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Backpacking Laos: April 4th to 12th' 2020


Travellers come to Laos to experience the rolling mountains, remote villages, simple people, tribal crafts and the magic of the Mekong. Lao is a land of Buddhist traditions, where saffron-robed teens peek curiously out from wats (temples) and no one is in a hurry. Luang Prabang’s UNESCO-protected temples and mixed heritage soothe the soul, Vientianne – one of the world’s smallest capitals – moves at the same serene pace as the Mekong River meandering by its shores, and Vang Vieng surrounded by karst mountains and beautiful topography. For those searching for an authentic South East Asian experience, Laos is the place to go 

Essential Info

Cost: Rs 47500/-
Country: 
Laos

Start: Vientiane
End: Luang Prabang
Start Date: 4th April’ 2020
End Date: 12th April’ 2020
Duration:  9 Days
Group Size :  Min 5 / Max 15
Theme: Culture, Adventure, Experience

Highlights

– Cruise on the Mekong River 
– Explore one of the least explored countries in South East Asia
– Visit Kuang Si falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Asia
– Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang
– Explore the Karst mountains and caves of Vang Vieng
– Go kayaking, trekking and exploring villages in offbeat Nong Khiaw
– Experience the simplicity of the Laotian people and the easy-going lifestyle. 

ITINERARY

Day 1:  April 4th – Vientiane
Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon and evening explore the downtown area, Mekong Riverfront, the wats ( pagodas ) and the nightlife of Vientiane on a walking tour. Overnight at Vientiane.

Day 2:  April 5th – Vientiane to Vang Vieng ( 160 kms / 5 hours )
After breakfast transfer to Vang Vieng in a Mini Van. The mountain scenery en route is as impressive as that of your destination. Situated on the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is surrounded by towering limestone karsts. Evening visit the night market at Vang Vieng. 

Day 3:  April 6th – Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng is known as an adventure town, thanks to its unique and varied surrounding countryside. Its many local caves and lagoons ( natural swimming pools ) which are easily accessible and make for great day trips. Today we visit Tham Nam ( Water cave ), Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon and after lunch go for tubing/kayaking ( optional ) down the river for which Vang Vieng is famous for. Overnight at Vang Vieng.

Day 4:  April 7th – Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang ( 183 kms / 6 hours ) 
After breakfast transfer to Luang Prabang by Mini Van. Evening walk along the riverfront and visit Wat Xiengthong ( the royal temple where the Lao kings were crowned ) and Phousi Hill for panoramic beautiful sunset views of the Mekong river, Luang Prabang town and the surrounding countryside. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Day 5:  April 8th – Luang Prabang
Those who are interested can wake up early to see the alms giving ceremony where hundreds of monks walk through the streets collecting alms from the locals. Its a beautiful experience and makes for good photo opportunities.
After breakfast we visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Asia, Kuang Si falls. This multi-layer waterfall has turquoise pools under most of the falls, and might be one of the most beautiful falls you will see. Swimming is allowed in some of the pools. We hike up to the topmost layer to see the largest of the falls. Afternoon we head back to Luang Prabang. Evening enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Day 6:  April 9th – Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw ( 150 kms / 4 hours )
After breakfast leave for the small town of Nong Khiaw. Nong Khiaw is a beautiful rustic little town on the bank of the Nam Ou River in Northern Laos, less frequented by tourists. It is squeezed in between some of the most fantastic limestone mountains north of Vang Vieng. Arrive by late afternoon and explore Nong Khiaw town on foot.

Day 7:  April 10th – Nong Khiaw
Today we go on a day adventure around Nong Khiaw, Kayaking and boat cruise on the Nam ou river, light trekking visiting waterfalls and exploring the countryside, and visiting local villages. Late afternoon back and overnight at Nong Khiaw.

Day 8: April 11th – Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang ( 150 kms / 4 hours )
After breakfast transfer to Luang Prabang. Evening walk around town, do your shopping etc. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Day 9: April 12th – Luang Prabang  ( Departure )  
After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour. 

Trip Info

Vientiane
Luang Prabang
Vang Vieng
Nong Khiaw 

INCLUSIONS
-1 Night stay in Vientiane, 3 Nights stay in Vang Vieng, 2 Nights stay in Luang Prabang, 2 Nights stay in Nong Khiaw
– Breakfast on all days
– 1 Lunch
– Vientiane to Vang Vieng, Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw and back Minibus tickets 
– Airport transfer’s at Vientiane and Luang Prabang 
– Half-day tour of Vang Vieng
– Full-day adventure tour in Nong Khiaw

– Service charges

EXCLUSIONS
– India to Vientiane  & Luang Prabang to India flight tickets ( we can advise you which flights to book ) 
– One month single entry Laos Visa to be taken on arrival
– Any extra excursions and tours other than mentioned
– Entry tickets and camera charges at sightseeing points ( wherever applicable )
– Dinner & Lunch ( Lunch is included on Day 8 )

  • Laos Visa is available on entry at the airport ( Provided  your passport is valid for 6 months  from the date of entering Laos )
  • Stay will be in Standard category hotels and Bed n Breakfast places with good reviews on double/twin sharing basis.
  • Asian, Western and Local food is available at all places. Some of the places also have few Indian restaurants
  • Breakfast ( Included ) with me mostly western/local breakfast at most places
  • Private Car/van  for Airport transfers
  • Public Mini van for intercity transfers 
  • Car/ Van for group tours

For this trip
This tour is for travellers who want to experience the best of Vietnam with a good mixed of the popular and the offbeat. For the exploring traveler to soak in the culture, adventure, food, and topography of the country in this Ultimate Vietnamese experience. 

For all our trips
Our small group tours also allow enough time for yourself  ( mostly in the evenings ) and the group leaders will assist you too if you need to do your own thing.
Stay and food is a big part of the travel and we make sure you are made comfortable and therefore we choose some of the best-reviewed places to stay and eat. 
We try to incorporate more local experiences on our tours with the help of our experienced tour leader and local guides to make your experience even more memorable.
Our tours are not standard sightseeing package tours, it’s more experience-oriented so as to give a real travel value to the guests. 

Who are we?
Exotic Expeditions is an experiential based travel company founded in 2010. We are based out of Bangalore and Mumbai and we create uniquely designed tours that have high travel value. We include activities, local interactions, and offbeat destinations so that the guests go back with experiences to remember for a long time.

What are all included in our tours?
A comprehensive list of inclusions and exclusions is mentioned on the respective trip page, but across all our trips, we have these in common: exclusive private transfers, breakfast on most days, good accommodation, unique experiences,
expert guides and an experienced trip leader who’s there to assist you around the clock.

Are flights & visas included in your costs?
No.We don’t include flights and visa costs in our prices unless specified. We, however, will help you with booking flights and getting the visa done.

What is the typical group size?
We believe that a small group is can enjoy the journey better and have closer interactions with the group members, therefore, we restrict our group size to a maximum of 15. Group size typically between 5 and 15. Our travelers are
friendly, open-minded, well traveled and we have a good gender mix on our tours.

Who can join this trip?
Anyone above 18 years of age can join our trips. Participants below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an elder.

Which cities do travelers come from?
Our travelers come from all over India. Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad and Calcutta are represented the most.

What are the payment options?
You can make payments through credit and debit cards, net-banking, cash or cheque. Installment options are also available.

Can solo travelers join one of the tours?
Yes. On most of our tours, we have a high turnout of solo travelers seeking a different travel experience. Many of them even end up becoming friends after the tour.

How safe is it to travel with you?
Your safety is our number one priority and we design our travel journeys keeping this in mind.

  • You can contact us at contact@exoticexpeditions.org / exoticexpeditions@gmail.com 
  • Call / whatsapp us at 9986450370 
  • Bookings can be done by online bank transfer / cash/ cheque or credit / debit card
  • Installment options are also available 

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