Flying into the Jungle
If your idea of an adventure is to get into the thick of things and discover nature up-close-and-personal, then you will love this trip! You'll be heading to beautiful, unspoilt Laos, where you will spend a few days immersing yourself in the culture of Vientiane, the capital city, before heading to Kong Lor. Here you'll explore caves and enjoy a river cruise, before jumping into your private helicopter and heading to Nam Et-Phou Louey conservation area in the depths of the Laotian jungle, where your wildlife adventure really begins! Here, you'll embark upon a night safari where you'll spot wildlife including slow loris and otters. In ancient Luang Prabang you'll tour historic temples and take a day trip to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls before meeting rescued bears at a sanctuary. The highlight of your trip is sure to be your time at the Elephant Conservation Center in Sayaboury where you'll feed and bathe these majestic animals. Your animal-packed trip ends in Champasak where you'll visit island villages and keep your eyes peeled for the rare Irrawaddy dolphin.
Try and spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins in Champasak
Join a local wildlife tracker to spot wildlife along the river at night
Climb the 328 stairs of Mount Phousi to see the sun setting over the city
Fly by private helicopter into the Laotian Jungle at Nam Nern
Take an evening food tour of Vientiane, and try local specialities like Lao-style donuts and bowls of steaming noodles
Marvel at stalagmites and stalactites in the Kong Lor Caves
Make giant friends at Sayaboury; home to the largest population of elephants in Laos
This exciting trip to Laos includes transfers, selected excursions and accommodation.
From the first conversation until you arrive home from your vacation, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has traveled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.
All of our trips are entirely custom-made and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.
Your holiday starts today! You'll be spending your first evening at your leisure in Laos' capital, Vientiane. We'd highly recommend a relaxing stroll along the banks of the Mekong River, stopping for a cold drink and to sample some delicious street food.
The following day you'll embark on a half day city tour of Vientiane. See thousands of miniature Buddha statues, a collection of Lao and Khmer religious art, and see the Presidential Palace. You'll also visit COPE, an association that works with landmine victims, for a chilling yet fascinating glimpse into the tragic legacy of the American-Vietnam war era. Back in the city center, see Patuxay monument, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe before concluding your tour at That Luang, a towering golden stupa built in the 16th century.
Places to Stay
Tour & Wildlife
On day 4 you will head off on your big adventure into the jungle, stopping to take in picturesque views on your way towards Kong Lor. Along the way you'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing through the dramatic scenery of Phou Hin Poun National Biodiversity Conservation Area. Upon arrival in Kong Lor you can take a guided walk through the surrounding villages or just relax at your hotel.
The following day you'll visit the region's famous caves by longtail boat and venture on a 7.5 km cruise along an underground section of the Hin Boun River past vast formations of stalactites and stalagmites. At the other side, take a short walk into the surrounding local villages with your guide before continuing your trip through the cave.
Places to Stay
On day 6 you will head back to Vientiane and visit Buddha Park – a lush, green expanse filled with enormous stone Buddha statues that make for interesting photographs! Tonight you'll spend the evening tasting Vientiane's best food. Start with a sundowner at a local beer shop, before heading to a local street market to sample tasty bowls of noodles, pork meatball wraps, and Lao-style donuts. Next, head to Ban Anou Night Market where, if you dare, you can try fried insects! Wrap up with a sweet treat of sticky rice and ice cream before returning to your hotel with a full belly.
Places to Stay
Nam Et-Phou Louey
Up, up and away! It's time to climb aboard a helicopter and head to Nam Et-Phou Louey. You'll arrive exhilarated at Ban Son Koua, where you'll continue the adventure on a longtail riverboat journey, spotting wildlife along the Nam Nern River. The park staff will offer a first-hand account of their efforts in protecting the countries last remaining wild tigers and then you'll learn how to track deer and other wild animals as you venture on a night safari. Feast on dinner around a campfire then float silently down the river with the boat engines off, spotting nocturnal animals like Sambar Deer, otters, slow loris, porcupine and owls.
This morning you'll embark on a pre-breakfast jungle walk where you'll see and learn all about medicinal plants. After breakfast, you'll head to the river and, with engines off again, spot the daytime birds and wildlife that favors the area. In the afternoon, you're headed for the sleepy town of Nong Khiaw. Relax, and get ready for yet more excitement tomorrow.
Places to Stay
City & Wildlife
On the way to Luang Prabang you'll stop to climb the 328 steps to Mount Phousi and watch the gorgeous sunset over the city and surrounding hills. Enjoy the evening at leisure before embarking on a guided tour the following morning, taking in the most famous and impressive of Laos' temples. Visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about the local hill tribes and see the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Museum. Your tour concludes at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang.
After a day of culture and temples, day 11 is full of wildlife and scenery as you journey through the countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls, passing beautiful landscapes of rice fields and small villages. Cool off with a dip in the turquoise pools, or if you're feeling more adventurous, you can hike to the top and photograph the amazing panoramic views. You will have the option to visit a bear sanctuary on your way back and will make one final stop at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park to visit a beautiful garden filled with hundreds of exotic butterflies before arriving back in Luang Prabang.
Places to Stay
Things To Do
On day 12 you'll journey to the remote province of Sayaboury, surrounded by towering peaks of more than 1,000 meters and home to the largest population of elephants in Laos. Staying at the Elephant Conservation Center (ECC), you'll spend time with these wonderful animals, bonding over walks through the forest and splashing about at bath time – be warned, you may end up wet too! You'll also visit the elephant nursery deep within the forest where you'll see baby elephants playing and learning how to look after themselves under the watchful eye of their mothers.
On your final day at the Elephant Conservation Center you'll enjoy a half-day trek through the forest to discover a hidden, sacred Buddha footprint. You'll have a chance to say your final farewells to the elephants, then it's back to Luang Prabang.
Champasak & the 4000 islands
Tour & Wildlife
It's time to fly to Pakse and head to the River Resort in Champasak. From here you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wat Phou, a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple nestled among rice fields and waterways that is blessed with spectacular views over the Mekong River. On day 17 you'll explore the 4,000 Islands, an archipelago that's famed for its natural beauty and postcard-worthy views. You'll explore peaceful islands by boat, bike or tuk tuk and you might even catch a glimpse of the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. You'll also see the cascading Lippi falls and have plenty of time to take photos before returning to town in time for sunset. Spend your last day in Champasak at your leisure.
You'll travel home on day 19, full of memories of this naturally beautiful and unspoilt country.