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Northwest Laos Experience

Bokeo, Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang

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Trip Code: AT-LET03
Duration: 13 Days
Departure Point: Bokeo

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Trip Inclusion

  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • 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

Trip Exclusions

  • 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
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Huayxay - Arrival (N/A)

Upon finishing the border formality, our guide & driver will pick you up and transfer you directly to the office of Gibbon Experience to reconfirm and get some information for the tour the days after.

We then transfer to your simple guesthouse in town to spend the night.

Free for the rest of the day for your own exploration. Overnight in Huayxay.

Day 2: Huayxay - Gibbon Experience (B/L/D)

In the morning, you come back to the office of Gibbon Experience and join the transfer into the jungle for the Gibbon Experience. We will arrive in Ban Toup at around 11:30AM. From here, we will be taken care by the local English-Speaking Guide. After lunch at the village, we start our 02 hour shiking to become familiar with the cable network. At the end of the hiking, you will arrive at your tree house. The rest of the afternoon is your free time; you can keep hiking around or do some ziplining. Dinner will be served at around 05PM or 06PM. Overnight at your tree house. Note: 3D2N experience have 2 versions (Classic Experience & Waterfall Experience), check the website for the exact activities on the booking date.

Group guide & Car from Gibbon Experience

Day 3: Gibbon Experience (B/L/D)

06:30-07:00: Early wake up to seize the chance to hear the gibbons singing while enjoying the tea or coffee. 08:00: Breakfast + Optional hiking and ziplining 09:30: departure for 02 hours trek to the next tree house About 12:00, arriving at the waterfalls where you can go for a swim. After lunch, you go by ziplines to your tree house. 03:00 PM, optional hiking and ziplining 05:00 Dinner; the rest of the night is your own free time.

Overnight at your tree house.

Day 4: Transfer To Luang Namtha (B/L)

Early wake up again to enjoy the gibbon singing. After breakfast at 08:00AM, we will hike back to Ban Toup. We arrive in the village around noon to have lunch. After that, you will hop on the waiting minivan to transfer directly to Luang Namtha.

Along the way, there are plenty of chance to visit the local villages or admire the panoramic view of northern Laos.

We arrive in Luang Namtha just in time to catch the sunset. Check in your simple guesthouse in town.

Overnight in Luang Namtha.

Distance: 140KM | 3-hour transfer
Day 5: Luang Namtha - Golden Triangle (trek + Homestay) (B)

7:00 AM pick up at your hotel in Luang Namtha by 4 Wheel Drive to Ban Meutorkhao (Akha village), traditional lunch will stop eaten on the way.

Next go to Ban Jakhamleu (AKHA VILLAGE) and from here we will walk a liter bit about 1:30 hours to Ban Sompanmai and some stop to visit Soplouy School, where a lot of Akha students from the village around come to study.

We will arrival the village of ban Sompammai around 17:00, this is where we spend the night.

While waiting for dinner we walk around the village visit people back from working, talk with the villagers to get new experience, learn about their culture, traditional and you will see style of leaving of the countryside and to see beautiful sunset. After dinner if you want to do a massage which is traditionally given to the guests who stay overnight in the village.

Overnight at homestay.

Day 6: Golden Triangle (trek + Homestay) (B/L/D)

In the morning you will get experience of Akha daily lifestyle. After breakfast, 9:00 AM start walking to Ban Jakhatan (AKha village), which takes about 2 hours.

We then continue onto Ban Phangoa (Akha village), which also takes another 2 hours, spend the time about 30 minutes to visit villages and talking with the local people.

Picnic lunch will be provided on the trail.

Then walk down to the Mekong river where a boat will come to pick up to Ban Xiengkhaeng, the village of Thai Lue.

You have ample time to walk around the village and get familiar with the local people.

Overnight at Ban Xiengkhaeng at homestay.

Day 7: Back To Luang Namtha (B/L)

In the morning you will get experience of Thai Lue daily lifestyle. After breakfast, walk up mountain to visit Ban Jainta (Akha village), playing with the children and learn about their way of life.

Another 4-hour walk through the jungle trail will lead us to Ban Japhouthone, where car will come to pick up back to Muang sing with enjoying the stunning views on the surrounding mountains. Picnic lunch will provide on the way.

Arriving Muang sing about 4 PM and continue driving another 1 hour to Luang Namtha, where your Golden Triangle Adventure Trail finishes.

Overnight in Luang Namtha.

Day 8: Luang Namtha - Chom Ong Village (B/D)

Optional tour: Wake up early morning, you can walk to the nearby morning market to see the local people from the nearby villages bartering the daily findings.

After breakfast, we have ample time to visit That Luang Namtha, which locates on the top of the hill overlooking the town. Here you will enjoy the panoramic view of Luang Namtha and the nearby area.

We then visit Luang Namtha museum, which contains a collection of local anthropological artefacts, such as ethnic clothing, Khamu bronze drums and ceramics. There are also several Buddha images and the usual display chronicling the Revolution.

After that, we will drive to the village of Ban Nambotakaiy which locates at Km24 north of Muang Xay town.

The drive leads us through some of the most stunning mountain scenery you will find in South East Asia, with plenty of opportunities to stop off at the various Khmu and H’mong villages along the way. Upon arrival in the village, we will take a right turn on the dirt road and continue driving another 20Km to the village of Ban Chom Ong, the base for our exploration of the famous Chom Ong cave the day after.

Take time to walk around the village, you will see several local people producing handicraft products as well as a blacksmith forging the lao machetes.

Stop at a small shop, cool off with a cold beer before having the dinner with the host family.

Overnight at the village at homestay.

Distance: 120KM | 4-hour transfer

Day 9: Chom Ong Cave Exploration (B/L/D)
Cruise Car

After breakfast, we will start our day exploration of the cave with the 1-hour walk from the village following the small track to the cave.

Chom Ong Cave, locally called Tham Chia (Bat Cave) is the second longest cave in Laos, and home to a big bat family. The local people traditionally hunt bats in the cave as food and exploit guano, which can be used as fertilizer, explosive agent, or gunpowder.

We will first enter the cave via the lower entrance where the river exits the cave. This is one of the most stunning parts of the entire cave, as the light from outside reflects off the river and paints the inside of the walls with an orange glow.

Walk up the river a few hundred meters and then turn around to go to the main entrance which leads to 18+ km of tunnels. The cave almost immediately opened to massive cathedral-like chambers nearly 50 meters high.

We then wander through the cave to the famous spot where a smaller chamber suddenly drops 18 meters to the underground river that flows through the cave.

Approach further, we will hear the steady roar of water before we see where it is coming from.

The adventurous travelers can continue deeper into the main chambers of the cave, going further than the regular tour allows, where you can explore some more several large chambers full of unique formations.

You have time to take a dip into the natural pool inside the cave before getting out of the cave and walking back to the village.

Spend the dinner and the second night with the host family.

Day 10: Chom Ong Village - Nong Khiaw (B)

After breakfast, we will bid the farewell to the village and drive south to Nong Khiaw

En route, we stop at Nam Hin Lake, where we will enjoy a short boat ride around the lake.

Continue further, we make a few rest stops along the way, which gives you the opportunity to see the ethnic minority groups of Hmong, Khmu, Akha and Taidam. The hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly; welcoming you with waving hands and smiling faces.

The journey to Nong Khiaw leads us through areas with dramatic landscape. We will also visit the hilltribe villages of Hmong at Ban Jarong, Ban Songja, Khmu before arriving at Nong Khiaw in late afternoon.

Nong Khiaw is a remote village situated by the KzOvernight banks of the Nam Ou river, across a dramatic valley the surrounding mountainous scenery is stunning.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw

Distance: 170KM | 5.5-hour transfer
Day 11: 100 Waterfalls Trek (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. 20-minute transfer | 4-hour trek | 2-hour boat trip

Day 12: Nong Khiaw - Muang Soune (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will transfer to Muang Soune, which locates 65Km from the center in the north of Luang Prabang by the bank of Nam Ou river.

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the host family, before strolling around the village to see the life of local people. We then visit the house of the chief of the village, and talk with him about the living condition, the history, or anything about the village.

The lunch will then be served at the house of the host family.

In the afternoon, you can choose to either relax or to enjoy agricultural activities such as rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields (depending on the season); Traditional fishing techniques (you can sample your catch for dinner!); or walk around the farm and rice field.

If you wish, the dip in the Nam Ou river is very inviting and worth a try.

Overnight at tree house in the jungle.

You may wish to join and help the host with preparing the dinner. This is the chance to learn about Lao cuisine.

Before the dinner, we will join the Baci Ceremony, held by the elders of the village. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants. During the dinner, the folk tales will be told by the host family, and translated by our guide.

You may wish to stroll around the riverbank, and sense the nature, admiring the starry sky before going to bed.

Day 13: Muang Soune - Luang Prabang (B)

Optional: Wake up early, you never want to miss the chance to admire the sunrise over the Nam Ou river, and the nearby mountains.

After breakfast, the morning will be dedicated to the fishing by the stunning Nam Ou river, experience traditional fishing techniques. You will also take the boat trip exploring the surrounding areas.

We come back to the village at 11:00AM to join the transfer back to Luang Prabang.

We arrive in Luang Prabang early afternoon, check in your hotel in town (your own arrangement).

Say goodbye to our guide to grab up your great northern Laos adventure.

Tip: if you want to explore Luang Prabang, check out the package The Trail of Luang Prabang (EU-LA8). You can also contact us to have more ideas for further Laos exploration

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