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The hidden heart of Laos

17 days from £5,375pp

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Tour highlights

  • Soak up the charming atmosphere of Luang Prabang.

  • Discover the strange giant stone jars of Phonsavan.

  • Explore the 4,000 Islands area in depth and interact with locals in the region.

  • Visit the hidden caves of Kong Lor.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international 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 Luang Prabang.

  • Arriving into Luang Prabang you will be met and taken to your hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure.

  • A chance to take part in a spiritual ritual that has been a part of Luang Prabang's heritage since time immemorial — alms giving to the local community of monks at dawn. You then return to your hotel for breakfast before spending the day with your own private guide exploring the delights of Luang Prabang using electronic bicycles. In the afternoon you will take a trip to the scenic waterfalls at Kuang Si.

  • Spend the day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site at your own leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of this most charming of towns.

  • Transfer by road through the mountains to Phonsavan, home to the mysterious Plains of Jars. The road travels through some of the most impressive scenery in Southeast Asia.

  • Visit the three sites of the strange giant stone jars and the ancient capital at Muang Kham. You may wish to try the hot springs while you are here.

  • Head on south to Vang Vieng, one of the most picturesque areas in the country.

  • Full day at leisure to explore this beautiful area.

  • Transfer from Vang Vieng with your guide and driver to Vientiane, the Laos capital.

  • A morning tour of Vientiane and the rest of the day free — we highly recommend the herbal sauna and massage in the grounds of a monastery on the edge of town, or just relaxing at your lovely hotel.

  • Today you will head south with your guide and driver, to the beautiful Hin Boun National Park.

  • This morning you will visit Kong Lor Cave, before heading on to Thakhek, an attractive town with some interesting buildings and a good spot to break your journey south.

  • Spend the day exploring the area with your guide, heading out to Buddha Cave. Evening in Thakhek.

  • Venturing further into the heart of Laos today you head south to the 4,000 Islands region, with three nights to explore the area.

  • Spend a day on the water with your guide exploring this beautiful region.

  • Head to the magnificent Wat Phou temple complex today, exploring these impressive ruins that pre-date Angkor Wat.

  • A final morning to relax before a transfer to the airport. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Luang Prabang
The Plain of Jars
Vang Vieng
Hin Boun

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