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Countryside near Luang Prabang

Intrepid Laos tour

21 days from CAD15,490pp

Countryside near Luang Prabang
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Tour highlights

  • Trek in a remote national park.

  • Stay in Laos' very first ecolodge.

  • Enjoy a relaxing boat ride through northern Laos.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of spiritual Luang Prabang.

  • Explore the enigmatic and remote Plain of Jars.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Arriving in Chiang Rai, you will be met and taken to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax after your flight.

  • This morning you will head to the border, where you will meet your Laos guide and start your exploration of northern Laos. You will drive to Luang Namtha, with two nights at Boat Landing Guest House.

  • Spend the day trekking in Luang Nam Tha National Park which is home to ethnic minority villages and rare wildlife.

  • Driving southeast, you pass through more beautiful countryside and arrive in Muang La, a remote village deep in the heart of northern Laos. You will have two nights in this beautiful area.

  • Explore the area's remote villages with your guide, including a Hmong village and a village inhabited by the Ikoh tribe, who came to the region from Tibet generations ago.

  • Continuing through northern Laos today you reach the riverside community at Nong Khiaw, a spectacular river journey. Stay in a wooden bungalow on stilts on the banks of the River Ou.

  • Head out with your guide to the village of Muang Ngoi to enjoy trekking and kayaking along the scenic Nam Ou River. A picnic lunch will be held beside the Tad Mork waterfall.

  • Today, travel through winding roads surrounded by mountain scenery to Vieng Thong, a small town in the Nam Khan River Valley.

    Stay at Dorkkounthong Guest House   
  • This morning, drive with your guide to Nam Et-Phou Louey for the Nam Nern Night Safari, where you can spot wildlife in a truly remote setting.

  • Continue onward to Sam Neua today, where you can visit the Vieng Xai Caves, which were the home of the Lao Communist regime leaders during the end of the colonial era and later the American war in Vietnam.

  • Make your way to Phonsavan with your guide, home to the mysterious UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Plain of Jars.

  • Explore the enigmatic Plain of Jars with your guide, who can share various theories on how the massive stone jars came to rest in this remote corner of Laos.

  • Depart the Plain of Jars for the drive through winding hillside roads and towering limestone cliffs to another UNESCO site, Luang Prabang.

  • Start today with a short introduction to the Lao language, which will come in handy when you visit the night market. In the afternoon take a tour of Luang Prabang's highlights.

  • Return to the countryside today and visit Mandalao, one of the best and most ethical elephant experiences in the area. Learn how the caretakers communicate with the elephants, what they eat, and how they behave.

  • Start this morning early to witness the tradition of almsgiving on the streets of Luang Prabang. Return to your hotel for breakfast before heading to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch after your exploration.

  • Make your way south today toward the beautiful and relaxed riverside town of Vang Vieng.

  • Relax and enjoy the dramatic limestone scenery today. You may wish to borrow a bicycle and explore the area on two wheels, or take a kayak to see more of the river.

  • Continue with your driver and guide to Vientiane, the charming capital of Laos.

  • Enjoy a city tour of Vientiane today, including the enormous golden stupa at Wat Pha That Luang.

  • Private transfer to Vientiane Airport for your flights home.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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The specialist who designs your trip to Laos will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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When to go

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Chiang Rai
Luang Namtha
Muang La
Nong Khiaw
Nam Et-Phou Louey
Sam Nuea
The Plain of Jars
Luang Prabang
Vang Vieng

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