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Laos Hill Tribe & Trekking Holidays

Laos Hill Tribe - Trek Tour With Elephant

Price:
Duration: 12 days/ 11 nights
Tour Destination: Luang Prabang - Nong Khiaw - Muang Khua - Muang La - Pakbeng - Hongsa - Elephant Trek - Luang Prabang

Laos Hill Tribe - Trek Tour With Elephant Highlights:

A very unique travel experience and certainly unlike any other we offer in Indochina, Way of the Elephant promises to take you well away from even the slightest scent of a beaten track. After enjoying the well documented charms of Luang Prabang, travel east to the riverside town of Nong Khiaw and on to Muang La taking time to enjoy the region's rich diversity and wealth of outdoor activities. All this and you've not even reached the highlight.
Having reached Hongsa, you'll spend 4 magical days travelling with your own caravan of Laos elephants. You will spend your time learning the incredible skills of the mahout. You'll bath, groom and feed your elephants, learn to give commands and 'drive' whilst passing through some simply breathtaking Laos panoramas. Finally, having spent your final night camped on the sand banks of the Mekong River, cruise south back to Luang Prabang where it all began.
Camp or stay with villagers, learning about their ancient ways of life, unaffected by the modern world.
As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete travel programme’ we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.

Laos Hill Tribe - Trek Tour With Elephant in Brief:

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang (B/)
Day 2:Luang Prabang, Walking Tour (B/)
Day 3: Luang Prabang (B/)
Day 4: Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw (B/_/_)
Day 5: Nong Khiaw, Nam Ou River, Muang Khua, Muang La (B/D)
Day 6: Muang La, Trek (B/L/D)
Day 7: Muang La, Pakbeng (B/D)
Day 8: Pakbeng, Hongsa, Elephant Trek (B/L/D)
Day 9: Elephant Trek (B/L/D)
Day 10: Elephant Trek (B/L/D)
Day 11: Elephant Trek, Mekong River Cruise, Luang Prabang (B/L/)
Day 12: Luang Prabang (B/L/D)

Accommodations:

We deeply understand that acommodation is one of the most very important for all our tour so we carefully inspect or pick hotels, cruises, homestays to match general international standards of three, four, five star hotels that must be clean, comfortable, nice room, good breakfast, helpful staffs, good lacation...
Here some our suggested hotel list for this trip, specially we can book others, cruise as you requested. The journey's best luxury hotels in each regions in Laos we highly recommended

• Northern Laos: Pakbeng Lodge
• Northern Laos: Muang La Resort
• Northern Laos: Nong Khiaw Riverside
• Luang Prabang: Villa Maydou

Meals:

One of most special highlight in Cambodia travel, you can taste local food in each regions that we will arrange all lunch or dinner in Cambodia food, and If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Cruises Mekong River can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that for the home stay, the meal will be cook by the house owner and they are well-trained for hygiene as well as prepare for good recipes

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal note: are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast:  Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Maily Buffet breakfast selections include both Cambodian and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

Lunch:  Lunches are normally arranged at the Cambodian restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Cambodian dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

Dinner:  Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Cambodian food, Cruises Mekong River suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.

Tourguides:

All Tourguides or Tour escorted are local people who take you to all destionations that meantions in program and our guide will try their best to make you having a enjoyable Vietnam holiday.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese speaking tourguides as request

Qualifications: Exellent foreign languages, professional presentaion skills, knowledges, helplessness, friendliness, expreriences.

Laos Hill Tribe - Trek Tour With Elephant Full Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang (B/)

Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport you will be met by your guide for the transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and regularly voted as one of Asia's premier travel destinations. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers.
In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi, rewarding climbers of its 328 steps with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Luang Prabang, a city where time has seemingly stood still, is also an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional Lao architecture with structures built by the European colonial authorities in more recent times. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.
In the evening there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from - we also recommend the local river side stalls for some truly authentic Lao flavours, washed down with the excellent Beer Lao!
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang, Walking Tour (B/)


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An option (although we highly recommend it; in fact, we almost insist) for early-risers is dawn visit to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s a fantastic experience and for many a highlight of their visit to this iconic city.
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the city. Your circuit begins at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. During Pimai (the Lao New Year celebrations in April), the Kingdoms Palladium - known as Prabang and normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum - is put on public display in this temple. Continue on to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang (quite an accolade!).
In the late morning visit Wat Mai and the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from.
In the afternoon start with the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. There is also time to visit the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek before returning to the Old Town to climb Mount Phousi and enjoy the stunning views across Luang Prabang as the sun sets.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang (B/)

Your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang, Nong Khiaw (B/)

Late morning departure by road Nong Khiaw, a picturesque journey alongside the course of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers.
Nong Khiaw is a remote village situated on the banks of the Nam Ou River and flanked on either side by stunning mountainous back-drops. The remainder of your day is at leisure so why not take a stroll along the river bank, wander through local villages, or just settle back with a Beer Lao and wait for the spectacular sunset.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw.

Day 5: Nong Khiaw, Nam Ou River, Muang Khua, Muang La (B/D)

Morning departure by small boat up the Nam Ou River to Muang Khua. This particular stretch promises stunning scenery and a sprinkling of remote villages, including Ban Sob Jaem a Khmu Village, and Hmong villages that can only be accessed by boat. Upon reaching Muang Khua, continue by road to Muang La, famous for its natural hot springs, arriving by mid afternoon.
The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the serenity of the Muang La Resort and its welcoming hot spring baths.
Overnight in Muang La.

Day 6: Muang La, Trek (B/L/D)

After a short transfer by 4x4, start your day's trek through the beautiful surrounding forest. For much of the morning you will pass amongst a landscape of lush vegetation and rice paddies. In the late morning you will arrive at an isolated Khamu village of stilted houses.
The community has not changed much for hundreds of years and you will have the opportunity to learn about their daily life, discovering about the aspects of the community that play such an important role; respect for the wisdom of elders, the innocence of the youngest, and the solidarity of people. After lunch, set off into the surrounding hills where you will discover a series of interesting caves and enjoy incredible views of the valleys below.
Return to Muang La in the late afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Muang La.

Day 7: Muang La, Pakbeng (B/D)

Morning departure for Hongsa, a small village just a few miles down river from the Mekong River-side town of Pakbeng, a popular spot with travellers wanting to break their river journey between N.E Thailand and Luang Prabang.
Pakbeng is an interesting town to walk through, and you will see many H’mong and tribal Thai minority people in the area. Enjoy sunset and dinner from the balcony of your lodge overlooking the Mekong River.
Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day 8: Pakbeng, Hongsa, Elephant Trek (B/L/D)


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Enjoy a special sunrise and breakfast at the lodge before making the drive to the rural village of Hongsa. Here you will change guides, meeting with one of the specialist guides provided by the locally based organisation that care for the elephants.
The long wait is almost over and after a short walk to Sibounheuang village you will meet the elephants and their mahouts who often spend their entire life caring for just one elephant.
Once loaded and aboard, the caravan will depart the village and head in the direction of Ban Viengkeo, a famous mahout village of the Tai Lue ethnic group. Continue along the banks of the Nam Khene River passing an outstanding back drop of rice fields and forest. You will arrive at your final destination in plenty of time to pitch camp before dark. Throughout the day you will begin to learn some basic mahout craft and ensure that your elephant remains suitably fed!
Overnight in Ban Then.

Day 9: Elephant Trek (B/L/D)

After breakfast and having helped the elephants to theirs, join your mahout with the grooming and bathing duties.
The caravan will depart for the village of Ban Thene, 4km to the east. The elephants pass through the beautiful village and cross a small river before the path narrows and the vegetation becomes thicker - you'll be happy to have such a high seat!
The afternoon is spent travelling through the untouched, natural surroundings, sticking close the Nam Thap River. Arriving at Ban Nam Tap Village, set up camp near the forest on the outskirts of the village before enjoying a well earned bathe in the nearby river. Having ventured into the village and met some of the locals, join your guide in preparing the evening meal.
Overnight in Nam Thap

Day 10: Elephant Trek (B/L/D)

Once again there are bathing and grooming duties to take care of before leaving the camp. You'll then start the days trek on foot as there is a steep hill to climb, those that make it to the top will be rewarded with a stunning panorama of the valley below and a spot of lunch in a small hamlet.
The remainder of the morning is spent sitting up high, following the course of the Nam En until you reach the village of Ban Kheng En where the elephants are likely to head straight for the banks of the Mekong River - no surprises there!
By now you will have learned a variety of the necessary skills and commands to ride your elephant so this afternoon there will be time for a short 'elephant driving test' allowing you to show your mahout how much you have learned in the past few days.
After your test you can join your mahout at the village chief's house for a traditional Baci ceremony, the purpose of which is to call escaped spirits back to the body, a tradition that is very important for Lao people before major events such as weddings, births, travel or when welcoming friends.
Set up camp on the banks of the Mekong River before taking the elephants in for a well earned bath. Unquestionably a highlight of the trip, if not a lifetime, the elephants display their fun loving-side once in the water and you can be sure of some magical moments.
Diner will be around the campfire with the villagers, learning elephant commands and hearing local stories and superstitions.
Overnight in Ban Kheng En or camping.

Day 11: Elephant Trek, Mekong River Cruise, Luang Prabang (B/L/)

Enjoy a truly special breakfast on the banks of the Mekong River, watching local boats passing by, before packing your bags for your journey to Luang Prabang, departing from Tha Souang Pier.
Having said goodbye to your four legged friends, travel east to Luang Prabang along the picturesque Mekong River.
Arrive in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang (B/L/D)

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to the aiport for your onward flight.

Laos Hill Tribe - Trek Tour Price & Inclusions:

Tour Price:

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date or spcial requests. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Tour Inclusions:

•  Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
•  All private transfer and transportation
•  Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
•  Experienced English or French speaking guide.
•  Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
•  All sightseeing tickets.
•  Seasonal fruits, tissues and water on coach.
•  Services charges and government tax.
•  Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service.
•  No extra charge after confirmation
•  24/7 hotline support guaranteed

 Tour exclusions:

•  International flights
•  International departures taxes
•  Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
•  Travel insurance
•  Beverage
•  Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
•  Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
•  Laos visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 01 passport photo each person)
•  Other services not mentioned above.

 
 
 
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