Discover the Mekong Laos 5 Days

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Highlights: Huay Xai-Pakbeng-Luang Prabang-Vientiane

Tour is started from: Houeixay

Tour is finished from: Vientiane

Tour duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Price from: $295

Please note that: Prices will depend on travel date, hotel choice, room categories, numbers of people traveling and all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered to suit your requirements.

Full Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 1.  Houeixay – Pakbeng

Day 2.  Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

Day 3.  Luang Prabang – Half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall

Day 4.  Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Half day city tour

Day 5. Vientiane – departure


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1. Houay Xai– Pakbeng

Your local slow boat leaves Houay Xai pier at 09:00 hrs for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route you will make a stop where you will have the opportunity to observe rural life in a remote ethnic minotiry village.

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Houay Xai

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Your local buffet lunch will be served onboard as you continue on down stream, arriving in Pakbeng before sunset.

Overnight in Pakbeng (L, D)


Day 2. Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

After breakfast we will board our slow boat to continue our cruise to Luang Prabang. This morning we will stop to explore an ethnic Hmong village before having your lunch on board.

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Pakou Caves

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Thampra – Luang Prabang

Mid afternoon we will arrive at Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years. 

Continuing down the Mekong River we will arrive in Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang (B, L)


Day 3. Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Kuang Si Waterfall

We head off this morning on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang. Cycling on we seeing the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham

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Royal Palace Museum – Luang Prabang

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Wat Aham – Luang Prabang

This afternoon we journey to Kuang Sii Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all the locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.

On arrival at the Kuang Sii Falls you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary.

Returning to Luang Prabang late afternoon your evening is free to explore or relax at the hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang (B)


Day 4. Luang Prabang – Vientiane – half day city tour (Flight)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

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Wat Sisaket Luang Prabang

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Wat Prakeo Vientiane

Following hotel check in and lunch you will head out on your site seeing tour of the Capital where you will see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with it’s thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.

We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. 

Overnight in Vientiane (B)


Day 5. Vientiane – departure

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. (B)


Included in above prices:

  • Private, Airconditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t taxs and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water


Exclusive of above prices:

  • Accommodation on a twin shared basis (quote separately)
  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Domestic airticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

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