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Tour 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
  • All accommodation

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 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • Private transfer to Vientiane Airport for your flights home.

  • 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.

When to go

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July is one of the best times to visit
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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