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  • Kayak through the lush jungle countryside.
  • Sample fresh treats during a visit to an organic farm.
  • Embark on a private lunch cruise along Nam Ngum River.
  • Climb to the top of Mt. Phusi for spectacular views of the city.
  • Carefully selected premium hotels.
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You’ll feel a deep connection to this serene, slow-paced land, as you uncover the rich spiritual side of Laos, and take in its remarkably breathtaking scenery.

Start with city views of Vientiane and explore the hundreds of old statues and carvings in Buddha Park; discover the ornate temples of Luang Prabang; view the beautiful turquoise cascades of the Kuang Si Falls; kayak the Nam Khan River and swim under a jungle canopy, and observe an impressive Buddhist monk morning ceremony. There’s also an irresistible gourmet aspect to this trip as you visit local produce markets, organic village farms, and learn to cook with exotic Laos flavors.

In addition to taking in the breath-taking scenery of this beautiful country, your team of knowledgeable local guides will introduce you to the rich spiritual side of its people as you explore Buddhist temples and take part in a sacred Baci ceremony that brings good luck through strings tied to your wrist. You’ll also experience the warm hospitality of the Laos people at a range of luxury accommodation that includes elegant boutique hotels, river-side resorts and charming old-world retreats. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Vientiane
    Vientiane
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Vientiane
    Vientiane
    • Private Tour - Buddha Park (with Lunch, 8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Vientiane to Vang Vieng
    Vientiane to Vang Vieng
    • Private Transfer - Vientiane - Vang Vieng
    • Visit Organic Farm & Jang Cave
  • Day 4 Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
    Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
    • Visit Local Market
    • Private Transfer - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang
  • Day 5 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Kuang Si Falls (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 6 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Private Tour - Biking & Kayaking (with Lunch, 7.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
  • Day 7 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Shared Tour - Laos Cooking Experience (with Lunch, 6 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 8 Luang Prabang
    Luang Prabang
    • Private Tour - Morning Offer Alms to Buddhist Monks Tour (1 hr) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
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Day 1: Vientiane

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.

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your hotel by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Ansara Hotel

Ansara Hotel is Vientiane’s small-size boutique destination that will delight guests at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Providing rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalized attention to guests, catering to the needs of individual travelers and only accommodating parties not exceeding more than 8 people. Elegant yet relaxed, the hotel exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing guests’ needs for comfort and practicality.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Vientiane
Vientiane
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ansara Hotel
Ansara Hotel

Day 2: Vientiane

Situated 25 kilometers south-east of the city is Buddha Park where 200 Buddhist and religious images date back over 500 years, most of which came from India. On the way to Buddha Park, a stop will be made at the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge for photo opportunities. For lunch you will go the Nam Ngum River where can enjoy a private lunch cruise along the river. A stop will also be made to a village selling bananas, other local fruits and also a village making rice bamboo mix with coconuts and burn on charcoal fire (Koalam). Please ask to try one. On your way back to Vientiane, a short stop will be made at Dong Mak Khai market where locals come and trade vegetables, wild animals, handicrafts, and poultry. 

Accommodation: Ansara Hotel
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Buddha Park
Buddha Park

Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng

You will be picked up by a private vehicle with your English speaking guide and transferred from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Along the way, you will stop at Ban Tha Heu, a fisherman village, a H'mong village market, and Vang Xang to see the Buddhist rock carvings.

Visit an organic farm in Vang Vieng this morning. The farm promotes the use of natural materials and traditional methods for growing its crops and raising its animals. Mulberry is their main product at the farm as well as pineapple, papaya, banana, mango, jackfruit, and hibiscus. Please ask to try a beautiful homemade goat cheese (subject to the availability). Not to be missed is the climb to the Jang cave “Tham Jang”. It was used as bunker in the defense against marauding Jeen hor (Yunanese Chinese) in the early 19th century.  

Accommodation: Riverside Boutique Resort (4*)

Located on the banks of the Nam Song River, next to a small wooden bridge, the Riverside Boutique Resort is a luxury hotel set in a tropical garden and organized around a central swimming pool. With a beautiful design by award-winning architect Sakpaseuth Phanrajsavong, the Riverside Boutique Resort is the first high-end hotel in the country that systematically celebrates the exceptional cultural and natural diversity of Laos. Prominent artists and artisans have contributed their talent in order to showcase various aspects of the country’s beauty and traditions.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Nam Song River in Vang Vieng
Nam Song River in Vang Vieng
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng

Day 4: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

This morning, you will be taken to visit a local market. Observe what the local sellers sell and how they sell their produce.

Continue on with your guide from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. The transfer is approximately 6 hours. 

Along the way, admire the beautiful scenery and your guide will stop at points where you will have the chance to visit the local villages.

Accommodation: Maison Souvannaphoum

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel is the perfect retreat for the modern traveler seeking style and authenticity in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. With its location in the heart of this historic town, Maison Souvannaphoum is the perfect base for discovering the cultural treasures of a place where history, nature, and the spiritual world are woven into one. The hotel is full of old-world charm with all the modern comforts with a perfect blend to discover the perfect blend of old and new. Dine on Lao and Indo-Chinese cuisine at the restaurant Elephant Blanc. After a long day guests will have the opportunity to rejuvenate beside the swimming pool of get luxurious royal treatment at the Angsana Spa.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Village in Vang Vieng
Village in Vang Vieng

Day 5: 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 the Wat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang with its mosaic decoration and the former royal carriage. You will also get to see Wat Phabat Tai, a monastery complex built in the 17th century and is the best place to view sunset if visiting in the evening.

Head into the outskirts of Luang Prabang with your private driver and English-speaking guide to explore the picturesque Kuang Si waterfall, located only 18 miles south of Luang Prabang along  Stop at the small villages of Ban Xing and Ban Thinkeo on the drive from the city, villages that showcase the rich ethnic diversity of the region. Observe the traditional agricultural lifestyle of the villages, where weaving and subsistence farming are still widely practiced, and rural homes are incredibly well-preserved. Sit back on a scenic, though bumpy transfer from the villages to the tropical forest near the falls. Kuang Si's breathtaking scenery features a three-tier waterfall with a 200 ft cascade. Enjoy a short hike through the jungle to reach the travertines, and bathe in the natural turquoise colored pools along the tiers. Dry off and visit the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Center on your exit from the park. A number of Asiatic black bears rescued from poachers and illegal wildlife trade live here. After your visit to the sanctuary, settle in for the drive back to Luang Prabang.

Accommodation: Maison Souvannaphoum
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kuang Si Falls
Kuang Si Falls

Day 6: Luang Prabang

Welcome to a day of adventure!  Greet your guide and you will get you sized up on one of the quality mountain bikes. After a safety briefing, you will be led along back-roads to see Wat Pa Phon Phao, a golden temple with a great view of Luang Prabang.  Continue along the Nam Khan River to the grave of Henri Mouhot, the French explorer who helped bring Angkor Wat into western knowledge. Finish the 15 kilometers ride at the Nam Khan valley which some people also call 'the hidden valley' of Luang Prabang, a dream set of mountains, rivers and small villages. Break for lunch at the Tiger Trail Adventure Camp mountain-view terrace or at Tad Sae Waterfall (depending on season and timing). Take a boat ride to visit the Tad Sae Waterfall for a refreshing swim under jungle canopy (August through January). Hang out and enjoy the unique nature scenery that is surrounding you. You will return by a short cruise downriver to the kayak launch point. Your guide will give you brief kayaking instruction and safety then begin down the river. During the rainy season the river is high and moves at a nice pace through lush jungle countryside. Kayaking is 3-4 hours easy to medium. Kayaking ends just under the Luang Prabang city bridge where you will meet your driver for 10 minutes return ride to the city center.

NOTE: During the low water season (February to July), the itinerary remains the same with the following exceptions to give guests the best experience possible. The bike route will be slightly different which includes Wat Pa Phon Phao, some unpaved riding with some fun hills, and a river crossing by boat with the bikes. The river is lower and exposes white sand beaches and riverbanks where you can stop for photo ops and to visit sites including Henri Mouhot’s resting site in the jungle a short walk from the river. Kayaking ends at Geng Noun just below the local Ban Noun village and is approximately 2 hours easy to medium with some small rapids. Return by vehicle about 15 minutes to conclude the tour.

Accommodation: Maison Souvannaphoum
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kayaking the Nam Khan River
Kayaking the Nam Khan River

Day 7: Luang Prabang

Lao cuisine relies heavily on the freshest produce and incorporates a range of intriguing flavors, many unfamiliar to the western plates. You will start with an early morning tour of Luang Prabang's major food market where you will collect your ingredients and your guide will explain their uses. 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: Maison Souvannaphoum
Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Laos Style Cooking
Laos Style Cooking

Day 8: Luang Prabang

Each morning, hundreds of Buddhist monks line up in their deep orange robes and walk along the roads to receive alms from the people of Luang Prabang who wake up early to cook the rice and prepare their offerings. This ritual has been a part of the area’s religious heritage ever since Buddhism was introduced to Laos in the 14th century. Please, dress respectably (no shorts or sleeveless shirts), keep a respectful distance, and observe the ceremony in silence. A short stop will be made to the fresh food market where locals come and sell their goods from their farms such as rice, poultry, herbs, and fresh fish from the Mekong River.

You will be privately transferred between the airport and your accommodations by a professional driver and an English-speaking guide.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Offering Alms to Monks
Offering Alms to Monks
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  • 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.
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  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Ansara Hotel : Vientiane

Ansara Hotel is Vientiane’s small-size boutique destination that will delight guests at first sight. A unique visual treat in the heart of the capital, the hotel combines quiet sophistication with genuine functionality. Providing rooms and suites, the emphasis is on personalized attention to guests, catering to the needs of individual travelers and only accommodating parties not exceeding more than 8 people. Elegant yet relaxed, the hotel exudes the warm and inviting feel of a private home while professionally addressing guests’ needs for comfort and practicality.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Ansara Hotel
Ansara Hotel

Riverside Boutique Resort (4*): Vang Vieng

Located on the banks of the Nam Song River, next to a small wooden bridge, the Riverside Boutique Resort is a luxury hotel set in a tropical garden and organized around a central swimming pool. With a beautiful design by award-winning architect Sakpaseuth Phanrajsavong, the Riverside Boutique Resort is the first high-end hotel in the country that systematically celebrates the exceptional cultural and natural diversity of Laos. Prominent artists and artisans have contributed their talent in order to showcase various aspects of the country’s beauty and traditions.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Riverside Boutique Resort
Riverside Boutique Resort

Maison Souvannaphoum : Luang Prabang

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel is the perfect retreat for the modern traveler seeking style and authenticity in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. With its location in the heart of this historic town, Maison Souvannaphoum is the perfect base for discovering the cultural treasures of a place where history, nature, and the spiritual world are woven into one. The hotel is full of old-world charm with all the modern comforts with a perfect blend to discover the perfect blend of old and new. Dine on Lao and Indo-Chinese cuisine at the restaurant Elephant Blanc. After a long day guests will have the opportunity to rejuvenate beside the swimming pool of get luxurious royal treatment at the Angsana Spa.

Laos Signature Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Maison Souvannaphoum
Maison Souvannaphoum

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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    The trip was fantastic, well planned, great tour guys. That was a trip of a lifetime and Kensington Tours had done an exceptional well in organizing from the fly to Japan, Hong Kong, Bali & Singapore to the hotels, daily tours with the level of details and places we wouldn't have known where to go. Can't wait for Kensington Tours to organize our 3rd trip in the near future!

  • Ann M — June 20, 2019 — Asia

    Asia Expert Yuki Ng did an amazing job of setting up our trip. She totally understood what we wanted to see and do. My husband, 17-year-old grandson and I spent a week in Seoul in June of 2019. Miriam, also known as CJ, our local guide in Seoul, was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and engaging. We totally enjoyed our time with her. We learned so much about the history and culture of Korea and with her expert guidance, we were introduced to many different and delicious Korean foods. Our lunches with her were memorable not only for the variety of restaurants and dishes that we sampled but also for the stimulating and pleasant conversations we shared while eating. She also made several suggestions for things to do in the evening that added to our enjoyment of the city. We were truly fortunate to have Miriam as our guide. Our driver Mr. Jo was also great. He calmly and expertly navigated the congested streets of Seoul and always greeted us with a smile and a pleasant ‘good morning.’ We had not been to Seoul before this trip. We found it to be vibrant, beautiful, and very clean. The people were friendly and helpful. Our accommodations were beyond what we expected. We had a wonderful time in Seoul. We could not have been more pleased.

  • Anne H — May 28, 2019 — Asia

    My trip was a dream come true! From the time I landed in Beijing to the time I landed back to the US, everything was perfect. I traveled alone, but felt very safe and very well taken care of by the guides and drivers I had in the different cities and countries I visited. I learned so much about the culture and heritage of the Chinese, Tibetan and the Nepalese people. It was worth every penny I spend and much more!

  • Jackie M — March 30, 2019 — Asia

    I loved it all. Thanks especially to our guide Abit, in Kathmandu, Norenda, in Pokhara, and Min, in the Annapurna region, for being fabulous people. Thanks again for also referring us to Bahari Lodge in Chitwan National park. By far, that was the best place I've ever stayed in all of my international travels: they always had a surprise in store for us, that was awesome. They let us spend as much time as we wanted with the elephants, no rush, and sent elephants to come and play with us when we merely mentioned that we loved them. A great thank you to our naturalis Krishna at Bahari Lodge in Chitwan. All fantastic people who were great with tourists like us. We also enjoyed Temple Tree Resort very much.

  • Reginald B — April 14, 2019 — Asia

    This was a GREAT tour to Thailand! It exceeded my expectations in many ways (ie. itinerary, flexibility, and customer service). I would recommend this tour and Kensington Tours to family and friends. I will definitely use Kensington Tours for my future travel plans. My destination expert was Ms. Forkan. She expertly tailored my experience to my needs and wants. She filled in all the "unknowns" and ensured a safe, smooth trip/tour. Her professionalism and support was a 10/10. Thank you Ms. Forkan for designing this trip of a lifetime!

  • Ann L — June 05, 2019 — Asia

    Our guides made our whole trip - we will remember them as much as China itself. Jerry immediately put us at ease and made us feel like his best friends - he was sincere and authentic and open. Katy (in Chengdu) had great energy and showed us how people really live. Even though she must see the pandas every other day of her life, she still seemed to genuinely LOVE seeing them. (And, later, when we discovered we'd left valuables in the safe at our hotel, she went WAY above and beyond to take care of things - even after we were already in Shanghai!). Nancy (in Shanghai) was amazing - we truly enjoyed our time with her and she took us to markets and encouraged us to take our time at the places that interested us most. When we'd seen enough temples, our guides communicated with each other to rearrange our tours in coming destinations. We felt like we were on the food tour of China - the meals were wonderful, and it was - really - TOO MUCH FOOD! No part of our day was wasted, but if we wanted to start later or call it a night sooner, plans were easily rearranged. We would absolutely go with Kensington again!

  • Sandra S — February 09, 2019 — Asia

    We had a really interesting trip and your team made it all so easy. Our guides were not only informative, but they took very good care of us. They kept us on schedule with all the city transfers, made the Visa process so quick and introduced us to some of the things they loved about their cities as well as the scheduled sites. There were so many highlights on this trip, but I was especially wowed by the cruise on Ha Long Bay. Our guide in Hanoi went above and beyond on my birthday and arrived to pick us up with some beautiful orchids and a lovely gift. We were very happy with all our accommodations as well.

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    I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the superb attention to detail in fulfilling my requests and my dreams

  • Laura E. — January 08, 2019 — Asia

    One of the benefits was that the guides were very flexible and suggested and accommodated changes to plans based on the weather and other circumstances. They all said they could do this when working with Kensington because Kensington supported it and empowered them with this flexibility. A big advantage in making the trip perfect!

  • Ajitkumar P. — January 04, 2019 — Asia

    The whole trip was well organized and we have recommended using Kensington to our friends.

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