Lost in the Sunken Valleys

- A Secret Retreats journey -
8 Days/7 Nights
from 1,200 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Stéphane Vigié, owner of The Riverside Boutique Resort in Vang Vieng, for guests who wants to experience the rugged beauty of the Lao countryside, respectful of nature and of local communities.Stephane likes to celebrate and support Lao traditions and culture.

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Vang Vieng View point
  • Kuangsi Waterfall
  • Wat Sisaket
  • Laotian Ethnic Communities

Flowing with the Green Snake
From the bustling heart of the green country of Laos filled with ancient ruins and monuments to remember the fallen to hidden waterfalls with spectacular views from the top of limestone mountains. Jump into the clear blue waters of adventure filled with ethnic communities residing in the hidden valleys of Laos, hidden in between the cracks of the mountains and brush of the forests. Share a meal and a glass with their families, to get a glimpse of their life. Climb mountains, float down the Nam Song River, and watch the sun fall between the mountains while you sip a cocktail in the moonlight in the middle of a lily pond. Uncover the roots and the life, breathing in the forests and mountains of Laos. An everlasting glimpse.

We can, of course, adjust this itinerary according to your request. This journey is designed for two people with an option to do the trip in reverse. It can be easily combined with other itineraries to Thailand via The Mekong www.secret-retreats.com/offers/mekong-symphony or to Isan crossing the border in Vientiane www.secret-retreats.com/offers/isan-the-unexplored-thai-province. The new train connects also Laos to Yunnan: https://www.secret-retreats.com/offers/whispers-of-the-mountain-gods.


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Your Journey Day by Day

8 Days/7 Nights from 1,200 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room


Day 1 : Vientiane (-/-/-)
Whether coming by train or by flight, you will be greeted and picked up by a driver provided by Lao Poet Hotel. After being picked up, you will be taken to the hotel and will be able to check-in. After you settle and refresh, a guide will be waiting for you to take you to explore the capital city. You will be taken to see Wat Si Saket, a 19th-century temple in the center of Vientiane. A temple that survived the rampage of the Siamese armies. You will next pay a visit to Hor Phra Keo, a highly revered temple, now turned into a museum, with an enshrined 200-year-old Emerald Buddha. After paying respects to the Buddha, you will go to visit Patuxay, the “Victory Gate”, an impressive memorial arch for those who lost their lives in the wars. After visiting the arch, you will see That Luang Stupa, the most respected shrine in Laos recognized for its distinct banana flower shape. You will be able to enjoy lunch on the tour but at your own expense. This will conclude the tour and you will be dropped back at the hotel to enjoy the rest of your day.
HOTEL: Lao Poet Hotel (Urban Deluxe Room )
Day 2 : Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B/-/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, be sure to check out because there will be a driver ready to pick you up to take you to Vang Vieng (2hrs drive). Home to some of the most beautiful views in Laos, offering stunning mountains and cliffs, lush landscapes, and a multitude of caves and lagoons – the perfect place to mix adventure and relaxation. When you arrive, you will check in at the Riverside Boutique Resort, the perfect serene hideaway. You will get the rest of the day to yourself and to explore the town.
HOTEL: Riverside Boutique Resort (Deluxe Room)
Day 3 : Vang Vieng (B/L/-)
Have breakfast after waking up to the beautiful mountainside and then get ready for a guide to pick you up, who will take you to meet the important ethnic people that live in Laos. The local guide will take you to a local picturesque Lao Loum village, north of Vang Vieng filled with life, a perfect photo opportunity. From there you will go on a one-hour walk through rice fields and canals to an important Hmong Village that has kept strong in their traditions. You will see people making woven baskets and Hmong embroidery for their daily lives. After which you will take a drive to a Khmu Village, where you will have lunch with a local Khmu family all traditionally dressed for the occasion. This is where you will also discover local “Lao Hai“, a local rice wine, and see how it is made. After your meal, you will go for a walk in the rice fields to a traditional hut where you will sit and finally be able to drink some “Lao Hai“. After enjoying the rice field you will be dropped back at the resort at sunset so that you enjoy the rest of the evening.
HOTEL: Riverside Boutique Resort (Deluxe Room)
Day 4 : Vang Vieng (B/-/-)
This morning you will be picked up by a guide at seven in the morning to take you to the base of a mountain where you will hike for forty-five minutes so that you can enjoy breakfast with a mesmerizing view at the top of the mountains. After a forty-five-minute breakfast, you will hike down back to the starting point so that you can be driven to a famous cave in Vang Vieng. You will meet a local Hmong Farmer who will guide you through the caves and tell you of their history whilst exploring the tunnels. After this, you will be taken to a hidden lagoon, lost in the countryside so you can take a deserving swim and enjoy a refreshing drink. Refreshed and feeling anew, you will be dropped back off at the resort to spend the rest of your day however you like to enjoy your last full day in Vang Vieng.
HOTEL: Riverside Boutique Resort (Deluxe Room)
Day 5 : Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
After breakfast, the resort will prepare a transfer for you to reach the train station so you can catch the scenic train ride past mountains and rice fields to Luang Prabang, Laos’ gem of the north. When arriving at Luang Prabang’s train station, there will be a driver waiting to take you to your next resort. Once picked up, you will be dropped off at Satri House, a private piece of paradise in the middle of Luang Prabang, where you can unwind and relax amidst the beautifully refurbished ancient buildings of Satri House. You will have the rest of your day to explore and find out more about the beauty of Luang Prabang.
HOTEL: Satri House (Deluxe Room )
Day 6 : Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Today you will wake up at five in the morning. A driver and a guide will pick you up so that you can go to a local area to experience giving morning alms to local monks, an everyday ritual of local people. After giving alms, you will be brought back to the resort to enjoy some breakfast. Finishing breakfast, you will be driven to Luang Prabang’s old town. Here, you will first visit the Morning Market to immerse yourself in the atmosphere and learn about local products. Then, you will move on to Wat Xiengthong temple, with low sweeping roofs distinct to Laotian architecture. Next, you will visit the former Royal Palace with its beautiful interior design and see the sacred artifacts gifted to the royal family. Please note that all meals on this tour are at your own expense.

Around midday, the guide will take you en route to Kuangsi Waterfall. Along the way, you will wander through local ethnic villages, introducing and learning about different cultures. You will stop at a buffalo farm in Ban Ou, Laoloum village, and later the Khmu Village of Ban Tha Pene. After meeting the people, you will be driven to Kuangsi Waterfall, where you will be able to splash and frolic in the clear turquoise pools and walk through the forest trails of paradise. Happy and all splashed out, you will be driven back to Luang Prabang, where you will continue to the Mekong River for the sunset river cruise so you can see the sun dip into the mighty Mekong horizon. You will finish at six thirty in the evening, and you will be brought back to the resort so you can rest after an incredibly packed day.
HOTEL: Satri House (Deluxe Room )
Day 7 : Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Today you will have the day to yourself. Enjoy the beauty of the city, stretch your toes, and take it easy by the pool. We would also like to recommend an outstanding Secret Table for dinner - Manda de Laos. Dine under the stars next to a UNESCO classified lily pond. Truly experience and taste the richness of everything with a full locally sourced menu. Top it off with a cocktail in the moonlight. Please let us know if you would like us to arrange the dinner for you.
HOTEL: Satri House (Deluxe Room )
Day 8 : Home (B/-/-)
In the morning, you will enjoy your breakfast and prepare yourself to check out so you are ready for your next destination, whether it be one of our next journeys or home. There will be a transfer prepared for you to take you to the airport or the pier.

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Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

Lost in the Sunken Valleys

8 Days/7 Nights
from 1,200 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room


The total price includes:
All Accommodation for 7 nights
All transfers by private, spacious, air-conditioned car, with a professional driver.
Train ride from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
All meals as mentioned (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
All excursions and activities as detailed within the program with an English speaking Guide
All entry fees for places visited within the program.
Government taxes as currently in force.

The total price does not include:
International flights to and from Laos
Visa to Laos
Extra activities and meals not mentioned in the program
Beverages, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned
Tipping guides and drivers, which are of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
Travel insurance (recommended)

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Stephane and Riverside Boutique Resort.


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