LAOS TOUR OF UNKNOWN HILLTRIBES
Tour Route: HOUEIXAI - LUANG NAMTHA - BAN NALAN - MUANG SING - OUDOMXAI - LUANG PRABANG - XIENG KHOUANG - VIENTIANE878 Views
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- Zero shopping stops.
- Flexible time schedule to suit your pace.
- Selected and trained guides.
- Meals are in quality local restaurants.
- Western style service standard
Day 1: Arrival – Houeixai in Laos – Visit Local Market of Ethnic Groups
Day 2: Houeixai to Luang Namtha
Day 3: Luang Namtha to Ban Nalan – Homestay at Khmu Minority
Day 4: Ban Nalan to Ban Namlu – Luang Namtha Trekking Tour
Day 5: Luang Namtha to Xieng Kok – Moung Sing
Day 6: Moung Sing – Luang Namtha – Omdomxay Trekking Tour
Day 7: Omdomxay – Nong Khiow to Luang Prabang
Day 8: Nong Khiow to Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang City Tour
Day 10: Luang Prabang to Pak Ou Cave – Tour to Mekong River
Day 11: Luang Prabang to Vientiane and Xieng Khouang
Day 12: Visit to Xieng Khouang – Plain of Jars
Day 13: Xieng Khouang to Vientiane
Day 14: Vientiane City Tour
Day 15: Vientiane – Departure
Day 1 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Arrival – Houeixai – Home of 34 ethnic minority group
On arrival at the Lao border checkpoint at Houeixai pier, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today you are free at your leisure to explore this town, visiting the local market and villages nearby. The surrounding areas of HoueiSay are home to 34 ethnic minority groups, the second most ethnically diverse province in Laos.
Huay Xai is a major jumping-off point for visitors planning to travel downriver to Luang Prabang by boat. It’s also possible to travel upriver to Xieng Kok, where a road leads to Muang Sing.
Overnight in HoueiSay.
Day 2 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Houeixai – Luang Namtha Adventure Tours (B/-/-)
Early morning we head out the town to Luang Namtha, this road has recently been improved, and is now a very smooth and comfortable drive. We visit hill tribe villages along the road at Muang Phouka and other surrounding area. Luang Namtha, which is located on the banks of the Namtha River, is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful tropical forests and shares its border with China and Myanmar. We arrive in Luang Namtha in the afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Namtha.
Day 3 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Luang Namtha – Ban Nalan – Homestay Tours in Khmu house (B/L/D)
Heading out of the town, we take a short drive to Ban Chalernsuk, a Khmu minority village 20 kilometres away from Luang Namtha. We get well and truly off the beaten track as we trek into this beautiful mountain region, using the local tracks. Todays trekking may be tough at times with some steep uphill and down hill climbs, but the experience is unique and rewarding. The friendly Khmu hill tribereside in this area, they have a primitive and basic lifestyle. We arrive at Ban Nalan by late afternoon; here we have a chance to understand a little more about the local culture and their daily lifestyle as we spend time with a Khmu family. We enjoy a local dinner and will stay as guests at the Khmu family house, the best way to experience authentic village life. The accommodation is simple dormitory style, no western facilities. (Home stay)
Day 4 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Ban Nalan – Ban Namlu – Luang Namtha Trekking Vacation (B/-/-)
Todays trekking leads us along the bank of the river to Ban Namkoy, passing picturesque landscape of forests and rice fields. The forests here vary from a few isolated trees to overgrown bamboo. On arrival at Ban Namkoy we embark on a three-hour walk uphill. This trek is a real challenge; however some prior physical preparation will enable you to maximize your enjoyment from the walk.
As we pass through several hamlets, we are sure to attract attention from the locals, as visitors do not frequently encounter this remote part of the country. At the small village of Ban Namlu, we meet up with our truck and drive back towards Luang Namtha Town.
Overnight in Luang Namtha.
Day 5 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Luang Namtha Adventure Tours – Xieng Kok – Moung Sing – Stopover at Lantern minority village (B/-/-)
Early this morning, we travel by road to Moung Sing, also home to various hilltribe communities. There is a significant Chinese population and a lot of trade goes on between here and China. We stop along the way at the Akha hill tribe village. This ethnic group originally lived in China but immigrated into Laos over a century ago. They are very poor, but have a vibrant culture and an interesting history.
We depart this village, heading westbound, travelling over bumpy roads to Xieng Kok, which is a border town near the golden triangle. In late afternoon, we drive back to Muong Sing with a stopover at a Lantern minority village.
Overnight at Moung Sing.
Day 6 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Moung Sing – Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Laos trekking Tours to minorities village (B/-/-)
Early morning, we visit the bustling colourful Morning Market and the impressive Ethnologic museum, dedicated to region’s ethnic minorities. This local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities that converge from the surrounding mountainsides to barter and trade their goods.
We then make our way back to Luang Namtha and then onto Oudomxay. On this rough and scenic journey, we see very few travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs.
Overnight in Oudomxay.
Day 7 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Oudomxay – Nong Khiow – Luang Prabang (Road + River) (B/-/-)
We depart early for our drive to Nong Khiow, where we board a traditional boat down the Nam Ou River to Luang Prabang. This tranquil town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”.
En route we visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves where thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. Continue down river to Ban Sang Hay village to sample the local rice wine known as Lao Lao. Arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 8 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Oudomxay – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
We depart early for our drive to Luang Prabang. These back roads are a perfect way to explore the real Laos. The drive is difficult at times; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience.
Luang Prabang is a tranquil town with gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop and has been claimed by UNESCO to be“the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 9 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Luang Prabang – City Tour in UNESCO world Heritage site (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we begin our sightseeing starts with the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, then climb up to the top of Phousi Hill for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 10 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Enjoy scenic landscape on boat along Mekong river (B/-/-)
Today, we explore Luang Prabang further by visiting the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, its exterior architecture is remarkable with decorated guilded stuccoes and doorways, a “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in coloured glass on the back wall and its three tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture.
In the afternoon we embark on a slow boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, passing by lovely tranquil countryside towards the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which are two caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. On the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for producing local rice wine. Be
fore returning to Luang Prabang, drive to the hilltribe village of Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving products.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 11 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Xiengkhouang (Flight) (B/-/-)
This morning we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. We then take a flight to Xiengkhouang via Vientiane.
On arrival, we visit the “Plain of Jars”, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. The largest jar reaches a height of 3.25 metres; researchers still question the origin and significance of these jars.
Overnight in Phonsavanh.
Day 12 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Xiengkhouang – Plain of jars 2nd – 3rd (B/-/-)
After breakfast we head out to the old capital of Muang Khoun province and its nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Thai Dam people. Our excursion continues to the 2nd and 3rd Plain of jars fields, where you can obtain more scenic views. Along the way, we visit more local villages and learn about the local culure and lifestyle. Return to Phonsavanh by late afternoon. Overnight in Phonsavanh.
Day 13 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (flight) (B/-/-)
Today we visit the local market of Phonsavanh and nearby villages of the Hmong. You are free at your leisure until your transfer to airport for your flight to Vientiane. On arrival at Wattay airport you will be transferred to city centre. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences.
This wonderful city is best explored on foot and a guided walking tour provides you with a pleasant introduction to the main points of interest, taking in some of the city’s fine colonial architecture. We spend our evening by the Mekong River at sunset absorbing this splendid city at night.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 14 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Vientiane – City Tour in the capital & biggest city in Laos (B/-/-)
Today we start visiting some the major sights; including the oldest temple Wat Sisaket, an amazing structure featuring remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. We also visit the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
We also take a visit to the central market Talat Sao. In the late afternoon we visit the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong, and then we drive to the outskirt of the city to see the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. Observing the spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset from one of the riverside bars is a perfect way to finish the day.
Day 15 – Laos Tour Of Unknown Hilltribes: Vientiane – Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, you are free until your transfer to the airport.
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- Transportation in private
- Accommodation in twin shared room
- Domestic airticket as stated only
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
- Gov’t tax and service charge
- Luggage handling and drinking water
- Visa stamping fee on arrival
- Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Lunch or dinner unless where stated
- Single room (quoted separately)
- Other foreign language guide
- Peak tourist season or special event rates
- Child or adult in triple sharing room
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
- Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
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