With 70% of the nature landscape is covered with mountains, Laos is the country of rich nature beauties, plenty of unique hill tribe villages, and the diverse culture expression. The combination of all those attractions is what we are offering within this tour. From the untouched nature of Namkat Waterfalls within the thick forest to the rising Nong Khiaw and the timeless beauties of Luang Prabang are all awaiting for your exploration.
ASIA FOCUS TRAVEL would like to introduce the detail of tour program:
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival- city tour (no meal)
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. After a soft rest, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. After that, we see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane-Oudomxay- Namkat Yola Pa (meal incl: B)
You are free in the morning to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the flight to Oudomxay, the most mountainous area of northern Laos.
Upon arrival, we will transfer directly to Namkat Yola Pa Resort, which locates 30Km from Oudomxay center. The resort is famous for its pure natural surround with the thick jungle, and especially the amazing Namkat Waterfalls, which we will explore in the next days. Upon arrival, check in your riverside bungalow. Free for the rest of the day at the resort pool, or just relax and enjoy the sound of nature.
Overnight at Namkat Waterfalls
Day 3: Namkat Waterfall Experience (meals incl: B/ L)
We depart from the resort and cycle upwards to the Namkat Waterfall. You will sense the fresh smell of nature as the road is surrounded by thick forest. The cycling trip towards the waterfall will take about 2 hours. We will park our bikes at the entrance point of the waterfall, and walk towards the waterfall by flying bridges walk. Picnic lunch will be served at the waterfall. We will spend about 1.5 hour there. After lunch we will do zip-lining back to the entrance/meeting point where we parked the bikes and cycle back to the resort.
Overnight at Namkat Yola Pa Resort
Day 4: Namkat- Oudomxay- Nong Khiaw- Sunset Tubung/ Kayaking (meal incl: B)
Today, we will say goodbye to Namkat Yola Pa Resort, and drive to Nong Khiaw, a small beautiful town along the Nam Ou River. The road conditions are partly good and poor, so it may be a rough journey; however many villages dot the hillsides and the undulating terrain makes this an interesting journey. Oudomxay province is residence to a mixture of 23 ethnic minority groups. We make a few rest stops along the way, which gives you the opportunity to see the ethnic minority groups of Hmong, Khmu, Black Thai and Lu; Hmong hilltribe people. We arrive in Nong Khiaw at around lunch time.
The afternoon will be spent to relax with the tubing along the gentle Nam Ou River. We depart from your hotel at 3pm and head off upstream via boat for around 20 minutes. Along the journey up the river we stop off at Sop Van Village which is home to the Tai Lue people. The village is located right next to the river, opposite the village on the river bank is a farm which is home to many different types of animal including Pigs, Chickens, Ducks, and Buffalo. We pay them a visit so it is worthwhile bringing some food along if you would like to feed them and surely very appreciated by both the animals and the villagers.
We begin the tubing between 4/4:30pm and float down the river whilst the sun is setting. We arrive back in Nong Khiaw by around 5:30pm just in time before darkness descends.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw
Day 5: Nong Khiaw-Trekking to 100 Waterfalls (meals incl: B/ L)
Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside. Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos River before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!
Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008! For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.
Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.
A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.
Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to Nong Khiaw (Nong Khiau) by boat.
Day 6: Nong Khiaw- Pak Ou Caves- Luang Prabang (meal incl: B)
We start early (06:00AM) today to explore the Phadaeng Mountain, which is the Nong Khiaw view point, the peak you never wish to miss once in Nong Khiaw. From here, you can admire the Nong Khiaw town and the Nam Ou River in the sunrise, the truly amazing experience for you.
We start from your hotel and take a short walk down over a bridge before beginning the hike up Phou Pha Deang mountain. The trek will take us around two hours to reach the peak however once there you are rewarded with some truly stunning views! We spend some time at the peak of the mountain to take in these amazing views and rest for a while before starting the descent back down to Nong Khiaw; and back to your hotel for the breakfast.
You have the morning to relax, and take some rest.
In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Luang Prabang with minivan. Along the way, we will also stop at ban Pak Ou, where we will take the small motor boat to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. We will arrive in Luang Prabang just in time to catch the sunset. Tour finishes after transferring to your hotel
Day 7: Luang Prabang- Free and easy (meal incl: B)
You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 8: Luang Prabang- Ban Long Lao- Kuang Si Waterfalls (meals incl: B/ L)
We depart from your hotel and drive for around one hour west to Ban Xeng Mouk village where the trek starts.
We begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Longlao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Longlao Song. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school.
As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddys and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the second Indochina war.
After visiting the cave one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Si waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. After descending from the top of the waterfall we enjoy a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!
The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing around the turquoise pools below the waterfall. You can also visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms.
Before returning to Luang Prabang we take a short walk to a nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene which is home to some of the most beautiful pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Approximately: 2 hours driving, 4 hours trekking
Day 9: Luang Prabang- Mahout Experience (meals incl: B/ L)
After breakfast, we will transfer directly to the Elephant Village (start at 8:00 AM in the morning). On arrival at the Elephant Village Camp, welcome and greeting by our camp manager and participate in short briefing about elephants. After that we will enjoy the impressive experience of a 30 minute elephant ride on the howdah (elephant seat) or on your elephant’s neck. We then receive basic mahout training on how to control an elephant.
Lunch at the Elephant Restaurant
Bathe Your Elephant: Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan River for an exhilarating bathing experience!
Boat trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall: Take a traditional Lao long boat to the Tad Sae Waterfall and relax in the clear water.
We are free to stroll around the Elephant Village before transferring back to city center
Day 10: Luang Prabang Departure (meal incl: B)
You are free before taking the departure flight to the next destination
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From 01 Jan 2016 Until 30 Apr 2016
|Options||Tour price in USD per person||Single|
|3 star hotel||3280||1850||1490||1220||1130||1050||340|
From 01 May 2016 Until 30 Sep 2016
|Options||Tour price in USD per person||Single|
|3 star hotel||3180||1790||1430||1170||1080||995||290|
Airfare surcharge| Subject to change without prior notice
- Lao Airlines | Vientiane (VTE) – Oudomxay (ODY) | $128/pax
|3 star hotel|
|Vientiane||Beau Rivage Mekong||Superior|
|Namkat||Namkat Yola Pa||Superior|
|Nong Khiaw||Mandala Ou Riverside||Riverside Bungalow|
|Luang Prabang||My Dream Resort||Classic|
|Tour inclusions||Tour exclusions|
| Accommodation in twin/double shared room
Transportation with air-condition in private
Boat trip as stated in above sights
English speaking guide
Admission fee to indicated sights
Meals as per program
Gov’t tax and service charge
Luggage handling and drinking water
|· Visa stamping fee on arrival
· All air tickets quoted separately
· Travel Insurance in all kinds
· Single room (quoted separately)
· Other foreign language guide
· Peak tourist season or special event rates
· Tip, drinks and other personal expenses