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Trekking Luang Prabang Cultural Encounters - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Trekking Luang Prabang Cultural Encounters - 4 Days / 3 Nights

Trekking Luang Prabang Cultural Encounters - 4 Days / 3 Nights

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Luang Prabang - Ban Mok Chong


More ethnically diverse than perhaps any other part of Southeast Asia, northern Laos is heaven for those who want to broaden their cultural horizons. One of the best ways to engineer encounters with the kaleidoscope of cultures that live as they have for centuries in the mountains is through a trekking expedition. A highlight of the trek, meanwhile, includes the opportunity to experience a Baci Ceremony first-hand.

Day 1 - Luang Prabang - Arrival (D)

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Welcome to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.

The afternoon will be spent discovering the architectural and historical wonders of this UNESCO-protected town, on foot. We will visit the Xieng Thong Palace, the former Royal Palace and climb up Phousi Mountain just in time for panoramic views of the town and a glorious sunset.

When walking in the peninsula, along the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, you can get a sense of Luang Prabang’s true ambiance and the inhabitants’ lifestyle.

It’s then time to head back to your hotel to freshen up in readiness for your first night out in Luang Prabang

Early evening, your guide will escort you to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre for some appetizers and cocktails. This unique little museum is dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Mondays).

Tonight, we have dinner at Tamarind, the most famous Lao restaurant in town serving many local delicacies.

After dinner burn some calories by taking a stroll through the night market for an insight on local souvenirs and handicrafts.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Airport to Hotel in Luang Prabang: 15 mins

Day 2 - Luang Prabang - Ban Mok Chong (B,L,D)

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After a big breakfast, we out of town, 40 km north of Luang Prabang, in the Khmu-village of Ban Huay Lo, off route 13.

Our trekking trail passes through rice paddies, forest and waterfalls. On the way, we visit the Hmong village of Pha Phuang where we have a local lunch.

After re-energizing we continue trekking uphill until we reach Khmu and Hmong villages on the mountain top.  You will learn more about Hmong-culture from our host family in our overnight homestay at Ban Mok Chong.

Overnight in Homestay

 

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Luang Prabang to Ban Huay Lo: 1 hour

Trekking:  6 hrs

Difficulty: Hard

Day 3 - Ban Mok Chong - Luang Prabang (B,L,D)

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After a simple but authentic local breakfast, we have the choice of either trekking the classic route or we can opt for a more challenging track.

 

Option 1: Ban Mok Chong -Ban Nasavang -Huay Vang- Luang Prabang

Today, we trek further into the rugged and densely forested mountains west of the Nam Ou valley. A trail leads us through remote and beautiful bamboo forest and limestone scenery.

Lunch is served in the Khmu village of Ban Nasavang.

After lunch, continue trekking by following a local Khmu trail. On the way we stop at scenic waterfalls, a perfect place to relax.We continue trekking until we reach the village of Ban Hauy where our vehicle is waiting to take us back to your hotel in town.

 

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Hauy Vang to Luang Prabang: 45 mins

Trekking: 5 hrs

Difficulty: Medium

 

Option 2: Ban Mok Chong -Ban Nasavang- Ban Mok Muang – Ban Houy Louang- Luang Prabang

We start trekking up in the mountain for about 40 minutes until we reach a panoramic view of the region. We then continue into deeper jungle. After 3 hours of trekking, we reach a Hmong village where we stop for a local lunch.

After lunch, we continue trekking for one more hour through deep jungle before we reach the rice paddies and a beautiful view of the river. After, 2 more hours of trekking, we reach the Khmu village of Ban Houy Louang. Depending on the season, enjoy a swim or cool your feet in the river before we transfer back to Luang Prabang.

 

Distance and journey time:

Transfer from Ban Hauy Louang to Luang Prabang: 30 mins

Trekking: 6 hrs

Difficulty: Hard

 

It’s time to relax and freshen up before preparing for the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions, the Baci. The purpose of the Baci, which is a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back escaped spirits to the body. This is something that is very important before major events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.

This evening, for your last night in Luang Prabang, you will eat at the exquisite Tangor restaurant for Lao and French fusion-style cuisine.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

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For the early birds, you have the option to participate in the Morning Alms giving ceremony, a time when monks from the many temples walk the streets and are offered rice by the local community. After breakfast you are free to explore the town before your private car and guide meet you at your hotel and takes you to the airport for your departure flight.

 

“An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients.”

Tour Duration: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour Operates: Available Upon Request
Tour Price: Year Round / On Demand

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.


Our services include:

  • Luggage transfer
  • English Speaking certified Adventure Guide
  • Plenty of water per person per trekking day
  • Snacks and local fruits
  • Additional local guide for 11-15 pax, 2 assistant  guides for 16+ pax
  • Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
  • 1 first aid kit per guide
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation as listed above.
  • Flight reconfirmations

Our services don’t include:

  • Visa arrangement
  • International and domestic flights.
  • Soft drinks, or beverages beyond water – we can add this into costs at agents request
  • Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Tips
  • Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
  • Credit card/bank transfer fees
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
  • Supplement for other language speaking guides

 

Important notes:

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.



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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted by our in-country management teams and represent a series of experiences we can certainly recommend. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. Our consultants are waiting to hear from you so that we can tailor or custom design a Laos tour to your individual specifications.


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