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Northern Laos Explorer

11 Nights: from US$3064 per person (twin share) Trip Code: NLE

The lush landscapes of northern Laos form the backdrop for an overland exploration of northern Laos. Venture beyond the great cities of Luang Prabang and Vientiane to discover Laos' wild jungle regions, its mysterious Plain of Jars, and its hidden limestone caves. Read more >

Arriving in Vientiane, Asia's sleepiest capital, you'll soon settle into the breezy pace of life in Laos. There's a thriving cafe culture here, so sip a coffee and soak up the local atmosphere before exploring the shrines and monuments. Try some tasty local fare on a food tour, and experience a superb restaurant scene - known for offering hospitality training to disadvantaged youth.

Moving from the ?modern' Laos, you'll be driven deep into the interior of the country to explore its ancient history, starting with one of the world's great archaeological mysteries: the Plain of Jars.

On your journey you'll have the opportunity to visit traditional minority villages, before arriving in Sam Neua to explore the caves. Thousands of local people once lived in this "hidden city" within the mountainside, sheltering from the bombing campaigns that ravaged the country for nearly a decade.

Your guide will then take you on an overnight trek through the jungle at Nam Et-Phou Louey National Park, where you'll hunt for wildlife by spotlight; glimpse deer, monkeys, monitor-lizards, and perhaps even bears or tigers. From this area, with its dense jungles and rivers, you'll make your way to the mountainous area of Nong Khiaw.

The enormous karst formations and thickly-forested mountains provide a dramatic backdrop for an incredible trek. Follow the Nam Ou River by kayak, and travel southwards to the mighty Mekong River. Stop at the captivating Pak Ou Caves, filled with thousands of Buddha images.

You'll end your journey in the tranquil and beautiful UNESCO city of Luang Prabang. Take a guided tour of the temples by bicycle, and browse carvings and fabrics at the night market. From here you can also head into the surrounding jungle for a swim in the spectacular Kuang Si Falls. The perfect end to your northern Laos adventure.

With a fantastic range of accommodation throughout and a focus on the great outdoors, this trip provides a fascinating and well-rounded introduction to Laos' history, scenery and culture.

At a glance

What's Included

What's included

  • 11 nights' accommodation in Laos
  • All airport transfers
  • Breakfast every day, four lunches and two evening meals
  • Guided transfers and excursions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary
  • All domestic flights as described in the day-by-day itinerary

What's NOT included:

  • International airfares
  • All meals not mentioned in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Any necessary visas
  • Any excursions or transfers not detailed, or referred to as optional, in the day-by-day itinerary
  • Tipping and personal expenses

Trip Highlights

  • Marvel at the mysterious Plain of Jars
  • Spot wildlife on a night safari through the Nam Nern jungle
  • Take a cycling tour through the streets and countryside of Luang Prabang
  • Relive modern history at the Viengxay Caves
  • Kayak down the Nam Ou River

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Northern Laos Explorer - 12 Days - Accommodation

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