Day 1: Houy Xay-Pakbeng (by boat). Pick up at Lao border, we take by traditional boat down stream on Mekong River. On the way stop to visit minority villages, Hmong hill tribe and then take for about 6-7 hours. Lunch served on boat. Arrive in Pakbeng late afternoon. Overnight in Pakbeng.
Day 2: Pakbeng-Luang Prabang (by boat). Today continue our journey to Luang Prabang and also on the way we stop to visit villages and Pak Ou Cave which is natural cave contains 2.500 Buddha statues which located on the Junction of Mekong River and Nam Ou River met together. You will see two different color of water during dry season. Arrive in Luang Prabang before sunset. Lunch served on boat. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang city tour. In the morning we take sight seeing tour to discover the sleeping beauty city of World Cultural Heritage, Luang Prabang. Here you can still breathe in its tranquility and capture the spirit of old Laos. We visit Wat Visoun Temple - the originally was built in 1513 by the King Visounarath made of wood. It was destroyed by black Chinese (Hor) in 1887, now has become the museum of the temple. Visit Wat Aham Temple and the National Museum (Former royal palace) which was collected the antiques keep inside included sacred Prabang Buddha statues. We then visit Wat Xiengthong Temple is the most beautiful temple and the oldest Wat was built in 1560, the only one was not destroyed by the war. Walk around city, then climb up Phousi Mount for over looking the view of Luang Prabang 328 steps to the top of Phousi Mount. Shopping at night market. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Kuangsi Waterfall. Today, you may get up early morning to offer the food to Monks, over 300 Buddhist Monks walking on the street side for collecting food. And then do not miss to see local more interesting market. After breakfast, we drive 30 km to Kuangsi Waterfall, which is the beautiful spot for picnics, swimming and relaxing. On the way we stop at Ban Na Sao, Ban Na Ouan - Hmong villages. On arrival at waterfall, we walk through forest take a short trekking. Possible to swim. Return back to Luang Prabang, on the way back we visit weaving village of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xieng Lek.
Day 5: Luang Prabang-Xiengkhouang (by mini bus). Today, we drive to Phonsavanh, on the way we stop to visit villagers. You will be excited by the scenery of the mountains. We have lunch on the way, arrive Phonsavanh before late afternoon. Overnight in Phonsavanh.
Day 6: Tour the Plain of Jars. After breakfast, visit local agriculture market, then drive to discover mysterious Plain of Jars the 2nd and the 3rd site, it is doubt around 2500 years old aged, no body exactly knows, the purpose of the big jars and made by whom, still a question for the scientists. We then forward to old city Moung Khoun, the place was heavily destroyed by Indochinese war between in 1964-1973, we have lunch here. After lunch, explore the destroyed temples. Return back to Phonsavanh, on the way back we stop some hill tribe villages, and visit the 1st site plain of Jars is biggest one and see sunset here.
Day 7: Xieng Khouang-Vientiane (by flight). In the morning you are at leisure until transfer to the airport for departure. On arrival in Vientiane, transfer to hotel and you are free on your own. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 8: Vientiane city tour. After breakfast, we take sight seeing tour to the central of historic lanes. We visit the oldest Wat Sisaket Temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Hor Prakeo, previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa we stop at Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. After lunch visit the Revolution Museum, have a walk at Mekong riverside and sunset here.
Day 9: Vientiane–Pakse–Done Khong Island (by flight). Early morning, transfer to airport for fly to Pakse by QV511 at 12:30/13:45 pm. On arrival, we drive on the National Road No. 13th south to Champasak and visit the ruins of Wat Phou Temple, which is well known as the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire between 9th–13th centuries. Here is also a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines, after a short stop to explore, we continue to Done Khong Island. Overnight in Khong Island.
Day 10: Done Khong Island (by traditional boat). After breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone Village, where the old French colonial buildings and its Khone Phapeng Ban Hang Khone retrace the old colonial past with seeing the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue discover the area of 4000 islands by our leisurely boat to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls of marking the end of Lao boundary to Cambodia call Liphi waterfall, known as the Samphamith. If we have luck, we may be seen the rare freshwater Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone Village. Return to Ban Nakasang Village and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in the world.
Day 11: Done Khong Island: Boloven Plateau. We continue our journey towards Tad Lor, through Boloven Plateau where famous tea and coffee plantation and other lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil are incredible all along the way. En route, there are some opportunities to explore a part of Boloven plateau and visit some hill villages of the Katu, Alak and Nge ethnic minority people. Possible to swim here, a beautiful place. Accommodation at: Tad Lor Resort.
Day 12: Tad Lor-Pakse. In the morning we explore some villages with short trekking around Boloven Plateau, then driving to Pakse to visit Wat Luang Temple and Local Market. Accommodation at: Champa Palace Hotel.
Day 13: Pakse-Departure. In the morning, you’re free at leisure on your own until transfer to airport for departure.
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