Embark on a captivating journey through Laos with our Best of Laos 10-day private tour. This comprehensive itinerary combines the country’s top attractions, cultural visits, and breathtaking nature experiences. From the enchanting city of Luang Prabang to the southern wonders of Plateau Bolaven and the 4000 Islands, you’ll discover the rich heritage and natural beauty of Laos.
Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang—City Tour
Our staff will greet you when you arrive in Luang Prabang, the former capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom. Check-in at your hotel and embark on a walking tour of the city’s most important monuments. Visit Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, and Wat Mai, each showcasing unique architectural styles and cultural significance. In the evening, climb Mount Phousi to witness a stunning sunset over the Mekong River and explore the vibrant night market.
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave
Discover more of Luang Prabang’s cultural treasures as you visit Wat Sene Souk Haram and Wat Xieng Thong. Then, embark on a scenic river cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, also known as the Thousand Buddha Caves. Marvel at the thousands of Buddha statues housed within these impressive limestone caves. Along the way, visit local villages renowned for their traditional crafts and the production of rice, whiskey, and paper.
Day 3: Kuang Si and Local Villages
Start your day early to witness the Tak Bak ceremony, where hundreds of monks collect alms from the faithful. After breakfast, explore the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, and immerse yourself in the history of Luang Prabang. Continue your journey to the mesmerizing Kuang Si waterfalls, where you can take a refreshing dip in the turquoise pools. Explore nearby tribal villages and hike through the forest to learn about the Hmong and Khmu ethnic minorities.
Day 4: Plain of Jars
Travel to Xieng Khouang, a province known for its mysterious Plain of Jars. Marvel at the hundreds of ancient stone jars scattered across the plateau and ponder their enigmatic purpose. Explore the history of the area, which the Second Indochina War’s events shaped, and take in the authenticity of the Lao landscapes as you go.
Day 5: Vientiane
Head to the quiet capital city of Vientiane, situated on the banks of the Mekong River. Explore the bustling market at Phou Khoun village and visit temples such as Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng, and Wat Haisok. Witness a breathtaking sunset over the Mekong River and soak in the serene atmosphere of this charming city.
Day 6: Vientiane
Continue your exploration of Vientiane with visits to significant landmarks. Admire the thousands of Buddha images at Wat Si Saket and marvel at the famous Emerald Buddha housed in Wat Ho Prakeo. Discover the grandeur of That Luang Stupa, Laos’ most important monument, and pay tribute to the fallen at Patuxai, the Laotian Gate of Triumph. In the afternoon, venture to Wat Xieng Khouan, also known as Buddha Park, and be amazed by the unique sculptures inspired by Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
Day 7: Wat Phu – Don Khong
Embark on a journey to Wat Phu, a magnificent temple complex recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient ruins and learn about the spiritual significance of this sacred site. Continue to Don Khong, one of the islands in the 4000 Islands area, and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this picturesque destination.