Highlights of Laos Private Adventure Tour

Forest Treks, River Cruises & Rich Cultural Traditions


Nestled between Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, Laos is a haven for a kind of simple, unhurried lifestyle that is hard to come by in the more developed nations of the Indochina Peninsula. This adventure focuses on the pristine, less traveled northwestern corner of the country and Luang Prabang. You'll enjoy interactions with Khmu and Lao Loum hill tribes who maintain a traditional lifestyle largely unchanged for generations - on a trek where you're unlikely to see any other westerners. With all this delightful country has to offer, it's the perfect destination for those making their first trip to Southeast Asia, and for those seeking a new perspective on this exotic region.

8 Days

From: $2,995

Nestled between Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, Laos is a haven for a kind of simple, unhurried lifestyle that is hard to come by in the more developed nations of the Indochina Peninsula. This adventure focuses on the pristine, less traveled northwestern corner of the country and Luang Prabang. You'll enjoy interactions with Khmu and Lao Loum hill tribes who maintain a traditional lifestyle largely unchanged for generations - on a trek where you're unlikely to see any other westerners. With all this delightful country has to offer, it's the perfect destination for those making their first trip to Southeast Asia, and for those seeking a new perspective on this exotic region.

Highlights


  • Trek through lush forests amid stunning mountain scenery, meeting local villagers along the way

  • Cruise down the emerald waters of the Nam Ou River to Muang Ngoi, a hidden village only accessible by boat and Nong Khiaw, a town surrounded by towering limestone peaks

  • Explore fascinating temples and ruins in the UNESCO Heritage city Luang Prabang

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Highlights of Laos Private Adventure

Start: Vientiane, Laos  End: Luang Prabang, Laos

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Vientiane

    Day 1

    Welcome to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. A representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The day is free to get out and explore the city on your own. Your guide and group will gather early this evening for a brief orientation and a welcome dinner.

    Accommodation: La Seine Hotel by Burasari

    Transportation: 30-minute private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Relax in Oudomxay

    Day 2

    Take a scenic train to the provincial capital of Oudomxay and transfer to Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort to relax by the pool. Once a sleepy town, Oudomxay has become an important trading hub, reflecting the changes happening rapidly in the region. This bustling town makes the final leg of the journey - a stark contrast of jungles and wilderness - all the more exciting.

    Accommodation: Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort

    Transportation: 3-hour train ride, Two 30-minute private transfers

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Trek To Phongsavanh

    Day 3

    Take a 4x4 ride along the Nam Pak River to the trailhead to begin the trek through dense forest. Arrive in the Kamu village of Houay Ho, then pass through rice fields to reach the Lao Loum village of Ban Phonsavan to enjoy a picnic lunch. Descend to the Yang village of Long Ya. Take in the 35m long reclining statue of Buddha in the temple of Wat Hoytinphabath, then follow a dirt road along the River Huay Ya, enjoying the stunning mountain scenery.

    Accommodation: Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort

    Activity: 5 hours/6 miles hiking

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Cruise to Nong Khiaw

    Day 4

    Take a 2.5-hour drive to Muang Khua on the banks of the Nam Ou River to board a private long tail boat for a cruise down one of the most scenically beautiful stretches of river in Laos. Enjoy lunch in the village before boarding a boat up the Nam Ou River to Muang Ngoi, a quaint village nestled beneath a giant limestone outcropping - only accessible by boat. Continue to Nong Khiaw in the late afternoon, famed for the dramatic limestone mountains, to enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

    Accommodation: Mandala Ou Resort

    Transportation: 2.5-hour private transfer, 5-hour cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey by River to Luang Prabang

    Day 5

    Depart from Pak Ou Pier on a private longtail boat and stop for a visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, located at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. Continue downstream for two hours to Luang Prabang, with the option to stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village that specializes in making rice wine. Enjoy dinner at leisure.

    Accommodation: Kiridara Luang Prabang

    Transportation: 4-hour private transfer, 2-hour private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Explore Fascinating Luang Prabang

    Day 6

    Join a knowledgeable local guide for a full day tour of this UNESCO Heritage city. Visit the former Royal Palace which now serves as the National Museum, and neighboring Wat Mai, then on to Wat Sensoukarahm and Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang's most revered temple. After touring Luang Prabang town center, enjoy the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. Finally, climb to the top of Mount Phousi, the city's highest point, and enjoy sweeping views of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Before heading back, discover the vibrant night market.

    Accommodation: Kiridara Luang Prabang

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Take in the Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Day 7

    Rise at dawn to see the monks collecting alms. As the sun rises, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets, collecting offerings. After breakfast, head to the countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls, cascading turquoise pools surrounded by lush forest. Take a challenging, but rewarding, hike to the top of the highest drop or relax on the rocks of the lower pools. On the way back, stop at Phosi Market and visit Ock Pop Tock, a non-profit organization seeking to preserve traditional weaving techniques.

    Accommodation: Kiridara Luang Prabang

    Activity: 1 hour hiking

    Transportation: 2-hour private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Depart Luang Prabang

    Day 8

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homeward-bound flights.

    Transportation: 30-minute private transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

2 to 8 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

2 guests from $2,995 per person double occupancy

3 guests from $2,595 per person double occupancy

4 guests from $2,495 per person double occupancy

5 to 6 guests from $2,295 per person double occupancy

7 to 8 guests from $2,195 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Internal Airfare: $70

Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Sengkham Phet

Sengkham Phet

Mr. Seng earned his degree from the Luang Prabang Teacher's Training College and has been guiding for more than 10 years. His expertise is in adventure travel-whether it be kayaking, trekking. or cycling. He speaks English, Lao, Hmong, Thai and Khmu, and enjoys playing soccer and rattan ball in his spare time. He's excited to share his beautiful country with you!

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Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 3

5 hours/6 miles hiking

Day 7

1 hour hiking

Accommodations


Boutique hotels, tranquil bungalows and rustic resorts in remote, yet scenic locales.

La Seine Hotel by Burasari
La Seine Hotel by Burasari

La Seine Hotel is Vientiane's new boutique Mekong riverside hotel. Combining the Parisian art de vivre- the art of living-and the warmth and beauty of Lao culture. La Seine's boutique accommodations feature daring modern Art Deco interiors with handmade Lao fabrics and touches. The hotel is conveniently located close to restaurants, the night market and other sites. Guests are greeted with complimentary wine as well as a complimentary mini bar in their rooms.

Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort
Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort

Nam Kat Yorla Pa combines luxury with a uniquely inspiring traditional Northern Lao experience. The resort's design draws heavily from the architectural and cultural influences of the historic Oudomxay region. The setting is serene; the rooms are beautifully designed and spacious. Guests will also enjoy delicious international cuisine, a lovely outdoor swimming pool and relaxing spa.

Mandala Ou Resort
Mandala Ou Resort

Mandala Ou, located in Nong Khiaw, prides itself on providing comfort and relaxation to its guests. The property offers 10 deluxe detached units, including River Bungalows with direct Nam Ou River views and Fountain Garden Bungalows set in a tropical garden. Each bungalow comes equipped with ensuite bath and free wi-fi. Mandala Ou also boasts a bar and restaurant, infinity swimming pool, yoga sala and free bicycles.

Kiridara Luang Prabang
Kiridara Luang Prabang

Kiridara Luang Prabang is a luxurious 4-star property set in a prime location on the Nam Khan River two kilometers from the city. Relax in one of 24 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and minibars, then enjoy dinner in our restaurant, take a refreshing dip in our pool, or take advantage of our wellness center.

Weather


Low range from the high 50's to low 70's and highs range from the low 80's to the low 90's.

 
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Luang Prabang 
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Vientiane 
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FAQs


Do I need visas for Laos?

Yes, American citizens need a visa for Laos. You can get a visa on arrival at the airport.

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our MT Sobek representative will meet you on arrival at the Vientiane Airport.

What Internal Air is Included?

The internal air includes one flight from Vientiane to Oudomxay.

How Do I Get to Vientiane?

Connect through Bangkok, or another Asian city. The main airlines that fly from Bangkok to Vientiane are Thai Airlines, Vietnam Airlines and Bangkok Airways.

If I Want to Stay an Extra Night Do You Recommend Vientiane or Luang Prabang?

If you want to stay an extra night, we recommend you extend your trip in Luang Prabang, as it has more hotels and activities and is a lovely city!

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Guest Reviews


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