||Day 1 - arrive Luang Prabang
Arrive and meet English-speaking guide. Orientate yourself with a guided walk through the city then climb Mount Phousi at dusk to enjoy the panoramic views. After dark visit the night market for unique hill tribe handicrafts. Overnight at La Residence Phou Vao
Day 2 - Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace, now the National Museum, and other brilliant temples. Explore the rich diversity of Laos with a tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre before finishing up your day with sunset at Wat Chompet. Overnight at La Residence Phou Vao
Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Visit the morning market to buy local ingredients for your Lao Cooking Class. A hands-on experience, your professional chef will guide you through the creation of some of Laos' best cuisine. After a delicious lunch of your own dishes, travel through the countryside, dotted with ethnic minority villages, to the Kuang Sii waterfalls. Swim in the refreshing waters or a take a short walk to the top of the falls. Overnight at La Residence Phou Vao.
Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou-Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)
Arise early to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from Luang Prabang residents. After breakfast, travel by boat along the Mekong River to the Kamu Lodge, a unique ecolodge where guests can experience the rural life of the Laos people. En route, stop at the Pak Ou caves. Here you will find thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. Overnight at Kamu Lodge.
Day 5 - Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)
Spend the morning at the Lodge, perhaps trying your hand at planting rice, fishing, or panning for gold. Return by boat to Luang Prabang and visit the Heritage Information Center for an interactive tour about the preservation and conservation in the city. Visit a weaving village to watch traditional Lao textiles being created before your short flight to Vientiane, the capital city. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 6 - Vientiane (B)
After breakfast, embark on a full day city tour to discover the wonders of this quiet capital city. Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, the various wats and monuments of city are complemented by beautiful tree-line boulevards and French colonial architecture. Includes visits to the golden stupa of That Luang and the unusual Patuxay monument. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 7 - Vientiane - Pakse - Bolovens - Pakse (B)
Fly south to Pakse, a small town with colonial and Chinese buildings and a huge local market. The highlight of the area is the Bolovens Plateau where you will visit towering waterfalls, lush tea and coffee plantations, and cool, fresh mountain air. Return to Pakse in the late afternoon. Overnight in Pakse.
Day 8 - Pakse - Wat Phou - Elephant Ride - Khong Island (B)
Travel south to Wat Phou, a Pre-Angkorian temple set amongst rice fields. Continue to a small Lao village where you will get the chance to travel through the jungle on an Asian Elephant. Travel on through the wetland and forests to Khong Island, part of Laos' 4000 islands. Here, the spectacular scenery and laid-back locals will leave you with a true sense of serenity. Overnight on Khong Island
Day 9 - Khong Island - Siphandon - Pakse (B)
Travel by local boat through the 4000 islands region, witnessing local fishermen, stunning waterfalls, palm-fringed villages and bamboo forests along the way. As you approach the Cambodian border, stop at Khone waterfalls, the only section of the Mekong that is not navigable by boat. Return to the exotic evening market in Pakse. Overnight in Pakse.
Day 10 - Pakse - Departure (B)
After breakfast transfer either to the Thai border or to the airport for your onward flight.
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(B) means BREAKFAST INCLUDED
(B,L) BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INCLUDED
(B,L,D) BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED