Duration: 10 days
Start/ End: Luang Prabang
Tour Route: Luang Prabang – Oudomxay – Luang Namtha
Tour Type: Trekking and Exploring
Tour Category: Laos School Tour
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Inform us)
Guides: Local Guides (Local Tour Guides)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent.
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival (L/D)
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Ban Long Laos Village – Trek to Kuang Si Waterfalls (B/L/D)
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Oudomxay (B/L/D)
Day 4: Oudomxay – Luang Nam Tha – Muang Sinh (B/L/D)
Day 5: Muang Sinh – Nam Ha NPA – Ban Sai Leck (Yao Village) (B/L/D)
Day 6: Ban Sai Leck – Ban Pha Yha Luang (Akha Village) (B/L/D)
Day 7: Ban Pha Yha Luang – Muang Sing Town (B/L/D)
Day 8: Muang Sing – Luang Nam Tha – Oudomxay – Muang La (B/L/D)
Day 9: Muang La – Trekking to Ban Pha Vie Village – Muang La (B/L/D)
Day 10: Muang La – Pak Nam Noy – Dien Bien (Vietnam) (B)
Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival (L, D)
Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, teachers and students will be warmly welcomed by our local driver and Laotian guide who will take you to the hotel for check-in.
Luang Prabang is a must-see destination on your trip to Laos. It is a magnificent mountainous site surrounded by a healthy atmosphere and the site was recognized by UNESCO on the list of world cultural heritages. Its highlights are thirty temples and buildings with a maximum of 2 floors. The first impression of tourists of Luang Prabang is the beauty of the landscapes and architecture, combined with the rigors of daily life.
Meals (lunch and dinner) will be served for you. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Ban Long Laos Village – Trek to Kuang Si Waterfalls (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will begin the track tour in Laos by trekking from Ban Long Laos village to Kuang Si waterfall. Lunch with local villages.
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel lobby and then drive to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Long Lao. As we said above, you will have an opportunity to observe the lifestyles of two different minority groups then learn how they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school despite the differences they manage to.
As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddy and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Afterward, your trekking brings you to one of the many springs which feed Kuang Si waterfalls, a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen here. After descending from the top of the waterfall you will be served a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!
You also can visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms. Return to Luang Prabang and stop at a nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene.
Return to the hotel when the evening approaches. Dine-in and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Oudomxay (B, L D)
Today, going on your tour in Laos with sightseeing in Pak Ou cave before a long journey to the mountainous area. After breakfast, teachers and students will depart to Oudomxay. On the stop at the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers and ferry to visit Pak Ou caves. Being one of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves has a history dating back thousands of years. This is home to over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves, a set of the imposing limestone cliff at the meeting point of the Mekong and the Nam Ou River. There are two caves: the lower cave Tham Ting and the upper cave Tham Theung, both Buddhist figures are made from wood.
Then ferry back and keep on heading to Oudomxay, an area inhabited by hill tribe villages who eke a meager existence from the land. During our tour, we will pass the villages of Phu Thai, Thai Lu, Hmong, Thai Dam, Lao, and Khamu. The residents are friendly and hospitable to tourists. We stop at some traditional weaving villages, in which you can see families sitting in the shade weaving on old looms. A long brings you then to Oudomxay, the capital of the Oudomxay Province.
In the later afternoon, you will be escorted to the hotel for resting. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4: Oudomxay – Luang Nam Tha – Muang Sinh (B, L, D)
After breakfast, heading to Muang Sinh through the splendid landscape. Arrival and check-in hotel. Walking around to explore Muang Sinh, the biggest town of Luang Nam Tha province and visiting Akha and Tai Lue village where people still keep their tradition and culture.
Meals including lunch and dinner will be prepared at the hotel.
Day 5: Muang Sinh – Nam Ha Npa – Ban Sai Leck (Yao Village) (B, L, D)
Today is starting for a trekking tour in the jungle forest in Laos. Taking a tuk-tuk direct to the south of Nam Ha NPA you will be surprised at the picturesque scene: higher mountain ranges are covered by jungle forest; many different species of birds and elephant habitat there. Hiking up to the mountain of Nam Ha NPA, teachers and students can take a look at the different types of forest as bamboo, wild banana, beautiful waterfall.
Lunch will be served at the waterfall. After that, we leave to visit Ban Sai Leck (Yao village), through the waterfall, the old forest, agricultural fields,… This is the place where we stay overnight. While waiting for dinner with locals, teachers and students can walk around and meet the people, learn about their lifestyle, traditions, cultures, architecture…then enjoy your dinner. An amazing gift you maybe receive is Yao’s performance of their traditions and culture. The late you will get a free massage which is given traditionally to the guests staying overnight in the village.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Ban Sai Leck-Ban Pha Yha Luang (Akha Village) (B, L, D)
Today, we get up early and enjoy the daily life of Yao residents in the early morning. Breakfast at the hotel, we go trekking in Laos through the agriculture field and conservation forest of villages. Coming here, students can see colorful ethnic groups in the Muang Sing Valley.
Lunch will be delivered on the trail. You will arrive at Ban Pha Yha Luang in the afternoon, where we stay overnight for the second night.
You will have free time before dinner, make use of it to visit the villages walk around and meet the people, get to know about Akha’s traditional, Akha architecture. After dinner, we enjoy an Akha performance, their culture & a massage which is a warm welcome to the guests from the villagers.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Ban Pha Yha Luang – Muang Sing Town Trekking (B, L, D)
In the early morning, we get up early and walk around to sightsee Akha’s lifestyle such as cooking, feeding, looking garden, watering. After breakfast at the hotel, we head out to visit other minority groups in different villages such as Akha, Tai Lue, and Lolo, all local people in the villages they are very friendly, the trekking tour will finish when taking the Tuk Tuk back to Muang Sing in the later afternoon.
You will be transferred to check in the hotel and have time for resting.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Muang Sinh – Luang Nam Tha – Oudomxay – Muang La (B, L)
After breakfast, visit Muang Sinh morning market before driving to Oudomxay through the splendid landscape. Stop on the way for photo and local villages visiting. Arrival and check-in a guesthouse in Muang La.
Meal: Breakfast. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 9: Muang La – Trekking to Ban Phavie Village – Muang La (B, L)
After breakfast, drive up along the Nam Phak River and admiring green rice fields, mountains, local people working on their farms, cultivating their lands…
Arrive the drop-off point where you start your trekking tour to the remoted village along the small green trail. Lunch at Ban Phavie village. After village tour, continue trekking to visit the isolated waterfall Houay Kha and to the pristine forest. Then walk back to the village where the vehicle is waiting and transfer you back to the guesthouse in Muang La.
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight in guesthouse.
Day 10: Muang La – Pak Nam Noy – Dien Bien (B)
After breakfast, your last day tour in Laos starts by transferring from Muang La to Dien Bien where you cross the border to Vietnam. On the way, stop to visit the local market and walking in Pak Nam Noy village to see Akha people’s life. We will transfer you to the international airport for departure. I wish you a meaningful trip and a memorable experience in Laos.