Regularly hailed as the most beautiful country in Southeast Asia, Laos is characterized by the expansive Mekong River that flows through its heart, with dense tropical forest either side and a backdrop of stunning mountains. This tour has been tailored to emphasize everything that makes Laos special, from its cities' devoutly religious citizens to the untouched islands and jungle in the south.
Starting at Luang Prabang, you will be introduced to the spiritual centre of the country and its former capital. Visiting this city's numerous temples, dating back to the 16th century, offers an informative glimpse into Laos' past, whilst climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi provides the most spectacular panoramic view imaginable. In the surrounding area you will get to partake in a cooking class to learn traditional Lao cuisine, followed by an excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall with stops en-route at indigenous villages.
Next, we will take to the waters of the Mekong River to visit the Pak Ou Caves, lined with thousands of golden Buddha statues. Continuing up the river, we will arrive at the eco-friendly Ou-Kamu Lodge for an overnight stay in this natural paradise.
The following day will let you take in the rest of Luang Prabang's surroundings, including a traditional weaving village and the forest retreat of Wat Pa Phon Pao before the evening transfer to Vientiane. Here, you will see the charming old temples that characterize this city which, unlike many in Asia, remains highly traditional.
Leaving Vientiane, you will fly to Pakse, the hub of Southern Laos' cultural intrigue where pre-Ankorian structures, famous coffee plantations and the breathtaking 4000 Islands await. Enjoy a 90 minute elephant trek through the forest before heading for Khong Island, the perfect place to base yourself and explore the regions archipelago. Leaving the 4000 Islands, head back to Pakse for the return leg of what we hope will be an unforgettable trip.