Laos

Secrets of Southern Laos 11 days

Southern Laos attracts far fewer travellers than the north but it’s well worth stepping off the well-trodden tourist trail, heading south and soaking up the relaxed pace of life.

A visit to Laos isn’t really complete without spending some time in Luang Prabang and that’s the start point for this 11-day itinerary. This atmospheric town is the perfect introduction to Laos: the food, the culture and the people.

Having spent four nights temple touring, meeting the locals, and visiting an elephant conservation project, take the short flight to Pakse, the gateway to southern Laos. From Pakse journey south to the region known as Si Phan Don, or the 4000 Islands, close to the Cambodian border. Soak up the laid-back pace on these sleepy islets, island hopping by boat and bike for a peek into local life.

After a brief stay (don’t worry, you’ll be returning), head back to the mainland and journey north-east to the cooler climes of the Bolaven Plateau. Explore the region’s plunging waterfalls and coffee plantations. Your overnight accommodation will be in the home of a local coffee farmer.

Finally, leave the Bolaven Plateau behind and return to the picturesque 4000 Islands, enjoying three nights R&R on Done Daeng.

As with all our holidays, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more 'complete' travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Highlights

  • Visit the inspiring MandaLao elephant sanctuary, where you'll meet and spend time with baby Kit.
  • Stay overnight in the home of a local coffee farmer, amongst the coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau.
  • Enjoy R&R time in the picturesque 4000 Islands.

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
First Class$2,547$2,130$1,974

Le Sen Boutique

Beautifully located for exploring Luang Prabang, the Le Sen's leafy, secluded setting is only fifteen minutes stroll from...
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Pon Arena Hotel

With rooms overlooking either the nearby Mekong River or the mountains behind the hotel, the Pon Arena is a pleasant place to relax and is particularly convenient for exploring the Si Phon Don region.
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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La Folie

Located on Done Daeng Island, on the banks of the Mekong River, you would be forgiven for thinking you had just pitched up on a Thai island not a land-locked country...
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Superior$2,615$2,199$2,043

Maison Dalabua

This charming boutique hotel is located a short walk from Luang Prabang's historical centre and surrounded by UNESCO classified lotus ponds...
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Pon Arena Hotel

With rooms overlooking either the nearby Mekong River or the mountains behind the hotel, the Pon Arena is a pleasant place to relax and is particularly convenient for exploring the Si Phon Don region.
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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La Folie

Located on Done Daeng Island, on the banks of the Mekong River, you would be forgiven for thinking you had just pitched up on a Thai island not a land-locked country...
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Deluxe$2,918$2,502$2,346

Satri House

Previously a residence of Prince Soupha- Nouvong, Satri House underwent extensive renovation in 2008. The result is magnificent and for our money the hotel instantly became a serious contender for Luang Prabang’s boutique hotel crown...
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Pon Arena Hotel

With rooms overlooking either the nearby Mekong River or the mountains behind the hotel, the Pon Arena is a pleasant place to relax and is particularly convenient for exploring the Si Phon Don region.
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Homestays

Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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La Folie

Located on Done Daeng Island, on the banks of the Mekong River, you would be forgiven for thinking you had just pitched up on a Thai island not a land-locked country...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • Whilst in the south of Laos you are within easy striking distance of Cambodia. You can either cross by land at the Don Kralor border, giving you access to the little-visited region of Ratanakiri, with its wealth of travel interests; alternatively fly from Pakse directly to Siem Reap, and explore the majestic Angkor Temples.
  • 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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Lionel - Selective Asia consultant

’This predominantly crowd-free corner of Laos has been on the backpacker radar for years, and whilst there has been a scattering of recently opened boutique lodges the region is untainted by tourist development, offering a truly authentic Laos experience. Go now, before everyone cottons on!’

Lionel - Indochina tailor-made specialist
Secrets of Southern Laos