Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
This 7-day tour starts in the beautiful city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient temples, colonial architecture and undulating countryside. On this journey, you’ll meet remote hill tribes, kayak through thick jungle, hike mountainous forest and enjoy sustainable stays in peaceful villages.
You’ll begin your journey in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang. This slow-paced city in north-central Laos was once the royal capital and many vestiges of its prestigious heritage remain. Mountainous green countryside and ancient temples characterize its terrain, with French colonial architecture, waterfalls, caves and rivers all part of its appeal. Tonight, you’ll check into your Luang Prabang hotel for the night - the luxurious French colonial Amantaka is an excellent choice.
Rise early this morning to see the monks on their morning alms walk through the city. This peaceful time of day is very serene, watching monks in their saffron robes on their procession around the city, collecting food offerings. Next, you’ll travel to Wat Phou Si, Luang Prabang’s highest peak. Climb the steep staircase to the summit, where you’ll enjoy unsurpassed views over the region. Back in the city, you’ll visit the Royal Palace Museum and the Silver Pagoda - both must-see sites when in Luang Prabang. After a full day of sightseeing, return to your luxury hotel.
Depart Luang Prabang this morning and drive for 4.5 hours to Luang Namtha, situated on the Tha River, or Nam Tha. You also have the option to fly to Vientiane, spend the night, and fly to Luang Namtha the following day. Visit the Luang Namtha Museum, where collections of anthropological importance are on display. Ethnic garb, tools, instruments, and artworks can be seen here, providing insight into local culture and history. You’ll also visit Ban Nam Dee, the Lantern Village, where you can observe ethnic tradition in action and cool down by the beautiful Nam Dee waterfall. You’ll return to Luang Namtha in the evening, where we recommend the Boat Landing Guest House, a comfortable eco-lodge located on the banks of Nam Tha River.
Set off on an excursion into the countryside this morning, and visit remote hill tribe villages in the pristine mountain wilderness of Laos. You’ll encounter more than a dozen different ethnicities on this tour and have a chance to learn about their cultures. A highlight of the day is dinner in one of the villages, where you’ll be treated to organic local produce cooked in authentic local style. Spend the night at the Boat Landing Guest House in Luang Namtha.
The Nam Tha River winds through thick jungle, and today you can explore it from a different perspective, commandeering through forests, villages and countryside via kayak. You’ll start in Ban Thai and travel downriver, with the chance to spot local fauna such as barking deer, sun bears and countless species of bird. Have an outdoor lunch on the riverbank. Return to your eco-lodge this evening.
Today you’ll depart Luang Namtha and travel an hour to Muang Sing, a lazy town in northwestern Laos. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the fresh country air with a hike through the lush protected forests of Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area, inhabited by elephants, clouded leopards, sun bears and tigers. In these mountains you’ll meet the Akha people amongst other hill tribes - each of them more than willing to show you a glimpse of Laotian rural life. Today you’ll also have the chance to visit the local markets and bargain for handicrafts, including locally-woven silk, needlepoint, and traditional clothing. In the evening, check into the Phou Lu Resort, an eco-lodge offering cozy bungalows set in tropical gardens.