Lost trails lead to last Tribes

Off the beaten tracks in North & South

+ Must see of Laos

TOUR CODE :  TR 1014

DEPARTURE / ARRIVAL : Luang Prabang

DURATION : 14 days + 13 nights

TIME PERIOD : during the whole year

GUIDING : english speaking guide

PRIVATE GROUP : from 4 to 14 people 

HIGHLIGHTS :

  • ethnic groups of north and south

  • Luang Prabang (UNESCO)

  • Vat Phou, Khmer temple (UNESCO)

  • region of 4000 islands

  • plateau of Bolavens

  • immersion in authentic villages

  • hiking in coffee fields, jungle, rice fields, mountain

  • 3.5 days of trek (difficulty from 3 to 8/10)

  • 2 nights in homestay

  • visits of temples, caves and waterfalls

​PRICE PER PERSON : 1 954 USD (group of 4 people)

Decreasing according to the number of people

DAY 01

Arrival in Luang Prabang

Arrival in the city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Welcoming at the airport by the guide and transfer to your hotel. Free time to rest. Dinner in a restaurant in town with your guide.

Meals : -, -, D  //  Night : charming hotel

Itinerary : Luang Prabang

DAY 02

Visit of Luang Prabang, its temples and markets

Cultural tour of the city by minivan with the guide: morning market, Royal Palace, Vat Mai temples, Vat Sene, Vat Xiengthong, Vat Visoun. Walk through the historic district, local markets and shops. Climb up the 328 steps of Mount Phousi to admire the magnificent panorama. Visit of the night market in the main street.

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

Itinerary : Luang Prabang

DAY 03

Hiking to KuangSi waterfalls

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

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

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - KuangSi

Activities : 2h30 hiking

DAY 04

First ethnic encounters

Departure from Luang Prabang in private minivan on northern roads to reach the Nongkhiaw area. Visit of Tay Lue, Tay Dam and Khamu ethnic villages. A mountain trail through millet fields and rice fields, offers breathtaking panoramas. Arrival at a Hmong village in the late afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight in the village.

Meals : B, L, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - Hmong Village

DAY 05

Jungle trek and rice paddies

The trekking day begins on a trail, dotted with crossings of millet fields, cultivated by the tribes living in altitude. 3 hours of climbing up to reach a Hmong farm isolated from everything. Epic jungle trek and bamboo forest offering magnificent views on the surrounding mountains and a passage through a chaos of rocks. Arrival at a Hmong farmers village. Dinner and stay overnight in a village.

Meals : B, L, D  //  Night : homestay

Itinerary : Hmong village - Hmong village

Activities : 6-7h trekking (1000m downhill)

DAY 06

Boat trip, village of weavers

Walk down the mountains on a small path until you reach the river. Boarding in a traditional wooden boat on the NamOu River. On the way, visit of a village of weavers and Muang Ngoi. Then, cruise to Nongkhiaw, a small town on both banks of the river surrounded by mountains. Free time to rest. It is an ideal place for chilling  and relaxing in a hammock.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : resort along the river

Itinerary : Hmong village - Nongkhiaw

Activities : 1h30 hiking + 40mn cruising

DAY 07

Sanctuary caves of PakOu

Way back to Luang Prabang in minivan on the northern roads. On the way, stop at the PakOu site, located along the Mekong River. The waterflow is dotted with large cliffs, limestone rocks dug by monsoon rains and floods of the river. Visit of the Pak Ou caves that host thousands of Buddha statues. Arrival in Luang Prabang in the afternoon.

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

Itinerary : Nongkhiaw - PakOu - Luang Prabang

DAY 08

First steps in the southern kingdom

Transfer to Luang Prabang airport and domestic flight to Pakse. In the afternoon, visit of Pakse: its local market, Vat SaLao, Vat Chomphet, Vat Luang and the banks of the Mekong.

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

Itinerary : Luang Prabang - Pakse

Domestic flight not included

DAY 09

Trek into the mysterious Bolaven plateau

Contemplation of the breathtaking Tad Fane waterfall (200m high). Then, the trek starts through the coffee and tea plantations, and you will go deep into the jungle towards the TadGneuang and DaneSinexay waterfalls. This immersion in tropical nature will lead to unique and unexplored points of view. In the afternoon, visit of ethnic villages and arrival at the TadLô waterfall where elephants bath.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : lodge into nature

Itinerary : Pakse - Tad Fane - TadLô

Activities : 3h hiking

DAY 10

Trek within jungle, ethnic villages and lost waterfalls

Day trekking in the heart of the Bolaven plateau.  Meetings with local people in different villages of Katu and Nge tribes. Rice paddies, river-side crops, dense tropical forest, wild and lost waterfalls in the countryside, mountains, viewpoints ... and a well-deserved lunch-bathing break in a waterfall.

Meals : B, L, -  //  Night : lodge into nature

Itinerary : TadLô - authentic villages - TadLô

Activities : 4-5h hiking

DAY 11

Weavers of the Katu ethnic group and plantations

Day focused on meeting the Katu ethnic weavers. Discovery of local weaving techniques and opportunity to buy unique hand-woven scarves made by local women. The next stop will be at the beautiful falls of Phaxouam before crossing fields of cassava, and rubber trees. Arrival at your hotel in the afternoon, free time to visit the city.

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

Itinerary : TadLô - Pakse

DAY 12

Ruins of the Khmer temple and boating on the Mekong

Get on board of a local boat to go down the Mekong to Champasak, the ancient capital of the south. Visit of the fabulous site of Vat Phou, a temple on the mountain dated from the pre-Angkorian time period. Departure for the extreme south of Laos in the region of the 4000 islands. Its name is due to the fact that the Mekong becomes extremely wide and hosts many islands. On the way, visit of a pre-Angkorian site named Vat Tomô. Arrival at Done Khong.

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

Itinerary : Pakse - Vat Phou - Done Khong (Mekong Islands)

Activities : 1h15 cruising

DAY 13

Cruising through the 4000 islands and the Mekong waterfall

Cruising on a small local boat through the 4000 islands and the Mekong waterfall. Get on board of a traditional boat heading the peaceful islands of Done Khone and Done Deth. Transfer to the waterfalls of Lippi (Somphamit) by tuk-tuk or by foot. Canoe ride to looking for the freshwater dolphins. Then, contemplation of the grandiose waterfalls of the Mekong named Khone Phapheng. Here the river is roaring and sumptuous. Way back by minivan to the island of DoneKhong

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

Itinerary : Done Khong - Done Khone - PhaPheng - Done Khong

Activities : 1h cruising

DAY 14

Last moments in Laos

Way back to the city of Pakse. On the way, visit of handcrafters villages, bamboo weavers and mask sculptors. Free time until your transfer to the airport.

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

Itinerary : Done Khong - Pakse - ...

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