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9d / 8n : people of northern Laos

Immersion in the country of a hundred ethnic groups

This 9 day / 8 night journey will show you a part of the real Northern Laos, between the high holy centre and the simple wild life around. We will first have a visit of Luang Prabang, the jewel of the Mekong, the city of a thousand pagodas. We will then explore further north, in a remote area region, one of the cradles of Laos.

Itinirary at a glance:

  • Day1. Arrival - Luang Prabang
  • Day2. Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall
  • Day3. Luang Prabang - Nongkhiaw
  • Day4. Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoy
  • Day5-6. Muang Ngoy - 2 days trekking
  • Day7. Muang Ngoy - Pak Ou caves - Luang Prabang
  • Day8. Free day
  • Day9. Departure

Detail of the journey

Day 1. Arrival - Luang Prabang

Your guide and a air-conditioned vehicle is waiting for your arrival. You will be transferred to you hotel, where you can rest for a while before going for a first visit of Luang Prabang. This town, world heritage since 1995, still have a charm of an old and preserved jewel. The numerous pagodas all around and their hundreds of novices give to the area a saffron colour that inspires the eyes and the feelings. We can begin our visit with the Wat Visoun and the temples of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.

We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the watch the setting sun as it is reflected on the Mekong River. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse a lovely selection of handmade textiles, made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Phousi Mountain and the That Chomsy

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2. Luang Prabang - Khouangsi waterfalls (B/…/…)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit 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.

After breakfast, we have a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.

We continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand-weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making.

Kuang Xi waterfalls

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3. Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw (by road) (B/…/…)

After breakfast we visit the The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts, which reflect the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.

We will then take the road n°13, up north. We will have little stops all around the way (when you want) before reaching Ban Na Ngane, a cute village specialized in the production of cotton textiles. The ethnic group here is Thai Lu. Located in a very prosperous plateau mostly rice cultivated.

A half an hour more by road, and we are in Nong Khiaw, a big village located on the bank of the Nam Ou River.

Ban Na Gnane - Tai Lu - Weaving village

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Day 4. Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoy (by boat) (B/…/…)

After breakfast, we will take a boat to Muang Ngoy, cruising the Nam Ou River in a 2 hours trip very pleasant. We will have the perfect point of view to feel the local simple way of life there, in particular the fishermen and the children. We will reach the village of Muang Ngoy before midday, where we will have lunch. Then we will have a cruise upstream, to explore 2 very typical villages, Sopcham (one of the most beautiful village of the all area) and Atsapeui.

Muang Ngoy - view from the village
Overnight in Muang Ngoy

day 5. Muang Ngoy - 2 days trekking (B/…/…)

We will have a 2 days to meet the people living out of the roads, out of the navigate rivers. In the wild country side still living as they always have done. With a little bit electricity sometimes, and the mobile phone…

You will cross little plateaus, rice fields, in a karstic area where exist a lot of caves. These caves where protecting the local between the "secret war", when american planes where dropping constantly bombs… You can visit one of them easily, and learn more about the local stories…

2 hours to 6 hours of walk. Depending on health condition.

We will have a night in one of the village around (Ban Houey Sen, Ban Na, or Ban Kiou Khan, depending on the selected option)

Kamu village close to Muang NGoy

Overnight in homestay

Day 6. trekking’s end, back to Muang Ngoy (B/…/…)

Our exploration of the jungle and the experience of the way of life of 80% of the Lao people is finished, and we’ll be back to Muang Ngoy mid-afternoon.

Rice fields in Muang Ngoy

Overnight in Muang Ngoy

Day 7. Muang Ngoy - Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang (B/…/…)

After your breakfast, a boat will be chartered for about 2h30 cruise, down the Nam Ou River until the new dam. En chemin, if we have time and you want to, we can stop in some villages around, or seat quietly in a sand bank of the river…

Before the mouth of the Nam Ou and Mekong, you will need to change to take a private transportation, to reach the sacred caves of Pak Ou where lie thousands of Buddha images left by believers who come here to pray and seek advices from spirits.

If you have time, you will have the chance to visit the 2 villages where silk and mulberry paper is produced, close to Luang Prabang city.

Arrived in Luang Prabang in the end of the afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

Pak Ou caves, thousands of Buddha representations

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 8. Luang Prabang - Free day (B/…/…)

Free time
You can do whatever you would like. We propose you to have the minivan + chauffeur at disposal for this special day to do shopping, massage, etc.., Unless you prefer to have a cooking course or a weaving course, or maybe you would appreciate an exploration of weaver villages surrounding Luang Prabang. Let us know, we can organize this last day according to your pleasures.

Wat Manorum in Luang Prabang

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 9. Departure (B/…/…)

After the breakfast, transfer to the airport 2 hours before flight

Inclusive:

- Private transportation in private air-conditioned
- Accommodation in twin shared
- Private boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals : daily breakfast at hotel
- Government tax and service charge
- Luggage handling
- 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
- 2 cold tower per day during the tour



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