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THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS

Price from
570 USD
Duration
07 Days
Distance
Leisure Holiday
Difficulty
Leisure Holiday
Tour Code
Trip start in
Vientiane
Trip ends in
Luang Prabang
Trip type
Leisure private trip
Group size
Small group size: 02 -10

OVERVIEW

Experiencing Laos for families is particularly designed to be ideal activities for both children and adults. Short Outdoor activities combined with cultural touring and relaxing trip to the most solemn places are perfectly suited to a family adventure travel. Reach the country of the continent’s best-kept secrets, tour splendid temples and great colonial architecture, unwind in the tranquil river city, and sample local delicacies and search for treasures at the vibrant night market.

In brief:

Day 1: Vientiane

Day 2: Vientiane

Day 3: Vang Vieng

Day 4: Luang Prabang

Day 5.6.7: Luang Prabang

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wander along the tree-lined boulevards in Vientiane and observe how the locals live.
  • Prepare yourself to swim and have fun in the falls and enjoy the natural pools.
  • Visit Luang Prabang, a Shangri-La of golden temples and pampered refinement.
  • See thousands of Buddha images during your riverboat to Pak Ou caves.
  • Experience cool Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS
THE HIGHLIGHT OF LAOS IN 07 DAYS

Day 1 Welcome to Vientiane!
Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request
Upon your arrival in Vientiane, your private local guide will welcome you at the airport then escort you to your hotel to check-in.
Rest of the day at your leisure to relax and explore the city.
Overnight in Vientiane.


Day 2 Full Day Vientiane City Tour
Meals: B.L
Today, your guide will take you to visit the highlights of Vientiane. You will firstly get to know some more history of Laos by visiting the National Museum. Then, go to visit Wat Si Saket which is the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. This tour will also take you to visit the symbolic site The Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument.
In the afternoon, head to visit Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, and enjoy a stroll around the park. This unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. Afterward, you will start to drive back to Vientiane.
Overnight in Vientiane.


Day 3 Drive to Vang Vieng
Meals: B.L
After breakfast, we will drive to Vang Vieng. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century.
We will arrive at the final destination in the afternoon, Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. On arrival at Vang Vieng, we cross the Nam Song River to Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through breathtaking mountain landscape to explore the Tam None Cave and some hill villages.
Today’s tour ends with a superb panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song River.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.


Day 4 Drive to Luang Prabang
Meals: B
After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our journey to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos and has one of the most beautiful settings in southeast Asia.
This drive journey is about 5 hours. On the way, we will stop at a street market at Phahom Valley to experience the local trade.
Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, our guide will meet you up at the hotel and help you check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can head to climb Mount Phousi and enjoy the sunset over the Mekong river. Or wander around the city and the night market to discover the local life of Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Day 5 Luang Prabang City Tour
Meals: B
Your full-day city tour begins after breakfast, you will visit the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts; See the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and representing classical Laotian architecture; Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
In the afternoon, head to visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before heading out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Later, return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Finally climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
At night, you will visit the famous Night Market, where you’ll find handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe peoples living in the surroundings.
Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day 6 Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves | Kuang Si Waterfall
Meals: B
Your memorable trip will start from partaking in an alms ritual in the morning, you will accept the blessing by monks who you give the alms. Have breakfast in the hotel and then, visit the Royal Palace Museum to learn some history of Laos. Continue to you will embark on a private boat for a 2 hours boat trip along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Cave. During the boat trip, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Mekong River and see the daily fishing life of local people in the riverside.
Then, go to visit the Pak Ou Cave which locates by the Mekong River. Here, you will discover a number of gold lacquered Buddha statues in the cave.
After that, you can have an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, have fun in the waterfalls and relax. This waterfall is in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, and this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Day 7 Farewell from Luang Prabang
Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request
Meals: B
Today, the guide will transfer you to the airport. Hope you have a nice trip home and look forward to traveling with you again! You can continue your trip to Cambodia or Vietnam.


Countryside Adventyres

Local Guide
Ground Transportation
Accommodation in Vientiane
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Accommodation in Vientiane
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Entrance fees
Overnight in Vangvieng
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Boat trip
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide

Day 1 Welcome to Vientiane!
Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request
Upon your arrival in Vientiane, your private local guide will welcome you at the airport then escort you to your hotel to check-in.
Rest of the day at your leisure to relax and explore the city.
Overnight in Vientiane.


Day 2 Full Day Vientiane City Tour
Meals: B.L
Today, your guide will take you to visit the highlights of Vientiane. You will firstly get to know some more history of Laos by visiting the National Museum. Then, go to visit Wat Si Saket which is the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. This tour will also take you to visit the symbolic site The Luang Stupa and Patuxay Monument.
In the afternoon, head to visit Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, and enjoy a stroll around the park. This unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. Afterward, you will start to drive back to Vientiane.
Overnight in Vientiane.


Day 3 Drive to Vang Vieng
Meals: B.L
After breakfast, we will drive to Vang Vieng. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century.
We will arrive at the final destination in the afternoon, Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. On arrival at Vang Vieng, we cross the Nam Song River to Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through breathtaking mountain landscape to explore the Tam None Cave and some hill villages.
Today’s tour ends with a superb panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song River.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.


Day 4 Drive to Luang Prabang
Meals: B
After breakfast at the hotel, we will continue our journey to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos and has one of the most beautiful settings in southeast Asia.
This drive journey is about 5 hours. On the way, we will stop at a street market at Phahom Valley to experience the local trade.
Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, our guide will meet you up at the hotel and help you check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure. You can head to climb Mount Phousi and enjoy the sunset over the Mekong river. Or wander around the city and the night market to discover the local life of Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Day 5 Luang Prabang City Tour
Meals: B
Your full-day city tour begins after breakfast, you will visit the Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), which hosts a range of interesting artifacts; See the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground and representing classical Laotian architecture; Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
In the afternoon, head to visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures before heading out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek. Later, return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. Finally climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa and a sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.
At night, you will visit the famous Night Market, where you’ll find handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe peoples living in the surroundings.
Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day 6 Boat Trip to Pak Ou Caves | Kuang Si Waterfall
Meals: B
Your memorable trip will start from partaking in an alms ritual in the morning, you will accept the blessing by monks who you give the alms. Have breakfast in the hotel and then, visit the Royal Palace Museum to learn some history of Laos. Continue to you will embark on a private boat for a 2 hours boat trip along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Cave. During the boat trip, you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Mekong River and see the daily fishing life of local people in the riverside.
Then, go to visit the Pak Ou Cave which locates by the Mekong River. Here, you will discover a number of gold lacquered Buddha statues in the cave.
After that, you can have an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, have fun in the waterfalls and relax. This waterfall is in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, and this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Day 7 Farewell from Luang Prabang
Flight: International flight on your own arrangement or upon request
Meals: B
Today, the guide will transfer you to the airport. Hope you have a nice trip home and look forward to traveling with you again! You can continue your trip to Cambodia or Vietnam.


Countryside Adventyres

Local Guide
Ground Transportation
Accommodation in Vientiane
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Accommodation in Vientiane
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Entrance fees
Overnight in Vangvieng
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Drinks: Water
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide
Boat trip
Entrance fees
Meals: B.L
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Ground Transportation
Local Guide

Service Inclusions:
Flight tickets with airport tax as listed in above itinerary.
Entrance fee and sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
Private English speaking tour guide service.
Private van for land transportation with cold drinking water and soft drink provided in the car.
Meals as listed in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner.
Service Exclusions:
International air tickets.
Visa Handling fee, visa stamp fee.
Meals do not listed in itinerary.
Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses.
Tipping for guide, driver and hotel bell boys, etc.
Surcharge for public holidays (if any).
Services not stated in the itinerary.

The Package cost may vary because of domestic airfare and accommodation’s season.

Please contact our team for the best-updated price.

info@countrysidediscovery.com


Countryside Adventures Team.

Useful Infor:


The small, landlocked country of Laos is best visited between October and April when the weather’s warm and dry throughout.

River travel is best between November and January when high water levels make passage easy along Laos’ main waterway, the Mekong River. Visiting the Bolaven Plateau is also pleasant at this time of year.

Laos’ geography plays a major part in shaping its climate, and cool temperatures can still be found in the highlands, which lie mainly in northern, eastern, and central regions. The ‘green season’ falls between late May and October, when the rains return to the country. However, showers are usually short and sharp, having little impact on your exploration. At this time of year, the country comes to life, with waterfalls beginning to flow once more and the lush scenery attracting a variety of wildlife.

Timeless in its rural landscapes and traditional cultures, trekking through Laos is a rewarding experience as you meet locals, visit ethnic minority villages, and admire views across rice fields and forests. The far north of the country is particularly scenic, seeing little influence from the modern world, and our Laos travel guides can help you make the most of the area.

Laos also makes a great destination for families, with activities such as boat rides and kayaking appealing to all ages, while those preferring a more luxurious getaway can unwind in one of Laos’s opulent hotels, offering exceptional service and guided excursions to explore the area.


GENERAL WEATHER SUMMARY


November to April: Dry season

May to October: Green season, though it may start a little early in a couple of Laos’ northern provinces.

August is the wettest month.

November to February: Cooler months, You will need warmer clothes for the evenings, the further north the more the requirement for a warm jumper and a pair of socks.

March to April is blisteringly hot.

April is the hottest month.


Pack list you should bring for Holiday in Laos:

Passport with minimum 6-month validity left, VERY IMPORTANT!

A  good backpack (good quality)

A  good Travel insurance (check it covers Laos)

A second photo ID other than your passport

Drivers license if you wish to go on the road or rent a bike or a car

Important scans and documents on hardcopy and on a link on your cloud e.g. dropbox or google drive

Blood donor/type card in case of…

Prescriptions for any medication you require. Be assured that most Lao chemists will sell medicine without a script, but if you are searched by immigration it’s good to be able to show you need the medicine you carry.

Credit cards, not all carrying on the same bag please, and not all of them in your day to day wallet

Light sleeping bag or blanket for cleanliness if you hang out at backpacker places, others than that – only for trips around October till February

Sun protection, a hat, mosquito spray, and sunscreen(enough of it)

Small towel and swimsuit, maybe a light outdoor towel – the waterfalls are inviting!

Good walking shoes and trekking sandals for activities and flip flops

First aid kit for outdoor activities if you plan such

Earplugs for sleeping and boat trips

Padlock to prevent unwanted searching of your bags

An easy to wash set of long and short clothes for outdoor use

Rain protection as our tours are held rain or shine (especially in June-October)

Basic toiletries and toilet paper

String and hooks to hang your clothes

Games & a good book for on the bus or a quiet night

Small knife, binoculars, head torch/flashlight, and extra batteries

Candles and lighter make sense, not in hand luggage, please

Hygiene kit with soap, tissues, toothbrush, tampons…

MP3 player with some of your beloved music – unless you use your smartphone


HEALTH

As with all travel you should ensure you have up-to-date travel insurance that covers you in Laos.

Pharmacies are common across all of Laos and are stocked with antibiotics and other medicines and are more often than not, staffed with assistants who speak some English.

Hospitals and clinics are not a high standard but are very well equipped for diagnosing and treating Malaria/Dengue Fever and handling minor ailments and injuries. For anything serious, you will need to be transferred to Thailand so in these instances having Travel insurance is a must.

Vientiane is malaria-free, but if you’re visiting remote regions, consider taking anti-malaria medication and using insect repellant with DEET. Get your own individual recommendations from your travel clinic.


SAFETY

Laos is fairly free of crime in tourist areas. Pickpocketing is rare, but you should still be careful in crowded areas. Never leave luggage unattended.

Penalties for drug possession are severe, and since the early 2000’s Laos has introduced the death penalty for serious drug offenses. Take care in bars and restaurants if the word happy is used. This is normally an indication that some form of the drug will be part of the ingredients.

Expect a hefty fine up if a foreigner is caught having sexual relations with a Lao person. Please remember that this is also very much against Lao Culture and can affect the Lao person in his or her society well after you have left the country.

It is always best to trek with a qualified tour company and guide when out in remote areas, there are still many areas with UXO’s around.

Do not photograph anything that may have military significance, like airports or military installations.

Mosquito repellant is available but it is extremely hard to find one that contains DEET. Sun lotion is available but normally in small bottles and very limited options. It is advisable to stock up on these products before entering Laos.

Lao Lao or Lao Khao is the local rice whisky and forms a strong part of Lao culture. It is a homemade rice whisky and it can be as little as 20% Alcohol proof up to a staggering 80% +


TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN

The Lao adore children and in many instances will shower attention on your offspring, who will readily find playmates among their Lao peers and a temporary nanny service at practically every stop.

Like many places in Southeast Asia, traveling with children in Laos can be a lot of fun as long as you come prepared with the right attitude. Baby formula and nappies (diapers) are available at mini-markets in most towns and cities, but bring along a sufficient supply to rural areas.

For the most part, parents needn’t worry too much about health concerns, although it pays to lay down a few ground rules – such as regular hand-washing or using hand-cleansing gel – to head off potential medical problems. All the usual health precautions apply.


LAO FOOD

In Laos, food is the most important activity throughout the day. In the local language, it is quite common for people to greet each other by immediately asking, “Have you eaten food?” (“Kin khao laeo bor?”). Food is often the topic of many conversations, especially when eating and sharing dishes between friends and family. Additionally, Lao people take great passion in sharing traditional dishes with curious travelers.

Lao people were originally migrants from Southern China, composing of many different ethnic groups with distinct languages and cultures. As they moved further South, they brought their traditions along with them. Due to historical Lao migration from the Lao PDR into Thailand and neighboring countries, Lao cuisine has a much broader recognition in the world. According to Arne Kislenko, there are more ethnic Lao living in Northern Thailand than Lao itself, leading to certain Lao dishes being found far beyond the borders of the Lao PDR. In fact, much of the food in Thailand that is called Isan is traditionally Lao rather than Thai. However, we believe that the best way to try Lao food is by exploring the diversity of cuisines found inside the borders of Laos.

We have compiled a list below of the top ten most famous Lao dishes to try when traveling through the country. If you are adventurous, we recommend exploring local markets for a truly unique culinary experience!


TOP 10 LAO DISHES YOU MUST TRY!


1. STICKY RICE (KHAO NIAW)

Sticky rice is a staple throughout the country. It is commonly said that Lao citizens eat more sticky rice than anyone else in the world. It is traditionally steamed in a cone-shaped bamboo basket and placed in a covered basket where it is eaten alongside many dishes. In Laos, there should always be sticky rice available to eat at any time of day.


2. MINCED MEAT SALAD (LARB)

This dish is a type of minced meat salad and widely considered to be the national dish of Laos. You can find Larb made with chicken, beef, duck, fish, or pork. It is usually flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, fermented fish juice, ground rice, and fresh herbs. It will usually come with a few chili peppers, which you can avoid eating if you cannot handle spicy food. Larb is an essential dish to pair with sticky rice.


3. GREEN PAPAYA SALAD (TAM MAK HOONG)

Green Papaya Salad is typically made with shreds of unripe papaya. It is of Lao origin but served in different varieties around the region. Green Papaya Salad was a dish imported to Bangkok from Lao immigrants. It is similar to Thailand’s Som Tam dish, but does not contain peanuts and is usually made with fermented fish sauce. Other ingredients include palm sugar, lime, garlic, tomatoes, dried shrimp, chilis, and raw eggplant. All of these ingredients are pounded together in a traditional mortar and pestle.


4. STEAMED FISH (MOK PA)

Mok Pa is steamed fish that is typically wrapped up in banana leaves and tied with bamboo string. It is prepared with lemongrass, kaffir leaves, green onions, fish sauce, green chilis, shrimp paste, and fresh dill. All these ingredients are mixed together with steamed fish. Mok Pa should never be served dry and is also another dish that must be paired with sticky rice.


5. BAGUETTE PATÉ (KHAO JII PATÉ)

Due to its French influence, delicious baguettes are commonly found on many streets in Laos. This baguette sandwich largely resembles a Vietnamese Banh Mi, but instead of using cilantro and pickles, the Lao version consists of watercress, grated carrots, and a good amount of chile-garlic sauce. It is a quick meal that can be enjoyed on the go for either breakfast or lunch.


6. WET NOODLES (KHAO PIAK SEN)

Khao Piak Sen is a chewy noodle soup that has a similar consistency to Udon, but it is made with rice instead of wheat. It is considered to be comfort food in Laos, typically made with pork or chicken, lemongrass, galangal, shallots, garlic, chopped coriander leaves, bean sprouts, and served with freshly sliced limes. The most crucial factor is the broth, which should be slowly cooked with bones for the best flavor. At many restaurants, you will be encouraged to add in your own amount of sugar, chili sauce, dried chili powder, fish sauce, or soy sauce.


7. CRISPY RICE SALAD (NAEM KHAO TOD)

Nam Khao Tod is a fresh salad from Laos that is made with deep-fried rice balls, chunks of soured pork sausage, peanuts, grated coconut, fish sauce, dried chili peppers, and other ingredients. It is traditionally eaten as a warp by filling the individual lettuce leaves with the Nam Khao mixture, topped with fresh herbs and dried chilis. Crispy Rice Salad is usually served as an appetizer and it is slowly gaining popularity in the West. However, we recommend eating this dish with locals in Laos for a truly authentic experience.


8. LAO SAUSAGES (SAI UAH, SAI GOK)

Lao-style sausages are herb-infused meat that is unlike any other sausage you have tried before. These pork sausages are mixed with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir leaves, shallots, cilantro, chilies, and fish sauce. You may also find another variant of this sausage in Laos, known as Soured Lao sausage. In addition to the above ingredients, sticky rice is included and the sausage sits outside for a couple of days before it becomes sour. Sausages are essential to many dishes and must be eaten by hand with sticky rice.


9. NOODLE SOUP (PHOR)

This noodle soup is a variant of the Vietnamese soup, Phô. It is prepared in a beef broth, and served with alongside a basket of fresh herbs, chilis, limes, and bean sprouts. It is one of the most common soup dishes to find in the country, and the ingredients vary depending on if you are visiting the North or the South of Laos. When ordering a bowl of Pho, you will usually be asked if you want thin or thick rice noodles. After being served, add in some sugar or fresh chilis to match your desired taste and enjoy!


10. LAO BEER (BIA LAO)

While Lao beer is not technically food, it is an essential companion of any dish when you in the country. It is the most famous brand of beer found in Laos, and widely considered to be the best-tasting beer in the region. Lao beer is traditionally served with ice in small glasses, where it is enjoyed amongst friends and families. If you find yourself invited for a glass, be prepared to finish a few more bottles than you may expect.


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