The Laos Itinerary 5 Days Tour starts from Laos – Thailand border and ends in Vientiane. Visit Laos major places and travel through HoueiSay, Pakbeng, Pak Ou Cave, Luang Prabang, Khouangsi Waterfall, Vientiane.
Day 1: Arrive Houei Say – Pakbeng.
After passing through immigration, we cross the Mekong to HoueiSay in Laos where our guide will be waiting for you. After completing border formalities, you board a traditional boat for the trip down the Mekong River. The passing countryside is both serene and timeless. Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, French, and socialism. It is a peaceful place and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. As your journey downriver you will stop at some Hmong, Yao and Khmu minority villages. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we visit the local market to experience the daily lifestyle of these colorful hill tribes. Overnight in Pakbeng.
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang.
After an early breakfast, we continue sailing downriver, passing wild forest and little villages along the riverbanks. You’ll visit fishing and rice wine-making villages and if you’re adventurous enough, even sample some of this local brew. You’ll also visit the Pak-Ou caves, where thousands of Buddha statues are stored. You arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and transfer to your hotel. This charming UNESCO world heritage site is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, surrounded by mountains. You will spend the rest of the day exploring some of the temples and sites including Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang .
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls – Luang Prabang.
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning ritual of alms giving to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession
We begin the day by exploring Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Afterwards we head to the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum (closed Tuesday) where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as many fascinating artifacts. We also climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Mount Phousi where you’ll catch a lovely view of the town and the Mekong.
We leave town to experience the local lifestyle of nearby villagers and visit the most beautiful waterfall in Luang Prabang. On the way, we’ll stop at Phosi Market, where there are an eclectic variety of foodstuffs and hill-tribe weavings. We also stop at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene villages as well as Ban Phanom, known for it’s traditional textiles. We spend time at the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and visit the Night Market, where you can find the lovely selection of souvenirs. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane.
Prior to bidding farewell to this ancient city and catching the our flight to Vientiane, we stop at Silver Smith’s, the Fine Arts School and the Central Market. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we’ll go see some of the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket, a temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple, Wat Prakeo. On the way to the sacred That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. We enjoy our final evening by watching the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and absorbing the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 5: Departure.
After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits). The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.