This tour is most suitable for independent traveler or a small group. With “Focus on the Mekong” The tourist can experience the normal life along Mekong River from the amazing countries side with minorities group, traveling on bicycle in Luang Prabang to visiting unique temples in Vientiane – the distinct feature of Laos.
 

Tour code:
Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Date: Optional (Available all time)
Start/End: Houay Xai/Vientiane
Tour Routine: Houay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang – Vientiane
Highlights:
Tour Customize: Absolutely (Feel free to tell us your requirement in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (Available in English and also other language if requested)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned motor coach
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Houay Xai– Pakbeng
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour (Flight)
Day 5: Vientiane – departure

 
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Day 1: Houay Xai– Pakbeng (L, D)
Cruise on a local slow boat departing from Houay Xai pier at 9 AM via Mekong River to Pakbeng. During the journey on the boat, grab your chance to watch daily life in a remote ethnic minority village.
Your local buffet lunch will be served on board as you continue on downstream, arriving in Pakbeng before sunset.
Overnight in Pakbeng

Panoramic view of Pakbeng boat pier and the Mekong River

Panoramic view of Pakbeng boat pier and the Mekong River

Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B, L)
Have breakfast to get ready for a new day. Our cruise will head to Luang Prabang. On the journey, the boat will stop at an ethnic Hmong village and then comes your lunch on board.
Around mid-afternoon, the boat arrives at Pak Ou Caves which is an ideal site to discover the old scent with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images stayed there over hundreds of years.
Following the flow of Mekong river, we will reach Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Buddha images inside Pak Ou Caves

Buddha images inside Pak Ou Caves

Day 3: Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall (B)
Our transportation now changes from boat to bicycles, which makes us easier to discover the highlights of Luang Prabang. It includes the Royal Palace Museum which contains a variety of lovely artifacts from Royal periods in Luang Prabang and luxurious Wat Xiengthong with special, long roof structure, the remarkable stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang, Laos

Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang, Laos

In the afternoon, on the way heading to Kuang Si Waterfall, we are about to visit morning Phousi Market – the fresh market where all the locals come here and do their shopping every day. You’ll encounter a bunch of regional products, local food such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter, lively poultry, fresh vegetable and fruits, etc.
On arrival at Kuang Si Waterfall, after a long journey, you will have a chance to swim in the topaz pools beneath the falls to cool off, have a walk along the forest pathway and visit the Bear Sanctuary.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Crystal clear water in Kuang Si Waterfall

Crystal clear water in Kuang Si Waterfall

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour (Flight) (B)
Finish Pakbeng and Luang Prabang, the next destination is Vientiane. In the morning, after a short flight, you’ll encounter many temples including the oldest, Wat Sisaket with many mini Buddha statues and Wat Prakeo containing the famous Emerald Buddha Image. One stop that we can’t skip is That Luang Stupa – the national symbol of Laos and also Patuxay Monument which is called Arc de Triumph of Laos. Then, you visit COPE Center where they exhibit and maintain many UXO survivors by using orthotic and prosthetic devices. In order to help the victim during Indochina War, in 1997, Laos government decides to build this museum.
Overnight in Vientiane.

The iconic That Luang Stupa of Laos

The iconic That Luang Stupa of Laos

Day 5: Vientiane – departure (B)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. (B)

Beautiful Vientiane at dawn

Beautiful Vientiane at dawn

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation in twin shared basis
  • Private, Air-conditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t taxs and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water

What’s Excluded?

  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

Recommended Accommodation List:

Location 3* Standard 4* Standard 5* Standard
Pakbeng Phetsokxai Sanctuary Pakbeng Sanctuary Pakbeng
Standard Superior Deluxe
Luang Prabang Sada Hotel Villa Santi Resort Luang Prabang View
Deluxe Deluxe Superior
Vientiane Season Riverside Laos Plaza Settha Palace
Standard Regular Deluxe