Laos is home to a diverse variety of nature and wildlife, on this 14-day wildlife and nature tour you will meet rescued bears and elephants, hike and zipline through the jungle, cruise the Mekong River, visit caves, explore the charming city of Luang Prabang, and see the mountains, waterfalls and tea and coffee plantations of the Bolaven Plateau. Our suggested itinerary can be tailored to suit your taste, budget, and time availability in accordance with your personal wishes.
Nam Kan National Park
Your Laos nature tour adventure begins in the Nam Kan National Park, where you will fly through the jungle, from mountain to mountain, via a series of exceptionally long ziplines. See the country’s biggest tree; stay in a jungle tree house; hike through the national park and swim in the Nam Nga River.
Your Mekong River Cruise
Step aboard a French-colonial-styled riverboat for a leisurely Mekong River cruise through Laos to Luang Prabang. While discovering the most beautiful, remote, areas of Laos, you will see serene nature, isolated villages and magnificent temples. Interact with the elephants at an elephant preservation sanctuary. Meet the local ethnic Lao, Khmu, and Hmong residents at the tiny village of Kop Aek, and dive into centuries-old traditions and practices. Observe the local weavers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts at the village of Muang Keo, and take a short and easy trek to the famous Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong’s rocky shore.
Luang Prabang is a tiny city, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995; it is one of Laos’ best-loved destinations. Stroll around the charming town and in the evening, visit the famous night market. Spend a full day trekking in the Lao countryside through the surrounding rice fields and farms and into the jungle. Explore a cave that served as a natural bomb shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Meet the sun bears and Malayan black bears at a bear rescue center, and swim in the natural pools at the gorgeous Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Elephant Conservation Centre
Continue your Laos wildlife tour by taking a boat ride across Nam Tien Lake to the Elephant Conservation Centre in Sayaboury Province. Visit the only hospital dedicated to elephants in Laos and meet the vet, visit the museum and the mahout school. Hang out with the mahouts and the elephants, join them on a walk through the forest, swim and relax on the lakeshore. Feed and connect with the resident elephants, and learn the traditional way to ride an elephant bareback. Visit the elephant nursery located deep in the forest, watch the baby elephants play, and gain insight into the reproduction program set up by the NGO ElefantAsia. Take a half-day trek through the forest to discover a hidden sacred Buddha footprint.
The Bolaven Plateau
Transfer to Pakse, the gateway to the Bolaven Plateau. Marvel at the coffee and tea plantations and dramatic waterfalls at an altitude of 4000 feet above sea level. Trek the jungle-clad Phou Asa Mountain and spend the day uncovering the secrets of its enigmatic ruins comprised of 108 stacked stone pillars, each topped by a large flat rock. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife and indigenous medicinal plants.
All tours and transport are with a private guide, with the exception of the cruise portion, which is on a shared basis with other passengers.