Classic Overland Laos Tours: Luang Prabang-Ou Cave-Nong Khiau-Muang Ngoy-Muang Hiam-Nam Nern Night Safari (Wildlife Watching)-Phonsavanh-Luang Prabang

  • Destinations: Luang Prabang, Nam Nern Night Safari, Nongkhiau, Plain of Jars
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Type: Adventure, Culture & History, Nature, Trekking

This tour combines the major destinations in the rest of the country, i.e: the mysterious Plain of Jars and World Heritage city Luang Prabang that provide an ideal place to relax. The trip also involves the river cruise.

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Day 1

Arrive in Luang Prabang

Welcome to Luang prabang. Uponarrival Luang Prabang Airport, Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luang prabang.

Day 2

Luang Prabang-Ancient City Tours-Kuang Sii Fall (Meal-Breakfast)

As an optional, Today You may want to get up early to participate Arm-Giving, hundreds of monks walking along side walk to collect rice and food from laymen. From there visit Fresh Morning market at Prakham village.
Around 0830am, Meet your guide and We start visit the majors sites included National museum, Visit Wat Mai, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, visit Wat Xieng Thong, of the most charming temple in Laos. Visit Big Brother Mouse, where you can buy some books for poor and donate for poor children in remote area.

Afternoon, We drive out of town 30KM to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where you can swim, relax, soft trek to the top of the fall also visit Bear Sanctuary Center. After that return to town, We then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore Street Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3

Luang Prabang-Pak Ou Cave-Nong Khiau(Meal-Breakfast) 

Around 0830am, Meet your guide and we enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. After that we continue to Nongkhaiu about 3hour driver. Arrive in Nong Khiau, Check in at your bungalow. Overnight in Nong Khiau.  Accommodation: Nong Khiau River Side/Standard Bungalow www.nongkhiau.com

Day 4

Nong Khiau-Muang Ngoy-Nong Khiau(Meal-Breakfast)

Around 0830am, Meet your guide and  We begin a boat trip up along Ou River about 1hour & half to Muang Ngoi and we then continue a boat trip upstream along Ou river about 40minutes to Sopcheang Village, where Lao Loum, Lao Terng and Kamu live there. Along the way, you can see stunning view of the landscape and its beautiful nature. Arrive the village, walking around to see local live. After that return to Muang Ngoy, Walking around the small town to see local lives and its beautiful landscape, relax, take nice photos. We then cruise down along Ou river back to Nong Khiau. Overnight in Nong Khiau. Accommodation: Nong Khiau River Side/Standard Bungalow
www.nongkhiau.com

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Day 5

Nong Khiau-Muang Hiem(Meal-Breakfast, Dinner)

Around 0830am, Meet your guide and 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 a 30 minute gentle walk from Nong Khiaw town and takes you through beautiful scenery. Learn more about a secret part of the 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 or other choice, You can hiking up about 1hour & half to Phadeang Nong Khiau View Point. You can see the whole view of the town and its beautiful nature and nice landscape. After that We continue to  Muang Hiem about 3hour & half drive. Arrive in Muang Hiem, Check in at your guest house. Overnight in Muang Hiem. Accommodation: Dorkhoun Guest House
Remark: Kindly be noted that this is a simple guest house we can find in this area

Day 6

Muang Hiem-Son Khua Village- Nam Nern Night Safari at Nam Et Phou Louey National Protected Area (Meals-Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Around 0800am, Meet your guide and take a drie about 1hour & half to Sonkhua Village, where your village guides and boatmen will be awaiting you to greet you and take you on a short tour of the village where you will learn about daily life and the animist tradition of appeasing the village spirits. At around 10-11am guests embark on a 1.5-¬hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long-¬tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards (depending on the time of year) and bird life. After arriving at the park substation, visitors will be shown to their accommodation, bamboo huts close to the river, and will then be offered a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, you will receive a briefing by park staff about the on-¬the-¬ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey. Afternoon, the group takes the boat again to continue the journey upriver. After about 50 minutes the boats will stop, and the group will hike into the forest to visit a salt lick. The local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, explains how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. The guide points out evidence of wildlife, such as tracks or scat at the salt lick. The boats continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where the group takes a picnic around a campfire. After dinner, the guides might share with you the Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. The guides educate tourists about the species of animals they might see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting. Evening-The group departs for the night spotlighting once it’s total dark, floating down the river with engines off. The guides (1 per boat) use their headlamp to spot wildlife. If they see something, they will give a clear sign. Then you can switch on your own flashlight to have a better look at the animal. Hence, tourists will have their flashlights switched off most of the time to avoid scaring animals. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals. Animals that might be seen include Sambar deer, otters, barking deer, various species of civets, loris, porcupine and owls. (Seeing tigers is very rare because they usually don’t come close to the river.)
Accommodation: Night Overnight in Ecolodge or Meeting House
http://www.namet.org/wp/en/
Remark: Kindly be noted that this is a simple Eco Bungalow

Day 7

Nam Nern Night Safari-Son Khua Village-Muang Kham-Phonsavah (Meal-Breakfast)

Morning Before breakfast, local guides take you on a walk around the jungle, teaching about the use of some medicinal plants and explaining the history of the site, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War. After breakfast, the boats float back through the core zone at a relaxing pace with engines off, while the guides point out wildlife along the way. Upon arrival in the village, you are invited to fill out a wildlife monitoring form that is used to monitor wildlife abundance and indicate the amount of bonuses put into the village development fund from the tour costs. (There is no extra fee is you are so lucky to see a tiger.)

After breakfast, we transfer to  the Phouleuy national park 55km to the Sonkhua village. Upon arrival at Son Khua village, We continue to Phonsavanh about 5hour drive through Muangkham. En route, Stop at Hot Spring Water or you can take a relax or bathing at Hot Spring pool at Hot Spring Resort in Muang Kham. After that continue to Phonsavanh. Overnight in Phonsavanh. Accommodation: 3* Favanh Mai Hotel/Standard room
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g612364-d13231181-Reviews-Favanhmai_Hotel-Phonsavan_Xiangkhouang_Province.html

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Day 8

Phonesavanh-Plain of Jars-Muangkhoun( Meal-Breakfast)

Around 0830am, Meet your guide and visit Phonsavah market to see local lives before we drive out to visit the Plain of Jars sites 1, 2& site3, moth are similar but site 1 is the biggest. After that We continue visit the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Some stupa, former French building, temples bombed by US Army during the Indochina war still be seen there. After that Return to town. Overnight in Phonsavanh. Accommodation:
3* Favanh Mai Hotel/Standard room
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g612364-d13231181-Reviews-Favanhmai_Hotel-Phonsavan_Xiangkhouang_Province.html
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Day 9

Phonsavanh-Luang Prabang  (Meals-Breakfast)

Around 0830am, Meet your guide and Continue to Luang Prabang via Phoukhoun. En route, Short stop and visit Mulberry Organic Farm, where you can see local nice silks. Other, Stop at Street Hmong Market to see local lives at Junction Phoukhoun. You can consult with your guide to stop villages along the way. Arrive in Luang Prabang, Check in at your hotel. Overnight in Phonsavanh. Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

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Day 10

Luang Prabang-Depart(Meal-Breakfast)

Today You are free and relax until your flight time, Meet your guide and transfer you to Luang Prabang Airport for your departure flight to your next destination.


Please make your choice below or contact us for other suggestions.

Luang Prabang hotels

RatingTypeName
Superior (SUP)Villa Chitdara
Grand Deluxe (GDLX)Maison Dalabua  
Superior (SUP)Luang Prabangview

Phonsavan hotels

RatingTypeName
Standard (STD)Favanh Mai

The pricing for this tour varies according to group size and time of year.

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Package includes:

– Accommodation at hotel base on twin sharing basis
– Air conditioned transportation
– Tours as per itinerary including entry fee
– Meals as indicated on itinerary
– English speaking guide
– Drinking water, cool towel refreshments during the trip
– Private Mekong boat trip
– Lao Tax

Payment policy

Deposit 20% of total amount after confirmation of the tour packages.
Total payment should be made 25 days before tour start.

Cancellation policy

Less than 30 days: 20 % charge
Less than 20 days: 40 % charge
Less than 15 days: 50 % charge
Less than one week: 70 % of the tour price
No show: 100% charge

Child policy

Under 24 months old:
sharing twin room with 2 adults in the same bed is free of charge (if an extra bed is needed, charge is as described below).

02-12 years:
sharing twin room with 2 adults – 25% discount for an extra bed and breakfast and 50% discount without extra bed and breakfast