12-Day Remote Laos Exploration

  • 12-Day Remote Laos Exploration

    Adventure

  • 12-Day Remote Laos Exploration

    Cruise

Package Code : LA-AD-RL12

If you love nature, the untouched, the least visited, and the most rural areas of Laos, this is the chance for you. The 12-day Remote Laos Adventure brings you to some of the most remote areas in Laos with the beauties of green nature and colorful diverse culture
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Must see

icon UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT

  • Walking along the small street of Luang Prabang and admire the local life
  • Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • The panoramic view from mount Phousi over the ancient town of Luang Prabang, and from 100 waterfalls over the green nature surround
  • The scenic cruise along the Mekong River, and Nam Ou River
  • Scenic drive through the mountainous are of Laos

icon VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES

  • Gentle visit of the ancient town of Luang Prabang
  • Cycling to the hidden Tad Huaykhua waterfalls
  • Cruise along the Mekong River
  • Experience the daily life of Khmu people at Kamu Lodge
  • Scenic drive through the countryside of Laos
  • Trekking through the jungle to visit the hidden waterfalls and local villages

icon NATURE EXPLORATION

  • Explore the virgin nature of Tad Huyakhua waterfalls
  • Cruising along the mighty Mekong River and Nam Ou River experiencing the authentic lives, and its untouched nature along the way
  • Discovering the amazing waterfalls along the way including Kuang Si waterfalls and 100 waterfalls
  • The nature of the mountainous area of northern Laos

icon CULTURE EXPERIENCE

  • Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • Visit various temple and museum in the ancient town of Luang Prabang
  • Visit the Khmu village near Kamu Lodge to see their daily life
  • Join some activities and spend the night with the host family in Luang Namtha
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Itinerary

Luang Prabang – Tad Huaykhua – Pak Ou caves – Kamu Lodge – Pakbeng – Luang Nam Tha – Muang Sing – Oudomxay – Phongsaly – Muang Khua – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw – 100 waterfalls – Luang Prabang

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Detailed Schedule

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Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang - City Tour

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Pick-up by our guide and driver, transfer to your hotel in town to take some rest before embarking on the short orientation city tour visiting the main sites including Wat Xiengthong, Royal Palace Museum, and Mount Phousi. The welcome dinner will be served at local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song. Stroll around the colorful night market before back to hotel to rest

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

After a soft rest, your “12-Day Remote Laos Adventure” 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.

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.

If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people.

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 way to experience 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

Day 2: Full Day Trekking - Ziplining - Waterfalls

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Join the transfer to the hidden Tad Hoikhua waterfalls. Trek to the top of the waterfalls, enjoy the zipline flying above the jungle, and the flower garden, take a dip into the natural pool, or relax by the waterfall. One full day of nature and fun

After breakfast, we will join the transfer to the boat pier, where we will take the ferry crossing the Mekong river to the other sides of the Mekong, which is totally different from the ancient side of Luang Prabang.

Another transfer of 15-20 minutes will bring us to the Green Jungle Park.
After a short introduction and welcome speech, we start climbing to the top of the waterfall with a local guide for a hiking loop of around 2h30.
Once on the top enjoy a nice mountain view and discover the natural pool from the waterfall water spring and also some centenaries trees. Learn about the jungle vegetation, the tales of Hoi Khua waterfall and the local life style. Continue by the governor’s trees plantations project with some wild field, enjoy the natural taste of some veggies found along the way and then walk back down to the coffee shop where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will join the zipline flying above the valley with 13 stations and 900m of zipline. This will take about 1 hour.

You are then free to walk around the park, visit the flower garden, or just relax and enjoy the cup of coffee admiring the green nature.

Transfer back your hotel late afternoon.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Approx. 2.5-hour trekking, 1-hour Ziplining

Day 3: Cruise the Mekong to Pak Ou Caves and Kamu Lodge

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Join the cruise upstream the mighty Mekong to Kamu Lodge. Visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves along the way. In the afternoon, try some activities as the local people, and visit the nearby villages. Spend the night at the safari tent in the middle of the paddy field.

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 ice 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.

Day 4: Continue the Cruise to Pakbeng

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Say goodbye to the lovely Kamu Lodge, then continue the cruise to Pakbeng. Arrive in Pakbeng at dust. Visit the town if possible or just relax by the pool of the resort overlooking the Mekong river

Departure schedule of Shompoo Cruise: every TUESDAY / THURSDAY / SATURDAY / SUNDAY)

You are free in the morning to stroll around the lodge and the surrounding village. The boat Shompoo Cruise will arrive at around 9:30Am to pick you up for the cruise upstream to Pakbeng, a small village located on the Mekong River. Along the way, we will stop at Ban Baw, which is famous for its traditional hand weaving. Arriving in Pakbeng at around mid-afternoon, you will check in your hotel before taking an orientation walk around the town. Overnight in Pakbeng

 

Departure schedule of Shompoo Cruise: every TUESDAY / THURSDAY / SATURDAY / SUNDAY)

Day 5: Transfer to Luang Namtha via Oudomxay

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Transfer directly to Luang Namtha. Visit some villages, banana and corn plantation along the way. We arrive in Luang Namtha late afternoon.

The local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods. We visit this congregation before setting off on our journey north to Luang Nam Tha via Oudomxay. Along the way; we visit some more Khmu, Tai Dam (Black Thai), and Hmong villages.

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 hilltribe people.

We arrive in Luang Nam Tha late afternoon, transfer to your hotel. Free for the rest of the day to explore the town on your own way. Overnight in Luang Nam Tha

Day 6: Explore Luang Namtha - Homestay

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Visit some main sites in Luang Namtha town including Luang Namtha Stupa, Phou Pouk stupa; then transfer out to visit Ban Nam Ngaen, Ban Pieng Ngam. In the afternoon, visit Ban Nam Dee, where we will join the activities of making paper, natural dyeing, or traditional weaving before joining the Baci Ceremony, and having dinner, and speng the night with the host family

After breakfast at the hotel, our guide will pick you up. From there, we will take a short visit to the Luang Namtha museum. Then visit Luang Namtha Stupa that you will see excellent view of Luang Namtha city. Continue to the old Phou Pouk Stupa, visit Ban Nam Ngean “Tai Dam” and Ban Pieng Ngam “Tai Deang” both of them are famous for their many different handicrafts, walk around the villages to see & learning how to process Lao Whisky making, traditional weaving, black smith, bamboo basket making.

From there, we will transfer to the village of Ban Nam Dee “Lanten” along a dirt road for 6 km. Today you will learn & practice how to make paper from young bamboo, natural dyeing & the traditional weaving, participate the traditional Baci-ceremony & local music, taste local meals, talk about village history with owner homestay & go to bed.

Day 7: Transfer to Phongsaly

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Wake up early and drive directly to Phongsaly, the most northeast part of Laos. Phongsaly is also one the of least visited sites in Laos. The area is still keeping its original beauties, and colorful culture with the mix of plenty tribe people of Laos and some from Chinese

We wake up early today and to drive east and take through some of the most stunning mountain scenery you will find in South East Asia, with plenty of opportunities to stop off at the various Khmu and H’mong villages along the way.  We may also visit visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. The 400 years old legendary statue is said to have many supernatural powers, and is widely worshiped among the faithful local Buddhists.

From there, we continue our drive to Phongsaly. The road is in good condition and at mountains’ slope. You will see beautiful landscapes, banana plantations, local rural life in the villages that borders the road and panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. You can ask your guide to stop whenever you want to take pictures on the way.

We will arrive in the town of Phongsaly late afternoon. The charm of the town is made by the narrow paved streets borded by traditional Chinese houses in wood. Your guide will explain you more about the history and culture of this multicultural city and the harmony that reigns between Lao people and Chinese immigrants.

Overnight in Phongsaly

Day 8: 3 Greens Trek

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Explore Phongsaly and surrounding by trekking to the nearby traditional village. Explore the 3 Greens of Phongsaly including the green forest, the freen tea, and green Lao whiskey. Admire the panoramic view of the town from Phou Fa mountain. Spend the night at the hotel in town

Today, you will discover Phongsaly’s evergreen forest, green tea and green Lao whiskey.

After breakfast, you will leave walking from Phongsaly on a track with stunning views over endless mountains.

After 3-4 hours, you will have lunch in a whiskey-producing Phunoy village and enjoy your first green!

Then enter the jungle forest on an adventurous path climbing up into the mountains. After walking through tea plantations reach the mountain ridge offering you a stunning 360-degree view (as far as China to the west and Vietnam to the east!). Continue on a small jungle path and reach the top of the Phu Fa Mountain (1625m – 400 steps) overlooking Phongsaly Town.

Enjoy the relaxed descent to the town through the forest.

The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight in Phongsaly

Day 9: Visit 400-Year-Old Tea Plantation - Transfer to Muang Khua

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Visit the oldest tree plantation in Phongsaly, which to-date is more than 400 years old. Then transfer to Muang Khua, the small charming village to spend the night 

After breakfast in town, you will to the famous 400-year-old tea plantation, located in the village of Ban Komaen, about 30 minutes south from Phongsaly.

According to some tea experts, this village has some of the oldest tea trees in the world. The large root system of the old trees extends deep into the mineral-rich soil and gives ‘Phongsaly Tea’ its specific aroma and taste. The oldest trees stand 6 m high with a stem up to 30 cm in diameter. There are regularly cut and kept to a reasonable size by Phunoy people, climbing to pick the precious leaves. They then process and sell this rare tea in cigar-shaped tubes.

The road to Ban Komaen is passing through more recent tea plantations and offers a stunning view on Phongsaly and surrounding mountains. In the village a newly built tea-tasting shop serves some food and sells the 400-year-old tea. You can also have a look to the temple and its characteristic Buddha statue with big ears.

After the visit, you will drive to Muang Khua for about 4 hours.

Overnight in Muang Khua

Day 10: Transfer to Muang Ngoi - Embark the Cruise to Nong Khiaw

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After breakfast, transfer to Muang Khua, and take the cruise downstream Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw. Visit some local villages or take some rest at the sandbanks along the way if you wish. Arrive in Nong Khiaw late afternoon. Free to stroll around this charming village

In the morning, we will board on a long-tail boat downstream the Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw, the lovely boutique town along the lazy Nam Ou River. The scenery along the way is said to be the most beautiful part of the gently Nam Ou River. Along the way, we may make a short stop to enjoy the drink at one of the bars in Muang Ngoi overlooking the Nam Ou River.

Along the way, we will make a short stop at Ban Sop Chem, home to the Thai Deang tribe (Red Thai) and Khmu who have simple life, see the daily lives of local people, lifestyle, culture …

We have ample time to take the short stop at the fishing village of Muang Ngoi to enjoy a cup of coffee at one of the bar overlooking the Nam Ou River before continuing further to Nong Khiaw

We arrive in Nong Khiaw just in time to catch the sunset before checking in your simple guesthouse. Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Day 11: Boating and Trekking to 100 Waterfalls

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Start the day with the cruise along the Nam Ou River to a small village along the riverside. From there, embark on a full day trek to the amazing 100 waterfalls through the virgin jungle. Back to the river by another jungle trail then take the boat back to Nong Khiaw

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

Day 12: Transfer back to Luang Prabang - Departure

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Transfer back to Luang Prabang to take the departure flight. Visit some local villages along the way if time permits

Note: 03-hour transfer from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang >> the departure flight should in in the afternoon after 02:00PM

After breakfast, take the direct transfer back to Luang Prabang.

If time permits, we will visit 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.
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel to take the departure flight finishing your “12-Day Laos Adventure”

Note: 03-hour transfer from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang >> the departure flight should in in the afternoon after 02:00PM

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