Laos 7 Days Tour

Laos 7 Days Tour includes both popular and off-the-beaten path places in Laos. Join the road trip to explore the northern Laos

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

Laos 7 Days Tour includes both popular and off-the-beaten path places in Laos. Join the road trip to explore the northern Laos – Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Khouangsi Waterfall, Pak Ou Cave, Nong Khiow, Oudomxay, Pakbeng, HoueiSay.

Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVE VIENTIANE

On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by Lotussia Travel local team and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we see the major city sights; including Wat Sisaket, which contains more than 8000 Buddha statues, Wat Ho Prakeo the former home of the Emerald Buddha statue and That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos. We also see the Patuxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe), which was built in commemoration of those who died during past wars; today it is the city’s main landmark. We will make sure to watch the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and spend the evening absorbing the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Vientiane

DAY 2: VIENTIANE -> VANG VIENG

We leave this wonderful town after breakfast for our journey northbound towards Vang Vieng. We pass by breathtaking scenery as we head through the countryside and into the mountains. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century. We reach the small and tranquil village of Vang Vieng in the afternoon. The surrounding landscape is sublime and mostly untouched, which makes this place an absolute natural paradise. On arrival, we’ll go straight to the Tham Jang caves and enjoy a short trek to explore the Tam None Cave and some local villages. Today ends with a superb sunset panorama reflecting in the Nam Song River. Overnight in Vang Vieng

DAY 3: VANG VIENG -> LUANG PRABANG

Today we will set off early towards Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The roads are well paved along the way making for a smooth journey. The incredible scenery will captivate you, with steep terraced fields and hill villages. There will be plenty of time for photo ops, so have your camera ready. We stop briefly in Muang Xieng Nguen village to observe the local lifestyle. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, we have enough time to explore some landmarks, including the impressive Wat Visoun stupa, the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Sene, the city’s oldest temple and Wat Mai. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete with ascending 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its reflection in the Mekong River. In the evening, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of souvenirs and handmade textiles.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 4: KHOUANGSI WATERFALLS

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. You will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many foodstuffs and hill-tribe textiles. Today you will meet some ethnic minority groups in the Ban Ouay, Hmong, Ban Ou, Laoloum, Ban Thapene and Khmu Villages. After visiting the villages, we then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Phanom, another well-known weaving village and return to Luang Prabang in the late evening to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG -> PAK OU CAVE -> NONG KHIOW

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. Along the way to Nong Khiow we visit Thai Lu village and the weaving villages of Ban Nongkham and Ban Muang Souen. We’ll reach Nong Khiow in the late afternoon. It is a remote town with a great view of the dramatic valley and surrounding mountainous scenery. Overnight in Nong Khiow.

DAY 6: NONG KHIOW -> OUDOMXAY -> PAKBENG

We leave Nong Khiow after breakfast and drive towards Oudomxay, the most mountainous area in Laos. The road conditions vary, so it may be a rough journey. Oudomxay province is residence to 23 ethnic minority groups and we’ll make a few rest stops along the way so that you can meet with some of them. Hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly, welcoming you with waving hands and smiling faces. On arrival in Oudomxay city, we immediately head out to Pakbeng, again stopping at a few villages to explore. Once we get to Pakbeng, we browse through the evening market before checking in into your hotel.
Overnight in Pakbeng.

DAY 7: PAKBENG -> HOUEI SAY -> THAILAND

Today, we embark on a traditional boat for an upstream cruise on the Mekong. Both banks of the river are bordered with beautiful mountain ranges and lush forest. Along the way, we observe the peaceful river life and visit Ban Houeilampen to visit some Hmong people. On arrival in HoueiSay, we board a ferryboat to cross the Mekong River to Chiang Khong, Thailand.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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