US $3,990 per person (double occupancy) does not include domestic flight.
On request November through February
Gentle hiking and kayaking; biking on flat ground; river boat cruising; elephant-friendly riding; cultural tours; village visits.
12 nights hotels and lodges
Pakse, Laos / Luang Prabang, Laos
Tour Laos is a journey of discovery along the mighty Mekong River. Join us on this one–of–a–kind adventure tour, exploring some truly hidden places in Laos, a country still off the radar of mainstream tourism. As we travel throughout this tranquil, unhurried land, we find everything an adventurer could wish for: lush rugged mountains, the mighty Mekong River and its tributaries, astonishing biodiversity, a wealth of ethnic cultures and a deeply rooted history epitomized by romantic Luang Prabang, where saffron robed monks move silently past ancient gleaming temples and evocative French colonial mansions.
Beginning in the very south in our Laos tour, we paddle into a calm reach of the Mekong River to watch the rare river dolphins surface around us. We cycle through rice paddies, visit an Angkor temple and chill out in Champasak, where time has stood still. From a traditional village we take elephant–friendly rides through the forest, and see these giants set free at night in the nearby wetlands. In the coffee growing area of the Bolaven Plateau we hike to a stunning waterfall, then head to the sleepy capital city of Vientiane to meet a world-renowned weaver.
Our tour of Laos continues to the northern highlands where we pass through wild mountains with unsurpassable views, stopping to paddle the tranquil Nam Song River amid dramatic karst landscapes. In Luang Prabang, we immerse ourselves in the history and beauty of this famous UNESCO World Heritage site, take a boat ride up the Mekong to a mysterious cave, and visit ethnic minority villages. On our final day we take a magical trek with elephants up through an enchanted forest, picnicking by a cool river and heading down along a series of glacial–blue waterfalls and picture–perfect pools. Back in Luang Prabang we share a final fabulous dinner to celebrate our Laos tour!+ ADD-ON EXCURSIONS:
No journey to SE Asia is complete without a visit to the mystical Angkor temples around Siem Reap, Cambodia. Watch the sun rise over the stunning towers of Angkor Wat; sit in the roots of a giant tree to gaze at the peaceful four–side faces of Bayon temple; marvel at the intricate carvings in Banteay Srei and hike through cool forest to the astounding riverbed carvings in Kbal Spean. As our knowledgeable guide brings history alive, you will be spellbound and moved by this incomparable UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Suggested length: 3 to 5 days
Please let us know your preferences and we will put together an amazing excursion for you.
Adventure Travel has been our specialty since 1991 when we started to explore the world's most spectacular places as photographers and writers. Several years (and several books) later we began sharing our experiences with others by developing and leading adventure tours. We founded Hidden Places Travel in 2000 and quickly became renowned for our unique, off-the-beaten-track itineraries. Our support of local communities and conservation projects gives our trips unprecedented access and our loyal following of repeat guests is a testament to our professionalism and nurturing approach.
We invite you to join us on one of our life-changing adventures.
Dag Goering and Maria Coffey