Highlights of Laos
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Highlights of Laos

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Long overlooked for its better-known neighbours, Laos has remained the most pristine and culturally intact country in the region. Experience the old-fashioned charm of the city, explore untouched landscapes and meet the incredibly friendly people, who have faced adversity and come out smiling.

tour duration 15 Days from
tour price 2,590pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Bangkok (1N) - Luang Prabang (4N) - Phonsavan (2N) - Vang Vieng (1N) - Vientiane (1N) - Khong Island (2N) - Pakse (1N) - Bangkok - UK

Tour Highlights

Climb Phousi Hill for spectacular sunsets over Luang Prabang
Cruise on the mighty Mekong River
Discover the Plain of Jars, Laos’ most unusual and mysterious architecture
Explore the depths of Vang Vieng’s Tham Chang Cave
Wander through the Buddhist architecture of charming Vientiane
Be mesmerised by the Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Southeast Asia’s largest

Day 1 Fly to Bangkok
Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Day 1 Fly to Bangkok
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. (D)
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
Day 3 Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. On arrival you will have free time to start soaking up the local culture. An enchanting city Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos. This evening visit the bustling night market to browse for colourful textiles and carvings. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 4 Discover Luang Prabang
Rise early this morning to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, Visit Wat Sene, the National Museum and a traditional H’mong village before walking to the cascading turquoise waters of delightful Kuang Si Waterfalls for a picnic lunch. Stop at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre on your return to Luang Prabang. (B,L)
Day 4 Discover Luang Prabang
Day 5 Mekong River Cruise
Explore Wat Xieng Thong, considered Luang Prabang's most beautiful temple. Board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that reside within. Visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong. This evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance. (B,L)
Day 5 Mekong River Cruise
Day 6 Takbat
This morning explore many of the former royal capital’s cultural highlights. Climb Phousi Hill to enjoy panoramic views of the city and visit Wat Mai, with its beautiful gilded fa?ade. Later visit Wat Visoun and Wat Aham. (B,L)
Day 6 Takbat
Day 7 Journey to Phonsavan
Drive to Phosavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake on the way. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Journey to Phonsavan
Day 8 Plain of Jars
One of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia, these mysterious clusters of giant jars are thought to be about 2,000 years old. We will visit Site 1 where there are over 200 jars, and Site 2 which also allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the region. There will also be visit to Muang Khoune village, home of the Hmong minority group, and the office of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that helps clear unexploded ordnance that are a remnant of American raids during the Vietnam War. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Plain of Jars
Day 9 Travel to Vang Vieng
Drive to Vang Vieng stopping en route at Pathang Village to admire the spectacular views over karst mountain landscapes. Spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Tham Chang Cave. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Travel to Vang Vieng
Day 10 Drive to Vientiane
Continue south to Vientiane, Laos capital. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, friendlier backwater than a chaotic capital. Spend the rest of the day exploring with visits to Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument, resembling Paris Arc de Triomphe. (B,L)
Day 10 Drive to Vientiane
Day 11 Journey to Khong Island
Rise early for a morning flight to Pakse. On arrival drive to Champassak to visit the World Heritage-listed Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located in the incredibly beautiful landscapes of Mount Phu Kao. Continue by boat to Khong Island, the largest island of the Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River. The afternoon is free for you to explore. (B,L,D)
Day 11 Journey to Khong Island
Day 12 Khong Island
Around Si Phan Don, meaning 4,000 islands, the pace of life is slow and easy and the river views are gorgeous. See the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Southeast Asia's largest, and pop over to Khone Island to discover its charming colonial buildings and Liphi Waterfall, nicknamed the Devils Corridor. The rest of the day is free. (B,L,D)
Day 12 Khong Island
Day 13 Tad Fane Waterfalls and Pakse
Depart Khong Island for Pakse, stopping to admire Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls as we go. Continue on to the Bolaven Plateau to pay a visit to a tea or coffee plantation. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner back in Pakse. (B,L,D)
Day 13 Tad Fane Waterfalls and Pakse
Day 14-15 Fly Pakse to UK
Transfer to Pakse Airport for your flight back to the UK (via Bangkok). Arrive the following day. (B,D)
Day 14-15 Fly Pakse to UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

20-Mar > 21-Mar - £2,590 BOOK NOW
16-Oct > 17-Oct - £2,590 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,990 (Bangkok - Pakse)
Single room from £380
Tipping paid locally US$91

19-Mar > 20-Mar - £2,890 BOOK NOW
15-Oct > 16-Oct - £2,890 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1,990 (Bangkok - Pakse)
Single room from £380
Tipping paid locally US$91

Wendy Wu Tours, inspect all of our hotels to ensure they meet the high levels of service which we require for our guests. If the hotels details below for your tour are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be used.

Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel
Chitchareune Muang Luang Hotel - Luang Prabang, Laos (4 Nights)
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Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel
Vansana Plain Of Jars Hotel - Ban Phonsavanh, Laos (2 Nights)
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Conveniently located just 30 minutes from the Plain of Jars, the Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel offers guests 38 airy en-suite rooms, featuring a private balcony and is equipped with a fan, cable TV and mini-fridge. The hotel also boasts a restaurant serving extensive a la carte menus of both Thai and Lao cuisines.



The Silver Naga
The Silver Naga - Vang Vieng, Laos (1 Nights)
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Ideally situated on the river bank in the heart of town, The Silver Naga Hotel welcomes guests to experience magnificent mountain views and warm hospitality. Each en-suite room features air conditioning, a TV and minibar. Other facilities and services offered at the hotel include an outdoor pool, restaurant, currency exchange and laundry.



Sabaidee at Laos Hotel
Sabaidee at Laos Hotel - Vientiane, Laos (1 Nights)
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Situated in the heart of Vientiane, the Sabaidee at Lao Hotel is surrounded by popular international restaurants, pubs, souvenirs shops and Lao handicraft stores. The hotel offers 80 deluxe en-suite rooms designed in neo-classical theme, featuring modern amenities including a minibar and TV. The hotels restaurant serves local specialities, as well as Thai, Chinese and Western cuisines. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.



Pon Arena Hotel
Pon Arena Hotel - Muang Khong, Laos (2 Nights)
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Situated on the riverfront, The Pon Arena Hotel is a very stylish hotel, featuring beautiful contemporary en-suite rooms with modern amenities including air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Guests are also offered a great range of facilities to ensure a great stay including, a waterfront restaurant, bicycle rental services, and more.



Pakse Hotel
Pakse Hotel - Pakse Hotel, Laos (1 Nights)
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Located in the centre of Paksé, Paksé H?tel is within walking distance from the Mekong River, shops and VIP bus station to Vientiane. The hotels cosy en-suite rooms all feature modern amenities including TV and free Wi-Fi. The hotels roof-top restaurant offers exceptional panoramic views of the whole city and delicious cuisines.



Bangkok Extension

Bangkok Extension

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 380pp
Koh Samui Beach Stay 4D/3N

Koh Samui Beach Stay 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 120pp

The cost of a Laos visa is not included as there is no Laos consulate in the UK.  However, visas are very easy to obtain upon arrival in Laos and will cost $35, you will need to bring passport photo for the visa. Your guide will assist you with this process.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
 
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
 
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
 
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
 
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
 
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

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What's Included

all international airfares and current taxes
all domestic transportation
all accommodation
most meals
1 bottle of water per day
touring with guides and entrance fees
visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is ideal for those looking for a comprehensive tour of Laos’ famous cities and scenic areas, as well as some more off the beaten track destinations. We have designed this tour to make the most of the time available and utilised travelling by road to allow you to experience Laos’ scenic countryside.

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