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Laos, Buddhism & Ethnic encounters | 12 Days | OffRoad Laos Adventures

Northern Laos, Buddhism & Ethnic encounters

Remote tribes, Culture & Discovery

TOUR CODE :  DE 1012

DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL : Vientiane / Luang Prabang

DURATION : 12 days + 11 nights

TIME PERIOD : during the whole year

GUIDING : english speaking guide 

PRIVATE GROUP : from 2 to 14 people (no traveler alone the costs are too high)


  • northern must-see

  • ethnic encounters Akha, Hmong, TayLue, Khamu 

  • Luang Prabang (UNESCO), Vang Vieng, Vientiane  

  • cruise on the NamOu

  • visit of Buddhist temples, caves, waterfalls 

  • immersion in villages & 2 nights homestaying

​​PRICE PER PERSON : 1 513 USD (group of 4 people)

Decreasing according to the number of people

DAY 01

First steps in Laos

Welcoming in Vientiane Airport by the guide and transfer to the hotel. Free day to rest. Dinner in a restaurant with your guide to get to know each other.

Meals : -, -, D  //  Night : hotel in city center

Itinerary : Vientiane

DAY 02

Cultural tour of Vientiane and its temples

Visit of the Laotian capital and its many temples: Vat Sisaket, HoPraKeo Temple of the Emerald Buddha, That Luang's Golden Stupa, Patuxay Arch of Triumph and Vat Simeuang, which is the most religiously animated temple of the city. Discovery of Thongkhankham vegetables market and walk along the Mekong river at the end of the day. It is the place where local people gather at sunset.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : hotel in city center

Itinerary : Vientiane

DAY 03

NamNgeun Lake, karst landscapes of VangVieng

Departure in private minivan on a countryside road in the heart of rice fields dotted with villages of plain tribes. Visit of a saline and the beautiful artificial lake of the Nam Ngeun Dam. The road continues to Vang Vieng through villages and a small market of dried fishes. Arrival in the afternoon and canoe trip on the NamSong River surrounded by the colors of sunset.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Vientiane - Nam Ngeun lake - Vang Vieng

Activities : 1h cruising on a small wooden boat

DAY 04

Phoukoune mountains, sacred caves and farmers tribes

Discovery of Tham Chang, one of the largest caves in the area. Continuation on road through breathtaking mountain scenery at 1,200 meters above sea level. Visit of local markets, Hmong and Khamu ethnic villages and a Buddha cave (ThamPra). Arrival by the end of the day in Xiengkhuang.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : local hotel

Itinerary : Vang Vieng - Phoukhoune - Xiengkuang

Day on road

DAY 05

Visit of Luang Prabang, its temples and markets

Guided cultural tour of the city by private vehicle: morning market, Royal Palace, main temples Vat Mai, Vat Sene, Vat Xiengthong, Vat Visoun. Walk through local markets and the shopping street. Climb up the 328 steps of Mount Phousi to admire the magnificent panorama. Visit of the night market.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Luang Prabang

DAY 06

Hiking at Kuang Si Waterfalls

At sunrise, volunteers can attend the traditional ceremony of almsgiving to the monks (without guide). Then, departure by minivan on the mountain tracks to reach and visit a village of the Hmong ethnic group. Hike in the nature for 3h until the springs of the impressive Kuang Si waterfalls located in the middle of the jungle. Afternoon free at the waterfalls, swimming,, visit of the bear sanctuary.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - Hmong village - KuangSi

Activities : 2h30 to 3h hiking

DAY 07

Mountainous landscapes of Oudomxay

Departure by private minivan on a countryside road to northern Laos. The mountain landscapes are breathtaking. Meetings with different ethnic groups such as Tay Lue, Khamu, Tay Dam and Hmong. The guide will bond Western and Asian cultures. Arrival in Oudomxay by late afternoon.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : local hotel

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - Oudomxay

DAY 08

Tay Dam & Tay Lue Craftsmen Minorities

After a few hours of discovery, the adventure continues by a dirt track with fabulous landscapes, crossing rice fields and along terracotta kilns of the Tay Lue tribe. On the way, stop at the small market of the Tay Dam ethnic group where local people sell the products of their crafts. Visit of tribe villages of Phouxang, Akha, Tay Yang, Hmong and Tay Lue. Arrival by late afternoon in Bountai. Dinner and stay overnight in a local house in a Tay Lue village.

Meals : B, -, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Oudomxay – NaMor – Bountai

DAY 09

Discovery of the Akha country

The journey continues towards the small town of MuangKhoua where Vietnamese pass their goods between Vietnam and Laos. Visit of Akha, Hmong, Khamu, and TayDam villages in Ban Monesavan. Arrival in MuangKhua by late afternoon and settlement in your guesthouse. Walk in this small town with only few tourists, and crossing of a suspended bridge over the Nam Phak River.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : local guesthouse

Itinerary : Bountai – Pak Nam Noi – Muang Khoua

DAY 10

Nam Ou river Cruise on local boat

Morning cruise on a traditional boat on the NamOu River. These astonishing landscapes make all the splendor of Laos: sheaves of bamboos, vertiginous cliffs ... Meeting with the weavers and Laotian fishermen. Walk along the river on a dirt track leading to a Hmong village. It is amazing with its houses surrounded by nice and clean green squares. Dinner and stay overnight in the village.

Meals : B, L, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Muang Khoua – Hmong village

Activities : 4h cruising + 1h30 hiking

DAY 11

PakOu sacred caves of thousands Buddha

After enjoying the hospitality of a Hmong family in a typical house, a tour of the village will make you discover their way of life and the local craft activities. Departure by minivan by a countryside road surrounded by rice fields. Visit of the famous PakOu caves on the banks of the Mekong. They host thousands of Buddha statues adorned with red and gold tones, altered by the weather. Arrival in Luang Prabang by the end of the day.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Hmong village - PakOu caves - Luang Prabang

DAY 12

Last moments in Laos

Free time until your transfer to the Luang Prabang airport.

Meals : B, -, -  //  Night : not included

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - ...

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