NAM OU EXPERIENCE

Code: LA-AD-NE8 Duration: 8 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 – Tad Mork – Ban Phayong – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw – Muang Soune Homestay – 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, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people.

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

After breakfast, we will take the cruise to Pha Tad Ke Botanical garden.
Upon arrival, 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
In the afternoon, we continue the cruise downstream the Mekong river further to Ban Sing, enjoying the peaceful scenery of the countryside.
We then transfer by local tuk tuk to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. You can also see up close Asiatic bears at the Bear Rescue Centre along the jungle walk to the waterfall.
We then take the boat upstream the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang whilst the sun is setting behind the mountain.
Transfer back to your hotel by tuk tuk
Overnight in Luang Prabang

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

Breakfast at the hotel, take a short 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.

We then 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, transfer to your hotel in town.

Free for the rest of the day to relax or stroll around this charming town.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

 

Recommended: Late afternoon, hike up to Nong Khiaw viewpoint to enjoy the panoramic view over the town, and the nearby area. The hike up will take more than 1.5 hours; hence, start no later than 4PM to make sure you can admire the sunset at the top

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

+ Excursion: Full day cruising the Nam Ou river, exploring the hidden waterfalls, and visiting the authentic village

+ Accommodation: homestay at Ban Phayong

+ Pick-up: 08:00AM

We begin at 8am and start off by boarding a local long boat and head off upstream through some fantastic landscape before making our first stop of the day at a small riverside village. Here we take some time to look around and if during a weekday pay the local school a visit to see the charming children as they take part in their classes.
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 that, we will start trekking through the jungle to Ban Phayong, the village of H’Mong ethnic. The trek will take about 2.5 – 3 hours up to a small hill.
Arriving in the village, you will take a stroll around the town to get familiar with the local villagers before having dinner with the host family.

Before going to bed, you may wish to admire the starry sky whilst listening to the sound the nature.

Overnight at Ban Phayong

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch

+ Excursion: Continue to Muang Ngoi and explore the surrounding area

+ Accommodation: simple guesthouse in Muang Ngoi

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Wake up early, you can help the host to prepare the breakfast, or watch the sun rising over the mountains.
In the morning, we will have 3 hours trekking downhill via the paddy, corn fields to the bank of Nam Ou river. From there, we board on the cruise upstream to Muang Ngoi, the fishing village in the middle of nowhere.
In the afternoon, we will trek to the local village of Ban Na, Khmu village; and the caves of Tham Kaang, which is said to have the supernatural powers.
Walk back to Muang Ngoi whilst the sun is setting.
If time permits, you can swim at the Nam Ou river, just like the locals.
Overnight in Muang Ngoi

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch

+ Excursion: take the boat back to Nong Khiaw in the morning, then take the transfer Muang Soune village, along the way back to Luang Prabang

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

After breakfast, take the boat back to Nong Khiaw, where the local guide is waiting for you.

We then visit the nearby market to buy the fresh foods before continuing further to Muang Soune, which locates 65Km from Nong Khiaw by the bank of Nam Ou river.

Arriving in the village, you will be welcomed by the host family, before strolling around the village to see the life of local people. We then visit the house of the chief of the village, and talk with him about the living condition, the history, or anything about the village.

The lunch will then be served at the house of the host family.

In the afternoon, you can choose to either relax or to enjoy agricultural activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields (depending on the season); Traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner!); or walk around the farm and rice field.

If you wish, the dip in the Nam Ou river is very inviting and worth a try.

You may wish to join and help the host with preparing the dinner. This is the chance to learn about Lao cuisine.

Before the dinner, we will join the Baci Ceremony, held by the elders of the village. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.
During the dinner, the folk tales will be told by the host family and translated by our guide.

You may wish to stroll around the riverbank, and sense the nature, admiring the starry sky before going to bed.

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

+ Excursion: Continue exploring the local village before transferring to Nam Ou Riverside Resort

+ Accommodation: Nam Ou Riverside Resort

+ Pick-up: 11:00AM

Wake up early, you never want to miss the chance to admire the sunrise over the Nam Ou river, and the nearby mountains.

After breakfast, the morning will be dedicated to the fishing by the stunning Nam Ou river, experience traditional fishing techniques. You will also take the boat trip exploring the surrounding areas.

We come back to the village at 11:00AM to join the transfer back to Luang Prabang.

Today, we will make the stop at Ban Vanglae, home to the lovely Nam Ou Riverside Resort, where we spend the rest of the day to relax by the inviting pool or walk around the nearby village.

Overnight at Nam Ou Riverside Resort

+ Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Excursion: None

+ Accommodation: None

+ Pick-up: 3 hours before the flight

+ Departure Flight: TBA

You are free to stroll around the town before taking the departure flight