8-Day Northern Explorer

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Tour type

Tour Level:

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: 8 Days

tour highlights

  • Embark on a day cruise along the Mekong
  • Observe the unique architecture, culture and traditions of hilltribe communities
  • Soft trek to the hill tribe villages around Muang Sing
  • Witness the stunning karst landscape along the Nam Ou river
  • Visit the sacred temple at Pak Ou caves

tour details

Northern Explorer provides you with the opportunity to be truly immersed in the variety of hill and minority peoples’ that populate northern Laos. After absorbing yourself in the unique, architecture, culture, language and traditions of the region, you round off the trip by boat on the Nam Ou River and visit a sacred temple along the way.

Why choose this tour?

This tour brings you an opportunity to explore the best of northern Laos. It is an unforgettable journey starting on the Mekong River. With travel and a soft trek to remote villages, you go off the beaten track to learn about the culture and traditions of the Akha, Ikor, Khmu and Lanten hilltribes.


customise the tour

Extend your stay in Luang Prabang and add in any of the following options:

  • Diethelm Exclusive: Enjoy a sunset champagne and canapes picnic by the river
  • Go Local: Spend the early evening playing Pétanque with the locals
  • Indulge in a luxury, private sunset cruise
  • Explore the natural beauty of Kuang Si waterfall
  • Learn about Lao cuisine with a cooking class
  • Treat yourself to some wellness with a private yoga or meditation session
  • Discover the beautiful architecture on a City and Temples tour


  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles


  • 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: 8NEXEC

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