
  • Pakse
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 524
  • Phonsavan
  • 19
    26
    23
  • 301
  • Vientiane
  • 25
    31
    28
  • 335
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 334
  • Luang Prabang
  • 23
    32
    27
  • 173
  • Pakse
  • 24
    30
    27
  • 298
  • Phonsavan
  • 18
    27
    22
  • 158
  • Vientiane
  • 24
    31
    28
  • 297
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 25
    33
    29
  • 292
  • Luang Prabang
  • 21
    31
    26
  • 126
  • Pakse
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 100
  • Phonsavan
  • 15
    28
    22
  • 64
  • Vientiane
  • 23
    31
    27
  • 78
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 24
    32
    28
  • 50
  • Luang Prabang
  • 18
    28
    23
  • 40
  • Pakse
  • 22
    30
    26
  • 19
  • Phonsavan
  • 12
    24
    18
  • 23
  • Vientiane
  • 19
    30
    25
  • 11
City
Min
Average Temperate(°C)
Max
Monthly Rainfall(mm)
  • Bangkok
  • 22
    32
    27
  • 6
  • Luang Prabang
  • 14
    26
    20
  • 10
  • Pakse
  • 20
    30
    25
  • 3
  • Phonsavan
  • 8
    22
    15
  • 8
  • Vientiane
  • 17
    28
    22
  • 2

Pricing & Availability

All of our tour departures include international flights and taxes in the price unless a land only option is selected

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    Additional Price Information

    • Flight Inclusive rates only: These include airline fuel surcharge and taxes. Correct as of 1 June 2022. Please note supplements may apply if lead in economy rates are not available.
    • Customary tipping amount of approximately US$95pp (AU$138pp) is paid locally in Laos.
    • Depending on airline schedules, you may depart and/or arrive on Day 2. Extra nights' accommodation (pre or post tour) or stopovers may be required at an additional cost.
    • Flight Inclusive rates only: Based on departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth. Departures from other cities and flight upgrades available on request.
    • Price listed is based on new bookings only

    Group Tour includes

    • International flights and current taxes (excluded if a land only option is selected)
    • Most Meals (refer to itinerary)
    • Domestic transportation
    • Touring with guides and entrance fees
    • 3 – 4 star accommodation
    • Visa fees for Australian passport holders

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