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12 days Laos North to South Code : ORA-AT-10
Itinerary (Huay Xai (Houie Say)- Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Tad Lo - Khong Island - Khon Island - Pakse )

Private tour: Departure from Huay Xai (Houie Say)
November to 1 Mai 3 the cruise departs every Monday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday.
From 1 May 2013 to 30 September 2013, the cruise departs every Monday and Friday .

Day  1
Huay Xai - Pakbeng (-/Lunch/Diner)
The Luang Say riverboat leaves Huay Xai pier at 09h00 a.m. for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe the rural life of the river tribes at Ban Houy Phalam(Kamu village). A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for overnight stay.
Dinner is served at terrace overlooking the Mekong River.
Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day  2
Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (Breakfast/Lunch/-)
Breakfast is served at terrace around 07h00 a.m. In the morning, visit the morning market (optional) of Pakbeng village where the nearby villagers and hill tribes buy and exchange their goods. Boat departs at 08h30 a.m. for her second part of trip. The boat has a stop at Ban Baw to observe the processing traditional rice alcohol. Lunch is served on board. Upon arrival at Pak Ou village at the mouth of Nam Ou River, boat stops for a trip to visit Tam Ting Caves and Tham Phoum Caves of thousand Buddhas, arriving Luang Prabang (UNESCO world heritage town) before sunset.
Transfer. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  3
Luang Prabang (Breakfast/-/-)
Set between the Nam Khan and Nam Ou rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Begin your tour with WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas.
Visit the nearby WAT AHAM before continuing to WAT XIENG THONG, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including WAT SIBOUNHEUANG, WAT SI MOUNGKHOUN, WAT SOP and WAT SENE.
Continue to the NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. (Closed on Tuesdays).
Afterwards, visit WAT MAI.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  4
Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall -Luang Parbang (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast, In the morning by car to Kuang Si Waterfall, located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment then return to Luang Prabang.
Continue to Visit BAN XANG KHONG, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day  5
Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast continue to Vang Vieng, a scenic district in Vientiane Province. Breathtaking views of the limestone karst scenery of mountains, caves and rocky outcrops on the west bank of the Nam Song River.
Stop at local villages on the way.
Visit Tham Xang Cave also called Elephant Cave, it contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites which give the cave its name.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Note: Tham Xang Cave is NOT recommended from May to September due to high current water and bad road condition.

Day  6
Vang Vieng - Vientiane (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast, Excursion by boat on Nam Song River
One of the attractive features of Vang Vieng is NAM SONG RIVER, a small river in Laos that flows through the town of Vang Vieng.
Experience the beauty of Laotian countryside while floating down the Nam Song River at a relaxing pace.
Visit Tham Chang Cave which once used as a bunker against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century. Tham means cave and Chang is steadfast.
Travel from Vang Vieng to Viengtiane, stop for a visit to Talat Fish Market in Huay Mor. Continue to Vang Xang, 11th century Buddhist archaeological site where primitive Buddha images are carved on the cliff.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day  7
Vientiane (Breakfast/-/-)
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, interesting wats and colorful markets.
Tour the different highlights of the city, including THAT LUANG, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps most important national monument in Laos; HO PHA KEO, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; WAT SI SAKET, PATUXAI, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs and WAT SI MUANG.
End your day at the TALAAT SAO, or the "morning market" (actually open all day), the best place to buy traditional Lao fabrics.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day  8
Vientiane - Pakse - Tad Lo (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast . transfer to airport. Flight Vientiane Parkse.
From Pakse, head east across the BOLAVEN PLATEAU, a fertile coffee and tea growing area. This area is rich in ethnic groups, predominently Laven. Enroute the road between Pakse and Paksong on the western edge of the plateau, visit TAD E-TU WATERFALL.
Continue to TAD FANE WATERFALL, the highest in Champasak Province, and the nearby TAD YUANG WATERFALL.
Afterwards head north towards SALAVAN with a stopping at the minority villages and a visit to TAD LO WATERFALL and TAD HANG WATERFALL.
Overnight in Tad Lo.

Day  9
Tad Lo - Pakse (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast starting at the Tad Lo Lodge, head out on an elephant trek that exploring to an ALAK VILLAGE beneath the TAD LO WATERFALLS. The surrounding area is completely unspoiled and sparsely populated and villages of rarely visited tribal groups make their living among the most spectacular topography in Southeast Asia.
From Tad Lo via Road no. 20 passing Ban Lak 19 (Black Smith Village), On the way visit TAD PHA SUAM WATERFALL, a vast ground of rapids and a long cliff that sends water down in a several stream. This cliff has many indented parts that look similar to the halls, so it called Tad Pha Suam Waterfall which means a hall waterfall of bride and groom.
Continue to Ethnic Museum and Katu Village (Ban Huayhoun - Cotton Weaving Village).

Overnight in Pakse.

Day 10
Pakse - Don Khone Island (Breakfast/-/-)
After breakfast by vehicle from Pakse along the east bank of the Mekong River.
To Don Khone, travel by boat to the pier at THA BAN NAKASANG.
Travel by boat to DON DET ISLAND and DON KHONE. The islands are connected by a former railway bridge (the railway stopped operating 1945). The larger island Don Det is famous throughout Laos for the cultivation of coconut, bamboo and kapok.
Visit BAN KHON VILLAGE, the main village on Don Khone with several old French villas Wat Mahanthanaram Temple and Visit Rusting Locomotive. Continue to TAD SOMPHAMIT (LI PHI FALLS), raging set of rapids at the western end of Don Khone.
Continue by boat on the Mekong River to see the Irrawaddy dolphins. The dolphins are an endangered species that are found in this southern Mekong region.
About a hundred dolphins are thought to survive and the best times of day to see them are early morning and late afternoon.
Visit Tad Pa Soy Waterfall
Overnight in Don Khone.

Day 11
Khong Island - Pakse (Breakfast/-/-)
From Don Khone, travel by boat to the pier at Tha Ban Nakasang. Continue by vehicle to KHONE PHAPENG, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia and one of the most impressive sites in the area. Here, the entire Mekong with all its force cascades down curving stone outcroppings and tints the massive stones with rainbows.
Continue to Pakse along the east bank of the Mekong River.
Visit Ban Nong Bung (Wood Curving Village)
Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative post, Pakse, the capital of Champasak Province is a relatively new town at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers. Spend the day exploring the highlights of the town, including the LOCAL MARKET, WAT CHOMPHET THEPPANIMIT, WAT PHOU SALAO, WAT LUANG, WAT THAM FAAI (Wat Phabat) and the CHAMPASAK HISTORICAL HERITAGE MUSEUM (closed to visitors during weekend and public holidays). Overnight in Pakse.

Day 12
Pakse (Breakfast/-/-)
Breakfast. Free at leisure untill transfert to airport .
End of service.


PRIVATE TOUR (Number of persons. Prices per person sharing twin / double room)

Standard / First - - - - -
Superior - - - - -
Deluxe - - - - -
Validity : Our package tour rates are valid from January 1st 2016 to April 30th 2016 Contact us about this tour Book now !
Accommodation and meals as described, all transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport, all entrance fees, english speaking guide (other languages available upon request), boat trips and cruise 2 days/1 night with full board, flight ticket Vientiane- Pakse
Visa fees, airport taxes, personal expenses, tips, personal travel insurance.
Note :
Reduction for 3rd person in triple room Standard $27; Superior :$85; Deluxe :$194.
Child reduction (sharing bed of parents): under 2 years Free Of Charge; under 12 years -30%

Pakbeng :
The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises 3+
The Legendary Cruise/2D1N/Cruise Down HOE-LPQ
Luang Prabang :
Treasure Hotel Laos (Studio Courtyard)
Villa Saykham (Superior) (No Extra Bed)
Villa Pumalin ( Superior )
Vang Vieng :
Thavonsouk Resort ( Gardenview )(No Extra Bed)
Ban Sabai Vang Vieng ( Standard )
Vientiane :
Avalon Hotel (Standard )(No Extra Bed)
Sengtawan Riverside Hotel ( Standard )(No Extra Bed)
Phasouk Residence ( Deluxe Standard )
Tadlo :
Tadlo Lodge ( Bungalow )
Saise Guesthouse and Resort ( Green House/Deluxe) (No Extra Bed)
Pakse :
Champasak Palace Hotel ( Standard/Palace Building )
Don Khone :
Sala Ban Khone ( Ban Lao )

Pakbeng :
The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises 3+
The Legendary Cruise/2D1N/Cruise Down HOE-LPQ
Luang Prabang :
Ban Lao Hotel ( Deluxe/New Building )
My Dream Boutique Resort and Spa ( Classic Courtyard )
Maison Dalabua ( Classic ) (No Extra Bed)
Vang Vieng :
The Elephant Crossing Hotel Deluxe Double-King with Bathtub
Vansana Vang Vieng Hotel ( Standard )
Vientiane :
Vansana Riverside Hotel ( Standard )
City Inn Vientiane ( Deluxe )
Sabaidee@Lao Hotel Vientiane ( Superior Double )(No Extra Bed)
Tadlo :
Tadlo Lodge ( Bungalow )
Saise Guesthouse and Resort ( Green House/Deluxe) (No Extra Bed)
Pakse :
Pakse Hotel ( Superior )
Don Khone :
Sala Ban Khone ( French Residence or Floating Studio)

Pakbeng :
The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises 3+
The Legendary Cruise/2D1N/Cruise Down HOE-LPQ
Luang Prabang :
Le Palais Juliana Luang Prabang ( Deluxe )
Vang Vieng :
Riverside Boutique Resort ( Deluxe )
Vientiane :
Lao Plaza Hotel (Superior/Regular Floor )
Tadlo :
Tadlo Lodge ( Bungalow )
Saise Guesthouse and Resort ( Green House/Deluxe) (No Extra Bed)
Pakse :
Champasak Grand Hotel ( Superior )
Don Khone :
Sala Ban Khone ( French Residence or Floating Studio)

For bookings of roundtrip packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Note : We recommend to book this tour as soon as possible as the cruise included in this tour is fully booked very well in advance.
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