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08D / 07N -  Family Wanderings

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Local Agent : Caroline

Duration : 08 days / 07 nights

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Go wandering in Northern Laos with our special family tour!

From meeting elephants to discovering Luang Prabang and its surroundings, you will enjoy these cultural, adventurous, relaxing, and sharing instants. A family trip that will delight both young and old.

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days Summary
Day 01 ARRIVAL - CHIANG KHONG – HOUEY XAY - PAKBENG
Day 02 PAKBENG  
Day 03 PAKBENG – PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG   
Day 04        LUANG PRABANG            
Day 05 LUANG PRABANG – NAHM DONG PARK     
Day 06 NAHM DONG PARK – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG
Day 07 LUANG PRABANG – LIVING LAND FARM – LUANG PRABANG            
Day 08  LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE

BEGINNING OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

DAY 01 : CHIANG KHONG – HOUEY XAY - PAKBENG

In the morning, you will be transferred to the border post of Chiang Khong. Here, you will cross the border and Mekong River through the Friendship Bridge, thanks to the shuttle that links the two banks of the river.

Mekong.JPGWelcome in Lao Territory: In the Mekong River’s heart between Temples and Nature.

At your arrival in Laos, you’ll be greeted by your Lao English-speaking guide and will be transferred to Ban Houey Xay and its harbor (about 15km) to embark on a traditional boat, nicely fitted.

Then, you will go on a cruise on the Mekong, a mythical river that crosses China, separates Laos from Myanmar and Thailand, dives to Cambodia and ends in Vietnam. You will discover these magnificent landscapes, with impressive mountains and lots of villages with wood and bamboo-Houses settled along the river.

Lunch served on board.

Along the way, you will stop to visit an ethnic minority village.

You will end the cruise in Pakbeng in the late afternoon and settle down in Pakbeng Lodge.

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 02 : 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 at the Lodge terrace, with the view of the Mekong River.

Then, 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 03 : PAKBENG – PAK OU – LUANG PRABANG   

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the early morning, you will continue your cruise on the Mekong aboard a traditional privatized slow boat, in landscapes still as gorgeous.

Lunch served on board.

Then you will stop at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou River to discover the sacred caves of Pak Ou.

For hundreds of years they have housed hundreds of Buddha statuettes that have been deposited by pilgrims for centuries.

You will arrive in Luang Prabang at the end of the day (around 17:00).

Then, transfer and settle down at the hotel.

Dinner – FREE – At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 :  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 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.

- Vat Visoun, built in the 16th century, is one of the oldest temples in the city. Destroyed partly in the 19th century during the invasion of the Black Pavilions, Chinese pirates from Yunnan, it was rebuilt a few years later almost identically, masonry walls replacing those initially made of wood. It houses an impressive collection of ancient statues of the Buddha and That Makmo, its stupa with the characteristic shape of watermelon.

- 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.

Lunch in a local 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 05 : LUANG PRABANG – NAHM DONG PARK

Breakfast at the hotel.

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 06 : NAHM DONG PARK – KUANG SY – LUANG PRABANG

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 Kuang 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.

DAY 07 : LUANG PRABANG – LIVING LAND FARM – LUANG PRABANG          

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!) Everything will be explained to you in 7 activities. A true family experience!

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.

Return to Luang Prabang, where you will have some time at leisure to have a stroll in the town and to discover some other wonders.

Dinner – FREE – At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 08 : LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy some free time at leisure.

depending on your flight schedule, you will be transfered to Luang Prabang International Airport to continue your trip in South-East Asia.

END OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

PRICES IN $USD

PRICE PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

HIGH SEASON 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.

1 383 $ + 526 $      1 283 $

 + 168 $
 

3 pers.

1 145 $ 1 051 $

4 pers.

1 027 $ 937 $

5 pers.

963 $  875 $ 

6 pers.

914 $ 827 $
         

Single room Supp.

+ 368 $ + 526 $  + 295 $  + 168 $
options - pRICE PER PERSON

 

Option 1: Phad Tad Ke Botanical Garden

+24$ 
 

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

No Supplement

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Price includes :

  • The transfers,
  • Excursions and visits mentioned in the program (entry fees included)
  • Accommodation with breakfast in hotels provided in the program,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program [B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D= dinner],
  • Carrying baggage,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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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