Meet the varied people of the North of Laos

Laos Tour

People and Wonders
of northern Laos

Laos provinces

Northern Laos Tour

Travel through the North of Laos discovering the varied peoples and magnificent scenery

Laos Tours: People & Wonders of the North

Northern Laos Tour – Discover the heart of this region 

Highlights:

  • Descent of the Mekong on a luxury, private boat.
  • Elephant Trek.
  • Muang La Resort - charm and & relaxation in a secluded setting.
  • The mountain peoples of the Oudom Xai region.
  • Cruise on the Nam Ou River.
  • The city of Luang Prabang.

 

Day 1: Houei Xai-Pak Beng
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Meet at the border post at Houei Xai, after breakfast. Welcome by your guide in Laos. After completing the paperwork, you begin your descent of one of the most famous rivers in the world: the Mekong. During your cruise you will have the opportunity to make many stops and meet the different Lao communities who live on the banks of the "Mother of Waters”. Lunch on-board. Arrive in Pak Beng in the late afternoon. This village in Northern Laos is actually a commercial hub. It’s from this bustling market that goods arrive to & from the capital to Thailand, Myanmar (Burma) & China. You may have the opportunity to see a ship flying the Chinese flag.

Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel.

 

Day 2 : Pak Beng – Muang La
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

After breakfast, you cross the river in a dug-out canoe and arrive at a Mahout Elephant Camp. On the back of an elephant, you venture a little deeper into the Laotian jungle. The trek lasts approx. 2 hours. On return to the camp, you help to bathe the elephants and then it’s back to your hotel for lunch. After lunch, departure for the district of Muang La (minibus/ 4X4). After 4h30 on the road (including comfort breaks) you reach the province of Oudom Xai in central northern Laos. The region is rich in mountain scenery and many ethnic minorities live there. Its here that Chinese and Vietnamese merchants mix with the many local villagers as they buy and sell supplies. We continue our journey for 30 kilometers to Muang La Resort. You have time to settle in and discover the Resort - you can relax in a spa of naturally- warmed and slightly salty water, built 3m high to allow you take in the sunset. Alternatively, try a traditional Laotian sauna or a “sala” massage.

Dinner and overnight stay at MUANG LA RESORT.

 Laos-Muang La Resort-Sunset Deck

 Day 3 : Muang La
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Morning departure by car to Pak Khai; this pleasant transfer (15mins) tales you past magnificent views across the River Nam Phak , terraced rice fields and many small villages. On arrival, you start your trek on twisting lanes which snake across jungle streams. This trek is an opportunity to meet local farmers working in rice fields and learn how they cultivate their land, how they fish and hunt small game. After a 1 ½ hour walk through the lush, green forest you arrive in the village of Ban Phavi - a magnificent Khamu village located atop a hill. Your trek continues after lunch to some magnificent waterfalls where you can relax in the clear water cascades lulled by the gentle breeze and the natural tranquility (weather permitting). At 14.30 you begin your return to the Resort arriving at around 17:30.

Dinner and overnight stay at MUANG LA RESORT.

 

Day 4: Muang La
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Discover the rural life of the village of Pak La located around the Resort, and stroll through the neighborhood to admire the panoramic views across the River Nam Phak, the beautiful terraced rice fields and salt mines. You learn how the Khamu people live in harmony with their environment during a 2 to 3 hours walk or stroll, if you prefer. The site of Muang La is dominated by the temple of Pha Chiao Sing Kham, which houses a sacred Buddha. According to the custodians of the temple, the statue “appeared” there hundreds of years ago and the temple is now a sacred place of pilgrimage. After lunch at the resort, you have a free afternoon to enjoy the resort and its environment. Before dinner you have the opportunity to take part in a Baci Ceremony (or Welcome Ceremony) which brings health and prosperity. Afterwards, you have dinner with the local people.

Overnight stay at MUANG LA RESORT.

 

Day 5: Muang La - Nong Khiaw
(Breakfast / Lunch /.)

You depart by car/jeep following a small hill road that passes on the outskirts of many villages and eventually leads to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. At Muang Khua, a flat-bottomed canoe waits for you on the River Nam Ou. This is certainly one of the most beautiful river journeys in Laos. The River Nam Ou takes you to enchanting places at a gentle, lazy pace. Lunch (picnic and grilled fish) is taken on one of the many beaches along the river.

Laos - North Laos - Vang Vieng

You arrive at Nong Khiaw in the late afternoon. You are in one of the most exceptional regions of limestone (karst) topography in South-East Asia. The large white cliffs covered in dense vegetation rise majestically from the edge of the river. During the Vietnam War, the caves contained in the rock formations served as a refuge for local people when the Americans bombed the area. Today, Thai Leu, the Hmong & the Khmus live here in perfect harmony.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

 

Day 6: Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang
(Breakfast /./.)

You continue your descent of the Nam Ou to where it empties into the Mekong. Lunch (not included) is taken at the mouth of the river at a local restaurant on the riverside. Before arriving in Luang Prabang, you stop at the famous Pak Ou caves (where you can also take lunch in one of the many restaurants overlooking the Mekong). The caves contain hundreds of statues of Buddha deposited in this sacred place by the Lao people for centuries. You finish your descent on the Mekong, with your arrival in Luang Prabang scheduled for late afternoon. Transfer to your hotel.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

 

Day 7: Luang Prabang
(Breakfast /./.)

This former royal capital has been a world heritage site since 1995 and it certainly leaves a lasting impression with everyone who visits. It’s a melting pot of peoples and cultures, with a surprise around every corner: pastel houses, pagodas and palaces. You'll be charmed by its colonial and religious past that gives it a unique atmosphere.

The day is devoted to exploring Luang Prabang. At first light (before breakfast) you have the chance to watch the “alms ceremony” as many monks walk through the old city to collect donations from villagers -an  unforgettable sight. After breakfast, you visit the National Museum (former Royal Palace) in Luang Prabang followed by a visit to Wat Mai. The next stage is a visit to Wat Manorom, which according to local legend was founded in 1375 by King Sat Sene Thay. This is followed by Wat That Luang - the cremation place of the highest dignitaries of the Royal Family.  

Lunch (not included)

You pass by Wat Xieng Thong, probably the most beautiful temple in the Luang Prabang, which lies at the northern tip of the peninsula. As you walk from temple to temple you have the chance to discover the local people going about their daily business. Your next visit is to Wat Aphai – which legend tells us was formerly called Wat Hay Padek, which means the Monastery of the Jar of Padek (a kind of thick fish sauce).

Visit Wat Phraphoutthabat  - the monastery of the footprint of Buddha, followed by a visit to Wat That, the monastery stupa. Next you visit Wat Xieng Mouane and Wat Chum Khong, the last Laos building in the style of Xieng Khouang. Finally, you climb to the top of the popular Mount Phou Si to wait for sunset. The effort to climb over 300 steps is rewarded with a unique view over the beautiful city of Luang Prabang.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

Laos-Luang Prabang

Day 8: Luang Prabang
(Breakfast /./.)

The morning begins with a visit to a museum devoted to the different ethnic groups in Laos. You then cross the Mekong to go & discover the small village of Ban Xiang Maen and visit Wat Long Khun, the monastery of the blessed song that has a very nice carved wooden relief. Before lunch, you visit Wat Chom Pet, the “Monastery of the Diamond” located on a hill overlooking the Mekong. After lunch (not included), you leave the peninsula and travel to Kuang Xi waterfalls. In addition to giving you the chance to cool off, they are a true oasis of spectacular natural beauty. This is one of the favorite places for the people of Luang Prabang; lovers go there to recite traditional Laotian poems, families also come to picnic and relax in times of extreme heat. Return to Luang Prabang in late afternoon.

Overnight stay at your hotel.

 

Day 9: Luang Prabang -
(Breakfast /./.)

Free morning and transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Baci Cermony

Personal Service

 

  • An English speaking, experienced local guide is with you throughout your journey to answer all your questions and needs
  • Each of our clients has a personal travel adviser
  • We are in frequent contact with you, from the moment you arrive to your departure & we are always available for you
  • We ask you to complete a detailed questionnaire and we carefully study all the feedback that we receive
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