9 days 8 nights Hidden Northern Laos

Day 1: arrive at Luang Prabang
Welcome to Laos! Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2: Luang Prabang – local life full day tour
Today, get ready for an in-depth look at the daily life of Luang Prabang’s three most prominent ethnic cultures: the H’mong, Khmu and Lao Loum.

Start your journey at the home of a local H’mong family, one of many H’mong residents in Luang Prabang. Here, sit down with the family and your guide for a chat to learn about how resettlement efforts for ethnic communities like the H’mong changed the rhythm of their daily lives.

Afterwards, follow the lead of your host as he walks you through the intricacies of traditional flute making, one of the H’mong community’s most treasured traditional instruments. The traditional art of flute-making is quickly disappearing in modern Laos, but your host is both a flute enthusiast and one of the most respected flute players in the city. Listen to how the flute is played before rolling up your sleeves to make your own!

After the workshop, head out by tuk-tuk to the banks of the mighty Mekong River and travel by a small traditional boat onward to Ban Xienmene village. This sleepy rural community is home to the Khmu and Lao Loum minority groups, and remains a testament to traditional ethnic lifestyles in Laos. Chat with a local family before learning to make Laos Sa Mou or River Weed salad with them. Sit down for a family lunch before heading back to central Luang Prabang for a city highlights excursion.

Wander the city alongside your guide and visit some of Luang Prabang’s most famous temples, including the arrest-ingly ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the magnificent Royal Palace. Both are prime examples of the fusion of traditional Laotian and Buddhist architecture, and remain two of the best preserved structures in the city. Then, head to the living crafts centre of Ock Pop Tok in the heart of the city. Follow along with your guide to learn about how the centre provides a place for locals to create sustainable and beautiful Laos’ handicrafts and traditional artwork. After a stroll through the centre, kick back, taste the traditional Mak Tum Tea while enjoying the magnificent views over the Me-kong River.

Wrap up your journey with a visit to Big Brother Mouse, an organization devoted to promoting literacy in children and young adults. This is a perfect chance to strike up a conversation with a young local learning English before heading back to your hotel.

Day 3: Luang Prabang – alms giving – elephant & Tad Sae
Rise early to the sound of the temple gong and witness Luang Prabang’s mystical ritual. In the early cool of the morning, walk downtown through quiet streets to watch the daily procession of about three hundred young monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. The ritual is linked to a Buddhist tradition in which monks beg for their daily food as a way to demonstrate humility. Almsgiving is an important religious act in Buddhism and it must be carried out respectfully by locals and tourists alike. If you would like to be involved in the offering of food, your guide will be more than happy to show you the best way to interact with monks.

Watch as the monks disappear down the road in a long, saffron-coloured ribbon. Feel free to take photos, however please use discretion and refrain from using your flash. Now is the perfect time to stroll through Luang Prabang’s morning market where you will see the locals haggling for fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.

This morning drive to the nearby Elephant Village, you will get to ride an elephant through the jungle! a government-approved project to promote elephant conservation and support local communities. Upon arrival, meet the camp manager and receive a short primer in elephant care and maintenance. Then climb atop an elephant for an hour ride through jungle paths.

Afterwards, take a short drive to Ban Anh for boat trip to Tad Sae Waterfall and enjoy a dip in the cool waters. After lunch by the falls, you will be driven back to Luang Prabang, arriving at your hotel by early afternoon.

Please note: The falls are dry from January to July.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Odomxay
After breakfast departure Luang Prabang (drive 308 KM/8hours along the Mekong river to northern part of Laos) today you will drive through rice green paddies and different villages stop at Ban Pakmong a for stretch your legs and lunch will be serve here Continue driving up mountains where you can see spectacular views from high view point. visit Ban Songcha H’mong village originally from south of China walk throuh village to understanding insight of this upland people then continue to MoungLa for overnight at Local guesthouse.

Day 5: Moung La – Akha village
After breakfast, You will take a 4X4W tour, first stop at a small Khamu market and continue on following a picturesque route to the first village – a Khamu village – Ban Poung Hieng. A further 10 minutes takes you to Ban Houai Chang which is the entry point to the National Park at Phouhipi. Your route continues to other Khamu & Hmong villages which sit in the heart of the mountainous countryside of northern Laos. These isolated villages rarely see “outsiders” and you will see the villagers working in their fields. There are numerous places where you can take some amazing photographs before you reach the last Khamu-Hmong village of Ban Houa Nam Bak. This large village of around 1,600 inhabitants is close to the waterfall at Nam Pung where you can also enjoy some stunning views across the mountainous countryside. Tha falls are only accessible on foot and your “trek” of around 1½ hours starts by crossing the fields around the village before you climb the path to reach the waterfall. As you climb, you will see some amazing rock formations and the villagers have put a strong rope in place to help you climb to the top of one of the formations to enjoy the breathtaking view. You will return to your stay at the end of the day.

Day 6: Moungla – Moungkua – Cruise – Homestay
After breakfast by the bank of river check out from hotel and transfer approximately 2,5 hours to the dock stop at Ban Paknamnoy to visit different minorities from surrounding villages trade their plantations continue to Ban Nonsavanh Thai dam people the local people also making Laos whiskey lunch will be served before boarding to our long trails boat then cruise down stream on Nam Ou river to Ban Somjam the village are surrounding by limestone mountains where are homes of wildlife

To get a real taste of Lao life, you may choose to sleep in the village headman’s house, or for those wanting a little more privacy, in a nearby bungalow which can sleep 4 people. In either case, comfortable matts, pillows and mosquito nets will be provided. Please be aware that there are no showers or western toilets in the village.

Day 7: Ban Somjam – soft trek – Muang Ngoi
After breakfast Today enjoy a local breakfast and explore the village. You will likely be the object of curiosity for the village children. They only rarely get the chance to interact and play with westerners. A game of football is a great icebreaker for those physically up for it. Watch the village women weaving their ancient patterns on aged looms and say good bye to them then board to your boat and cruise down stream with spectacular views of limestone mountains on both sides check into local guest house then enjoy your soft trek approximately 2 hours back and forth to Ban Na to visit insight of low land people along the way stop and visit Tam Kang cave homes for local people during indochina War If you wish to cool off with blue lagoon pool from inside the cave please bring your swiming suites or ask your local guide to borrow towels from hotels Back to hotel and the the rest of of afternoon enjoy your visiting Ban Moung Ngoi or at leisure by the bank of Ou river.

Day 8: Moung Ngoi – Nongkhiaw – Luang Prabang
Breakfast will be serve on the terrace by the Ou river then cruise down stream approximately 1 hour to Nongkhiaw enjoy your walking to Pha thor cave former goverment offices and hospital for local people during the indochina war then driving to ban Pakou for lunch in the confluence of Mekong and Ou river. Ferry by local long trail boat to Pakou cave, then head to Luang Prabang city about 45minutes driving. Upon arriving chcek in to your hotel and leisure.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – departure
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight.

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