Land of a Million White Elephants 15 days

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Joining this big tour, you will have two weeks to discover this charming country. Take chance to go along the Mekong River and see various mysterious archaeological sites

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    All about the Land of a Million White Elephants 15 days.

    Land of a Million White Elephants 15 days

    Chiang Rai → Huay Xay → Luang Prabang → Xieng Khouang → Vang Vieng → Vientiane → Pakse → 4000 Islands → Pakse

    • Spend time to contemplate many enchanting sceneries
    • Visit various outstanding locations and historical buildings
    • Come to several religious sites to understand more about people’s spiritual belief
    • Tour around the village to take a deep look on traditional village life
    • Observe local people’s daily activities and see the traditional handiwork

    Joining this big tour, you will have two weeks to discover this charming country. Take chance to go along the Mekong River and see various mysterious archaeological sites, ornate temples and striking waterfalls. Treat yourself a luxury cruise and make the best of your treasure holidays with a large range of marvelous sights and activities offered.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Transportation as per itinerary (flight ticket, boats, minibus, walking)
    Accommodation in Guest houses and villagers home
    Activities as described in itinerary
    Meals as per itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
    English speaking guide and assisting guides where necessary
    All trekking and activity permissions and payments
    Village contributions and local taxes

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Personal expenses and extra meals
    Insurance and tips, Visas and others not mentioned

    1. Day1 Arrival – Chiang Rai

      Activities:Arrive in Chiang Rai, transfer to hotel
      Meals:Dinner
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, dinner
      On arrival you will be transferred to hotel and have rest. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Chiang Rai.

    2. Day2 Chiang Rai - Huay Xai – Pakbeng

      Activities:Head to Huay Xay, cruise to Pakbeng, visit ethnic minority, check in Luang Say Lodge, have sightseeing
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, dinner
      In the early morning, we will head to the border town of Huay Xay. The Luang Say Cruise boat leaves the pier at 09:00 hrs. Then cruise down the Mekong River towards Pakbeng. You can observe rural life along the way and see minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a buffet for lunch on board. We will reach Pakbeng before sunset and check-in at LuangSay Lodge. Dinner will be served on the terrace.

    3. Day3 Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

      Activities:Discover a Hmong village, go to Pak-Ou village, discover Pak-Ou caves, see the alcohol manufacturing, arrive at Luang Prabang
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast , lunch
      After having breakfast at lodge, you will have some free time till 08:30. Get into a boat for the cruise discovering a Hmong village. Have lunch on board. Go to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and visit Pak Ou Caves. Make a brief exploration of the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset and transfer to the hotel. Dinner on your own. Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

    4. Day4 Luang Prabang – Half day city walking tour

      Activities:Visit Royal Palace Museum, have a walking tour, explore hidden secrets, stop at Wat Chomkhong, pass by Fine Arts School, tour Wat Xiengthong
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      In the morning, we will head to the Royal Palace Museum to see a range of interesting artifacts. Then begin our walking tour discovering some of Luang Prabang hidden secrets. Trek to Wat Xiengthong and Wat Chomkhong, which is known for its decorative carvings. You will also come to see the Fine Arts School with many quality artworks. The final destination of the day is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong that represents the classical Luang Prabang style. Meals on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    5. Day5 Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall

      Activities:Leave Luang Prabang, travel to the town, have sightseeing, visit Ban Longlao, reach Kuang Si Waterfall, join exciting activities
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch
      Travel on a private vehicle leaving Luang Prabang. You will have about one hour and twenty minutes to view the beautiful scenery and rural landscapes with rice terraces and pineapple fields. Reach Ban Longlao – a local H’mong village and have a look at their culture, customs and language. Trek through the jungle to come to the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy some relaxing time for relaxation, swimming and climbing. Back to Luang Prabang and have view of sunset over the Mekong. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    6. Day6 Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang

      Activities:Drive to Xieng Khuang, stop at Houi Hei, explore Ban Kiu Kam Pone village, arrive in Phou Khoun, visit Ban Son Boom, see a Buddha Cave, discover an old Russian tank
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch
      At about 8 am, we start our departure to Xieng Khuang which is famous for the ‘Plain of Jars’. The first stop is at Houi Hei, where you can have great views of the surrounding mountains. Then continue go to Ban Kiu Kam Pone – a Khmu village to explore before come to Phou Khoun. After lunch, we continue drive to Xieng Khuang province. Make a stop at Ban Son Boom – a Hmong village. Tourists will have chance to visit a hidden Buddha Cave and understand about a tragic period of time in Laos history. Arrive at the hotel by early evening. Dinner on your own. Stay overnight in Xieng Khuang.

    7. Day7 Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars

      Activities:Visit the Mines Action Group, learn about the mine work, explore the Plain of Jars
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      The highlight of today is discovering the Plain of Jars. We will firstly come to visit the Mines Action Group or MAG office to learn about their work in the area. Then transfer to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin 1-hour trek to the impressive Jar Site 3. In the afternoon we continue to visit Jar Site 1, the largest site, before back to the hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

    8. Day8 Xieng Khuang – Muang Khoun - Vang Vieng

      Activities:Visit Central Market, drive to Muang Khoun, explore ancient pagodas, travel to Vang Vieng, visit a Hmong village, drop by Phatang Mountain
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch
      Go to visit the interesting Central Market in the early morning, then (time permitting) drive to the ancient town of Muang Khoun to explore ancient pagodas in the Lanna style and Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. Travel by road to Vang Vieng. Stop for lunch in Phou Khoun. Come to visit Ban Hin Ngon – a picturesque Hmong village. You will also have an optional stop at Koe Kuang – a local forest market. Our final stop of the day is Phatang Mountain where you can take various amazing photos of limestone karsts. Arrive at Vang Vieng for resting by night. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    9. Day9 Vang Vieng – Vientiane

      Activities:Visit Tham Jang Cave, see the karst scenery, head to Vientiane, stop at Tha Heua village, tour Nam Ngum Lake, pass by Ban Keun, go to Don Makai Market
      Meals:Breakfast, Lunch
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch
      This morning we will go to Tham Jang cave and view the beauty of Nam Song River. Then set out on the road towards Vientiane. Stop at Tha Heua village and see dried fish hanging in front of the houses. Continue to Nam Ngum, a picturesque lake created by damming the Nam Ngum River. After having lunch, we stop at Ban Keun to see its salt mine. You can also learn about people’s daily life. The final stop will be set in the insect market Don Makai Market. Return Vientiane by early evening. Stay overnight in Vientiane.

    10. Day10 Vientiane - Half day city tour

      Activities:See Wat Sisaket, visit Wat Prakeo temple, go to That Luang Stupa, tour COPE exhibition centre
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      Today you will enjoy a half day city tour. Begin with a visit to Wat Sisaket with thousands of Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo. Then head to the sacred structure of That Luang Stupa. Don’t forget to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument. Finally, drop by the COPE exhibition centre and learn more about some pieces of past time. Meals on your own. Stay overnight in Vientiane.

    11. Day11 Vientiane – Pakse – Tadlo

      Activities:Fly to Pakse, transfer to Bolaven Plateau, visit Houey Ten village, see tea plantation, stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, go to Tha Teng Market, explore Ban Bong Neua village, arrive at Tadlo Waterfall
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      Go to the airport to take the early flight to Pakse. On arrival you will head to Bolaven Plateau. It is known for cool temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is Houey Ten – a Katu village specializing in knife making. Then pay a look at tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall to have sightseeing. Go to Tha Teng Market which is full of ethnic minority food. And you can explore an interesting minority village – Ban Bong Neua that boasts a sacrificial alter. Arrive at Tadlo Waterfall in the afternoon and have rest there. You can choose to take an elephant ride to view thoroughly the beautiful scenery. Meals on your own. Overnight at Tadlo

    12. Day12 Tadlo – Pakse – Wat Phou – Khong Island

      Activities:Visit Paxuam Waterfall, transfer to Champassak, head to Wat Phou, drive to Don Khong, arrive at Khong Island
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      After breakfast, we head to the attractive Paxuam Waterfall. Then transfer to Champassak and onto Wat Phou which is another World Heritage Site in Laos. You can see ruins of ancient temple in Wat Phou that contains the Ancient Khmer architectures. In the late afternoon, take a drive to Don Khong, an area of the 4000 islands. Arrive at Khong Island via ferry early evening. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    13. Day13 Khong Island – Khone Island – Don Daeng

      Activities:Visit countryside, go to Don Khone, disembark, have a biking tour, visit Liphi Waterfall, go to a fishing village, tour Khone Phapheng waterfall, cruise to Don Daeng Island
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Accommodation, ground transportation, guide, entrance fees, breakfast
      After breakfast, we pay a visit to the surrounding countryside, and go to Don Khone on a long tail boat. You can have option of exploring the island by bike, which will take you to visit the remains of the French period and Liphi Waterfall. Return to the mainland and come to see the fishing village of Ban Nakasang then drive to Khone Phapheng. It is considered the largest waterfall in South East Asia and a truly impressive site near the Laos – Cambodia border. Then we drive back and take a boat on the Mekong towards Don Daeng. Have time to relax and explore this island. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

    14. Day14 Don Daeng – Free day

      Activities:Free activities
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Breakfast, accommodation
      You will have the whole day at leisure to relax or take a biking tour to discover the landscape at your own pace. Stay overnight at Don Daeng

    15. Day15 Don Daeng - Pakse – Departure

      Activities:Transfer to Pakse, take the departure flight
      Meals:Breakfast
      Included:Breakfast, airport transfer
      After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pakse and be ready for your departing flight. Meals on your own. End of services.

    Accommodation for Your Journey

    Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

    It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

    We pick hotels for you based on:

    Location: most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

    Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.

    Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

    Hotel Standards

    3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

    4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

    5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Accommodation for Your Journey

    The Prices showed on our system is in USD (United State Dollar), INCLUDED Tax and Service Charge but EXCLUDED Bank Fee. Please check carefully the inclusion and exclusion of services before booking. Included and excluded services will also be listed in our confirmation email.

    Important note:

    – Price is in United State Dollar (USD)

    – Price is based on Double/Twin Occupancy accommodations.

    – Price does NOT include surcharges for Bank Fee and other surcharges if any.

    Before making a reservation, please check the price of the tour by filling the number of pax, choosing the departure date, and clicking “Check Rates” button in “Check Rates” tab. Click “Book It” button to reserve the accommodation type you prefer for the tour and process to the next step. Please select the optional transfer services or extra services of your choice from the list then click ‘Add To Cart’ button to navigate to the next step.

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    Normally Journey Expedition Travel includes two meals each day during tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

    Breakfast

    It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

    Lunch

    Lunches are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

    Dinner

    Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

    If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs

    You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

    All tour guides of Journey Expedition Travel are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

    Private Tour Guide

    You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

    All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

    If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

    Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

    With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

    Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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