Laos authentic 23 days

Day 01: Vientiane arrival (L)
Day 02: Vientiane – Buddha Park (B.L)
Day 03: Vientiane – Oudomxay – Luang Namtha (B.L) by flight
Day 04: Luang Namtha – Muang Sing (B.L) 
Day 05: Muang Sing – Oudomxay (B.L) 
Day 06: Oudomxay – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang (B.L)
Day 07: Luang Prabang (B.L)
Day 08: Luang Prabang – Kuangsi waterfall (B.L) 
Day 09: Luang Prabang - Trekking Ban Xieng Mane & Ban Charn - Luang Prabang (B.L)
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Xieng Lom – Elephant Riding – Luang Prabang (B.L) 
Day 11: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang (B.L)
Day 12: Xieng Khouang (B.L)
Day 13: Xieng Khouang - Vang Vieng (B.L)
Day 14: Vang Vieng (B.L) 
Day 15: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B.L)
Day 16: Vientiane – Paksé - Boloven Plateau - Tadlo (B.L)
Day 17: Tadlo – Boloven Plateau – Attapeu (B.L) 
Day 18: Attapeu – Champasak – Khong Island (B.L)
Day 19: The Four Thousand Island – Pakse (B.L) 
Day 20: Pakse – Vientiane (B.L) 
Day 21: Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake (B.L) 
Day 22: Vientiane – Ban Somsamai (B.L) 
Day 23: Vientiane departure (B)

Day 01: Vientiane arrival (L)
Upon arrive in Vientiane. Welcomed by our local guide and transferred to hotel. Vientiane is the city of the moon – an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch of Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 02 : Vientiane – Buddha Park (B.L)
After breakfast at hotel, we take a trip by road to outskirts of Vientiane, following the road along the bank of Mekong river to visit the Buddha park of Xieng Khuan, the park (28km East of Vientiane), containing a combination of hundred status of Hindu divinities and Buddha. We drive pass villages on the bank of Mekong through beautiful views of vegetable garden, tobacco plantation ... ect. It's nice makes photo stops and see rural life of local people. We also have a nice view of the Mekong friendship Bridge as the border between Laos and Thailand after visiting then Buddha Park, we return along road back to Vientiane. Dinner on your own and overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 03 :Vientiane – Oudomxay – Luang Namtha (B.L) By flight
After breakfast, transfer to Wattay airport for departure by QV flight Luang Nam Tha a land of rugged mountains, pristine forests, and rich river plains with over 20 ethnic groups, make it the most ethnically diverse province in Laos. Upon arrival at Luang Nam Than airport, our guide will accompany you to your guest house. Afternoon, visit Luang Nam Tha provincial museum, drive outskirt of town to visit Ban Nam Leu, a small village of Lane Tane hill tribe and also visit Ban Thongchai Neua, a silk-weaving village of Tai Dam. Overnight at guesthouse in Luang Nam Tha.
Day 04 :Luang Namtha – Muang Sing (B.L) 
Following breakfast, we head North by car about 2-3hrs to Muangsing, a small town near Laos-China border where there are more hill tribes to be seen. There are lots of interesting villages of various ethnic groups such as Hmong, Aka…that we may visit. Check in at a good guest house and enjoy our lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue to drive to near China border area and visit villages of Ikor or Aka ethnic group as well as a village of Yao hill tribe where you will learn more traditional way of rural life with their fascinating culture of these people. Dinner is at a local restaurant or guest house and overnight at Guest house in Muang Sing.
Day 05 :Muang Sing – Oudomxay (B.L) 
Breakfast at hotel, in the early morning visit Muangsing morning market, where there are lots of Aka people, who bring their forestry products to sell and also buy their necessary goods back home. Breakfast at local restaurant, it’s time to say good buy to Muangsing, and drive back to Luang Namtha and continue about 4 hours drive to Oudomxay, a good stop off point N or S surrounded by hills, linking China, Vietnam, Luang Prabang and Pakbeng, even it was razed during the war. There are also more villages of ethnic groups such as Hmong, Khmu that we may stop and visit along the way. There are a few good local restaurants where we can take a good simply lunch along the way. Arrive in Oudomxay, check in at a good guest house and relax after a long day drive. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Oudomxay.
Day 06 : Oudomxay – Pak Ou – Luang Prabang (B.L)
After breakfast, it is also interesting visit the morning market in town, where some Hmong hill tribe people come to sell and buy things there, before we head south by car about 4 hours to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. We also stop to relax and have lunch at local restaurant. We stop on route at Ban Pak Ou, a village opposite of Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite to the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. We cross the Mekong by small boat to visit Pak Ou cave, and we cross back to Ban Pak Ou to continue our way to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is spent free for own experience of this charming town with kind people. Overnight at hotel in Luangprabang.
Day 07 : Luang Prabang (B.L)
Breakfast at hotel, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty still remain in the town and surrounding areas. visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc…; Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; drive outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, the well-known village for its wood papers  and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes. In the afternoon, we continue to visit Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple, which more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture, Hmong market in town, where some of Hmong ladies still show their skilled embroidery works, climb Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang and watch sunset over the hill at Wat Phabat Tai on  the bank of the Mekong river.
Day 08 : Luang Prabang – Kuangsi waterfall (B.L) 
A morning breakfast, we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop on road, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, where most of your food come from and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of Hmong hill-tribe group. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, Ban Tha Pane that we may visit.  Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent free for independent exploration on this ancient town. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang. 
Day 09 : Luang Prabang - Trekking Ban Xieng Mane & Ban Charn - Luang Prabang (B.L)
After breakfast, take a boat cross Mekong River to Ban Xieng Mane, trek to Wat Long Khoun, where you can see the stunning view of World Heritage. Then trek along Mekong River to Ban Charn, known as Pottery Village. En route stop and talk with locals to see how those people earn money and support their daily living condition. Arrive in Ban Charn, visit the place where those villagers make various potteries. Those potteries exported to France, Japan, and others. Late afternoon, take a boat cross Mekong River and transfer you to your hotel for relax. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 10 :Luang Prabang – Xieng Lom – Elephant Riding – Luang Prabang (B.L) 
After breakfast, we take a trip by road to outskirts of Luangprabang 15 Km to Ban Xienglom an elephant riding 1 hrs and half along the way your seeing the scenery on the Namkhan river and return back to Luang Prabang on the way to Tadse waterfall the natural and green view around. Return to the city by late evening, for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath, and then back to the hotel for free time. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 11 :Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang (B.L)
Today we have an option to rise early to view the procession of monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice dating back centuries. The local people wait out the front of their houses with food for the monks to collect and bring back to the temple. After breakfast we enjoy a walk around the local shops, we leave Luang Prabang and drive along a winding way through the scenic mountain landscape to Xieng Khouang. This remote province was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. The journey is very long and difficult at times, but we can make many stops as we please, to stretch our legs or simply catch some wonderful photographs. Overnight at hotel in Xieng Khouang.
Day 12: Xieng Khouang (B.L)
Today we will be exploring the Plain of Jars. This large group of historic-cultural sites, containing thousands of jars of different sizes and shapes is a great mystery to this day. No one knows who have built them or for what purpose. After breakfast, we will drive to visit site 1 of the Plain of Jars, located about 10 kilometers from Phonesavanh with over 300 jars scattered around the site. From there, we will proceed to visit site 2 (home to the biggest jars) and site 3 of the Plain of Jars. We will return to Phonesavanh for lunch, and continue to visit Mouang Khoune, the former provincial capital which has been almost entirely destroyed by heavy bombings during the Vietnam War. On road, we will stop and visit various hill tribes’ villages such as H’Mong, Thai Dam (Black Thai) and Phuan. You will have a short orientation tour of Mouang Khoune with visit to the ruins of Vat Phia Vat and Vat Tha Foune temples. In late afternoon we will return back to Phonesavanh. Overnight at hotel in Xiengkhouang.
Day 13 : Xieng Khouang - Vang Vieng (B.L)
Heading out of town we make a short drive to visit the "Plan of Jars", an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most of archaeologists are still mystified about their purpose. The following destination of our trip is Vang Vieng via a seven hour overland trip. This small and tranquil village is rapidly developed with the advent of tourists, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops unchanged for century. We arrive in Vang Vieng by mid or late afternoon depending on roads and traffic conditions. Overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
Day 14 :  Vang Vieng (B.L) 
After breakfast, we will transfer to Ban Viengsamai to take a 4 hrs Kayaking trip along Nam Song River. Today we will discover another Laos, the country that lies at the river banks. We will cruise down the Nam Song River, along the beautiful ridges surrounding it and are being reflected in the crystal clear water. Every once in a while, we will get a glimpse of a fisherman passing by, kids playing in the water, women doing their laundry in the river, and actually, a whole life that are running as the Nam song water flows. We will get back to Vang Vieng for a late lunch, and then hop on a back of a local truck to explore the karts mountains of Vang Vieng and its beautiful caves. We will end the day the beautiful Blue Lagoon, before heading back to Van Vieng. Overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
Day 15 :  Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B.L)
The exciting exploration of Vang Vieng begins with a boat trip along the Nam Song River, giving us a taste of adventure and an interesting visit to Tham Jang Cave. This sacred cavern was once used by local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We walk uphill to see Tham Jang Cave and enjoy wonderful views across the idyllic valley to the beautiful panorama of Vang Vieng Town.
Day 16 : Vientiane – Paksé - Boloven Plateau - Tadlo (B.L)
After early breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Wattay airport and depart to Pakse by plane. Upon arrival at Pakse we will drive to Tad Lo via Paksong stopping on raod at tea and coffee plantations and at Tadfan waterfall. On the way, we will visit different minorities: the Alak village of Pong Neua with its beautiful spirit house and the Katou village of Kok Bhoung. In the afternoon we will stop near the Sayxet dam and visit the Nge village of Khiang Tad Soung. At the evening, we will drive back to Pakse town. Overnight in Tadlo.
Day 17 : Tadlo – Boloven Plateau – Attapeu (B.L) 
Today we will continue our exploration of the Boloven Plateau. We will have a 3 hours elephant trek in the jungle, and continue to Paxuam Waterfall and the nearby ethnographic museum, with its permanent display of the varied ethnic groups of the region, some of them are still in a very slight contact with the outer world. We will then proceed to Feak Waterfall, on our way to Attapeu, in which the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail have went through, which the Vietcong has poured weapons, supplies and forces to maintain ther war in southern Vietnam. We will visit the area of the famous trail, and will learn about the vicious history of the region during the Vietnam and the Secret Wars. Overnight in Attapeu.
Day 18 : Attapeu – Champasak – Khong Island (B.L)
We will leave Attapeu towards Champassack, where we will cross the Mekong River by ferry and continue by car to visit Vat Phou, the ruins of Khmer temple from 8 – 11th century including a visit to the small local museum. From the top of the ruins we will have a spectacular view on the surroundings plains. At the afternoon, we will continue once again our journey south, towards the Si Pan Done (Four Thousand Islands) region, at the heart of the Mekong Delta. We will reach Done Khong, a big island as 16 km long and 8 km wide, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos, where the Mekong reaches up to 14km wide during the rainy season. Its capital is Muang Khong, a small former French settlement. Overnight in Done Khong.
Day 19 : The Four Thousand Island – Pakse (B.L) 
The Four Thousand Islands region has got its name from the countless islands popping out of the Mekong River during the dry season. However, all year round there are inhabited islands scattered throughout the delta, all of them sustaining the livelihood of its inhabitants by simple agriculture and fishery. Today we will tour around the islands, starting our visit to Done Khone and Done Det. We will travel by boat and foot, and will walk the bizarre railway connecting the two islands as part of a short lasting French scheme to connect Cambodia and Laos by railway during the Indochina era. We will then continue to awesome Phapeng Rapids before reverting back to Done Khong, from which we will continue to Pakse. Overnight in Pakse.
Day 20 : Pakse – Vientiane (B.L) 
After breakfast, shopping at local market before take flight to Vientiane. Arrive in Vientiane at lunch time . After lunch we visit to Pagoda Simuang , We will enjoy some free time at Talat Sao (the big central market) at the afternoon we will take a short walk in the city center from That Dam passing Nam Phou square and ending at the bank of the Mekong to enjoy the sunset. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 21: Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake (B.L) 
Breakfast at hotel, we will be excursed by road No. 10 to Nam Ngum Lake (90 km N), with hundreds of small islands. On road, we stop to visit a cottage-salt factory, where natural salt are extracted at Ban Bor village. After arriving at Nam Ngum Lake by noon, enjoy our Lao food lunch at a restaurant by the Nam Ngum Lake. In the afternoon, we relax by taking a boat ride about 1 hour for panoramic view around small islands. On the way of returning to Vientiane along the road No. 13, we stops at local village where most people weaving bamboo-baskets, dinning tables, besides we will see how Lao traditional rice-whisky to be distilled, and we can have a taste and take a way. Before getting back to Vientiane, we also stop at Vang Xang, an archaeological site containing the 11th century stone carvings of Buddha sculptures hidden in the forest. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 22 : Vientiane – Ban Somsamai (B.L) 
08:30 am pick-up by mini-bus in Vientiane, in the village Ban Somsamai, we stop and then take the traditional long-tail boat for a relax trip down-streams to the lodge. While descending the Nam Gnum, we appreciate the wildlife and rural life on the banks of this magnificent river. We stop to make a short jungle walk in the high forest conservation area, just opposite the lodge. We explore the forest with our experienced guide who possess an extensive knowledge of the monsoons forest Eco systems and the various wildlife that inhabits the area. After arriving at Ban Pako, enjoy a tasty lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy the jungle bath, a short forest walk from the lodge. Relax in the herbal sauna and go for a refreshing dip in the small spring water pool. You also have the option to try a traditional massage. 16:00 pm: Return by mini-bus to Vientiane.
Day 23 : Vientiane departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure flight for next destination. End of services.
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