Laos Sample Itinerary
Arrive in Luang Prabang, a peaceful town nestled between mountains and the Mekong River. Have the chance to experience traditional Laos culture, watch the turbulent river flow by and sample delicious food. There are some great night markets where you can get dinner and any manner of local craft product.
Explore more of what Luang Prabang has to offer. Children would especially enjoy a trip to the waterfall of Tad Sae on the Nam Khan River where they can have an elephant ride through the falls and the surrounding jungle. You can also swim in the water hole at the base of the falls. Nearby, visit Kuang Xi Falls which are situated in a reserve where there is an Australian funded project for rescued Asiatic black bears.
It is worth getting up early to see the local monks walk along with their bowls getting food from the locals who sit with their rice holders dishing a spoonful to each monk as they pass.
Catch the bus south to Vang Vieng through spectacular mountains and very tidy villages with houses built of rattan screens perched on the edge of steep drops. The villagers here are from the mountain minority tribes and look quite different to other Lao.
Keep heading south to Vientiane, the small and charming capital of Laos with a big French influence from its colonial past. Here there are many wats and stupas to visit along with the presidential palace, a mock Arc de Triomphe, called Patuxai, a ten pin bowling alley for the kids and the ever present Mekong River winding its way through the centre of town.
A day to enjoy Vientiane. A trip to the water theme park is a great way to spend the day with the kids or you can just enjoy wandering through the quaint streets and soaking up the atmosphere of this delightful city. There are also some great cooking classes where you can try your hand at Laos cuisine.