Trekking & Adventure

Laos, A Classic Mountain Route3 Days, 2 Nights

Expansive Views, Mountains, Valleys & Diverse Ethnic Groups




A 3 day Adventure from Peaks to Valleys Carved by Lazy Rivers

Starting in Luang Prabang, over three days we will take you from stunning mountain heights dotted with hill-tribe villages to valleys carved by lazy rivers and lively Lao cities.  You have a great selection of activities ranging from kayaking, biking, and caves in Vang Vieng to boat trips on Nam Ngum dam. 

Highlights for this tour include:

  • A day drive with spectacular scenery on windy mountain roads
  • Choose among mountain biking, kayaking, trekking, and boat trips in Vang Vieng
  • Drive south for a full day tour boat tour of Nam Ngum dam and its many islands
  • Visit a traditional salt factory on the final leg of our trip to Vientiane

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Tour Itinerary & Map (below)


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Breakfast
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Depart Luang Prabang on one of the most beautiful drives in Laos.  We'll drive into the amazing mountains of north-central Lao PDR where we will visit Hmong villages. The Hmong are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Lao PDR. They are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao ethnicity in southern China. Hmong people began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and a lack of arable land. 
Continue southwards to Vang Vieng, its lively atmosphere and famous landscape. Get those cameras out for a photo-op at Pathang that you won’t want to miss (17 km north of Vang Vieng).  From the village temple you will get an outstanding view over the mountains and surroundings.
We'll end our journey at the small city of Vang Vieng, tucked in amongst giant limestone Karst cliffs. This is an area of immense natural beauty, with the small Nan Song River passing through the shadows of the dramatic mountains.  Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Dinner on your own tonight. 

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Choose an activity that suits you best. You can ride a mountain bike through the Nam Song Valley, go on a kayak tour, take a leisure boat trip or hike in the countryside of Vang Vieng.  On special request you can hot-air balloon across the valley (extra charge).  Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Dinner on your own tonight, enjoy delicious Lao food in a restaurant of your choosing. 

Route


Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Today we’ll drive south for a full day excursion to the Nam Ngum dam. On a boat trip around the lake we will discover some of the Islands. We’ll travel along Route 10 and visit a traditional local style salt factory. After a full day we will end up in Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Lao PDR, situated on the Mekong River. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion. During French rule, Vientiane was the administrative capital.  Recent economic growth has made it the economic center of Laos.
Optional: Ballooning over Vang Vieng (to be booked and paid by clients on the spot) Price: 80,-US$ per Pax
Transfer to your hotel. End of Services for this tour. 

Good to Know

Child Rate

75% of adult rate

Hotels for this Tour

Choose Superior Room or Deluxe Room when booking

In Vang Vieng you have the choice of a Superior Room at the Villa Vang Vieng Riverside or a Deluxe Room at the Riverside Boutique Resort. Please choose one option on the booking page.

Getting in and out of Northern Laos

Visitors from ASEAN countries and Russia, Korea, Japan and Switzerland can enter Laos without a visa. Everyone else has to apply for a visa issued by a Laos embassy or consulate or obtain a visa on arrival which is available at major entry points including airports and at the border to Thailand at the Friendship Bridge near Vientiane. The price depends on nationality of the visitor.

By Air

There are four international airports in Laos; Luang Prabang, Savannakhet, Pakse and Vientiane. Laos Airlines fly to all four from Bangkok and the airline also has connections to Luang Prabang and Vientiane from Chiang Mai. Thai Airways also connects Bangkok to Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

By Bus

Getting the bus is a cheaper option than flying but also takes longer. Northern Laos has land border crossings with China, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma, although foreigners are not allowed cross the land border between Laos and Myanmar. If you come from Thailand you're likely coming from Nong Khai, and if you're coming from China you're likely crossing from at Luang Namtha. From Vietnam there are the options of Sop Hun, the Keo Nua Pass or at Nam Can.

By Train

Trains connect Bangkok to Vientiane via the Friendship Bridge and arrives at a new international rail terminal at Thanaleng outside of Vientiane. Trains have second and third class seats or first and second class sleeper trains. Taking the train to Nong Khai on the Thai side and then a bus, shuttle or private taxi to Vientiane is also an option. Tickets from Bangkok Nong Khai is around US$37 for a first class sleeper train and an additional US$1 between Nong Khai and Thanaleng.

Laos Visa

All travelers should have an entry visa to Laos valid for the duration of their stay prior to their arrival and carry a passport which is valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Laos. Passenger’s passport should have at least 2 blank pages on arrival to Laos. These websites for Canada and USA are convient for purchasing your Laos entry visa. VisaHQ also has operations in Europe, UK and Australia. Allow about one week for visa processing on these websites. You can also do visa on arrival in Laos. 

http://laos.visahq.com/

Terms & Conditions

Booking the Tour:

  • Minimum 2 persons per booking
  • Suggest booking a minimum of 6 weeks in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30) 
  • Allow 24 hours for TourChoice.com to confirm your booking after you submit your request to us
  • Pricing in USD, per person and include local taxes

Payment Terms:

  • We accept secure payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal
  • TourChoice does not receive any customer sensitive data from credit card processing companies
  • Prepayment in full once your reservation has been confirmed by TourChoice.com
  • Full and final payment must be paid 60 days prior to departure or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited
  • A booking voucher & invoice will be emailed to you immediately upon confirmation of your reservation
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Single Supplement Fee:

The single supplement fee is the additional amount that a single traveler pays over and above the price per person for groups of 2 or more. This being a private tour makes it very expensive for one person. Please ask us for a quote if you would like to travel solo.

Insurance:

We strongly recommend that you buy your own personal trip cancellation insurance for your own protection. You should also buy insurance coverage appropriate for medical, travel coverage and  personal liability which should include travel repatriation. The tour operator or tour agent cannot be held responsible for personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance coverage

Cancellation and Refund:

The cancellation fee depends on the day of our written receipt of your cancellation. Email is best  Phone calls will not be accepted.

• 30 to 15 days before arrival date - refund less 30% of tour price

• 14 to 7 days before arrival date - refund less 50% of tour price

•  6 to 1 days before arrival date or on arrival - forfeit 100% of tour price

•  no show and cancellation on day of departure - forfeit 100% of tour price    

Changes to Tour:

The tour operator or tour guide may have to make changes to the services or the itineray as a result of such variables as weather conditions, political situations, road conditions and other unforseen circumstances.

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