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Highlights of this trip

• Historic Luang Prabang

Haunting Plain of Jars

Vang Vieng scenary

• Champasak ruins

Si Phan Don waterfalls

• Mekong river boat

• Photography tuition

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Start: 19 Sept. 2019
End:
28 Sept. 2019

Code: IOMO19

Price: From 1495 pp
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Min 8, max 12 people

Places left: 4

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Single supplement: 295

Estimated current
flight cost 295

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unforgetPlaces4PCThis tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.

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Start: 27 Nov. 2019
End:
10 Dec. 2019

Code: IOL19

Price: From 1995 pp
excl. flights, based on

Min 8, max 12 people

Places left: 4

Trip is to be confirmed.

 

Single supplement: 400

Estimated current
flight cost 750
 

This itinerary includes a domestic flight - from Vientiane to Pakse. The above trip price includes the prevailing domestic flight cost of 110. If this price changes a supplement may be payable, and will be notified at the time of booking.

Impressions of Laos Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang
Day 4: Phonsavan
Day 5: Phonsavan
Day 6: Vang Vieng
Day 7: Vang Vieng
Day 8: Vientiane
Day 9: Vientiane
Day 10:
Pakse
Day 11: Don Khong
Day 12: Don Khong
Day 13: Pakse
Day 14: Tour ends
 

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I love Laos. I spent months here some twenty years ago, when it was just opening up as a travel destination following its isolation following its bitter war history. Famously, the most bombed country in the World, in those days, the only way to travel in the North of the country was on a series of large and small river boats!

Laos has changed over the past few years, but it is still one of the most undeveloped and laid-back countries in the region: the national currency is not called the kip for nothing! The national religion of Buddhism is practiced with a great deal of devotion, but in a typically relaxed way. Laos is one of the best places in Asia to witness the incredible morning ritual of monks on their morning alms round. In Luang Prabang you can see literally hundreds in long, silent lines.

This comprehensive trip takes in many of the highlights of this country, including the lesser visit places of the Plain of Jars, Si Phan Do in the South and the ruins of Champasak, along with the more visited Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng.

The trip will include extensive photography tuition from professional travel photographer, Steve Davey, countless photo opportunities and the company of fellow photography enthusiasts.

This trip starts in the legendary city of Luang Prabang. Although we have three nights here, I would recommend arriving a few days early if at all possible. Luang Prabang is one of the iconic travellers towns: not only is it beautiful and seemingly stacked with ornate Buddhist Wats or monasteries, but you will be able to witness one of the most spellbing rituals in Asia. Every morning literally hundreds of Buddhist monks head out in the pre-dawn gloom collecting alms in so-called begging bowls.

We also take in many of the other highlights of Luang Prabang, including the Kuang Si waterfall and also the Pak Ou caves, which are full of retired Buddha statues and icons.

From Luang Prabang, we drive across stunning mountain scenery to get to Phonsavan - the home of the Plain of Jars. Here you will find a mass of enigmatic ancient stone jars littering a number of atmospheric plains.

These region of the country was one of the most bombed areas in the World during the war in Indochina, and you can still find war remnants pressed into everyday use. We will also be able to find a number of different hilltribe minorities in this region.

From Phonsavan we head south to the stunnign limestone scenery at the riverside town of Vang Vieng, before continuing on to the capital Vientiane.

Although Vientiane has developed since I was first there, it still retains plenty of its laid-back charm. It is still one of the most relaxed capital cities in the World, and home to a number of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats.

To save time, we catch an internal flight down to the Southern city of Pakse. From here, we explore the waterfalls and coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau, and the ancient Khmer ruins of Wat Phu Champasak.

Constructed by the same civilisation who created the now ruined city of Angkor Wat, at a time when their empire stretched over much of the region. The ruins are built into a large hill, and incorporate a holy spring.

In the very South of the country, the Mekong River splits into a delta before crossing into Cambodia. This region is known as Si Phan Don, or 4000 islands. We will spend time here exploring and photographing some of the many waterfalls, before returning to Pakse ready for our onward travel.

 

This itinerary includes a domestic flight - from Vientiane to Pakse. The quoted trip price includes the prevailing domestic flight cost of 110. If this price changes a supplement may be payable, and will be notified at the time of booking.

To keep costs to a minimum, we will need to manage the bookings so that no one is left with a single room, without paying the single supplement. If you are a solo traveller then every effort will be made to ensure that there is someone for you to share with. This has usually always been possible, but if you are flexible about the choice of accommodation when filling out the booking form, then that will give you more chance to secure a place.

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