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North Laos Trekking Adventure

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LA08: 10 Days Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Houayxay - Luang Namtha - Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang

Tour Type: Private tailor-made tour with professional guide and driver
Hotel: 3 to 4-star well selected hotels
Highlights:

  • Admire the precious Golden Stupas in Wat That Luang.
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed city, Luang Prabang.
  • Learn about the ethnic culture in Black Hmong Ethnic Village
  • Hiking around Nong Khiaw to discover the Laotian lifestyle

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang
Welcome to Luang Prabang - a world heritage country. Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up and take you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be free for you to discover the town on your own. 

Friendly Notice:
If your flight arrives early, you could have a rest at the hotel first, and then climb up Mount Phousi to admire the panorama view of Luang Prabang on the top of the hill. In the evening, you could stroll around the Night Market near Mount Phousi to taste some authentic local street foods.

Accommodation: Victoria Xieng Thong Palace (4 stars)

Day 2: Luang Prabang Highlights
Today, in order to experience the traditional Alms-giving Ritual, you need to get up early at around 5 o'clock. You will see hundreds of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms from the faithful residents on the street. If you are interested in, you could buy some food from the vendors and participate in this activity. After the ritual, you could go back to the hotel for breakfast. 

Afterwards, you will take a guided tour to visit the Royal Palace Museum, also named Haw Kham, Laos. Here, in addition to the famous PhaBang, you will also see many kinds of royal objects, religious musical instruments, as well as some rare Buddha statues collected from India and Cambodia. Then, go ahead to the morning Phousi Market, where you will see many local specialties such as dried buffalo skin, local tea, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Later, your guide will take you to visit some local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village. After some chatting with the locals in the village, you will have a better understanding of Laotian lifestyle.

After lunch, you will be transferred to the Khouangsi Waterfall where you can relax yourself in the lagoon for swimming or walk along the forest trails to look for the little cute bear. At dusk, you will return to the downtown to visit Wat Xieng Thong, which is regarded as the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Victoria Xieng Thong Palace (4 stars)

  • The Royal Palace Museum
    The Royal Palace Museum
  • Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang
    Wat Xieng Thong temple in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Take a cruise to Pakbeng, visit the Pak Ou Caves

Today, you will still need to get up early to catch the cruise ship to Houayxay, which will stop one night at Pakbeng. Your driver will pick you up around 06:30 AM, and transfer you to the pier to take the cruise departing at 07:00. You will enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner on board today. En route, the cruise will stop at the famous Pak Ou Caves, where you will see thousands of Buddha images. In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the riverside view until the boat arrives in Pakbeng at around 17:30. Then you will be picked up at the pier and then be transferred to the well selected hotel.

Friendly Tips:
The departure schedule of upstream cruise Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Houay Xay may be adjusted due to the annual maintenance or weather change.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Luang Say Lodge (4 stars)

Day 4: Continue the cruise trip from Pakbeng to Houayxay
Your guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the pier to continue the cruise tour departing at 07:00. On the way, you will have a chance to visit a Hill Tribe village. You will enjoy your lunch and some seasonal fruits, drinks, snacks on board. You will need to sign some necessary boat documents in Pak Tha before arriving at Houayxay. Around 17:00, you will go ashore and be transferred to your hotel in Houayxay. Your cruise trip will end here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Huayxay Riverside (3-4 stars)

Day 5: Scenic drive from Houayxay to Luang Namtha
After breakfast, your guide and driver will drive you northwards to Luang Namtha. You will come across green jungles, beautiful butterflies, and wild mushrooms when driving through the Nam Ha National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area (Nam Ha National Park). Upon arrival in the afternoon, check in at your hotel for relax after the long driving journey.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Boat Landing (3-4 stars)

Day 6: Luang Namtha full day trekking
Today, you will enjoy a trekking trip to Nam Ha National Protected Area under the company of a native local guide. After breakfast, a 35-minute ride of Tuk-Tuk car will take you to south Doiluckkam (Lao word for Gold Mountain). Upon arrival, your guide will lead you uphill and deep into the Nam Ha National Protected Area. On the path, your guide will share knowledge on how to find medicinal plants and edible leaves, and show you some wild hunting techniques. As you are in the forest, you will enjoy a picnic lunch at noon. After lunch break, you will continue the trekking to Nam Ha, the Khmu Tribal village. After a short visit, your trekking trip will end here. Afterwards, take a Tuk-Tuk car back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: The Boat Landing (3-4 stars)

  • Local  residents do their work in the tree
    Local residents do their work in the tree.
Day 7: Transfer to Nong Kiaw by car
After breakfast, we will head to the next destination, Nong Kiaw, a beautiful rustic little town on the bank of the Nam Ou River. The whole ride will take around 5 and a half hours and you will enjoy the natural scenery of North Laos along the way. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel and have a good rest. Your hotel is located just beside the Nam Ou River, where you can enjoy the river and mountain review on the Balcony of your room.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Nong Kiau Riverside (3-4 stars)

Day 8: Full day cruise trip to Muang Ngoi
Today, you will take a traditional long boatalong the Nam Ou River to visit several different ethnic villages. Along theway, you will firstly pass through Muang Ngoi and pay a visit to the Ban SopJam village, which is famous for its traditional Lao silk, cotton weaving, and beautifultextiles. The next stop is Muang Ngoi. Upon arrival, you will have a coffeebreak firstly to get more energy for a short trekking through some limestonecliffs, little mountains, historical caves and rice paddy fields. Whenreturning back to Muang Ngoi, you will board the cruise back to Nong Khiaw. Ifit is fine day, you will enjoy the beautiful sunset view over the river.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Nong Kiau Riverside (3-4 stars)

  • Nam Ou River
    The panoramic view of natural Nam Ou River
Day 9: Nong Khiaw - 100 Waterfall - Luang Prabang
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, you will take a boat to a small village nearby to learn more about the real local life along the river. Then, trek along the streams in the jungle to the 100 waterfalls. If you are interested, you can jump into the water for a refreshing. After some free time here, you will take a small trail down to the bottom of the valley. Afterwards, you will hike back to the village and take the boat back to Nong Khiaw. After that, you will be transferred back to Luang Prabang by car.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Victoria Xieng Thong Palace (4 stars)

Day 10: Departure from Luang Prabang
We will see you off at the airport today foryour homeward flight. Wish youa nice journey home!

Meals: Breakfast

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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices

2024 & 2025 Special: 12% off - Book before Feb 29, 2024

Month2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
Jan-Apr, Oct-DecUSD2609 USD2295USD2059 USD1811
May-SepUSD2289 USD2014USD1739 USD1530
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 12% discount.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Laos.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Laos Visa Fee.
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