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Images of Laos

12 days from £3495 per person

The 'forgotten country' of South East Asia, life in land-locked Laos is centred on the meandering Mekong. Largely undeveloped, this is a land of temple complexes and colonial architecture, of sleepy towns and vast swathes of emerald green jungle. Spending two days in bustling Bangkok, fly north to the beautiful UNESCO town of Luang Prabang before continuing on to capital Vientiane. End the journey in southern Laos with a stay at the charming La Folie Lodge – an ideal base from which to visit the spectacular temple complex at Wat Phou and the rural 'Four Thousand Islands'.

Route: Bangkok – Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Dong Daeng Island – Bangkok

Itinerary Highlights

Luang Prabang is a sleepy riverside town and the religious centre of Laos. It is home to over thirty temples and monastic complexes as well as the impressive Royal Palace.

Overlooking the Mekong, highlights of the Laotian capital of Vientiane include the Anousavari Monument, Wat Phra Kaeo and the 3rd century stupa of That Luang.

Vat Phou is an ancient, ruined Khmer temple complex in Southern Laos. Originally a Hindu shrine, the site became a centre of Buddhist worship, which it remains today.

Itinerary: Images of Laos

Today depart the UK on the Thai Airways flight to Bangkok. (N)
Bustling and eccentric, intriguing and unforgettable, Bangkok is the gateway to the country and Thailand's principle city. With a history stretching back a little over two-hundred years, Bangkok has always been a modern forward-thinking place yet much traditional Thai culture remains, as do beautiful monasteries, colourful markets and opulent palaces. (N)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa 
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (or similar)
Today explore Bangkok with your guide starting at the Grand Palace. Built by the early kings of the Chakri dynasty, this vast complex contains not only the King's private residence, stables and ministries but also over fifty temples including Wat Phra Kaeo, Thailand's oldest temple which houses the thousand year old Emerald Buddha. Afterwards visit the Reclining Buddha at Wat Po, then the atmospheric flower market before boarding a private long-tail boat to cruise the quiet canals of the Chao Phraya River. End the day at Wat Arun for a panoramic view of the Grand Palace and river. (B/L)
Accommodation in Bangkok: Ariyasom Villa 
Alternative option: The Sukhothai
Upgrade option: Mandarin Oriental Hotel (or similar)
This morning transfer to Bangkok Airport and fly to Luang Prabang. Encircled by the mountains of northern Laos and resting on the banks of the Mekong River, the former Royal capital of Luang Prabang is an eclectic mix of historic temples and beautiful old French colonial mansions. (B)
Accommodation in Luang Prabang: Xiengthong Palace Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: La Residence Phou Vao
With its historic temples and colonial architecture Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a wonderfully atmospheric place to explore. With your guide start the morning with visits to the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong and That Makmo, known locally as the 'Watermelon Stupa'. Leaving the town, travel south to the villages of Xangkhong and Xienglek, which are famous for the textiles they produce, before returning to Luang Prabang for sunset viewed from the temple atop Mount Phu Si. (B)
Accommodation in Luang Prabang: Xiengthong Palace Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: La Residence Phou Vao
Today visit the picturesque falls at Khouang-Sy which are on a tributary of the Mekong. Crystal blue, there a numerous sheltered pools ideal for swimming and walking routes through the lush vegetation. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon and travel by boat to Pak Ou – a place famous for caves full of small Buddha images. Later leave Pak Ou and return to Luang Prabang where the rest of the day will be at leisure. (B)
Accommodation in Luang Prabang: Xiengthong Palace Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Alternative upgrade option: La Residence Phou Vao
Transfer to Luang Prabang Airport and fly to Vientiane. Set on the banks of the Mekong River, this afternoon explore the Laotian capital with your guide. Places of interest include That Luang Stupa and the superb temples of Wat Phra Keo and Wat Sisaket. Also visit the Anousavari Monument which bears more than a passing resemblance to the Arc de Triomphe. (B)
Accommodation in Vientiane: Settha Palace Hotel (or similar)
After breakfast return to Vientiane Airport and fly south to Pakse. On arrival continue by road and boat to Dong Daeng Island and the pretty La Folie Lodge. Set amidst lush tropical gardens, this simple colonial-style lodge has twenty-four comfortable rooms all with fabulous views over the river to the Khmer temple ruins of Wat Phou. There is also a lovely swimming pool and good restaurant. (B)
Accommodation in Dong Daeng Island: La Folie Lodge (or similar)
This morning cross the river to Champassak which is located close to the fascinating archaeological site of Wat Phou. Sitting in the shadow of the sacred mountain of Linga Parvata, this is one of the finest temple complexes anywhere in Southeast Asia. Re-discovered by a French explorer in the mid-19th century, the crumbling ruins pre-date those at Angkor Wat by almost 200 years and are equally mysterious. Spend time exploring the site before returning to the hotel in the afternoon. (B)
Accommodation in Dong Daeng Island: La Folie Lodge (or similar)
Today follow the Mekong south to visit the 'Four Thousand Islands'. Located at the southern tip of Laos, close to the Cambodian border, here the river swells covering a vast area and dividing into numerous channels which in turn surround higher ridges of land forming the islands. Starting at Khong Island, travel by long-tail boat to the small village of Ban Khone, with its French colonial buildings, before visiting Liphi waterfall and Khone Phapheng the largest waterfall in South East Asia. (B)
Accommodation in Dong Daeng Island: La Folie Lodge (or similar)
This morning leave La Folie Lodge and head towards the Laos-Thai border. After crossing back into Thailand continue to the airport at Ubon Ratchathani for the onward flight to Bangkok. Here connect onto the Thai Airways flight non-stop to the UK. (B)
In the morning arrive back into the UK. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos Holiday Review

It is the fifth major trip that you have organised on our behalf, all of which have been a great success. However on this occasion you have excelled yourself. It was an excellent mix of destinations and experiences. Each was unique in itself and we find it difficult to identify which was the highlight of the trip. They all were!

AW - Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos - February 2016

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