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Ancient Laos: A Journey Back in Time

Travel off the beaten path and back in time as you visit the beautiful country of Laos. The only landlocked country in Southeast Asia, Laos has much more to offer than the typical traveler would imagine. Explore this often-forgotten treasure on this 9-day luxury journey. Your adventure begins in the old-world past capital of Luang Prabang, moving onto the current capital of Vientiane, winding through the small villages of Ban Nahin, Konglor and Thakhek.

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  • Visit the most sacred monument in Laos - That Luang Stupa, rumored to contain Buddha’s breastbone
  • Take a longboat journey down the ancient, winding Nam Khan River 
  • Journey inside the majestic Konglor Cave
  • Visit the stunning natural limestone karsts renowned by climbers the world over when visiting Thakhek
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Day by Day Itinerary

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Day 1

Fly into what is considered Laos’ crown jewel, the stunning ancient capital of Luang Prabang. You will be met by your friendly guide upon arrival, and transported to the luxurious 5-star Amantaka Hotel. You have the rest of the day to spend either at leisure or exploring your surroundings.

Day 2

Begin your day in the UNESCO World Heritage city with a visit to the museum at the former royal palace in the city. Next, learn about the country’s spiritual side as you visit the beautiful monasteries of Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Sean, and Vat Vixoun. After enjoying a delicious, authentic lunch, take a tour of the surrounding area with a stop in the Ban Phanom Tai Leu weaving village and a longboat tour along Nam Khan River. After a full day exploring, relax in luxury at your hotel.

Day 3

It’s another full day of touring in the exciting ancient city. The day’s highlights include the cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls, natural springs and a trip to the famed Pak Ou Caves. This is one of the most spiritually-revered locations in the country. Return to your hotel for a peaceful night’s sleep this evening.

Day 4

Leave the ancient capital behind as you fly to the country’s fascinating present day capital - Vientiane. It’s a short 50-minute flight and leaves you with plenty of time for a city tour. Your guide will take you to the deluxe Settha Palace Hotel, where you will sleep tonight in the highest of comfort in the city center. Enjoy a short city tour, beginning at the Patuxay Monument, stopping in Wat Sisaket, Ho Prakeo, and finishing with the most important monument in the country - That Luang Stupa, rumored to contain the actual breastbone of Buddha. Enjoy the perfect ending to the day as you indulge in an exquisite authentic dinner while being entertained with a local Lao dance performance.

Day 5
Vientiane - Ban Nahin

Start the day with an early drive to Ban Nahin, a scenic 7-hour drive. Stop in the small village of Ban Hai and visit one of the country’s most revered temples located near the legendary “Naga Fireballs” that are seen during the full moon period in October. After lunch in the small town of Pakkading, continue along the Vietnamese border until you reach Ban Nahin and the rustic Sala Hinboun Resort.

Day 6
Ban Nahin - Konglor Cave - Thakhek

The day kicks off with a visit to the majestic Konglor Cave. Step aboard a small motorboat to enter the massive lit-up cave. Reach the tiny, remote village of Ban Natan on the other side of the cave. Have lunch in a small Konglor village upon your return. Next, travel to Thakhek, where you’ll check into the accommodating Inthira Hotel before taking a trip around the quaint, French-colonial style town.

Day 7

After breakfast in your hotel, take a trip to the magical limestone karsts that surround the city. Explore the caves and karsts before continuing onto visit the picturesque Khoun Khong Lang Lagoon. Next, visit the Green Climber’s home - a well-known stop for climbers all over the world for its idyllic position among the towering karsts. Spend the afternoon in the natural area before returning to Thakhek.

Day 8
Thakhek - Vientiane

Check out of your hotel after breakfast. Begin the incredibly scenic 5-hour drive back to Vientiane. Take a detour and enjoy exploring the Phou Hinboun National Protected Area. Visit an old French tin mine and nearby deserted Ghost town. Upon reaching Vientiane, check back into the Settha Palace Hotel and enjoy your last evening at leisure.

Day 9
Vientiane - Departure

This concludes your adventure through Laos. Pack up your belongings, savor a last bite of Laos’ delectable treats, and continue homewards. You also have the option to extend your stay if you wish.


Suggested Accommodations



Amantaka is set south of Phousi Mountain and close to the banks of the Mekong River and the Luang Prabang Night Market. The resort, an old French colonial building, is surrounded by a spacious courtyard, and has 24 suites – eight deluxe suites, four pool suites, eight Khan suites, two Mekong suites and two Amantaka suites, all with spacious interior and exterior living areas. Facilities include a spa, a fitness center, a library and a boutique art gallery. Amantaka is little more than a ten- minute drive from Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).

Settha Palace Hotel

Settha Palace Hotel

The historic Settha Palace Hotel is centrally located in Vientiane within walking distance of the Mekong River, Thatluang Stupa, Namphu Fountain, and other cultural highlights. Built in French colonial style circa 1932 and restored and reopened in 1999, the hotel has 22 rooms and three suites, all featuring rosewood four-poster beds and armoires, and WiFi connectivity. For dining, La Belle Epoque offers French cuisine, and the Sidewalk Café is a pleasant open-air venue offering Asian and international dishes. Amenities include a spa, pool and Jacuzzi; however there is no fitness center. Additionally, there is a business center with Internet and fax services. The hotel is a 10-minute drive from Wattai International Airport and a 25-minute drive to Thadeua, where there is a border bridge to Thailand.

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