Laos River and Forest Trip
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Destination for this trip:
Laos; Savannakhet, Laos; Vientiane, Laos
Length of trip:
Approximate price of this trip per person:
from $ 0 to $ 2000
Best travel dates to go:
January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December
Detailed Description of this trip:
Laos is dominated by the Mekong River, the “mother of South East Asia” and spectacular scenery, and to make the most of these we travel by boat and foot as much as possible. Our journey takes us from the waterfalls and islands of the Mekong to lush national parks and ancient historical mysteries.
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Day 1 - Vientiane
Arrival in Vientiane.
Arrival in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. When you fly in you will see the green from the country around you, and you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
After lunch, take a guided walking tour to That Stupa national monument, the National Museum, Wat Sisaket - the oldest temple in Vientiane – and the Ho Phra art museum.
Day 2 - Vientiane
Full day in Vientiane.
In the morning, visit a humanitarian project which works with children living on the streets, to understand about the issues facing the poorest people in the city and appreciate what is being done to help them. They also have a training restaurant where you can have lunch.
In the afternoon, walk to the independence monument (which looks very much like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but without the traffic!), where you can climb the steps to the top and see the view over the city.
Day 3 - Savannakhet
Day tour of Savannakhet.
Drive to the South of Laos, one of the most stunning areas of the country. There will be an overnight stop at SAVANNAKHET, a town with many influences from the bordering countries of Thailand and Vietnam.
On arrival, visit the only Christian church you will see in the whole time you are in Laos, and one of the most important Buddhist stupas in the country. In the afternoon, you can take a forest walk with knowledgeable local guides who work for a conservation project .
Day 4 - Laos
Drive to Boloven Plateau, a cool green forested area.
Drive to BOLOVEN PLATEAU, a cool green forested area. On the way, visit the tea plantations, where you can see how it is prepared for sale (and also buy some if you wish).
Bed & Breakfast
Your guest house lodge is on the water with a view to a beautiful waterfall where it is possible to swim.
Day 5 - Laos
Walking day in the mountains.
Today is a gentle walking day in the mountains to appreciate the truly beautiful scenery. There will be a packed lunch (included).
Day 6 - Laos
Travel to Done Khong Island in the Mekong.
Travel to DONE KHONG ISLAND, one of the 4000 islands in the Mekong, where you will stay overnight.
On the way, visit Champasak, home of Angkorian-era temples, where there is also a small Buddhism museum.
Day 7 - Laos
Travel by boat to visit the biggest waterfalls in South East Asia.
After breakfast, travel by boat to visit the biggest waterfalls in South East Asia - Khon Phapheng and Somphamit Falls – where you can have lunch. On the way back, make a few stops to look at the old French architecture and the old railway (still with a train abandoned in the jungle!), before returning to the guesthouse for a cool drink while watching the sunset.
Day 8 - Laos
Trip ends after breakfast.
Trip ends after breakfast. We can arrange transfers to Pakse airport, the Thai or Cambodian borders.
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