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Inside Laos with 4000 Islands

Small group tour
19 days - From £3186*PP

An adventure into this peaceful land reveals the compelling history, scenery and gracious people of Laos. Spend the night in a remote ecolodge as you cruise slowly down the alluring Mekong, stopping at a sacred cave and a local village. Explore the temples of fabled Luang Prabang and join the locals in a game of petanque. Uncover the mysterious Plain of Jars and the monuments of the capital, Vientiane. In the South, traverse the remote Bolaven Plateau with its coffee plantations and discover the langid 4,000 Islands expanse of the mighty Mekong

Inclusions

  • 16 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 nights basic lodge accommodation
  • breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 1 cruise
  • transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except for motorised trolleys in Luang Prabang)
  • small group touring
  • entrance fees
  • Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travellers
  • local English-speaking guides
  • return transfers

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£3480*

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DECEMBER 8th
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Small Group Tour Itinerary

2017

DAY 1: CHIANG RAI, THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
On arrival in Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel and meet your small group of fellow adventurers and tour leader for a welcome drink.

Hotel: Laluna Hotel & Resort

DAYS 2-3: PAKBENG & KAMU LODGE
Rise early and cross the border into Laos to board a private wooden barge for your journey down the tranquil Mekong, past pristine landscapes, villages and stunning scenery. Stay overnight in the old trading outpost of Pakbeng and explore its market, then continue to the comfortable Kamu Lodge, retiring for the night in your atmospheric tent lodgings. Absorb Lao culture, with an opportunity to meet the locals and try your hand at traditional activities such as rice planting and fishing.

Hotel: Phetsokxai
Hotel: Kamu Lodge

DAYS 4-6: LUANG PRABANG
Continue by boat along the Mekong, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see the hundreds of Buddha statues inside, then on to beautiful Luang Prabang. Enjoy a bamboo weaving experience and a fun cooking class.  The next morning, embark on a walking tour of the town's fascinating sites, including the Royal Palace and Wat Mai. Sample a local breakfast of noodle soup, and enjoy a game of petanque before sunset mocktails at a riverside temple. Rise early to witness the breathtaking ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms at dawn, and learn how to make sticky rice and grilled chicken for a picnic at scenic Kuang Si Falls. Have ample free time for exploring beguiling Luang Prabang's quaint laneways, architecture, and boutiques.

Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel

DAYS 7-10: PLAIN OF JARS & VANG VIENG
A drive through the remote mountains of Northern Laos brings you to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological site steeped in legend. Tour the jar sites, then drive to idyllic Vang Vieng, home to stunning limestone karst scenery. Embark on a gentle kayaking trip and discover a nearby cave, returning as the sun sets over the tranquil Nam Song river to enjoy a delicious country dinner in a local village home

Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jars
Hotel: Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort

DAYS 11-12: VIENTIANE
Continue to the rapidly developing capital, Vientiane. Visit Wat Sisaket and partake in a traditional Baci ceremony in a local home. Visit the interactive COPE visitor centre for a valuable insight into the lasting after-effects of the tragic 'Secret War'. V. Learn about the issue of disability prevalence, with a visit to an inspiring women's support centre, before making stops at sparkling That Luang temple, and the grand Patuxai monument. Enjoy a group dinner, and have free time before departing for south Laos.

Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel

DAYS 13-14: PAKSE & BOLAVEN PLATEAU
Fly to Pakse in Southern Laos. Head for the cool temperatures of the Bolaven Plateau. Here, explore the beautiful Tad Fane Waterfalls and sample Lao coffee at a fair-trade coffee plantation.

Hotel: Pakse Hotel        
Hotel: Tad Lo Lodge        

DAYS 15-19: DONE KHONE & DONE DAENG
Visit a hilltop former warrior training site surrounded by wetlands, before your road journey to the 4000 Islands. Keep an eye out for the elusive Irrawaddy dolphin from your island base in the middle of the Mekong. See the largest falls in Southeast Asia, Khone Phapheng Falls, before visiting the famous Wat Phou Angkorian temple. Enjoy your stay at the idyllic La Folie Lodge on languid Done Daeng Island, where you can also cycle to the northern tip of the island. Savour a farewell dinner at the lodge, and enjoy free time on your last day before your departure transfer.

Hotel: Sala Done Khone        
Hotel: La Folie Lodge        

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