Day 01 : BANGKOK – CHIANG RAI
Free lunch and dinner - without guide – with driver - night at Chiang Rai
Thai Airways flight TG2130 BKK-CEI 08:00 / 09:20
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Welcome at Chiang Rai airport by our local team (driver) and transfer by private car to your hotel. Free day to rest and relax. Lunch and dinner at your charge. Overnight at hotel in Chiang Rai.
Day 02: CHIANG RAI – CHIANG KHONG – BAN HOUEY XAI – LUANG NAM THA
Lunch and dinner included – night at Luang Nam Tha - with guide - with driver - 6h drive
In the early morning, a driver will pick you up at the hotel to transfer you to the Chiang Khong immigration station (1,5 to 2hours drive) where you will do the departure formalities (before you leave, please check that you have the departure stamp on your passport).
Without guide, you must buy (at your charge - 45 Baths) your shuttle ticket (only way to go to Laos - every 30 minutes).
You will be dropped at the immigration office to stamp your visa (if done before) or you will do it there (possibility on-site), then do the customs formalities required to enter into the Lao territory.
A driver will meet you at the exit of the immigration office (at the end of the formalities) and drive you to Luang Namtha near the Burmese and Chinese border (about 4 hours drive, + stops). Local lunch. You will drive through dense forest, rice fields, mountains and villages. Arrival in the afternoon in Luang Namtha and installation at the guesthouse.
Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at Luang Nam Tha.
Day 03 : LUANG NAM THA - NAM HA NPA – BAN SAI LECK (Yao Village)
Lunch and dinner included - night at homestay in Ban Sai Leck - 4/5h walk
Morning transfer by bush taxi to the protected national area of Ha Nam on the way to Muang Sing. Then walk through bamboo forests, banana fields to a beautiful hidden waterfall. Picnic lunch. After lunch, trek to Ban Sai Leck (Yao Village). Discovery of the local people and their traditions. Dinner at homestay. By the end of the day, you will enjoy a traditional Yao massage. Overnight at homestay in Ban Sai Leck.
Day 04 : BAN SAI LECK – BAN PHA YHA LUANG (Akha Village)
Lunch and dinner included - night at Ban Pha Yha Luang - 4/5h walk
After breakfast, walk through fields and forests to discover typical villages where locals still wear their traditional clothes. Lunch. Arrival in Ban Pha Luang Yha (Akha village) by late afternoon and discovery of the Akha culture. Dinner at homestay. After dinner, enjoy an Akha massage. Overnight at homestay in Ban Pha Luang Yha.
Day 05 : BAN PHA YHA LUANG – LUANG NAM THA
Lunch and dinner included - night at Luang Nam That - 3/4h walk
Early morning, discovery of the traditional Akha cooking. After lunch, walk via new Akha villages, Tai Lueet Lolo before joining Luang Nam Tha by bush taxi in the late afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in guesthouse in Luang Nam Tha.
Day 06 : LUANG NAMTHA – MUANG XAY – BAN SENG KHAM NEUA
Lunch and dinner included - night at homestay in Ban Seng Kham Neua - with guide - with driver - 5h walk
Early departure to Ban Sinxay / Pak Nam Noi, via Muang Xay, the largest city in northern Laos (about 5hours walk). Lunch at a local restaurant in Ban Sinxay / Pak Nam Noi, meeting point with a local guide for a new walk in the hills of northern Laos. Continuation to the starting point of the trek, on the road to Phongsaly. Trek through coffee, bananas, lemon grass, cardamom and rice plantations. The vegetation will be denser till Ban Kham Seng Neua, a step village of the Akha Pala minority. Free time until dinner. Dinner at homestay. Overnight at homestay in Ban Kham Seng Neua.
Day 07: BAN SENG KHAM NEUA – BAN HOUEY LA – BAN KOKNIOO
Lunch and dinner included - night at homestay in Ban Koknioo
Local breakfast. Morning departure by a small path sinking into the forest before joining a newly built track for timber transportation. Then on a small forest trail to a river, you will reach the border. Along the river, you will cross irrigated rice fields then climb through dense and clear forest to the top of a hill. The local people working there, including some women, still wear their traditional headdress. Then, you will continue your hike to the Pouli Akha village of Ban Houey La.
Lunch in the village. You will continue your hike along the river. Arrival by late afternoon in Ban Koknioo (Khmu village). Free time to rest and explore the villagers. Dinner and overnight at homestay in Ban KokNioo.
Day 08 : BAN KOKNIOO – PAK NAM NOI – MUANG KHUA
Lunch and dinner included - night in Muang Khua - with guide - with driver
After breakfast, trek through culture hillside and irrigated rice fields. By late morning, drive to the meeting point by bush taxi, then to Pak Nam Noi for lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Muang Khua, with a stop in the large village of Tai Dam specialized in manufacturing local rice alcohol. End of the afternoon is free to rest. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at guesthouse in Muang Khua.
Day 09 : MUANG KHUA – BAN HATSAPEI – BAN KIOUKHAN
Lunch and dinner included - night at homestay in Ban Kioukhan - with guide - 2,5h cruise - 5h walk
In the morning, early departure to Muang Khua by a small privatized traditional boat to reach the village of Ban Hatsapei (about 2,5 hours cruise). With a local guide, 5 hours walk to reach Ban Kioukhan, Khamou village. Picnic lunch on the way. Overnight at homestay in Ban Kioukhan.
Day 10 : BAN KIOUKHAN – BAN HOUAI SENE – MUANG NGOI
Lunch and dinner included - night at Muang Ngoi - with guide - without driver
Breakfast, then trek to reach Muang Ngoi via Ban Huai Sene. Picnic lunch. Arrival in Muang Ngoi by mid-afternoon and installation at homestay. By late afternoon before sunset, cruise to Ban Sob Chaem in the middle of scenic surroundings of karstic cliffs. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight at guesthouse in Muang Ngoi.
Day 11 : MUANG NGOI – NONG KHIAW - LUANG PRABANG
Lunch and dinner included - night at Luang Prabang - with guide - with driver - 4h drive
In the morning 1 hour cruise on the Nam Ou River to Nong Khiaw. Then, drive to Luang Prabang (about 4 hours). Lunch in a local restaurant. Along the way, visit of Ban Pak Ou. Crossing the Mekong River by canoe and visit of Pak Ou caves. Arrival in Luang Prabang by late afternoon, this city is the former royal capital, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Located in the historic heart of the city of Luang Prabang midway between the Mekong and Nam Khan, the Sanctuary Hotel is a haven of peace at the beginning of the peninsula, close to the night market, its typical streets, its temples and restaurants. (www.sanctuaryluangprabang.com)
Day 12 : LUANG PRABANG
Lunch and dinner included - night at Luang Prabang - with guide - with driver
Suggestion for early birds (without guide): In the city center at sunrise (between 5 and 6am) observe a silent procession of monks in saffron robes. An important moment in the monk life: the morning alms to the faithful to get food (for the meal of the day) and offerings of all kinds. A solemn moment that we should respect (observe, photograph or video, but silently and within walking distance).
Breakfast at guesthouse
In the early morning, Tuk Tuk city tour in the former royal capital, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, you will discover the many splendours of this small town accompanied by your guide.
You will have the opportunity to visit:
1) the morning local market to observe the local life,
2) Vat May, temple of 17th century with a roof in five sections and three parasols,
3) The Royal Palace now National Museum,
4) Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in the city, with balusters windows inspired by the Khmer style of Vat Phou in Champassak, and That Makmo with its stupa shaped as a watermelon,
5) Wat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Royal City, the most beautiful, broad set of sacred buildings, it is one of the jewels of the Laotian art,
6) Mount Phousi, the sacred hill located in the city center. It is reached by a long staircase that winds in numerous pagodas responsible legends. At the top, the panoramic view of the city and its rivers is fantastic.
Visit the daily night market in the main street from 5 to 10pm after your afternoon visits.
Overnight at hotel
Day 13 : LUANG PRABANG
Lunch and dinner included – night at Luang Prabang - with guide - with driver - 1,5h drive
In the early morning, departure to the cascade of Khouang Sy to enjoy the morning calm. (About 25 km - 45 'drive). The road is lined with villages and rice fields. Picnic lunch in the countryside. On weekends, the place is frequented by locals. Swimming in the clear waters of the waterfall, which are scattered in many bassins. Back to Luang Prabang in early afternoon and continued with visits to:
1) the Vat Xieng Thong, the Temple of the Royal City, a vast array of sacred buildings, one of the jewels of the Laotian art and the most beautiful temple of the city.
2) the small ethnological museum TAEC, "Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre" exposing outfits and traditional costumes of different ethnic minorities. End of the afternoon free for personal discovery of the city. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 14 : LUANG PRABANG –INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT
free lunch and dinner - Free day – transfer to international airport - without guide - without driver
Free time till the transfer to the airport of Luang Prabang for your international flight
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Note: The order of visits may be modified at any time in case of force majeure. If some elements of the visit - mentioned in the above itinerary - for whatever reason are made and are not executable, they will be replaced by other valid alternatives of similar quality.