Adventures with Purpose: Laos

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Overview

Opening your eyes to a world long-vanished in other parts of Asia, Laos is a land of serene jungles and remote mountain tribes. Through various locally-led initiatives, the country has made great efforts in recent years to safeguard its environment and preserve its rich cultural heritage, leading the way with many of its sustainable and eco-tourism practices. Here you will discover timeless beauty and forward-thinking enterprises which will give you a unique insight into an often-overlooked and ...

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Arrive Luang Prabang

Arrive in Luang Prabang where you will be met and transferred to the beautiful oasis of Maison Dalabua. This boutique property is family-run and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability through various initiatives, from implementing energy-efficient practices and minimizing waste, to engaging in local community support and sourcing local materials. Enjoy a free evening and get ready for your adventure ahead.

Day 2 Luang Prabang: Heritage, History & Handicrafts

Set off this morning with your guide to explore some of the main sites and immerse yourself in the traditional arts and history of this beautiful town located along the banks of the Mekong River, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Royal Palace Museum as well as the historical Huan Chuan Heritage House, before moving on to one of the country’s most enchanting temples, Wat Xiengthong. Discover a charming traditional library which houses an historic photo exhibition of Buddhist heritage, before ending with a visit to the ‘Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre’, which gives a wonderful introduction to the rich and diverse ethnic and cultural blend of Laos. Here you can meet with one of the directors of the museum who will give you a private tour and offer a greater insight into the different ethnic cultures of Laos.

Maison Dalabua Breakfast

Day 3 Luang Prabang: Life along the Mekong

Setting off early this morning, you will discover some of the villages and livelihoods of the locals living along the Mekong River, as you explore by boat, bicycle and on foot, passing between temples, fishing and weaving villages, and learning more about the different communities and traditions in this area. Following quiet unpaved roads, you will soon reach a village famous for its pottery-making, and here you will spend some time with a master-potter who will give you an insight into his craft, as well as a delicious home-cooked lunch. End the day on a special local boat for a private sunset cruise, accompanied by refreshing drinks and tasty canapes, as you soak up the effortless beauty of life along the Mekong.

Maison Dalabua Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Luang Prabang : Bears , Butterflies & Buffaloes

After breakfast you will be taken on a scenic drive through the countryside to visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. Stop off en route to visit the Kuang Si Butterfly Park, where you will be shown around by one of the botanist founders, and then spend some time at the Free the Bears Project to learn about the Asiatic Black Bear conservation efforts led by this local organisation. This afternoon, you will then visit the Laos Buffalo Dairy, a social enterprise which helps underprivileged farmers with new sources of income by producing artisanal cheese from buffalo milk. Meet one of the managers for a guided tour around the farm and learn about the challenges, achievements and future plans of this progressive organisation, as well as sampling some of the fantastic cheeses! Returning to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, you will visit the wonderful Ock Pop Tock Learning Centre where you can discover more about silk weaving. This social enterprise was established with the goal of promoting and preserving the traditional textile arts of Laos while providing economic opportunities for local weavers. They work with local artisans, especially women in rural areas, providing them with training and a platform to showcase their skills. For those with a keen interest in learning some of the traditional Lao weaving techniques, the organisation also offers workshops and classes.

Maison Dalabua Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Luang Prabang – Sayaboury: Elephant Conservation

Today you will be transferred out of town into the beautiful Laos countryside towards Sayaboury Province, where you will spend the next two days learning about the conservation work being done at the unique Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC). In more recent years, Laos has been actively involved in conservation efforts for elephants, recognizing their cultural and ecological significance. The ECC focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, and protection of elephants, aiming to address the challenges faced by these majestic creatures. The historical use of elephants in logging resulted in habitat loss and strained human-elephant relationships, and as agriculture expanded, elephants also encountered increased conflicts with farmers. Poaching and illegal trade still pose significant threats to elephants in Laos, but strict law enforcement and international collaboration have played an integral part in helping to protect them, as well as educational programs, the implementation of protected corridors and community-based conservation initiatives such as the ECC.

Day 6 Sayaboury – Luang Prabang

Enjoy observing the elephants in their natural environment and learn more about their daily routines. You will get the chance to meet with the experienced conservationists that are based here and discuss the challenges and successes of this important conservation initiative. After lunch you will be transferred back to Luang Prabang where you can settle in for the evening.

Maison Dalabua Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7 Luang Prabang – Phonsavan: War Insights & UNESCO Mysteries

Depart Luang Prabang after breakfast for a long but stunning drive along the winding mountain roads to Phonesavanh, home of the UNESCO site of Plain of Jars. En route, you'll stop to visit some local villages and have lunch at a local restaurant. This region played a major part during the Vietnam War, which you will learn more about during your time here. Make a stop at a hidden Buddha Cave which served as an army hospital during the war, before arriving to your hotel for the evening.

Vansana Plain Of Jars Breakfast

Day 8 Phonsavan: Plain of Jars

Start the day with a visit to the Mines Action Group (MAG) to learn about the important work being done to clear land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the beautiful and truly unique sites of the Plain of Jars. Wander around the three different sites and visit Wat Phia, a temple that was almost completely destroyed during the war, leaving only a giant Buddha head which to this day remains intact. End the day with sunset views from a special viewpoint.

Vansana Plain Of Jars Breakfast

Day 9 Phonsavan – Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park: Jungle Adventure

Follow the winding roads northeast today as you make your way towards Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park (NEPL), Laos’ largest protected area and home to a rich biodiversity that is scarce in other parts of the country. En route you will get the chance to stop at a nearby Hmong village where you can see locals have made use of old bomb scrap to build their houses. Once you reach the national park you will meet with your specialist local guide and together board a longtail boat and set off along the Nam Nern River, deep into the national park to your basic overnight camp. This is a wonderful way to observe the flora and fauna along the river. Enjoy a local lunch on arrival and learn more about the conservation efforts in the park, directly from those villagers involved. Late afternoon you will embark on a night river safari, offering an insight into the park’s hidden wildlife wonders.

Day 10 Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park – Nong Khiaw

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle in your traditional Lao style hut and enjoy an early morning adventure with your local guide to discover more about the flora and fauna and general history of the area, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War. Cruise back downriver and enjoy some birdwatching en route, before transferring by road to Nong Khiaw, a long journey but one which passes through some stunning scenery.

Mandala Ou Resort Breakfast

Day 11 Nong Khiaw: Nam Ou River & Weaving Village

Discover the beautiful surrounding scenery today as you set off along the Nam Ou River, stopping at a weaving village only accessible by boat. Here you will be treated to lunch with a local family and you can learn more about life in the village and the importance of the weaving industry in this area.

Mandala Ou Resort Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12 Nong Khiaw – Nam Ou Homestay

Enjoy a morning at leisure where you can explore the area more on foot or simply relax and soak up your surroundings. After lunch you then set off to meet your wonderful host for the next two days, who will take you to their village to stay with their family in a beautiful traditional wooden house. Learn about the fascinating history of the house and explore the village with your host, who will introduce you to local residents and take you to a local market to pick up some fresh ingredients. Back at the house, you will then have the chance to help prepare dinner and learn some of Laos’ culinary secrets.

Day 13 Nam Ou Homestay – Luang Prabang

Wake up at sunrise to offer Buddhist monks their morning alms at a local temple. You’ll be accompanied by your host who can demonstrate the proper method of alms giving and explain this daily Buddhist ceremony. After enjoying breakfast with the family, you will then be introduced to some of the local fishing and farming techniques as you explore the river and paddy fields, before saying goodbye to your hosts and heading south back to Luang Prabang for your final evening.

Maison Dalabua Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14 Depart Luang Prabang

You will be transferred to the airport today in time to catch your onward flight. For those interested in spending a couple of days in Vientiane, you can easily add this on using the connecting train between Luang Prabang and the capital. Beyond the highlights in Vientiane, you will also get the chance to visit the COPE Centre to learn about how they are helping the disadvantaged in Laos who have been effected by UXO, and in the evening, meet with Mike Boddington (MBE) – a UK expat who founded COPE, who will give you more of an insight into their very important work.

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

14 days from £3,230

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 11326 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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