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Unique Experiences:

•  Travel along a beautiful mountain road from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
•  Take part in the exhilarating Vang Vieng Challenge
•  Enjoy lunch on board a boat cruising the largest lake in Laos, Nam Ngum
•  Cycle along the river banks and Kayak down the Mighty Mekong River
•  Nostalgic overnight train journey from Nong Khai to Bangkok

Participants:

Small Group Exploration
Bookable for 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more people will have booked the same package.
In general, you should expect more people on the activities:
Usual 4 pax up to a maximum of 20 Plus but not usually this high

Trip Length: 8 Day(s) 7 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays
Travel Season:

Not available during Lao new year (14th – 16th April)

All year apart from the dates as mentioned above. In northern Laos the rainy season fromMay until October can bring heavy and regular rainfall. The best time to visit is from Nov - Feb when it is dry and temperatures are at their lowest around at around 20-25 degrees. At nighttimes the temperatures can fall to lower than 10 Degrees in December and January whereas From Mar to May the temperature can rise to above 40 degrees!

Type of Transportation: Bus from Luang Prabang to Vang ViengSongtheaw from Vang Vieng bus station to accommodationPrivate minibus from Vang Vieng to Vientiane (Via Nam Ngum lake)Boat on Nam Ngum LakeBicycle & Kayak in VientianeShared minibus from Vientiane to Nong Khai train stationOvernight sleeper train (2nd Class Air Conditioned carriage) From Nong Khai to Bangkok
Type of Accommodation: Local guesthouses in the cities and bamboo hut on the 'Vang Vieng Challenge'Overnight train to Bangkok
Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Child Age:
• Infant - 0 to 5 years old are free of charge when travelling and sharing bed with parents
• Child - 6 to 11 Years old pay child prices
Please be aware of: 
•  The Vang Vieng Challenge is more difficult in the wet season due the muddy trails and high river levels etc.. It is not recommended for Children under 10 years old during this time of year.
•  The cycling in Vientiane can be muddy during the wet season and the flow of the river fast during this time also.

Included in Price:

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 1 Dinner
Accommodation: 7 x nights accommodation in local guesthouses, bamboo hut and overnight train
Transport: Overland transport Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane (Via Nam Ngum lake), transfer from Vang Vieng bus station to accommodation. Bicycle & Kayak in Vientiane. Overnight train from Nong Khai to Bangkok.
Others/Activities: 2 Days/1 Night Vang Vieng Challenge, visit to Nam Ngum Lake, and bicycle and kayak trip in Vientiane.

Note: There is no overall guide on the tour. There will be drivers who speak limited English and English-speaking tour guide on the above trips mentioned. There will be people to help you at transportation/connection points and local representative offices.

Excluded from Price:

•  Drinks
•  Tips
•  Any food not mentioned in tour proposal, I.e. lunch on day one.
•  Tours and activities not mentioned in the itinerary
•  Visa
•  Travel Insurance (compulsory)

All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Nong Khai, Bangkok
Start City:
Luang Prabang
End City:
Bangkok

Itinerary

Day 1: Twisty mountain roads and beautiful views as you go from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
Begin your trip by heading south from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng. Your bus will depart after lunchtime and head through some beautiful twisty mountain roads which are home to many incredible views.
The journey to Vang Vieng is around 7 Hours where we will arrive Vang Vieng in the early evening. Upon arrival at the bus station you will be collected and transferred to your accommodation where the evening is left free for you to relax in anticipation of the next two days of adventure!

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Villayvong Guesthouse, or similar


Day 2: Vang Vieng Challenge – ‘Via Ferrata’ and abseiling in waterfall. Sleep at the mountain
The real adventure starts today! Go for a ‘real’ trek, descend steep mountain slopes using steel cables to safely hold you, rise to the challenge of a dare-devil ‘abseiling’ in a 30 m waterfall, and cross the mind-blowing ‘via ferrata’! This adventurous climb will ultimately reward you with incredible views from the top of the limestone mountain.

You will be collected from your hotel and drive only a short distance from Vang Vieng by truck before starting the trek by heading through rice paddy fields to the bottom of the karsts range. From here we then begin climbing up the mountain. Along the way we’ll take a rest for picnic lunch. After lunch it is time to continue onwards until arriving at the peak of the mountain where dinner is served at the camp on top of the mountain which is also where you will stay overnight overlooking Vang Vieng and the beautiful surrounding scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in bamboo hut

Day 3: Vang Vieng Challenge – abseiling in waterfall and zipline down the mountain
Today begins with an early morning. After enjoying breakfast on top of the mountain we continue onwards climbing further up for a short while to the top of the waterfall.... From here it’s time to turn around and head down. We start off by abseiling down the waterfall. From the bottom of the waterfall it is time to continue onwards descending the mountain via a selection of exciting zip lines. A delicious packed lunch is enjoyed along the way after which it is time to carry on zip lining until arriving at the foot of the mountain. From here we trek the short distance back to the awaiting truck which will take us the short distance back in to Vang Vieng where we arrive between 16.00 to 17.00 hrs. Once back in the town; you will be taken back to your accommodation where the remainder of the day is left free for you to relax and refresh after the adventure!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Villayvong Guesthouse, or similar

Day 4: Free Day in Vang Vieng – tube the river or soak in the Blue Lagoon
Enjoy a free day in Vang Vieng. Why not take a trip to the famous blue lagoon or perhaps spend the day floating down the Nam Song River in a tube, one of the activities which Vang Vieng is most famous for! You will be given a small map to help you navigate around the town but apart from that you are left free to do as you please.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Villayvong Guesthouse, or similar


Day 5: Vang Vieng to Vientiane – On the way boat cruise and lunch on Nam Ngum lake
It is time to head south today and travel to the capital city, Vientiane. After breakfast you will be collected from your accommodation and travel via private luxury minibus southwards towards Vientiane. The chosen route takes a de-tour and turns this boring journey in to an exciting yet relaxing day trip as you will begin by travelling to Nam Ngum which is the largest lake within the whole of Laos and stretches as far as the eye can see! You will arrive at Nam Ngum just in perfect time for lunch which will be enjoyed on board a boat as your cruise around the magnificent lake taking in the views as you go. A perfect contrast to the past two days or exertion and adventure.

After enjoying a relaxing cruise around the lake it is time to board your transport for the onwards journey to Vientiane. After a short while it is time to make another stop at a salt abstraction site in the town of Ban Keun. Here salt water is pumped up from the depths of the earth and boiled over charcoal to produce the finished product which is of course salt.

From Ban Keun we head south towards Vientiane. Just before arriving in the suburbs it is time to stop off at Dong Makkhai market which sells a massive selection of different produce including many insects for which the market is famous for. We will take some time to explore the market and perhaps buy a few souvenirs before carrying onwards to Vientiane itself. Upon arrival in Vientiane you will be taken to your accommodation where you will arrive at around 17.00 hrs leaving the evening free for you to relax and do as you please.

Measl: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Mixay Paradise Hotel, or similar


Day 6: Vientiane Challenge – Cycle the countryside trails and kayak the mighty Mekong River

Meet your guide at our representative's office in downtown Vientiane at 09:00 am where our cycling trip begins and we bike straight out from downtown Vientiane.

We'll bike through the countryside and cycle towards the Mekong River where we'll enjoy beautiful views across the river and into neighboring Thailand. After a few kilometers, it's time to turn off and head towards the village of Ban Tong Pong. From the village, we'll continue along the canal whose source is the nearby Mekong and is which is used to irrigate nearby rice fields, until we reach a Khmu village. As we carry on cycling despite the relative proximity of the bustling city, you'll feel like you are a million miles away! Enjoy the peace and serenity as you watch the local people going about their everyday tasks. 

We'll head off the regular roads and onto dirt roads which take us through rice fields and the forest. The trail can get a little muddy and sandy along the way, but we'll enjoy really being away from everything and will immerse us in nature. Along the way, we may see the local people tending to their rice paddy fields (depending on the time of the year) and the trail will lead us back to a tarmac road. From here we cycle along the main road which is newly paved and very smooth yet relatively quiet in terms of traffic. We'll begin with a slight ascent and then takes a steady downhill until arriving at the village of Ban Mai which sits on the banks of the Mekong. We'll make the transition from land to water as we kayak down the Mekong River back to Vientiane. However, before we board our kayaks, we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we'll head to a jungle temple which is located close by and look around before return to Ban Mai to don our life-jackets and board your kayaks for the journey downstream back to Vientiane. Along the way, we'll enjoy the scenery on both sides of the river as we head along the border between Laos and Thailand, staying on the Lao side of course. The Mekong River is home to several river islands (Don in Lao) and we'll visit one of the largest (Don Xing Xou) which is used for farming because of the year-round fertile environment. It's also home to a beautiful beach during the dry season!

From here we'll continue on our kayaks with our final destination, Vientiane, in our sights. Our trip ends just outside the city center where we'll be collected via truck and you'll be returned to your hotel in the afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Mixay Paradise Hotel, or similar

Day 7: Vientiane to Bangkok
Enjoy your breakfast in the morning and a free day to explore around Vientiane, why not visit some of the many beautiful temples such as That Luang Stupa and Ho Prekeo or alternatively spend the day relaxing next to the Mekong, there are many restaurants and coffee shops offer cuisine to suite all tastes.

At around 15:30 hrs it is time to meet at Nampou Fountain, here you will board your transportation for the transfer over the border in to Thailand to the city of Nong Khai, you will be taken to the train station where from you will take the overnight train travelling via 2nd Class sleeper carriage to Bangkok the capital of Thailand

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Second class sleeper train


Day 8: Bangkok
You will arrive at Hua Lamphong train station in Bangkok between 07.00 to 09.00 hrs; from here you are free to travel onwards as you please.

End of trip.

 

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