Laos

5-Day Laos Extreme

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Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • Journey to the remote northern region of Laos visiting Black Thai and Hmong villages
  • Easy Trekking to the remote Khamu village of Ban Chalernsouk
  • Observe the beautiful culture of Yao or Mien and Ikhor or Akha hilltribes
  • Visit a local market showcasing local hilltribe produce and learn about the Lanten hilltribe
  • Leisurely cruise down the Mekong enjoying the breathtaking scenery on the way

tour details

Laos Extreme is a combination of cultural sightseeing in traditional northern Laos villages and trekking to the remote hilltribe at Ban Chalernsouk. Hike, while enjoying the tranquil and unique mountain and jungle landscapes and observe the way of life of the hilltribes. Finish, by taking a leisurely boat trip down the Mekong and glimpse the riverside way of life.

Why choose this tour?

This tour takes you soft trekking and off the beaten track to meet, and immerse yourself in, the unique cultures of several of the hilltribes of northern Laos.

Pick up at your hotel in Luang Prabang and then enjoy the drive to Luang Namtha. En route, visit Ban Thabu Thai Dam (Black Thai) village and Ban Songja Hmong village and learn more about the culture and traditions of these hill tribes. Hmong women are renowned for their beautiful embroidered costumes and their impressive silver jewellery. As many Hmong still dress in a traditional fashion you will have the opportunity to see this for yourself and learn about this unique culture. The natural landscapes you will witness include rice paddies, lush, green mountains and seemingly impenetrable jungles! Upon arrival in Oudomxay, an important trading centre in the region, visit Wat Santhipeab. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and try some traditional Lao cuisine. After lunch continue to enjoy the ever changing scenery as we journey north to Luang Namtha. On arrival check in at your hotel.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel it is time to leave for the day’s trekking experience. This 5 hour easy trek will take you from Luang Namtha up to the almost isolated village of Ban Chalernsouk village.

Meet at 9:00 hours at the office where a 30 minutes ride by tuk-tuk ride will take you to the beginning of the hiking trail.

At 10:00 hours begin the 4-5 hours hike with a gradual elevation of 500 metres to Ban Chalernsouk village. The walk starts up through densely forested hills and your guide from the local communities will be able to explain the flora and fauna around you and how it relates to the local hill tribes way of life. At lunch time you will learn from the guide about cooking in the jungle (and you have the opportunity to learn how to cook with the guide). In the afternoon the trail enters an impressive and awe-inspiring primary jungle eventually giving way to a tiny oasis of rice paddies, banana trees and cultivated land. At around 15:00 hours you will reach Ban Chalernsouk village. Almost completely cut off from the rest of Laos and existing in a 'jungle bubble' it presents a rare opportunity to experience the unique culture of the Khmu people. Take a well-earned rest, or have a walk and explore around the village and observe the way of life here. Afterward you take a tuk tuk back to the Luang Namtha office.

After a wonderful day trekking relax and enjoy dinner and accommodation at the Boat Landing.
Experience breakfast at the hotel and then drive to the small town of Muang Sing, near the Chinese border. Muang Sing has an idyllic location, being nestled in a valley and surrounded by the stunning scenery of verdant hills. En route, you will have the chance to visit Yao or Mien minority villages. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel. You will take lunch at local restaurant with the chance to taste some local dishes. In the afternoon Visit the Ikhor or Akha minority villages with a chance to observe the unique culture of these people. Many still follow traditional local customs and you are likely to see people in traditional dress.

After a day visiting the villages take dinner and accommodation at the Phou Iu II
After breakfast at your hotel, visit the local market where the ethnic minorities from the surrounding area come daily to trade their goods. This is an opportunity, if you would like, to purchase directly from the producers. After the local market enjoy a drive back to Luang Namtha where there is lunch taken at a local restaurant. After lunch continue to Oudomxay and en route, visit Ban Lakkhammai Lanten village and enjoy exploring the village and learning about this minority tribe. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel.

Dinner and Accommodation at the Charming Lao Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, depart by road to Ban Pak Ou in Luang Prabang province. You will have lunch at a local restaurant and have another chance to sample your favourite Lao dishes. After lunch board a traditional river boat for a trip downstream the majestic Mekong River from Pak Ou Caves to Luang Prabang and take in the green, jungle clad hills and get a glimpse of the way of life for those who live along the river. Finally, on arrival in Luang Prabang, transfer by car from boat pier for a drop off at your own hotel.

customise the tour

  • Extend your stay in Laos with a 2 or 3 night stopover in Luang Prabang, Pakse or Vientiane
  • Extend your stay in Luang Prabang and experience the iMekong Sunset cruise or the early morning Alms Giving Cruise with iMekong or visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre
  • In Luang Prabang arrange a private Baci ceremony
  • In Luang Prabang add in an evening playing Petanque with the locals
  • In Luang Prabang treat yourself to dinner at the upscale Paste at The Apsara restaurant

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/ twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunches & D = Dinner as program mention.
  • Transfers and tours with your selected local Speaking guide in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and towels available on the vehicles
  • Local government tax.

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Lao (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme
Tour code: LNTDLLE5

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