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Style: Laos Adventure Tours
Hightlights: Luang Prabang - Muang Ngoi - Pak Ou
Description: Opportunity to discover Lao culture with hiking to hill-tribe villages, kayaking on Nam Ou river surrounded by beautiful range of mountains and trekking
Day 1: Arrival Luang Prabang
Meet on arrival, you are welcome to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. Transfer to hotel for check-in. Lunch is free by own. P.M take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty still remain in the town and surrounding areas.
Visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue; Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple, which more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture; Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Hilltribe Village (Hiking) - Kuangsi Waterfall
Breakfast at hotel, take an excursion by car uphill through beautiful scenic views with local style-villages to visit Ban Long Lao, a small Hmong hill tribe village, probably the best-known hill tribe in Laos. Begin to trek (3-4 hrs) through beautiful lushly forested area and also rice fields to Kuangsi Waterfall, which though not very high, but it is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the national protected forest area.
We will have a picnic lunch by the Kuangsi Waterfall where there is plenty of time for your relaxing and a swim in the cool water before taking a drive to get back to Luang Prabang. Dinner is free and accommodation at hotel.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Muang Ngoi (Kayaking)
Breakfast at hotel, take an excursion by car (about 3hrs) to NongKhiao, the boat landing village, then take a boat (45 mn) upstream on the Nam Ou river to get to Mouang Ngoi village, a very peaceful village on the left bank of Nam Ou river, which surrounded by beautiful range of mountains and also high cliffs. The afternoon is spent exploring the highlights of this scenic area by boat (1hr) and visit ethnic village of Khmu on the riverside. Begin to kayak back to Muang Ngoi pasting the base of stunning karsts limestone Mountains through fun rapids. Dinner is free and accommodation at local guesthouse.
Day 4: Muang Ngoi (Kayaking)
Breakfast at guest house, begin to have one of the highlights of the trip is to trek through pristine environments of the unspoiled forested areas including to explore natural caves, which was home of the villagers during the war (1960-1972) as well as beautiful small waterfalls where there is a plenty of time for relaxing and swimming in the cool water before you will visit more ethnic villages of Khmu and also Low land Lao where you will learn more rural life of these fascinating people. Getting back to Muang Ngoi in late afternoon. Dinner is free and accommodation at local guest house.
Day 5: Muang Ngoi - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang
Breakfast, take a boat trip downstream on Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang, on the way, photo-stops can be made and also for relaxing to see more ethnic villages. Stop to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consists of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height.
Continue by car to drive from Ban Pak Ou, a village opposite of Pak Ou cave to Luang Prabang, on the way, stop at Ban Xangkhong, the well-known village for its wood paper-making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes. Dinner is free and accommodation at hotel.
Day 6: Luang Prabang Departure
Breakfast at hotel, be free at leisure until for your own shopping or strolling through Luang Prabang ancient city, before being transferred to airport for departure.
- Accommodation in twin-sharing room.
- Transfers & tours with English speaking guide.
- Private air-conditioned transport + boat.
- Entrance fees for sightseeing.
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B="Breakfast," L="Lunch," D="Dinner).
- Service charge & government tax.
- Baggage handling and porterage.
- Visa fee.
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- International air tickets to / from Laos.
- Departure tax.
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc.