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Luang Prabang

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.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for Trekking - Luang Prabang Cultural Encounters
Village Homestay

Village Homestay

Venture away from Luang Prabang to a remote village and spend the night amongst the Hmong people, learning about their culture and ways of life.

Jungle Trekking

Jungle Trekking

Spend an invigorating day trekking through lush jungle, passing pristine waterfalls and Khmu villages.

Traditional Ceremonies

Traditional Ceremonies

Partake in the morning alms donation to Buddhist monks and receive a special, traditional Laos blessing for safe travels.  

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ITINERARY

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

DAY 1 - Luang Prabang - ArrivalMealsMEALS [D]

Exo TravelTransfer from Airport to Hotel in Luang Prabang: 15 mins

Welcome to Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos!

Upon arrival to the airport, our guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to the hotel for check in. After relaxing at the hotel for a bit, embark on the first adventure of the trip!

Spend the afternoon on a walking tour discovering the architectural and historical wonders of this UNESCO-protected town. 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.

After the sunset views, head back to the hotel to freshen up before the first evening out in Luang Prabang. During the early evening, our guide will provide an escort 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 into the Lao people. (Note: closed on Mondays)

Tonight, enjoy dinner at Tamarind, the most famous Lao restaurant in town serving many local delicacies. After a delicious meal, burn off the calories with a stroll through the night market, boasting a wide array of souvenirs and handicrafts.

Overnight In Luang Prabang

DAY 2 - Luang Prabang - Ban Mok ChongMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelTransfer from Luang Prabang to Ban Huay Lo: 1 hour Trekking: 6 hrs Difficulty: Hard

After breakfast at the hotel, head 40 kilometers north of Luang Prabang to the Khmu village of Ban Huay Lo. The day’s trekking trail passes through rice paddies, forest and waterfalls. During the trek, visit the Hmong village of Pha Phuang where a local lunch awaits.

After re-energizing, continue trekking uphill until reaching Khmu and Hmong villages on the mountain top. Learn more about Hmong culture from the host family in an overnight homestay at Ban Mok Chong.

Overnight in Homestay

DAY 3 - Ban Mok Chong - Luang Prabang MealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Exo TravelOption 1: Transfer from Hauy Vang to Luang Prabang: 45 mins Trekking: 5 hrs Difficulty: Medium Option 2: Transfer from Ban Houay Louang to Luang Prabang: 30 mins Trekking: 6 hrs Difficulty: Hard

After a simple but authentic breakfast, either trek the classic route or opt for a more challenging hike.

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

Trek further into the rugged, densely forested mountains west of the Nam Ou valley. The trails lead through remote, 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, stop at scenic waterfalls, a perfect place to relax. Continue trekking until reaching the village of Ban Huay, where the vehicle is waiting to provide transport back to town.

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

Begin trekking in the mountains for about 40 minutes until reaching a panoramic lookout over the region. Continue deeper into the jungle and, after 3 hours of trekking, reach a Hmong village and stop for a local lunch.  

After lunch, continue trekking for one more hour through deep jungle, ultimately opening up to rice paddies and beautiful views of the river. After 2 more hours of trekking, reach the Khmu village of Ban Houay Louang. Depending on the season, enjoy a swim in the river before transferring back to Luang Prabang.

After one of the previous two hikes, head back to the hotel to freshen up before experiencing one of Laos’ oldest traditions: the Baci. The purpose of the Baci is to call back escaped spirits to the body, an important ritual held before major events such as weddings, births, travel or, in this case, farewells.

After the Baci Ceremony, enjoy dinner at the exquisite Tangor Restaurant.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

DAY 4 - Luang Prabang - Departure MealsMEALS [B]

Early birds are encouraged to take part in the iconic Morning Alms ceremony in Luang Prabang. During this time, monks descend from the town’s temples, walk the streets and are offered food by the local community.

Head back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, enjoy some free time exploring the town before transport (provided) to the airport for the departing flight. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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.



Creating Unique Touring Experiences

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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