NAM OU EXPERIENCE

Code: LA-AD-NE7 Duration: 7 days Theme: Adventure

Plenty of unforgettable experience is waiting for you once you choose to join this Laos adventure tour – Nam Ou Experience. The tour brings to you the best of Luang Prabang, and Nong Khiaw. The combination of never fading tradition, and the beauties of nature.

Upon arrival, the serenity of ancient Luang Prabang impresses you with its never-fading tradition. After that, you are about to wow seeing the beauties of the Luang Prabang nature.

Continuing your journey with the cruise to the mysterious Pak Ou caves before hopping on the car for the short transfer to Nong Khiaw, the nature heaven, where everything is kept as it was hundreds of year ago. The visit to the most famous waterfall of Nong Khiaw, the 100 waterfalls is what makes your pack of memories heavier after the trip. The Laos adventure tour is suitable for the nature, and culture lovers.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Emerging into the never-fading tradition of ancient Luang Prabang
  • Impressed by the nature beauties of Luang Prabang surrounding with the visit to Kuang Si waterfalls, and Pha Tad Ke garden
  • Cruising the mighty Mekong to the mysterious Pak Ou caves.
  • Cruising the lazy Nam Ou to the in-the-middle-of-nowhere village of Muang Ngoi
  • Exploring the two hidden waterfalls of Nong Khiaw, Tad Mork waterfalls, and 100 waterfalls

TOUR ROUTE

Luang Prabang – Pha Tad Ke Garden – Kuang Si waterfalls – Mekong cruise – Pak Ou caves – Nong Khiaw – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw – 100 waterfalls – Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: welcome dinner at the local restaurant with the traditional dance & folk song
+ Excursion: Temple & museum visit
+ 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 the traditional dance and folk song, the best chance to experience the local 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
+ Excursion: visit the first and only botanical garden in Luang Prabang. Then visit Kuang Si waterfalls
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

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 Botanical 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 fields. Stop by the Mist House where you will learn more about the importance of biodiversity conservation. 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 the Pha Tad Ke café. Then take the 15-minute cruise back to Luang Prabang.

Upon arrival, we drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
We will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
On the way back to the town, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: cruise upstream Mekong river to Pak Ou caves, then drive to Nong Khiaw before taking another cruise upstream Nam Ou river to Muang Ngoi
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Muang Ngoi
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Today we begin our boat up the Mekong, 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 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.
After visiting the caves, we will hop on the car and continue the transfer to Nong Khiaw, the small town along the lazy Nam Ou River.
Upon arrival in Nong Khiaw, we will continue to take another cruise upstream the Nam Ou river to Muang Ngoi, the fishing village in the middle of nowhere.

Arriving in Muang Ngoi just in time to catch the sunset. Check in your simple guesthouse overlooking the Nam Ou river. Overnight in Muang Ngoi

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit Muang Ngoi, then trek to Tad Mork, Ban Sopvan, and cruise back to Nong Khiaw
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Khiaw
+ Pick-up: 08:15AM

After a local breakfast, we will trek to the local village of Ban Na, and the caves of Tham Kaang, which is said to have the supernatural powers.
After this we continue onwards to Tad Mork which is located close to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Sop Kong, an hour trek from the river. At the waterfall we shall have time to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch.
After enjoying our time at the waterfall we head back to the river where to return back to Nong Khiaw via boat. We will head off down the river through a narrow gorge where we stop at another small but fascinating village.

Our last stop today before reaching Nong Khiaw is Ban Sopvan, which is home to the Tai Lue people. The village is located right next to the river, opposite the village on the river bank is a farm which is home to many different types of animal including Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, and Buffalo. We pay them a visit so it is worthwhile bringing some food along if you would like to feed them and surely very appreciated by both the animals and the villagers.
We arrive in Nong Khiaw whilst the sun is setting. Overnight in Nong Khiaw

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: trek to the famous 100 waterfalls
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Nong Khiaw
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou river where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside. Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos river before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!

Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008! For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.

Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.

A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.

Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to Nong Khiaw (Nong Khiau) by boat. Overnight in Nong Khiaw

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit Nong Khiaw in the morning, then take the transfer back to Luang Prabang
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

After breakfast, visit the historical cave of Phathok. The Nong Khiaw villagers used this cave as a war shelter during the “Secret War”, to shelter people from bombs dropped in the region. It is about a 30 minute gentle walk from Nong Khiaw town and takes you through beautiful scenery. Learn more about a secret part of the Lao history and explore the historical caves with your guide. From the cave you will have a beautiful view of rice paddies and the valley. Walk back to Nong Khiaw along a small path through the rice paddies.
In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Luang Prabang. After about 20 minute drive, we will take a right turn at Ban Bom onto the dirt road to Ban Na Yang (12km from the main road), which is the Thai Lue minority village. This is the very unique village with the traditional house and hand-weaving technique.
We arrive in Luang Prabang just in time to catch the sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: None
+ Accommodation: None
+ Pick-up @ 06:30AM for the alms giving; then 2.5 hours before the flight

+ Departure Flight: TBA

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

From there, we will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken.

This is the last highlight of your visit to Luang Prabang before taking the departure flight for the next destination