Laos Explorer - 8 Days

Discover the land of million elephants from Houayxay to Pakse within 8 days.
Destinations: Houayxay – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang – Kuangsi Waterfall – Vientiane – Pakse
Departure date: Flexible Travel Dates
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
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Day 1: HouayXai– Pakbeng (L, D)
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B, L)
Day 3: Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour (B)
Day 5: Vientiane – Pakse – Vat Phou Cruise (B, L, D)
Day 6: WatPhou Cruise (HueiThamo – OumMoung Temple – Khong Island) (B, L, D)
Day 7: WatPhou Cruise (Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di) – Pakse (B, L)
Day 8: Pakse – Departure (B)

Day 1 : HouayXai– Pakbeng (L, D)

Our local slow boat leaves HouayXai pier at 09:00 for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route you will make a stop where you will have the opportunity to observe rural life in a remote ethnic minority village.

Our lunch will be served onboard as you continue on downstream, arriving in Pakbeng before sunset.

Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day 2 : Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B, L)

After breakfast we will board our slow boat to continue our cruise to Luang Prabang. This morning we will stop to explore an ethnic Hmong village before having your lunch on board.

Mid afternoon we will arrive at Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.

Continuing down the Mekong River we will arrive in Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 : Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall (B)

We head off this morning on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang. Cycling on, we are seeing the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of WatVisoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

This afternoon we journey to Kuang Si Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all the locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.

On arrival at the Kuang Si Falls you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary.

Returning to Luang Prabang late afternoon, your evening is free to explore or relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 4 : Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour (B)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

Following hotel check in and lunch you will head out on your site seeing tour of the Capital where you will see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, WatSisaket, with it’s thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of WatPrakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.

We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 5 : Vientiane – Pakse – Vat Phou Cruise (B, L, D)

You have an early start this morning with a 6.30 am flight to Pakse.

On arrival you’ll be met and transferred to the Vat Phou Cruise boat, once on board we head south, arriving at Champassak in time for a riverside lunch, followed by a guided tour of the mysterious pre-Angkorian temple of Wat Phou, the boat’s namesake.

As dusk falls, we board the Vat Phou for a relaxing cruise down-river, enjoying the tropical sunset on the deck. Dinner is served on board while the boat docks for the night alongside a remote Laotian village.

Overnight on board the Vat Phou.

Day 6 : WatPhou Cruise (HueiThamo – OumMoung Temple – Khong Island) (B, L, D)

After a leisurely breakfast on board, we set sail for the village of HueiThamo, only a few minutes’ walk away from the spectacular and ancient forest temple of OumMoung.

Rejoining the boat, we cruise south to the ‘4000 islands’ region, while enjoying lunch on the deck. Arriving midafternoon at Ban Dua Tae, a traditional Lao village, you will have the opportunity to explore and observe the traditional daily life of the village.

As the sun sets over the Mekong you will return to the boat and enjoy a quiet dinner on board serenaded by the songs of the buffalo toads.

Overnight on board WatPhou Cruise.

Day 7 : WatPhou Cruise (Veuthong – the “Niagara of the East – Xieng Di) – Pakse (B, L)

Today we will enjoy breakfast on the upper deck, while cruising to the small village of Ban Veuthong, where we will board a small long tail boat for a short journey to Khong Island, the largest island in the 4,000 islands region.

After visiting the island, we return to the mainland for lunch amid the bygone splendor of another age, colorful French colonial houses and an old customs post alongside a stone quay.

Following lunch, we jump in minivans for our drive to the captivating, scenic splendor of the KhonePhapeng waterfall, “the Niagara of the East”, close to the Cambodian border. Return to Pakse by road we will arrive late afternoon.

Overnight in Pakse.

Day 8 : Pakse – Departure (B)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to next destination.


Service Inclusions

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
  • Private transfer and transportation with a small bottle of water for each person
  • Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
  • All entrance fees & permits during guided tours
  • Excellent English speaking guide
  • No extra charge after confirmation
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed


Service Exclusions

  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Domestic flights & departure taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.