16 - 24 Dec 2017 (9-days) Laos Adventure - Vientiane, Konglor caves, Vang Vieng & Luang Prabang
Cost Rm2,500 (per pax Group 10-12 pax), Rm2,300 (per pax Group 13-15 pax), Rm2,100 (per pax Group 16pax or more)
Based on USD1.00 = Rm4.40. Cost will be adjusted accordingly depending on rate in Sept 2017
COST EXCLUDES AIR ASIA FLIGHTS
Details for Air Asia Flight Bookings LCCT VIENTIANE LCCT
Please check if trip is full or not, before purchasing flight tickets
Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane
16 Dec 2017 SAT AK552 KUL VTE 0640 0820
Luang Prabang to Kuala Lumpur
24 Dec 2017 SUN AK563 LPQ KUL 0925 1330
Update 12 May 2017 AirASia fares as at TODAY is Rm690 flight plus taxes. Additional Rm144 for 20kg check-in luggage two ways. December is a pleasant month to visit Laos because of the cooler climate. Members have option to extend 1 more night in Luang Prabang to fly out on 25th Dec 2017, but AirAsia flight back to Kuala Lumpur costs more.
IMPORTANT NOTICE This is meant to be a "free and easy" budget trip. Participants should be relatively fit, with a good sense of humour, and above all, have the right attitude for close travel with others through possibly some trying times. Most definitely, this is not a trip for prudes, whiners, fuss-pots, and other similiarly assorted types! Although every effort will be made to stick to the given itinerary, ground conditions may change and cause some disruption and/or deviation from the norm. Otherwise, have fun!
With only 6million people in a land the size of Thailand (80million people), Laos is leisurely, uncrowded, friendly, and about a decade behind Thailand, it's closest neighbour. Which means go NOW before Laos becomes another Thailand!!
Day 1 - 16 Dec VIENTIANE – Meet at LCCT by 5:00AM for flight to Vientiane AK552 0640-0820am. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we meet local guide and check-in to hotel. We then proceed with morning CIty Tour, where we visit Wat PraKeo, Wat Sisaket, That Luang Stupa and Patuxai (Victory Monument). Lunch at a local stop. Free time in the afternoon for shopping, relaxing, massage and your own sight-seeing. Members have option to visit Buddha Park located 27km east of the capital city (entrance fee 5,000 kip). Great choice of good restaurants and bars, as you would expect from a lively capital city. O/N Vientiane hotel, breakfast included.
Day 2 - BAN NAHIN (B) – After breakfast, we have a full day chartered van transfer east towards Khammouane Province. Along the way, enjoy the natural scenery as we drive pass villages and farmlands. O/N Ban Nahin, breakfast included
Day 3 - BAN NATAN (B/D) - After breakfast, we have opportunity to do short trek towards Namsanam waterfall. After lunch, we proceed towards Kong Lor cave where we disembark for our overnight village homestay.. We then take long tail boat ride 7.5 km through Kong Lor cave. We will have stops to explore the cave to see great stalactites and stalagmites. Reaching the other end, we trek 2km to the small village of Ban Natan for our overnight homestay. Opportunity to experience the lifestyle of a Lao rural village and enjoy the quiet surroundings. O/N Basic Homestay with simple home-cook dinner and breakfast included.
Day 4 - VIENTIANE (B) - After breakfast, we return back to our vans and proceed 5-6 hours back to Vientiane with lunch stop along the way. Rest of afternoon free & easy for shopping at local market and to enjoy the city life. O/N Vientiane hotel with breakfast provided.
Vang Vieng Karst Hills / Kayaking Nam Song River
Day 5 - VANG VIENG (B) - After breakfast, our chartered transport takes us 4-5 hours to Vang Vieng. Along the way, we will pass through lovely Lao mountain and village scenery. After check-in, we next travel by truck 7km to the Blue Lagoon for caving, swim and relax. Blue Lagoon is a small pool fed by flowing stream waters where travellers can enjoy playing in the waters. Return back to Vang Vieng for our next 2 nights stay breakfast provided. In Vang Vieng, there are many restaurant offering Chinese, Thai, Korean, European and Lao food.
Day 6– VANG VIENG (B/L) - We have a full day of caving, gentle downstream kayaking and tubing down the Nam Song River. In the morning you’ll travel by truck, going 15km north of Vang Vieng, where you visit a typical local Lao village and the mystical Elephant Cave. In this cave, you will find the large “Elephant Stone” – after which the cave is named- along with many Buddha statues dating back centuries. From here we’ll trek to another cave. This 200m long Water Cave is where members can explore by tubing. Included in the trip cost is lunch. For the rest of the afternoon we’ll take a leisurely kayak down the Nam Song River and catch the sunset. O/N in Vang Vieng hotel breakfast and lunch included.
Day 7– VANG VIENG to LUANG PRABANG (B) – We will spend short while at the local Vang Vieng market to see the local produce. We then drive 4-6 hours north towards UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang. Rest of evening free & easy to enjoy the alleyways of Luang Prabang filled with temples and local shops. There is a daily night market with plenty of local crafts and hundreds of restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes. O/N Luang Prabang for next 2 nights with breakfasts provided.
Day 8 - LUANG PRABANG (B) – At dawn, hundreds of monks make daily procession to collect rice and donations. Early risers can watch the monks procession and also take part in it. After breakfast, we proceed with the walking tour around Luang Prabang. Some of the highlights include Royal Palace museum, Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visounnarath. After lunch, we proceed to Kuang Si waterfall (1hr) 30km away. The multi-tiered falls is one of the biggest waterfalls around Luang Prabang - visitors can swim in the cool waters, explore the surrounding park by foot or just chill out with some snacks. O/N Luang Prabang
Day 9 - 24 DEC HOME - After breakfast, transfer to Luang Prabang Aiprort for flight home AK563 at 0925 and arriving 1330PM
Kuang Si waterfall / Night market at Luang Prabang
TERMS, CONDITIONS AND NOTES
- Cost covers accommodation, transport, kayak hire, local guides, most entrance fees and meals as stated above.
- Cost does not include Air Asia flighs KUL-Vientiane and Luang Prabang-KUL, other meals not stated above, entrance fees to places not covered and Local Guide Tips (Yongo encourages group members to reward good service and amount should commensurate with services rendered).
- Accomodation will be in budget hotels, guest houses and local villages.
- Cost is based on the prevailing airfares and exchange rates and subject to review the event of any significant changes. Ground costs calculated based on USD1.00 = MYR4.40
- A deposit of Rm600 is payable to confirm your place.
- Those who wish us to purchase the online flight tickets for them will need to deposit another Rm900. Cost difference will be return to members.