Northeast Laos adventure

Northeast Laos adventure

Starts
Luang Prabang
Destinations
+ 5
Ends
Xieng Khuang
Luang Prabang → Nong Khiaw → Xieng Khuang

Highlights

  • Travel back in time at vibrant temples and interesting museum.
  • Cruise along mighty Mekong river to discover spiritual Pak Ou caves.
  • Soak your feet into emerald water of Kuang Si waterfall.
  • Discover Ban Sop Jam, a village famous for its traditional Lao silk and cotton weaving.
  • Experience Vieng Xai caves, one of the hardest to reach corners of Laos, home to one of the country’s most important historic sites.
  • Head upriver by boat deep into the jungle looking for wild and endangered animals.
  • Explore mysterious Plain of Jars with picturesque settings.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

Indulge yourself in the rich culture and nature of authentic Laos from vibrant temples to lush jungle. Luang Prabang offers you plenty of chances to take great photos and enjoy great food. Head to the North for Nong Khiaw, a piece of paradise with meandering river, green mountain backgrop and local villages. Travel back in time to discover the most important war-shelter cave complexes, set in beautiful gardens backed by fabulous karst scenery. Head upriver by boat deeper into remote jungle looking for wild and endangered animals.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival.

    Welcome to Luang Prabang, profoundly influenced by the French, unquestionably earns the title of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this exquisite town in Laos is not to be missed under any circumstances. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples. It’s a perfect destination if you are in the process of deciding where to travel in Laos.
    Meet you guide and be transferred to hotel for check in (check in time from 14:00). Rest of the day is free at leisure.
    Meals: Not Available.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  2. Day 2: Luang Prabang – City Tour – Kuang Si Waterfall.

    We begin our trip with Royal Palace Museum, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weaving.
    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Buying T shirt or other merchandise is highly recommended to fund this preservation. Back to the old town to visit Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
    Laos. Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  3. Day 3: Luang Prabang – Alms Giving – Pak Ou Caves – Nong Kiaw.

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai to learn about LauLao (Lao whisky) and LauHai (Lao wine).
    After lunch we drive to Nong Khiaw (4-5 hours), also spelt Nong Kiaow and Nong Kiau, a little piece of paradise on the Nam Ou River. Used as a stepping-stone for further exploration, Nong Khiaw gives a great introduction to the idealistic atmosphere of Northern Laos. Arrive, check in hotel and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Khiaw.

  4. Day 4: Nong Kiaw – Boat Trip to Muang Ngoi.

    We take a cruise to Muang Ngoi, an idyllic riverside towns setting on the bank of Nam Ou river. Along the way we stop at the ethnic Khmu village of Houy Hoy, here we spend some time to look around the village and see how the Khmu people go about their everyday tasks. We actually pass straight through Muang Ngoi at first and pay the village of Ban Sop Jam a visit. This village is famous for its traditional Lao silk and cotton weaving, here you can purchase some beautiful textiles if you wish.
    After spending some time in the village we turn around and return back downstream to Muang Ngoi. Upon arrival we take some time to have a break and a coffee before heading off on a small trek which takes us through some gorgeous scenery consisting of limestone cliffs, mountains and rice paddy fields. Back to Nong Khiaw for overnight.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Khiaw.

  5. Day 5: Nong Kiaw – Sam Nuea.

    We depart early to Sam Nuea (9-10 hours driving), a little town, one of the remotest areas of Laos. The roads leading there are long and windy as you ascend into the mountains.
    Arrive, check in and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Sam Nuea.

  6. Day 6: Sam Nuea – Vieng Xai – Muang Hiam Town (Viengthong).

    After breakfast we explore biggest attraction of caves which sprawled across a valley
    surrounded by the karst formations used by the Pathet Lao as their wartime headquarters.
    During nine years of almost constant bombing, they sheltered in caves and surrounding
    jungle. Most of their daily lives were led under cover of darkness. Schools, hospitals and
    markets as well as government ministries, a radio station, a theatre and military barracks
    were all hidden in the caves. Drive to Muang Hiam town (4-5 hours) for overnight.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Muang Hiam.

  7. Day 7: Muang Hiam – Night Safari.

    After breakfast transfer to Ban Son Khua, where we will join the transfer into the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA (National Protected Area).
    Here you will experience the Nam Nern Night Safari and stay in a simple ecolodge, all of which has been developed with the local community. Learn about wildlife conservation, medicinal plants, traditional agriculture and the history of the Secret War from your local Khmu guide.
    Upon arrival at Ban Son Koua, an ethnic Khmu Village, village guides and boatmen will meet you and take you on a short tour of the village where you will learn about the animist tradition of appeasing the village spirit. Then embark on a 1.5-hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long-tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards and bird life.
    After arriving at the park substation, you will enjoy a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, receive a briefing by park staff about the on-the-ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey. Around the middle of the afternoon you will depart for the night safari.
    Stopping near a salt lick, you will hike into the forest. Your local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, will explain how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. The guides point out evidence of wildlife, such a tracks or scat at the salt lick.
    The boats will continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where you will have a picnic dinner around a campfire. After dinner, your guides tell Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. They educate you about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting.
    Depending on the amount of moonlight, depart for the night spotlighting 1-2 hours after dark, floating down river with engines off. There is only one light per boat. Only guides use the light, to avoid scaring the animals. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals. The boat is very quiet so as not to disturb the animals. Animals that may be seen include Sambar Deer, Otters, and Barking Deer, various species of Civets, Slow Loris, Porcupine, and Owls (Hogbadgers, Asian golden cat and wild dogs have also been seen).
    At the end of the spotlighting, the boats arrive at the evening camp. Before going to bed you will be able to check out a variety of insects attracted to the black light set up near the substation. Overnight in Nam Nern.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
    Accommodation: Nam Neurn.

  8. Day 8: Muang Hiam – Phonsavan.

    Today we drive back to Phonsavan (around 6-7 hours), this town is famous for Plain of Jars, which is a natural stone structure that is said to look like jars. Check in hotel and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  9. Day 9: Phonsavan – Plain of Jars.

    Spend the morning exploring the mysterious archeological wonderland: the Plain of Jars.
    Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG exhibition then head out to the Plain of Jars. Explore Site 1 of the ancient and mysterious
    Plain of Jars: an enchanting archeological site, where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the plateau. In the afternoon, we discover Site 2 and Site 3 in the different location and the journey to reach them offers glimpse of some typical local villages. We get back to hotel later in the afternoon and have couple hours to enjoy the hotel facility and the tranquility of this small town.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  10. Day 10: Phonsavan – Luang Prabang.

    End our journey by driving back to Luang Prabang (around 8-9 hours) passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive with spectacular view of Laos rain forest and the mountain ranges. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan.

  11. Day 11: Luang Prabang Departure.

    Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy free time before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Have a good journey & See you again!

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

       

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

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