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  • Laos Overland

    Code: LOT05 - Duration: 12 Days
    Start: Vientiane | Finish: Pakse
  • Known as the ancient kingdom of the “Millions of Elephants”, Laos has awe-inspiring nature full of rugged mountains, impressive waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River winding its way through the slim country. Laos Overland enables you to discover the landscape and culture of local people by overland experience from Vientiane to Khong Island and Pakse. Arrival in Vientiane, you will spend a day to wander around the famous temples as Wat Sisakeo, Wat Prakeo, That Luang Stupa & Patuxay Monument. From here, we head south to Hin Boun and visit the famous Kong Lor Cave which is over 7km long. You will be excited at trekking through the forest in Thakek and visit the Khammouane's famous Buddha cave and Tham Pa Fa or Buddha cave. Moving to Savannakhet you will have a quick visit French Quarter, the sacred That Inhang stupa, Soundra Salt Factory. We then arrive Pakse – the largest city in Southern Laos situated at the confluence of the Xedone and Mekong River. From here, we will discover the villages in Bolaven Plateau known for its cooler temperature. The trip is followed by spending 2 nights at Kingfisher Ecolodge at Ban Khiet Ngong village with a comfortable, intimate experience with exotic nature in a unique environment and especially, you will enjoy full day Elephant safari in the jungle. Continue your trip further in the south part of Laos to visit amazing Khong Island with the 4000 Islands: The old French Colonial buildings ,the beautiful Liphi Waterfall and famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng.

    Highlights:

    • Visit the temples in Vientiane 
    • Road trip from Vientiane to the southern part of Laos via the less tourist areas: Hin Boun, Thakek, Savanakhet 
    • Boat excursion to visit famous Kong Lor Cave 
    • Trekking through forest in Thakek and visit Khammouane's famous Buddha cave
    • Excursion in Savanakhet to admire the old French Quarter
    • Immerse yourself into the pure and fresh atmosphere of the Bolaven Plateau known for its cooler temperature and beautiful villages and stay in Tadlo resort
    • Adventure Safari in the jungle by elephant and experience stay at Kingfisher ecolodge
    • Discover the Si Phan Done - 4000 islands - with the possible observation of freshwater dolphins
    • Discovery, Ruins of Vat Phou, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples
    • End your trip by visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples.
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Vientiane arrival (-/-/-)
    Day 2: Vientiane (B/-/-)
    Day 3: Vientiane - Hin Boun (B/-/-)
    Day 4: Hin Boun - Kong Lor Cave - Thakek (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Thakek - Buddha Cave & Trekking (B/L/-)
    Day 6: Thakek - Pakse (B/L/-)
    Day 7: Pakse - Tadlo (B/-/-)
    Day 8: Tadlo - Kingfisher (B/-/-)
    Day 9: Kingfisher - Elephant Safari (B/L/-)
    Day 10: Kingfisher - Khone Island (B/-/-)
    Day 11: Khong Island - Khone Phapeng - Wat Phou - Don Daeng (B/-/-)
    Day 12: Don Daeng - Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Vietnam & Cambodia 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Vientiane arrival (-/-/-)

    Vientiane - Airport: 12km, ~30min drive

    vientiane tonkin travelUpon arrival at Vientiane airport, you will be met and transferred to hotel by our guide and driver. After making sure of your successful hotel check-in, they will be pleased to leave you free time for your own lunch and leisure to recover after the long flight.

    Meals Included: None
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

    Day 2: Vientiane (B/-/-)

    Wat Sisaket tonkin travelAfter breakfast at hotel, an optional early start enables you to visit the fascinating local market of Thongkhankham which is where the locals shop and a wide variety of weird and wonderful foods are on offer. We continue to explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The final visit of the morning will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre. This afternoon we visit the quirky yet impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow. A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

    Day 3: Vientiane - Hin Boun (B/-/-)

    Vientiane - Hin Boun: 310km, ~5h drive

    hin bounMorning after breakfast at hotel, we transfer south along route 13 to the central Laos province of Khammoune. En route we stop at Prabaht Ponsan, a stupa dating back to the 15th Century. It is also home to the Budhhas footprint, discovered in 1933, and now an important religious site in Laos. Afternoon we make a stop at the interesting Ban Ton Na Mae Hmong Market, then continue onwards into Khammoune province and into the mountainous area, where a stop at a view point near Khoun Kham offers a breathtaking view over the surrounding area. Our last stop of the day is Ban Thabuk, the bomb boat village where they use old bomb casings from the Vietnam War as boats. We eventually reach Hin Boun area by mid-afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Overnight at Sala Hin Boun

    Day 4: Hin Boun - Kong Lor Cave – Thakek (B/L/-)

    Hin Boun - Thakek: 29km, ~25min drive

    kong lorAfter breakfast at hotel, we drive to Kong Lor village and board a small local boat into the famous Kong Lor Cave. We navigate through the cave, which is over 7km long and includes a spectacular cavern over 100m high, as well as a breathtaking stalagmite gallery which you can explore on foot. On the other side of the cave, we take a short walk past some tobacco drying huts to Ban Pon Ngam, a remote village, where you can enjoy your picnic lunch. Following lunch, we return through the cave by boat, and transfer directly by car to Thakek, arriving there by late afternoon, in time for a stroll along the riverfront to enjoy a sunset over the Mekong.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Thakek

    Day 5: Thakek - Budha Cave & Trekking (B/L/-)

    buddha caveAfter having breakfast at hotel, we depart from Thakek by Tuk-tuk, and follow the old French railway track that was destined for Vietnam but was never finished. Arrival in the village of Ban Nakhang Xang, our local guide who will escort you on the trekking. Passing through secondary forest our guide will point out forest products that form an important part of local people's food resources. Going through a cave, we enter a striking valley with towering cliffs and forest. The trail follows the shoreline of Nong Thao Lake where you can see local fishermen at work. On arrival at Tham Nong Paseum cave more adventurous swimmers can explore the cave. The cave is 400 metres long and contains dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. Back in daylight, the trip continues onto Khammouane's famous Buddha cave for a traditional Lao lunch of Mekong fish, sticky rice and spicy papaya salad.

    After lunch, we visit Tham Pa Fa or Buddha cave, which was rediscovered in April 2004. The cave contains 229 bronze Buddhas that are said to be over 300 years old! Time permitting you will also be able to travel by local canoe into the water cave below. And we will return to Thakek in the late afternoon.

    Note: Moderate trekking, a good standard of fitness is required. During rainy season (May-September) the program may be changed without prior warning to accommodate the local conditions.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Thakek

    Day 6: Thakek - Pakse (B/-/-)

    Thakek - Pakse: 335km, ~5h10min drive

    that inhangThis morning after breakfast at hotel, we continue by road south and arrive in Savannakhet. In the afternoon, we have time to admire the old French Quarter of Savannakhet as well as the sacred That Inhang stupa, before heading out of the town to visit Soundra Salt Factory, to learn about the local working conditions. We then continue by road to Pakse, stopping to visit Don Khor, a village specializing in Buddha carvings for temples. We arrive in Pakse at the end of the day.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

    Day 7: Pakse - Tad Lo (B/-/-)

    Pakse - Tad Lo: 85km, ~1h20min drive

    Tad Fan waterfall, tour in laos, tonkin travelBolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is to visit Houey Ten, a Katu village specializing in knife-making. We then stop tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. We then make a stop at a coffee plantation, en route to Tha Teng Market, a colorful ethnic minority food market. Next we explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village, that boasts a sacrificial alter. We arrive at the beautiful Tad Lo Waterfall in the afternoon, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. You also have the option of a short elephant ride to take in the beautiful scenery.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Tad Lo

    Day 8: Tad Lo - Kingfisher (B/-/-)

    Tad Lo - Kingfisher: 111km, ~2h15min drive

    kingfisherAfter an early breakfast, we continue our tour of the Bolevan Plateau and visit head Pha Suam waterfall and to explore the ethnic minority villages of Lao Teung. We continue to travel by road to Xe Pian National Park or Kingfisher Ecolodge where you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Lodge in Kingfisher

    Day 9: Kingfisher - Elephant Safari (B/L/-)

    elephant safariAfter breakfast, you will experience a full day Adventure Safari in the jungle by elephant. You will start in the morning from the village of Khiat Ngong and, through paddy fields and wetlands, you will be led inside the jungle that surrounds the area. From the top of your elephant you will have a particular point of view of the dry dipterocarp forest that characterize Xe Pian protected area, you will experience the jungle environment while cicadas and birds sounds will accompany you along the way. After two to three hours of ride (depending on trail and weather conditions you will step down from your elephant and, after let them be free to feed in the forest, our guide and mahouts will serve you a delicious picnic lunch. After resting and watching the elephants roaming around in search for food, you will continue your jungle safari on the way back to the village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Lodge in Kingfisher

    Day 10: Kingfisher - Khone Island (B/-/-)

    Kingfisher - Khone Island: 55km, ~1h5min drive

    khone island - tonkin travelAfter breakfast, we drive south to Ban Hatsaikhone, where we board a local private boat for a boat tour of the 4000 Islands. We reach the picturesque island of Don Khone by lunchtime, and in the afternoon explore the island by bicycle, admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. We then return to our boat and head back to the mainland, and drive to Don Khong, arriving there by late afternoon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Khong Island

    Day 11: Khong Island - Khone Phapeng – Wat Phou – Don Daeng (B/-/-)

    watphou This morning after breakfast, we drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the east'. We then head north by road and across the Mekong by ferry to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. To end the day, we travel by boat to the island of Don Daeng where you will overnight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast
    Accommodation: Hotel in Don Daeng

    Day 12: Don Daeng - Pakse - Departure (B/-/-)

    Don Daeng - Pakse: 144km, ~2h25min drive

    After breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred back to Pakse and onto the airport for your flight to next destination.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Private boat trip in Kong Lor Cave and in Khong Island areas
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Early check-in, late check-out
    • Personal expenditures, tips
    • Personal insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Visa and visa arrangement (available upon request)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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