Luang Prabang Trekking - Cultural Encounters

Luang Prabang - Ban Mok Chong

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As home to diverse ethnic minorities, northern Laos is an ideal place to explore the richest culture in Southeast Asia region. A trekking expedition through the mountains and hills is perhaps the best way to get an authentic insight into the great cultures that still have been maintained for centuries. 

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Welcome to the atmospheric city of Luang Prabang. Welcome on arrival and transfer to the hotel for check in. In the afternoon, start your city tour to discover the architectural and historical sites. Your first stop is the former Royal Palace where the great selection of artifacts still remains from the ancient time. Make your way to the top of Phousi Mountain for a stunning view over the town at sunset.

Take a leisurely walk along the peninsula of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers to delve into the laid back atmosphere and the lifestyle of the locals.

Head back to the hotel for some time to relax before enjoying your night out in LuangPrabang. In the early evening, you will be taken to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre to enjoy some appetizers and cocktails. The museum is home to the diversity of ethnic minorities in Laos with a great exhibition of traditional costumes, utensils and artifacts. It is a great place to get a glimpse of Lao people.

You will have dinner at the best restaurant in Lao – Tamarind with the different choices of local dishes. After dinner, take a leisurely stroll through the night market where you can find variety of local souvenirs and handicrafts. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

After a hearty breakfast, head north of the town to the small Khmu village of Ban Huay Lo where your trekking adventure begins. The trekking route takes you through rice paddies, lush forest and beautiful waterfalls. Along the way, stop at the small village of Hmong people – Pha Phuang for lunch at a local house.

After lunch, continue trekking uphill to the top of the mountain dotted with Khmu and Hmong villages. Stop at a local family at Ban Mok Chong for an overnight homestay and explore their unique culture. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Homestay in Ban Mok Chong

After a simple breakfast at the local house, there are two options for you to take a trek either on classic route or on more challenging route.

Option 1: Ban Mok Chong - Ban Nasavang - HuayVang - LuangPrabang

Your trek today will venture further into the forest-lined mountains in the west of the Nam Ou valley. You will trek through remote and beautiful bamboo forest and impressive scenery. Stop for lunch at the Khmu village of Ban Nasavang.

After lunch, trek along the local Khmu trail with a stop at charming waterfalls to freshen up. Continue your trek to Ban Huay village where you meet your vehicle for a transfer back to your hotel in town.

 Option 2: Ban Mok Chong - Ban Nasavang - Ban Mok Muang – Ban Houy Louang - Luang Prabang

In the first section of your adventure, you will trek up in the mountain to get the panoramic views of the surroundings. Afterwards, venture further into the jungle for around 3 hours before stopping off at a Hmong village for a local lunch.

After lunch, continue your trek through the lush jungle for another hour before approaching the rice fields and the beautiful scenery of the river. Continue two more hour trekking to reach Khmu village of Ban Houy Louang. Take your time to relax with a swim or cool your feet in the river and then head back to Luang Prabang.

There is some time to relax before taking the special opportunity to observe the traditional ceremony of Lao – the Baci. This ritual is the mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs with the aim to call escaped spirits back to the body. This is believed to be an important and necessary ritual before major events including weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells. In the last night in Luang Prabang, you will dine at the beautiful Tangor restaurant with the selection of Lao and French – styled cuisine.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Luang Prabang

You are recommended to wake up early this morning to take part in the traditional ceremony of alms giving taking place from the break of dawn. During the ceremony, devoted locals will stand on the sidewalk and there are bearing food in their arm. When a procession of monks wearing orange robes passes, the locals will offer the foods to them. After breakfast, you are free to relax or explore the town on your own before being transferred to the airport for your departure flight. End of the tour!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: N/A

List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.

In Laos

Hotel
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Budget 3 - Star 4 - Star 5 - Star
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara Luang Say Residence La Residence Phou Vao

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Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang Villa Chitdara
Luang Prabang Luang Say Residence
Luang Prabang La Residence Phou Vao

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Kt Wong Kwok Tai Wong

Hong Kong SAR China

"Great Experiences!"

December 2017

Kamea is a very good expert and she could be able to answer all my questions about Laos. And, she is so good to help me solve a lot of problems (i.e. local sim cards - quite affordable and all the river-view rooms, etc.,). We ... More +

Marie Patricia Geurts

Australia

"Brilliant Services!"

Octorber 2017

Both my son and I have been extremely happy with the personal tour booked. Both the tour guides exceptional! We felt really looked after, and as the tour was designed especially for us - very spoilt. The accommodation was superb, staff amazing - could not ... More +

Linda Anne Snyman

South Africa

"Amazing!"

July 2017

We had an absolute wonderful time. Every day or event was more than we expected. We were very impressed with our guides, our tour plan, our hotels, our transport and transfers and the good service we got from Kamea. Nothing was ever a problem, she ... More +

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