Laos Sonata 12 Days

Twelve-day holidays in Laos arranged by specialist tour operators - Laos vacations that take you to the best destination

Sample Tours:


This is an example of one of our classic tailor-made holidays in Laos - we'll be pleased to design similar Laos vacations with dates and itinerary customised to your personal preferences.

Our tailor-made Laos vacation includes Vientiane, Pakse, Don Khone and Luang Prabang

Our Laos holidays begin with ...
Arrival in Vientiane... Small by the standards of Capital cities around the world, Vientiane has an air of quietude about it.Your arrival will find you checked into your hotel, and have time for a short walking tour of the Lao capital before some fine dining at your welcome dinner.

Good morning
You'll have a chance to see more of peaceable Vientiane later in your tour, but for now we will take you to the airport for the morning flight to Pakse and the drive to Champasak for your stay in the King Fisher Ecolodge. On the way, we will visit the the khmer ruins of Wat Phou, and other Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The following day will be yours to spend as you choose, watching elephants grazing on the plain below, birdwatching, hiking or just wandering around.

Don Khone
Next day, your guide will pick you up for your drive to South-east Asia's largest waterfall, Khone Phapeng, after which we shall take you to your next destination of Don Khone river island, where you will have the rest of the day to explore.

After an early breakfast we will explore some of the villages of Ban Khone, with its old french colonial buildings and Laos' first railway. We will then take to the water to explore this area of four thousand islets as far as the Cambodian border, where you will be able to view Liphi waterfall. If luck is on our side you may also see the rare freshwater irrrawaddy dolphins at Ban Hang Khone, before your return to Don Khone.

Back to Vientiane
On the following day you will take the boat trip back to the mainland, after which your car will take you to Pakse for your flight to Vientiane. After checking in to your hotel, you will have time at leisure to enjoy the Lao capital in your own style, before your guided city tour of the following morning, which will include visits to Wat Si Saket, Vientiane's oldest and most impressive temple, Wat Pha Keo museum, That Lang stupa, Patuxay monument and the local market, which trades in in handmade textiles, antiques and general souvenirs. We will also visit Wat Ong Tu, literally ' temple of the heavy Buddha,' and the bronze statue after which it is named.

Luang Prabang
Another day, and another flight to the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang for check-in at your hotel. The afternoon city tour will include visits to Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai temples, both of which are superbly decorated. A viewpoint overlooking Luang Prabang from the hill top of Phousi is well worth the climb of its 328 steps, and good for a sunset, after which you could stroll the 'night market' full of Ethnic handicrafts.

If you want to witness the sight for which Luang Prabang is most famous, you will have to be up and on its streets by 5am to watch the snaking procession of monks passing though the dawn streets with their alms bowls. You will have time for a proper breakfast afterwards, before you car picks you up for today's visit to the Kuangsi waterfalls, where you can have a good splash around and enjoy strolling through its scenic woodlands. On your return to Luang Prabang, we will visit Ban Phanom weaving village, where you can watch the weavers at work.

You will have the next day entirely as you please to enjoy the city and its surroundings (and recover from you previous day's early start!)

The following day, you'll visit the National museum in the former Royal palace, with its extensive collection of artifacts from Lao history from its earliest times through to the present. We will also call in on the silver smith,and visit the fine arts school and central market, before taking you to your hotel to collect your baggage for the afternoon flight to Vientiane to spend your last night., before your onward or home flight.

Meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 4 dinners

Guide: as specified in the tour

Prices (per person in US dollars):

The prices below are based on the hotels on the Laos Explorer 'Accommodation' page. If you would prefer a different hotel, or hotels, choose your preference, tell us, and we'll send you a modified price within 24 hrs at the latest.

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At the time of quotation, Haivenu reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

These prices are valid until September 30, 2016. Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.

Our prices include:

  • Breakfast and accommodation in twin or double rooms.
  • All pick-ups and transfers
  • Boat cruise as programme
  • Domestic flight tickets in Laos: Vientiane - Phonsavan and Phonsavan - Luang Prabang, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the programme.
  • Full board of meals as mentioned.
  • VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include:

  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners except as specified above
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Camera fees (if any)
  • Insurance.


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