Tribes and Mysterious Jars Tour GU02

17 Days From £0 (1,533 USD)

Explore Laos on this tour, highlights include two days trekking through the serene landscapes, homestays at Lahu and Thai Lue village, visit to the Plain of Jars and an elephant ride.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Ban Houai Xai, Laos
End Location: Ban Houai Xai, Laos
Accommodation: Guesthouses & Homestays
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 11

Tour Highlights

-Two day trekking
-Homestays at Lahu and Thai Lue village
-Visit to the Plain of Jars
-Elephant riding

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
-Accommodation based on twin or double rooms with daily breakfast ( 2-3*hotels )
-Meals as indicated in itinerary
-Services start after you have checked in your guesthouse in Ban Houai Xai and end on day 17 after arrival (and check in) in your hotel in Vientiane
-Guidance of English speaking local guide from day 01 until day 10, and during day 13 (Plain of Jars).
-Private vehicle/boat from day 01 until day 14. Continuing your trip, we will provide shared minivans
-Elephant riding excursion in Luang Prabang

Excludes
-International airfares and taxes
-Visas and visa fees
-Personal expenses such as bar, telephone and laundry bills
-Borderferry from Chiang Khong to Ban Houai Xai (30 Bath p.p.)
-Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
-Tips and gratuities
-Besides excursions mentioned in itinerary (Pac Ou, Elephant riding, Plain of Jars) no other optional tours
-Entrance fees

Notes
-Additional days - Adding extra days is simple - by arrangement before or after the tour. If you need advise, please do not hesitate to ask us.
-Level of difficulty of the trekking - Khamu/Lahu trek - moderate to advanced, some steep ascents/descents Distance - 6 hours walking per day (depending on weather- and your condition)
-How the homestays will benefit villages - Your presence will provide the villagers income. They get paid for preparing meals, your stay overnight and the tour operator supports a village account. Ask our guides for more informationon the village visited during your trip.
-Guidelines for trekking - We would like to inform you about some eco-tourism guidelines given by the Nam Ha Eco-tourism Project in Luang Nam Tha.

Prices per person, based on 2 people traveling - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival in Ban Houai Xai - After crossing the border between Thailand and Laos, check in at the guesthouse that we've booked for you.
Day 02. Ban Houai Xai - Vieng Phouka - We part this morning at 08.30 am by road to Vieng Phouka (about 5 hrs). We travel through beautiful, scenic landscape with rough mountains, green and rugged valleys. Between this green natural settings you'll find dwellings of several tribes living in this area. We will stay overnight at a simple guesthouse in Vieng Phouka (B, L).
Day 03. Vieng Phouka - homestay at Lahu village - Rising early we leave after breakfast by toktok or pick-up to a Khmu village where we will be informed by another local guide about this trekking. We traverse rice fields and then climb through a sacred forest. The journey continues to a limestone crag, where we have a Lao-style picnic lunch. In the afternoon we'll trek mainly trough bamboo forest. A waterfall on the way will bring us a refreshing break. In the evening, we have dinner with the villagers and stay overnight in the eco-lodge (B,L,D).
Day 04. Lahu village - Vieng Phouka - After sharing breakfast with your local village host, we embark on a hike through upland rice fields. We will follow the same path traveled by villagers daily on their way to work. The descent ends at a river where we take a relaxing lunch and swim in the midday sun. On the way back to Vieng Phouka we'll visit a Thai Lue village. Afterwards, we return to our guesthouse by pick-up or toktok (B,L).
Day 05. Vieng Phouka - Luang Nam Tha - After breakfast we'll drive to Luang Nam Tha (4 hrs drive). Luang Nam Tha is blessed with a pristine natural environment. Overnight we stay at a good hotel with a view on the river (B).
Day 06. Luang Nam Tha - day at leisure - Luang Nam Tha, rich in its cultural and natural resources, can best be explored by mountain bike. Tired of physical excitement? By tuk-tuk you can visit the waterfall at Ban Nam Dee. This village, roughly 6 km located from Luang Nam Tha, is a Laenten tribe dwelling. During December - March the Laenthen produces bamboo paper (B).
Day 07. Luang Nam Tha - Oudom Xai - We have a long drive out of Luang Nam Tha today. The condition of the roads in this part of the country is very much depends on the weather and therefore you should be prepared for some landslides and delays. The scenery however is spectacular-mostly forested with slash and burn cultivation and with many hill tribe villages along the way (B,L).
Day 08. Oudom Xai Nongkhiaw - Climbing out of the Oudom Xai valley, we are rewarded with some amazing views. Most of the villages are inhabited by the Hmong people who are distinctive in the way they dress. Late afternoon we'll reach in Nong Khiaw, where we have to overnight here at Local bungalow near the river. Its nice to walk around this area and crossing the bridge over the Ou River. (B,L).
Day 09. Nongkhiaw - Luang Prabang - After breakfast you'll have some time left to enjoy the village life before we board our wooden 'sampan' and continue our trip on the Ou River. Before reaching Luang Prabang, we will stop to visit the Pac Ou caves, where we climb steps up the limestone cliffs to reach the sacred Buddhist shrine. Around lunch time we will arrive in Luang Prabang. This afternoon you'll have some time to relax and unwind or to explore a bit of this world heritage town already. All the main sites of interest are close together so you can comfortably wander around and visit several Wats by yourself. Don't miss the Wat Xieng Thong (the golden temple built in 1559) which is strikingly decorated in brilliant red and gold designs, with an imposing tiled roof and mosaic motifs. Late afternoon you can climb the small temple on top of Mount Phousi and enjoy fine views over the town and the surrounding hills (B).
Day 10. Luang Prabang - elephant riding - At 09.00 am, a vehicle will pick you up from your hotel. After a half hour ride we'll arrive at a local village called Ban Xieng Lom. Here we will enjoy a scenic elephant ride of 45-90 min, depending on the trail and weather conditions. The route will give us wonderful views on the countryside and will end at a waterfall. Here you can take a dip and enjoy your picnic lunch. A motorboat will take us back to the point where our car is waiting to drive us back to Luang Prabang (B,L). Please Note: As just a limited number of elephants are living in this area, it might occur that we can not book an elephant for you. After your final booking we will inform you whether elephants are available or not. If they are, you may have to wait some time at Ban Xieng Lom as we deal with animals. The afternoon is at leisure
Day 11. Luang Prabang - day at leisure - This early morning you may want to wake up early and participate in a daily Lao morning ritual. Monks carrying their bowls, wander trough town, blessing local people who give them offers (mostly sticky rice). Perhaps you like to explore the Kuang Si waterfalls where turquoise waters cascade over limestone formations. The abundance of water forms a magnificent display of nature. Below the Kuang Si are large ponds which are perfect for swimming and cooling off under the spray. On the way you will see stupendous landscapes, teak forests and several ethnic minority villages (Hmong and Khmu). In Ban Phanom, a weaving village, you can find excellent pieces of Lao textile. Near the waterfalls it's worth while to visit a centre where the endan-gered black Asiatic beers found a safe shelter. If you like the taste of Lao cuisine, you can try a Lao cooking course (please inform us in advance) (B).
Day 12. Luang Prabang - Phonsavan - By road we depart this morning to Xieng Khouang, home to the amazing Plain of Jars. Traveling trough high mountains and karsts formations, we have time to stop and visit some colourful dwellings. Late afternoon we'll arrive at Phonsavan, the capital of Xieng Khouang province (B,L).
Day 13. Phonsavan/Plain of Jars - By bus and a short trek, we'll spend the day exploring the Plain of Jars (number 2 and 3) and the surrounding area. The jars are thought to be 2000 years old, although there is little proof to date them very accurately. Archaeologist still struggle to find out the specific purpose of the jars, were they used for funerary urns or to store rice wine? (B,L)
Day 14. Phonsavan - Vang Vieng - We drive to Vang Vieng and on the way we'll make stops to take in the scenery from the viewpoints. Vang Vieng is a tiny village settled between a spectacular spread of limestone karsts and is surrounded by lush paddy fields. The terrace of your hotel offers splendid sunsets amidst these magnificent natural settings (B,L).
Day 15. Vang Vieng-day at leisure - All days is at leisure. Probably you like to enjoy some excursions like exploring the surrounding caves by bicycle, hiring a canoe, tubing or rafting (B).
Day 16. Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Approximately a four hours drive will take you to the capital city of Laos. Vientiane is a friendly sleepy town resting on the shores of the mighty Mekong River. The city boasts oriental temples, shopping places and houses nearby a bizarre Buddha park, you really like to visit (B).
Day 17. Vientiane- day at leisure - Vientiane is a friendly sleepy town resting on the shores of the mighty Mekong River. The city is blessed with temples as Wat Sisaket, Wat Prakeo and the impressive That Luang Stupa, the country's most important monument. Also visit the Arch of Triumph, the National museum and the 'morning market' where you wander around and buy silver, silk or other items you like to take back home. In the evening you can stroll along the banks of the Mekong River (B).