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Adventure Holiday in Laos

If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, this itinerary will take you well off the beaten track and into the mountainous region of Laos full of lush forests, deep ravines and cascading waterfalls that will take your breath away.

Ideal for those looking for an active adventure or families with older children, you’ll have the chance to try your hand at trekking, climbing and even zip-lining over the forest canopy and sleeping in a tree house, before arriving in Luang Prabang where you’ll be able to spend a few more leisurely days exploring the natural and cultural delights that surround this most enchanting of cities.

Why you’ll love this trip

Explore the charming city of Vientiane
Trek through an orchid-filled forest and enjoy a dip in a waterfall surrounded by the exotic blooms
Stay overnight in a jungle treehouse
Get off the beaten track to enjoy trekking, climbing and tree-top zip-lining amongst high peaks, ravines and waterfalls in Laos’ remote mountain region
Relax in the enchanting city of Luang Prabang

14 days/13 nights

From £1100 per person based on family of 4 travelling together

 

Perfect holiday as it is or would you like to make a few changes?

As with all our trips, this itinerary can be tailor-made to suit you.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane

Upon arrival in Vietiane you will be met by our guide and escorted to your hotel to relax and unwind after your flight.

Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour including Buddha Park

Begin your adventures in Laos as we head out to visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane and featuring over 6,000 Buddha images, before continuing to Haw Phra Kaew which houses some of the finest Buddhist sculptures in the country and is believed to have have been the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha which now resides in Bangkok. Then on to visit the Putousay victory gate, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Phra That Luang stupa, built in 1566 and now recognized as the national symbol of Laos.

After lunch at a local restaurant, head out of town to visit one of Laos’ slightly stranger attractions – Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 this park on the banks of the Mekong River approximately 35 kilometres from the city is the site of a large collection of many kinds of Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong River.

Day 3: Vientiane – Full Day Orchid Trek Tour

Take a drive from Vientiane to the small village of Ban Hatkhai, located at the gateway of Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area (PKK) where you’ll transfer into a truck to travel deeper into the park, eventually reaching the village of Pha Xay.

Then set out on a trek through the forest.  Your local orchid guide will explain how the orchid has become synonymous with beauty and mystery as you walk toward a local waterfall where the orchid grows in abundance, and you’ll have the chance to take a dip in the cooling waters. Wander further along the winding trails and see the many other plants locals use for cooking and traditional medicines, as your guide explains which herbs are used to treat certain illnesses.

Later, enjoy a picnic in a forest clearing before returning to Ban Hatkhai, a settlement of about 30 farming families and still retains its traditional Lao village culture… returning to Vientiane in the early evening.

Day 4: Vientiane – Free at leisure

Today will be free for you to relax or explore at leisure.

Day 5: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse

Take a short flight from Vientiane to Pakse.

Day 6: Pakse – Tree House

Drive about an hour to the village of Ban Nongluang, where you will meet your local guide and begin a hike through coffee plantations and vegetable gardens until you reach the semi-evergreen forest.

As you trek onwards, winding downhill past ravines, waterfalls and flower-studded plateaus, your guides will point out plants used in village kitchens or as herbal medicines. Cross a soaring forest walkway above a steep river valley and Tiger Waterfall, before reaching the larger Kamet Waterfall, where water plunges more than 100 metres into a densely forested basin. After a break for lunch, ride a nearby zip line through the trees and then head to the tree house camp which will be your base for the next few days.

Over dinner, swap stories from your exciting day and then retire your tree house, perched about 10 metres above the forest floor. Made of wood, bamboo and grass, in traditional Lao style, these tree houses can only be reached by a zipline.

Day 7: Trekking – Red Rock Stream

Awake to the sound of chirping birds and enjoy a simple, European-style breakfast before treking for about 30 minutes to another set of ziplines. The longest, at 400 metre is quite a thrill and brings you close to the upper level of the forest. After a picnic lunch in the forest, head back to camp via the Red Rock Stream, where you’ll have plenty of time to relax and swim before spending another night in camp.

Day 8: Tree House – Pakse – Fly to Luang Prabang

The last day of your adventure features a final round of tree-top escapades. After breakfast, trek uphill past old-growth trees that have so far escaped the logger’s chainsaw, ending at a steep rock wall which can only be climbed using a steel cable attached to the rock with iron bolts.

This last activity – ascending the rock face – requires a slightly larger dose of courage and adrenaline. But don’t worry, it’s very safe and doable! After reaching the summit, one of the highest peaks, you will be rewarded with a stunning vista of forests and water falls and on clear days you can even see into neighbouring Thailand. After a mountain-top lunch, hike for about 90 minutes on an easy trail to Ban Nongluang where a car will be waiting to return you to Pakse airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang.

Days 9 to 12: Luang Prabang – Free at leisure

Free for you to relax or explore at leisure.  (See below for some suggested tours you might like to consider while in the area.)

Day 13: Luang Prabang – Depart

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Optional Tours whilst staying In Luang Prabang

LUANG PRABANG FULL DAY TOUR – CITY and KUANG SI WATERFALLS

This morning explore many of the former royal capital’s cultural highlights. You’ll visit Wat Xieng Thong, one of the largest and most decorative temples, and Wat Mai, with its beautiful gilded façade. Then continue to the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the centre of town that until 1946 was the heart of the Lang Xang Kingdom. Today it is the National Museum, and its halls contain rare religious and cultural artefacts. Next, climb 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi and enjoy panoramic views of the city.

Later, travel a short distance to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls where you can take a swim. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several metres into a series of cool, turquoise pools. Then, visit the Sun Bear Reserve a conservation centre that rescues these furry creatures from the wildlife trade.

LUANG PRABANG CULTURAL EXPLORATION – FULL DAY TOUR

Today, get ready for an in-depth look at the daily life of Luang Prabang’s three most prominent ethnic cultures: the H’mong, Khmu and Lao Loum.

Start your journey at the home of a local H’mong family, one of many H’mong residents in Luang Prabang. Here, sit down with the family and your guide for a chat to learn about how resettlement efforts for ethnic communities like the H’mong changed the rhythm of their daily lives.

Afterwards, follow the lead of your host as he walks you through the intricacies of traditional flute making, one of the H’mong community’s most treasured traditional instruments. The traditional art of flute-making is quickly disappearing in modern Laos, but your host is both a flute enthusiast and one of the most respected flute players in the city. Listen to how the flute is played before rolling up your sleeves to make your own!

After the workshop, head out by tuk-tuk to the banks of the mighty Mekong River and travel by a small traditional boat onward to Ban Xienmene village. This sleepy rural community is home to the Khmu and Lao Loum minority groups, and remains a testament to traditional ethnic lifestyles in Laos. Chat with a local family before learning to make Laos Sa Mou or River Weed salad with them. Sit down for a family lunch before heading back to central Luang Prabang for a city highlights excursion.

Wander the city alongside your guide and visit some of Luang Prabang’s most famous temples, including the arrestingly ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the magnificent Royal Palace. Both are prime examples of the fusion of traditional Laotian and Buddhist architecture, and remain two of the best preserved structures in the city. Then, head to the living crafts centre of Ock Pop Tok in the heart of the city. Follow along with your guide to learn about how the centre provides a place for locals to create sustainable and beautiful Laos’ handicrafts and traditional artwork. After a stroll through the centre, kick back and taste the traditional Mak Tum Tea while enjoying the magnificent views over the Mekong River.

Wrap up your journey with a visit to Big Brother Mouse, an organization devoted to promoting literacy in children and young adults. This is a perfect chance to strike up a conversation with a young local learning English before heading back to your hotel.

LUANG PRABANG POTTERY & TEMPLE CYCLING – HALF DAY TOUR

Grab your bike and cycle out of town to a riverside pier to cross the languid waters of the Mekong to Ban Chan village.

Ban Chan is a potter’s dream, at every corner you will see family run workshops where experienced craftsmen make bricks, tiles, pots and bowls. Ovens are fired by traditional methods and need at least four days to heat! When the ovens have reached the desired temperature the clay items are then put in to fire and once fired they are then left to settle several days below ground. If you dare, try your hand at throwing a pot on the wheel – and start with something small!

Enjoy a chat over lunch as you dine with a local family. Afterwards, walk to Chompet Temple a collection of centuries old ruins nestled into a hillside. Admire the panoramic views from the top before heading back to Luang Prabang.

LUANG PRABANG CYCLING – FULL DAY CITY TOUR

This one day tour of Luang Prabang explores all of the town’s major highlights from the seat of your bicycle. Along the way you’ll see ancient landmarks, shady back alleys and markets where vendors sell vegetables.

After a quick bike check, cycle to Wat Xieng Thong situated near the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. It has a sweeping two-tiered roof and elaborate mosaics, epitomizing the classic Luang Prabang style. Continue to the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the centre of downtown that until 1946 was the heart of the Lang Xang Kingdom, a precursor to the current government. Today the building is the National Museum, and its halls contain rare religious and cultural artefacts.

Next, cycle to the base of Phousi Mountain and climb 328 steps for panoramic views of the city. Finally, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, housing a wealth of information on the country’s many ethnic-minority groups.

“I had a truly memorable experience. The trip through Laos was extensive enough to learn quite a bit about the landscape, people and the country’s history.

My impressions include being blown away by the diversity of the different ethnic groups and their amazing art and crafts. Also the gentleness and humour of the people impressed me considering the hardship they’ve gone through most of last century.”