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Northern Laos Explorer

23 days from €7,995pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Trek in a remote National Park.

  • Stay in Laos' very first eco-lodge.

  • 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

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Chiang Rai
  • Huay Xai
  • Luang Nam Tha
  • Muang La
  • Nong Khiaw
  • Vieng Thong
  • Nam Et-Phou Louey
  • Sam Neau
  • The Plain of Jars
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chiang Rai.

Day 2 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Arriving into Chiang Rai you will be met and taken to your hotel, with the rest of the day to relax after your flight.

Day 3 Luang Nam Tha

Chiang Rai , Huay Xai , Luang Nam Tha

This morning you will head on to the border, where you will meet your Laos guide and start your exploration of Northern Laos. You will drive on to Luang Nam Tha, with two nights at Boatlanding Guesthouse.

Day 4 Luang Nam Tha

Luang Nam Tha

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

Day 5 Muang La

Luang Nam Tha , Muang La

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

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Day 6 Muang La

Muang La

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.

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Day 7 Nong Khiaw

Muang La , Nong Khiaw

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.

Day 8 Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw

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 Tod Mork waterfall.

Day 9 Vieng Thong

Nong Khiaw , Vieng Thong

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

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Day 10 Nam Et-Phou Louey

Vieng Thong , Nam Et-Phou Louey

Drive with your guide to Nam Et-Phou Louey this morning for the Nam Nern Night Safari, where you have the chance to spot wildlife in a truly remote setting.

Day 11 Sam Neau

Nam Et-Phou Louey , Sam Neau

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

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Day 12 The Plain of Jars

Sam Neau , The Plain of Jars

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

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Day 13 The Plain of Jars

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.

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Day 14 Luang Prabang

The Plain of Jars , Luang Prabang

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

Day 15 Luang Prabang

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.

Day 16 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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.

Day 17 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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

Day 18 Vang Vieng

Luang Prabang , Vang Vieng

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

Day 19 Vang Vieng

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.

Day 20 Vientiane

Vang Vieng , Vientiane

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

Day 21 Vientiane

Vientiane

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

Day 22 International return flight

Vientiane , International return flight

Private transfer to Vientiane Airport for your flights home.

Day 23 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.


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Sam Neau
 
 
 
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Luang Prabang
 
 
 
Vang Vieng
 
 
 
Vientiane
 
 
 

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