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Mountainscapes of Northern Laos: Magnificent Muang La

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.

FROM $2,800 PER PERSON
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DURATION

4 days | 3 nights

DESTINATIONS

Laos

INTERESTS

Tribal

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the charming capital city of Laos, exploring some of the country’s most spectacular temples
  • Witness the old-age way of life at the Hmong and Khmu villages in the north
  • Take in the stunning mountain scenery - drink-in-hand - from your veranda at Muang La Resort
  • Wind your way through the jungles in a 4x4, stopping off to see the Akha Djepia and Black Tai hilltop tribes
  • Choose between a temple visit in the jungle or go bamboo rafting downstream from the resort. 

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Finding a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure, this four-day trip around Northern Laos lets you soak up the culture - as well as the sun - at and around the stunning Muang La Resort. Start with a city tour of the capital, Vientiane, famous for its majestic Buddhist temples, bustling riverside night market and quality dining scene. Waste no time on the morning of day-two in heading upcountry; you'll be catching a flight to the northern town of Oudomxai before checking-in at the stunning Muang La Resort, nested in the dramatic Laotian mountainscape. You'll be using this as a base to explore the surrounding region, with visits to hilltop tribes including Akha Djepia, Akha Loma, and the Black Tai tribe. There's also time for temple visits and river rafting before flying back to the capital on the fourth day.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Vientiane

This mini-tour of Northern Laos kicks off in the south in Vientiane, situated on the Mekong River bordering Thailand. After checking-in to the splendid Settha Palace Hotel, take a quick tour of the city, with visits to That Luang stupa (National Monument), Hor Pra Keo Museum and Sisaket temple. Don't forget to have a look at the charming riverside night market in the evening too.

DAY 2: Muang La

Time to leave the capital behind and really start the tour. Head to the airport and catch an onwards flight to Oudomxai town. Lunch is then served at a local restaurant before the tour heads on to the gorgeous Muang La Resort, around 2.5 hours away - nestled in a beautiful mountain landscape. Along the way, there's time for two village stops to see the fascinating Hmong and Khmu ethnic groups. Afternoon activities present a choice between bamboo rafting down the river, or visiting a nearby temple.

DAY 3: Muang La

Wake up to the gentle sound of the river flowing past, surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery any resort in the country has to offer. Although you might feel like you have to drag yourself away from the tranquility of the resort, day-three's itinerary is well worth it. Set off in a 4x4 en route to Ban Pi Jer Mai, visiting different hill tribes along the way such as the Akha Djepia, Akha Loma, and the Black Tai tribe. Head back in the late afternoon and enjoy one last drink on the veranda as the sun sinks below the Laotian mountainscape.

DAY 4: Departure

Regrettably, it's time to pack your bags after two nights at the memorable Muang La Resort and head back to the capital. After breakfast, private transportation will drop you off at the airport in Oudomxai town where you'll catch a flight back to Vientiane. Arrival in the capital marks the end of this four-day excursion through Northern Laos.

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