Laos Explorer

Did you know that Laos used to be called Lang Xang which translates to land of a million elephants? No? Well, you do now! Wondering how a landlocked country could have 4,000 islands? Don’t worry you’ll see it to believe it! Laos is a hidden gem of South East Asia, which automatically makes it a must see, don’t you agree? From the cultural hotspot of Luang Prabang (a UNESCO world heritage site) to Vang Vieng’s blue lagoons, visiting temples and the famous Kuang Si waterfalls! We hope you’re ready for a TRU-ly unforgettable experience!

When we say classic, we mean the perfect balance of culture, adventure, beaches and parties. High number of inclusions, low cost. Tru-ly authentic experiences from home-stays & hostels to beach huts, hotels and boats. A classic tour means maximum adventure, minimum hassle. Built for backpackers by backpackers.

What's Included

Airport Pickup
(Up to two days before tour)

Travel Ninja
Your Guide! Like travelling with your best friends and one of them happens to know where they're going!

All Transport Included Private Van transfers

6 Nights Accommodation Hotels & Twin-share Rooms

Kuang Si Waterfall The Living Land rice farming Blue Lagoon Vang Vieng Tubing down Nam Song River
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Bucket List
Living Land Rice
Tubing Nam Song River
Bright blue river with green bank and trees with huts
Blue Lagoon

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
Day 1

Airport Pick Up

Laos baby! Welcome to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO world heritage site and a town that will charm your socks off! Once arriving at the airport you’ll soon see your amazing TruNinja waiting for you, don’t worry, that does mean tour guide, but it just sounds cooler! Once you are all settled and the rest of your TruFam have arrived it’s time for your welcome dinner & drinks! You’ll get the chance to chat to your TruFam, try out some Laotian dishes & sip on a cocktail (or 2,or 3). Alexa, play Celebrate by Madonna!

Luang Prabang
Airport Pick Up
Day 2

Temples & Kuang Si Waterfall

Fancy chasing some waterfalls? Even though TLC told us not to, this is an exception because we’re going to the infamous Kuang Si Waterfalls! Firstly though, we will be visiting the Royal Palace museum, where you’ll learn all about Laos’ royals and history! We’ll then head over to the temples, Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong and after a cultural morning, it’s waterfall o’clock! Once you’ve had a dip in the waterfall and taken your photo for the gram, we will head back for the evening to see the town’s night market, and put your bartering skills to the test! Of course, the most important thing, you’ll get to try lots of delicious local foods, you won’t be leaving with an empty stomach that’s for sure!

Luang Prabang
Royal Palace Museum, temples, waterfalls and night market.
Day 3

Rice Farms & Sunsets

You know what they say, early birds catch the worm! If you’re one to wake up early you’ll get to see the long standing tradition of Sai Bat, which translates to morning alms, this is where the locals will offer food to a procession of monks, what a way to start the morning! Once you’ve had your breakfast, most important meal of the day (not to sound like a mum or anything), we head to a local rice farm where we’ll learn about the day to day life of a rice farmer, Asia’s greatest food staple. Rice rice baby! We hope you’re ready for an incredible sunset & view because we’ll be walking up Mt Phousi’s Pagoda this evening. Completed it mate! It’s your final night in Luang Prabang to enjoy with your TruFam, cheers!

Luang Prabang
Rice Farm & Pagoda for sunset
Day 4

Travel to Vang Vieng and Blue Lagoon

To the south we go! Today we’re off to Vang Vieng, which is a small town in the south of Laos and fun fact, is surrounded by limestone mountains and caves! Once we have arrived and settled, we’ll take an incredibly scenic drive through the rice fields to the areas ICONIC blue lagoons *que Paradise by Coldplay*. So pack those swimmers, because you will most definitely want to have a dip in the lagoon, I repeat, most definitely. After seeing dreamy lagoon paradise, it’s time to check out what the nightlife is all about in Vang Vieng, get yo’ dancing shoes on!

Vang Vieng
Blue Lagoon & Night out in Vang Vieng
Day 5

Caves & Tubing

Remember earlier when we mentioned the limestone mountains and caves? Well, don’t worry if not because you won’t forget exploring a few of the caves today, even an underwater one! How? Oh, by tubing of course! It’s time to start your tubing adventure, TruFam assemble! You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon floating down the Nam Song River, retracing the original tubing route that put Laos on the backpacker map! An afternoon of adventure with a side of travel history, we love to see it!

Vang Vieng
Explore Caves & River tubing Adventure
Day 6

Vientiane & Local Beer Shops

This morning is yours to enjoy before we hit the road and make our way to Laos’ capital Vientiane. Here’s another fun fact for ya, Vientiane is the largest city of Laos and is on the banks of the Mekong River, next to the borders of Thailand! Make sure you don’t fall in because you might be getting out in the wrong country! Get to know the local area in Vientiane before exploring one of the local beer shops. You’ll get to experience the local nightlife as well as make some unforgettable memories, have a few beveraginos and enjoy your night in the capital! Night out galore!

Visit local beer shops
Day 7

City tour

Did someone say city tour? You bet we did! Today’s all about Vientiane’s landmarks. You might not believe us but Vientiane has its very own Arc De Triomphe, although it is called the Patuxai Monument and it is a memorial for those who fought for independence from France. If you want some brownie points from your TruFam, tell them that Patuxai translates to victory gate, you're welcome! Next up is the buddha park, which contains over 200 Hindu and Buddhist statues, bet you’ve never seen that many statues in one place (If you have then you’re the MVP)! We then head to one of Laos’ most famous Buddhist temples, Pha That Luang, as your marvel at the amazing gold temple, make sure to get a photo, maybe one that includes jumping in the air.. Just an idea!

*All good things come to an end, but don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened! It’s time to part ways from your TruFam and from Laos after an incredible week. If your adventure isn’t finished just yet, then our Travel Ninjas will be happy to help you with any onward travel. It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later! Stay epic, TruFam.*

Buddha Park, Patuxai, Temples, City Tour
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Trips Departure Dates




The trip begins in Luang Prabang and ends in Vientiane.


You will need to fly into Luang Prabang International Airport (LPQ).


The closest airport is Wattay International Airport (VTE) in Vientiane.


The accommodation for this trip is twin share rooms.


The currency in Laos is Laos Kip.

Are there any COVID precautions in place for my trip?

Yes! We’re doing everything we can to make your trip as safe and stress- free as possible. All trips are run with enhanced safety and hygiene protocols advised by the FCO (Foreign Commonwealth Office) & WHO (World Health Organisation) including only working with partners who uphold the same standard and are taking the maximum amount of precautions. From switching to private transport where possible to offering private room upgrades, we’ve got all areas covered to ensure your trip is an amazing one! Click here to read more.

What happens If I can’t travel due to COVID?

We’re only operating in countries that are open without quarantine and are safe and easy to travel in. That being said if you could no longer travel due to COVID or if something were to arise, we’re offering complete flexibility for our TruTravellers. From free date changes to lifetime deposits. The TruCrew are always here to give you some TLC and to go through your options. Think of us as ya BFF’s, the fun auntie/uncle of the family who loves a drink or your travel guardian angels. Were not fussed.

Is my money protected?

Yep! You will never lose your money. You’re protected. TruTravels is both ABTA and ATOL registered meaning your money is safe. We’re offering free date changes or to keep your deposit on file for as and when you’re ready to travel, 2 months, 2 years or even 20!

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