7 - 20 Dec 2019 (14-days) Laos Adventure & North East Discovery
Cost Rm3,600 (per pax Group 10-12 pax), Rm3,400 (per pax Group 13-17 pax), Rm3,200 (per pax Group 18pax or more)
Based on USD1.00 = Rm4.125. Cost will be adjusted accordingly depending on rate in Oct 2019
COST EXCLUDES AIR ASIA FLIGHTS
Details for Flight Bookings
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Kuala Lumpur to Vientiane (AirAsia)
7 Dec 2019 SAT AK552 KUL VTE 0640 0820
Luang Prabang to Kuala Lumpur (AirAsia)
20 Dec 2019 FRI FD1031 LPQ DMK 1550 1710. Transit 1:45hr in Bangkok DMK
17 Dec 2018 Mon AK893 DMK KUL 1855 2210
Update 28 Feb 2019 Today ONLINE AirAsia fares are RM314 KUL-VTE and LPQ-KUL Rm835.35. Travellers can opt to stop over at Bangkok for few days.
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!! December month is a pleasant period to visit because of the cooler climate.
Day 1 - 7 Dec VIENTIANE – Meet at LCCT by 5:00AM for flight to Vientiane AK552 0640-0820am. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we meet local guide to begin our 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. Great choice of good restaurants and bars, as you would expect from a lively capital city. O/N Vientiane hotel, breakfast included.
Day 2 - VTE to VANG VIENG (B) - After breakfast, enjoy final morning at Vientiane and optional short visit to local Tad Salat mall or morning market. Our chartered transport then takes us 4-5 hours to Vang Vieng. Along the way, we will pass through lovely Lao mountain and village scenery. In Vang Vieng, there are many restaurant offering Chinese, Thai, Korean, European and Lao food. Stay Vang Vieng for next 2 nights with breakfast provided.
Day 3– VANG VIENG (B/L) - We have a full day of caving, tubing into a cave & gentle downstream kayaking 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.
Vang Vieng Karst Hills / Kayaking Nam Song River
Day 4– VANG VIENG to PHONSAVAN (B) – Short visit to a local Vang Vieng market to see the local produce. Our local truck will also takes us 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 to Vang Vieng for early lunch before our drive 6 hours northeast towards Phonsavan. O/N Phonsavan for 2nights
Day 5– PLAIN OF JARS (B) – Today we explore the mysterious Plain of Jars at the Visitor Centre and two Jar sites. Besides the historical sites, we will also visit nearby Muang Khoun, a former capital city and MAG (Mines Action Group) at Phonsavan. Sadly Laos was badly affected with years of continous bombings during the Vietnam War. O/N Phonsavan 2nd night
Mysterious Plain of Jars / Remains of intense shellings by Americans
Day 6– PHONSAVAN to SAM NEUA (B) – After breakfast, we will start our 7 hours drive northeast through the mountains towards Sam Neua. Enroute we have stops at a local tradtional silk farm and Tham Piu Cave, where hundreds of civilians perished from a single US missle during the "Secret War". O/N Sam Neua for next 2 nights
Day 7– PATHET LAO CAVES (B) – We spend the day discovering Pathet Lao Caves where a complete underground city & government center was established during the Vietnam War. The caves also served as the re-education camps for former Lao Royalist supporters. Best woven Lao textiles can be around around Sam Neua area. 2nd night in Sam Neua.
Day 8 – SAM NEUA to XIENG THONG (B) – Another scenic 5 hours drive westwards from Sam Neua to Xieng Thong. We will see Lao villages and the natural edges of Nam Et-Phou Louey Conservation Area. We spend 1 night at Xieng Thong, where one can relax in the local natural hot springs. O/N Xieng Thong.
Day 9– XIENG THONG to MUANG NGOI (B) - After breakfast, 5 hours drive northwest brings us to Nong Khiaw. This is the main gateway into Muang Ngoi, a village which has been cut off from modern developments until recently. We transfer on to traditional wooden boats for the river trip up towards Muang Ngoi. Here, travellers can enjoy the peace & nature for next few days. O/N Muang Ngoi basic guesthouse for next 2 nights.
Day 10– XIENG THONG to MUANG NGOI (B) - Using Muang Ngoi as our base, we have short hike into Lao countryside towards Tham Kang cave and Ban Na village. Free rest of the afternoon to wander around Muang Ngoi and soak up the riverside scenery. 2nd night Muang Ngoi.
Day 11– MUANG NGOI to LUANG PRABANG (B) - Short morning climb up to Pha Noi viewpoint for some breathtaking views. Then back onto boats for our return journey towards Nong Khiaw. From here, only a short 3 hours drive south towards the 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. Overnight in Luang Prabang for next 3 nights with breakfasts provided.
Kuang Si waterfall / Night market at Luang Prabang
Day 12 - 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. For the afternoon, 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 13 - LUANG PRABANG (B) – After breakfast, we take a boat ride up the Mekong river to visit Pak Ou cave, filled with thousands of Buddha icons. Our Mekong boat ride will also stop at Xang Hai village to see how the local whisky (lao lao) is made. Rest of afternoon free & easy for final shopping and to enjoy the many cafes and top restaurants around historic centre of Luang Prabang. Final night in Luang Prabang.
Day 14 - 20 DEC HOME - Morning free & easy before we check out by 12noon. Ttransfer to Luang Prabang Aiprort for AirAsia flight FD1031 at 350PM, arriving Bangkok DMK 510PM. Transit 1:45hr before reconnecting on AK893 at 655PM, arriving 1010PM 20 Dec 2019 FRI.
TERMS, CONDITIONS AND NOTES
- Cost covers accommodation, transport, kayak hire, boat tranfer, local guides, most entrance fees and meals as stated above.
- Cost does not include Air Asia flight KUL-Vientiane and AirAsia flight 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).
- Accommodation 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 = MYR4.125
- A deposit of Rm600 is payable to confirm your place.