If you’re craving true adventure, look no further; this 10-day journey through far-flung mountains and remote villages is just the ticket. Meet the secluded Ikhos Tribe, cycle through rice fields and jungles to quaint villages, and kayak the gorgeous Nam Ou River before taking part in the ancient tradition of sunrise alms giving in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang.

Language spoken on tour

English

Places visited

Luang Prabang Pakbeng Muang La Nong Khiaw
Days

10

Type of tour

Private

Hotel

From

US$3168

Tour highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Luang Prabang

Sabaidi and welcome to Luang Prabang, the most beautiful town in Laos famous for its blend of local and colonial culture and architecture. Upon arrival to Luang Prabang Airport, our driver will transfer you to the boutique hotel found in the heart of the old town. Unwind in the lovely garden as you sip a cocktail on the terrace overlooking the Nam Khan River on your first day in Laos. Or explore the beautiful temples stretching out in every direction within the city center.

Meals: No meals

Visited: Luang Prabang

Accomodation: Satri House

Day 2 : A day tour inside and outside of Luang Phrabang

Drive out of Luang Prabang this morning to the out-of-this world Kuang Si Waterfall. Swim and relax in the glowing turquoise waters in your very own version of the Jungle Book. Make sure to stop at the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Sanctuary to learn about one woman’s efforts to protect Asian sun and moon bears from illegal poaching and organ theft for medicinal purposes.

Return to Luang Prabang around lunch time, joining an afternoon walking tour to Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, the Melon Stupa and Wat Aham before climbing Mount Phousi to catch the radiant sunset. The tour will conclude at the daily night market where you can shop for local handicrafts on display.

 

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls, Mount Phousi

Accomodation: Satri House

Day 3 : Journey up by cruise to the ancient Pak Ou Cave

Board the Shompoo Cruise this morning and lazily journey up the Mekong River to the ancient Pak Ou Caves. Comprised of an upper and lower cave, they are historically significant due to monks using them for places of worship as well as personal dwellings in the past. Continue on, enjoying lunch on board and relaxing in the afternoon sun until your arrival to Pakbeng at dusk.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves

Accomodation: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Day 4 : Join the locals on a bus ride from Pakbeng to Oudomxai

Have a real Lao adventure this morning by joining the locals on a bus ride from Pakbeng to Oudomxai. Arrive to Oudomxai around 12:00 where a driver from Muang La Resort waits for you to whisk you 40-minutes away to your beautiful accommodation for the next 3 nights.

Check-in to your lovely room outfitted with original works of art from Lao artists, both painted and sculpted. All fabrics are locally-produced from many different ethnic communities in the surrounding area. Swim in the refreshing swimming pool, indulge in traditional spa treatments, or peruse the lengthy list of included activities to join, the choice is entirely up to you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visited: Oudomxay, Muang La

Day 5 : Access to the Ikhos Tribes and an abandoned Hmong Village in Muang La

Laos is home to 130 different recognised groups divided by 4 main language groups. Some of these tribes can only be found in Laos, and due to the lack of written history, are at a big risk of disappearing entirely. Today travel by 4×4 to the stunning mountainside villages of the Ikhos Tribes, originally from the Yunnan Province in China and Tibet.

Experience their way of life by learning about their belief in the spirit world, time-honoured customs and observe their traditional dress made from plant extracts found in the forest. Hike to an abandoned Hmong Village and treat yourself to an unbelievable 360° panorama before finishing the excursion at a working Hmong Village and returning to the Lodge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visited: Muang La

Day 6 : Zip through the beautiful countryside of Tad Muan

Cycle 11 kilometres along the banks of the Nam Pak River with your guide, zipping through the beautiful countryside filled with lush vegetation, rice fields and villages to the small village of Tad Muan. Learn about traditional beliefs such as respect of the village elders and their wisdom, the innocence of youth, and the communal spirit of the village. You will also see how traditional houses are built and the different ways of hunting used by the villagers.

Return to the Lodge in the early afternoon, free at leisure to join in other resort activities or to relax and soak up the wonderful vibes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visited: Muang La

Day 7 : Journey to Nong Khiaw

Say good-bye to your resort family and drive 2-hours to Muang Khuaw, where a private river boat cruise to Nong Khiaw awaits your arrival. Frequently touted as the most beautiful cruise in Laos and possible Southeast Asia, fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, sheer limestone formations, and virgin rainforests seen from either side of the Nam Ou River.

Stop for a picnic lunch on a secluded beach near the village of Ban Sopchaem where you are free to browse the local villager’s intricate silk weavings on display. Arrive in the late afternoon to the countryside wonder of Nong Khiaw.

Check-in to your boutique accommodation and reflect on the outstanding scenes you have witnessed first-hand.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Muang La, Nong Khiaw

Accomodation: Nong Khiaw Riverside

Day 8 : Pay a visit to Muang Ngoi Village, Sopkong Village and Tadmok Waterfall

Hop into a traditional long boat for 90-minutes up the scenic and peaceful Nam Ou River to the isolated Muang Ngoi Village. Spend some time wandering around the village before exploring a cave where locals hid during the Secret War and enjoying a picnic lunch.

After lunch, kayak downstream for 2 hours, passing small villages and marveling at the rugged scenery before stopping at Sopkong Village. Walk through the panoramic rice fields and lush jungle to the rushing Tadmok Waterfall, cooling off with a swim in the natural tide pools and munching on local snacks.

Return to the village on foot and join your long boat again, arriving in Nong Khiaw in the late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visited: Nong Khiaw

Accomodation: Nong Khiaw Riverside

Day 9 : A day at leisure in Luang Prabang.

After a delicious breakfast, return by a 3-hour drive to charming Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy your day free at leisure to explore the city independently.

Meals: Breakfast

Visited: Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang

Accomodation: Satri House

Day 10 : Time to say good-bye

Have your own breakfast before checking out of the hotel and transferring to the airport for your onward booked travel.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour information

General information HotelImportant notes

Services included

  • Shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
General information

Services included

  • Shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
Hotel
Important notes

About this tour

  • Laos is less developed than many other Southeast Asian countries. The roads can be bumpy and delays are common. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful country
  • This trip includes soft adventure activities on days 5, 6 , and 8 with cycling, treks, and kayaking tours. Terrain can be uneven, muddy or loose underfoot. Although these activities are possible for most travellers, a moderate level of fitness and a comfortable pair of shoes will help increase your enjoyment of this experience.
  • Laos is a conservative country so take care to pack loose, lightweight, long clothing to be respectful and keep cool in the predominantly hot climate
  • An airport arrival and departure transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum of 15 days prior to travel
  • This package requires a visa to Laos

 

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