Exotic Laos Travel
 

Incredible Northern Laos Tour 9 days

  • Duration: 9 days 8 nights
Discovering the mysteries of northern Laos on "off the beaten tracks" in 9 days! Your travel starts in charming and cultural town Luang Prabang. Then, you transfer up to Oudomxay, Luang Nam Tha, Muang Sing to see how minorities keep their tradition and culture. You also enjoy trekking among nature. Your trip in Laos finishes by an relaxing cruise from Pakbeng to Houexay where you cross the border to Thailand

Arrival at Luang Prabang international airport, welcomed and get transferred to your hotel for checking-in.

Meals on your own. Overnight in hotel.

Picture of Luang Prabang - Arrival

Option: Alms giving is the best advised in Luang Prabang. At approximately 5h30-6:00am each morning the monks assemble in the great temples with their “begging bowls”, and then led by the experienced senior monks, they proceed in single file along their designated routes begging for food, for their daily sustenance. If you wish to join this original parade (only in Laos), you should get up early.

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before starting your second day tour in Laos with the first discovery of the Luang Prabang’s cultural and spiritual heritages.

Get your bike and start city tour with the Wat Aham temple (Monastery of the Open Heart), which is the shape of a tent standing on a white and rectangular base that seems to be made of marble with a pointed, tiled and gigantic three-tiered roof. Next door is the neighboring Wat Wisunarat temple, one of the oldest temples in Luang Prabang, whose architecture is simple, except its metal roofs have more details of decoration.

Continue with the Wat Xieng Thong temple (Monastery of the Golden City) playing an important role in the psychic life of Laotians, as one of the higher symbols of Buddhism in Laos. This place is built in a particular architectural style of Laos, with a curved roof that nearly touches the ground.

In the afternoon, explore the Wat May temple lying on a vast ground and features a style of religious architecture, consists of an ordination hall (sim) and some koutis (the monks’ dwelling).

Afterwards, visit the Royal Palace Museum, an ideal place to study or learn some history and the Royal lifestyle of Laos. The architecture of the building is a mixture of French Beaux–Art style and traditional Laos style, making it not only old, but also contemporary.

Before returning to your hotel, you do some physical exercise by climbing up the top of Phou Si Mount to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view on the UNESCO city.

Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

Picture of Luang Prabang - Cycling city tour

After breakfast, begin your "off the beaten tracks" tour in Laos by treking (3-4h) from Ban Long Laos village to Kuang Si waterfall:

Your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and then drive to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Long Lao. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school.

As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddy and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Afterward, your trekking brings you to one of the many springs which feed Kuang Si waterfalls, a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen here. After descending from the top of the waterfall you will be served a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!

You also can visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms. Return to Luang Prabang and stop at a nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene. Tour ends at your hotel in late afternoon.

Meals on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

Picture of Luang Prabang - Ban Long Laos - trek to Kuang Si

Start your fourth day tour in Laos by transferring by van to visit the Pak Ou Sanctuary Caves, which were formed thousands of years ago and in recent times have attracted Buddhist pilgrims, who have decorated the caves with thousands of Buddhist statues and paraphernalia, over 4000 at last count.

End of your visit, continue your journey to Oudomxay province which is populated by some 23 ethnic minorities mainly Hmong, Ekor (Akha) and Khammu.
Upon arrival, check in your hotel and free time then for your own discovery.

Meals on your own. Overnight in hotel.

Meal: Breakfast

Picture of Luang Prabang - Pak Ou cave - Oudomxay

Your fifth day tour in Laos begin with a transfer to Luang Nam Tha. Stop on the way to meet the hill tribes who greet you with waving hands and smiling faces.
Arrival at Luang Nam Tha, visit That Phoum Pouk Stupa. Then visit villages of Black Tai, Tai Leu and Lanten ethnic minorities and learn about handicraft manufacturing in the region.

Then get transferred to Muang Sing. Upon arrival, check in a local guesthouse and free time then for your own discovery.

Meals on your own. Overnight in guesthouse (simple comfort).

Meal: Breakfast

Picture of Oudomxay - Luang Nam Tha - Muang Sinh

This morning, transfer by tuk-tuk to Tai Lue village “ Ban Don Chai”. Walking around in the village and stop to visit traditional style Tai Lue temple. Then start your trekking with 40 mns to Akha village “ Ban Pha KHa”, 01 hour through agriculture field to Yao ethinic group villages: Ban Sai Leck, Ban Jong Ka and Ban Nam Mai where you have interactions with villagers and see how they make their tradional clothes. Picnic lunch on the way of trekking. Finally, 15mns walking to Ban Nam Deat Mai then taking tuk-tuk back to Muang Sinh town.
Driving to Luang Nam Tha where you overnight in local guesthouse.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at guesthouse.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Picture of Muang Sinh - Trek to minorities villages - Luang Nam Tha

Today is programmed to immerse among nature in Nam Ha National Park.

We depart from Luang Namtha by tuk-tuk at 8:30am-9ham and drive for 30 minutes southwards via Gold Mountain. Our native guide is very knowledge about trail in forest, herbal medicine. Start your trek up to mountain then on way deep into Nam Ha National Protected Area. During trekking, guide shows you some native skills for the hunting of wildlife. Picnic lunch is provided along the trekking path. Then you continue walking downhill to primary forest. Your trekking will be finished around 3-4h pm near the Khmu village Nam Ha. Then you take tuk-tuk back to Luang Nam Tha town.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at guesthouse.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Picture of Luang Nam Tha - Nam Ha National Area - Luang Nam Tha

After breakfast, we depart from Luang Namtha to Pakbeng. Along the way, stop for photos over the beautiful landscaps. Arrival and check in a local guesthouse in Pakbeng.

Time for free walking and discovering in this village.

Meals on your own. Overnight in guesthouse (simple comfort).

Meal: Breakfast

Picture of Luang Nam Tha - Oudomxay - Pakbeng

After breakfast, get transferred to the pier where you board a traditional long trail boat for the trip up to Houeixay. On the way, stop to visit some traditional villages.  This is a chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of ethnic minorities and their talented craftsmanship. Lunch is served on board.

Arrival in Houeixay around 3-4pm, after completing formalities at immigration point, crossing the bridge to continue your road journey to Thailand.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

Picture of Pakbeng - Cruise to Houexay - Crossing border to Thailand

• This tour is not sharing tour. Our current tour price is based on private group size of 2 persons.
• It is possible to customize this program and its price following your group size and your other requests.