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Mountain Minority Villages - 13 Days

Mountain Minority Villages

Laos · Private Tour · 13 Days
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure from Luang Prabang to Houay Xai visiting countless hill tribe villages dotted over the northern jungles of Laos. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Luang Prabang
Day 2 - Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves
Day 3 - Kuang Si Waterfall
Day 4 - Nong Khiaw
Day 5 - Muang Khua Minority Villages
Day 6 - Muang Khua → Boun Tai
Day 7 - Boun Tai Minority Villages
Day 8 - Oudomxay
Day 9 - Namkat Yorla Pa Park
Day 10 - Luang Namtha
Day 11 - Muang Sing
Day 12 - Muang Sing → Houay Xai
Day 13 - Houay Xai

What is included

  • Transportation and transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 12 nights accommodation at standard hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites
  • Local English speaking guide during activities

What is NOT included

  • International flights
  • Domestic tourism taxes and airport taxes
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Beverages and meals not specified in the itinerary
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Luang Prabang

You will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After check in, free at leisure

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Villa Chitdara

Standard Room Luang Prabang

day
2
Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves

After breakfast, we will visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages. 

We will enjoy a short-guided tour of the city's oldest temple, the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see its impressive tree of life mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which will give us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. 

We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a visit to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek - small villages well known for silk weaving and Saa (Jute) paper-making. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Pak Ou Caves29 km 1h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Villa Chitdara

Standard Room Luang Prabang

day
3
Kuang Si Waterfall

After breakfast, a visit to The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Laos culture throughout the ages. 

Then we will head for the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you will be able to observe valuable artifacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups that inhabit the Luang Prabang area. 

Later in the morning we will go to Phou Si Market, which has an eclectic selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs. Afterwards, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. 

On our return to the city, we will climb to the top of Mount Phou Si to explore the sacred gilded stupa, as well as capturing a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we will visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Kuang Si Waterfall29 km 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Villa Chitdara

Standard Room Luang Prabang

day
4
Nong Khiaw

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. 

After breakfast, we take a minivan to Nong Khiaw which is a hidden small town in Laos with a nice scenery. On the way we will drive through the forest and green jungle and stop to experience the local village Ban Nayang to see they produce weaving crafts and Laos traditional dresses. Upon arrival at Nong Khiaw, your guide will show you around the town. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Prabang → Nong Khiaw141 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nong Kiau Riverside

Bungalow Room Nong Khiaw

day
5
Muang Khua Minority Villages

After breakfast, we take a long tail boat to Mouang Ngoi - Mouang Kua. On the way we will stop at Ban Mouang Ngoi Kao, and then continue to Ban Sop Chem, where Khmu and Thai Deng villages are located. We will do our sightseeing around village, and see the production of handicrafts and traditional weaving. 

We will arrive in Mouang Kua in the late afternoon, and your guide will show you the small village. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Nong Khiaw → Muang Khua210 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Senaly Hotel

Standard Room Mouang Kua

day
6
Muang Khua → Boun Tai

After breakfast, the guide will take you to visit the local market to explore Laos local food sales on display. We will continue our journey to Boun Tai by road, about 5 hours across mountains and valleys. On the way we will visit the local ethnic markets and Ekor and Akar village

Arrival at Boun Tai in the afternoon, rest of the day free at leisure

Overnight at the hotel.

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Muang Khua → Boun Tai 114 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hong Thong Guesthouse

Basic Standard Room Boun Tai

day
7
Boun Tai Minority Villages

After breakfast, we will visit the local market where ethnic minorities come to sell and buy their daily products. We will explore the ethnic minority’s villages such as Akar, Ikor, Tai Lue and Phou Noi Hor

Lunch will be with local family and local food. After our activities, we will return to Boun Tai in the late afternoon. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Hong Thong Guesthouse

Basic Standard Room Boun Tai

day
8
Oudomxay

After breakfast, travel to Oudomxay and then Namkat Yorla Pa Park. On the way, we will visit the sacred and famous Buddha images throughout the region. You can ask for success and good luck in your lives. Then we will continue our journey to the amazing park of Namkat Yorla Pa

Overnight at the hotel.

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Boun Tai → Oudomxay 143 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nam Kat Yorla Pa

Superior Room Oudomxay

day
9
Namkat Yorla Pa Park

After breakfast, we will explore this amazing park. After our activities, free at leisure. Dinner at the restaurant. 

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Nam Kat Yorla Pa

Superior Room Oudomxay

day
10
Luang Namtha

After breakfast, transfer to Luang Nam Tha, a town of large rice paddies and many ethnic minorities. 

Upon arrival, we will have a cycling tour around Luang Namtha across stunning landscapes, visiting villages of Black Tai, Tai Leu ethnic minorities and learning about handicraft manufacturing in the region. You will also see silk production and a Lao alcohol distillery. In the cold season you'll have the chance to learn about lantern paper making. Visit to Phou That Mountain, view of Luang Nam Tha with sunset. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Oudomxay → Luang Namtha118 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Zuela Guesthouse

Standard Room Luang Namtha

day
11
Muang Sing

In the morning, we will continue our way to visit Mouang Sing, a town close to China and Myanmar. On the way we will visit the Akar and Ekor villages. Before arriving to Mouang Sing we will visit a Buddhist Tai Lue style temple, Wat Xieng Tueng

In the afternoon, we will explore the town, visit the Ethnic Museum, French colonial buildings and see the everyday lives of the locals around the town. 

Overnight at the hotel.

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Luang Namtha → Muang Sing 64 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Phou Lu Guest House

Standard Room Mouang Sing

day
12
Muang Sing → Houay Xai

At dawn, your guide will take you to explore the local market. You will see many ethnic people dressed in different ways. We will return to hotel for breakfast, then travel to Luang Namtha and head to Houay Xai

On the way we will visit Caves in Vieng Phou Ka town

Upon arrival in Houay Xai, your guide will take you to visit hillside Buddhist temple for sunset on the Mekong river between Laos & Thailand. 

 Overnight at the hotel.

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Muang Sing → Huay Xai366 km
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Houayxai Riverside Hotel

Deluxe River View Room Houay Xai

day
13
Houay Xai

After breakfast, we will transfer you to the border so you can continue your trip to Thailand.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Luang Prabang
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Villa Chitdara

Standard Room
Nong Khiaw
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Nong Kiau Riverside

Bungalow Room
Mouang Kua
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Senaly Hotel

Standard Room
Boun Tai
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Hong Thong Guesthouse

Basic Standard Room
Oudomxay
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Nam Kat Yorla Pa

Superior Room
Luang Namtha
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Zuela Guesthouse

Standard Room
Mouang Sing
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Phou Lu Guest House

Standard Room
Houay Xai
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Houayxai Riverside Hotel

Deluxe River View Room

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3-4 pax
Double Sharing
5-6 pax
Double Sharing
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018$2486$1980$1654
1 Apr 2018 - 10 Apr 2018$2399$1916$1589
11 Apr 2018 - 18 Apr 2018$2486$1980$1654
19 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2018$2399$1916$1589

Photos

Namkat Yorla Pa
Morning Alms Giving, Luang Prabang
Luang Namtha Stupa
Muang Sing
Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang
Fishing Village, Muang Ngoi
Boun Tai
Ethnic Minority Villages, Boun Tai
Big Buddha Statue, Oudomxay
Huay Xai

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