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River and Forest Laos (8 Days)


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The capital of Laos, Vientiane, is really more of a big, friendly village than a bustling, never-sleeping hub as many capitals around the world are. Vientiane has a certain flair, a bit of mystique that makes you want to go out and about to really get to know the city with its glittering temples, thousands of Buddhist images, intriguing archaeological sites and rich culture. Let Carpe Diem guide you around to explore all Vientiane´s famous and lesser-known sites you don’t want to miss out on!

Laos is an upcoming travel destination, remarkably refreshing because it’s not yet spoiled by mass tourism. Most people who visit this slow-paced, amazingly beautiful country do find their way to the nations capital, but forget to move a little further south – while this is one of the countries most ravishing regions! From the slowly crumbling colonial-era buildings of Savannakhet, to seemingly never-ending tea plantations on the Boloven Plateau, green forests, the idyllic Four Thousand Islands  and the astonishing waterfalls of Khon Phapheng and Somphamit (the largest in Southeast Asia): southern Laos has a lot to offer and is a really rewarding part of the country to explore.

Carpe Diem offers you this 8-day tour (River and Forest Laos) to really get to know this part of Laos and treat yourself to all the awe-inspiring natural beauty the capital and the south have to offer. The trip starts off in the capital of Vientiane and then takes you south for the adventure of a lifetime. You will explore mighty rivers, rugged jungles and charming villages, encounter the wonderfully laid-back people of Laos, eat delicious local food and enjoy the gorgeous scenery – all at your own pace. Book this unique handcrafted tour and let the stunning landscape steal your hearth! The River and Forest Laos

Do you want to know more? Read the day to day itinerary:

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    Day 1
    You arrive at Vientiane airport, where one of our representatives will meet you to transfer you to your hotel. After lunch, you take a guided walking tour to the That Stupa national monument, the National Museum, the Ho Phra art museum and Wat Sisaket – the oldest temple in the capital.

    Day 2
    This morning you visit a humanitarian project which works with children who live on the streets. This will help you to understand the issues the poorest people in town are facing, and to appreciate what is being done to help. Lunch will be served in the project’s training restaurant. In the afternoon we have a stroll to the independence monument (which looks a lot like the Arce de Triomphe in Paris, but without the crazy traffic!). Climb the steps to the top for a beautiful view over the city.

    Day 3
    Today we head towards the south of the country, which is one of its most stunning areas. You will spend the night in Savannakhet, a town that is heavily influenced by the bordering countries of Thailand and Vietnam. On arrival we pay a visit to one of the view Christian churches in this mainly Buddhist country, and we also lay eyes on one of the most important Buddhist stupas in Laos. The afternoon will be spend walking through the beautiful forest, guided by local guides who work for a conservation project and know all the ins and outs of the flora and fauna around.

    Day 4
    We drive to the Boloven Plateau: a cool green forested area. On our way, we visit a tea plantation where you can learn all about how the leaves are prepared for sale. Of course you get the opportunity to taste and buy some if you wish. You’ll spend the night at a guesthouse next to the water, with an amazing view of a ravishing waterfall. You can have a refreshing swim if you’re up for it.

    Day 5
    Today we head for the mountains to have a nice long walk and be amazed by the truly beautiful scenery. We take a packed lunch for a delicious picnic along the way.

    Day 6
    We travel to Done Khong Island, one of the Four Thousand Islands in the Mekong River, where you will spend the night. On our way to the island, we visit Champasak, where beautiful Angkorian-era temples are located. Here you’ll also  find a small but interesting Buddhist museum.

    Day 7
    After breakfast you take a boat trip to the largest waterfalls in South East Asia: the Khon Phapheng and Somphamit falls. Here you can have lunch. On the way back, we make a few stops to see some old French architecture and an old railway with an abandoned train still on its tracks in the middle of the jungle. Upon returning to your guesthouse you can watch the beautiful sunset while enjoying a refreshing drink.

    Day 8
    After breakfast we can transfer you to Pakse airport, the Thai or Cambodian border – whichever way you want to go.  


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The investment for this private trip will be Eur € 1175 per person for 2 people sharing a twin or double room in our personally selected accommodations along the way.
And it includes;

  • Bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Airport transfer
  • All tourtransportation (excluding flights)
  • All touradmissions
  • English speaking local guide
  • Service of a representative

As this is a private trip you can start on any day you like, provided there is hotel availability.

I’ve greatly appreciated the planning that’s gone into making this trip so meaningful
Barbara Johnston, New Zealand