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Laos Past & Present

8 days from $3,510pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Vientiane
  • Pakse
  • Luang Prabang
  • 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.

Veronica Spann

What our specialists say...

This is a superb itinerary for those visiting Laos for the first time, taking in some magnificent sites predating the Khmer Empire, as well as the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang and the administrative seat of Vientiane. During the trip you will spend time in the new capital of Vientiane and on the Wat Phou Rice Barge, a lovely way to take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Southern Laos from the water. Meandering slowly along the Mekong you will visit the World Heritage Site of Wat Phou, before heading towards the beautiful 4,000 islands, home to the Irrawaddy dolphin. Your trip will end in Luang Prabang, an oasis of calm with beautiful ornate temples surrounded by lush countryside.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Vientiane
  • Pakse
  • Luang Prabang

Itinerary idea in detail

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Day 1 Vientiane

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.

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Day 2 Vientiane

Vientiane

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.

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Day 3 Pakse

Vientiane , Pakse

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 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.

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Day 4 Pakse

Pakse

Today is your second day aboard the Wat Phou Rice Barge, travelling south towards 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 Irrawady River dolphin.

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Day 5 Luang Prabang

Pakse , Luang Prabang

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.

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Day 6 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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.

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Day 7 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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.

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Day 8 Return home

Luang Prabang

Final morning at leisure to enjoy Luang Prabang and relax, before you fly back to Bangkok.

Audley Travel specialist Gareth
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