Laos Exclusive

7 days from $2970 *
  • Receive good luck prayers during a traditional Baci ceremony.
  • Take part in a delicious cooking class in Vientiane.
  • Enjoy a nature hike and swim in Kwang Si Falls.
  • Visit countless Buddhist sites.
  • Featuring luxurious hotels.
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As a saffron-robed monk ties a sacred string around your wrist in a blessing of good luck, you’ll fall instantly in love with this mysterious land and its warm, joyful people.

From violet sunsets and golden Buddhas, to gentle elephants and peaceful rural life, this extensive trip explores every corner of Laos. Climb Mt. Phousi for panoramic views over Luang Prabang where elaborate palaces stand beside mosaic royal temples; visit Ban Xieng Loum village and board a long tail boat to Tad Sea waterfall; explore the cliff-face caves of Pak Ou on the Mekong; pay your respects at the Golden Stupa temple which is believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha; and learn to cook with the exotic flavors of this incredible country.

A significant part of the magic of Laos lies in its kind-hearted people, and your experienced English-speaking guides and private drivers will facilitate several memorable interactions with enthusiastic locals. From rice wine tastings to an early-morning trip to a busy food market, you’ll get a feel for the rhythms of life in Laos. And you’ll stay in the country’s finest hotels, all of which boast friendly, world-class service and elegant colonial character that draws on all the glamour of the old world. ... Show More »

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Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 2 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Lao Baci Ceremony (1.5hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Tour - Private - Kuang Si Falls with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Luang Prabang to Vientiane
    Luang Prabang to Vientiane
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Pak Ou Cave (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Luang Prabang - Vientiane [(1hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 5 Vientiane
    Vientiane
    • Tour - Private - City Tour with Lunch (8hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Vientiane
    Vientiane
    • Tour - Shared - Cooking Class with Lunch (6hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 7 Vientiane
    Vientiane
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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Day 1: Luang Prabang

For your added comfort, your guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your guide will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Sofitel Luang Prabang (5*)

Located just five minutes from the heart of the Old Town and a 15-minute drive from the airport, Sofitel Luang Prabang enjoys a locale blessed with the peace its name promises. Sofitel Luang Prabang is an uncommonly rare resort experience; a century-old French fort and World Heritage wonder, a colonial moment preserved in amber, and a showcase of award-winning contemporary design. It’s also a living gallery, with world class exhibitions by their Art Ambassadors and Guest Artists. In the heart of the former royal capital of Laos, spacious suites distinguished by the 'world's best luxury hotel interior design' await, some with large private pools, all with sun-dappled walled gardens.

Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Today you will get to explore Luang Prabang by minivan. You will get to visit the Museum, the former king’s palace. It displays a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the Royal family, photos, musical instruments, and gifts received from foreigners. Across the street is Mt. Phusi where you will climb up to the top to view the city, over 300 steps! After, you will visit Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will visit Photisak silver shop and Minority Art center where you will learn all the different types of minority groups in Laos, their ways of living, and their ways of survival. Last but not least, you will get to visit Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century and is the best place to view sunset if visiting in the evening.

Baci is a ceremony to make good luck for a person or event. It is held when people are promoted in their work, move into a new house, or start a new job. Unique to Lao culture, a Baci involves transferring good luck through blessed strings that are tied to one's wrist. The strings must stay attached for at least three days for the good luck to remain. Baci starts at around 4pm and is organized in a Lao house, then afterwards you will enjoy a Lao buffet dinner.

Accommodation: Sofitel Luang Prabang (5*)
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Baci Ceremony
Baci Ceremony

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Today you will visit Kwang Si Falls, located 30km south of Luang Prabang. These falls cascade on calcareous bedrocks where they have scooped out small basins of turquoise color. Swimming is possible and a short hike around the falls is suggested. On the way, a stop will be made to visit some minority villages. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Situated on top of a small hill, looked after by female monks, Wat Phon Pao, shows traditional Buddhist scenes through paintings. The singularity of this temple starts with its octagonal architecture. In the afternoon, a short excursion to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek will be made. These villages have specialized in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper for many years. 

Accommodation: Sofitel Luang Prabang (5*)
Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Vientiane

Take a traditional wooden boat upstream to visit the famous cave of Pak Ou. The caves are located right on the cliff; it’s a very impressive and stunning sight. Inside the cave, there are more than one hundred Buddha images which have been brought by local people since the early 16th century when the cave was found. On the way, a short stop will be made at Ban Muang Kham, which specializes in river weed making. After, a stop will be made at Ban Xanghai where you can enjoy the taste of the local rice wine. 

Meet your guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Fly from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Flight time is approximately 1 hour.

Meet your guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation: Green Park Boutique Hotel (4*)

The Green Park Boutique Hotel perfectly captures traditional Lao style and contemporary Lao architecture. A combination of historic and modern designs within a magnificent setting creates an elegant, luxurious, and relaxing atmosphere. Stylish guest rooms have rich wooden floors, delicate Lao silks draped over teakwood furniture and modern conveniences such as free wireless internet access. Sit in Nong Chanh Park, the biggest park in Vientiane and take a brief walk to major tourist sites like the Morning Market. Secluded without being isolated, The Green Park is undoubtedly a groundbreaking boutique property that is worth discovering.

Vientiane
Vientiane
Green Park Boutique Hotel
Green Park Boutique Hotel

Day 5: Vientiane

Today you will get to explore Vientiane. Meet at your hotel, and explore Vientiane That Luang Stupa, victory monument Pratuxai, Thong Khan Kham market – fresh food market a variety of fruits, buffo skins, poultry, fresh fishes from the Mekong River, herbs and much more. Visit Ban Nong Bouathong the weaving village, to get to know how people feed worms for the silk and lots of the Lao textiles. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (you may ask your guide to take you to a beautiful and delicious fresh fruit shakes in town). Visit COPE visitor center where you will learn about UXO “Unexploded Ordnances” problem in Lao PDR and the work undertaken by COPE and the CMR “Centre of Medical Rehabilitation” to provide disability services for people affected by UXOs. Inside the COPE Visitor Centre you will find a gift shop where you can purchase t-shirts, postcards, and other items or simply make a donation. There is also a documentary on the project, please ask if you wish to watch them. 

Accommodation: Green Park Boutique Hotel (4*)
Pha That Luang
Pha That Luang

Day 6: Vientiane

Lao cuisine relies heavily on the freshest produce and incorporates a range of intriguing flavors, many unfamiliar to the western palate. You will begin with an early morning tour of Vientiane's major food market where you will have the opportunity to investigate these ingredients and explain their uses. You will then later learn how to pound your ingredients in a mortar and pestle, and cook over an open fire. Recipes are provided for you to take back home.

Accommodation: Green Park Boutique Hotel (4*)
Laotian Cooking Class
Laotian Cooking Class

Day 7: Vientiane

Meet your guide and driver for an airport transfer with a private vehicle.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Sofitel Luang Prabang (5*): Luang Prabang

Located just five minutes from the heart of the Old Town and a 15-minute drive from the airport, Sofitel Luang Prabang enjoys a locale blessed with the peace its name promises. Sofitel Luang Prabang is an uncommonly rare resort experience; a century-old French fort and World Heritage wonder, a colonial moment preserved in amber, and a showcase of award-winning contemporary design. It’s also a living gallery, with world class exhibitions by their Art Ambassadors and Guest Artists. In the heart of the former royal capital of Laos, spacious suites distinguished by the 'world's best luxury hotel interior design' await, some with large private pools, all with sun-dappled walled gardens.

Sofitel Luang Prabang
Sofitel Luang Prabang

Green Park Boutique Hotel (4*): Vientiane

The Green Park Boutique Hotel perfectly captures traditional Lao style and contemporary Lao architecture. A combination of historic and modern designs within a magnificent setting creates an elegant, luxurious, and relaxing atmosphere. Stylish guest rooms have rich wooden floors, delicate Lao silks draped over teakwood furniture and modern conveniences such as free wireless internet access. Sit in Nong Chanh Park, the biggest park in Vientiane and take a brief walk to major tourist sites like the Morning Market. Secluded without being isolated, The Green Park is undoubtedly a groundbreaking boutique property that is worth discovering.

Green Park Boutique Hotel
Green Park Boutique Hotel
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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