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Overland Explorer From Northern Thailand To Luang Prabang Tour

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Northern Laos
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A great option for those coming from Thailand as this trip allows easy access to remote Northern Laos. You will discover the stunning diversity that is Laos. Dense forests, remote villages, grand ancient Temples, and . .
Country: Laos
City: Northern Laos
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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A great option for those coming from Thailand as this trip allows easy access to remote Northern Laos. You will discover the stunning diversity that is Laos. Dense forests, remote villages, grand ancient Temples, and historic colonial Cities. There are lots of options for daily activities from trekking or visiting local villages. The trip finishes in Luang Prabang where you can relax and take in this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage city

Day 1: Overland from Chiang Rai – Luang Namtha

Whether you are staying in Chiang Rai or arriving at the airport we will pick you up and transfer you to the Thai-Laos border town of Chiang Khong overlooking the Mekong River. On the way you will have a chance to stop to visit Wat Rong Khun, the famous ‘White Temple’ According to the artist/architect, the white plaster coating symbolizes Buddha’s purity, while the pieces of glass stuck all over the walls represent Buddha’s wisdom.

After visiting the temple we transfer to the border after completing immigration proceedings, cross the Mekong Bridge, and transfer to Luang Namtha. The journey takes about 3-4 hours.

On arrival, Luang Namtha checked into the hotel free at the hotel leisure (~ 5 – 6 hours by road 290 km)

Accommodation: Phou Iu Bungalow (Standard Room)

Day 2: Trekking and Village Experience in Luang Namtha

Option 1: Trekking

Depart south at 9 a.m. past Doiluckkam (which means Gold Mountain), the Tuk-Tuk ride takes about 35 minutes. Your local guide knows the trail, forest, and herbal medicine; and will guide you all the way up the mountain, and deep into the Nam Ha National Protected Area. Trek and walk past forested areas, where you may encounter or hear wild animals, and birds and spot their tracks.

Your guide will share some of his ancestral knowledge about the traditional use of medicinal plants, and edible leaves, and show you some native skills for the hunting of wildlife. After two hours have a traditional picnic lunch along the walking path.

Continue through the primary forest, within the Nam Ha National Protected Area, and you will finish your trek around 3-4 p.m. close to Nam Ha, a Khmu Tribal village, which you will have the opportunity to visit. The Tuk-Tuk will take you back to Luang Namtha town. (~4 – 5hours trekking 10 km)

Option 2: Villages

Departing at 9 am visit the Luang Namtha museum, then it is onto Ban Nam Dee “Lanten Village” to see and participate in bamboo paper making, nature dyeing (depending on the season), and walk to the Nam Dee waterfall. Lunch will be provided on the way whilst enjoying the great views. After lunch travel visit Luang Namtha Stupa where you will see an excellent view of Luang Namth city.

Visit the old Phou Pouk Stupa, as well as Ban Nam Ngean “Tai Dam” and Ban PiengNgam “Tai Deang”. Both are famous for their many different handicrafts. Walk around the villages to see & learn how to process Lao Whisky making, traditional weaving, blacksmithing, bamboo basket making, and finally back to Luang Namtha.

Accommodation: Phou Iu Bungalow (Standard Room)

Day 3: Local Villages and a Dramatic Drive to NongKiau

An early morning rise to visit the local market where you can see the local villagers with their traditional dresses selling and trading their locally produced goods. Drive through some dramatic landscapes to NongKiau, visiting local Hmong and Khmu minority tribes along the way. Enjoy the afternoon to relax or take a stroll along the river bank or just relax and watch the sunset, overnight at a local guesthouse (~ 4– 5 hours by road180 km)

Accommodation: Nong Kiau Riverside (River View Room)

Day 4: Untouched Beauty with a Boat Trip on the Nam-Ou River to Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we’ll take you on an amazing long-tail boat journey along the Nam-Ou & Mekong Rivers, through the beautiful Laotian countryside all the way to Luang Prabang. Pass by the local villages and experience the real everyday life of the local villagers going about their chores including fishing, trading, and washing along the river.

The journey takes about 5 hours and on the way, you’ll stop to see the fascinating Pak Ou caves, which in fact are a cave system of two interlinked caves, crammed full of Buddha statues left behind by pilgrims over generations. You will also have the chance to observe the traditional process of rice wine distillation in Ban Sanghai. We recommend you try a taste of this locally-produced wine.

We arrive in Luang Prabang in the early evening and check into your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy the peacefulness of this French colonial city. (~ 6 – 7 hours by Boat)

Accommodation: Sada Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 5: Luang Prabang Full Day City Tour

After breakfast, visit Si Market where you will see a diverse array of local products: local teas, fruits, vegetables, and hill-tribe handicrafts.

After a leisurely trip to the market continue to the boat pier for a boat trip to visit Ban Chan. Ban Chan is a local village just outside Luang Prabang and is famous for its traditional pottery.

Returning to Luang Prabang tour through this historical and UNESCO world heritage city, and gain an insight into the culture and rich history of this magical city. Luang Prabang has a fascinating history with a delightful mix of Buddhist temples and French Colonial buildings.

Our first stop is Wat Visoun: a replica of an older Temple, that was erected in the same place back in 1513. Wat Visoun houses numerous religious art treasures. Next, we head to Wat Xieng Thong a royal Wat built on the banks of the Mekong River in 1559. Wat Xieng Thong has remained relatively undamaged by the various mainly Chinese invasions over the centuries. The temple is decorated extensively with impressive carvings, murals, and mosaics.

Visit the Laotian Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham. The palace was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family. The site was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly at the palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the Palace was converted into a National Museum.

Today it houses many artefacts, which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. Then continue to enjoy the atmosphere at Wat Mai, built in 1796 and sits at the foot of Mount Phousi.

Accommodation: Sada Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 6: Khuang Si Waterfall and Phousi Mountain

This morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including Laos’s famous sticky rice

After breakfast, we drive to Khuang Si Waterfall and the Bear Rescue Centre, about 30 minutes from Luang Prabang. The waterfall is set in a natural jungle setting and you will have plenty of time to relax or swim in its turquoise cool pools. Late afternoon we return to the town and have time to climb Phousi Hill, with its 328 steps, it’s a rewarding walk as once at the summit you’ll have a fabulous panorama view over the town center and the mighty Mekong River and beyond.

We return to your hotel late afternoon and the evening will be at your leisure.

In the evening explore the Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textiles by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. For late arrivals, this can be done on the following day.

Accommodation: Sada Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 7: Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast free at your leisure and say goodbye to the stunning world heritage city of Luang Prabang

Price Includes:

Accommodation as mentioned in the Program
Private transport with AC
English speaking guide
All Entrance fees
All boat trip/boat ticket
Tuk Tuk / Songtrail as mention in program
Meals Breakfast
Drinking water
Government Tax

Price Excludes:

Visa fees/border fees
Internal flights
Personal expenses
Travel Insurance
Lunch & Dinner

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