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Highlights of Laos Private Adventure

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.

  • 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

Arrive:

Vientiane, Laos

Depart:

Luang Prabang, Laos

Price: from $2,995

Duration:

8 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-8 Guests

Min Age:

8 yrs

Activity:

Level 2

This trip is ranked easy to moderate. Although none of the walking on this trip is particularly difficult, you will be on your feet a significant part of most days while sightseeing and the trip packs in a lot of sights and activities.
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  • 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

    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.

    Transportation: 30-minute private transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Relax in Oudomxay

    Day 2

    Fly 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

    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.

    Transportation: 1-hour internal flight, 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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

Highlights of Laos Private Adventure

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek captures the best parts of Laos as well as some unique additions not found on other itineraries!

Reason #02

Our team of local guides are true experts and have over 25 years' experience leading guests in Laos.

Reason #03

This trip is carefully tailored to break away from typical tourist destinations to explore hidden gems that are difficult to travel to on your own.

Meet your guides

Sengkham Phet

Sengkham Phet

Mr. Seng earned his degree from the Luang Prabang Teacher's Training College and has been guiding for the past 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!

Activities

Cultural touring of Laos, as well as hiking and cruising the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers.

Lodging

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

Climate

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

FAQ

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

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Additional costs

  • $410 Internal Airfare
  • $710 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside of Day 8
  • Optional travel protection
  • Breakfast on Day 3 & 7, Lunch on Day 2, 3 & 7 and Dinner on Day 5 & 6

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