Vietnam and Laos: Ethnic Villages and Untraveled Roads

Laos and Vietnam

An adventure for those who want to see walk to remote villages, kayak and explore mysterious caves and give back to the people.

Travel across the border between Vietnam and Laos near Hanoi, visiting Muong and Thai villages along the way. Cross into Sam Neua Province in Laos, famous for its woven fabrics. Then head on to Luang Prabang, where you can visit the town and help Brother Mouse bring books to remote villages.

From Luang Prabang, you fly up to the mysterious Plain of Jars, the Lao answer to Stonehenge and critical part of the country during the Vietnam War. Lastly, your path takes you beyond the capital of Vientiane to remote Kong Lor for some exciting caving and kayaking before returning to Vientiane and flying home.


Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Hanoi. Cyclo Ride and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Hanoi Touring – Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, cooking demonstration, History Museum, Opera House, Old Quarter.
Meeting with puppet master and private puppet show.

Day 3

Drive through Hoa Binh and Mai Chau on your way to Ban Sai.

Day 4

Head to the Na Meo Border and then continue to Sam Neua.

Day 5

Sam Neua, Caves and Hmong Villages.

Day 6

Sam Neua to Nong Khiaw via the stone forest and villages.

Day 7

Drive towards Luang Prabang. Ferry across river to Pak Ou Caves. Continue to Luang Prabang.

Day 8

Luang Prabang touring – Alms for monks, Arts and Ethnology Center, National Museum, Ok Pop Tok and different wats. Baci Ceremony and cooking lesson/dinner

Day 9

AM Book Trip to Brother Mouse, PM at Khouang Si Falls.

Day 10

Drive to Xiengkhuang, stopping at Hmong and Khmu villages, and cave.

Day 11

Visit Plain of Jars, local villages, Tai Sam Cultural Hall, hot springs.

Day 12

Fly Vientiane on QV 402 (1030/1100). Visit Paratuxai and That Luang. Sunset walk along the Mekong.

Day 13

Drive Khounkham via Wat Prabaht and Wat Phonson and Hmong Market.

Day 14

Drive Kong Lor Village and cave by boat and foot, as well as other villages. Drive Tha Khaek.

Day 15

Day kayaking river and exploring another cave. Late return to Vientiane.

Day 16

Sightseeing in Vientiane and visit to market, textile galleries, Wat Sisaket, Wat Si Muang, and Haw Phra Kheao.

Day 17

Depart for home.