Laos Itinerary 9 Days is a combination of popular and off-the-beaten places in the northern Laos. Start the tour from Lao-Thai Border at Houay Xay then travel south. The trip ends in Vientiane where you take your international flight home.
Laos Itinerary 9 Days
Day 1: Arrive Luang Namtha (from Thailand).
Upon arrival at the border checkpoint our local guide will welcome you. After check in, we explore Ban Nam Chang Village where local whisky is produced and made from sticky rice. During the day, we’ll also stop to visit other hill tribe villages and have lunch at a local restaurant. Check in will be at the Boat Landing Guesthouse.
Day 2: Luang Namtha – Muong Sing.
After breakfast, we travel by minibus to Muong Sing, on the way we stopping to visit some Ekor (Aka) and Lan Taen people. After lunch we learn more of the ethnic minority way of life and visit Chieng Tung stupa, Ban Nam Ded and Ban Nam Mai villages as well as the Laos-China border check point. We return to Muong Sing in the late afternoon. Accommodation at the Phou Lew Bungalow.
Day 3: Xieng Kok Day Tour.
In the early morning we visit the local fresh market. Then we drive around 70 km to Xieng Kok, the Laos-Myanmar border where you will enjoy visiting some colorful minorities villages until our return back to Muong Sing. Accommodation at the Phou Lew Bungalow.
Day 4: Muong Xing – Udom Xay – Muong La.
Today we drive towards Muong La. Lunch will be in Udom Xay, and on the way we stop to visit more villages, arriving in Muong La in the late afternoon. After check in at a local homestay or the Muong La Resort, you are free on your own to explore and walk around, meeting Khmu people or visiting a local sacred temple.
Day 5: Muong La – Muong Khoua – Muong Ngoi.
After breakfast, we drive around 64 Km to Pak Nam Noi village, which is the junction between Muong Khoua and Phongsaly Provinces. After Lunch in Muong Khoua, we take a private traditional boat downstream on the Nam Ou River. The pace is slow and relaxed, allowing for some serene moments, and viewing the daily life of people on the river. Check in at the best Bungalow in Muong Ngoi.
Day 6: Muong Ngoi – Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, we travel by private boat to Luang Prabang, which takes about 6hrs, including stops at some textile villages and the famous Pak Ou caves. These two caverns are sanctuaries, both containing thousands of Buddha images. On the way, lunch will be at a local restaurant with a great view of the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers joining each other. We arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
Day 7: Luang Prabang City Tour.
In the morning we take sightseeing tour to visit temples such as Wat Visoun and Wat Aham and the National Museum. We then visit the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong, which is the oldest Wat in the city. For sunset, we’ll climb the 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an excellent city panorama. In the evening, we’ll head to the night market where you are sure to find some excellent souvenirs.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls – Luang Prabang.
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. After breakfast we drive 25 Km to the Khouangsi Waterfalls, and on the way stop to visit some minority villages. On arrival at the waterfalls, you can either go for a swim in the refreshing clean water or trek in the forest. On the way back to Luang Prabang, we’ll stop in the weaving textile villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek.
Day 9: Departure.
Depending on your departure time, there are optional activities you can do within walking distance from your hotel. These include visiting the morning market or the Silver Smiths workshop.
Laos private tours
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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.
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- 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.
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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.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.