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NORTHEN LAOS IN DEPTH ( 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS)

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NORTHEN LAOS IN DEPTH ( 10 DAYS 9 NIGHTS)

Whether it's for trekking, cycling, kayaking, ziplining or a family homestay, a visit to northern Laos is for many the highlight of their trip. Dotted about are unfettered, dense forests still home to tigers, gibbons and a cornucopia of animals, with a well-established ecotourism infrastructure to take you into their very heart. Your journey begins with traditional slowboat flows on Mighty Mekong River and explore the real life of ethnic minority tribe villages to the well-known UNESCO Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

DAY 1

Arrival – Houexai – Pakbeng

After passing through immigration, you will cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos where your Lao guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point. Your local slow boat leaves Houay Xai pier at 09:00hrs for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route you will make a stop where you will have the opportunity to observe rural life in a remote ethnic minority village. Your local lunch will be served onboard as you continue on downstream, arriving in Pakbeng before sunset. Overnight in Pakbeng. Read more

HoueiSay
DAY 2

Pakbeng - Nam Kat Yo La Pa

We leave Pakbeng and drive towards Oudomxay, the most mountainous area in Laos. The road conditions are good. Oudomxay province is residence to a mixture of 23 ethnic minority groups. We make a few rest stops along the way, which gives you the opportunity to see the ethnic minority groups of Hmong, Khmu, Black Thai and Lu; Hmong hill tribe people at Ban Songja and Ban Jarong. The hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly; welcoming you with waving hands and smiling faces. On arrival at Oudomxay city, we head out the town for 17 km to Nam Kat Yola Pa Resort. The rest of the day to relax and have a swim at your resort. (B, L, D) Read more

Nam Kat Yola Pa Resort
DAY 3

Nam Kat Yo La Pa – Cycling - Zip-Lining

We start a day tour by Green bus to information center and introduce by camp manager before Cycling from information Centre 5 km - Trekking 900 m through the forest and through Kua Ou Bridge to Namkat waterfall. Zip-Lining (18 lines) through Namkat waterfall and the rainforest along the namkat river. Overnight at Overnight in Nam Kat Resort. (B, L, D) Read more

Nam Kat Resort
DAY 4

Nam Kat Yo La Pa – Nong Khiaw

Leisure at resort in the morning and we then get back on the road, this time heading south to Nong Khaiw. Nong Khiow is a remote village situated by the banks of the river, across a dramatic valley. The surrounding mountainous scenery is stunning. We arrive in Nong Khiaw by late afternoon. Overnight in Nong Khiaw. (B, L) Read more

Nong Khiaw
DAY 5

Nong Khaiw – Morning Boat Trip - Muang N

This morning we take a boat up to Muang Ngoi, a picturesque little fishing village 1 hour upstream from Nong Khiaw. We then trek to the Tham Kang, where according to local legend, a Naga resides to the rear. We then continue through rice paddy fields onto the Lao Loum village of Ban Na, which is only accessible by foot, so retains much of its original character. After lunch, our last stop is the Thai Daeng village of Huay Sen, before we trek back to Muang Ngoi, through a mixture of forest and paddy field scenery. Before boarding the boat back to Nong Khiaw, you may wish to do as the locals do and bathe in the Nam Ou. We return to Nong Khiaw by early evening. Overnight in Nong Khiaw. (B, L) Read more

Nong Khiaw
DAY 6

Nong Khaiw – Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang

This morning we have time for a short walk to Tham Pha Thok, a limestone cave where villagers hid during the Indochina War. The caves offer a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside. Today we begin our drive south to Luang Prabang, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. We will be able to stop off at a few villages and admire the breathtaking limestone karst scenery. Along the way we stop and cross by boat to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Late afternoon we arrive at Luang Prabang for overnight. (B) Read more

Luang Prabang
DAY 7

City Tour - Khuang Si Waterfall

After breakfast at hotel, we visit the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture. We visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts and Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. After Lunch, we drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths (on the way, we visit villages of different minorities Laotian Ethnic Identification (Ban Quay, Ban Ou). There’s also an opportunity to visit the bear sanctuary nearby, run by Free The Bears Fund Inc. From there we will climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River. You will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B) Read more

Luang Prabang
DAY 8

Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng

This morning we have an early departure following Route 13 to Vang Vieng. Climbing into the mountains we pass through spectacular scenery and numerous hill tribe villages. We will lunch at an altitude of approximately 1,300 meters above sea level surrounded by the endless mountain peaks of this remote region. After lunch we continue on along Route 13 arriving in Vang Vieng midafternoon. After check in and time to freshen up we board our boat for a relaxing trip on the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape and stopping to explore the famous Tham Jang Cave, used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. Overnight in Vang Vieng (B) Read more

Vang Vieng
DAY 9

Vang Vieng - Vientiane

This morning we drive 4 hours to the national capital of Vientiane, a charming city with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. Upon arrival in Vientiane, we transfer to centrally located hotel. You are free at leisure discover your own. Overnight in Vientiane. (B) Read more

Vientiane
DAY 10

Vientiane – City Tour - Departure

[Depending on your arrival time]. This morning. You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set after in 1997 to help covering the victim during Indochina war. We transfer you to airport (B) Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Pakbeng
Hotel Phetsokxai
Day 2
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 3
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 4
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Pha Xang Resort
Day 5
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Pha Xang Resort
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 7
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Sada Hotel
Day 8
Location Vang Vieng
Hotel Vieng Tara
Day 9
Location Vientiane
Hotel Season Riverside
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Pakbeng
Hotel Sanctuary Pakbeng
Day 2
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 3
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 4
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Nong Khiaw Riverside
Day 5
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Nong Khiaw Riverside
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Villa Santi Resort
Day 7
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Villa Santi Resort
Day 8
Location Vang Vieng
Hotel Silver Nagas
Day 9
Location Vientiane
Hotel Lao Plaza
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Pakbeng
Hotel Sanctuary Pakbeng
Day 2
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 3
Location Nam Kat
Hotel Nam Kat Resort
Day 4
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Nong Khiaw Riverside
Day 5
Location Nong Khiaw
Hotel Nong Khiaw Riverside
Day 6
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Luang Prabang View
Day 7
Location Luang Prabang
Hotel Luang Prabang View
Day 8
Location Vang Vieng
Hotel Riverside Boutique
Day 9
Location Vientiane
Hotel Settha Palace

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Accommodation in twin shared basis
  • Private, Airconditioned Transport
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Gov’t taxs and service charges
  • Luggage handling
  • Drinking water

Package excludes

  • Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
  • Domestic airticket
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel and/or Medical Insurance
  • Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
  • Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
  • Child or adult in triple share accommodation
  • Foreign language guides other than English
  • Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

More information

  • Additional Remarks:
  • Itinerary is subject to change depending on flight availability, road and/or weather conditions and room availability.
  • Group of 10 persons and above will use separate vehicle in Luang Prabang due to UNESCO restrictions on large coaches entering downtown Luang Prabang.
  • Hotels listed above may not meet international star rating standards, especially in the remote areas where accommodation options are limited.
  • Room rates quoted above do not include compulsory fees for special events, peak season such as Christmas and New Year or Gala Dinners etc.
  • Prices are subject to change at any time as a result of VAT, Fuel Excise or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations.

REVIEWS

8 Reviews

Kristine, United States

We did a group tour through Saigon with Mr. Typhoon. He was very funny and informative. The tour showed up promptly to pick us up, and, we saw the main sights and attractions in HCMC. Mr. Typhoon was engaging, and, wanted to be sure that everyone was educated and had a good time. The pace of the activities was well timed out. The tour itself is exactly what it advertises to be, but, it's less immersive than some of the other tours offered (for example, a walking food tour or a cooking class). I would recommend it to get a feel for the city, and the tour company did an excellent job. Read more

Tammie, United States

Convenient booking, responsive staff, but very crowded group tours My friend and I used this tour group for 2 tours in Hanoi- Halong Bay and a city tour within Hanoi. Booking was convenient in that the staff were very responsive by email, though they do ask that you pay in person in advance of the trip, so we had to make our way to their office to pay them the day before our tour; otherwise you can pay online but you'd be charged a transaction fee of 3.5%. We paid extra to have them pick us up at our hotel which was far from the Old Quarter. However, on the way back from one of our tours, because of logistical issues, they couldn't drop us off directly at our hotel, even though this was the original agreement and we had paid extra for this. Instead they put us in a taxi to take us back to the hotel, which would have been fine except that they didn't use one of the more reputable taxi companies in Hanoi and instead we got a very sketchy taxi driver, which was what we were trying to avoid in the first place by paying the tour group extra to pick us up and drop us off directly at our hotel. Our tour guides spoke English well and seemed very nice. They definitely crammed A LOT of people into the group tours, though. For the Hanoi city tour, we had 14 people in what appeared to be a 12 seat van, and I think the tour guide was sitting on the floor of the van during the whole trip. So, expect to be in a big group if you choose to do group tours, though the group tours are considerably cheaper than the private tours, which is why we chose them. We did shop around a few tour groups prior to booking with this one, and it did seem that this company had competitive rates and their office location and staff seemed to be the most professional of the ones we considered. Read more

Ryan, United States

We booked a private tour (just the 2 of us) of the Cu Chi Tunnels through our hotel and Fabio was our guide. He was fantastic! Great English and very knowledgeable. He took us away from the crowds. We were so impressed with him that we booked a further 2 tours and specifically requested him as our guide. Nothing was too much trouble. We were able to use the time as we needed. He found us somewhere to get our laundry done, found us a bakery and delivered us to the train station after our full day Mekong Delta tour. Do yourself a favor and get Fabio!! Read more

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