- Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
- Daily breakfast at your hotel and other meals as indicated in the itinerary.
- Sightseeing admission fees.
- English speaking local guide.
- Private vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing.
- Activities as indicated in the itinerary.
Cost Does Not Include
- Meals other than indicated in the itinerary.
- Laos visa.
- Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet usage and other expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses or loss due to unforeseen events such as flight delays or cancellations, accidents or medical conditions, civil unrest, etc.
- International airfare.
Note on Itinerary
Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport
We use motor vehicle for the city visits and transfers from one town to other, besides by boat excursion. All the walks and hikes can be done at your own pace, interacting with the locals and catching the beautiful scenery into your camera and visiting local homes with unique Laos architecture. For the driving part, you just have to keep in mind that not all parts of the road are paved. At times, it can be dusty and bumpy. Roads are often carved out of the steep hills and follows river bank and sometime they can be temporarily blocked due to erosion or landslide. Daily driving distance is not that long.
Anyone with regular health conditions can take up this trip. Although no hiking or trekking experiences is required, it's advisable that you should start some jogging, cycling, swimming, cardio, etc. several weeks ahead of the time to keep yourself at an optimum fitness level.
For the most part of the trip, unless you have chosen other alternatives, you will be staying in moderate to the best available accommodations. The room may be different from another in your group and so there may be disparity in the rooms. You may get a better room than others or vice versa. You have to be prepared to adjust your normal routine and mentally be OK with things that may not work or be available when you want them to. During the high season, there will be huge demand of accommodations and suggested hotels may be already booked up and may have to adjust accommodations to alternative hotels and your cooperation in this matter is very much important.
Major Cities have a couple of international chain resorts with remarkably high prices but your trips do not feature them, unless you want those hotels at an additional charge to your land cost.
Breakfast in included where noted and will be served at your hotel, usually served in buffet. Your guide can arrange some lunches and/or dinners at local restaurants but you will be on your own expenses to pay for these meals. Lunches and dinners included as per itinerary.
Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.
International and internal airfares:
You will book your international airfare on your own and provide us with your flight information. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator upon request. All internal airfares are booked locally (if required). Local airport taxes may or may not be included in the fare.
Passport and Visa
You must have both a passport and visa to enter Laos, and your passport must also have at least six months validity remaining beyond the date that you enter Laos. You can get a visa on arrival in Laos if you are traveling for tourism, have two passport-sizes photographs and pay $35.
If you get your visa on arrival in Laos, you will generally be allowed to stay in Laos for 30 days after you arrive. If you were born in Laos, you may be admitted for 60 days or longer. You can extend your 30-day tourist visa up to an additional 60 days for a fee of $2 per day through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane. If you overstay your visa in Laos, you risk arrest and you will be fined $10 for each day of overstay as you leave. The Lao government calculates visa fees and fines in U.S. dollars.
Best time for this trip
This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but definitely November through February are the best months when temperatures are less hot, less rain, and clear visibility.
Booking & Payment Schedule
Initial Tour Deposit: US$ 300 per person (accepted by credit card or personal check) with completed trip registration form and passport scan.
Second payment will be asked for the in-tour airfare when they are due. Some hotels and suppliers may ask for non-refundable deposit to guarantee the booking and we will advise you in such case. Payment by credit card may attract additional 3.5% fee.
Final payment is due 90 days prior departure. Payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. Personal check is welcome. Within 90 days before the travel date, payment must be made by wire transfer or cashier check.
Cancellation and refund
Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form.
- 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
- 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
- 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
- Less than 30 days: 100%.
Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary which will be informed per case to case basis. No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once tour begin. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.