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08D / 07N -  Sanctuary Experience

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Local Agent : Caroline

Duration : 08 days / 07 nights

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And what an Experience....!

Convince yourself to discover Laos, by choosing our Sanctuary Experience. From Pakbeng Lodge to Nam Ngum Beach Resort going through Sanctuary Hotel Luang Prabang, you'll be able to collect unforgettable moments and memories along your journey.

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days Summary
Day 02 PAKBENG  
Day 04           LUANG PRABANG           
Day 07           NAM NGUM LAKE          



In the morning, you will be transferred to Houey Khone border post, complete all immigration formalities from the Thai territory before reaching the Lao border crossing of Muang Ngeun (located about 1 kilometer away)

Welcome in Lao Territory: In the Mekong River’s heart between Temples and Nature.

At your arrival in Laos, you’ll be greeted by your Lao English-speaking guide.

You will start your Laotian journey on a country road that will take you to Pakbeng, located on the Mekong banks (about 1h30 drive).

You will cross the bridge over the Mekong to reach Pakbeng, as well as the Lodge facing the Mekong.

Arrive at Pakbeng for lunch. Settle down at Pakbeng Lodge, all rooms have a terrace overlooking the Mekong and the surrounding nature.

Lunch at the Lodge terrace, facing the Mekong.

In the afternoon, you will leave for a walk (about 3 hours of walking - easy walk with some steep paths - plan walking shoes or sports shoes) through the forest to meet the inhabitants of a Kamu village.

On the way back, you will stop at the Vat Si Chom Cheng which offers a view over the Mekong and its surroundings.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

A charming hotel perched on the banks of the Mekong River, Pakbeng Lodge is a member of the Chinguetti / Pakbeng Medical Association. It hosts the clinic on its site, finances the doctors coming each year, and takes care of the travel, accommodation and catering of the entire medical team. On the opposite bank is the Mekong Elephant Park. A pilot eco-tourism project, the Mekong Elephant Park illustrates the desire to promote sustainable tourism by offering elephant owners a viable economic alternative to intensive forest exploitation while retaining the traditional techniques and by associating the inhabitants of the surrounding villages with the project.

The elephants are pampered in a natural environment, saved from poaching and cared for by scams that respect them. The seats are limited to 2 persons per elephant; the splints are made of rope and bamboo in order to be as light as possible to respect the well-being of our friend’s pachyderms.


Breakfast at the hotel.

After your breakfast, your morning will be dedicated to the meeting with the old and faithful inhabitants of Laos: our venerable and respected friends the pachyderms!

Then, you will cross the Mekong onboard a pirogue and join the Mekong Elephant Park where you will have the opportunity to meet the mahouts and their elephants before starting a nice walk in the middle of the vegetation.

On return, relax after the effort! You will witness the elephant’s bath in the Mekong River, a magic moment of sharing between the elephant and his mahout.

Upon your return, relax after the effort! You will witness the elephant’s bath in the Mekong River, a magic moment of sharing between the elephant and his mahout.

Return to the village of Pakbeng in pirogue.

Lunch at the Lodge terrace, with the view of the Mekong River.

Free afternoon to discover the surroundings.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.

In the early morning, you will continue your cruise on the Mekong aboard a traditional privatized slow boat, in landscapes still as gorgeous.

Lunch served on board.

Then you will stop at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou River to discover the sacred caves of Pak Ou.

For hundreds of years they have housed hundreds of Buddha statuettes that have been deposited by pilgrims for centuries.

You will arrive in Luang Prabang at the end of the day (around 17:00).

Then, transfer and settle down at the hotel.

Dinner-Show with traditional dances and music. 

Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, explore the city with a traditional mode of transport: the Tuk-Tuk. Former Royal Capital, nowadays classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, you will discover the many wonders that this city hides with your guide.

You will have the opportunity to visit:

- The morning Market; will give you a quick overview of Lao life. Your guide will show you all the Laotian specialties, in order to take note for your travel diary, and above all to taste.

- Vat May, a temple of the XVIIIe century, topped by its special roof with five sides and three sunshades,

- Royal Palace, nowadays National Museum,

Lunch in a local restaurant.

- Mount Phousi, a sacred hill located in the city-center. It is accessed by a long staircase winding through many pagodas laden with legends. From its summit, it offers a panoramic view of the city, the Mekong and the surrounding mountains,

- Vat Xieng Thong, The Temple of the Royal City, the most beautiful of the city, is a vast set of sacred buildings; it is one of the jewels of Lao art,

- Vat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, with a unique style, whose windows balusters make a nod to the Khmer style of Vat Phou in Champassak, and That Makmo, its stupa with the characteristic watermelon shape.

Suggestion: enjoy a stroll at the Night Market that settles every day in the main street from 5pm to 10pm.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel


Suggestion without guide:

The early birds will be able to go to the ritual of the Tak Bak, the offerings to the monks by the faithful, in order to follow the procession of the bonzes. Beware, this religious ritual, which is especially important for the Buddhist faithful, has unfortunately also become a tourist attraction, some paparazzi tourists stalking the photo of the monks who have become stars despite themselves, others disrupting the ritual by participating in it without knowledge of the rules to respect.

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, you will be driven to Kuang Sy waterfalls, by a beautiful country road (about 40 minutes) between villages and rice paddies.

Hidden in the middle of the forest, the falls flow in several pools of turquoise water cascade. You will have the possibility of swimming. The path leading to the waterfall takes you past a small reserve of bear with Asian necklace (free entry). 

Picnic lunch (sitting seated) at Kuang Sy waterfalls.

Then, you will return to Luang Prabang.

Then, you will have a walk in the Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek villages; two little traditional weavers’s villages where some small workshops of manufacture of craft of mulberry paper settled down.

Dinner at 3Nagas restaurant.

Overnight at the hotel.


Breakfast at the hotel.                  

In the morning, head towards Vang Vieng.

You will enjoy a nice mountain road, before arriving in front of the characteristic karstic cliffs of the Vang Vieng region.

Along the way, you’ll stop in small villages trading medicinal plants, lao-lao medicinal and funny critters.

Lunch on the road.

After you will embark on a pirogue trip on the Nam Song River and discovering the "Tham Tjiang" cave, one of the many caves in the region. It is reached by a large staircase of 147 steps with an exceptional panorama over the valley. This cavity sheltered the local people regularly during the troubled periods and successive wars (plundering, clashes ...)

Finally, you will be driven back to Nam Ngum Lake (about 30 minutes’ drive) for an arrival at the end of the day. Settled down at the bungalows.

Dinner and Overnight at the Resort.

The resort is a little paradise still unknown by travelers, nestled in the midst of nature. It offers a superb environment for non-motorized activities in family or solo (paddle boats, kayaks, bicycles...) and allows a total immersion with the possible meeting of the locals including a community of fishermen installed on its shores. A space dedicated to nature that calls for relaxation.


Breakfast at the hotel.

Surrounded by hills, this artificial lake born from the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Nam Ngum River owes its beauty to the many islets that it contains. In a calm and relaxing atmosphere, you will have the leisure to appreciate this site where nature has gradually resumed its rights, for a total change of scenery!

You will embark for a boat trip on the lake dotted with small islands in order to discover the organization of the life mode of the fishermen with their houses on stilts, floating petrol station and fishing net made of bamboo etc. Then stop for a short time at Tad Heua village and its local market.

Picnic lunch prepared by the resort.

Then you will dock on a small sandbanked island allowing you to swim but also to visit a small traditional farm. Then you will reach another small village; Houay Phanom to enjoy an in house coffee or tea and discover the weaving techniques before returning to the Resort at the end of the day.

Free time to relax at leisure and enjoy the facilities of the Resort before aperitif time!

At sunset, an aperitif will be served.

Dinner BBQ facing the lake.

Overnight at the Resort.


Breakfast at the hotel.

Before heading to Vientiane, you will make a stop in Patuxai; the Lao Triumphal Arche which dominates the Champs Elysees; also local. You could climb all the way up, to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Then, you will resume the visit and on the way you will have the opportunity to visit:

- Vat Sisaket, with Siamese influence, which has a unique architecture. Spared during the destruction of the city by the Siams, it is the most beautiful and the biggest temple of Vientiane,

- Wat Phra Keo, just opposite the previous one, built in 1565 to house the famous Emerald Buddha (now in Bangkok), it will be rebuilt identically in 1942. Located in a beautiful garden, it houses under its steep roof, typical of the Lao and Siamese style of the north, superb carved wood panels and elegant colonnades,

Depending on time; you will visit the Pha That Louang, the national symbol. Representing both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty;This great reliquary is a masterpiece of Laotian architecture.

Then, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Lunch - FREE - At your own expense.

Free time at leisure before the transfer to Vientiane Airport, depending on your flight schedule and continuation your trip in South-East Asia.




HIGH SEASON FROM 10/01/2019 UNTIL 31/03/2019

LOW SEASON FROM 01/04/2019 UNTIL 31/09/2019

   3* HOTEL   4* HOTEL   3* HOTEL  4* HOTEL

2 pers.

1 813 $ + 127 $       1 711 $

 + 94$

3 pers.

1 466 $  1 374 $

4 pers.

1 298 $ 1 210 $  

5 pers.

1 193 $ 1 108 $

6 pers.

1 124 $ 1 041 $

Single room Supp.

+ 348 $  + 127 $  + 285 $  + 94$


Price includes :

  • The transfers,
  • Excursions and visits mentioned in the program (entry fees included)
  • Accommodation with breakfast in hotels provided in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Carrying baggage,
  • The services of one or more English-speaking guides as mentioned in the program,
  • One bottle of water per day per person,
  • English-speaking follow-up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Price excludes :

  • Drinks consumed during meals,
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned,
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance,
  • Tips ($ 4 / day / person for guides, $ 2 / day / person for drivers and $ 1 / person for porters / waiters),
  • "Check-in" or "late check-out" in the selected hotels and minibar or other drinks, not included in the program,
  • Airport departure taxes and any fuel surcharges,
  • Laos visa fees,
  • International flight.

our local agent

Caroline Debonnaire

Living in a universe without borders where open-mindedness is customary is my watchword. My Indian, Vietnamese and Laotian origins are for something. Wishing to travel the world, I did so everytime it was possible. From the African continent to South America, I finally come back to my roots. I settled down between Vietnam and Laos where to this day I live in peace, following the rhythm of the Mekong River  called "The Mother of the waters" as my ancestors did, before the events of 1975.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management, I was able to make my passion a full time job. During my travels, I became aware of the social and solidarity economy and the challenges of sustainable development. I therefore found my way: organizing trips accompanied by quality local guides, impregnated with an "adventurer" spirit off the usual tracks whilst giving travelers keys to understanding the visited countries. My conception of alternative tourism was born.

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