8 or 10 days Laos Hinterland Explorer
Welcome to a truly colorful and exciting tour through northern Laos, a real “Laos backcountry experience”. Discover the World heritage town of Luang Prabang Laos, explore Laos country life and villages, Cruise the Mekong, Meet elephants and get on a mountain biking, enjoy hiking the Lao mountains and jungles, … see Laos in depth and take home a memorable travel experience. A short journey of discovery through Laos on a simple and affordable way from the specialist tour operator on site!
A trip to Laos in the realm of “A Million Elephants”, the former Kingdom of Lanexang also called the warm heart of Indochina and remains something truly special. Our unique itinerary through Northern Laos is ideal for the active visitor and traveler who wants to get a glimpse behind the curtain. We embark on a journey of discovery through the history, culture and Lao way of life between village and country life, modernity and history … join us on a special travel experience in Laos.
Day 1: Start the trip every Saturday of the month, or individually choose a date for a private tour
Welcome to Laos, and in Luang Prabang, the jewel of the Mekong – Meeting at the hotel in the evening for dinner, individual travel to Luang Prabang. Please provide us with your flight details and arrival dates. We will gladly help you book flights and transfers. Laotian food specialties with information on Laos at a local restaurant, Delilah’s Place. (D)
Day 2: Luang Prabang experience on a mountain bike
Half day tour of Luang Prabang World Heritage City on the banks of the Mekong. World Heritage Tour by bicycle in Luang Prabang. This small town on the Mekong charmed by the beautiful location surrounded by mountains and its historic temples, which rendered her the title of world cultural heritage by UNESCO.
In the morning we take a bike and start the day of sightseeing through Luang Prabang, this wonderfully peaceful town on the Mekong. First, our guide leads us to the local morning market where we can see the locals doing their daily errands.
We discover this beautiful and compact town and heritage on our bicycle visiting the most famous highlights of Luang Prabang.
This may include a visit to the National Museum (closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon), and the important temples Wat Mai in 1796, which emphasizes the graceful architecture of Luang Prabang especially. Then you go on to the glamorous Wat Xieng Thong at the end of the peninsula. Here we find many interesting stories about Laos and its kingdoms, which this place has inherited from the past. At lunch time we go to a Laotian soup shop to eat the famous Lao “Phoe”. In the afternoon we drive to the ancient Wat Visoun, dating back to the 16th century. Another highlight is a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, where we can learn many things about today’s ethnic diversity in Laos. The evening and sunset is best admired from mount Phousi, the local hill in the middle of town … (B, L)
Day 3: The Adventures of live in Laos, close to the nature and countryside of Luang Prabang
2 days Trekking – Elephant Village – easy kayak tour …
We begin our journey with our mountain bikes through the Laotian hinterland. Still, there are many new things to discover. Before noon, we finally get to the Elephant Village, located on the banks of the Nam Khan River. A beautiful, idyllic place in the center of this magnificent landscape. On our way through the Lao backwater we see farmers cultivating the land, forests of teakwood, distant mountain vistas, and the smiles of the locals who are in turn curious about their observers.
After a lunch break in the wonderful elephant village with its breathtaking view of a 600m towering mountain range, we get an introduction to the elephants. Enjoy your elephant ride (30min – 1 hr) in lush, green nature.
A boat ride takes you to the cascade of the Tad Sae waterfall where we can take a refreshing swim (waterfall dry Feb.-July) After a short hiking trail in the afternoon we meet then our host family in a small Laotian village from one of the hilltribes living in the area. Here we are invited to cook and eat together, and probably go to bed early. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Easy hiking adventure in the hinterlands of Laos, Kayak trip on the Nam Khan
Awakened early by the chicken in the village we start our hiking through the landscape of Laos. On the trek to the villages of Hmong and Khmu hilltribes there is much to see and learn. We have the rare opportunity to share the cultures of rural life of the Lao, a unique aspect of this walk, which allows us to observe the lifestyle of the Hmong and Khmu. We have many trails available to choose, some shorter and others longer. In the afternoon we paddle with a kayak and explore the small river, a cozy ending of two days of adventures. Night in a guesthouse in Luang Prabang (B,L)
4-5 hour hike (depending on the itinerary and season) Approx. 3 hours kayaking, or alternatively transfer bus to Luang Prabang)
Day 5: Off to northern Laos, along the Nam Ou and to Nong Khiau
The trip to Nong Khiau leads us from Luang Prabang out into the stunning scenery of northern Laos. Together with locals and other travelers on the bus (public van), we sway through the countryside, a special experience. The journey takes us into the sparsely populated north of Laos, a real insider tip in Laos. Through mountains and along the Nam Ou, we approach the rural area of Nong Khiau, dominated by limestone formations. Once there we have the opportunity to visit the historical caves which played a major role in the Indochina War. In the evening we enjoy the scenery along the river. Overnight in Nong Khiau at a rustic local Guesthouse. (B)
Day 6: Nong Khiau – Northern Laos – community stay and clay-school project visit a Fair Trek & village stay in the mountain countryside of Laos
In the morning we make our way to the village of Ban Na Luang, reached after about 2-3 hours of fairly easy trekking. Here, in this multi-ethnic village, we can learn a lot about the local traditions and lifestyle of the local population. The low land Lao as well as high land Lao represent different ethnic groups and we can experience the differences while we are invited to stay at their homes here for the night. The landscape is dominated by rice fields and bizarre rock formations, a semi-natural and close cultural experience.
For more information on project page: www.fairtrek.org
Night in the village with the locals in a simple environment (B, L, D)
Day 7: Nong Khiau to Luang Prabang.
Exploring the Nam Ou river valley, Boattrip + local bus
Next we take a small path which brings us to another village before we go on the Nam Ou river in a small boat. From here it’s back to Nong Khiau. Then we get on to the local bus that will take us back to Luang Prabang in about 3 hours. Arrival in Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse. (B, L)
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Day at leisure, explore Luang Prabang by yourself
Luang Prabang, you cannot get enough, especially not if you can relax sometimes and just let the sluggish Mekong flow past you. Who still needs some diversion can get some tips from local guides, there is still much to do in and around Luang Prabang.
Overnight at Guest House, Luang Prabang.
Option to extend this Laos Tour on the Mekong
Day 9: Mekong boat-trip, on the way to Thailand, overnight in Pakbeng
(Cruise upriver / upriver Thursday + Sunday start in the months of May to October,
and Tuesday and Thursday and Sunday during the months Oktober – May)
Our highly recommended Mekong Cruise:
Travel the majestic Mekong from Luang Prabang to Thailand
Welcome aboard the traditional Mekong boat for the trip on the Mekong River to the north. This majestic river flows from the Tibetan Plateau through China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. The Mekong River is the world’s 10th-longest river with an estimated length of almost 5,000 km. The name of the Mekong in Laos and Thailand origin consider this river as the mother of all rivers. Also, the Mekong basin is the second richest in its biodiversity areas in the world after the Amazon. This short trip is a timeless Mekong cruise on the Mekong River. Along the way we take the time to visit the local villages and the famous Pak Ou Caves, which thrills with hundreds of Buddha images of all styles and sizes of its visitors and worshipers. Both caves are accessible by stairs. The lower cave is visited Tham Ting and the upper cave, Tham Phum, which is deeper and darker can be explored. Mekong cruise to Pakbeng in the late afternoon to stay at the booked hotel (please book a hotel before you leave!)
Day 10: On the Mekong River to Thailand, to Houay Xai and Chiang Khong
In today’s leg of the trip on the Mekong we initially going to experience forests, villages and landscapes of us pass. The tranquility and the rural life on the banks impress the visitors again and again. Sometimes you even working elephants on the banks of the Mekong River, a special sight. Today we enjoy a village life visit along the way and will then finish this wonderful Mekong tour in Houay Xai, the border town to Thailand.
* Double occupancy accommodations in clean hotels and guest houses, as well as home stay
* Breakfast in the hotels, Meals on the tours as the legend: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
* Transportation in accordance with program in minibuses, tuk-tuks or boats, kayaks, bicycles
* All program activities, which includes: City tours w. entrance fees, Hiking, Cycling, Kayaking and Luang Prabang Elephant trip
* English speaking certified Guides
* Local taxes and community fees
* Anything not specified above
* Travel to/from Laos (no flights included) Local and international airport taxes
* Visa and entry fees for Laos, Visa on arrival possible
* Personal local expenses, additional food and beverages
* Travel insurance and medical insurance
What to bring & Don’t Forget!
- Passport and all applicable travel documents, min. 6 months validity
- emergency contact information, cash or traveler’s cheques
- Insurance information and phone numbers
- Durable travel back: 50-60 liter with weight max. 15 Kilo
! (no hardshell suitcases and rollies please!!)
- Backpack for use during daily activities (15-20 liters)
- Hidden all-weather money belt
- Toiletry bag with necessities
- Flashlight and hands-free head light
- Light Sleeping bag (for overnight in villages and outside)
- Good shoes and sandals, which should be broken in
- Sunscreen and sunhat
- Clothing: long-sleeve/leg, lightweight, light-colored and a set of short-sleeve/leg
- Swim gear and towels
- Bring some snacks (muesli bars) for rough trekking days
- Outfit for leisure evening outings
- Necessary medications and supplies
- Rain protection especially during May – October tours!
This tour runs min. 2 persons – max. 8 persons on tour, or on special request