Hill Tribes of Northern Laos, 7 days

Day 1     LUANG PRABANG - OUDOMXAY - LUANG NAMTHA                  (L)
Depart early morning by a winding road to Oudomxay, approximately 4 hours from Luang Prabang. This mountain road is used daily by local to move from village to village or to reach the border post of Houei Say. First stop in a Hmong village. Here the houses are very similar to those that can be found in the mountains of north of Vietnam. Continue towards Ban Kewjeb village, home of the Khamu. The inhabitants are known for making special bag, a craft passed down from generation to generation. Lunch at local restaurant. In the afternoon, drive to Luang Namtha (about 4 hours). En route, stop at several mountain tribe villages including the Lanten village of Ban Lakkhamai. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Namtha.

Day 2     LUANG NAMTHA–NAM HA NPA–LUANG NAMTHA                  (B/L)
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and drive for 30 minutes to Ban Jaluensouk which is the starting point of the trek. En route, stop to pick-up le village guide whom knows lots and great secrets! This 10-Km hike goes through picturesque landscape of forest, hills and streams.  Climb up a hillside ascent followed by a walk under a dense canopy which is perfect to maintain a comfortable temperature throughout the walk. Several stops on the trail will offer the opportunity to discover different medicinal plants used by ethnic groups in this particular region. Picnic lunch during excursion. Then walk to reach the vehicle to return to Luang Namtham. Stop in some villages such as a Lanten community famous for its paper made-bamboo pulp, or a Tai Dam village where women are experts in cotton and silk weaving.
Overnight in Luang Namtha.
Note : Approximate walking time: 4 hours.

Day 3     LUANG NAMTHA - MUANG SING                      (B/L)
After breakfast, visit Luang Namtha’s Museum, whose ethnographic collections allow a better understanding of the ethnic groups living in the region, located at the crossroads of many migrations from southern China. Then depart by road to Muang Sing (approximately 2 hours). En route, visit various hill tribe villages including Ikho, Hmong, Thai Dam (Black Thai), Thai Daeng (Red Thai) and Thai Kalom. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival in Muang Sing and lunch. In the afternoon, discover the small city that was the hub of opium trade until 1960. The town has kept some of its ramparts and typical temples built by Thai Lu’s architecture. Then free time to stroll the market where the various tribes of the area come to exchange their goods.
Overnight in Muang Sing.

Day 4     MUANG SING                    (B/L)
After breakfast, departure for a day trip to the borders of Laos and Yunnan Province of China. This region is home to a multitude of culturally distinct peoples and mostly from the south of China including Ikho, whom arrived 500 years ago, Mien (or Yao), famous for their turbans and long indigo gowns bordered by a bright pink woolen boa collar; Khmu, Hmong... First stop at Ban Siliheung village to meet students (pencils, pens and other school supplies are always welcome). Walk through the village before continuing to Yao and Akha ethnic villages. Local lunch during the excursion. Return to hotel late in the afternoon.
Overnight in Muang Sing.

Day 5     MUANG SING - LUANG NAMTHA - OUDOMXAY - PAKBENG                (B/L)
After breakfast, depart early morning to Oudomxay (approx. 6-hour journey).  Then continue toward Pakbeng (approx. 2 hours drive). The road goes along the Beng River Valley, populated by Khamu and Thai Daeng (Red Thai), who have preserved their traditional way of life. Several stops along the way help to discover in depth the lives of Laotian countrymen. Check-in at the hotel upon arrival.
Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day 6    PAKBENG–PAK OU–LUANG PRABANG                         (B/L)
After breakfast, set sail on a traditional riverboat for a cruise down the Mekong River to the ancient Royal capital of Luang Prabang (approx. 6 hours voyage depending on the water level). Local lunch will be served on board. Stop to visit the sacred site of Pak Ou. Inside a cliff overlooking the river, at the exact spot where the Nam Ou flows into the Mekong, Pak Ou consists of two sacred caves housing thousands of Buddha statues. Along the way, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village, specializing in the sticky rice wine distillation. Arrival in Luang Prabang late in the afternoon and welcome by the local guide then transfer and check-in at hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7    LUANG PRABANG                    (B)
After breakfast, time at leisure in the old city. Note: Rooms shall be released by 12pm (noon). Depending on the flight schedule, transfer to the airport for the departure flight.
End of our services.

INCLUSIONS
Accommodation in shared double or twin room at selected hotels
Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program
English speaking guide except during free time
Entry fees for all sightseeing as mentioned in the program
Cruises as mentioned on the program
Meals as mentioned in the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner
Government taxes currently in force (V.A.T.)

EXCLUSIONS
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned

 

Departure date
E.g., 23 Oct 2017
$2,525.00
Price dates: 
Monday, May 1, 2017 to Saturday, September 30, 2017
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