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Back-roads For Adventurers - 12 Days 11 Nights

Back-roads For Adventurers - 12 Days 11 Nights

Luang Prabang, Muang La, Boun Thai, Phongsali, Muang Khua, Nong Khiaw
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$ 1,279
In this tour, you will take adventure to discover the ancient city-the heart of Laos- LuangPrabang, travel east to enjoy treks and activities in the local region, discover nature in Muang La Resort. Continue your great trip to Phongsali to enjoy treks through remote villages, discover cultures of minority ethnic group and visit one of South-East Asia's finest panoramas. In your tour, we will try our best to meet your need, create as much as fun and pleasure as possible for you.
Highlights:
 
  • Visit Luang Prabang, the pride of Laos tourism and its attractions to comprehend about this country.
  • Indulge the peaceful atmosphere stretching around the Phongsali and Muang La rural area by trekking adventure.
  • Enjoy a nice dinner prepared by local villagers in Mouchi Village.
  • Take amazing cruise to discover the poetic Nam Ou River.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Luang Prabang

Day 2
Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)

Day 3
Luang Prabang Free day (B)

Day 4
Luang Prabang - Muang La (B,L,D)

Day 5
Muang La, 4x4 Adventure & Trekking (B,L,D)

Day 6
Muang La - Boun Thai (B,L,D)

Day 7
Boun Thai – Trekking - Mouchi Home stay (B,L,D)

Day 8
Mouchi Homestay - Phongsali (B,L,D)

Day 9
Phongsali - Nam Ou Cruise - Muang Khua (B,L,D)

Day 10
Muang Khua - Nam Ou River Cruise – Nong Khiaw (B,L,D)

Day 11
Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B,L)

Day 12
Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang
Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang
When you arrive in Luang Prabang, our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is your free time to relax or explore the city on your own.
 
Luang Prabang is the capital city of Luang Prabang Province in north central Laos. It is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage that reflects the fusion of Lao traditional urban architecture with that of the colonial era .The city is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
 
Overnight in LuangPrabang.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("Tak Bat" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
 
Another choice that you could make is visiting a monk school in the city. This will be a great chance for those who are interested in monastery because you will have time to talk with young monks, learn about their daily life. 
 
After your breakfast at the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…, you will start your city tour. IN this tour, you will visit some most famous temples of the city. Highlights include: 
Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
The last one you will visit in this morning is Arts and Ethnology Centre.
 
In the afternoon, you will Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek- the weaving and textile villages. Here, you will have time to explore traditional handicrafts, admire diverse and unique products made by skillful hands of artisan. After that, you will return to town to visit a monk school. To finish a long day, you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the city at sunset.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang Free day (B)
Day 3: Luang Prabang Free day (B)

Your day is at leisure or explore the town as you wish. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Transfer: N/A
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Muang La (B,L,D)
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Muang La (B,L,D)
In the morning you will take a transfer by road towards north to Muang La. On your way, you will have chance to admire the stunning view of the Nam Ou River, immense rice paddy fields and villages hidden in the mist. Then, you will have a lunch at Pakmong- which situated at an intersection where the road from Luang Prabang divided into one heading to Oudomxai  and the other to Nong Khiow and Nam Bak. It is a great opportunity for you to visit and explore daily life of Hmong villagers. 
 
After a long travel (about 5 hour drive), you will reach Muang La Resort- one of the country's loveliest retreats. Surrounded by rain-forest, on the banks of a river and isolated from mass tourism, the resort is the ideal base to explore the many treasures of the region including the rich diversity of ethnic groups living between rice-fields and mountains. You could spend the rest of day to explore this resort or enjoy its hot spring on your own. Overnight in Muang La.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La
Day 5: Muang La, 4x4 Adventure & Trekking (B,L,D)
Day 5: Muang La, 4x4 Adventure & Trekking (B,L,D)
Leaving Muang La, you will start your journey to trek and explore local villages by a 4x4 vehicle. The vehicle is specialized in mountainous transportation with the height up to 1,000m. This means of transport will bring you adventure and delight.  From your vehicle, you will get a fresh view of surroundings, rice paddies and small villages, then you begin to trek along a mountain trail. On the way, you could see familiar daily activities of the locals: cultivating the fertile land, fishing in the river and hunting. After your trek through lush greenery forest, you will arrive at a peaceful village- Ban Phavie- where Khamu people live.
 
After your picnic lunch, you will continue your journey to a gorgeous waterfall. Here, you have chance to take a fresh swim, admire the majestic waterfall and integrate into clean nature. 
 
In the afternoon, you will turn back to Muang La. The rest of day is your free time to relax. Overnight in Muang La.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Muang La
Day 6: Muang La - Boun Thai (B,L,D)
Day 6: Muang La - Boun Thai (B,L,D)
After your breakfast, you will transfer by road heading north to a remote province of Phongsali for around 6 hours. En-route, you will pass a variety of hill-tribe villages. Then, you will arrive at Ban Nakrasip village-where most population is Khmu people. It will be a chance for you to explore customs as well as their traditional living-style. 
 
In the late afternoon, you will reach Boun Thai- a popular stopping point for most tourists. A number of non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are based here. Here, you can spend the rest of day to relax or explore further this charming town on your own.  Overnight in Boun Thai.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse/Homestay in Boun Thai

 

Day 7: Boun Thai – Trekking - Mouchi Home stay (B,L,D)
Day 7: Boun Thai – Trekking - Mouchi Home stay (B,L,D)
In the early morning, after your breakfast, you will visit the morning market- where goods with all kinds are exposed to purchase. Diverse sights, sounds and smell will wake up all your sense. After enjoying the local favor, you will take a 2 hour drive to start your day’s trek. In the late morning, after arriving in your departure point, you will be served a picnic lunch in Laos style. Your trek will last around 3 hours and the stop you will make is Mouchi village (one of six villages in Phongsali Province). When you arrive, they will give you a traditional welcoming massage.
 
In the evening, you will be served a dinner prepared by the villagers. Overnight at home stay.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Mouchi
Day 8: Mouchi Homestay - Phongsali (B,L,D)
Day 8: Mouchi Homestay - Phongsali (B,L,D)
After your breakfast, you will continue take a 3 hour trek to an Akha minority tribe village. Here you can spend time to chat with the villagers, explore their daily activities and have a local lunch. After that you will transfer by land to Phongsali- one of the most fascinating and unique towns in Laos. Phongsali is located between Yunnan (China), and Dien Bien Province in Vietnam. Its culture has thus been historically heavily influenced by China.
 
In the late afternoon, you will enjoy stunning view of the rice terraces and valleys at sunset from Sky Mountain. Overnight in Phongsali.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse in Phongsali

 

Day 9: Phongsali - Nam Ou Cruise - Muang Khua (B,L,D)
Day 9: Phongsali - Nam Ou Cruise - Muang Khua (B,L,D)
After your breakfast, continue your trip to Hatsa village. Here, you will take a private board to cruise down the Nam Ou river for five hours. The Nam Ou is one of the most important rivers of Laos. It runs 448 km from Phongsaly to Vientiane. Near its confluence with the Mekong are the Pak Ou Caves, famous for their Buddha statues. On the way, you could make some stops at some villages on the banks of the river to explore further if you wish.
 
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Muang Khua- a small town in the Phongsali Province of northern Laos. Muang Khua is a beautiful and peaceful district in Phongsali province. Overnight in Muang Khua.
 
Transfer: Private car, Boat
Included meal: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel in Muang Khua
Day 10: Muang Khua - Nam Ou River Cruise – Nong Khiaw (B,L,D)
Day 10: Muang Khua - Nam Ou River Cruise – Nong Khiaw (B,L,D)
After leaving Muang Khua, you will embark on a slow boat to cruise down the Nam Ou river. On your way, you will make a stop at Muong Ngoi- a small riverside village in Northern Laos. Muang Ngoi had no road access. Nevertheless, it remains a low-key destination in a stunning location. Interesting treks can also be done to tribal villages in the area.
 
After meeting a local guide, you will be lead to a neighboring cave and a Khmu village. Then, you continue cross some beautiful paddies rice to visit Thai Daeng village. 
 
Turn back to Muong Ngoi to take part in a refreshing bathe in the river. After an interesting experience, continue your trip to Nong Khiaw - a beautiful rustic little town on the bank of the Ou River in Laos. It is squeezed in between some of the most fantastic limestone mountains north of Vang Vieng. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse/Hotel in Nong Khiaw
Day 11: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 11: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B,L)
This morning, you will transfer back to Luang Prabang by road. En-route, enjoy scenic view of rolling hills along the banks of the river. 
 
Then, you will make a stop at Pak Ou caves - the “mouth” of the “Ou” River, a famous cave with hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. Overlooking the river, it shows a splendid view of the Mekong.
 
In the early afternoon, you will arrive in Luang Prabang. You could spend the rest of the day to relax.
 
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 12: Depart Luang Prabang (B)
Day 12: Depart Luang Prabang (B)

Today is your free time to relax before being transferred to the airport to get a departure flight. End of services.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 

Back-roads For Adventurers - 12 Days 11 Nights

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Inclusion:
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion:
 
  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Laos visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang
Day 2: Tak Bat - Walking Tour (B)
Day 3: Luang Prabang Free day (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Muang La (B,L,D)
Day 5: Muang La, 4x4 Adventure & Trekking (B,L,D)
Day 6: Muang La - Boun Thai (B,L,D)
Day 7: Boun Thai – Trekking - Mouchi Home stay (B,L,D)
Day 8: Mouchi Homestay - Phongsali (B,L,D)
Day 9: Phongsali - Nam Ou Cruise - Muang Khua (B,L,D)
Day 10: Muang Khua - Nam Ou River Cruise – Nong Khiaw (B,L,D)
Day 11: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 12: Depart Luang Prabang (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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