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Overview

  • Active Adventure
  • Culture & Heritage
  • Learning Discovery
  • Nature & Landscapes
  • Off The Beaten Path
  • Tours for Couples

Let this ‘Laos Hill Tribes and Jungles’ tour shows you what the country has to offer as you venture to Laos amazing yet lesser-known destinations and meet the ethnic people. From Houay Xai (the Thai-Lao border), travel to the Vieng Phouka for the Lantern village, known for the local’s natural dye traditions. In Luang Namtha, enjoy trekking through its pristine forests, scenic rivers and mountains and see the diverse wildlife in this area. Meet the ethnic groups of the Akha, Iko, Hmong, Khmu in Muang Khoua before taking a leisurely boat ride on Nam Ou River. Nong Khiaw is a region with pristine nature, so you can trek through green rice paddies and forested mountains and admire the wonderful sights of 100 Waterfalls and the Nam Ou valley. Arrive at the rich heritage town of Luang Prabang, and this will also be the last destination on this 11-day trip.

  • Day 1: Thai Border – Houay Xai – Vieng Phouka
  • Day 2: Vieng Phouka – Luang Namtha
  • Day 3: Luang Namtha – Trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area
  • Day 4: Luang Namtha – Further Trekking and Exploration
  • Day 5: Luang Namtha – The Final Trekking Day
  • Day 6: Luang Namtha – Muang Khoua
  • Day 7: Muang Khoua – Muang Ngoy
  • Day 8: Muang Ngoy – Nong Khiaw
  • Day 9: Nong Khiaw – 100 Waterfall Trek
  • Day 10: In Nong Khiaw
  • Day 11: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Departure

Customizable itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Thai Border – Houay Xai – Vieng Phouka

Upon arrival Houay Xai (the Thai-Lao border), your private guide will meet you at the Lao immigration office and assist you with the visa process. After that, transfer to Vieng Phouka, stopping along the way at a Lanten village — the name ‘Lanten’ is a Chinese term meaning “the people who dye,” as they are known for their natural dye traditions; they’re also one of the few ethnic minorities in Lao PDR who follow Daoism and read Chinese script.

Your journey will end in Vieng Phouka, a rural village in the heart of northern Laos. Check into a local guesthouse and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Take time to discover the area and meet the local people.

Overnight in Vieng Phouka
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Vieng Phouka – Luang Namtha

Today you will travel to Luang Namtha, heading over the mountain route to taking the stunning views. Upon reaching Luang Namtha take a stroll around the town, visit the busy night market where locals come together to trade goods and handicrafts and also delicious street food.

Overnight in Luang Namtha
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Luang Namtha – Trekking in the Nam Ha National Protected Area

Today you will embark on a full day trekking tour in the Nam Ha National Protected Area. You will trek through the forests, fields, rivers, and mountains that surround Luang Namtha. Many interesting and challenging treks in this area await you, so you’ll choose among a selection of routes to suit your fitness and stamina. Your guides will then arrange the most interesting route, points of interest, and resting points for you.

Return to Luang Namtha for the second night.

Overnight in Luang Namtha
Meals: (B/_/_)

Luang Namtha – Further Trekking and Exploration

Spend another day exploring the stunning Nam Ha Protected Area. Your guide will lead you off the beaten path to discover the natural beauty and wildlife that abounds in this region.

Overnight in Luang Namtha
Meals: (B/L/_)



Luang Namtha – The Final Trekking Day

Spend the last day on your trekking adventure in the wilds of Luang Namtha. You will end the day back in the city in a clean and comfortable room.

Overnight in Luang Namtha
Meals: (B/L/_)

Luang Namtha – Muang Khoua

Rise early like the locals and take a walk to the local market, where you may see members of hill tribes in traditional clothing buying and selling their products.

After breakfast, depart Luang Namtha and drive through the picturesque countryside to Muang Khua. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way. Northern Laos is very ethnically diverse and the mountains surrounding Oudomxai, near the Chinese border, are home to groups like the Akha, Iko, Hmong, Khmu, and more. Despite the modernization, many of these hill tribes still live traditional lifestyles and follow local and ethnic customs. You’re likely in these regions to see people in beautiful traditional clothing.

Arrive Muang Khoua in the afternoon and check into your hotel. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.

Overnight in Muang Khua
Meals: (B/L/_)

Muang Khoua – Muang Ngoy

After breakfast, you will depart Muang Khoua and embark on a leisurely boat ride on the Nam Ou River through mountainous jungle to Muang Ngoy. The Nam Ou River is one of the most important waterways in Laos offering the best scenery. The river runs 448 km from Phongsaly in the north of the country all the way to Luang Prabang where it merges with the Mekong.

Onboard the traditional Lao long boat you will journey slowly downstream, allowing you to take in the view and relax along the way. The boat trip will pass many remote villages, rugged mountain terrain, and impressive limestone cliffs. You also make some stops at a few of the villages, most of which are only accessible by boat, and get a unique look into traditional daily village life along the river.

The day’s journey will end in Muang Ngoy, a relaxing little village where you will spend the night.

Overnight in Muang Ngoy
Meals: (B/L/_)

Muang Ngoy – Nong Khiaw

After breakfast, take a short boat ride to the village of Ban Hat Sao, with a mixed population of Lao Lum and Lao Thung. From there you will follow little trails on a jungle trek through a preserved part of the jungle and into the nearby mountain area. You will pass endless rice fields, forests and agricultural land on your way to the next highlight, a refreshing waterfall. Much of our route follows the stream and you will walk through the river and small waterfalls.

After an extended break you will hike back to the river area. A small walking trail following the Nam Ou River will bring us to Nong Khiaw where you spend the night. You will stay in your bungalow at the Mandala family Resort. This premier bungalow resort is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou river, offering spectacular sunset views over the virgin rain forest, mountains and the karst limestone cliffs of Nong Khiaw.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw
Meals: (B/L/_)

Nong Khiaw – 100 Waterfall Trek

Morning
After breakfast, embark on a boat trip for one hour on the Nam Ou River. You will arrive at a local Hmong village where you will disembark and follow local trails through the rice paddies to the foot of the forested mountain slopes. Along the way, your guide will explain the local fauna and flora, use of plants for traditional medicine, and local culture and traditions.

You will arrive at the gorgeous 100 Waterfalls, which has only been on the radar recently and traveled to by foreigners, which is during the late 2000s. For the next 3 hours, you will follow the cascading stream as you ascend the mountain covered in thick virgin rainforest, following the water through dozens of pools, cascades and huge rocks.

After exploring the stunning 100 waterfalls, you will be provided with a delectable lunch at the top of the falls served by your guide in the traditional way – folded banana leaves.

Afternoon
After lunch, take the trails again from the top of the waterfall that is used by the local villagers, which will lead you away from the waterfall and to the village. Behold the stunning sights along the Nam Ou valley, overcrowded with old-growth forests that thrive within the fertile lands. The Nam Ou valley lacks well-paved roads and still carries the natural charm of the olden days without being too overcrowded by people along the trails. Upon arrival to the village, you will be greeted by the friendly smiles of the inhabitants as they are engaged in their daily activities before heading back to Nong Khiaw along with a small boat.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw
Meals: (B/L/_)

In Nong Khiaw

This is a free day for you for your further explorations of Nong Khiaw. Relax and take in the grandeur of the Karst scenery, and explore nearby caves if you choose.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw
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Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast and check out you are taken back to Luang Prabang following the Nam Ou River and traveling you up and over the mountains. Along the way, you will pause to visit the village of Ban Na Nyang, which is famous for its traditional cotton weaving. Almost every household has its own weaving loom where the families create beautiful scarves, table cloths, and ornate wall hangings.

After the village visit, continue on the road to the UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabang and then transfer to Luang Prabang airport for a short flight to Bangkok where you connect via your outbound flight home.

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Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suit your requirements.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Trekking to the hidden villages in the mountainous area of northern Laos
  • Cruising along the lazy Nam Ou River and Mekong River, experiencing the authentic lives, and its untouched nature along the way
  • The nature of Muang Ngoy and its surrounding area
  • Trekking to the famous 100 waterfalls in Nong Khiaw


Dining Experience

  • 10 hotel buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 dinner and 6 lunches at well-selected restaurants


Travel Highlights

  • Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests
  • Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our locally born travel specialists
  • Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and preferences
  • A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
  • Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip


What’s Included?

Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, domestic flights, A/C vehicles, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax, and service charge.


What’s Not Included?

Your international flights from and to Laos, the entry visa to Laos, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.

How to Plan a successful Trip to Laos, Step-by-Step

The sleeping beauty of Southeast Asia, the Republic of Laos has been isolated for decades and therefore tourism is still very much in its infancy here. Time seems to slow down in Laos, as even in the capital city, Vientiane, the pace of life is refreshingly unhurried. The government is instigating a green approach to its development, with the intention of keeping Laos’ pristine ecological system as natural as possible. This makes Laos a dream destination for nature and wildlife lovers, who are seeking for the true meaning of getting away from it all.

Besides being a land where no one is in a hurry, Laos is also a land of Buddhist traditions where you will find saffron-robed teens peek curiously out from wats (temples). And while earning the title of being the world’s most heavily bombed country hardly seems like a ringing endorsement, a visit to Luang Prabang’s World Heritage temples soothes the soul. Explore Vientiane, the world’s smallest capital, as it moves at the same serene pace as the Mekong river floating by its shores.

Most popular sites of Laos

• Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995, best known for its high concentration of Buddhist temples and serene location on the banks of Mekong
• The Mekong River – runs from the north-west to the most southern tip of Laos, forming a natural border with Thailand; cruising on the river provides a great opportunity to see some of the more remote areas of the country which are often inaccessible by road
• Plain of Jars – see the dotted landscape of Laos with hundreds of mysterious and centuries-old stone jars

The best time to visit Laos is between November and March. During this time the country experiences the least amount of rainfall without becoming too hot.

Laos has two distinct seasons – wet and dry.

The dry season runs from November to April. November to February is cooler while March and April are blisteringly hot, with April being the hottest month.

The wet season runs from May to October, though it may start a little early in a couple of Laos’ Northern provinces. August is the wettest month.

Visas can be obtained prior to arrival from Lao embassies and consulates abroad, through a tour company recognized by the Lao PDR, or on arrival at the international checkpoint.
Visas must be used within three months of being issued, but the validity of the visa starts from the day of entry into Laos. Tourist & business visas last for 30 days, and can be extended twice for 30 days each time, ideally through travel agencies.
The Lao criteria for visa photos are 5 cm high x 4 cm wide (but half a centimeter off within these sizes is acceptable), on a plain or light-colored background eg white or light cream. FYI, for those wishing to obtain a Lao passport, the passport photo criteria is the same as above, but the size is 6 cm high x 4 cm wide.

Notes: On entering Laos, ensure that you receive an entry stamp in your passport, as the fine for not having one is high.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Where to get a VOA
International Airports

  • Wattay International Airport in Vientiane
  • Luang Prabang International Airport in Luang Prabang
  • Pakse Internatioanl Airport in Champasack
  • Savannakhet International Airport in Savannakhet

Border Checkpoints

China – Laos

  • Mohan, Yunnan – Botene, Luang Namtha

Thailand – Laos

  • Chiangkhong, Chiang Rai – Houixay, Bokeo
  • Nakaxeng, Loei – Kaenthao, Sayabouly
  • Houi Koln, Nan – Nam Ngeun, Sayabouly
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge I, Nongkhay – Vientiane
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge II, Moukdahan – Savannakhet
  • Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge III, Nakorn Phanom – Khammouane
  • Chongmek, Ubol Ratchathani – Vangtao, Champasack

Vietnam – Laos

  • Nameo, Thanh Hoa – Banleui, Huaphanh
  • Namkan, Nge An – Namkan, Xieng Khouang
  • Keoneua, Ha Tinh – Nampao (Lak Sao), Bolikhamxay
  • Laobao, Quang Tri – Dansavanh, Savannakhet

Cambodia – Laos

  • Dong Calor, Cambodia – Veun Kham, Champasack

Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for a VOA and will have to apply at their nearest Lao embassy/consulate, unless they are on official visits and hold a guarantee from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao PDR:

Middle East – Turkey, Syria

South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

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Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
  • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
  • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
  • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
  • Travel plug/international adapter
  • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
  • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution

 

Best to bring along

  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Refillable water bottle with filter

 

Wardrobe

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
  • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
  • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
  • Hat & sunglasses
  • Bathing suit

 

Optional comforts

  • Ear plugs & eye mask
  • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
  • Lightweight travel towel
  • Local language phrasebook
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