Life on the River

13 days from $2,795pp

Do you want to experience Laos at your own pace? On this ‘Take it Easy’ trip you’ll see the Vientiane top attractions, partake in a local cooking class and learn how to mediate all at your own pace. Our ‘Life on the River’ trip is perfect for travelers who want to slow down and really experience each place. And of course, there are plenty of built-in relaxing extras too like a garden yoga session, traditional massage and plenty of time for recharging.

Highlights

  • Tour all the major attractions in Vientiane

  • Embark on a cycle tour in Luang Prabang

  • Cruise along the Mekong River (you might spot a rare Irrawaddy dolphin)

  • Enjoy a one hour traditional Lao massage

  • Discuss Buddhism with monks

  • Learn how to cook like a local

  • Visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls and bathe in the pools

  • Take part in a candlelit blessing ceremony

  • Enjoy morning yoga and meditation in a botanical garden

Itinerary

This exciting trip to Laos includes transfers, accommodation, some meals, a hands-on Lao cooking class, a one-hour traditional Lao massage and selected excursions. 

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.

Day

Location

Type

1-5

Luang Prabang

Activity & Adventure

The day is here at last – time to get ready to explore (and relax) your way around Laos! Once you touch down in Luang Prabang you’ll be met by a guide and transfer to your hotel where you’ll have some time to settle in. You’ll kick start your stay in the city by climbing Mount Phousi – it has 328 steps but the panoramic views from the top are worth it. For your first full day in the city you’ll enjoy a morning meditation and yoga session in the garden with an experienced Yogi, followed by an evening blessing ceremony in a candlelit hillside temple.

Get to know the city even better with a cycling tour; you’ll visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, National Museum, the gold leaf temple of Wat Mai and last but not least Wat Xieng Thong – the city’s most revered temple. After all that cycling you’ll be transferred to the breathtakingly beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you can relax in the stunning turquoise pools (or if you’ve got more energy – hike to the top). On the way back to your hotel you have the option to stop at the Asiatic Black Bear sanctuary. Your last full day in the city is yours to do with as you please. 

Places to Stay

Things to do

6-7

Luang Prabang

General tour

Today you'll make your way to Ban Xieng Mouark, a green oasis a short distance from the hustle and bustle of Luang Prabang city. If you’re feeling up to it, you can opt for a hike towards a rarely visited protected region, rich in flora and butterflies. You’ll walk through a cascading waterfall, along a jungle track and past local villages. Once you arrive back at your hotel you’ll enjoy lunch and time to relax in the pool or tropical garden. Your last day in Ban Xieng Mouark will be spent at your leisure.

Places to Stay

8-10

Vientiane

Capital City

Today you’re bound for the capital, Vientiane, with a brief stop in Luang Prabang. You’ll kick off your stay in the capital with a guided half day tour; explore ancient Buddhist temples, view an impressive collection of Lao and Khmer religious art and visit the Patuxay monument, an impressive replica of the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll also spend some time at COPE, an association which works with landmine victims, a tragic legacy of the American-Vietnam war. On your last full day in the city you’ll experience a hands-on Lao cooking class where you’ll learn how to replicate the local cuisine at home. After enjoying the fruits of your labor you’re off to the forest temple where you’ll discuss Buddhism with monks and have some time to meditate yourself. Afterwards you’ll swing by a local spa where you’ll be treated to a one-hour traditional Lao massage.

Places to Stay

Things to do

11-15

Champasak & the 4000 islands

Wildlife

Say farewell to capital city life and head to Champasak, a sleepy town set on the western banks of the river Mekong. Here you’ll enjoy a trip to the 4,000 islands region of the Mekong River where you’ll explore one of the largest islands by bike. Cruise along the river and you may even be fortunate enough to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphin! Other than that, you can do as much or as little as you like - continue on with sightseeing or simply enjoy relaxing in the stunning surrounds.

On Day 15, you’ll depart for home relaxed and rejuvenated with a headful of lovely Lao memories to treasure.

Places to Stay

Things to do

Map of your trip

Things to do on this trip

Here are some of the fun and exciting things you'll do on your trip to Laos. Call us now to learn more: 01483 319 333

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