|Day 1||[D]||Arrival in Vientiane - City Tour|
|Day 2||[B/L]||Vientiane Countryside Exploration (Tuk Tuk Safari)|
|Day 3||[B/L/D]||Orchid Trail Exploration (Phou Khaokhuay Trek) and Homestay|
|Day 4||[B/L]||Back to Vientiane|
- The panoramic view over the city of Vientiane from the top of Patuxay monument
- Tuk tuk tour to the countryside of Vientiane
- Walking among the nature of Phou Khaokhuay NPA
- Sharing the dinner and spend the night with the host family in Ban Hatkhay
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES
- Gentle city tour of Vientiane, visiting some icon of the capital of Laos
- Tuk Tuk tour to the countryside, and learning about the traditional farming methods which promote durable farming practice
- Trekking inside Phou Khaokhuay NPA tracing for the wild orchid trail
- Homestay and experience the life of local people
- The authentic countryside of Vientiane
- The evergreen nature of Phou Khaokhuay with plenty of wild orchid, hidden waterfalls, and natural streams.
- Visit some plenty of temple and museum in Vientiane to learn about the culture of Laos
- Learning about the traditional farming methods of Laos people
- Sharing the dinner and spending the night with the host family in Ban Hatkhan to learn about their daily life
Vientiane – Tuk Tuk Safari – Orchid Trekking, and homestay inside Phou Khaokhuay NPA
Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane - City Tour
Pick-up at the airport by our guide and driver. Then have a short orientation city tour including Wat Sisaket, Ho Prakeo, That Luang, and Patuxay. Dinner is served at local restaurant with dance & folk song
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
After a soft rest, start your “5-day Vientiane Tour” with the first visit to the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enrouted to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
You are then free for the rest of the day to troll around the town for your own exploration.
Dinner will be served at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song, the best chance for you to have the first impression of Lao culture.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane Countryside Exploration (Tuk Tuk Safari)
Join a tuk tuk tour exploring the nearby farm which promote the traditional farming practice. The day incudes a simple cooking class and enjoy a picnic-style lunch with what you create. On the way back, visit the fresh foods market to see the amazing diversity of Lao foods
Our tuk tuk driver (also our guide) will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast, and take you to an organic rice, fish and vegetable farm on the outskirts of Vientiane. Run by a Lao non-government organisation using traditional Lao farming methods, this is the perfect place to try your hand at rice farming. The friendly farmers will show you how to get your feet wet planting rice seedlings (during rainy season), or if it’s harvest season then cut and thresh your own rice for lunch! Do a spot of fishing, collect fresh duck eggs, learn about organic fertiliser and how it is made, and harvest fresh seasonal organic vegetables and bamboo (if in season).
Once you’ve finished in the field, you’ll cook up a traditional Lao lunch with the days’ produce. Learn how to cook sticky rice and make papaya salad and sit down to enjoy a picnic-style lunch and a well-earned rest.
On the way back into town, we’ll take you to a local fresh food market to check out the amazing diversity of Lao food. Stop for a while in the market for a traditional Lao coffee or sample some delicious Lao sweets.
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 3: Orchid Trail Exploration (Phou Khaokhuay Trek) and Homestay
Exploring Phou Khaokhuay NPA on feet. Visiting the hidden waterfalls, plenty of wild orchids, and plantation. Sharing the dinner and spending the night with the host family in Ban Hatkhay
An early morning departure at 7:30am for the National Park at Phou Khao Khuay, the closest national protected area to Vientiane.
You arrive in the village of Ban Hatkhay at around 9:30am where you will be joined by two local guides with your freshly made Lao picnic. The Orchid Trek begins at Pha Say with its stunning view across a 40m deep gorge and the dense jungle. You follow narrow, shaded trails and discover the different types of forest in the park: semi-deciduous, tropical and bamboo – extraordinary, unspoilt habitats. You have the chance to learn about the medicinal uses of the forest plants and also the other plant types that abound in the forest. You take your picnic lunch in a dry river bed (depending on the season).
Your afternoon continues with a pleasant stroll to the waterfall at Tad Say before making your return to the village. You may be lucky and see some the colourful butterflies and birds that live in the forest.
Late afternoon our transport brings us back to Ban Hatkhai where we have dinner, and stay overnight in a villager’s home.
Approximately: 2 hours transfer/ 4 hours hiking
Day 4: Back to Vientiane
Continue the trek, visit some more waterfalls, and tracing some wild orchids before transferring back to Vientiane
In the morning around we leave the village and after short drive we will reach the Tad Leuk Waterfall. Guided by local orchids expert we will hike for around 2 hours through dense forest along the river until we reach the beautiful Tad Sang (Elephant Waterfall) waterfall! This is idyllic place for bathing and relaxation. Enjoy lunch in this scenery. In the afternoon, we will continue hiking in thought dense forest, bamboo forest and keep your eyes open as along the way, a large number of orchids can be seen, especially in wet season.
After hiking we start our way back to Vientiane. On the way it is possible to visit the information centre to see photos and explanations on the fauna and flora of Phou Khao Khouay park.
We will reach Vientiane at around 18:30. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane
Approximately: 2 hours transfer/ 4 hours hiking