Trip code: CLAO
Price from: £2398 inc flights
This two week itinerary covers the highlights of the mysterious mountain country of Laos in depth.
After 2 nights in Northern Thailand, you enter Laos via unique means sailing across from the Thai side to the Laos side of the river at Huay Say. The adventure then begins as you board the Luang Say Boat for your journey along the famous Mekong River down to magical Luang Prabang. You spend 3 days sailing along one of the most seductive and important rivers in the world with 2 nights accommodation included on the river banks, first at Luang Say Lodge and then at Kamu Lodge. Along the way there are opportunities to interact with local hill tribe communities, visit sights like the Pak Ou Buddha Caves or to simply sit back and take in the spectacular scenery.
You sail into Luang Prabang at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong rivers where you stay for 3 days. Luang Prabang is a perfect place to stroll down ancient lanes and absorb the magic and timelessness of this wonderful and relatively undiscovered part of the world.
Next up is an overland adventure to the enigmatic 'Plain of Jars'. The journey takes approximately 6 hours, passing through remote areas of dramatic mountainous scenery and you have 2 days in Phonsovan from where you explore the mysterious jars.
From Phonsovan it’s just a short 40 minute flight down to Vientiane, with a population of around half a million people Vientiane is surely the most laid-back city in Asia! A local guide will show you the sights during your time here.
Towards the end of the tour you fly down to Pakse in the very south of Laos for 4 nights. Southern Laos is known for its highlands and plateaus, waterfalls, temple ruins, Mekong Islands, relaxed ways and its sense of timelessness. Highlights for visitors to this area include the Bolaven Plateau with its pleasant climate, coffee plantations, waterfalls and ethnic minority villages. Wat Phu, a Khmer temple ruin and UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Four Thousand Islands area of the Mekong River with many islands, rapids and waterfalls small traditional villages, and endangered freshwater dolphins.
Accommodation throughout is of a good standard.