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Overview

Hit the off-the-beaten-track destinations and explore Laos on a totally different route! Discover Luang Prabang’s cultural city and its picturesque surrounding areas. Venture to admire the ancient temples and hundreds of Buddha statues in Vientiane and the iconic Patuxay Monument – the capital’s Arc de Triumph. In Pakse, enjoy a ride on Wat Phou cruise for the pristine and lovely scenery along the river and visits to traditional Laotian villages. Explore the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands” and the magnificent Khong Pha Peng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“.

  • Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival
  • Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang
  • Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls – Hill Tribe Tour
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang – Flight to Vientiane
  • Day 5: Vientiane – Pakse – Champassak – Wat Phou (Wat Phou Cruise)
  • Day 6: Huei Thamo - Oum Moung Temple - Khong Island (Wat Phou Cruise)
  • Day 7: Ban Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di – Pakse (Wat Phou Cruise)
  • Day 8: Pakse – Departure

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Luang Prabang – Arrival

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your private guide and then be driven to your hotel of choice. Luang Prabang is considered the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of Luang Prabang of green natural scenery and rich cultural heritage make it one of the most attractive travel destinations in Laos.

After refreshment, you’ll head out for a walking tour of Luang Prabang taking in the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. In the end, you’ll climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and the stunning sunset over this lush countryside city and the Mekong River.  Enjoy leisure time for the remainder of the day.

Overnight in Luang Prabang



Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you will enjoy a visit to the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong which is typical of the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temples. Then you will board a little motorboat for a cruise upstream of the Mekong River which offers a fresh view of the tranquil countryside. Along the cruise, you’ll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, which is well known for the strong local rice wine. Your cruise will bring you to Pak Ou Cave, a pilgrimage place for Laos Buddhists. The cave is home to thousands of lacquered Buddha statues of various sizes.

On the back, you’ll have a visit to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand made of Jute Sar paper.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls – Hill Tribe Tour

If you could wake up early in the morning, you could witness the daily early morning ritual with saffron-clad monks walking in line with bowl collecting Alms from the local people.

Later in the morning, you’ll visit the morning Phosi Market where a wide range of exotic goods are for sales including dried buffalo skin, local tea, salt, chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings… Later in the morning, you’ll visit Ban Ouay, Hmong Hilltribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of the Khmu People. Then we’ll continue onto to the beautiful Khuangsi Waterfall where you can get splashed in the cool water or enjoy walk along the forest paths and a tour to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village. Travel back to Luang Prabang and enjoy the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
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Luang Prabang – Flight to Vientiane

In the morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and enjoy a visit to the National Museum which was the  Royal Palace earlier which displays the full collection of artifacts showing the richness of Lao culture from the early days to the last royal families. Then we’ll move onto the Central Market before transferring to the airport for the flight to Vientiane.

Arriving at Vientiane Airport, you’ll be welcomed by our local team and transferred to the city. Enjoy a tour of Vientiane taking in the major sights of the capital city: the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue, the sacred structure of That Luang, and the Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s version l’Arc de Triumph.

Overnight in Vientiane
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Vientiane – Pakse – Champassak – Wat Phou (Wat Phou Cruise)

Early morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to Vat Phou Cruise departure pier at 10:00 am. You’ll arrive at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian 10th-century temple of Vat Phou.

In the late afternoon, you will board the Vat Phou Cruise for a relaxing cruise down the river, adoring the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner will be served on board while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

Overnight on board
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Huei Thamo - Oum Moung Temple - Khong Island (Wat Phou Cruise)

Breakfast on board as we set sail for the village of Huei Thamo, minutes walk away from the hidden forest temple of Oum Moung.  After the visit, our boat will set out for a cruise southwards while lunch is served on board.

In the late afternoon, our cruise will continue into the wild paradise of the “4,000 islands” and arrive at Khong Island. Then we’ll visit a traditional Laotian Village where the way of life has not changed in centuries. Dinner will be served on board.

Overnight on board
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Ban Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di – Pakse (Wat Phou Cruise)

Breakfast on the deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong where you will board a small long-tail boat to Khone Island. After the visit, you will take a long-tail boat back to the mainland for lunch.

After lunch, take a minivan to the splendor of the Khong Pha Peng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East“, close to the Cambodian border. Then you’ll drive for two hours to Pakse. You’ll arrive in the afternoon and enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.

Overnight in Pakse
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Pakse – Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or border for your departure by your private van. We trust you’ve had a wonderful adventure with us in Laos

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Useful Information

This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Laos
  • Laos entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

How to Plan a successful Trip to Laos, Step-by-Step

The sleeping beauty of Southeast Asia, the Republic of Laos has been isolated for decades and therefore tourism is still very much in its infancy here. Time seems to slow down in Laos, as even in the capital city, Vientiane, the pace of life is refreshingly unhurried. The government is instigating a green approach to its development, with the intention of keeping Laos’ pristine ecological system as natural as possible. This makes Laos a dream destination for nature and wildlife lovers, who are seeking for the true meaning of getting away from it all.

Besides being a land where no one is in a hurry, Laos is also a land of Buddhist traditions where you will find saffron-robed teens peek curiously out from wats (temples). And while earning the title of being the world’s most heavily bombed country hardly seems like a ringing endorsement, a visit to Luang Prabang’s World Heritage temples soothes the soul. Explore Vientiane, the world’s smallest capital, as it moves at the same serene pace as the Mekong river floating by its shores.

Most popular sites of Laos

• Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, best known for its high concentration of Buddhist temples and serene location on the banks of Mekong
• The Mekong River – runs from the north-west to the most southern tip of Laos, forming a natural border with Thailand; cruising on the river provides a great opportunity to see some of the more remote areas of the country which are often inaccessible by road
• Plain of Jars – see the dotted landscape of Laos with hundreds of mysterious and centuries-old stone jars

The best time to visit Laos is between November and March. During this time the country experiences the least amount of rainfall without becoming too hot.

Laos has two distinct seasons – wet and dry.

The dry season runs from November to April. November to February is cooler while March and April are blisteringly hot, with April being the hottest month.

The wet season runs from May to October, though it may start a little early in a couple of Laos’ Northern provinces. August is the wettest month.

Visas can be obtained prior to arrival from Lao embassies and consulates abroad, through a tour company recognized by the Lao PDR, or on arrival at the international checkpoint.
Visas must be used within three months of being issued, but the validity of the visa starts from the day of entry into Laos. Tourist & business visas last for 30 days, and can be extended twice for 30 days each time, ideally through travel agencies.
The Lao criteria for visa photos are 5 cm high x 4 cm wide (but half a centimeter off within these sizes is acceptable), on a plain or light-colored background eg white or light cream. FYI, for those wishing to obtain a Lao passport, the passport photo criteria is the same as above, but the size is 6 cm high x 4 cm wide.

Notes: On entering Laos, ensure that you receive an entry stamp in your passport, as the fine for not having one is high.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Where to get a VOA
International Airports

  • Wattay International Airport in Vientiane
  • Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang
  • Pakse Internatioanl Airport in Champasack
  • Savannakhet International Airport in Savannakhet

Border Checkpoints

China – Laos

  • Mohan, Yunnan – Botene, Luang Namtha

Thailand – Laos

  • Chiangkhong, Chiang Rai – Houixay, Bokeo
  • Nakaxeng, Loei – Kaenthao, Sayabouly
  • Houi Koln, Nan – Nam Ngeun, Sayabouly
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I, Nongkhay – Vientiane
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II, Moukdahan – Savannakhet
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III, Nakorn Phanom – Khammouane
  • Chongmek, Ubol Ratchathani – Vangtao, Champasack

Vietnam – Laos

  • Nameo, Thanh Hoa – Banleui, Huaphanh
  • Namkan, Nge An – Namkan, Xieng Khouang
  • Keoneua, Ha Tinh – Nampao (Lak Sao), Bolikhamxay
  • Laobao, Quang Tri – Dansavanh, Savannakhet

Cambodia – Laos

  • Dong Calor, Cambodia – Veun Kham, Champasack

Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for a VOA and will have to apply at their nearest Lao embassy/consulate, unless they are on official visits and hold a guarantee from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR:

Middle East – Turkey, Syria

South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Africa – Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Jordan, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Suriname, Swaziland, Tonga, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Pacific – Nauru

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook

Client reviews

We are committed to giving our customers unforgettable experiences in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and beyond, not just something staged for tourists. Read reviews written by our customers about their experiences in Indochina after they have returned home. These include the ratings and comments on attractions, guides, activities, hotels and food.

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Jane Doe
USA

"Best Tour Guide Service ever!"

My partner and I felt so safe and comfortable on our tour. The tour guide and driver were so accommodating. I had so much fun and I actually miss it so much. Will be using the same tour company on my next trip!

Dec 6, 2019
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Andrew
Australia

"Laos, Cambodia, Thailand"

We needed a 2-week break after a freezing and miserable Melbourne winter and visit Asia – but not VN, Bali, etc. Laos was suggested by Helen at Indochina (found her in an ad) and we had 12 nights through the region in excellent hotels, with great guides. Nothing went wrong really – one minor glitch was fixed with a Whatsapp message. So good planning and great real-time support available.

Nov 20, 2019
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Pawan Sachdeva
Singapore

"Help with the Vietnam trip planning"

I am visiting Vietnam in the first week of Jan 2020. I reached out to Indochina Pioneer for help planning my trip. Though I did not eventually engage them due to my shortened vacation plan, Indochina Pioneer was very helpful and professional in providing all the insights into the trip. Especially Ms. Phuong who has been very patient with all my questions. I even offered to pay them a token amount for all their help which Indochina Pioneer politely denied. I wish to engage them in my next trip to Vietnam.

Nov 19, 2019
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Kerri S
Maryland, USA

"Lifetime Adventure"

My visit to Thailand and Vietnam was a trip of a lifetime! Lizzie diligently worked with me to create a trip that included everything that I wanted to see and do—-learn about the country, culture and foods. Everything about the trip was perfect. Hotels, tours and most especially the tour guides! The tour guides were so knowledgeable and flexible and I feel so blessed to consider them my friends now. They really made the trip for me!

Lizzie Pham, I can’t sing your praises enough for your attention to detail! You and everyone I met along my adventure have a special place in my heart. You opened my eyes to amazing places and people. I can’t wait to explore more countries with you!

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Nov 10, 2019
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Laurence chew
USA

"Vietnam Tour"

This is the second time we used Indochina Pioneer. Earlier this year we used them for a great tour of Thailand and this time for another great tour in Vietnam. We are very lucky to of worked with Kata Tran, and she spent much time in helping us customize a tour based on the amount of time we wanted to spend in Vietnam. We really feel spoiled that we can arrange a private tour and customize the tour further throughout the tour. We have been so happy to have private tours as tours are the most efficient but we were always turned off by large tours and everyone following someone carrying a flag. With a private tour, we can call the shots as there will be a place that we want to spend more time and places we want to spend less time. The tour guides and driver coordinate perfectly so as we finish one place, our van would be waiting for us with the air condition on and cold water. I actually asked one of the tour guides that were subcontracted by Indochina Pioneer and was very pleased when they said that really enjoyed working with Indochina Pioneer because they can see that Indochina Pioneer really wants the best for their customers and that to ensure that, they hire the best subcontractors and take care of them also so everyone is happy. I hope Indochina Pioneer and Kata Tran prosper and grow larger and there are other places that we want to travel and would like to use Indochina Pioneer again and again.

   

Nov 6, 2019
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Trish W
Big White, Canada

"Superb Travel Agency and Consultant Kata Tran"

We have just returned from a 17-day excursion in Southern Vietnam, Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Kata Tran was EXCELLENT to deal with. She listened to what we wanted to do for our tour and she delivered! The guides and drivers were great. The guide’s knowledge of the sites and English was very good and the drivers were timely and caring. They always had a cold bottle of water and a cleansing towel ready for us when we returned from visiting a site. The whole tour unfolded on time and without a hitch. The highlight of our trip was visiting the Patara Elephant Park outside of Chaing Mai, Thailand, where we spent a full day with the elephants: learning about them and being taught how to communicate with them; feeding them; watering them; riding them in the jungle for 45 minutes; then bathing them. It was WONDERFUL. Kata recommended this particular Farm for an elephant experience and we were so happy because we had heard from others about their disappointment at some other elephant sanctuaries/excursions. Patara Farm is associated with the Veterinary Department of Chiang Mai University so you know the animals are well cared for and it shows.

We were disappointed with our hotel in Bangkok and Kata and the guide did everything they could to ensure our happiness and they definitely accomplished their goal.

I would HIGHLY recommend Indochina Pioneer and Patara Elephant Farm

Nov 5, 2019
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John M
Melbourne, Australia

"BRILLIANT TRAVEL AGENCY AND CONSULTANT (MS HIEN PHAM)!"

In 21018 we visited the southern half of Vietnam and loved it so much that we decided to do a 16-day tour of the north in March 2019.

We had a fairly good idea of where we wanted to go and stay (eg. A few days in Ha Noi, an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, stay in a mountain village, visit Hoi An, etc, etc), but we had no specific hotels or tours in mind.

Enter Indochina Pioneer and Ms. Hien Pham who was assigned to us. I found the company on the internet and after checking a few Trip Advisor recommendations I contacted them and began putting the details of our tour together (based largely on Hien’s recommendations).

She was ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!! So patient, understanding and she left nothing to chance!!! And all at a very reasonable price (better quality – but cheaper than Australian package deals!!!) Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) went as she planned it. The great accommodation (eg. The Apricot Hotel in Ha Noi was outstanding – see my separate review), the tours, the local city guides, the transfers, etc, etc, all went well).

I can’t recommend Ms. Hien Pham and Indochina Pioneer highly enough. Book your tour with them – you won’t regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 2, 2019
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Selva Ganesh
India

"Best Cambodia/Laos/Vietnam trip"

We chose Indochina Pioneer and they put together the best-customized tour for us. The timings were well planned and it became one of the memorable tours for us. Hien from Indochina was very helpful in planning. We were very particular about places, and she helped us to plan what we want. We started from Cambodia (Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake), then Laos (Luang Prabang), and then to Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Thien Duong Cave, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ban Gioc Waterfalls). Every day we had a blast. The service was really good. And I’m booking through them again to Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia. And that tells how good they are. Thanks to Indochina Pioneer and special thanks to Hien for planning the best trip for us.

Nov 1, 2019
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Mario Enrique
Mexico

"Best Myanmar trip"

We decided to choose Indochina Pioneer to plan a trip to Myanmar with our family. It was 17 days length trip only in Myanmar. This was an amazing experience and an excellent country to visit. Ms. Hien was very helpful to plan our itinerary, ad hoc to our needs. Tour guides have mostly good knowledge and good English. Especially Mr. Cho and Ms. Thin were really good tour guides, we liked them a lot.

Oct 31, 2019
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Roger
Banbury, UK

"Splendid personalised tour of Vietnam and Cambodia"

Following a recommendation we chose Indochina Pioneer to put together our bespoke tour. Sales Manager Kata Tran took on board our requirements and offered a proposal which we then fine-tuned into an excellent itinerary. We had a really splendid holiday. Different guides at different locations were all good and three were outstanding. Our boutique hotels were mostly very good and we found the service offered was always delightful – the same for restaurants. The high spots of our holiday were the gentle trekking in Sapa, the wonderful Ha Long Bay cruise (outstanding food on our boat), Hanoi city and the street food, Hoi An so charming, exciting Saigon, the high-speed boat ride up the Mekong and the fantastic Angkor temples in Cambodia. We built two relaxation breaks into our tour, primarily to meet up with friends and family but this was also useful to catch breath in the middle of the tour. We were very pleased with the arrangements made by Indochina Pioneer although it would probably have been best to travel from Phnom Penh to Siam Reap by air rather than by bus. Cambodia was very, very hot at this time of year.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Indochina Pioneer for similar tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Oct 27, 2019
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