Laos Hilltribe Explorer, 13 days

Tour Overview

Enjoy the natural beauty of Laos on this thirteen day trip through some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes and charming towns.

Our journey will start in the charming town of Luang Prabang, where we will discover ancient monuments and temples, including the sacred monument of Wat Visoun, the temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai, and the former Royal Palace. We will ride our bike to the Tad Sae waterfall, enjoy elephant ride  and boat trip. We will head into the mountains,visiting the peaceful village of Muang Ngoy and Nongkhiaw riverside town. We continue to the picturesque town of Phongsaly, known for its Chinese influence and diverse ethnic groups. From nearby Bounneua we will trek through beautiful scenery, visiting small local villages and meeting hill-tribe communities living there. There is an opportunity to also trek to Ban Komaen - famous for its 400 year old tea trees. We will travel by road to Muang Sing and Luang Nam Tha, which are famous for the peaceful village of Muong Khoa and hilltribe diversity. We trek in Nam Ha Protected Area before travelling down the Mekong River from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang. We visit  the mysterious Pakou Caves, stopping at small, rural villages.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+ Explore the ancient town of Luang Prabang, with visits to its ancient temples and monuments, as well as its surrounding natural sites. Learn about Luang Prabang’s heritage with guided tours of Wat Visoun, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai and the former Royal Palace - now the National Museum

+ Take in Luang Prabang local life by witnessing the saffron-clad monks collecting offerings on the streets at sunrise, shopping at the bustling night market and trying delicious local cuisine

+Ride your bike to discover the villages in Luang Prabang, enjoy an elephant ride and boat to  Tadse Waterfall.

+ Experience what it is to step back in time, visiting the peaceful village of Muang Ngoy which has no internet or telephone lines

+ Take in the spectacular mountainous region of Laos, with a visit to the fascinating town of Phongsaly, and enjoy trekking in the surrounding area

+ Experience what it is to step back in time, visiting the Muang Sing town and trek in Nam Ha protected area.

+ Venture into off tourist track area of Xieng Kok and visit small rural villages along the way, meeting people from ethnic minority communities and learning about their way of life

+ Experience the stunning Pakou caves, adorned with thousands of golden Buddha statues

+ Private airport transfers and experienced, knowledgeable local guides ensure that you will get the most our of your time on this tour

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Luang Prabang

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time to explore the town at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: No

On arrival at Luang Prabang  Airport, you are greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel.  You may have free time to relax and catch your first glimpse of Luang Prabang. This ancient town is strikingly built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers. The  human life  has been recognized in Luang Prabang for over thousand years; however, it began a prosperous time, once being the royal capital of the Lane Xang Kingdom. Luang Prabang is  exceptional for the  architectural and artistic heritage reflecting an outstanding fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with colonial structures. The gleaming temples, traditional wooden houses and colonial style buildings of Luang Prabang  are remarkably preserved to make for a unique charm rarely found in all Asia. You can wander through the town old quarter where are many striking structures adjoining along narrow lanes  and friendly people around. The main street is a paradise while it gives way to the night market, a famous place to sample local foods and buy some souvernirs at bargaining. This fascinating old quarter captivates travellers in all senses and offers an endless exploration.

Day 2

Luang Prabang

Spend  this day exploring Luang Prabang Town.  Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Royal Palace, national Museum, Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. Walk up  to Phousi hill  to visit this hill top temple and catch view of Luang Prabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Biking – Elephant Ride – Tad Sae Waterfall

Start cycling to upstream of Nam Khan River. Along the way, visit Wat Phon Phau and Henri Mouhot Tomb. Enjoy elephant ride through lush jungle and take boat ride to visit Tadse Waterfall. Relax or visit baby elephant before cycling back to LuangPrabang.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Muang Ngoy

Take drive to Nongkhiaw past the mountain cenery. Arriving in Nongkhiaw, enjoy boat trip along Nam Ou River to visit Muang Ngoy. Return by boat to Nongkhiaw.

OVERNIGHT: Laos MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Nong Khiaw – Muang Bountai – Phongsaly

Continue travelling on mountain road to Phongsly. En route, make stop at Ban Pak Nam Noi. Head up to Phongsaly and chek  in hotel. Stroll around this town to catch your first glimpse.

OVERNIGHT: Phongsaly MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Phongsaly – Boun Neua Trekking

Head out of Phonsaly and drive to Boun Neua. Star trekking in undulating mountain and jungle to visit Akha hill tribe village. Walk back to Boun Neua and return to Phongsaly.

OVERNIGHT: Phongsaly MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Phongsaly – Ban Komaen - Oudomxay

Spend time to walk around Phongsaly Town to visit market and Museum of Tribe. Take drive or trek to explore Ban Komaen famous for old tea plantation. Leave Phongsaly for Oudomxay and make stop to see many tribal villages.

OVERNIGHT: Oudomxay MEALS: Breakfast

Day 8

Oudomxay – Muang Sing

Take drive to Muang Sing Town. En route, make stop as much as possible to see villages and countryside. Arriving in Muang Sing,  stroll around to visit this hill town, including tribal museum and Wat Sing Jai.

OVERNIGHT: Laos MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Muang Sing Trekking

Get transfer to Nam Ha Protected Area and spend this day trekking in jungle to discover the rain forest and Ban Nam Daet Mai of Akha hilltribe people and Ban Nam Mai of Yao ethnic minorities.

OVERNIGHT: Laos MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10

Muang Sing – Xieng Kok – Luang Nam Tha

Get up early and visit Muang Sing Market. Travel by dirty road to explore Xieng Kok. Visit some hill tribe villages and keep driving to Luang Nam Tha.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Namtha MEALS: No

Day 11

Luang Nam Tha – Oudomxay - Pakbeng

Explore Luang Nam Tha Town with Golden Stupa and nearby Black Thai village. Keep driving via Oudomxay to Pakbeng for our next day cruise.

OVERNIGHT: Oudomxay MEALS: Breakfast

Day 12

Pakbeng – Pakou Caves - Luang Prabang

Continue cruising along  Mekong River and get view of  local life close up. En route, visit Pakou Cave and Ban Xang Hai. Arriving in Luang Prabang, take a short drive to hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Luang Prabang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 13

Luang Prabang – Departure

The holiday ends with a transfer to  Luang Prabang Airport for  your departure. 

OVERNIGHT: No MEALS: Breakfast

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What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

12 nights at hotel  on twin sharing basis

Included Meals:

12 breakfast (B) , 2 lunches ( L)

Guide/Leader:

English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Luang Prabang  with entrance fee

Boat trip on Mekong River in Luang Prabang

Biking , elephant ride and boat trip in Tad Sae area

Boat trip on the Nam Ou River and visit Muang Ngoy Village

Trekking adventure  in Phongsaly

Trekking day in Nam Ha Protected area

Boat trip from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang and visit to Pakou Cave.

What are Excluded?

 

Transport  to Luang Prabang/from Luang Prabang , Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night, airport -hotel -airport transfer)

Visa fee to Laos and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?

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Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.

 

PASSPORT & VISA

The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Laos, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit  Laos without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.

 

VACCINATION

At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Laos.

 

CUSTOM REGULATION

Based on the current custom regulation of Laos , visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes or 500 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;  2 liters of alcohol or wine or 5 liters of beer;  1 item of perfume or eau de toilette;

 personal effects.

 

The foreign currency in amounts exceeding USD 2,000.- (in cash or checks) must be declared on arrival or departure.

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