If you are looking for an unforgettable interactive experience in Luang Prabang, this tour is ideal for you. Only 6 days 5 nights, but you can enjoy Kuang Si Waterfalls, the most famous one in Luang Prabang, Mountain bike to discover ethic groups as well as discovering Nam Khan River, the natural mother of friendly local people.
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)
Day 3: Mountain Bike – Elephant – Boat – Jungle Trek – Homestay (B/L/D)
Day 4: Jungle Trek Through Hmong, Khmu Villages, And Homestay (B/L/D)
Day 5: Jungle Trek And Kayaking Back To Luang Prabang (B/L)
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 with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. After that, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. From there, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for the panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.
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
In the morning, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back in Luang Prabang.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaver, about the Women that work in the Centre.
This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.
Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday), one of the must-visit spots, where you can have an optional 15 minute tour to learn about butterflies and local flora. Overnight in Luang Prabang
After getting fitted on one of our quality mountain bikes, begin riding from Luang Prabang city center headed to the Nam Khan River valley. Our first stop will be Wat Pa Phon Phao, a quiet monastery with a wonderful golden stupa and a spectacular view of the city. Next stop is in Ban Phanom, a well-known cotton and silk hand-weaving village (Lao Lum culture). Continue to the grave of Henri Mouhot, the popularized French discoverer of the Angkor Ruins who died here in Luang Prabang in 1861.
Our last stretch of biking will take us to the banks of the Nam Khan River and our base camp.
Travel by boat upriver to the Tad Sae Waterfall. Spend the afternoon enjoying lunch, swimming, exploring the area surrounding the waterfalls, and elephant riding. Hike 1.5 hours to a traversing rice paddy fields and terraced slopes toward a peaceful village.
Finished with an afternoon of exciting activities at the waterfall, we’ll hike up the mountain behind Tad Sae Waterfall through rice paddies and jungle about 1.5 hours to a peaceful Khmu village.
Spend the evening exploring the village and its people under the stars and nestled in the foothills of spectacular limestone mountains during this unforgettable hill tribe homestay. Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we’ll begin our biggest day of trekking on one of the most spectacular trails in the area. We’ll hike through karst, limestone mountains on trails used by locals in their daily life.
We visit a remote Hmong village on a lake along the way and learn about the various traditional aspects of the minority cultures of Hmong and Khamu tribes. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at the overnight village where we stay tonight. Total hiking time is approximately 4-5 hours under normal conditions covering about 10 Km medium difficult trail (under wet conditions trekking can be challenging and good trekking shoes are recommended).
Spend another night with the locals in a village homestay after this full day of trekking.
Start your morning with breakfast and farewells to your new Khmu friends before trekking about 1 hour off the mountain to the Nam Khan River. We’ll cross by boat to our base camp to prepare for kayaking.
The countryside on our paddling trip is dense with banana and teak trees; rice paddies and terrace pineapple plantations. Pass handfuls of isolated Lao Loum and Theung thatched roofed villages, and don´t be shy to practice your Lao by shouting out a sabaaidii at the smiling children. We’ll have lunch along the way somewhere along the river. Total kayaking is about 3 to 4 hours covering 19 Km. Finish in the afternoon for return transfer to Luang Prabang to complete this full adventure and culture explorer tour.
We’ll finish kayaking in the afternoon for return transfer to Luang Prabang to complete this full adventure and culture explorer tour.
Note: The itinerary may change to adapt to the water level of Tad Sae Waterfalls
You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration
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