The Unseen Laos (10 Days, 9 Nights) - Laos Tours, Laos Holidays

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 1: Tay Chang – Muang Khua

Arrival in the morning at Tay Chang, Vietnam-Laos, border (assuming arrive at the border at around 1000 am). Once the border crossed to enter to Laos side, welcome by your guide and transfer to Muang Khua, you can enjoy the nice scenery along the road. Lunch at local restaurant along the way, then free time at leisure. Dinner at the local restaurant. Accommodation in Muang Khua.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 2: Muang Khua – Houy Yang – Seng Luang

Hiking on small path, enjoy great view to explore ethnic diversity in Muang Khua as: Akha and Khmu, the first day stay overnight in the Akha village and the second day in the Khmu village, learn about traditional Akha and Khmu architecture.

Start from Muang Khua by slow boat down on Nam Ou River about 3 Km, then start trek at Ban Houy Yang through scenery forest up and flat 4 hours including picnic lunch and break overnight in Akha village – Ban Seng Luang.

Accommodation in Akha bamboo house.

Approx. 4-5 hour.

Difficulty: Moderate, short hill climbs and descents walks up and down of hills.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 3: Seng Luang – Kiaw Kam – Kung Ha

After breakfast continue walk through Akha village (Ban Kiaw Kam) to visit Khmu village (Ban Kung Ha) where we stay overnight for the second day to learn about their culture and traditional. Accommodation in Khmu Bamboo house (basic).

Approx. 5 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 4: Kung Ha – Pak Leng – Muang Khua – Muang Ngoi

From Ban Kung Ha down and flat to other Khmu village near the river Nam Ou that we called Ban Pak Leng 2.5 hours, lunch will provide at the village, then take the boat down on Nam Ou River 40 minutes to Muang Khua, On arrival to Muang Khua, collect your main luggage and embark to the other boat and continue cruise down the Ou River to Muang Ngoi. On arrival check into your accommodation in Muang Ngoi, the rest of day is free at leisure.

Dinner at the local restaurant and overnight in Muang Ngoi.

Approx. 3 hours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 5: Muang Ngoi trek – Ban Kioukhan

This trekking tour offers all the best of overnight trekking from Muang Ngoi to ethnic villages for exploring authentic rural life. Mountain trail gives all trekkers very good chance to admire the most beautiful unspoiled nature, particularly mountains capes along Nam Ou River.

In the morning, begin to trek uphill, which is about 1200 m above the sea level, to Ban Kioukhan (about 4-5 hours), a Village of Khmu ethnic group. On the way, stop to visit Tham Kaang, the former sheltering cave for local villagers during the last Indochina War (1960 – 1972) which has never damaged with beautiful surroundings. A long the way, it is particularly picturesque of mountain views. Picnic lunch. Arrival Kioukhan in the afternoon. Explore local people’s working and living conditions. Dinner and overnight at the villager’s homes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 6: Ban Kioukhan trek – Muang Ngoi cruise to Nong Kiau

Breakfast at villagers’ homes; continue to trek downhill through beautiful natural surroundings to visit Ban Hadsapheai (about 4-5 hours), a small village of Khmu ethnic group which is on the bank of Nam Ou River. Continue to take a boat ride downstream to Muang Ngoi. Between Ban Hatsaphuai and Muang Ngoi, it is thought to be one of the most beautiful views on the Nam Ou River with rock cliffs and rock formation rising dramatically above rain forest. Lunch at the local restaurant in Muang Ngoi.

After lunch continue short boat ride to Nong Kiau.

Dinner at the restaurant of the hotel & overnight in Nong Kiau.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 7: Nong Kiau cruise down to Luang Prabang.

Enjoy a morning visit to the beautiful small town by your own, morning our guide will pick you up and cruise down to Luang Prabang. Lunch is served on board. Visit Pak Ou caves on the way down, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.

The boat arrives Luang Prabang before sunset. On arrival to Luang Prabang enjoy visit to the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong and then transfer to the mount Phousy to enjoy an amazing panoramic view over the town. Then drive to your hotel in town for check in.

Dinner at Tamnak Lao restaurant and overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si.

AM: After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Royal palace now transformed into the National Museum (closed on Tuesday). Our stroll will also lead us at Wat Mai. Lunch at Un Petit Nid restaurant.

PM: We continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.

Dinner at Roots & Leaves restaurant with Lao traditions dance during the dinner. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Full day elephant experience

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.

Joined-in: 08:30 – 09:00 am, pick up by our English speaking tour guide – Arrival at the Elephant Village. Welcome and greeting by our Camp Manager and participate in short briefing. – Ride the Elephant. Enjoy the impressive experience of approx. 1.5 hours elephant ride on the Howdah (Elephant seat) to the Elephant Jungle Camp. – Enjoy approx. 1.5 hours walk through a unique natural jungle valley with limestone cascades. – Lunch will be provided at the Elephant Jungle Camp (Picnic lunchbox and drinking water). – Tad Sae Waterfall visit. – Boat trip on the Khan River. Take a short boat trip from the Tad Sae Waterfall to our Elephant Village. – Depart back to Luang Prabang town and drop off at the hotel, between 03:00 and 04:00 pm.

At 19:00 pm: heading to the Hive Bar for a drink and to have a look over an ethnic fashion show that displays 95 pieces of traditional clothes from hill tribes of Northern Laos.

Dinner at the House Bar & Restaurant & overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Unseen Laos (10 days – 9 nights)

Day 10: Luang Prabang

Free time at leisure till your transfer to the airport for your flight to the next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

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Muang Khua Sernerly Hotel Standard
Muang Khua In Village Home-stay
Muang Ngoi Lattanavongsa Standard
Muang Ngoi In Village Home-stay
Nong Kiau Mandala Ou Eco resort Bungalow
Luang Prabang Villa Saykham Standard

NOTE : You have chosen to visit some remote areas of Laos where tourism is still in its infancy. We thank you for your open-mindedness and consideration. We are persuaded you will enjoy your time in these little visited parts of our beautiful country. We take this opportunity to inform you that you might occasionally face some situations when you may not be attended in a very professional manner simply because staffs have not necessarily been properly trained. In developing countries, it is an on-going concern which is being addressed by the relevant local and national authorities but we rest assured that tour guide will do his/her utmost to compensate the eventual weaknesses encountered here and there. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your feedback.

Tour price includes:

  • • Accommodation at selected hotels, based on twin/ double occupancy with daily breakfast. Single occupancy must add the supplement single
  • • Ground transportation in private A/C vehicle or tuk tuk when mentioned
  • • Boat cruise as per mentioned in the program
  • • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • • English speaking guide (local guide, one guide one place)
  • • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • • All permissions and local taxes
  • • Refreshing tissue during the transfer

Tour price excludes:

  • • Visas and stamps in Laos: visa available at the border (30 US$ to 45 US$ per person depending on nationality, + one passport sized picture + overtime fees; passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond travelling dates. Subject to change without prior notice from local authorities).
  • • Domestics and International flights and taxes
  • • International flights
  • • Drinks, tips, personal expenses (such as internet, laundry, but not limited to)
  • • Travel insurances
  • • Banking fees
  • • Any other services, meals not clearly mentioned in the proposal
  • • Optional tours in the itinerary are subject to be surcharge
  • • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Indochina Voyages
  • • Additional charges from hotel during its peak season
Category Price valid from 1st Jan 2014 until 31st Dec 2014
2 3-4 5-6 7-8 SRS
Standard US$ 1,885 US$ 1,419 US$ 1,385 US$ 1,278 US$ 195

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