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Adventure & Eco-Tours

Highlights

  • Two day trekking
  • Homestays at Akha village
  • Meet other tribes such as the Hmong, Laenthen, Khmu, and Yao
  • Elephant riding

Price:

Price on requests

Day 01) Arrival Ban Houai Xai
Upon arrival on the Lao side of the river at Ban Houeixay we will walk up the embankment to the small building,which houses the Lao customs. After passing through customs we will meet our Lao guide and continue to check in the guesthouse that we've booked for you. At 18.00 pm you'll catch up with your local Lao guide. He will give you a short briefing about the itinerary for the next coming days.

Day 02) Ban Houai Xai – Xieng Kok
This morning we will be transferred to Muang Ton Pheung and then take to the Mekong River for a spectacular journey. Leaving here by speedboat we head west along the Mekong, soon passing the 'Golden Triangle' where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar (Burma) meet. The river winds its way through thick vegetation and the boat is navigated through large black volcanic outcrops along the way. Eventually we reach Xieng Kok, a small frontier border town where we spend the night (B, L, D).

Ban Houai Xai Xieng Kok

NB: If it would not be safe to weather conditions, to travel by boat on the Mekong River, we may alter this route. Dokkham Travel will try to inform you as much as possible in advance. But as nature follows its own way, the supporting local guide can make adios decisions on the day of traveling. For your safety, compulsory helmets and lifejackets are provided.

Day 03) Xieng kok - trekking- homestay Akha village
After breakfast we head for the real jungle. An approximately five hour trek will take us to a charming Akha village where we will spend the night at the house of the chief of the village. The hike will lead you through a forest of giant stands of bamboo, strangler figs, mountains and rice fields. The unique Akha home stay will give you a wonderful chance to experience the hospitality of the Akha's (B,L,D).

Day 04) Akha village - Muang Singh
The next morning you will awake to the sounds of the village coming to life. The inevitable roosters probably will start crowing long before the sun is up. After absorbing our last images of the Akha people and their rare village life, we'll start walking again (about 4 hours). Our driver who is waiting for us at the main road, will take us to Muang Singh. On the way, we will have a short visit at a Laenthen village (B,L).

Akha villageMuang Singh

Day 05) Muang Singh
Today we have planned a trek of half a day into the surrounding hills, visiting dwellings of the Yao, Thai Lu and Ikho en route. The walking is moderate and will be undertaken at an easy pace with plenty of stops. (B,L).

Day 06) Muang Singh - Oudom Xai
We have a long drive out of Muang Singh today.The condition of the roads in this part of the country 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 07) 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. It’s nice to walk around this area and crossing the bridge over the Ou River. (B,L).

Oudom XaiLocal village

Day 08) 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 Rriver. 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 un wind or to explore a bit of this world heritage town. All the main sites of interest are close together so you can comfortable 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 09) 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 country side and will end at a waterfall. Here you can take a dip and enjoy your picnic lunch. A motor boat will take us back to the point where our car is waiting to drive us back to Luang Prabang (B,L).

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 (B).

Luang PrabangBan Xieng Lom

Day 10) 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 endangered 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 11) Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
By shared minibus you proceed your trip today to Vang Vieng (5-6 hrs). This tiny village is settled between a spectacular spread of limestone karsts and is surrounded by green lush paddy fields. The terrace of your hotel offers splendid sun-sets amidst these magnificent natural settings (B).

Day 12) Vang Vieng - day at leisure
The whole day is at leisure. You probably like to enjoy some excursions such as exploring the surrounding caves by bicycle, hiring a canoe, tubing or rafting (B).

Day 13) Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Approximately a four hour drive (by shared minibus) 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 a bizarre Buddha park nearby, which is worth visiting (B).

Day 14) 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 Triumphe, the National museum and the 'morning market' where you can 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.

Tour information
Depart from: Ban Houyai Xai
Arrival at: Vientiane
Start time: 18.00 pm
End at: Last day in Vientiane, after check in hotel
Departure days: Once every two weeks (Monday)

What to bring:
Good shoes for hiking, 1 change of clothing, sarong for bathing (required for women), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, some money to purchase handicrafts, raincoat (in rainy season), sheet (hygiene), and a towel. We will provide (thin and unfortunately hard) mattress and mosquito net.

Terms and conditions
Please read our term and conditions page (on this website) carefully

Rates Include:

  • Accommodation based on twin or double room 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 14 after arrival (and check in) in your hotel in Vientiane
  • Guidance of English speaking local guide from day 01 until day 09
  • Private vehicle/boat from day 01 until day 08. Continuing your trip, we will provide shared minivans
  • Elephant riding excursion in Luang Prabang

NB: People travelling on their own will share a room with companion of the same gender

Rates exclude:

  • 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.)
  • Tuktuk from border Ban Houai Xai to guesthouse (10000 kip p.p.)
  • Foods and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • In Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane (besides visiting the Pac Ou caves and the elephant ride) no other optional tours
  • Entrance fees

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

>To villages around Xieng Kok the walking is - moderate, some steep ascents/descents
Distance - 4-5 hours walking (depending on weather and your condition)
The day walk in Muang Singh is moderate on flat area
Distance - 4-5 hours walking (depending on weather and your condition)

N.B. Depending on the season, you may have to cross some small rivers.

How the homestays will benefit villages
Your presence will provide the villagers income. They get paid for preparing meals, your stay overnight and Dokkham Travel supports a village account. Ask our guides for more information on 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.

    1. Photographs. Always ask before taking close-ups or portraits. Respect those who choose not to be photographed.
    2. Dress Modestly. Please wear shirts that cover the shoulder, and pants or skirts that cover your knees. Shirts with a low neckline are not appropriate.
    3. Bathing. Please do not bath nude in public. This is considered as impolite.
    4. Gifts. Please do not give anything to children as this practice encourages begging. Also, do not give medicine to anyone but a doctor or nurse.
    5. Wildlife products. Hunting and the sale of wildlife products endanger many species of animals native to Laos. You can help by simply not buying or eating wildlife products.
    6. Respect local traditions. Please do not touch anything that may be of religious significance, such as spirit gates, altars and burial grounds.
    7. Purchasing local crafts. Please so not purchase unique items such as old books, antiques or family heirlooms that may be irreplaceable.
    8. Drugs. Please do not do drugs in Laos. Drug tourism does damage.
     

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