LAOS AND PAK OU CAVES

Mountain vistas, remote villages and waterfalls

Laos Laos and Pak Ou Caves Tour

Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests, which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous culture of the people, with a mix of Aryan and Mongoloid people, on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans a total of 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks that are higher than 7000m.


LAOS PAK OU OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Day-2: Vientiane - Prabaht Ponsan - Sala Hin Boun

Day-3: Sala Hin Boun - Kong Lor Cave

Day-4: Sala Hin Boun - Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Day-5: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall

Day-6: Luang Prabang, Ban Khia Luang - Pak Ou Caves

Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure

 

LAOS PAK OU ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Time permitting, your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Laos national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph.

Overnight in Vientiane (Green Park hotel)


Day-2: Vientiane - Prabaht Ponsan - Sala Hin Boun (B-L)

You will be collected up from your Vientiane Hotel this morning, and travel south along route 13. En-route we stop at Prabaht Ponsan, an Ancient LPQ stupa dating back to the 15th Century. It is also home to the Ancient LPQ Budhhas footprint, discovered in 1933, and now an important religious site in Laos. Following lunch we continue onwards into Khammoune province and into the mountainous area, where a stop at a view point near Khoun Kham offers a breathtaking view over the surrounding area. We eventually reach Ban Naphouak, where we board a local boat on the Hin Boun River. The journey upstream takes us past some stunning limestone karst scenery, as well as a number of villages with smiling waving children. We reach your accommodation for the night Sala Hin Boun, late afternoon. You have the rest of the day at leisure.


Day-3: Sala Hin Boun - Kong Lor Cave (B-L)

After breakfast at Sala Hin Boun we continue by boat upriver to Kong Lor village, where you have the chance to explore, before boarding a smaller boat into the famous Kong Lor Cave. We navigate through the cave, which is over 7km long and includes a spectacular cavern over 100m high. Following lunch in a remote village on the other side of the cave, we return to Sala Hin Boun before sunset.


Day-4: Sala Hin Boun - Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B-L)

Following breakfast we set off by road to Naphouak, before heading south by boat through some of the most spectacular gorges found in Southeast Asia. Along the way we make a stop for lunch and a picturesque Lao Loum village, and then we are picked up by car and transfer directly to Vientiane airport for your evening flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Day-5: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall and half day city tour (B)

First we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village.This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang. Your half day city tour this afternoon begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.


Day-6: Luang Prabang - Big Brother Mouse - Ban Khia Luang - Pak Ou Caves (B-L)

The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. We then head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.


After lunch we say goodbye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon.


Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.

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Indochina Variations

 
Laos with Muang La 7 days Glimpse of Vietnam 13 days

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Day-2: Vientiane - Oudomxay- Muang La

Day-3: Muang La - Exploration

Day-4: Muang La - Luang Prabang

Day-5: Luang Prabang

Day-6: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall and Pak Ou Caves

Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure

Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day-2: Hanoi City Tour

Day-3: Hanoi- Halong

Day-4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi - Hue

Day-5: Hue

Day-6: Hue - Hoi An - My Son

Day-7: Hoi An

Day-8: Hoi An free day

Day-9: Hoi An - Saigon

Day-10: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

Day-11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong delta

Day-12: Can Tho - Saigon

Day-13: Saigon Departure

 

Your Questions Answered

the country does have two very distinct seasons. The dry season runs from October through April, and the wet season runs from May through September. Typically the hottest months of the year span from March through June. Rainfall is typically more sporadic early in the wet season, and becomes more consistent and heavy as the wet season progresses through the summer months.
Temperatures are affected by the altitude, with the northern parts of the country being slightly cooler than the lower Mekong basin of the South. During rainy season, temperatures in the valleys can average around 85 F (29 C) and top 95 F (35 C). Averages cool off to around 62 F (17 C) in the north and 73 F (23 C) in the southern regions during the coolest months of December and January.
Laos staples include sticky rice, padaek (a type of fermented fish paste/sauce) combined with a variety of vegetables and dipping sauces. Meats are often added only as a supplement, such as goat, duck, chicken, pork, and freshwater fish. Spices used include lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chilies, lime leaves, mint, cilantro, & shallots. Meats are often grilled or ground up into a spiced mixture. Fish and chicken based soups with noodles and vegetables are also common, along with spicy greens and salads.
The official currency of Laos is the Laos Kip (LAK), with 1 USD = 8500 LAK. Thai Baht and USD are also used in some major tourist destinations. Please note LAK are virtually useless outside of Laos, so make sure to change the majority of your local currency back to USD, EUR, or GBP before exiting the country at either the airport or reputable exchange shops with a good rate.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
Laos is largely a safe country with thousands of tourists enjoying trouble-free holidays there every year. While there are some off-limits areas, which contain unexploded bombs left over from warfare. Respecting these boundaries is crucial to protect you from the potential bombs. In any destinations in the world, tourists are usually looked on as easy targets for theft, bag snatching and other petty crimes. And in Laos, it is no different. So it is wise to take usual precautions to protect your belongings and personal safety.