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12 days & 11 nights
Availability : December 31, 2023
Vientiane – Ban Thaheua – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang
Min Age : 1+
Tour Details

The Laos Family Tour is a 12 days & 11 nights  adventure that takes you through the heart of Laos, from the bustling capital of Vientiane to the tranquil town of Luang Prabang. With its rich history, stunning natural wonders, and warm hospitality, Laos is a destination that is sure to leave a lasting impression on travelers of all ages. Designed to cater to the needs of families, this tour offers a perfect blend of cultural experiences, outdoor adventures, and relaxation. Throughout the tour, you’ll stay in comfortable hotels and be accompanied by  Golden Lotus Travel‘s knowledgeable guides who will provide insightful commentary on the country’s rich cultures. 

Departure & Return Location

Wattay International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

1 hour before departure 

Price Includes

  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Train ticket: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All flights quoted separately (if any)
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
  • 10% VAT in case the payment is transferred into our company bank account


Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, transfer to your hotel in town (early check-in upon availability).
From its sleepy tuk-tuk drivers to its location on the right bank of the lumbering, lazy Mekong, this former French trading post is languid to say the least.
Indeed, despite being the capital and largest city of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, there’s not a whole lot to do in Vientiane. But that is also, quite honestly, its selling point.
There is no activity planned for today, so you can stroll around the town for your own exploration.
Overnight in Vientiane.


In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power.
After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.
We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights. Spend time watching the video and learn about the effort to earn their daily living. You can support them by buying some small handicrafts at the shop.
Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.
Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”.
Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828.
Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art.
End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls. 
Overnight in Vientiane.

+ You can also visit Sinouk Coffee Pavilion to discover the Lao coffee, stroll around the mini coffee gallery, view the in-house coffee roaster and try a cup of delicious and unique coffee or tea. Discuss with our guide about this. Entrance fee and extra coffee/drinks are payable on spot.
+ There is also the chance to visit Ban Hom, where you can visit the farmers working on the field and learn about the rural local life. Just 12Km from the old quarter!


Our tuk tuk driver (also our guide) will pick you up at your hotel after breakfast, and take you to an organic rice, fish and vegetable farm on the outskirts of Vientiane.
Run by a Lao non-government organization using traditional Lao farming methods, this is the perfect place to try your hand at rice farming.
The friendly farmers will show you how to get your feet wet planting rice seedlings (during rainy season), or if it’s harvest season then cut and thresh your own rice for lunch!
Do a spot of fishing, collect fresh duck eggs, learn about organic fertilizer and how it is made, and harvest fresh seasonal organic vegetables and bamboo (if in season).
Once you’ve finished in the field, you’ll cook up a traditional Lao lunch with the days’ produce. Learn how to cook sticky rice and make papaya salad and sit down to enjoy a picnic-style lunch and a well-earned rest.
On the way back into town, we’ll take you to a local fresh food market to check out the amazing diversity of Lao food. Stop for a while in the market for a traditional Lao coffee or sample some delicious Lao sweets.
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Vientiane.


We leave the capital early for our journey northbound to Ban Thaheua via the highway Vientiane – Vang Vieng.
We will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region.
We will arrive in Ban Thaheua around noon.
In the afternoon, we will have a 2-hour kayaking around the Nam Ngum Lake to explore some islets, and local fishing villages. The kayaking is easy and fun, requiring no special skills. We will stop at Huay Samom village, chatting with the host family, and learning about the weaving techniques.

We are then free to stroll around the resort or the nearby area for your own exploration.

Overnight in Ban Thaheua.


Optional: Wake up early today, you never want to miss the serene sunrise over the peaceful lake. Our guide will escort you to the nearby area to watch the local villagers preparing for their busy day.
After breakfast, we start the cycling tour exploring the nearby villages & the famous Nam Ngum dam.
We we will first pass through the local primary school, which is livelier during the school time.
We then set-off toward Nam Ngum dam through the small village roads whilst admiring the life of local villagers.
Stop at one of the villages to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Relax and talk with the villagers about their daily life.
We will also make another stop at the viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding area.
We have ample time to relax at the dam before cycling back to the resort.
If time permits, we will stop at another village to watch the rooster fighting in around 30 minutes.
Arrive back at the resort around noon time.
In the afternoon we will transfer directly to Vang Vieng.

Check in your hotel upon arrival and free to stroll around the town for your own exploration.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.


The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns.
The most famous of these caves is Tham Jang, which was used by the local people as a refuge from Chinese invaders 200 years ago.
Your tour continues by crossing the Nam Song River for a short drive to Tham Pou Kham (Golden Crab Cave). After passing through a small entrance hole you descend 100 meters into the ground.
You have ample time to visit Blue Lagoon, which is a great spot to relax and cool off before transferring to the train station to take the afternoon express train to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in town.

Overnight in Luang Prabang


After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.
We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. 
Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Sene and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall. 
If time permits, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts. We also visit the nearby village of Ban Xienglek specializing in making the traditional Saa paper.
You can either get to the nearby village and join a petanque game with the local team.
Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day.
The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Tip: If you are fond of various ethnic cultures, you can visit Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday).


Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
We then visited the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken.
After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.
If time permits, we will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos.

Then, transfer to the Buffalo Dairy Farm on the way to Kuang Si waterfalls, which offers the fun and interesting experience for the kids.
We arrive at the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists
If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Today, we will visit the Namkhan Ecolodge and have a morning learn about their organic farm tour to learn more about organic farming, including insect repellents, the importance of plants and trees and how the animals integrate with the green cycle agricultural practice.

The afternoon is your own free time to explore the ecolodge by yourselves. There are plenty of activities on spots such as kayaking, Yoga class, or bamboo weaving class. For the kids, we recommend a 1.5-hour horseback riding class including a 15-minute pony ride. 

There is also an inviting swimming pool if you just want to relax and cool off.

Check further information with our guide or the lodge.

Overnight at Namkhan Ecolodge.


10:00 AM: Departure from your hotel or guest house in Luang Prabang
10:40 AM: Arrive in Ban Lae. Settle in your house
11:15 AM: Visit the local school
12:00 PM: Lunch in the house. Relax
2:00 PM-3:00 PM: Have a walk with the locals in their gardens. Explore the river with a local boat. Have a look at the traditional charcoal oven. Enjoy a swim in the river
5:00 PM: Back to the house, shower time
6:00 PM: Visit a neighbor who will teach you Kaen (traditional music instrument)
7:00 PM: Before having dinner, we will join a special Baci Ceremony at the house of the host.

Time to sleep.


5:30 AM: Time to wake up.
6:00 AM: Alms giving in the village temple. Back to the house
8:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 AM: Morning fishing in the Nam Xuang River
Experience local handicraft traditional techniques by the locals such as:
– Bamboo weaving
– Silk weaving
– Fishing net-making
11:00 AM: Departure time
11:30 AM: Arrival in Luang Prabang and drop-off at your next hotel or guesthouse

The afternoon is free for your last-minute shopping around the various shops in the city old quarter.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. 


You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight.

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Pieter Van der Veken

Family Traveller

The Laos Family Tour was fantastic, offering family-friendly accommodations and a mix of cultural experiences and outdoor activities. The friendly and knowledgeable guide provided valuable insights into Lao culture.

December 23, 2022

Sophie De Schrijver

Family Traveller

The Laos Family Tour was an exceptional experience. Our tour guide was attentive and knowledgeable, making sure that everyone in the group had a comfortable and enjoyable time. The itinerary was well-organized, allowing us to see and do a lot in just 12 days. Personally, the visit to the Pak Ou Caves and participating in the alms-giving ceremony in Luang Prabang were the highlights of the trip. I highly recommend this tour to families who want to immerse themselves in the culture and beauty of Laos.

October 7, 2022

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