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The Hidden Heart of Laos

16 days from $4,260pp

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

    Places visited:

  • Luang Prabang
  • Phonsavan
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane
  • Hin Boun
  • Thakek
  • Champasak
  • 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.

Audley Travel specialist Jack

What our specialists say...

This is a wonderful itinerary for those looking to delve a little deeper into Laotian life and explore some of the hidden gems that make Laos such a rewarding destination. Much of the travel is done by road in order to enable you to stray far from the madding crowd.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Luang Prabang
  • Phonsavan
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane
  • Hin Boun
  • Thakek
  • Champasak

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Day 1 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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

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Day 2 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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.

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Day 3 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

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

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Day 4 Phonsavan

Luang Prabang , Phonsavan

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.

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Day 5 Phonsavan

Phonsavan

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.

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Day 6 Vang Vieng

Phonsavan , Vang Vieng

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

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Day 7 Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Full day at leisure to explore this beautiful area.

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Day 8 Vientiane

Vang Vieng , Vientiane

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

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Day 9 Vientiane

Vientiane

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.

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Day 10 Hin Boun

Vientiane , Hin Boun

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

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Day 11 Thakek

Hin Boun , Thakek

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

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Day 12 Thakek

Thakek

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

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Day 13 Champasak

Thakek , Champasak

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

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Day 14 Champasak

Champasak

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

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Day 15 Champasak

Champasak

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

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Day 16 Return home

Champasak

A final morning to relax before a transfer to the airport.

Veronica Spann
Lauren, an Audley Travel specialist

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