Laos Adventure

8days -> Luang Prabang -> Oudomxay -> Nong Khiaw

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Overview

Explore the little-visited countryside in Southern Laos, taking in the lush coffee plantations and waterfalls of the Bolaven Plateau and the amazing 4,000 islands in the Mekong River. Watch the sun sink over the Mekong, embrace the breathtaking nature or even get a little active by participating in optional cycling activities in the 4,000 Islands region. End with two nights at the gorgeous La Folie Lodge on languid Done Daeng Island, within eyesight of the mysterious Wat Phou Angkorian temple.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Fly to Luang Prabang Breakfast
Day 2 Kuang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang Sightseeing Breakfast
Day 3 Luang Prabang Mandalao Experience Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Luang Prabang - Oudomxay by Train - By road to Nam Kat Breakfast, Lunch
Day 5 Nam Kat Activity Breakfast
Day 6 Nam Kat - Muang Khua - Nong Khiaw Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 Nong Khiaw - Na Yang - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 Luang Prabang Departure Breakfast

Full itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Luang Prabang

Fly to Luang Prabang depend on your time arrival the rest of the day is yours to soaking up the local culture (Early check-in is NOT included and subject to hotel’s availability)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 2

Kuang Si Waterfall - Luang Prabang Sightseeing

The bells of the town's monasteries toll at dawn when long, golden lines of monks emerge to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. If you rise early, you will have the opportunity to witness this moving scene that is typical of old Laos—long lines of barefooted monks weaving through the streets on their alms rounds. 

Please note that in keeping a respectful stance regarding local cultures, we ask that you observe this sacred ritual from a respectful distance. We also encourage that, if you must take photographs, that it does not interfere with this highly revered ritual. Visit local fruit and vegetable market on the edge of Luang Prabang

After breakfast we’ll travel by car to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls (we recommend visiting the waterfall in the morning before it gets crowded), stopping on the way to visit Hmong and Khamu villages. Hmong and Khamu villages have different structures and ways of life; here, we can learn about their traditions and the differences between Lao, Khamu and Hmong culture. The multi-tiered waterfall, which takes on a striking turquoise color in the dry season, we’ll travel back to town

Then ride to Wat Visounalat, known as "the Watermelon Stupa," as well as the ornate Wat Mai, and Wat Xieng Thong, an exquisite 400-year-old royal monastery complex, National Museum.

End your tour of town by climbing Phousi Hill with its derelict anti-aircraft gun and revered shrine. From the top, enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong and mountains beyond. 

This evening, reconvene with your guide and be treated to the refined grace of a private baci ceremony at the village. These gentle villagers, led by their Nai Ban (village chief), offer visitors tidings of good luck and fortune for their life and travels by gently tying cotton cords symbolizing luck, friendship and good health around your wrists. The baci ceremony will be held at a private family home and will take from 30 minutes up to one hour.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Luang Prabang Mandalao Experience

This morning after breakfast, reconvene with your guide and head into the countryside for a visit to the Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary where you'll spend the day with one of Southeast Asia's most beautiful and endangered creatures, the Asian elephant. No riding is allowed, but you'll experience first hand all that is required to both take care of these amazing animals and protect their habitat.

You and your elephant companions will continue walking past a lovely stretch of rice fields and enter a patch of forest where you can rest, relax, and eat. Lunch will be served in traditional Lao fashion, eating on bamboo mats on the forest floor.

Tad Kuang Song Waterfall, which was named after a Golden Deer spirit seen standing on its crest many centuries ago. If you like, you can take a cool dip, and stand under the soft showers of the waterfall.

You will sit, watch, and learn as the MandaLao mahout's show how they communicate and listen to their elephants. This will highlight the special skills each elephant has and give you deeper insight into their individual personalities.

After this, you can take what you have learned from the mahouts and guides throughout the day and spend quiet, uninterrupted time with the elephants—reading their emotions just as they read yours. You will experience first-hand why humans and elephants have shared such an unwavering bond for thousands of years.

Along with the mahouts, you will bring your elephants to their nighttime feeding grounds. Take time for a long goodbye and in knowing that the connection you have built is not only felt by you, but by your new friend as well.

Late this afternoon around 16:00 (4:00 PM), you will transfer back into town and your hotel with the evening at your leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Luang Prabang - Oudomxay by Train - By road to Nam Kat

After breakfast free and relax at your hotel before driving to the train station to take a train to Oudomxay province, arrive at Oudomxay, drive outside to Nam Kat Yorla Pa Resort. Overnight at Nam Kat Resort. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Nam Kat Activity

Departure will be at the Tour’s Information Center before 13:00 hrs. We will drive the resort car towards Namkat Waterfall about 5 km and trek pass the jungle about 50 m. And play 9 zip line to the entrance and take the resort car back to the Tour’s Information Center.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6

Nam Kat - Muang Khua - Nong Khiaw

After your final breakfast at The Resort , depart the resort on a around three -hour including stop along the way drive to the village of Muang Khua on a road that ultimately leads to the Vietnamese border and to Dien Bien Phu. At Muang Khua, you will board your privately chartered riverboat for the five-hour cruise down the Nam Ou River to the town of Nong Khiow. The boat is equipped with comfortable seats. The cruise will take you through some of the most spectacular river scenery in Northern Laos. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a secluded beach. 

Due to the construction of a dam half way down the Nam Ou, you will transfer the short distance by local truck and reboard an identical boat on the other side of the dam construction which just adds to the sense of adventure.

The cruise will end this afternoon in the town of Nong Khiaw, where you will stay overnight.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Nong Khiaw - Na Yang - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

The drive from Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang will follow the Nam Ou river and then take you up and over the mountains.  Along the way we will visit the village of Ban Na Nyang, which is famous for their traditional cotton weaving.  Almost every household has its own weaving loom where the families create beautiful scarves, table cloths and ornate wall hangings. The art of cotton weaving in Ban Nayang has been passed from generation to generation for almost 300 years.  

The local population of Ban Nayang belong to the Tai Lue (Lü) Ethnic Group who migrated to this area from Yunnan Province during the 18th century. In Yunnan the Tai Lue are officially part of the Dai Ethinc Group. 

After the visit in the village we will continue on the road to Pak Ou Village. Ban Pak Ou. Walk the main street, visit the small temple, and have lunch in one of the restaurants next to the river. Walk down to the river and take a boat to visit the Pak Ou caves. After that, take a boat on the Mekong river to go to Luang Prabang city (not by road), stopping on the way in Ban Xanghai to see and taste lao lao (local rice whisky) production. Transfer to hotel. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Luang Prabang Departure

After breakfast, relax at your hotel or explore the city on your own, until the appropriate time for transfer to the airport for your departure. 

 

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide [Other languages are available as well]
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers / Transportation
  • Daily bottle water on coach

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • International or Domestic flights
  • Tips or anything not mentioned in the itinerary

Accommodation

Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Luang Prabang

Sanctuary Hotel

Oudomxay

Nam Kat Yola Pa Resort

Nong Khiaw

Nong Kiau Riverside

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