You’ll have time to discover highlights of the Northern Laos during this trip. Visit to the local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups by bike where you can see the daily life of the local people and enjoy the local markets, have good time to exploration of the area of the 4000 islands, discover the World Heritage city – Luang Prabang and so on. Let’s ODC support you the Northern Laos Reveal Tour and keep your great time in ancient Laos.
Visit to the local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups by bike
See the daily life of the local people and enjoy the local markets
Explore the area of the 4000 islands
Discover the World Heritage city – Luang Prabang
Visit Xieng Khouang, an area famous for the mysterious Plain of Jars.
Day 1: Houeixai - Luang Nam Tha - Muang Sing (None)
Following your completion of border formalities, we head out of the town to Muang Sing via Luang Nam Tha. This road has recently been improved, and is now a very smooth and comfortable drive. We visit hill tribe villages along the road at Muang Phouka and other surrounding areas. We arrive in Muang Sing late afternoon. The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure. Overnight in Muang Sing.
Day 2: Muang Sing - Ban Sai Leck (Cycling Tour) (B/L/D)
Start from your hotel and select your bicycle, the first visit the Lolo village, next continue cycling to Ban Nong Bou (Tai Dam village) watch the local women weaving and the traditional architecture. The trip continues directly to Ban Koum (Tai Nuea village) the village of Lao Whiskey, continues leave the bicycle at the Stupa Lodge 20-minute walk up to the mountain visit That Xieng Tueng Stupa, after that cycling direct to visit Hmong village, next visit Tai Nuea the village of Noodle soup and picnic lunch on the biking.
After lunch continue visit Muang Sing Museum (open only Monday-Friday), next cycling on the main road to Chinese border visit Tai Lue (Ban Don Chai), Akha (Ban Pha Kha) Yao (Ban Nam Sai Leck). While waiting for dinner visit the villages walk around and meet the people, learn about traditional Yao architecture. After dinner, you will receive a massage which is traditionally given to the guests staying overnight in the village.
Day 3: Ban Sai Leck - Muang Sing Valley - Luang Nam Tha (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the lodge, start biking to visit Yao village (Ban Jong Kha, Ban Nam Mai), Akha village (Ban Nam Daet Mai), Yao village (Ban Oudom Sihn), Akha village (Ban Nam Daet Som Boun, Ban Pha bath Yai, Ban Pha ya Luang, Ban Pong Seiw and Ban Pha bath Noy). Have lunch at Ban Pha Bath Noy, continue biking to Akha village (Ban Pha Xang), visit Tai Lue (Ban Xieng Mon) and visit Lolo village.
We then transfer to Luang Nam Tha town. Overnight in Luang Nam Tha.
Day 4: Luang Nam Tha - Oudomxay - Muang La (B/-/-)
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 along the south to Muong La via Oudomxay. Here we have the chance to 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 worshipped among the faithful local Buddhists.
We arrive in Muang La, famous for its natural hot springs by mid-afternoon. Here you can relax by taking a traditional massage, or enjoy the hot springs. Overnight in Muang La.
Day 5: Muang La - Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi (B/-/-)
This morning we have time for an exploration of Muang La and surrounding ethnic villages before transferring to Muang Khua. Arriving there right before lunch (your own account), we will board on a traditional long tail boat to Muang Ngoi, a lovely fishing village in the middle of nowhere. Overnight in Muang Ngoi.
Day 6: Muang Ngoi - Trekking - Nong Khiaw (B/L/-)
After breakfast at the hotel, we then trek to the Tham Kang, where according to local legend, a Naga resides to the rear. We then continue through rice paddy fields onto the Lao Loum village of Ban Na, which is only accessible by foot, so retains much of its original character.
After lunch (picnic lunch), our last stop is the Thai Daeng village of Huay Sen, before we trek back to Muang Ngoi, through a mixture of forest and paddy field scenery. Before boarding the boat back to Nong Khiaw, you may wish to do as the locals do and bathe in the Nam Ou. We return to Nong Khiaw by early evening. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Day 7: Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
Today we continue travelling by car to Luang Prabang, 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. We continue driving to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, which we shall reach by late afternoon. After a transfer to your hotel you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 8: Luang Prabang - Free (B/-/-)
You have one free day to relax at the hotel or strolling around this peaceful city. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Luang Prabang - City Tour - Khouang Si Waterfalls (B/-/-)
ABF, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang.
In the afternoon, we still have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham before ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 10: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang (B/-/-)
Today we leave this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area famous for the mysterious Plain of Jars. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travellers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is very long, but we can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs Arriving there late afternoon, check in your hotel, you are free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Phonsavanh.
Day 11: Xieng Khouang - Plain of Jars - Muang Khoun (B/-/-)
Start at 7:30a.m. with a 45-minute trip to a village where the Phuan population produce spoons with steel from American bombs. Meet these artisans, the Phuans, the first inhabitants of the plain.
At 9a.m., begin the trek along a trail once used by the Pathet Lao and the Vietcong. After a short climb, descend into a dale nestled between hills covered with patches of jungle and grassland. Tour a Hmong village and have lunch there. Then recommence the hike on a pathway to the caves where the Vietcong hid out during the bombardments. Around 5p.m., return to Phongsavan by car. Overnight in Xieng Khouang.
Day 12: Xieng Khouang - Samneua (B/-/-)
Early morning, we then ride a few kilometers south to Site 1 of the Plain of Jars for our own inspection of the site. We also have time to visit the local MAG office is a must, the information on the area is quite excellent. We then have a six our transfer to Samneua. Along the way, we will first visit Piew Cave, site of an American rocket attack on a cave that killed numerous civilians during the war.
Continuing along we will stop for lunch in Nam Neun, a small town in a deep valley. Our next stop is Suan Hin, the Stone Henge of Laos for a look at the formations. Arriving in Samneua late afternoon, transfer to your simple guesthouse. Overnight in Samneua.
Day 13: Samneua - Vieng Xai Caves - Nameo (B/-/-)
We make a short trip after breakfast to Vieng Xai and explore the cave city used by the Pathet Lao during the 2nd Indochina war. This is the birthplace of modern Laos and the cave tour is historical and very unique. Along the way, we also have a stop at Samneua waterfalls. The area is really beautiful and full of remote villages. After lunch (your own account), transfer to the border to do the formality to continue the travel to Vietnam (Thanh Hoa). End of services.
- Transportation with air-condition in private (1-3: 12 seats; 4-7: 16 seats; 8-14: 25 seats; 15-24: 35 seats; 25-up: 45 seats)
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as per program
- Gov’t tax and service charge
- Luggage handling and drinking water
What's Not Included
- Visa stamping fee on arrival
- All air tickets quoted separately
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Single room (quoted separately)
- Other foreign language guide
- Peak tourist season or special event rates
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
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