Laos small group tour
Join a small group journeying into central Laos by river boat, mini bus and on foot. Real off the beaten track cultural experience in one of Southeast Asia's least tourist-affected countries.
Luang Prabang Kuang Si Waterfall Bear Rescue Centre Community project visit Plain of Jars, Xiengkhuang Mines Action Group, Phonsavan Muang Khoun Kong Lor Cave Thakek villages Tad Lo Savannakhet Ban Bong Neua, Alak and Ban Kokphung minority villages Boat tour of the '4000 Islands' Khone Island Champasak
£2935 excluding flights
Price includes all activities/equipment, tour leaders, local guides and drivers, meals, transport (excluding international flights), accommodation and entrance fees as outlined in the itinerary. Optional Single Supplement: £450
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1 Reviews of Laos small group tour
5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2018 by John Rundle
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Really difficult to pick one! Sunrise at Wat Phou, boat trip try the konglor cave, sighting the river dolphins and so much more.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
There are long bus mini bus rides along windy mountain roads which might not suit everyone, but these are unavoidable if you want to see the beautiful countryside.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, most definitely.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Incredible experience, definitely one of the most memorable vacations we have had to date.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetBy keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
Using no carbon transport such as cycling or walking not only gives you a slower paced experience, but also cuts environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint. We are committed to low-level tourism impact and we keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 to avoid huge tour bus loads of tourists, which increases environmental damage but also is less likely to be welcomed by locals. Slower travel also allows for more chances to interact with people from another culture.
Throughout most of the trip we will be traveling in minibuses. Traveling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. We will also be exploring many areas on foot and by boats, to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.
PeopleVisit a non-profit organisation focused on providing English language training and support to over 200 young people living in rural Laos.
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.
We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of Laos through visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Wat Phou. UNESCO Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution. Visiting such sites helps sustain the traditions and natural ecosystems of Laos through tourism.