Off the Beaten Track Laos

Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw & Luang Prabang

From £3900 Per Person in low season
From £4600 Per Person in high season

based on 10 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • International economy flights and taxes from the UK

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around public holidays and festive seasons this price will increase.

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At a Glance

  • Explore the remote and hidden parts of northern Laos, perfect for adventurous families and couples

  • Luang Prabang is an incredibly scenic, serene and relaxing place to unwind with the country's best hotels and resorts.

  • Visit some of the most untouched hill tribe villages in southeast Asia

  • Wander the charming streets of Luang Prabang alongside saffron robed monks

  • Take the boat down the Nam Ou river to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in Laos

  • Enjoy the wonderful cafes, boutiques and restaurants in the capital, Vientiane

  • Stay in beautiful boutique hotels that all ooze style and charm

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Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.

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Insider's View

Most hotels offer complimentary bicycles, make use of these as it's the best way to explore the countryside of Laos.

Ask Muang La about local Akha markets, there's a chance you might be able to visit one during your stay!

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

From the capital city of Vientiane to the hill tribes of Muang La, from the sparkling temples of Luang Prabang to the soaring mountain scenery of Nong Khiaw, this itinerary really showcases Laos' fairy-tale landscapes, exotic temples and colonial history while giving you a unique insight into one of Asia’s least travelled countries.

  1. Days 1-3: Vientiane

    This journey begins in Vientiane, Laos' sleepy capital city that hugs the Mekong river. It's a delightful place to spend a few days and a great introduction to Laos with tree lined boulevards dotted with crumbling French cafes and restaurants that are interspersed with decorative working temples. With your guide, explore the highlights of the city centre including the French inspired Arc de Triomphe, the ethereal Buddha Park and the fascinating COPE centre where you can learn about Laos’ efforts to recover from its dubious history as the world’s most bombed country.

    Accommodation: Ansara Hotel (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Northern Laos

    From Vientiane you will take a short flight up to the mountainous north of the country, landing in the small town of Oudomxay. From here it's just a 45-minute scenic drive to Muang La Resort. This beautiful property sits in the wilds of northern Laos, home to the most pristine verdant hills and colourfully adorned hill tribe communities. This area is ripe for trekking and exploring and we have included an exciting half day trip discovering local Ikhos tribe villages by 4x4 as well as a half day mountain biking experience. It's easily one of southeast Asia's best areas for untouched trekking and authentic village visits and we recommend a minimum of three nights here.

    Accommodation: Muang La Resort (3 nights)

  3. Days 6-7: Northern Laos

    From Muang La the trip moves slightly south with a drive to Muang Khua, from here it's a boat ride down the glorious Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw. The scenery here is absolutely outstanding as the river is flanked by sharp limestone karsts and luminous terraced paddy fields. During the one night stop in Nong Khiaw enjoy some time relaxing or perhaps make use of the complimentary bicycles to explore the town and villages nearby. With your guide, embark on a challenging three-hour trek past a number of cascading waterfalls and stopping for a Lao-style picnic at the summit. The untouched countryside here is far off the tourist trail, and it is a truly special experience to venture this far into such a little-known area.

    Accommodation: Mandala Ou (1 night)

  4. Days 7-11: Luang Prabang

    The journey continues by road to Luang Prabang, that should take about 3 hours. Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of Laos' highlights. It exudes old world charm, with beautiful colonial architecture, glistening temples and streets lined with high end boutiques, museums and restaurants. It's cooler than the capital Vientiane as it sits at a higher altitude and is surrounded by lofty green hills and two flowing rivers. It's easily one of the most charming towns in southeast Asia and deservedly protected by UNESCO. Here we invite you to make the most of your four nights stay with a full day walking tour of the city, a visit to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls for a refreshing swim, and a unique experience to visit an ethical elephant sanctuary nearby and trek alongside the adult elephants and their one baby as they venture through the jungle.

    Accommodation: Luang Say Residence (4 nights)

Experiences

  • Elephant Experience at MandaLao

    This wonderful morning experience takes you to a local elephant sanctuary just 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. You'll learn all about the majestic creatures and will feed and walk with them along tropical paths and through rice paddies.

  • Ikhos Village Explorer

    This half-day trip by 4x4 explores the most picturesque route along the banks of the River Nam Pak, visiting two Ikhos villages en route. The Ikhos people originate from Tibet and Yunnan in China and are some of the most isolated communities in Laos.

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Visit local markets and villages before heading out to the glorious Kuang Si Waterfalls, an idyllic spot that's ideal for swimming.

  • Luang Prabang Full Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology centre. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.

  • Muang La Cycling Discovery

    This relatively easy but adventurous half-day cycling trip follows the banks of the River Nam Pak, exploring charming Khamu villages along the way.

  • Vientiane City Tour and Buddha Park

    Get the most out of Vientiane by exploring the ancient wats of the city, the fascinating COPE centre and ethereal Buddha Park on the banks of the Mekong.

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Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw & Luang Prabang

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

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