Akha Experience 9 days
Akha Experience 9 days/ 8 nights, the interesting trip for you to discover the beautiful Northern part of Laos : Luang Nam Tha, Muang Sin, Oudomxai, Pakbeng, where we can integrate with local ethnic hill tribes and the amazing sceneries here, where you can learn much about the lifestyle and culture that you never find anywhere else.
Arrival in Luang Prabang and road journey to Luang Nam Tha, the area is close to Chinese border where you can walk around the peaceful town or sample the delights of Northern Lao cuisine and get ready for the Akha Experience. Leave Luang Nam Tha for Muang Sin where it’s the base for you to take the Akha Experience. In this ecotourism trek lasting 3 days, the villagers will induct you into their culture and environment so you have a chance to view and participate in their day-to-day activities in the villages such as Ban Lao Khao, Ban Phou Yae, Ban Tamee…End your Akha experience you will continue the road to Pakbeng via Oudomxay. You will spend some couple of nights in the quiet and beautiful lodges : Pabeng Lodge and Kamu lodge. You will enjoy the boat ride along Mekong River offers an enriching insight into the ways of life of the riverside communities. Particularly in Kamu village, you will join the local activities like planting rice…It will be a lovely experience. The trip will be ended after your return to Luang Prabang.
Itinerary in brief :
Day 1: Luang Prabang
Day 1 : Luang Prabang
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2 : Luang Prabang - Luang Nam Tha. (B,L,D)
Moring a private ride through the spectacular mountain vistas leads you to Luang Nam Tha. As you drive along, your guide will give you an overview of northwestern Laos, an area that is home to rich demographics and biodiversity. En-route, a stop at Vieng Phouka introduces you to the Kamu tribe followed by lunch in a local restaurant. A leisurely afternoon awaits you in Luang Nam Tha, where you can walk or bike around the peaceful town or sample the delights of Northern Lao cuisine in the comfort of your eco-lodge. Overnight at The Boat Landing Guest House in Luang Nam Tha
Day 3: Luang Namtha - Muang Sing - Ban Lao Khao. (Trekking day - 6 hours) (B,L,D)
After breakfast, an early departure leads you to Muang Sing for the Akha Experience. In this ecotourism trek lasting 2.5 days, the villagers will induct you into their culture and environment so you have a chance to view and participate in their day-to-day activities. Begin your adventure with a trek to Ban Lao Khao village. As you make your way through the pine forest, engage in bird watching, forage for local plants, and dine by the Nam Keo Noi waterfall. Upon arrival in the village, learn the local legends and listen to traditional music before dining on a delicious meal cooked by your village hosts. Overnight at Ban Lao Khao Lodge in Ban Lao Khao.
Day 4: Ban Lao Khao - Phou Yae - Ban Tamee. (Trekking day - 5 hours). (B,L,D)After breakfast, start the day with a walk to Ban Phou Yae. The trek passes through a landscape of old secondary forest with opportunities to collect bamboo shoots and medicinal herbs with the village guides. En route, try your hand at the local activities of cotton spinning, making children toys, riding a water buffalo or planting rice. Interact with locals along the way, learning more about the traditional Akha lifestyle and culture. Overnight at Ban Tamee Lodge in Ban Tamee.
Day 5: Ban Tamee - Ban Nam Hoo - Muang Sing. (Trekking day - 4 hours). (B,L,D)
Following breakfast, spend some time interacting with the villagers with activities such as feeding the pigs or playing games with the children. Then set off on the day's trek, winding along forest trails that skirt through magnificent views of Muang Sing valley. En route, stop at a village handicraft shop where you can purchase locally-made exquisite handicrafts, a wonderful souvenir of your Akha Experience. Return by truck to Muang Sing, where you can spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Explore the famous local market frequented by the local ethnic hill tribes, check out the unique architecture of this small town, or simply relax. Overnight at Phou Lu Guesthouse in Muang Sing
Day 6: Muang Sing - Oudomxay - Pakbeng. (B,L)
At your own discretion, rise early and head to the local market, a popular meeting point for the local ethnic hill tribes to trade their fresh produce or handicrafts. Sitting with the locals amongst the food stalls for an early meal of “khao soi”, or noodle soup, completes the countryside market experience. After breakfast, depart Muang Sing for Pakbeng, in which the roads wind through the mountains with barely any traffic. Along the way, stops are made at an ethnic village, followed by lunch in Oudomxai and a short climb up to the summit of Phou That. Arrive in Pakbeng in the afternoon. Overnight at Pakbeng Lodge in Pakbeng.
Day 7: Pakbeng - Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)
Today, a cruise downstream leads you to Kamu Lodge at Ban Gno Hay village. The boat ride along Mekong River offers an enriching insight into the ways of life of the riverside communities. Upon arrival at the Kamu Lodge, you will be greeted with welcome drinks. At this rustic lodge, you can unwind in a self-sufficient lodge set in tranquil natural surroundings. Overnight at the Kamu Lodge in Ban Gno Hay.
Day 8: Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang. (B)
An interesting day awaits you after breakfast. The Kamu has developed an array of activities to capture the original Lao experience. You can choose to plant rice with the Kamu villagers, pan for gold in the Mekong, explore the forest for herbs or trek to a stunning waterfall nearby. In the afternoon, depart for Luang Prabang by boat. En-route, stop at the legendary Pak Ou Caves, a local pilgrimage site in which thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed within the limestone caverns. Overnight at Villa Say Kham in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Depart Luang Prabang. (B)
After breakfast, you are free to spend the morning at your own leisure until your transfer to your next destination.
- Private English speaking guide.
- All accommodation on twin share basis with daily breakfasts
- All transfers & transportation by private car (or van, bus)
- Meals as indicated at local restaurant with local foods (B= breakfast; L=Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Boat cruise as indicated in the itinerary
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time.
- Service charge & government taxes
- International Airfares.
- Meals not indicated
- Drinks & beverage ..
- Lao Visa ( on arrival , 30 USD/ pax for stamp fee)
- Personal travel insurance (Compulsory).
|Departure from : Vientiane||Style: Private||Code : LOBT2|