Central Laos Experience Tour

If you are long for a free vacation with a soft adventure and memorable experience, it’s recommended to arrange for Central Laos Experience Tour (7D6N). The well-scheduled package first takes you to the Vientiane Capital and then proceed to the primitive Thakhek, Pak Phanung, Nong Ping, XeBangfai Water Caves, and HinNamho National Protected Area. Each of these highlights urges you to circle the name of Laos in the map of Indochina tourism. While some of you might inevitably fall in love with the religious sites in Vientiane like War Sisaket and Wat Prakeo, the others have the long-lasting impression on the dreamlike XeBangfai River Caves and the happy moments in the beautiful campsite. Undoubtedly, the 7-day-6-night Central Laos Tour lets you happily get immersed in the charming Vientiane and then the pure Thakek. Along the tours, you can pinpoint various activities of trekking, kayaking, having a picnic, listening to the songs of the jungle, etc. Become nature-friendly is one of the best things to do in Laos, and this package makes it true for you. Check out the Laos Tour prices, services, itinerary, etc., with the simple clicks!

Destinations: Vientiane – Thakhek – Tham Khoun Xe – Thakhek – Vientiane

  • Daily departure
  • Prices valid until April 2017
Central Laos Experience Tour
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DAY 1: VIENTIANE – ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival at the airport, the travel guide is waiting to greet and transfer you to check in the hotel. Then, you take a gentle rest at the hotel.
Overnight Destination: Vientiane

Meals: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

DAY 2: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR – THAKHEK

In the morning, you begin this day tour with a visit to the premier tourist attraction of Vientiane. The first site to see is Wat Sisaket which is one of the oldest temples in the capital, and gains fame for the small-scale Buddha statues. Next, Wat Prakeo is the former royal temple which is recognizable for the well-known Emerald Buddha Image. Then, you will surely love to contemplate the national icon of Laos namely That Luang Stupa which is famous for the revered and beautiful structure. You will also appreciate the photography opportunities at the awe-inspiring Patuxay Monument which is perhaps called Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
After the lunchtime, you enjoy a comfortable drive south to Thakhek which is a sleepy yet gorgeous town filled with many colonial structures in the central Laos. It takes around 5 hours driving to the town. Along the drive, you can expect for a stop at Wat Prabath Phonsane (meaning “Temple of the Buddha’s footprint”). At the time that you reach Thakhek, it is expected to be the right moment to view the stunning sunset.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Thakhek

DAY 3: THAKHEK TOUR – PAK PHANUNG – NONG PING (Join-tour to Tham Khoun Xe)

From the hotel, you experience the 4-hour drive on the unpaved road through the fascinating karst mountain scenery. When it comes to lunchtime, expect for a stop at the boat landing in Pak Thung.
After lunch, you’re ready for a 2-hour boat trip on a local motor boat that passes the forested karst on the imposing Xe Bangfai River. Approximately, the boat will reach the village of Ban Tham Namlort around 5 PM, and then you stay at the village lodge. Spend your leisure time walking to what is in the village and have a good rest.

Estimated schedule: 4-hour transfer, 2-hour long tail boat
Meals: Non
Accommodation: Homestay at Nong Ping Village

DAY 4: NONG PING – XE BANGFAI CAVES – CAMP SITE (Join-tour)

You should fulfill the stomach with a good breakfast at the lodge, and then at around 8 AM, be ready to paddle in the inflatable kayaks calmly upstream 5 easy rapids to reach Xe Bangfai Water Cave. As this is the water cave, you paddle into the cave to discover the magic world inside and contemplate the long-lasting stalactites and stalagmites. After that, keep paddling through the cave for more 11km to arrive at the order corner of the cave in which the good lunch is served. Then, come back on the same route to reach the picturesque campsite on the beach right at the mouth of the cave.

Estimated schedule: 7 hour-kayaking
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping at Tham Khoun Xa

DAY 5: CAMP SITE – THAKHEK (Join-tour)

The early breakfast will give you much energy to get ready for the kayaking experience. At 8 AM, you kayak for 500m to the location in which a tractor is waiting and then takes 1 hour driving to the starting point of the trekking trail. From this spot, you experience a jaunt through the dense and old forest which has an abundance of the birds’ songs and then the picturesque waterfall in the significant Hin Namho National Protected Area. The beautiful setting of the waterfall and forest is also where the picnic lunch is offered. After lunch, you walk back the trail to arrive at the pick-up location in which you get a direct transfer to Thakhek.

Estimated schedule: 15-minute kayaking, 1-hour tractor, 4-hour trekking, 4-hour transfer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Thakhek

DAY 6: THAKHEK – VIENTIANE

After breakfast, you prepare luggage to get transferred back to Vientiane. It’s estimated that you reach the capital around lunchtime.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Buddha Park which stores an engaging collection of the Buddhist and Hindu sculptures nestled on the Mekong Riverside grassland, just nearby the famous Friendship Bridge. Approximately, there are 200 holy images whose history could be dated back more than 500 years. These spiritual images were made by the unknown monk who attempted to spread his philosophy of life and his ideas about the universe. From this spot, at the end of the day tour, you contemplate the imposing twilight over the powerful Mekong River to catch the last beauty of the day.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

DAY 7: VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE (NO GUIDE)

Enjoy your spare time while waiting for the departure flight. End of 7-Day Central Laos Tour.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Services

Services included:

• Private and air-conditioned transportation
• Twin shared room accommodation
• Charges for boat trip in the mentioned sights
• English-speaking tour guide
• Entrance fee to mentioned sights
• Meals included in the program
• Government tax and service charge
• Luggage transfer and mineral water

Services excluded:

• Visa stamping fee upon your arrival
• The separately quoted air tickets
• Travel Insurance in all types
• Single room (quoted individually)
• Other foreign language tour guides
• Rates for peak tourist season or special event not mentioned in the inclusion
• Tips, drinks, other personal expenses

Remarks:

• Itinerary is subject to change due on the issues of confirmed flights, road status, and room availability.
• Hotel names listed above might not meet your standard of expectation, typically in the distant region where the accommodation choice is limited.
• Prices are subject to change depending on VAT or other tax increases as well as USD currency fluctuations.

Price per person in US$
Private party of 1 Oct 2016 – 30 Apr 2017
1 participants  2100
2 participants  1064
3 participants  783
4 participants  698
5 participants  682
6 participants  650
Single supplement  139

Where to sleep in Central Laos Tour Package:

• Vientiane: New Rose Boutique Hotel*** (Superior Room)
• Thakhek: Riveria Thakhek*** (Deluxe Room)
• Nong Ping Village: Homestay (Standard)
• Tham Khoun Xe: Camp Site (Standard)

Exclusivity
Tham Khoun Xe Cave

With the height of 120m and the weight of 200m, Tham Khoun Xe Cave is one of the biggest river caves in the world. Also, the geological structures here are very impressive that wins your eyes from the first sight. Even prior to the French discovery, this cave was prefered by the Laos people; they came to the mouth of the cave to fish and nurture the slanginess.

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