Laos Explorer


With a landscape dominated by lush forests, pristine waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River, Laos is one of the hidden treasures of Indochina.

 

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  Twin Share Sole Traveller
Standard $1,990pp $3,120
Superior $2,140pp $3,380
Deluxe $2,620pp $4,340

 

The above prices are from per person, based on low season travel. Shoulder and high season, Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner surcharges apply.

Places Visited

Vientiane (1N) - Khong Island (1N) - Pakse (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N)

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane
Upon arrival at Vientiane airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tour the city this afternoon, visiting Wat Si Saket, Vientiane’s oldest temple; That Luang Stupa, the most revered shrine; Patuxai Victory Monument and the Laos Revolutionary Museum.
Day 1: Arrive Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane to Khong Island
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Pakse. Upon arrival travel by road to the Khmer ruins of Wat Phou and the local museum before continuing to picturesque Khong Island. (B,L)
Day 2: Vientiane to Khong Island
Day 3: Khong Island to Pakse
Take a short stroll to see the colonial buildings on the island. Continue to the Liphi Waterfalls and after lunch, drive to view Khone Phapheng Waterfall. Return to Pakse. (B,L)
Day 3: Khong Island to Pakse
Day 4: Pakse to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang (via Vientiane). Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. (B)
Day 4: Pakse to Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang
Rise early this morning to view the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat. Visit Wat Xieng Thong and cruise along the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves. Return to Luang Prabang, stopping at local villages en route. Watch a Ramayana performance this evening. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Visit the morning market, the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) and Wat Mai. Travel to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, visiting a local market en route. Take a short walk through the forest to the waterfall and enjoy the scenery before returning to Luang Prabang. This afternoon, climb Phousi Hill for panoramic views over the city. (B)
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 7: Depart Luang Prabang
After check-out this morning you will be transferred to Luang Prabang airport where your arrangements end. (B)
Day 7: Depart Luang Prabang

Tour prices are per person, twin share

A visa is required by all nationalities. A single entry visa should be arranged in advance of travel. Visa fees are not included in your tour cost and it is your responsibility to arrange all necessary visas. Wendy Wu Tours can organise your visa's at an additional cost, please contact our Reservation Department for more details.
 

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. It’s a good idea to check call costs with hotel staff or your local guide before making calls, as this can be expensive. A service charge may also be involved. To call Australia – the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are quite popular in Laos and you will find high quality coverage. Laos has active roaming agreements with most of the service providers. Please make sure you are aware of associated costs and have activated your international roaming prior to departure.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have wifi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping for Short Stays and Independent itineraries is not compulsory however is appreciated and normal for guides & drivers to receive them from tourists. In your final documents, Wendy Wu Tours will advise a guideline for tipping to be given to your local guides & driver. Tipping is at the discretion of each individual.
 

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure.  In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
 

Meals included in your tour cost are indicated on the itinerary. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. Our customers usually find that the amount served is more than ample. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at your own expense and are to be paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
 
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals
 

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