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Vang Vieng: Kayaking & Cave Tubing with Zip Line/Blue Lagoon

1. Vang Vieng: Kayaking & Cave Tubing with Zip Line/Blue Lagoon

Start your full-day adventure with pickup from your hotel in Vang Vieng and join a 6-mile ride north to Ban Vieng Samai, the kayak starting point. Your kayaking guide will provide you with paddling instructions before you set off downstream on Nam Song River. On the journey, glide over many small rapids and enjoy the scenery of the incredible mountain karts along both sides of the river. Then, take a break from your kayaking tour with a visit to Tham Nam Cave. Tube inside the marvelous, 1,640-foot-long cave, dragging yourself with the help of a fixed rope. Take some time to enjoy a picnic lunch and then hop back on your kayak, paddling until you reach the center of Vang Vieng. Afterwards, you will have the choice to either be transferred back to your hotel, or to participate in activities such as zip lining and swimming in the Blue Lagoon 1. Before the zip line experience, your guide will walk you through instructions and safety training. Fly 4,440 feet over the green forest and river. The journey consists of 7 lines, 12 platforms, and 2 bridges. The Blue Lagoon 1 is one of the most famous locations in the city. Sit back and relax or jump in the natural pool to cool down. After your fun day out, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Vang Vieng in the evening.

Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls Cruise

2. Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls Cruise

Enjoy a private or shared group boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls departing from Luang Prabang. You will be picked up at your accommodation and travel straight to the pier. Hop onboard a long tail boat for a relaxing journey aong the Mekong River. Enjoy the views from the water as you pass by local villages and fishing communities. After the first hour and a bit, the boat makes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. Explore the village, see the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey, and taste the finished product. Continue by boat traveling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. Arrive at a small boat landing dock where stairs lead you straight up to the cave. These limestone Buddhist caves have been a place of worship for thousands of years, over this time a collection of Buddha statues and idols have filled these spiritual natural caves Enter the Ou River to visit the limestone cliffs. Then, after a 30-minute boat ride down the Mekong River, arrive at Manifa Elephant Camp for lunch. Enjoy a full buffet-style lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river and free-roaming elephants. After lunch break, travel by car to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the three-layered Kuang Si Waterfalls. Walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. Depart for Luang Prabang, with a short stop at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. Return to the city with drop-off at your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Local Village & Kuang Si Falls Private Tour

3. Luang Prabang: Local Village & Kuang Si Falls Private Tour

Catch a ride directly from your hotel and spend the first part of your morning watching quiet monks take part in an alms giving ceremony, processing through town requesting donations from faithful residents. Afterward, browse the produce-packed stalls and vocal vendors at Phosi Market, where you can barter for dried buffalo skin and loose leaf tea. Swing by the villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, and Ban Thapene to explore the cultural differences between each ethnic group. Continue on to Kuang Si Falls in the afternoon. Plunge into aquamarine pools and snap photos of the tumbling cascades of this stunning waterfall before heading down forested trails that lead to a nearby bear sanctuary. Check out exhibits housing rescued Asiatic black bears and listen as your guide explains how these cuddly creatures are being protected from the illegal wildlife trade. As the sun begins to dip toward the horizon, return to the city and the stupa at Wat Siphouthabath where you can grab a seat and watch the setting sun illuminate this sacred site in golden light before you head back to your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls Kayak Tour

4. Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls Kayak Tour

Discover Laos' varied and scenic landscapes on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Luang Prabang, head north to the Nam Ou Riverside where you will begin your kayak tour. This is an easy river for kayaking where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the tranquil countryside and see naturally-formed limestone cliffs.  Kayak your way towards Pak Ou, where you will visit the famous Pak Ou Caves – 2 linked caves crammed with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Enjoy a guided tour of the caves before starting the second section of your kayak on the Mekong River. Paddle down the Mekong for 30 minutes to reach your lunch destination. Sit down to a delicious buffet lunch as you admire breathtaking views of the Mekong. After lunch, continue to the Kuang Si Falls and enjoy some free time to explore these unique 3-layered falls. You could go for a walk through the trails of the surrounding nature trails, take a dip in the refreshing turquoise water pools or pay a visit to the bear rescue center. Finally, begin the journey back to Luang Prabang. Stop at Ban Na Uan hmong village and get the chance to experience Hmong village life, meet some of the local people and see their traditional embroidery crafts. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Vientiane: Private Full-day Must-See Sights & Sunset Tour

5. Vientiane: Private Full-day Must-See Sights & Sunset Tour

In the morning, get picked up by your guide and head to Wat Sisaket, Vientiane's oldest surviving Buddhist temple. The temple is famous for its cloister wall that houses more than 6,800 Buddha icons of all sizes. You may also be able to witness the many locals that come to pray in the morning, enlightening you to traditions of the area. Stop at Wat Prakeo, which once held the Emerald Buddha and now functions as a museum, and the Patuxay Monument, a symbol of the country's resilience and independence, to learn of Laos' complex history. Take time to lunch before walking through Vientiane's laid-back streets, enjoying the refreshingly easygoing atmosphere of the capital. Pass through a number of gorgeous temples before arriving at Talad Sao, Vientiane's central market. With two distinct areas, a modern shopping mall and the sprawling original market, Talad Sao offers an abundance of treasures for you to discover. Bring your day to a stunning conclusion by heading to the Mekong River, where the sun paints the water in brilliant orange hues as it sets below the horizon.

Luang Prabang Local Food Tour At Night By Vintage Tuk-Tuk

6. Luang Prabang Local Food Tour At Night By Vintage Tuk-Tuk

This is a 4 1/2 hour night food tour that starts at 4PM and finishes at 8:30 PM. It includes local food and drinks. Luang Prabang Food Tour is perfect for people who love local food. If you want to get to know what to eat in Luang Prabang but need some help finding places, then this tour will help you out. Discover the best food in Luang Prabang at night during a 4-hour scooter tour. Bring an empty stomach, because the tour won't end until you're full. Wondering what to eat in Luang Prabang? On this Luang Prabang Food Tour you learn about Laos food culture, have fun, and leave full. On this tour you will enjoy the following dishes at six different stops: - Orlam: this local stew is a Luang Prabang favorite full of flavor made with beef - Fresh Salad Local Style: this dish is made with fresh cut papaya, chicken, and local vegetables with herbs for flavor - Khao Soi: this pork noodle soup dish is the most famous Laos specialty. It is made with noodles, pork broth, and topped with Bolognese - Mok Pa: this snack is made out of fish that has been steamed in banana leaf - Local cakes: you will try three different types of local cake, coconut cake, mango cake, and sticky rice cake - Namvam: after all that food, you will end with a sweet soup as a tasty dessert

Vang Vieng: Half-Day Zip Lining with Cave Exploration Option

7. Vang Vieng: Half-Day Zip Lining with Cave Exploration Option

Experience the green forest canopy that covers the mountains on the side of the river. Make your way along a stream down to the zip line at the Tham None river bank. Get strapped in and take an exciting zip line ride over the green forest and river below. There are 6 lines in total for you to enjoy. Before the zip line experience, your guide will walk you through the instructions and safety training. Fly 4,440 feet over beautiful landscape.  You can also choose an option to upgrade your journey by visiting Tham Nam None Cave during this half-day tour. If you choose the Tham Nam None Cave option, you can explore the secluded cave that served as a place of refuge for people caught up in the chaos of the Indochina Wars. Make your way into the cave on an inflatable innertube and pull on a rope to reach the walking point  to see many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Mt. Phousi with Local Cuisine

8. Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Mt. Phousi with Local Cuisine

Experience the stunning beauty of Luang Prabang's natural scenery on a half-day motorbike tour, choosing between the sunrise or the sunset options. Choose the sunrise option to start your tour early when you’re picked up from your hotel at 5 AM. You’ll be taken to Mount Phousi to admire the best views of Luang Prabang as the sun rises at 6 AM before cruising down the Mekong River on a local boat. At 7:30 AM, enjoy a local breakfast to learn more about traditional cuisine in Laos. Finish the tour at 8:30 AM when you’re dropped off back at your hotel.  Alternatively, choose the sunset option and start the tour in the afternoon. Get picked up from your hotel at 4:30 PM and head off on the back of a motorbike to Mount Phousi to admire the best views of Luang Prabang at sunset. Learn about the city's rich history from your expert guide and try some local cuisine in Luang Prabang. Sample delicious dishes like Or Lam, Khao Soy, and Nam Van before being dropped off at back your hotel at 8:30 PM.

Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Kuang Si Waterfall by Tuk-Tuk

9. Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Kuang Si Waterfall by Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy a half-day Luang Prabang waterfall tour which lasts for 5.5 hours. Get picked up at your hotel at 8:30 AM and climb into a Tuk-Tuk, one of the most popular forms of transport in Laos. As you ride through the incredible scenery, take in the sights and experience real Laos culture and customs from your guide. First, enjoy a local coffee at a viewpoint of the Mekong River. At 10 AM, visit a lovely Luang Prabang village, one of the highlights on the tour and learn more about local life. At 11 AM, head over to Kuang Si Waterfall, the main highlight of the tour. At 1:15 PM, stop for lunch with your guide as you learn about the cuisine of the local people. Finish the tour at 2 PM after you're dropped off back at your hotel.

Vang Vieng: Blue Lagoon and Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch

10. Vang Vieng: Blue Lagoon and Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Vang Vieng at 9am and heads off-road into the surrounding jungle landscapes. On a mountain bike, follow your experienced guide out of town, crossing over the Nam Song River bridge towards Phu Kham Cave. Climb to the top of the mountain to reach the cave and discover the religious statues hidden inside. Continue the ride along the Blue Lagoon Loop, soaking up the breathtaking countryside scenery that surrounds you. Arrive at Vang Vieng’s most popular attraction, Blue Lagoon One, and enjoy some time to cool off in the water and rest your legs. Hop back on your bike for the next part of the tour, which travels across rough dirt roads for about 30 km. There’s plenty of opportunities along the way for a well-deserved break as well as time to take photos of the view. Throughout the ride, pass by several small local villages to learn about the region’s culture and heritage. As the tour comes to an end, cycle your way back towards Vang Vieng and into the center of town. Once you reach the end of the Blue Lagoon Loop, enjoy drop-off to your hotel at around 4pm.

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What people are saying about Laos

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 159 reviews

The trip to the waterfalls was definitely worth it, although I would not go there again with the tuk tuk, it brings no added value compared to a van. We were there at 10am and there were few other tourists there, you couldn't swim, the water was just too cold for that. On the way back we visited an unscheduled Buffalo farm, a brilliant project, absolutely worth seeing !!!

Our small group enjoyed a great day at the waterfall, visiting Pak Ou Cave and cruising on the Mekong. Between we were treated to an excellent Lunch on the River at an Elephant rescue. A fine way to enjoy a day in Luang Prabang. Highly recommended.

Managed to get to know more about the local cuisine, daily habits and culture through this tour. Tour guide was really friendly and accommodating. Would recommend to our family and friends in future.

Great experience! Wonderful landscape. 9 km distance paddling is just perfect. Wonderful Tours are very professional and friendly. Truly recommend!

very good quality of service. very complete and uniquely landscaped