Laos

Northern Soul 13 days

This 13 day holiday will satisfy your adventurous needs as thoroughly as your cultural desires.

Your journey begins briefly in northern Thailand, before the short hop over the border into northern Laos: the focus for this trip. Arguably the most scenic and picturesque region of South-East Asia, northern Laos boasts towering mountain ranges and winding valleys covered in rice fields. Dotting the countryside are remote ethnic minority hill tribes where modern life is yet to reach and traditions hold strong.

Your days will be spent exploring this rural region on foot along the many trekking routes and by boat following the Mekong and the Nam Ou Rivers. There will be plenty of opportunity to meet the local villagers and learn about their traditional way of life.

Having thoroughly explored Laos’ remote countryside, head to the big city lights (well, comparatively!) for the final three nights of your trip and immerse yourself in the wonders of Luang Prabang.

Not enough R&R time? If you would prefer a more relaxed travel programme speak to your Selective Asia consultant about extending your stay. We can tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

PLEASE NOTE: This itinerary ventures into remote provinces where accommodation choice is limited, hence the costing is just based on one property in each destination. In Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang there are alternatives that your Destination Specialist can talk you through.

Highlights

  • Venture into the remote northern region of Phongsali where tribal communities adhere to ancient traditions that are quite different from elsewhere in the country.
  • Witness snapshots of riverside life as you journey leisurely along the Nam Ou River by traditional longtail boat and kayak.
  • Explore Muang La’s rolling mountains, traditional villages and rural landscape by 4WD and on foot.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3-45-6
A mixed bag!$3,347$2,720$2,402

Rai Saeng Arun

A handful of lovely stilted wooden cottages poking out of the surrounding forest, Rai Saeng Arun offers charming accommodation in the Thai Highlands, not far from Chiang Rai.…
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Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Set on the banks of the Mekong River close to the centre of the atmospheric town of Pakbeng, the Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge provides comfortable accommodation for those breaking the journey between border town...
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Muang La Resort

'Totally unexpected but extremely welcome' is how a recent client described the Muang La Resort. The town of Oudomxay is perhaps not the most inspiring location, but lies within one of South-East Asia’s most striking regions...
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Viphaphone Hotel

Located in the eastern part of town, the three-storey Viphaphone is immediately notable due to its faded yellow exterior. Rooms are large and simply furnished but perfectly comfortable for a short stay.

Phongpadith Guesthouse

Phongpadith Guesthouse offers simple, yet comfortable accommodation in Muang Khua, a short stroll from the Nam Ou River.

Nong Khiaw Riverside

Wonderfully rustic accommodation on the banks of the Nam Ou River, the Nong Khiaw Riverside is a gem of a property…
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Villa Chitdara

Brilliantly located on Khounsua Road - the quiet central street that slips between Luang Prabang's main night market and Mekong River Street - leafy Villa Chitdara is a small but charming guesthouse...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Your journey starts just over the border from Laos in Chiang Khong, Thailand. A few nights in Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai (or both) is well advised. Not only does it afford you the opportunity to adjust to a new time zone and pace of life, it also means that you get to explore more of the golden triangle region.
  • If you have time, complete your Laos experience by extending your trip south, visiting the 4000 islands and the nearby Bolaven Plateau.
  • Just because Laos is landlocked doesn't mean that you can't spend a few days on the beach. In most instances you will fly to Laos via Bangkok, ensuring easy access to many of Thailand's world famous beach resorts without the need to pay for extra flights.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with one of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas and New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Annie - Selective Asia consultant

An excellent choice if you want to break away from the norm and get to grips with the REAL Laos.'

Annie - Laos tailor-made specialist
Northern Soul