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FAMILY DISCOVERY OF LAOS 12 DAYS

Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Bolovens - Siphadone

Duration : 12 days
Type of trip : Family
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang’s treasures
Day 3: Cooking class at Bamboo Tree and cruise on the Mekong
Day 4: Luang Prabang –  Kuang Si  water fall
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Elephant ride
Day 6: Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Day 7: Vientiane city tour
Day 8: Vientiane - Pakse – Tadlo
Day 9: Tad Lo – Khong Island
Day 10: Siphandone
Day 11: Siphadone – Pakse
Day 12: Pakse departure

On this journey, you will love

Picturesque landscapes
•    The villages along the Mekong in the vicinity of Luang Prabang
•    The region of 4000 islands in the south of the country
•    The waterfalls on the Bolovens plateau

Discovering local culture
•    The local markets of Luang Prabang
•    Elephant ride and cooking class

Architectural traces
•    The ancient temples and colonial houses of Luang Prabang
•    Vientiane pagodas
•    The temples of Vat Phou in Pakse

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival

Arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, welcome by the iLOTUS TOURS guide and transfer to your hotel. This peaceful city, world heritage, is located in the heart of a mountainous region in the north of the country.

Car: 10km Hotel
Day 2: Luang Prabang’s treasures

This day is dedicated to the most important sites of Luang Prabang: venture into Wat Visoun, a temple from the 16th century rehabilitated into a small religious museum, then into Wat Aham, a temple from the early 19th century. Two guardians, laid at the foot of the staircase, represent two characters from the Ramayana (Hanuman, the monkey god and the ferocious Yaksa). Next, Wat Xiengthong, the most important temple of the city dating from the 16th century and embodying the elegance and grace of  Luang Prabang architecture. Climb up the 328 steps of Mount Phousi leading to the top of the sacred hill. This shady Mount dominates the sky of Luang Prabang and offers a splendid 360° panorama of the surrounding villages and the Mekong. At the end of the day, enjoy some free time to wander through the wide night market, where you can find a collection of beautiful textiles handmade by local tribes. Overnight at the hotel.

Hiking: 3h Up: 150m Down: 150m B Hotel
Day 3: Cooking class at Bamboo Tree and cruise on the Mekong

8:45 am - Meet at our restaurant the Bamboo Tree (opposite the Vatsene temple or the Namkhan river). Welcome tea or coffee, choice of recipes and payment.
9:00 am - Visit to the Pho see market
10:00 am - Welcome to our "Bamboo Tree" organic garden. Visit the vegetable garden and its organic vegetables.
10.50 am - Demonstration of bamboo braiding with a craftsman from the neighboring village.
11:30 am - Learning how to prepare vegetables (peel, cut, ...), spices and different ingredients. And technique for stuffing lemongrass.
12h05 - Cooking of the different preparations according to the local Laotian techniques under the benevolent eye of the Chef.
1:00 p.m. - When the cooking is finished, it's tasting time. Enjoy your meal ! (cold drinks will be served).
Around 2 p.m, embark on a narrow, fast local boat, for an excursion on the Mekong River to Pak Ou. Many wonders await you on this journey: lush landscapes, typical villages and authentic local life. Pak Ou sanctuaries consist of two large caves and thousands of Buddha representations ranging from a few centimeters to two meters in height. Typical Laotian villages in the area are barely visible behind this thick screen of foliage. You will pass by slender canoes sailing near the shore, floats and bamboo poles marking the location of nets and fish traps, before returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Night at the hotel.

Walking: 1h Sampan: 2h B Hotel
Day 4: Luang Prabang –  Kuang Si  water fall

After breakfast, drive south for about 30 km to a protected national park where are the Kuang Si Waterfalls. These famous low waterfalls offer a spectacular and beautiful sight in their green setting. Stop along the way and explore Talad Phosy Market, famous for its fresh fruits from all over the region. Discover the village of Ban Na Oune, populated by Hmong, probably the most famous minority group in Laos. Continue your journey and just before getting there, explore the village of Ban Tha Pane, inhabited by the Khmu ethnic minority. Take a short walk to Kuang Si waterfalls. Have a picnic lunch in nature or at a local restaurant before returning to Luang Prabang. Enjoy some free time to wander through the old town and its local market.

Car: 60km/2h B, L Hotel
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Elephant ride

After breakfast, transfer to the elephant village, where you will enjoy a pleasant elephant trek experience. Then a boat trip will take you to Tad Se waterfall before returning to the village. This waterfall is particularly spectacular in the rainy season, feel free to go for a swim. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant, before getting back to Luang Prabang in the afternoon and enjoy some free time. Night at the hotel.

Car: 30km Sampan: 1h B, L Hotel
Day 6: Luang Prabang   Vientiane

Free time to explore the city of Luang Prabang: local market, old quarter. Afternoon, transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival, meet with your guide and driver to transfer to your hotel. 

Car: 30km B Hotel
Day 7: Vientiane city tour

After breakfast, explore the most important historical and religious sites of the capital: Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to survive the Siamese war in 1828, and its cloister with more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Phra Keo, the former royal temple turned into a museum of religious art, originally erected to house the famous emerald Buddha that the king brought back from northern Siam. Today, it displays a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artifacts found around Vientiane. On the way to the famous stupa That Luang, stop to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay monument, which recalls the Parisian Arc de Triomphe. The rest of the day is free for you to shop at Vientiane Market. Do not miss out on Laotian textiles, hill tribe artworks, crafts and ancient items in general. Overnight at the hotel.

B Hotel
Day 8: Vientiane   Pakse – Tadlo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, meet with your guide, and drive (on a road known as the old coffee route) to Tadlo on the Bolovens Plateau. Stop after about 35 km to visit the famous Tad Fan Waterfall and the ethnic villages in the surrounding countryside. Overnight in Tadlo.

Car: 90km/2h B Hotel
Day 9: Tad Lo – Khong Island

After breakfast, your guide and your driver will pick you up at the hotel for a full day of exploring the Pak Se province. First, a small detour will allow you to discover ethnic minorities in authentic villages. Continue your journey to Wat Phu in the vicinity of Pakse. Wat Phu is a unique site in Laos where there are Khmer remains dating from the 9th to the 12th century. A 2-hour tour will take you to explore these Khmer ruins on top of a green hill, a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 2001. Get back on the road towards the region of 4000 islands. Hop on a motor boat for a short ride to reach Don Khong, the most important island of this unspoiled site. Overnight at Don Khong.

Car: 300km/7h Sampan: 2h B Hotel
Day 10: Siphandone, cruising in the wilderness

After breakfast, cruise in a huge area named "the four thousand islands", famous for its biodiversity and its picturesque karst peaks. Discover the falls of Lippi, whose name, "spirit trapper" in Lao, refers to the local beliefs that currents act as a trap for evil spirits. Stop to explore an old railway, built in 1897 by the French to bypass the powerful rapids preventing navigation. Return to Ban Nakasang and head south to visit Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. Overnight at Khone Island.

Cruising: 1h Walking: 1h B, L Hotel
Day 11: Siphadone – Pakse

Free time to discover the daily life of the inhabitants on the islands. In the early afternoon, board a boat at Ban Nakasung to cross the Mekong. Road towards Pakse. Chek in hotel.

Car: 130km/4h Sampan: 1h B Hotel
Day 12: Pakse departure

Transfer to Pakse airport for the return flight. End of our services.

Car: 10km B

IMPORTANT NOTES:

This trip is privately organized by iLOTUS TOURS. The price of the trip varies according to the size of the group, the level of services, the season and your reservation deadlines. The price published above is applied for a group of 6 participants, based on double/twin rooms in hotels. Click "Personalize this trip" to get the exact price for your group.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
•    Accommodation and breakfasts in hotels on the accommodation list
•    Meals clearly mentioned in the program: B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner
•    The entrance fee to the sites
•  Competent English-speaking guides throughout the trip except the free days when it is mentioned clearly: without a guide
•   Private air-conditioned car for all land transport except free days when it is mentioned clearly: without driver
•    One litre of drinking water per person per day
•    All logistic services necessary of the program.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
•    International flights and airport taxes from/to your country
•    Visa fees
•    Means of transport not mentioned in the program
•    Meals not mentioned in the program
•    Tipping for services: local guides, crew member, drivers, porters…
•    Drink, telephone, linen or all personal expenses not mentioned in the "price includes" section.

FAMILY DISCOVERY OF LAOS 12 DAYS

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