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  • Cruise down the Mekong River
  • Discover the mysterious Plain of Jars
  • Explore the breathtaking countryside of the Bolaven Plateau
  • Enjoy a boat trip through Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands)
Start your 13 day ‘Laos on the Loose’ tour in the bustling Thai capital city of Bangkok, where we will pick you up upon arrival. Fly to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand and board a boat at the Thai/Lao border to enjoy a relaxing two-day cruise along the Mekong River to Luang Prabang.

Explore Luang Prabang, see the breathtaking Kuang Si Falls, the intriguing Plain of Jars and enjoy a guided tour of the peaceful capital city of Vientiane. Spend the final days of this itinerary in southern Laos where you’ll visit the Bolaven Plateau as well as the ancient Khmer temple complex of Wat Phu Champasak. Get the chance to cruise around the beautiful Si Phan Don ('Four Thousand Islands').

We will drop you off the the airport on the last day of the trip. For more details, please go through the itinerary below.
Hotel
Upon arrival at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Your Wayfairer guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary.
Hotel
You have an early start today. Your local guide will take you to Bangkok’s magnificent temples and palaces, including the glittering Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and Wat Pho, with its spectacular 46-metre long statue of the reclining Buddha.

Transfer back to the airport in the afternoon and catch a flight to Chiang Rai in northern Thailand, located near the Golden Triangle and bordering Myanmar and Laos. You are free to explore the bustling Chiang Rai night bazaar in the evening and see hill tribe people and lowlanders gather to sell their wares.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Boat
It's another early start today. Enjoy a two-hour trip to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong and cross the border by boat to Huay Xai in Laos. Your guide will help you get your Laos entry visas on arrival. Board a private boat for a two-day cruise down the Mekong River, past dense jungles and quaint villages.

Spend your night in Pakbeng, a small village in Laos located on the Mekong River halfway between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
Continue your cruise south along the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander the streets and back alleys of this ancient city to discover why so many people fall in love with this place known for its gleaming temple roofs, fading French architecture and a stunning mountain backdrop.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Hotel
We recommend that you get up early to join the locals as they offer alms to the hundreds of saffron-robed Buddhist monks on the streets. This sacred ceremony takes place everyday and is quite spectacular.

Go out on a guided walking tour of Luang Prabang next. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, with its sweeping roof and rare reclining Buddha, and Wat Wisunalat, which represents the earliest style of Laotian architecture. Hike to the top of Phu Si Hill to take in panoramic views of the city.

Travel 29km outside of Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls, a beautiful, cascading waterfall surrounded by a lush forest.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Travel from Luang Prabang to Phonsavan, located in the remote Xieng Khuoang province in central Laos.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Head for the mysterious Plain of Jars, an ancient site with hundreds of large stone jars, after breakfast. The jars are carved out of sandstone and granite and come in various sizes, from very small to about 3.5m high. They are thought to be more than 2,000 years old.

Fly to the capital city of Vientiane, located on the banks of the Mekong River, in the afternoon.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Explore Vientiane with your Wayfairer guide. Visit Wat Si Saket, the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane and home to over 10,000 Buddha images, and see the golden stupa of That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa), the most sacred monument in the country that is now recognised as the national monument and symbol of Laos.

Also see Patuxai (Victory Gate of Vientiane), a landmark reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and one of the city’s most noticeable landmarks. This afternoon, you’re free to explore the market of Talat Sao.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Eco lodge
Drive to Vientiane’s Wattay Airport for a flight to Pakse, in southern Laos. On arrival in Pakse you’ll transfer to your accommodation at Tad Fane in the Bolaven Plateau. You are free for the rest of the day.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
Enjoy hiking through a breathtaking countryside in the Bolaven Plateau. Walk past lush coffee plantations and stop to see spectacular waterfalls. There are various hiking options available, depending upon the time of the year and your fitness level. Please speak to one of our travel consultants for further information.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Eco lodge
Travel back to Pakse where you’ll board a private boat for a gentle cruise down the mighty Mekong. Your next destination is Champasak, where you’ll get the chance to visit the ancient Khmer temple complex of Wat Phu Champasak.

The temple complex, situated on a hillside and offering stunning views over the surrounding land and the Mekong River, is one of the highlights of southern Laos. The first temple on the site was built as early as the 5th century, though the current ruins are from the 11th to the 13th centuries.

After exploring Wat Phu Champsak you’ll transfer to Don Khong (Khong Island), the largest of an estimated 4,000 islands on the Mekong River along the Cambodian border. This river archipelago is called Si Phan Don, which translates as 'Four Thousand Islands'.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Eco lodge
Enjoy a boat tour of Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands). Your destination is Don Det where you’ll see the remnants of a French railway locomotive. The French had moved into Laos hoping to open a trade route to China via the Mekong River.

After surveying the river they discovered a number of areas where the river was impassable due to waterfalls, including those in the Si Phan Don area. To get around the falls the French built a railway to carry goods – and entire boats – around the waterfalls.

Following your visit to Don Det, you’ll head back up the river and drive to Pakse, stopping en-route at Pha Paeng Falls, the largest waterfall in the Si Phan Don region that is often referred to as the 'Niagara of Southeast Asia'.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Your tour has come to an end. We will transfer you to Pakse Airport for your flight home in the morning.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Pickup and drop off transfers. Transportation as per the itinerary (including boat cruise). Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • A local, English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Meals as per the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Activities and excursions mentioned 'optional' on the itinerary
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Bangkok, Thailand
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