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Laos Highlights


Day 1: Luang Prabang

Arrive in beautiful Luang Prabang, the jewel in Laos’ crown. Take your included transfer to the hotel. After settling into your room, your journey begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. Following this important meeting, you will be welcomed to the country with a tradition Baci ceremony. The ceremony, which aims to bring the 32 souls (khouan) that look after you back to your body and attract beneficial influence, is traditionally performed at all important events in a person's life. Afterwards, enjoy a free evening to explore this charming, French-influenced riverside town.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Wake early to participate in the alms giving ceremony, one of the most sacred Buddhist traditions in Laos, where locals offer food to monks in order to seek spiritual blessing. Alms giving takes place daily as the sun rises, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to side streets. Follow the locals as they kneel down, ready to give offerings of rice, fruit and sweet snacks to the monks. Later that morning, spend time learning about Laos’ diverse ethnic groups at the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. Afterwards, enjoy an essential activity in Luang Prabang – a boat ride on the Mekong River. It's a great chance to see the riverside from a different angle, with all its stately French villas, trees, and slow-paced two-wheeled traffic. Further along the stream, outside of town, you visit the Pak Ou Caves, located at the confluence of the rivers Mekong and Ou. Enjoy lunch on the boat along the way.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

In the morning, visit Ock Pop Tok, an inspiring fair trade social enterprise that provides a sustainable source of income for female artisans in Luang Prabang. Their dedicated team shows women how to make a better living from their skills. The organisation then employs women to design, make and sell beautiful textiles and handicrafts at three shops across the city. Later take a short ride out of town to visit Kuang Si Waterfall. Its glorious blue-green cascades make for one of Laos' most photogenic attractions, and the pool at its base is great for swimming in. There is time to visit the nearby Bear Rescue Centre as well. In the evening, sit down to dinner at Khaiphaen, a Friends-International enterprise dedicated to improving the welfare of disadvantaged youth through skills-training.

Day 4: Vientiane

Fly to Vientiane, the capital of Laos, in the early morning. Though not as visually impressive as Luang Prabang, this city is renowned for its food and has some must see sights. Its main streets are awash with a variety of high-calibre restaurants that serve a remarkably diverse span of cuisines from across the globe. Embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the city, stopping in at Wat Si Saket, Hor Prakeo, Patuxai (Victory Gate) and That Luang along the way. You’ll also visit the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE), a remarkable not-for-profit organisation that makes rehabilitative devices and medical equipment accessible to people with physical disabilities in Laos.

Day 5: Vientiane

Your journey comes to an end after breakfast. There are no planned activities for today and you are free to depart at any time.

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Start date - End date Trip Status Price
14/OCT/2019 - 18/OCT/2019 OR LR DGAU$1904
(single supplement $475)
28/OCT/2019 - 01/NOV/2019 FS DGAU$1904
(single supplement $475)
02/DEC/2019 - 06/DEC/2019 FS DGAU$1980
(single supplement $475)
16/DEC/2019 - 20/DEC/2019 FS DGAU$1980
(single supplement $475)
30/DEC/2019 - 03/JAN/2020 FS DGAU$2074
(single supplement $475)
27/JAN/2020 - 31/JAN/2020 FS DGAU$1912
(single supplement $415)
02/MAR/2020 - 06/MAR/2020 FS DGAU$1980
(single supplement $415)
30/MAR/2020 - 03/APR/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
20/APR/2020 - 24/APR/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
29/JUN/2020 - 03/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
14/SEP/2020 - 18/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
12/OCT/2020 - 16/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
02/NOV/2020 - 06/NOV/2020 FS DGAU$1886
(single supplement $415)
30/NOV/2020 - 04/DEC/2020 FS DGAU$1912
(single supplement $415)
14/DEC/2020 - 18/DEC/2020 FS DGAU$1912
(single supplement $415)
28/DEC/2020 - 01/JAN/2021 FS DGAU$2125
(single supplement $415)