Laos Adventure and Eco-friendly Holiday 14 Days

A 14 day trip to Laos 
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Our tailor-made Laos adventure and eco-friendly holiday includes Houei Say, Vieng Phoukha, Ban Nam Lo, Prasat Cave, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Pakbeng, Pak Ou Cave, Luang Prabang, Laos Spirit resort, Pakse, King Fisher Ecolodge, Khon Phapeng, Wat Phou

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Places Visited 

Houei Say, Vieng Phoukha, Ban Nam Lo, Prasat Cave, Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Pakbeng, Pak Ou Cave, Luang Prabang, Laos Spirit resort, Pakse, King Fisher Ecolodge, Khon Phapeng, Wat Phou

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Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Bangkok arrival (D, GP)
Welcome to Thailand, the ‘Land of Smiles’. When you arrive in Bangkok, the country’s chaotic capital on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. In the evening, you’ll dine while on a river cruise and spend the night in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong/Houei Say/Vieng Phoukha (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, your car will arrive to take you to the airport for the morning flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival, you’ll be met and driven to Chiang Khong. After visa formalities, you’ll cross 3-minutes boat trip across the Mekong River to Houei Say, Laos where your Laotian guide is waiting. You’ll then be driven to Vieng Phou Kha, a large village between Houei Say and Luang Namtha. The rest of the day will be free. You’ll spend the night in Vieng Phou Kha.

Day 3: Vieng Phoukha/Ban Nam O/Ban Nam Lo (B, L, D, G)
In the morning, you’ll be picked up by tuk-tuk to Ban Nam O, a traditional village of the Khmu Kwaen ethnic groups. This is where the first village-based guide joins the group. The first half of the day follows the meandering Nam O River and its lush valley. A Lao-style picnic lunch is taken on the way when hiking across several ridges offering panoramic views onto the forests of the Nam Ha NPA. The well-worn Akha trail continues pass a temporary settlement of the upland rice farmers of Ban Nam O. The first lodge on the top of a mountain at the Akha Phouli village of Ban Nam Lo is reached by late afternoon. A traditional Akha dinner cooked by the villagers marks the end of an adventurous first day.

Approximately: 15 minutes transfer/6 hours trekking

Day 4: Ban Nam Lo/Prasat Cave/Vieng Phoukha/Luang Namtha (B, L, D, G)
Get up early in the morning; you may be able to hear the sounds of the Black-Cheeked Gibbons. After wandering around the village, you’ll get to the second Akha and Khmu village, Ban Taleng, where you’ll have lunch. During this day, you’ll walk through the primary and secondary forest, and discover “Pa Mai Hok” , a bamboo forest area. After walking to the rough road following the Nam Mai River, the pick-up takes us to the Prasat Cave. The limestone cave is the final stop on this tour before returning to Vieng Phoukha in the mid-afternoon. After that, you’ll have a private car take you back to Luang Namtha for your overnight accommodation.
Approximately: 30 minutes transfer/5 hours trekking

Day 5: Luang Nam Tha/Ban Nam Dee/Ban Sida/Ban Nam Dee/Luang Nam Tha (B, L, D, G)
After breakfast, you’ll start at the Lanten Village of Ban Nam Dee where you’ll learn a bit about the village before heading up into the hills. The trail will go through mixed forest, upland fields, and terraced paddy and cross streams. For lunch you have the choice of having a picnic in a hut in the rice paddy or eating in the house of one of the village.

In Ban Sida visit with the village and learn a bit about the life of these small ethnic minorities in the hills. Have our guide ask the villagers to tell the story of how they got separated from their relatives by the banana trees growing on the trail. The easy option returns by the same way that you came. The more challenging trail will take you up from Ban Sida along a ridge with expansive views of mountains area before descending through reserve forest. The trip ends at the Lanten village of Ban Nam Dee where you can spend a views minutes resting at the village’s waterfall. The water isn’t deep enough to swim in, but the falls make for a wonderful refreshing shower. Bring clothes to get wet in! Back to Luang Namtha in the late afternoon, where you will spend the night.

Approximately: 15 minutes transfer/ 6 hours trekking

Day 6: Luang Namtha/Oudomxay/Pakbeng (B, L, D, G)
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to Pakbeng passing spectacular view of the mountains and forest. On arrival in Pakbeng, you’ll visit local market; experience daily lifestyle of colourful hill tribe traders exchanges their goods. You’ll spend the night in Pakbeng.
Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited, unchanged countries. This once-powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang (Million Elephants) was founded in the 14th century with the help of the Khmers, and it went on to become one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until its demise in the late 19th century. Bisected and bordered by the Mekong River, omnipresent symbol of Indochina, Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. It is a peaceful place, and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. Laos is Old Asia preserved. As your journey downriver you will stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu.

Day 7: Pakbeng/Pak Ou Cave/Luang Prabang (B, L, G)
After breakfast, you will pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You’ll visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao Rice wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves, where thousands of Buddha statues are stored. Arriving in Luang Prabang around sunset, you’ll be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free at leisure. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in the city centre.
This charming city of UNESCO world heritage site, The Luang Prabang is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, in a beautiful mountain setting. From 1353 until 1545 it was the capital of Lane Xang before power was transferred to Vientiane. Despite the move Luang Prabang remained the seat of monarchical power and when the kingdom broke up in 1694, one of the deceased king's grandsons established a rival kingdom to those in Vientiane and Champassak. Though weakened, the Luang Prabang royalty endured until 1975, when after the reign of 63 kings it was formally dissolved.

Day 8: Luang Prabang/Biking to Laos Spirit resort (B, L, D, G)
This is the morning when you need your alarm clock! Early in the morning after a sustaining beverage and a small snack, you’ll witness one of Laos’ unique ceremonies – the daily ‘alms giving’ ritual of saffron-clad monks walking in a long line holding black bowls to receive offerings from local people. The traditional gift is a handful of ‘sticky rice’, but nowadays money is equally acceptable. You’ll then return to your hotel for a proper breakfast.
After that, you’ll take your bikes to the Lao Spirit Eco-Resort. The first stop is Wat Pa Phon Phao, a forest temple famous for the teachings of Ajahn Saisamut. When he died in 1992, his funeral was the largest that Laos had seen in decades. It's Santi Chedi (Peace Pagoda) was built in 1988. This large yellow stupa contains three inside levels plus an outside terrace with a view of the surrounding plains. The inside walls are painted with many Buddhist stories and moral admonitions.

After another kilometre, you will arrive in Ban Panom. This village, populated by Thai Lue (a tribe with its origins in Southern China), is well known for cotton and silk hand-weaving. Here we have the opportunity to check out how to make the traditional Lao Cotton on a weaving loom. The dirt road will bring us through teakwood plantations and wind up the Nam Khan valley. You’ll pass the tomb of Henry Mouhot, the French explorer who showed Angkor Wat to the world. Henry Mouhot perished of malaria in 1861, and the French erected a tomb over his grave six years later. Lunch will be served en-route.

You will continue our bike adventure through rice paddies and dense forest before arriving in the Lao Spirit Eco Resort. Enjoy the atmosphere in the Lao Spirit Resort and prepare for the great dinner that will be served in the attached Lao Spirit Restaurant. You’ll spend the night in Laos Spirit resort.

Day 9: Multi activities at Laos Spirit resort (B, L, D, G)
After breakfast, you will start your full day activity program in the surrounding nature. It is a full day Elephant riding & trekking combination trip from the Elephant Camp to the That Sae Waterfall & Khmu Hilltribe Village or Bamboo Jungle Camp with lunch en-routes.

Day 10: Kayaking or Rafting back to Luang Prabang (B, L, G)
Get up early in the morning, you may see the elephants taking a bath in the Nam Khan river, just in front of your bungalow. After breakfast at the resort, you’ll start the relaxing river experience trip on the Nam Khan River. It could be a Kayaking trip or a longer rafting tour on the slow river, passing through green hills and passing some small villages you float down in the direction of Luang Phabang. Lunch will be served en-routes.
Only 2-3 short rapids are along the way and the trip is perfect for beginners and people who just want to have an impression about Real River rafting. We provide paddles, guides and the equipment as well as drinking water and some fruits. Please remember to take your swimming dress with you as you get wet along the way. Dry bags for cameras are available. Total paddle time between 3-5 hrs depending on river and paddling conditions. You’ll spend the night in a hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 11: Luang Prabang/Pakse/King Fisher Ecolodge (B, D, G)
Your morning will be free to stroll around the town on your own. After that, you’ll be back to the hotel and collect your baggage before your car arrives to take you to the airport for a noon flight to Pakse. On arrival, you’ll be taken to the King Fisher Ecolodge. Your overnight accommodation will be at King Fisher Ecolodge.

Flight detail: Luang Prabang-Pakse QV 513 1050 – 1250, departs every Mon, Thurs & Saturday.

Day 12: Elephant riding in Phou Asa/Kingfisher Ecolodge (B, L, D, G)
Today you’ll learn to ride an elephant at the First Elephant Riders School in Laos. The minimum lenght of the training course is four hours in one day, two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. During the first two hours you will learn the basics controls and, if the trainer will consider your skills appropriate, in the afternoon you will lead the elephant up to Phou Asa Mountain. Alternatively, you can choose just to ride an elephant around the wetland or to Phou Asa. Your overnight accommodation will be at the Kingfisher Ecolodge.
Notes: from May 1st to Jun 30, 2008, The King Fisher Lodge will be closed for the renovation.

Day 13: Kingfisher Ecolodge/Khon Phapeng/Wat Phou/Pakse (B, L, D, G)
Your morning will be free to stroll around the resort on your own. After that, you’ll be driven to see the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the biggest waterfall in the South East Asia. If we have luck, we may be seen the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin. After that, you’l be driven back to Pakse and stop of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archaeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 5th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. You’ll spend the night in Pakse.

Day 14: Pakse/Vientiane departure (B, DP)
In the morning, you’ll be driven to the airport in Pakse for flight to Vientiane, in good time to connect your departure flight. Tour ends.