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Laos past & present

10 days from £3,775pp

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Tour highlights

  • Cruise along the Mekong on the Vat Phou boat.

  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Wat Phou at Champasak.

  • Sail around the beautiful 4,000 Islands and perhaps spot the Irrawaddy dolphin.

  • Soak up the culture of Laos' spiritual heart in Luang Prabang.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Vientiane.

  • Today you will arrive in Vientiane Airport and be met by one of our representatives. You will be driven to your hotel by private car.

  • Today you will have a tour of Vientiane, taking in some of the religious and cultural highlights of the capital. This is also a great chance to learn more of the country as a whole, with an informative guide.

  • An early start this morning as you are met at your hotel and taken to the airport in time for your flight to the south of the country. On arrival into Pakse you will be transferred to the jetty for the start of your first day of your cruise on the Wat Phou Rice Barge. The main highlight will be visiting Wat Phou, a World Heritage Site and an ancient capital in the 5th century and part of the Khmer Empire by the 10th century. Evening at leisure enjoying a lovely meal onboard the river barge.

  • Today is your second day aboard the Wat Phou Rice Barge, moving south toward the 4,000 Islands. En route you will stop at a beautiful pre-Angkorian temple, and hopefully at some point during the day you may be lucky enough to see a rare Irrawaddy River dolphin.

  • Your final day onboard the Wat Phou Rice Barge starts with a visit to Don Khone Island, an old port established by French colonists. Time permitting you will then visit the impressive waterfalls of Khong Pha Peng, before transferring back to Pakse in time for your onward flight. On arrival into Luang Prabang you will be met and transferred to your hotel, with the evening at leisure to enjoy a good meal in the old capital.

  • Full day to explore the temples of Luang Prabang with your private guide. Rise at dawn to witness the unique sight of hundreds of saffron-robed monks as they stream the streets at morning alms giving.

  • A final day exploring the town at leisure, take in the laid back atmosphere and riverside life with a refreshing Beer Lao on the banks of the Mekong at sunset.

  • Final morning at leisure to enjoy Luang Prabang and relax, before you fly back to Bangkok to connect with your onward flight.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, 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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Luang Prabang

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