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Laos Ethnic Minority

The journey is quite strenuous with many steeps uphill and downhill but the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for an unforgettable experience.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrival – HoueiSay1

Upon arrival in Lao border checkpoint at HoueiSay pier, you are welcome and taken to hotel. Visit local market and villages nearby: Overnight in HoueiSay.

Day 2:  HoueiSay – Luang Namtha  (B)

Early morning heading out the town to Luang Namtha. The driving is on rugged road, up and down mountain hill, but the scenery is great and wonderful; we visit hill tribe villages along the road at Muang Phouka and other surrounding areas. Arrive in Luang Namtha in late evening. Overnight in Luang Namtha.

Day 3:  Luang Namtha – Ban Nalan (B/L/D)2

Breakfast, we take a short drive to Ban Chalernsuk , a Khmu minority village at 20km away from Luang Namtha. We get well and truly of the beaten track as we trek into this beautiful mountain region, using the local tracks. The journey is quite strenuous with many steeps uphill and downhill walking but the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for an unforgettable experience. We finish our walking Day  on arrival at Ban Nalan where we are the guest of a Khmu family. The accommodation is very simple and dormitory style, no western facilities. Overnight in Ban Nalan villager’s house (home stay).

Day 4:  Ban Nalan – Ban Namlu – Luang Namtha  (B)

The trekking leads us along the bank of the river to Ban Namkoy, passing the picturesque landscape of forest and rice fields. The forest here varies from small patches of old tree to never grown of bamboo. On arrival at Ban Namkoy we embark on a three-hour walk uphill. This trek is a real challenge; however some physical preparation will enable you to maximize enjoyment from the walk. Along the way we pass through several hamlets, and are sure to attraction attention as this part of the country receives very few visitors. 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:  Luang Namtha – Xieng Kok – Moung Sing (B)

An early morning departure towards Moung Sing, which is home to various hill tribe groups including Akha, Laos, Dao. There is also a significant Chinese population and a lot of trade goes on between here and China. On the way we visit an Akha minority village. This ethnic group was originally in China but immigrated into Laos down centuries. They are poor, but have an interesting culture and a colorful history. Upon leaving this village, we drive west, traveling by bumpy roads to Xieng Kok, a border town near the golden triangle. In late afternoon, we drive back to Muong Sing with stopover at the Lantern minority village. Overnight at Moung Sing.

Day 6:  Muong Sing – Luang Namtha – Oudomxay (B)

Very early in the morning,we visit the bustling Morning Market and the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to region’s ethnic minorities. This local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valleys to barter and trade their goods; you are not to be missed. We visit these sights before we make our way back to Luang Namtha and set off on our journey town ward Oudomxay. On this route, we see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is difficult at times; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience. Overnight in Oudomxay.

Day 7:  Oudomxay – Luang Prabang (B)3

An early morning departure to Oudomxay. These back roads are a perfect way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural travelers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is difficult at times; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience. Upon arrival in 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”. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 8:  Luang Prabang – City Tour (B)

Breakfast, we begin our sightseeing with the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, then climb up the top of Phousi Hill for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 9:  Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave (boat) (B)4

Further visits in Luang Prabang with the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Afternoon embark on a slow boat for a cruise upstream the Mekong River, passing by the tranquil countryside towards the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. On the way, stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for their rice wine. Before returning to Luang Prabang, drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving products. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Xiengkhouang (Flight) (B)

Morning visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the Day s of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Then flight to Xiengkhouang via Vientiane. Upon arrival, visit the “Plain of Jars”, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 11: Xiengkhouang – Plain of jars 2nd – 3rd (B)5

Breakfast, We are heading out visit to the old capital of Muang Khoun province and nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Thai Dam people. Excursion continues to the Plain of jars field, 2nd and the field 3rd. Along the way, visit local villages. Return to Phonsavanh by late afternoon. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 12: Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (B)

Visit the local market of Phonsavanh and nearby villages of the Hmong. Free at leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Vientiane. On arrival at Wattay airport you will go to city center. After a short rest, we are setting a walking tour on the Mekong River by Sunset. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 13: Vientiane – City Tour (B)

Vientiane guided city tour includes the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo house of the famous Emerald Buddha. On the way to the sacred That Luang Stupa, stop for pictures of the imposing Patuxai Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph and the central market Talat Sao. Late afternoon visit the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong, then drive to the outskirt of the city to visit the Buddha park, a mixture of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monks on parkland located by the Mekong River.

Day 14: Vientiane – Departure (B)

Breakfast, you are free until transfer airport.

GroupCost: US$ per pax 2 pax 3-6 pax 7-11 pax 12-15 pax 16-19 pax Singular Lunch Dinner
Superior 1,470 1,231 1,071 910 902 380 178 215
First Class 1,517 1,280  1,118 957 951 385  215 268
Deluxe  1,786 1,547 1,387 1,226 1,218 666  268 358

 

City Superior 3-star First Class 4-star Deluxe 5-Star
HoueiSay Thaveesinh Thaveesinh Thaveesinh
Luang Nam Tha Boatlanding Boatlanding Boatlanding
Ban Nalan Home Stay Home Stay Home Stay
MuangSing Phou Ew Phou That Lodge Phou That Lodge
Oudomxay Litthaveesay Litthaveesay Litthaveesay
Luang Prabang Parasol Blanc Villa Santi La Residence
XiengKhouang Vansana Phouphadeng Phouphadeng
Vientiane Day Inn Lao Plaza Settha Palace

Tour includes

- Transportation in private air – conditioned
- Accommodation in 2 star hotel with twin sharing
- Boat trip as mentioned
- English or French speaking guide
- Elephant riding 2 hrs
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Domestic government tax and service charge
- Luggage handling

Tour excludes

- Visa stamping fee on arrival US$30.00/pax
- International airport departure tax US$10.00/pax
- Domestic airticket with airport tax
- International air tickets to/from Laos or Vietnam
- Travel Insurance in all kinds
- Meals:(lunch or dinner, quoted separately)
- Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others