Itinerary : Discover Laos

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.

An exploration of SE Asia’s best kept secret!

Laos is still below the tourist radar, yet offers everything an adventurer could wish for: lush rugged mountains, the mighty Mekong River, astonishing biodiversity, a wealth of ethnic cultures and a fascinating mix of Buddhist and French colonial heritage. This one-of-a-kind adventure takes in the whole of Laos: from the south where we kayak on the Mekong River to watch rare dolphins, put elephants to bed in the forest and hike to sheer waterfalls; to the north where we marvel at the royal city of Luang Prabang before going way off the beaten track for some minding blowing hikes and touching cultural encounters. Come discover Laos, before everyone else does!

Day 1
From your rooftop restaurant in Pakse, watch the setting sun bathe the Mekong River and surrounding hills in gold.
Day 2
Jump on a funky riverboat and head down the Mekong River to one of the fabled and laid-back Four Thousand Islands.
Day 3
Paddle quiet reaches of the Mekong River listening for the breath of the rare Mekong river dolphins.
Day 4
In an off the beaten track village, take an elephant friendly ride through a forest and in the evening watch mahouts send their elephants out to graze freely in lush wetlands.
Day 5
Wander through an ancient Angkor temple complex carved into a hillside amid massive trees. Overnight in a small, forgotten French colonial enclave.
Day 6
Head up to the cool heights of the Bolaven Plateau, to get the skinny from a local coffee farmer on how to grow the best beans. Hike to the top of a dizzying waterfall. Go for a refreshing swim.
Day 7
A short flight takes you to Vientiane, the sleepy capital of Laos, to meet a famous weaver and have dinner in a great restaurant that supports and trains street kids.
Day 8
Take in Vientane's history on a cultural tour, then drive to Vang Vieng, set among stupendous karst formations.
Day 9
Paddle down the tranquil Nam Song River beneath soaring limestone cliffs, and beach your kayak at our riverside hotel just in time for lunch. In the afternoon: massages or more outdoor activity? The choice is yours!
Day 10
Have your cameras at the ready as we head through mind blowing mountainous landscapes. In Luang Prabang, soak in the ambiance of Buddhist and French colonial architecture. As evening falls, shop for ethnic treasures in the bustling Night Market.
Day 11
Rise early to the beating of gongs and watch hundreds of saffron-robed monks file out from their temples to receive alms. Hop onto a long riverboat and cruise up the rushing Mekong River to visit a revered cave. In a traditional village, take part in an ancient animist ceremony.
Day 12
Cross the Nam Khan river on an elephant-friendly ride, head through farms and jungle to your picnic site by a shady stream, then trek along the banks of a gorgeous series of waterfalls. Back in Luang Prabang, celebrate your discovery of Laos with the best French food and wine this side of Paris!
Day 13
Say goodbye to your travel companions and return home or continue with your onward journey.

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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