Laos Family Adventure: 12 Days from North to South

Laos Family Adventure: 12 Days from North to South

  • Luang Prabang
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane
  • Bolaven
  • Don Khong
  • 4000 Islands
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12 days 11 nights
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    Enjoy a 12-day trip to Laos, the land of elephants, where serenity and a zen ambiance define this peaceful Buddhist country. Over 12 days, explore all the highlights of this tranquil nation, immersing yourself in its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and unique, off-the-beaten-path experiences.

    Laos Family Adventure: 12 Days from North to South
    What unique experiences await during your trip?
    • Discovery of the major sites of Laos from North to South.
    • Embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Mekong River, visiting Luang Prabang and the 4000 Islands.
    • Enjoy a peaceful kayak excursion around Nam Ngum Lake, which remains relatively undiscovered by tourists. Explore the different islets and visit local fishing villages.
    • Experience a visit to an elephant village and enjoy an elephant ride.
    • Discover the tranquil region of the 4000 Islands, a haven of peace in southern Laos.
    • Maintain a balanced rhythm between activities and moments of rest during your journey
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    • Luang Prabang
    • Vang Vieng
    • Vientiane
    • Bolaven
    • Don Khong
    • 4000 Islands
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    Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of the Lanxang kingdom, you will receive a warm welcome from your "Kampá Tour" guide. Afterward, you will check in at the hotel (with rooms available from 2:00 p.m.).

    Your first day in the city will include visits to:

    • The Royal Palace Museum, constructed in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.
    • Wat Mai Temple, renowned for its exquisite golden bas-reliefs and considered one of the city's most beautiful temples.
    • A climb to the top of Mount Phousi for a delightful exploration of the sacred and golden stupa, offering panoramic sunset views of the city and the Mekong River.
    • In the late afternoon, you will participate in a Baci ceremony with a local family. The Baci ceremony is a traditional Laotian ritual that symbolizes the spirituality of the country and provides participants with a deep understanding of Lao culture.
    • The day will conclude with dinner at a local family's home.

    You will return to the town for the night in Luang Prabang.

    Spend the day exploring Luang Prabang, the former imperial city.

    Begin with a walking tour through less-visited areas, showcasing traditional charm and UNESCO-listed architectural diversity:

    • Explore traditional Laotian houses crafted from bamboo or hardwood, raised on stilts.
    • Discover half-wood, half-cement houses built during the French colonial period.
    • Admire French colonial buildings reminiscent of those found in Vietnam and Cambodia.
    • Visit old Chinese stores designed for both commerce and residence.

    In the afternoon, visit Wat Sene, the oldest temple, and the impressive Wat Xiengthong, showcasing classic Laotian architectural styles.

    Explore the Royal Palace Museum, home to a collection of intriguing artifacts.

    Visit Wat Mai, one of Luang Prabang's largest and most ornate temples.

    Conclude your day by ascending Mount Phousi for a tranquil exploration of the sacred stupa and a panoramic view of the sunset over the Mekong River.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Option: Take a walk or bike ride through the city to observe the unique Laotian tradition of offering alms to monks on the roadside. Laos is the only Buddhist nation to preserve this ritual. Afterward, make a brief visit to the local morning market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find a variety of products, from rice and fresh vegetables to steamed fish, frogs, and the day's catch, all laid out on the ground – this is an integral part of the daily life of local people and provides a genuine taste of local culture.

    Following breakfast, embark on a leisurely cruise upstream along the Mekong River, offering picturesque views of the tranquil countryside.

    Arrive at the enigmatic Pak Ou Caves, a 16th-century cave monastery filled with thousands of Buddha images, situated 25 kilometers north of Luang Prabang within the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong.

    Return to Luang Prabang, with a stop along the way at Ban Muang Keo, a village renowned for its traditional Lao rice whiskey distillation.

    Next, visit Ban Xangkhong, the village of the Thai Lue people, known for their arts and crafts. You will also explore the neighboring village of Ban Xienglek, where traditional Saa paper is produced.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head directly to Kuang Si, the largest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area. The pools here are perfect for swimming and are highly popular among both tourists and locals.

    You can also take a walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene to explore hidden waterfalls, which are rarely visited by other tourists. If you wish, you can make a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, where a few dozen animals have been rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.

    On our way back to Luang Prabang, we'll also make a brief stop at the Ock Pop Tock Craft Center, where weavers, spinners, and batik makers produce premium quality fabrics. Free tours are offered every half hour.

    The night will be spent in Luang Prabang.

    Another enjoyable activity not to be missed for your children: Begin the day with breakfast at the hotel, followed by a direct transfer to the elephant village.

    Upon arrival at the elephant camp, you will be welcomed by our camp manager, who will provide a brief introduction to the camp and its elephants.

    After getting acquainted with the elephants by feeding them corn or sugar cane, embark on an elephant ride along the Nam Khan River. It's your turn to care for the elephants by bathing them in the Khan River, offering an exhilarating bathing experience!

    In the afternoon, enjoy a boat trip to Tad Sae waterfall. While less touristy than Kuang Si Falls, Tad Sae offers a remarkable spectacle and an exceptional swimming experience, with numerous staircase "bathtubs" surrounded by pristine nature.

    Return to Luang Prabang and transfer to the train station for your journey to Vang Vieng (6:20 p.m. - 7:12 p.m.).

    Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night in Vang Vieng

    In the morning, explore Vang Vieng, a charming town nestled along the banks of the Nam Song River in an idyllic setting. Often referred to as 'the Halong Bay of Laos,' Vang Vieng is a haven for nature enthusiasts.

    The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding Vang Vieng house numerous caves and caverns. Your tour begins with a visit to the most famous of these caves, Tham Jang, which served as a refuge for local people during a Chinese invasion 200 years ago.

    Continue your exploration at Tham Nanga, also known as the Cave of Angels, featuring massive limestone formations and spectacular stalactites in unique formations. Before returning to Vang Vieng, take time to relax and refresh at the Blue Lagoon.

    Bid farewell to Vang Vieng as you depart for Vientiane. This capital city, situated on the banks of the Mekong River, evokes exotic images with its intriguing blend of Laotian, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, and French influences.

    Night in Vientiane.

    Today is dedicated to exploring Vientiane's most remarkable cultural and historical sites:

    • Pha That Luang - a symbol of Buddhism and Laos' sovereignty, and one of the country's most sacred monuments.
    • Haw Phra Kaew - a former royal temple dating back to the Lane Xang kingdom, now transformed into a national museum of sacred art.
    • Vat Sisaket - known as the 'Buddha Museum,' it is the city's oldest temple and houses over ten thousand Buddha statues.
    • Patuxai - an Asian triumphal arch.
    • Buddha Park - a captivating collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong River meadow.

    Night in Vientaine.

    Take a flight to Paksé, the largest city in southern Laos. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed by the local guide and transferred to the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region that is home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls, and coffee and tea plantations.

    During the journey, make a stop at a tea plantation. Next, visit the picturesque Tad Fan Waterfall, which is a double waterfall. You will then explore the local village of Ban Lak Sipchet, known for its iron knives, and Ban Lak Samsip, where bamboo baskets are crafted.

    Don't miss the opportunity to visit Tad Yeung, where you can swim in the clear and refreshing natural pool at the base of the waterfall.

    Enjoy the night at the Bolaven Plateau.

    After breakfast, visit the Tha Teng food market. Then, explore the minority villages: Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village featuring a sacrificial altar, and Ban Kokphung, a Katu village where coffins are stored under the houses.

    In the afternoon, explore Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th century. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple situated amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple served as the most important economic and political center of the region and remains one of the most revered temples in Laos.

    As the day comes to a close, continue your drive to Champassak to observe examples of French colonial architecture. From there, transfer to Don Khong, where you'll have the rest of the day for your own exploration.

    Enjoy the night on Don Khong.

    Today, we explore the Siphandon region in southern Laos, known for its unique landscape where the Mekong River divides into numerous islands and islets.

    Board a long-tail boat to experience the vast Mekong during the dry season when the waters recede, revealing thousands of islets. Visit a local market, see Liphi Waterfall, and explore remnants of French colonial architecture.

    Additionally, we'll visit a local pagoda to learn about spiritual traditions and admire the temple architecture.

    Afterwards, enjoy free time and spend the night on Khone Island.

    After breakfast, return to the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and head south to explore Khone Phapheng, considered the largest waterfall by volume in Southeast Asia. Located near the Lao-Cambodian border, Khone Phapheng is an awe-inspiring destination in an area rich with wildlife, making it one of the most breathtaking places in Laos.

    On your way back to Paksé, visit Ban Khoh, a village known for its stone sculpture expertise.

    At the end of the day, ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view of Pakse city.

    Enjoy the night in Pakse.

    Enjoy free time for relaxation or any final purchases.

    Depending on your flight schedule, transfer to the airport for your return journey.

    This marks the end of our 12-day Laos family tour services!

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    The price shown does not include international flights and has been calculated based on a group of 4 people with standard accommodation. Kampá Tour offers private trips with personalized services. Prices vary depending on the season of travel, the category of services chosen, and, above all, the number of travelers. Please contact us to obtain the detailed program, price, and proposed services for your trip.
    This price includes:
    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
    • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
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    • International flights from your home
    • Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
    • Bank fees related to payment
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
    • Other meals not specified in the program
    • SIM card and mobile plans
    • Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
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    Your accommodation:
    Leah Silk Hanoi
    Hanoi Exclusive Hotel
    Bel Air Resort Luang Prabang
    Hôtel Sofitel Luang Prabang
    Hôtel O’ Gallery Premier Hanoi
    Hôtel La Siesta Trendy Hanoi
    Pakse Hotel & Restaurant
    Crowne Plaza Vientiane
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
    Car interior equipment

    Our Happy Customers

    Nadine, Marie, and her friends

    Nadine, Marie, and her friends

    23 MAY 2024 - Hello Mrs. Duong,
    As agreed, a little feedback on our stay. First of all, a big thank you for these wonderful holidays. Your country is magnificent with an endearing population.

    The guides were great, mastering French well. We give a rating of +++ to Vinh for the southern part.
    The proposed restaurants met our expectations, and we were able to enjoy the local cuisines.
    The drivers were attentive.
    The range of hotels chosen exceeded our expectations, and we appreciated it.
    The tour is very well designed, but we have a small remark: on day 6, we enjoyed it less. We felt like we were walking just for the sake of walking.
    A big thank you for the cake offered for Nadine's birthday. The passengers were also able to enjoy a nice piece of cake.

    We will not hesitate to advertise your agency.

    Best regards,
    Nadine and Gérard.

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    Mr. Pierre Pernots family

    Mr. Pierre Pernot's family

    06 MAY 2024 - Ms. Lan Duong, good morning

    As promised, I'm giving you feedback on our trip in May 2024 and if I had to give you an overall rating it would be 9/10.

    Let's start at the beginning the contact with your agency and yourself as well as the communication in French is excellent, your warm welcome as an experienced professional gives confidence, by your responsiveness which is maximum whether by email or WhatsApp reassures us even more, finally your formula to adapt as much as possible to the client's wishes is most pleasant, Or to simply take your tour organized according to the length of the client's stay, I discovered that the distances in the mountains are counted in hours and not in kilometers between the many bends or the fact of climbing passes it will take time.

    The prices charged are competitive and in line with the services offered and given for a 21-day tour in the north (budget to be added depending on the stages, lunch or dinner which remain very affordable

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    Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Marie Perou

    Mr. Patrick and Mrs. Marie Perou

    APRIL 2024 The rest of the journey went very well until Pu Long, largely thanks to Thien who quickly understood what we wanted to see (amazing hikes) and what we wanted to experience in our interactions with the minority ethnic groups. Thanks to our guide, we had many warm exchanges and shared beautiful emotions over tea, fruits, and bong gao in their humble homes. Unforgettable experiences in the villages of tiles, knives, incense, and weaving.

    An opportunity for great happiness to experience the Than Minh festival proposed by Thien.

    Thank you for the foot massage, which was a pure moment of relaxation... It made us want to book a full body massage upon our return from Pu Long.

    We are truly delighted with our journey in the North, although we missed the good weather a bit.

    A word also about our driver, who was extremely careful on the mountain roads and always provided valuable assistance with a smile for his passengers.

    Looking forward to continuing towards Halong Bay

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    The adventure of traveling to Vietnam with the Kommer family

    The adventure of traveling to Vietnam with the Kommer family

    APRIL 2024 Xenia Kommer's Family Travel Diary

    [29/3/24]: Tony and the driver are great! And everything we've seen and done too 😊

    [1/4/24]: Hello! We are back from the boat in Halong Bay. It was very beautiful! I didn't tell you that we ate crickets last 😁 week In Tam Coc the boys played football with children from there 😉

    [3/4/24]: Hello, we arrived safely in Hoi An today. Everything is great, the hotel is very nice. Yesterday the boys swam in the Hue😉 River

    [5/4/24]: Hoi An diving, I don't do it but the boys love it 😃

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    The Alzarral family with their friends

    The Alzarral family with their friends

    MAR 2024 To begin with, thank you for this wonderful trip that you organized for us. Thank you to Huan, Kien and Ms. Chau for conveying the love of their country to us. Bus drivers were also safe in this traffic.

    After the discussion among all the participants in the trip, we send you these observations:

    Guide: 5/5⭐
    Drivers 5/5⭐
    Bus:4/5⭐
    Hotel: 4.9/5⭐ (slightly small breakfast room at the Sanouva Hotel in Saigon).
    Choice of restaurant by guides: 5/5⭐
    Transfer by plane: 5/5⭐
    Choice of visits:5/5⭐
    Organization of the agency: 5/5⭐

    Thank you, Mrs. TRANG VU, for your warm welcome at the agency and for your willingness to organize our trip. We also thank Bao for his kindness and for the short documentary on YouTube. You can count on us to really appreciate your skills.

    Thanks again for everything 😘😘

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    Mrs. Silvia and her husband

    Mrs. Silvia and her husband

    Peru

    MAR 2024 Greetings from Lima, guys! We just got home and we don't even feel tired! I still have the energy to keep going, haha!
    Now, let's talk about the North. In February, from Hanoi to Ha Long, there is a lot of drizzle. I suggest other visitors always carry a fine raincoat when they go. Luckily, it didn't alter our plan much. We enjoyed the coffee with egg and the bun cha. Ms. Nhung knew all the perfect places to eat, without worrying about finding available places, and at good prices! I'll send you some great photos from Hanoi!
    But, the most amazing thing was the experience on the Mekong! Just perfect. We loved Mr. Nguyen; He had an in-depth knowledge of the place, which made us enjoy it to the fullest. He also shared a lot of interesting things about the Vietnamese and their current and current culture, not just theory.
    The hotels were ok, no complaints. This trip makes us think of Cambodia and Thailand with our friends in the future (still wishes)
    I think that's enough for n

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    Chantal & Daniel

    Chantal & Daniel

    MAR 2024 Hello Mrs. Huyen and all her team,

    We had dreamed it, we had prepared our trip with the guides, and now we are back, with the images still fresh in our minds.

    Thank you and congratulations for this perfect organization, despite the fact that a flight was delayed a day at the last minute. We found our guides and drivers as planned, the guides were friendly, spoke perfect Spanish, the "busy" program was respected.

    Recounting our journey could become a real novel, so we will talk about the main points. Now, worry before leaving because the guides said that we should avoid the Tet period, that for the lunar new year everything was closed, anyway what joy, flowers, decorations, events everywhere.

    👉Hanoi, staying in the center, after a tour of the city, and a visit to Kampa Tour, a well-deserved siesta, we set off on foot (without a guide) through the narrow streets (thanks to the GPS to find the hotel).

    👉The next day, visits to museums, great water puppet show.

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    The Le Boucher family

    The Le Boucher family

    French

    February 15-28, 2024 -
    "Hello, the trip is going very well. Yesterday I grew rice. A symbol and a source of pride for me, I would even say one of the goals of this trip. Thank you"

    "The work in the rice paddies is already well underway...we are lucky to see the peasants in full activity, it is really enriching to learn about your way of life. A 12km walk today was an intense moment. ​​"

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    The Diego Family

    The Diego Family

    Mexico

    January 2024

    We're on the flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok. I'm writing these lines because I'm eager to share more details about the trip, in addition to praising the services (hotels, restaurants, etc.) that I mentioned during the call in Vietnam.

    Visiting the Angkor Wat temple complex is worth it. When we entered, we felt like we were becoming tiny people. It was a very surprising experience. On the second day, when we arrived at the lakeside village of Kompong Khleang, the scenery isn't beautiful, but it showcases the culture of the people, which is very interesting. The tour guide in Cambodia is very good, has a good sense of humor, and is always willing to explain everything coherently. So we didn't respond to the message immediately.

    The continuity between the visit to Cambodia and the conclusion of the trip in Vietnam is certainly very reasonable. The number of days for visiting is also appropriate. In addition to following our itinerary, we also made use of our free t

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    Mr. Sebastian Rodriguez and his friends

    Mr. Sebastian Rodriguez and his friends

    January 2024 - The trip went well. We had memorable experiences in Asia with your team, the guides, and even the driver. Everything went smoothly, from the weather to the services (meals, accommodations) you arranged for us. Here are more details:

    The first week in Vietnam was very good. We loved the egg coffee. Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse, and it was great because we had time to try most of the typical dishes: pho, bun cha, cao lau, and banh mi. The Old Quarter of Hanoi has an ancient beauty, but it's still a bit noisy. The cyclo experience was very reasonable and helped us not get bored while going to Hoi An, also to the Old Quarter, but to explore it by bikes. Ha Long Bay is very beautiful. The cruise was excellent.

    The next part of the trip was in Cambodia, where we had truly amazing moments in front of the ruins of Angkor Wat. The tour guide in Cambodia was very detailed in everything we wanted to know. A few days in Cambodia are enough.

    The end of the trip was in

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    The family of Mr. GEIGER

    The family of Mr. GEIGER

    France

    Dec 6, 2023 - What a superb trip! Complete satisfaction! Discovery of the NORTH and CENTRAL VIETNAM. A very well-organized journey by VIETNAM DISCOVERY; competence and kindness of our guide LUNA; We were warmly welcomed at the agency (beautiful structure) by Mrs. THOM DOAN. The circuit and hotel services were fully in line with the program. We return with lots of beautiful memories and stunning images in our minds. Landscapes, temples, rice fields, Hmong villages, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An. We wholeheartedly recommend. BERNARD

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