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Trekking Luang Prabang 10 Days

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Duration: 10 days

Destination: Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw – Ban Phayong – Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw – Muang Soune – Luang Prabang

US$ 1,407 US$ 1,083 per person

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Throughout the trekking tour, you'll encounter stunning natural scenery, meet friendly locals, discover traditional villages, and experience the rich cultural heritage of northern Laos. It is a perfect adventure for nature enthusiasts and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience.

trip highlight

  • Visit Luang Prabang – UNESCO World Heritage city known for its stunning temples, traditional architecture, and vibrant markets
  • Enjoy scenic boat rides on the Nam Ou River, go kayaking, or hike to nearby viewpoints for breathtaking vistas.
  • Experience the authentic rural life in Ban Phayong Village set amidst rice paddies and rolling hills. Interact with locals, learn about their traditions.
  • Visit Muang Ngoi which offers a serene escape surrounded by picturesque mountains and the Nam Ou River. Trek to nearby caves, explore the village, and relax in hammocks while enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.
  • Venture into the lesser-known Muang Soune, where you can immerse yourself in nature. Enjoy hiking trails through dense forests, swim in natural pools, and discover the beauty of untouched landscapes in Muang Soune.

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Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

Meals provided: No meal

On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel(early check-in upon availability)Situated in the center of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment. There are no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 2: Ban Long Lao - Kuang Si Waterfall

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

We depart from your hotel and drive for around one hour west to Ban Xeng Mouk village where the trek starts. We begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Long Lao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Long Lao Song. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day-to-day basis and even share the same school.

As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddies and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way, we explore a cave that was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the Second Indochina War.

After visiting the cave, one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feed Kuang Si waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. After descending from the top of the waterfall we enjoy a Lao-style lunch amongst some beautiful settings! The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing around the turquoise pools below the waterfall. You can also visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms. Before returning to Luang Prabang we take a short walk to the nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene which is home to some of the most beautiful pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Approximately: 2 hours driving, 3 hours trekking.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 3: Tad Sae Water Experience (B)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

We start this soft adventure day around Luang Prabang with a short 20-minute drive out of town and into the Lao countryside. Transfer by small boat across the river to begin trekking. This is an easy hike through a beautiful jungle with surrounding mountains in the river valley. Arrive at a Khmu hill tribe village where your local guide will help you explore life nestled in the mountains. The village is nestled at the foot of a big mountain range. Most of the people here are farmers and fishermen and subsist on their traditional way of agriculture. They even speak a different language here, and your guide will help to ask any questions you have. We’ll refresh with a break before a scenic and easy walk off the mountain to the Tad Sae Waterfall. At the waterfall, you can hang out for some swimming and bathing in the refreshing cool water.

Water conditions range from impressive strong currents during the height of the rainy season to slow-flowing and inviting crystal-clear waters great for swimming. (Note: During the dry season, from Feb. to Jul., the Tad Sae Waterfall can be low or even dry. The itinerary remains the same with the exception that instead of the waterfall, trekking is extended to visit a riverside village, and a longer boat ride is enjoyed on the Nam Khan River through the jungle) A Lao Style Lunch will be served either at the magnificent waterfalls or at a local village. Return by boat and vehicle to conclude your jungle and village adventure.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 4: Mekong River - Pad Ou Caves - Nong Khiaw (B/L)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning almsgiving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temples to gather their daily meals from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets. We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice to vegetables, to fish, or chicken.

After breakfast at the hotel, begin our boat up the Mekong, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. We will be able to stop off at a few villages and admire the breathtaking limestone karst scenery. Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. After visiting the caves, we will hop on the car and continue the transfer to Nong Khiaw, the small town along the lazy Nam Ou River.

After lunch (your own account), visit the historical cave of Phathok. The Nong Khiaw villagers used this cave as a war shelter during the “Secret War”, to shelter people from bombs dropped in the region. It is about a30 minute gentle walk from Nong Khiaw town and takes you through beautiful scenery. Learn more about a secret part of Lao history and explore the historical caves with your guide. From the cave, you will have a beautiful view of rice paddies and the valley. Walk back to Nong Khiaw along a small path through the rice paddies. Enjoy the sunset over the river. There is a choice of local restaurants within walking distance (your own account)

Stay overnight in Nong Khiaw.

Distance: 159KM | 4-hour transfer | MAPS

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Day 5: Nam Ou River - Tad Mork Waterfall - Ban Phayong (B/L)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

We begin at 8 am and start off by boarding a local long boat and head off upstream through some fantastic landscape before making our first stop of the day at a small riverside village. Here we take some time to look around and if during a weekday pay the local school a visit to see the charming children as they take part in their classes.

After this, we continue onwards to Tad Mork which is located close to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Sop Kong, an hour trek from the river. At the waterfall, we shall have time to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch.

After that, we will start trekking through the jungle to Ban Phayong, the village of H’Mong ethnic. The trek will take about 2.5–3 hours up to a small hill. Arriving in the village, you will take a stroll around the town to get familiar with the local villagers.

Before having dinner with the host family, we will join the Baci Ceremony. This rite is performed mostly for family and friends who are going or coming back from a long trip. This is their way of saying thank you to you for your visit. Your guides will portably explain more about the ceremony.

Spend your night at Ban Phayong.

2-hour boat trip | 2-hour easy trek | 2.5-3-hour moderate trek

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Day 6: Ban Phayong - Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw (B/L)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Wake up early, you can help the host prepare breakfast, or watch the sun rising over the mountains. In the morning, we will have3 hours of trekking downhill via the paddy, and corn fields to the bank of the Nam Ou River. From there, we board the cruise upstream to Muang Ngoi, the fishing village in the middle of nowhere. In the afternoon, we will trek to the local village of Ban Na, Khmu village; and the caves of Tham Kaang, which is said to have supernatural powers.

Walk back to Muang Ngoi whilst the sun is setting. If time permits, you can swim in the Nam Ou River, just like the locals.

Stay overnight in Muang Ngoi.

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Day 7: Nong Khiaw - 100 Waterfalls

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside. Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos River before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’! Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008! For the next few hours, you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash. Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local-style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.

A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley. Once back in the village, we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to NongKhiaw (Nong Khiau) by boat.

Stay overnight in Nong Khiaw.

20-minute transfer | 4-hour trek | 2-hour boat trip

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Day 8: Muang Soune Experience

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, transfer to Muang Soune, which locates 65 km from the center in the north of Luang Prabang by the bank of Nam Ou River.

12 pm–12:30 pm: Arrival in the village area and river crossing with local ferry or pirogue. Introduction with the family.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Lunchtime with family

1:30 pm–2 pm: Rest

2 pm–5 pm: Explore local activity in the village, visit the school, and visit the weavers who can tailor-make a local dress for you and other village artisans.

5 pm–6 pm: Bathe in the river or shower in the house. Prepare dinner with Kham or enjoy a fresh beer Lao or a local drink with your hosts

7:30 pm–9 pm: Dinner with the family

9 pm till late: Kham’s favorite after-dinner activity is playing cards with her uncle. You are welcome to join but beware… Kham and her uncle are very good.

Stay overnight in Muang Soune.

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Day 9: Muang Soune - Back to Luang Prabang

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

5 am-6 am: Wake up early to prepare sticky rice for Monk’s offering later on.

6 am–7 am: Almsgiving in the temple

7 am–8 am: Breakfast with the family

8 am–10 am: Go with Kham and her uncle fishing on the Ou River and learn some new techniques

10 am–1 pm: Hike to the rice fields and explore the rural life of farmers. Visit some family organic gardens on the way too.

1 pm–2 pm: Lunchtime with the family

2 pm–3 pm: Free time to go around the village and purchase souvenirs if you wish

3 pm-3:30 pm: River crossing with local boat and departure to Luang Prabang

5 pm: Arrival at your hotel and end of the Homestay Experience.

Stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 10: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before transferring back to Luang Prabang Airport to take the departure flight.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin rooms.

** If you travel in group of 2, 3 and so on. Please feel free to contact us for specific offer.

** If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share Button above to invite your friends and family to book this tour with you.

Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:
Transportation with air-condition in private
• Accommodation in twin/double shared room
• Boat trip as stated in above sights
• English speaking guide
• Admission fee to indicated sights
• Meals as per program
• Gov’t tax and service charge
• Luggage handling and drinking water

What's Excluded:
Visa stamping fee on arrival
• International & Domestic airfares.
• Travel Insurance in all kinds
Single supplement
Other foreign language guide
Peak tourist season or special event rates
Tip, drinks and other personal expenses


1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 
• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.


  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!


Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.


We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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