KAMU LODGE EXPERIENCE

Code: LA-SA-KE6 Duration: 6 days Theme: Soft Adventure & Family Tour

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Immersion into the never fading tradition of ancient Luang Prabang
  • Cruising the mighty Mekong to Kamu Lodge with a short visit to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Experience the life of local Khmu tribe, sleeping in safari tent built in the middle of nowhere
  • Exploring the first and only botanical garden in Luang Prabang – Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

TOUR ROUTE

Luang Prabang – Cruising the Mekong – Pak Ou caves – Kamu Lodge – Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden – Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Welcome dinner with traditional dance & folk song
+ Excursion: Airport pick-up, then visit some temples & museum in Luang Prabang
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Arrival Flight: TBA

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.

If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people, and visiting the traditional house of Heuan Chan, the Chantal wooden house dating back to 100 years old.

After that, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.

The welcome dinner will be served at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song, the best chance for you to have the first impression on Lao culture.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
+ Excursion: cruising upstream the Mekong river to Kamu Lodge. Visit Pak Ou caves along the way. Join some activities at the lodge in the afternoon
+ Accommodation: safari tent at Kamu Lodge
+ Pick-up: 08:00

Board on a traditional Long River boat at Kamu Lodge pier at 08:30am and take a leisurely cruise upstream while enjoying the refreshments served on the boat.
Marvel at the thousands of gold Buddha statues placed in sacred Pak Ou caves by devotees. Most people failed to marvel at Pak Ou towering limestone cliff.
Continue upriver and you would reach Kamu Lodge around noon. A Refreshing welcome drink is served. You can check into your super-size tents with attached modern bathroom amenities and facilities. You will enjoy lunch in an airy SALA settled in the middle of rice paddy fields.
After lunch, you can choose to either relax or to enjoy the traditional Kamu lifestyles and activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields, gold panning in the Mekong (anything you find is Yours!), traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner!), visit of the Kamu village, archery contest.
Dinner is a feast by Kamu tribe standards. We want you to see the world from the Kamu’s eyes.
After dinner, retire to your tent.

+ Guide
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
+ Excursion: trekking to the hidden waterfalls. Enjoy the refreshment in the afternoon
+ Accommodation: safari tent at Kamu Lodge
+ Pick-up: 08:30

After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to go for a 4-hour trek in the surrounding forest to the waterfall (trekking grade: moderate/challenging). You will enjoy a picnic lunch to the waterfall. On your way back to the Lodge, you will visit one village along the Mekong River.
In the afternoon, you will have time to relax enjoying leisure activities available on site such as bathe in the Mekong, one hour Lao traditional massage, “petanque” contest (…)
Dinner is served at the restaurant.
After Dinner, you can retire to your tent.

+ Guide
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: cruise downstream the Mekong river back to Luang PRabang
+ Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 14:00PM

In the morning, you are free to stroll around the lodge or the nearby village. We will take the boat back to Luang Prabang after lunch.
We arrive in Luang Prabang at around 4PM, transfer to your hotel. Free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
+ Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30

The Pha Tad Ke boat departs Ban Wat That at 9:00 (please be at the pier at 8:45). Enjoy a 15-minute leisurely boat trip down the Mekong River. Upon arrival at Pha Tad Ke Botanic Garden reception you will be given a short presentation about the gardens. After that walk through the Ginger Garden and the Ethno-botanic Garden, which is the centrepiece of the garden. Follow the path through the Limestone Walk and take in the amazing mountainous Mekong landscape. Learn how to make a bamboo stick animal at the site of the hunting lodge of the former royal family. Then continue your tour of Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden walking through the Arboretum, Palm Garden, and Bamboo Garden to our viewpoint that overlooks the rice field. Stop by the Mist House where you will learn more about the importance of biodiversity conservation and finish your excursion with an optional orchid talk at Pha Tad Ke Nursery.
All of the gardens will have introductory panels and labels. You can always ask our expert staff should you have any questions or require more information.
Enjoy a delicious Lao set lunch at Pha Tad Ke’s café.
After lunch embark on a trek following our limestone paths to the Pha Tad Ke cave. Inside you will find a rustic Buddhist shrine. Return to the Pha Tad Ke café for a refreshing beverage and snack some delicious Lao delicacies.
We then join the workshop about Lao Traditional Medicinal Herbal Teas. This workshop introduces you to the rich ethno botanic heritage of the Lao people and their medicinal herbs. Learn how these herbs can make our everyday life healthier and more balanced.
Finish your workshop at about 17:00 with some more free time to spend walking around the gardens or relaxing in the restaurant.
The boat will depart back to Luang Prabang at 17:30. Transfer back to your hotel by tuk tuk. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: Airport transfer
+ Accommodation: none
+ Pick-up: 03 hour before departure

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight