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Laos Explorer

Private Travel | General interest 10 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2895

This exciting journey explores Laos beyond the tourist hub of Luang Prabang. Discover the jungles and villages of northern Laos, cruise down the Mekong and explore little-known southern Laos with visits to the Bolaven plateau and the 4,000 Islands region.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore the jungles of northern Laos
  • Enjoy a relaxing day cruise on the Mekong
  • Discover the temples of Luang Prabang
  • See the Khone Phapheng Falls in southern Laos
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Luang Prabang


Day 2: Luang Prabang

Arrive and transfer to Luang Prabang’s historic centre and stay at the Sanctuary Hotel for 2 nights. (N)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Optional early morning start to participate in the daily ritual of alms giving, when saffron-clad monks receive offerings from faithful residents. Afterwards, begin a tour of the ancient temple district, visiting Buddhist temples and the National Museum, housed in a former royal palace. Afternoon visit to the scenic Khuang Si waterfalls. (B, L)

Day 4: Pak Beng

Drive north from Luang Prabang and into the jungle. Make a stop at the Kacham waterfall then continue to the small jungle town of Sayaboury for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Nam Heung river. Continue north via various villages of the Phai and Hmong minority ethnic groups, who still follow a traditional way of life in many ways, before arriving in the small riverside town of Pak Beng. Stay overnight at the Le Grand Pakbeng Resort for 2 nights. (B, L)

Day 5: Pak Beng

Morning visit to a traditional village near Pak Beng to learn about local life, then afternoon at leisure to explore Pak Beng. (B)

Day 6: Luang Prabang

Board the Luang Say cruiser for the journey down the Mekong back to Luang Prabang. Stop en route at the Pak Ou caves, which contain thousands of Buddha images and are of great religious importance to Theravada Buddhists in Laos. Stay 1 night at the Sanctuary Hotel (B, L)

Day 7: Fly to Pakse

Fly to Pakse in southern Laos. On arrival, drive out into the countryside to the small riverside town of Muang Champasak and stay at the River Resort for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to the nearby Vat Phou temple complex, which was once part of the ancient Khmer empire and is thought to pre-date the celebrated Angkor temples in Cambodia. (B)

Day 8: 4,000 Islands region

Spend today exploring the 4,000 Islands region of southern Laos near the border with Cambodia. Discover this remote natural landscape and visit the mighty Khone Phapheng falls. The excursions today will be by large river cruiser, smaller local boats and bus. (B, L)

Days 9-10: Bolaven plateau

Drive east to the Bolaven plateau, which is located off the beaten track between the Annamite mountains and the Mekong river. Attractions include the plateau’s many waterfalls, villages of minority ethnic groups, and tours and tastings at coffee plantations. Stay 2 nights at the Sinouk Coffee Resort, which offers simple accommodation set in beautiful gardens with a small lake and its own coffee plantation. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Thailand

Morning at leisure. Drive north to Chong Mek on the border with Thailand. Cross the border and continue to the Tohsang Khongjiam Resort, located on the banks of the Mekong river in Khongjiam district, for a 1-night stay. (B)

Days 12-13: Fly home via Bangkok

Transfer from your hotel to Ubon Ratchathani airport for a flight to Bangkok where you can connect with a flight home. (B) (N)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation. It is better suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some rough road journeys and some jungle walking.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Luang Say Residence
    The Luang Say Residence

    Set in a French colonial-style villa located within easy reach of Luang Prabang's ancient temple district and old town, the Luang Say Residence is a 5-star boutique hotel and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. The 24 elegantly appointed and spacious suites are housed in six pavilions, and facilities include a swimming pool, library, bar and La Belle Epoque restaurant serving local and regional cuisine.

  • Luang Say Lodge
    Luang Say Lodge

    The Luang Say Lodge is located on the banks of the Mekong river near Pak Beng, set against mountainous jungle. The property blends into the natural environment through careful landscaping, with buildings elegantly furnished with dark-toned wood and white fabrics, and offering superb views of the river and mountains. The hotel restaurant is reached by wooden walkways from the pavilions, and serves locally sourced organic food. Features: 20 bungalows; restaurant. Room amenities: Mosquito net; electric fan; en suite bathroom with hot shower and western-style toilet.

  • The Settha Palace Hotel
    The Settha Palace Hotel

    Originally built at the turn of the century, the Hotel Settha Palace has been restored to its former charm. The French colonial architecture, period furniture and landscaped gardens complemented by modern facilities are some of the features of this historical landmark in the heart of Vientiane. Facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, as well as a swimming pool.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £2895 per person

High season from £3095 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

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