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The Historical Treasures & Natural Wonders of Laos

14 days from £6,700 per person

This is the perfect all-encompassing itinerary for anyone wanting to thoroughly explore Laos. Uncover the eclectic mix of French culture and Asian custom as you travel from south to north on this comprehensive trip.

Your journey begins with a 3-night stay in the laid-back southern province of Champasak. This rural area is home to the ancient Khmer temple complex and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wat Phu. Soak up the stunning views and secluded beauty as you explore this unique temple in it’s dramatic surroundings at sunrise. Nearby is the distinguished 
4,000 Islands, where glistening waterfalls (including the impressive Khone Phapheng Falls, one of the largest in South East Asia) and rare flora and fauna are in abundance. The picturesque island of Don Khone is ideal for cycling amidst the magnificent scenery.

Onward with your journey, north to the modest and relaxed capital of Vientiane, staying at Settha Palace. Spend two days taking in the unperturbed city’s sights and sounds: sample the delicious flavours of Laos cuisine in the Night Market, a firm favourite amongst locals, and explore the fascinating assortment of Wats and wide leafy boulevards, dotted with crumbling colonial mansions. Continue north to the rural village of Muang La with three nights at the Muang La Resort located well off the tourist trail, nestled amongst mountains, jungles and richly gilded pagodas. Drive through the stunning landscape to the isolated villages of Ikhor and Hmong, two communities typical of provincial Laos, and acquire unique insight into the people, traditions and culture of this intriguing country.

End your adventure with four nights in the ancient former capital, Luang Prabang. Take in the city’s most beautiful structures, including the country’s most historic and enchanting temple Wat Xiengthong, as well as the unique Wat Mai and Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’. Visit the local Phosi Market and silk weaving centre Ock Pop Tock to learn the intricate process. The nearby stunning Kuang Si waterfall is the perfect setting to finish your trip with a refreshing dip in the turquoise pools or a leisurely walk along the forest trails.

This luxury holiday is purely a suggested itinerary; it can be booked as it is or used as a starting point for creating your perfect tailor-made tour of Laos. If you would like to see similar trips, take a look at our collection of Epic Journeys and Family Holidays, as well as our Active and Mountains & Trekking itineraries.

Itinerary details

14 days from £6,700 per person

  • Day 1 - The River Resort - Pakse
    On arrival in Pakse you will be met by guide and driver for airport transfer to hotel.
  • Day 2 - The River Resort - Pakse
    Sunrise visit to Wat Phou, return to hotel for breakfast. Rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 3 - The River Resort - Pakse
    Day tour of 4,000 Islands including Don Khone, Liphi Waterfall and Khone Phapheng Falls. Return to Champasak in the evening.
  • Day 4 - Settha Palace - Vientiane
    Transfer to Pakse airport and fly to Vientiene. Evening city tour by Tuk Tuk of Vientiane Night Market.
  • Day 5 - Settha Palace - Vientiane
    Morning city tour of Vientiane. Return to hotel for lunch. Rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 6 - Muang La Lodge - Muang La
    Transfer to Vientiene airport and fly to Oudomxay. Rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 7 - Muang La Lodge - Muang La
    Day tour of Ikhor and Hmong villages, typical of Laos.
  • Day 8 - Muang La Lodge - Muang La
    Morning cycle tour of Khamu villages. Return to hotel for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 9 - Nong Khiaw Riverside - Nong Khiaw
    Drive to Muang Khua and board private boat for cruise down Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw.
  • Day 10 - Satri House - Luang Prabang
    Drive to Luang Prabang via the caves of Pak Ou. Arrive in Luang Prabang for lunch. Rest of day at leisure.
  • Day 11 - Satri House - Luang Prabang
    Explore Luang Prabang by bicycle. Return to hotel by midday.
  • Day 12 - Satri House - Luang Prabang
    Morning guided tour of Phosi Market and Ock Pop Tock silk weaving centre, and drive to Kuang Si Waterfall. Return to Luang Prabang by early afternoon.
  • Day 13 - Satri House - Luang Prabang
    Day at leisure.
  • Day 14 - In transit.
    Transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your onward journey home via Bangkok.
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