Discover Northern Laos

Tour Code :  ITA-D-0000008
Duration of Tour :  12 
Start City :  Houei Xay , Bokeo
End City :  Vientiane , the capital of Laos
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Tour Details

Visiting Cities :
Houei Xay - Pakbeng - Muang La - Muangkhua - MuangNgoi - MuangKiau - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Scheduled / Operates on :
All year round
Sightseeing :
Houei Xay - Pakbeng - Muang La - Muangkhua - MuangNgoi - MuangKiau - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane
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Start City :
Houei Xay , Bokeo
End City :
Vientiane , the capital of Laos
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Presented by:  Mr Somphone Inthasone
Package Name :
iTA Package

Company Name : Insight Travel Asia Ltd.
Contact Info :
City or Town : Laos
State : Luang Prabang
Country : Laos
Postcode : +856

Tour Details

Chaing Khong - Houei Xay - Pakbeng - Muang La - Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi - Nongkiau - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane The Mekong is the essence and soul of Southeast Asia, flowing through six countries and Laos is the only country that borders with the other five , This tour takes you off the beaten track into the remote areas of northern and southern Laos. Commencing in the eastern part of Thailand, on this tour you will venture by traditional boat along the Mekong River and Nam Ou River passing some of the most amazing mountain sceneries. We will also visit the tranquil town of Muang La , Muang Ngoi , Nongkiau , Luang Prabang , Vang Vieng, the laid-back capital Vientiane and will experience a part of the following tour highlight :- • Opportunity to discover Lao culture with hiking to hill-tribe villages through mountainous terrain • It’s amazing natural beauty, nothing beats adescent of the Nam Ou River • Beautiful pictures of hill tribes in their colourful traditional dress • Soft adventure with time for sharing daily activities with the colourful minorities • Simple accommodation in hidden areas • An exploration by boat from Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi and Nong kiau passing through impressive karst landscapes, among the finest in SE Asia, is a tour of dreams .

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Discover Northern Laos - 12Days /11 Nights

Day1.    Chiang Khong – Houei Xay – Pakbeng by Privatized local boat cruise (L/D)


From Chiang Khong (Thailand) after crossing the bridge and immigration clearance at Laos side ,our guide is holding signboard with your name then transfer to Houei Say town for an embark on our traditional boat cruising downstream on the Mekong River. this part of the Mekong River is quite narrow and both banks of the rivers are bordered by amazing scenery of beautiful green forests and towering hills. Lunch will be served on board and the pace is very relaxed as we drift along the river in our boat, a perfect way to observe rural life close up.along the way, we stop over at Ban Houeilampen to visit the Hmong hilltribe people which have a vibrant culture and an interesting history . Dinner and Overnight at Phetsoxai Hotel or  Pakbeng Lodge


Day2.    Pakbeng – Oudomxay – Muan La Resort  (B/L/D)


We have an early start visiting the hill tribe market before leaving Pakbeng; we then begin our expedition, venturing into the mountainous and remote area in Northern Laos. The verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes this an unforgettable experience. After 3½ hours (including comfort breaks) you reach the province of Oudom Xai (Muang Xai on some maps) in the heart of northern Laos, is residence to a mixture of 23 ethnic minority groups.


The region is rich in mountain scenery and many ethnic minorities live here. After your arrival at Muang La Resort, you have lunch. In the afternoon, you discover the rural life of the village of Pak La which sits around the Resort, strolling through the area and admiring the panoramic views over the Nam Pak River, beautiful rice terraces and the salt mines. You find out how the Khmu people live in harmony with their environment. In total a 2-3 hours walk depending on the pace you choose. The site at Muang La is dominated by the temple of Pha Chiao Sing Kham which houses a sacred Buddha. According to those responsible for its “protection”, the statue simply “appeared” hundreds of years ago and so the temple is now a sacred place of pilgrimage . Dinner and Overnight stay at the Resort  .

Ps: Activities in the afternoon are accompanied by an English-speaking guide from the Resort . 


Day3.  Muan La Resort  (B/L/D)


You set off in the morning by 4x4 for Pak Khai; this pleasant 15 mins. transfer takes you through some magnificent views over the Nam Pak River, terraced rice fields and many small villages. On your arrival, you trek starts on small winding tracks which snake their way through the forest. You have the opportunity to meet the local farmers working in the rice fields and learn how they cultivate their land, fish and hunt for small game. You continue into the forest and after 1½ hours, you reach the village of Ban Phavie, a beautiful Khmu village sitting on top of a hill. Your trek continues after lunch to cooling waterfalls where you can relax in the clear water cascade, lulled by the gentle breeze (weather permitting).
Dinner and Overnight stay at the Resort  .

Ps: Activities in the afternoon are accompanied by an English-speaking guide from the Resort . 


Day4.  Muan La Resort – Muang Khua  - MuangNgoi by private local boat  (B/L/D)


Our guide and car will pick up you at 8:00am from Muang La Resort then drive to Muang Khua . You first follow the main road towards Phongsaly crossing rolling hills; the road leads eventually to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. You follow the Nam Pak River, where some of the local people ‘pan for gold”. Nowadays, it is mostly women who Pan and their colorful fabrics light up the riverbanks  .

Approximately 2 ½ hours after leaving Muang La Resort, you arrive at Muang Khua for the start of your superb river cruise the river journey from Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi  is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful in the region! You take a private local boat and descend the Nam Ou River, discovering many villages and beautiful landscapes with limestone formations rising majestically from the water. Your lunch comprising a picnic  is taken on one  of  the beaches along the river. Arrival at Muang Ngoi by the late afternoon  . dinner and overnight stay at basic guest house which available there .


Day5.  MuangNgoi  - Nongkiau  by private local boat  (B/L/D)


Meet at 9:00 Am and begin trekking 30 minutes to visit Tham Kaang, the former sheltering cave for local villagers during Indochina war(1960-1972). Which has never damages with beautiful surrounding. After visiting, we will walk to Ban Houay Boor (a village of Khmu and T'ai Deng village), where we will eat lunch at villager's home. Then we continue trekking to Ban Na ( a village of T'ai Deng ethnic group). After working and living condition, we return to Muang Ngoi and continued taking local boat cruise down to Nongkiau and arrive at Nongkiau in the late afternoon. Nongkiau is a remote village situated by the KzOvernight banks of the river, across a dramatic valley the surrounding mountainous scenery is stunning.Dinner and Overnight at Nongkiau Resort or Similar category .


Day6.  Nongkiau – Luang Prabang  (B)


After breakfast at your hotel or Guest house , optional walk to visit local morning market at NongKiau district to observe minority and merchandise  to exchange their goods and local product from  Nongkiau  district area , We then say goodbye this lovely town and drive  from Nongkiau to LuangPrabang en route stop over  to  visit  Pak Ou caves at the mouth of the Nam Ou river and visit Tam Ting, cave with hundreds of Buddha statues and if time allows  it is possible stop also to observe the traditional methods of making local rice alcohol , arrive in Luang Prabang before sunset and transfer to hotel  for check-in and relaxation and Overnight at Sanctuary Hotel or Similar category  .


Day7. Luang Prabang  City tours  (B)


After breakfast we explore 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. You spend the day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-La’s of Southeast Asia. You will visit Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in the country, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Later, you visit the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as Buddha and spectacular artefacts including the Prabang, a large holy image, which was given in the 14th century by the Khmers to King Fa Ngum. At sunset we climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Mount Phousi where you will catch a spectacular view out over the town and the river. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day8. Luang Prabang  - Kuangsi Waterfalls  (B)


An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. We also drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon for your free at leisure and Overnight in Luang Prabang .


Day9.  Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (B)


After breakfast, we leave this charming city in the early morning for our journey to Vang Vieng. Our journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but also one of the roughest routes in Asia. In the afternoon we arrive in Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.( If time permits) We visit Tham Chang  Cave and Overnight in Vang Vieng at Silver Nagas Hotel or Similar category  .


Day10.  Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham (B/L)


After breakfast, we start our board on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you could explore the nearby area. You will have a picnic lunch enjoying the scenery. After spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas, we make our return to the Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, we visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam villages meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes. Overnight in Vang Vieng


Day11.  Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B)


After breakfast, we spend half our day driving to the capital city Vientiane, which is located on the banks of the Mekong River. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. A city tour acquaints us with the capital and after a short rest if time permits we start visiting some of the major sights; including the oldest temple Wat Sisaket, with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane at Ansara Boutiques Hotel or Similar category .


Day12. Vientiane  – Departure ( Clients own ticket ) (B)

Free at leisure until our guide and car pick up you then transfer you to the airport for your flight to other destination onwards .

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Tour Package Includes :


  • Accommodation based on Twin or Double room shared with daily breakfast.
  • Private traditional boats on the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers  .
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour.
  • Sightseeing and Activities with Local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast , L = Lunch and D= Dinner, no drinks/water).
  • Cold towels and water on sightseeing days.
  • Government taxes and Services charges  .


Tour Package Excludes :


  • Laos Visa services
  • Transfer from Chiang Khong to the Mekong Bridge passing to Laos side
  • Other meals where not mentioned in the program
  • Other flights
  • Hotel early check in / Late check out
  • Overweight luggage
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Separate luggage truck
  • Other services not listed in inclusive column



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