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05D / 04N - Eco Laos Signature Tour ( Extension Possible)

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Local Agent : Caroline

Duration : 05 days / 04 nights (extension possible)

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Let yourself be guided differently over the Mekong.... Encounter with the locals for unforgettable sharing instants whilst alternating cultural, nature and community activities suitable for individuals, families and small groups of friends looking for real immersive experiences all in one trip.

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days Summary
Day 01 ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG
Day 02 LUANG PRABANG
Day 03 LUANG PRABANG – LIVING LAND FARM – NAHM DONG PARK          
Day 04 NAHM DONG PARK 
Day 05 NAHM DONG PARK – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG

                   END OF OUR SERVICES OR IF YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY

Day 06 LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU – PAKBENG 
Day 07 PAKBENG
Day 08 PAKBENG
Day 09 PAKBENG – KAMU LODGE 
Day 10 KAMU LODGE – LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE

BEGINNING OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG

Sabaidee ! Welcome to the Ancient Kingdom of the Land of Million Elephants.

Arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport and welcome by your English-speaking guide, transfer and settle down at the hotel.  

Free time at leisure for a first sight of the city.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 02 : LUANG PRABANG

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The early birds will be able to go to the ritual of the Tak Bak, the offerings to the monks by the faithful, in order to follow the procession of the bonzes. Beware, this religious ritual, which is especially important for the Buddhist faithful, has unfortunately also become a tourist attraction, some paparazzi tourists stalking the photo of the monks who have become stars despite themselves, others disrupting the ritual by participating in it without knowledge of the rules to respect.

Breakfast at the hotel.

You will start the discovery of Luang Prabang by a city tour by Tuk-Tuk and visit its famous temples which call for the quietude with amongst others:

- Vat Xieng Thong: Founded in the 16th century, the "Temple of the Golden City" is considered to be the most beautiful in the country, with the roofs of the main sanctuary descending almost to the ground and the fineness of its decorations, Mosaic of the tree of life adorning the back of the sim or the small red chapel housing a very rare lying Buddha. A newer building also houses the former funerary car of the Kings of Laos.

 - Vat Mai: built at the beginning of the 18th century, it is one of the most beautiful temples in the city, with its special roof with 5 sides, and its veranda sheltering a golden façade recounting episodes of the Ramayana mingled with everyday life scenes... The temple of the royal family, former residence of the head of the Buddhist community, the Phra Bang, the effigy of the most sacred Buddha in the country, is exposed every year for a few days at New Year's Eve as to be watered by lustral water.

- Museum T.A.E.C: whose collection allows to discover the great diversity and cultural richness of the different ethnic groups living in Laos (Laos, Hmong, Tai, Kamu, Akha ...) This museum is supported by a NGO in Australia and is financed solely by donations from individuals, entrance fees and activities proposed in situ. It supports local communities by developing, along with women from different ethnic groups, traditional handicrafts, weaving, embroidery and small decorative objects of high quality.

Lunch in a restaurant.

Free afternoon at leisure to enjoy a stroll in the town-center. 

Option 1: Phad Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Take a boat to reach the botanical garden of Luang Prabang for an afternoon of discovery. You will discover all the endemic plants and flowers of Laos through various playful and educational paths, adapted to adults as well as children, in a natural setting located on the banks of the Mekong. The boat trip takes about 15 min.

Departure possible every hour. Count 25 usd / Pers

Dinner – FREE – At your expense.

Overnight at the hotel. 

DAY 03 : LUANG PRABANG – LIVING LAND FARM – NAHM DONG PARK        

Breakfast at the hotel.

A bucolic, energetic, social and immersive stopover awaits you this day...

In the morning, you will head to the Living Land Farm, a 30-minute drive from Luang Prabang, to discover and participate in all stages of rice cultivation (from the plant to the harvest to your plate!)

Living Land is a tourism community project led by the dynamic M. Launt these last few years - Through this activity, Living Land campaigns for a rational cultivation of rice without the use of pesticides and finances English courses and tutoring for 7 students from neighboring villages selected at the beginning of the year by the professors according to their merit and all coming from families in difficulties.

Lunch on-site in the restaurant overlooking the rice fields.

Option 2: Replacement of Living Land Activity by Bamboo Experience.

In the morning, you will discover the bamboo and rice plantations for a whole new experience; learn the many techniques of bamboo weaving. Also take part in a cooking class with the villagers and then savour your culinary creations for lunch.

In the early afternoon, transfer to Hillside Lifestyle Resort located a few kilometers away from Luang Prabang near Nahm Dong Park. Several hiking trails will be available to do at leisure according to your physical conditions and envy of the moment.

You will be able to enjoy the swimming pool for lounging at the end of the day.

Dinner and overnight at the Hillside Lifestyle Resort.

Hillside is a small resort with 6 bungalows scattered in a verdant garden, nestled in the heart of the mountain. The products served at the restaurant also come from their organic vegetable garden.

DAY 04 : NAHM DONG PARK 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure for a discovery of the Nahm Dong Park.

This natural park located just a few kilometers from Luang Prabang, is the perfect place to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities and eco-friendly nature. Newly renovated, with catering spaces located at the foot of the waterfalls, workshops of confection of paper in vegetable fiber, hives, footpaths etc.

You will start the day with a 6-step zip line that will rekindle both beginners and experienced riders, guaranteed thrills!

Lunch on-site.

Then you will hike through the park between lush forest and waterfall, visit a village where have been rehabilitated the traditional habitats of the different ethnic groups of the region.

In the late afternoon, you will return to the Hillside Lifestyle Resort located a 30-minute walk.

Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 : NAHM DONG PARK – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG

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Breakfast at the hotel.

In the early morning, you will be driven to the Hmong and Khamou village of Ban Long Lao. You will hike around 3 hours between cereal crops, rubber plantations, forest etc. to arrive at the summit of the impressive Khuang Sy waterfalls and then you will slowly come down. Possibility to bathe in the clear waters of the basins downstream of the waterfall.

Lunch at the Carpe Diem restaurant located below the site, away from the crowds.

This restaurant offers fusion cuisine full of flavor in a dream decor... You will surround small turquoise basins and will be able to swim between two dishes! In addition, Carpe Diem pays 5% of the profits to the ASAS association whose purpose is to build access to drinking water and participate in the schools rehabilitation in isolated villages in northern Laos.

After this bucolic and invigorating break, you will head back to Luang Prabang by joining a cruise to enjoy the sunset over the Mekong River.

Return to Luang Prabang at the end of the day.

Dinner – FREE – At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

END OF OUR SERVICES OR IF YOU WISH TO EXTEND YOUR STAY

DAY 06 : LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU – PAKBENG 

Breakfast at the hotel.                                                                                                                  

In the early morning, you will start your cruise on the Mekong aboard a privatized traditional slow boat, under looking landscapes always as sumptuous.

You will stop at the Mekong and the Nam Ou River confluence to discover the sacred caves of Pak Ou. For hundreds of years it has housed hundreds of Buddha statuettes that have been deposited by pilgrims for centuries.

Lunch – served on board.

Your arrival in Pakbeng is scheduled at the end of the day (around 17:00).

Then transfer and settle down at the hotel.

Free end of the day at leisure, to enjoy a stroll in the village.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

A charming hotel perched on the banks of the Mekong River, Pakbeng Lodge is a member of the Chinguetti / Pakbeng Medical Association. It hosts the clinic on its site, finances the doctors coming each year, and takes care of the travel, accommodation and catering of the entire medical team. On the opposite bank is the Mekong Elephant Park. A pilot eco-tourism project, the Mekong Elephant Park illustrates the desire to promote sustainable tourism by offering elephant owners a viable economic alternative to intensive forest exploitation while retaining the traditional techniques and by associating the inhabitants of the surrounding villages with the project.

The elephants are pampered in a natural environment, saved from poaching and cared for by scams that respect them. The seats are limited to 2 persons per elephant; the splints are made of rope and bamboo in order to be as light as possible to respect the well-being of our friend’s pachyderms.

 

DAY 07 :  PAKBENG

Breakfast at the hotel.

After your breakfast, your morning will be dedicated to the meeting with the old and faithful inhabitants of Laos: our venerable and respected friends the pachyderms!

Then, you will cross the Mekong onboard a pirogue and join the Mekong Elephant Park where you will have the opportunity to meet the mahouts and their elephants before starting a nice walk in the middle of the vegetation.

On return, relax after the effort! You will witness the elephant’s bath in the Mekong River, a magic moment of sharing between the elephant and his mahout.

Return to the village of Pakbeng in pirogue.

Lunch on the terrace of the Lodge, facing the Mekong.

Free afternoon to discover the surroundings.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

DAY 08 : PAKBENG          

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Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, you will participate to a Lao cooking class. You will cook yourself the dish that you will have the pleasure to enjoy as Lunch.

After a short rest, you will go in the afternoon, for a hike (about 3 hours of walking – easy level with some steep moments!!! – to foresee walking or sports shoes) through the forest to meet the inhabitants of a village predominantly ethnic: Khmu.

On the way back, you will take a tour of the Vat Si Chom Cheng which offers a panoramic view of the Mekong River banks.

Dinner and Overnight at the Lodge.

DAY 09 : PAKBENG – KAMU LODGE            

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, transfer and boarding on a private traditional slow boat to go back up the Mekong towards the Kamu Lodge, which is reached in the middle of the day.

Settle down in Safari tents high-class installed in the middle of nature. Opened in 2004, Kamu Lodge is an ecolodge committed to low environmental impact trips seeking a balance between tourism and the cultural and ethnic heritage preservation of the region. Located on the Mekong banks, in a remote valley, surrounded by rice fields, small villages and wooded mountains. It is still a fine example of integrated tourism, while working in close collaboration with a local village.

Lunch at the Kamu Lodge under a Sala in the middle of the rice fields.

In the afternoon, participate to the discovery activities proposed by the Lodge: planting or harvesting rice, gold panning in the Mekong, introduction to traditional fishing techniques or visit of the neighboring Kamu villages.

Dinner and Overnight at the Kamu Lodge.

JOUR 10 : KAMU LODGE – LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, you will head back to Luang Prabang.

Transfer to Luang Prabang International Airport, depending on your flight schedule and continuation of your trip in South-East Asia. 

END OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

PRICES IN $USD

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

HIGH SEASON FROM 10/01/2019 UNTIL 31/03/2019

LOW SEASON FROM 01/04/2019 UNTIL 31/09/2019

  3* HOTEL  4* HOTEL   3* HOTEL   4* HOTEL  

2 pers.

677 $ + 304 $ 625 $

 + 120 $
 

3 pers.

598 $ 546 $

4 pers.

559 $  508 $ 

5 pers.

546 $  496 $

6 pers.

528 $  478 $
         

Single room Supp.

+ 237 $  +304 $  + 193 $  + 120 $

 

 

PRICES WITH EXTENSION IN $USD

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUOANCY

HIGH SEASON 10/01/2019 UNTIL 31/03/2019

LOW SEASON FROM 01/04/2019 UNTIL 30/09/2019

    3* HOTEL   4* HOTEL   3* HOTEL   4* HOTEL

2 pers.

1 684 $ + 485 $      1 534 $

 + 132 $
 

3 pers.

1 411 $ 1 269 $

4 pers.

1 325 $ 1 185 $ 

5 pers.

1 261 $ 1 122 $

6 pers.

1 203 $ 1 066 $
         

Single room Supp.

+ 426 $ + 485 $  + 341 $  + 132 $
options -PRICE PER PERSON

 

Option 1: Phad Tad Ke Botanical Garden

+24$ 
 

Option 2 : Replacement of Living Land Activity by Bamboo Experience.

No Supp.

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Price includes :

  • The transfers, excursions and visits mentioned in the program,
  • Accommodation with breakfast in hotels provided in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program [B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= dinner],
  • Carrying baggage (except logistical impossibility),
  • The services of one or more English-speaking guides as mentioned in the program,
  • One bottle of water per day per person.
  • English-speaking follow-up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Price excludes :

  • Drinks consumed during meals and / or outside (mini bar ...),
  • Lunches and dinners not mentioned,
  • Personal expenses and travel insurance,
  • Tips ($ 4 / day / person for guides, $ 2 / day / person for drivers and $ 1 / person for porters / waiters),
  • "Check-in" or "late check-out" in the selected hotels and minibar or other drinks, not included in the program,
  • Airport departure taxes and any fuel surcharges,
  • Laos visa fees (30usd + 1 photo ID),
  • International flight.

our local agent

Caroline Debonnaire

Living in a universe without borders where open-mindedness is customary is my watchword. My Indian, Vietnamese and Laotian origins are for something. Wishing to travel the world, I did so everytime it was possible. From the African continent to South America, I finally come back to my roots. I settled down between Vietnam and Laos where to this day I live in peace, following the rhythm of the Mekong River  called "The Mother of the waters" as my ancestors did, before the events of 1975.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management, I was able to make my passion a full time job. During my travels, I became aware of the social and solidarity economy and the challenges of sustainable development. I therefore found my way: organizing trips accompanied by quality local guides, impregnated with an "adventurer" spirit off the usual tracks whilst giving travelers keys to understanding the visited countries. My conception of alternative tourism was born.

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