Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Experience the highlights of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Luang Prabang and Plains of Jars with this spectacular journey that starts from the Capital City of Vientiane. This tour is designed to provide an insight to the history, religion and mysteries of Laos. From modern to ancient times, you will explore the fascinating tone jars scattered across the highlands of Phongsavan and ravages of the Secret War in the 1970s. Journey through picturesque landscapes to the quaint riverside town of Nong Khiaw surrounded by spectacular mountains, waterfalls and tribal villages.


Private, Local Guides!

Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport pickups, drop offs, and daily excursions.

Choose Your Dates!

This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you and we will arrange everything.


Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? The options are unlimited, so talk to us about the different possibilities and our recommendations.

Great Accommodation!

We've scouted the best hotels in the best locations of all categories. We'll recommend accommodation to suit your budget and travel style.
  • Quirky Buddha Park in Vientiane
  • Plains of Jars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Spectacular Waterfall Hike at Nong Khiaw
  • Secret War Caves
  • Elephant Sanctuary at Luang Prabang
  • Special Baci Ceremony with Local Family
Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Experience the highlights of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Luang Prabang and Plains of Jars with this spectacular journey that starts from the Capital City of Vientiane. This tour is designed to provide an insight to the history, religion and mysteries of Laos. From modern to ancient times, you will explore the fascinating tone jars scattered across the highlands of Phongsavan and ravages of the Secret War in the 1970s. Journey through picturesque landscapes to the quaint riverside town of Nong Khiaw surrounded by spectacular mountains, waterfalls and tribal villages.

  • Day 1Arrive Vientiane

    Upon arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to rest up from your flight. 

    Overnight at Vientiane 

  • Day 2Vientiane City Highlights

    Highlights around the city include Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple surviving from the Siamese war of 1828, and the iconic Pha That Luang, the most sacred monument in Laos. Along the way, stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own ‘Arc de Triomphe.’ Stop by the Vientiane Central Market of Talat Sao and Talat Kouadin, where locals shop for fresh food, household items, textiles, gold and silver.

    Afternoon drive about 40min out to the artistic Buddha Park, an open-air sculpture park with giant sculptures of Buddha and Hindu deities. The park was founded in 1958 by monk and sculpture artist, Bunleua Sulila.

    Overnight at Vientiane 

  • Day 3Fly Vientiane to Phonsavan

    Take a short flight to Phonsavan, home to the mysterious Plain of Jars, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its thousands of stone jars scattered across the highlands. Some of the megaliths weigh around six tons, up to 10 feet in diameter and some still with their lids attached. Whether they are the remnants of a trade route or burial pit, their origin remains unknown. 

    Overnight at Phonsavan 

  • Day 4Plains of Jars

    Spend the day driving over the plains to visit to explore various sites dotted with numerous stone Jars that are about 2000 years old.

    You can also take an optional trip to Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khouang in the 16th century. About an hour’s drive from Phonsavan, this small town was once renowned for its glittering stupas layered in gold and gemstones. Unfortunately, it was robbed of much of its historical riches by various means over the centuries, the most recent (and most devastating) of which were bombs dropped by the US during the war with Vietnam. Today you can visit the ruins of a 16th century temple and the shell of a French colonial estate, one of the few remnants of French occupation in the area.

    Overnight at Phonsavan 

  • Day 5Drive to Nong Khiaw

    Depart early this morning for the full day’s journey to Nong Khiaw, a quaint little town along the west bank of Nam Ou River. Gateway to authentic rural villages, spectacular waterfalls and caves, Nong Khiaw remains one of Laos’s best kept secrets.

    Along the drive, stop at Muang Sui to visit historic temples and caves used as hospitals and shelters during the Indochina wars. During the Indochina War, this was the last position of the Nationalist Lao Army and the CIA, supported by Air America, before it was evacuated. This area became known as ‘Lima Site L-108’, the runway and some of the abandoned buildings are still visible today. 

    Then continue along Route 13 through the highlands and breathtaking scenery, stopping to explore one of the many Hmong villages. Arrive late afternoon at your lodge at Nong Khiaw with spectacular views of the river and surrounding mountains. 

    Overnight at Nong Khiaw

  • Day 6Waterfall Adventure Hike

    Take a scenic boat ride along the Nam Ou River to a small riverside village where you will begin today’s hike. Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of a stunning multi-tiered waterfalls. For the next few hours you will see only water surrounded by the lush jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the pools along the hike. 

    Head up trails along the cascades to enjoy a picnic lunch with wonderful views of  the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature. A trail from the top of the waterfalls will lead you down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley. Spend some time to experience the daily life of the riverside village before cruising back to Nong Khiaw 

     Overnight at Nong Khiaw 

  • Day 7Phanthok Cave & Village Hike

    Take a tuk tuk ride to discover the Phathok Caves. It is an easy walk up concrete stairs where you will be guided around the largest cave and then walk 10 minutes along a small trail to the second cave. Nong Khiaw villagers used this cave during the “Secret War” to shelter people from bombs dropped in the region.

    Later hike for about an hour along small flat trails crossing through rice paddy fields in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. Meet local people working on their farms and fields, cross a few bamboo bridges and walk through the forest to a hut. Take a break and have a snack before walking out to the main road where your tuk tuk will take you back to hotel.  

    Rest of the day is free to relax at your lodge or explore the surrounding area on your own with a bike.  

    Overnight at Nong Khiaw 

  • Day 8Drive to Luang Prabang via Pak Ou Caves

    This morning drive about 4 hours to Luang Prabang. On the way, stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.  This evening is free on your own to enjoy the lively night markets, local restaurants and shops in the Old Town. 

    Overnight at Luang Prabang 

  • Day 9Luang Prabang Old Town & Pottery Class

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the former Royal Capital City of Luang Prabang features charming old colonial architecture and well preserved ancient temples. Your walking tour will cover major historic sites including the former Royal Palace, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, Wat Ho Pha Bang and Wat Ho Xiang. Depending on your interests, meet up with a royal descendent, an artist or an expert architect from UNESCO who assisted with many restorations in the Old Town. 

    Continue to Chan Nua Village, a traditional pottery village that has been producing clay pots for over 400 years. Ancient Lao kings selected Chan Nua Village for its pottery-making skills, early uses of the pots included fermenting fish and storing water. Today, families produce everything from decorated planters to terra-cotta roof tiles by using hand-made techniques passed down through generations.

    Your visit kicks off with a delicious lunch before visiting their pottery center and their village surroundings. Learn about Lao traditional pottery techniques followed by an opportunity to make your own pot. This interactive excursion provides a meaningful insight to traditional life and a great way to give back to the local community. 

    Overnight at Luang Prabang 

  • Day 10Elephant Sanctuary & Evening Baci Ceremony

    This morning drive about 30min to village of Xieng Lom where your elephant camp is located. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide over tea as he gives an in-depth introduction into elephant behavior, their connections with humans and the way we as humans should interact with them. 

    Take a quick boat ride across the river to meet and feed the elephants. Then embark on a 2-hour hike with the elephants to a jungle. There will be some slight uphill and downhill sections with some muddy trails. The camp provides rubber booties to protect your feet.  After the hike, enjoy a freshly prepared local lunch before returning to town.

    Rest of the day is free to visit the artistic galleries or boutique shops on your own. 

    In the evening meet a friendly local host family to partake in a special “Baci Ceremony”. This is a special ceremony in Laos which has been practiced for hundreds of years. The term commonly used is “sou khuan” which means “spirit enhancing or spirit calling”. The ceremony involves the tying of white cotton strings around person’s wrists and the prayer saying or well-wishing for the person that the ceremony is intended for. 

    Overnight at Luang Prabang 

  • Day 11Depart Luang Prabang

    Transfer to airport today for your onward journey. 

Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Our private tours include the things that make it so you don’t have to worry about logistics for your trip.

This Tour Includes

  • Airport Transfers
  • In Country Flight
  • Accommodation, including all Taxes and Service Fees
  • Private, Local, English-speaking Guides for Tours and Activities
  • All Tours and Activities as described
  • Entrance Fees to Sights

This Tour Does Not Include

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fees and Application
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for Guides and Drivers

Itinerary Add-Ons to Consider

Consider a pre- or post-tour extension to this itinerary in either Vietnam or Cambodia depending on which city your international flight is routed through. It’s quite easy to add a couple of days in the beautiful Capital City of Hanoi or Siem Reap, home to the majestic Angkor Wat temples and Tonle Sap, biggest freshwater lake in South East Asia. 

Hanoi Treasures

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Explore the well preserved French colonial architecture and vibrant narrow alleys around the historic Old Quarters where time has stood still for generations. Hanoi is also a top destination for foodies seeking authentic and tantalizing Vietnamese street foods that you cannot find at home!

Angkor Wat Highlights

Starting Price : $1200 / Person

Explore various famous archaeological sites including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and other lesser known ones along with fascinating cultural activities in and around Siem Reap such as the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake, a cooking class with a celebrity chef, and the creative arts scene like the Phare Circus, and Bambu Stage puppet shows.

Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Here’s an explanation of what to expect and the planning process with a Red Lantern Journeys travel consultant.

The price for this trip will vary based on many factors including:

  • Dates of travel – high vs. low vs. shoulder season
  • Your preference of hotel standards – 3, 4, or 5-star categories. We’ve scouted the best hotels and the best locations in each category and will make our recommendations based on your budget and travel style. We’ll even try to book specific room categories to avoid street noise or other inconveniences.
  • The number of people in your group
  • Customization of tours and activities
  • How far in advance you book the trip
  • Personal Travel Consultant

    Your personal travel consult to work with you to prepare your itinerary, recommend tours and activities and accommodation and explain the reasoning behind every aspect of your tour.

  • Private Vehicles with Driver and Guides

    You'll have your own private, chauffeur-driven vehicle for all of your airport transfers and daily excursions. These will also include your personal, English-speaking guide who is licensed and will provide the insights to make each of your tours an exceptional experience.

  • Hotel Recommendations

    We've inspected hundreds of hotels and can recommend accommodation that fits your style and budget.

  • Activity Recommendations

    We have access to a wide range of activities to make your trip truly memorable. Activities range from visiting iconic sights to meeting local personalities, adventure sports, and exclusive dining experiences!

Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Any time of year is okay to visit Laos, but November to March is probably the best weather with low humidity. It can be a bit chilly at night in December through early February with temperature around 50F, but day time is comfortable around 70F. The monsoon season, which consists of light rain falling throughout the day and occasional heavy rain showers can lasts throughout June to September.

Private Tour

Laos Explorer - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Customize This Itinerary

Starting From: $4200 / Person
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  • When you want to travel – are your dates fixed or flexible?
  • Destinations of interest – country or countries, plus destinations within a country
  • Activities of interest – like beaches, wildlife, hiking, shopping, art, local culture, adventure, etc.
  • Purpose of trip and Special Occasions – holiday, honeymoons, important birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
  • Approximate budget per person

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