A great change to encounter untouched hilltop tribes, towering mountains, local villages ,and out-of-town excursions into the countryside. This 12 day off-the beaten-path journey will take you to the extreme north province of the Laos – one of the prettiest, yet rarely visited parts of the country. The tour begins with one night in the capital city Vientiane before flying upcountry to Boun Neua - a district of Phongsaly, very close to the Chinese border. Spend a night there and you’ll be spending one night at a guesthouse in the town and then from there you will explore and encounter untouched hilltop tribes, towering mountains, local villages ,and out-of-town excursions into the countryside. End the tour with 3 nights in Luang Prabang where you will explore the hidden gems of Laos with ancient heritage town. This tour is very basic but absolutely amazing!
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Good morning Laos! Welcome to Vientiane City! You are met and welcomed upon arrival, privately transferred to hotel in the city centre. Checking into your accommodation and relax for a while before you will be picked up for a city tour of Vientiane, which will take you to all of the main historic highlights. First, visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane, which features remarkable frescoes and over 6,000 images of the Buddha. Nearby is Haw Phra Kaew, which contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artefacts in the country. You will also visit include the Phra That Luang stupa, which was built by King Sethtathirat in 1566 and is now considered a national symbol. If time permits, we will drive 25km drive to the south of Vientiane in order to visit the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 by a Buddhist monk, the park is located on the banks of the Mekong River and is home to a collection of bizarre stone monuments and huge sculptures depicting the Buddhist and Hindu deities. Return to your hotel and this evening is spent relaxing. Overnight at hotel
Upon arrival, you will be met and welcomed by a local tour guide. Checking into your accommodation at Phongsaly town then we will be heading for Ban Komaen, a 400-year-old tea plantation village which is inhabited by Phounoy ethnic minorities. You will enjoy a leisure walk passing through tea plantation. On this trek, you will have a chance to see picturequre landscapes of lush tea plantation and panoramic view of Phongsaly town. Driving back to Phongsaly and relax for spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at guesthouse.
Breakfast and the day begin will a drive to the northern Phongsaly, on the way we will see wonderful landscape of the area, visit multi-ethnic groups such as : Lu, Phounoi, Akha, haw, and Tai Yangm. Arrive in Ban Tha village where accommodation with local families has been arranged. Dinner and then you will spend a night at the family homestay.
Breakfast is prepared by the host and we will drive up to extreme Northern Laos, on the way we will have great opportunities to encounter with many colorful hill tribes such as Tai Yao, Kher, Lu, Haw, Tai Neua, and Hayi tribes. You will also visit amnd explore oldest temple in Ou-Neua. Today we spend overnight in local guesthouse. Lunch and dinner are included
Breakfast and followed by a drive to Bounneun and then we will proceed to Bountai. Wander the local market and visit the Phounoi tribe village. Tonight you will spend a family homestay at Ban Huayvai village of Lu tribe.
Breakfast and today we will drive southward to Samphamxay. On the way we have a good opportunity to visit several hill tribe villages of Mouchee, Poulee, Erpa, Cherpia. Another family homestay will be arranged at Sen-in village of Phounoy hill tribes.
Breakfast and then we will drive to visit two Phouxang tribe villages. Next we will board a boat to cruise downstream the Nam Ou river to Mouangkhoua, On the way you will have chances to visit several tribes villages: Khmu, Laoloum..etc. Arrive in Mouangkhoua in late afternoon. Overnight at a local guesthouse.
Breakfast and today you will board a 5-hour slow boat to cruise downstream Nam Ou river again to Nong khiaw - This cruising journey is considered to be one of Asia’s most spectacular and exceptionally beautiful. The cruise will be passing through ancient forests and karst mountainscapes untouched by human hands. That's a rare experience that you can not find anywhere in Asia. You will also find the villages that do exist along the river are very charming too, especially when cruising through a pristine forest - it is very stunning. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Mandala Ou Resort - premier bungalow resort is situated high on the banks of the scenic and tranquil Nam Ou river, offering spectacular sunset views over virgin rain forest, mountains and the karst limestone cliffs of Nong Khiaw. Checking into your accommodation and spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at the resort.
Breakfast at hotel and the today is spent with a half-day hiking trip to the top of the second-highest point in sight, a spot offering the most scenic view of the Ou River valley. Before departing Nong Khiaw, visit the large Patok Cave where locals took refuge from bombing raids during the Indochina War. On the final leg of this tour we will take a private minivan to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang, 3.5 hours. Checking into your accommmodation in Luang Prabang and spend your evening wandering the local night market or relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast at htel and today is spent with a privately guided city orientation. Start with a visit to Wat Visoun, the oldest temple that’s still in use in Luang Prabang. The temple dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddha. Climb the 350 steps to the summit of Phou Sii Hill, which stands right in the centre of the small city, in order to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Visit Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formally the Royal Palace, where you can admire a collection of artefacts that belong to the former Laotian Royal Family. Also take in Wat Mai, a temple with a five-tiered roof that epitomises the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Finally, visit the Wat Xieng Thon, often said to be Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple.
A trip to Luang Prabang could never be complete without a festive celebration, and there are few more joyous moments than being able to take parting in a real Baci Ceremony. This traditional practice is performed during joyous events, such as marriage, birth, homecoming, or annual festivities. You will be transported from your hotel to the location with your guide, and you'll experience a ceremony for you and other partingicipants. White cotton strings will be placed around your wrists, which is symbolic of this partingicipation. The ritual will offer prayers for you and your family and loved ones, praying for harmony, peace, good fortune, honesty and warmth. Well wishes and prayers will be showered over you in this delightful ceremony and you will be transported back knowing that good tidings are upon you. Return to the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Start the day early with a visit to witness the tradition of Tak Bat, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks silently walk through the streets at dawn to collect alms (offerings of food). Afterwards, take a stroll with your local guide through the colourful, open-air morning market that’s located in the town centre and where local people buy and sell their produce.
After breakfast, take a journey to the Elephant Village eco-project, a 2,000-acre elephant sanctuary in the beautiful and unspoilt Nam Khan River Valley. Lao elephants were traditionally used for logging, but as the forests have disappeared so have the animals. The project invests in community-based eco-programmes and seeks to give elephants a new home. After lunch at the sanctuary, either return to the hotel for spa treatments, or float back downriver to Luang Prabang. In the evening, attend a traditional Baci ceremony and dance performance during which you will receive tidings of good luck for your travels; animism has always played a major part in the religious lives of Lao people, and the Baci is performed to ward off bad spirits.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to Luang Prabang International Airport for your outbound flight to next destination.