Overview

  • Discover the small town of Luang Nam Tha, where is dreamy with beautiful countryside views and town.
  • Immerse in nature while camping near the Nam Ha river
  • Feel the slow life rhythm of the villages, who plainly live in the dreamy countryside.
  • Explore the cave of history in Nong Khiaw and meet the friendly locals.
  • Travel to the infamous Pak Ou Buddha caves and learn winemaking technique a Ban Xang Hai village
  • Join the vibrant life in Luang Prabang and enjoy the city’s spotlights.
North Laos Experience 8 Days
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Huay Xai – Luang Namtha

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

Welcome to the Active Travel tour! After meeting the local tour guide, we will transfer to Luang Nam Tha. Being the center of the province with the same name, Luang Nam Tha is always peaceful, pleasant with the natural landscape and lovely town. For these features, people choose Luang Nam Tha as a favorite place to dive into the rich, pure nature in northwestern Laos.

Besides the appealing natural sites, you can also find that Luang Nam Tha is an exciting town to spend your time. There are several places of interest that tourists usually visit. The first one is the museum of Luang Nam Tha, where you can read the articles about the regional society revolution. At the night market, you can have a taste of Lao cuisine and handicrafts, goods, and specialties of the different ethnic minorities.

About religious stupa, Luang Nam Tha is famous for the amazing That Phum Puk, which is distinctive for its location. The stupa is constructed on a hill, which stands out in the rice fields area, and nearby a waterfall. With such a wealthy nature, green, untouched jungle, the region is appropriate for ecotourism. To get to the stupa, we will go through the Nam Sun village, where has the traditional business of making paper from bamboo.

As the tour day ends, get to the Boat Landing Guest House to overnight among a peaceful ambiance along the river.

Day 2

Luang Nam Tha – Vieng Phoukha – Ban Nam O – Ban Nam Lo

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Finish your breakfast; we will take the Tuk -Tuk to start a rough, bumpy half-an-hour ride to Doiluckkam. At the time you arrive in Doiluckkam, a local guide from Khmu village will undertake your tour. Being rich with natural resources, Luang Nam Tha has many kinds of plants and herbs that are helpful to locals.

On the first day, we are going to take it easy on touring. At the Nam Ha NPA, the guide will introduce to us the edible plants and medicinal plants. You'll then walk uphill to change the air, as well as seeing many huge old trees, several bamboo species, and various forest plants. On the way, there are creatures that habitat. If we pad, we can see some certain wildlife animals, for example, monkeys, wild goats, and wild pigs.

Then, enjoy your traditional lunch that is cooked by the one Khmu man. After that, prepare to trek through the jungles, down the hill to arrive at your camp. At about 4:30 pm, we will present at the camp near Nam Ha River.

The rest of the day is at your leisure, be free to go fishing with Khmu guide, wander around your area or soak up the lukewarm water in the mellow Nam Ha River. After dinner that is cooked from the fish that you and the guide just fish out, we will spend the night at the camp.

Day 3

Ban Nam Lo – Prasat Cave – Vieng Phoukha – Luang Nam Tha

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning in nature is full of music when many kinds of creatures there like birds, bears, monkeys, deer, gibbons, wild pigs, and the sound of swinging trees together sing a beautiful symphony. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy this beautifulness, which you can hard to see around your city home.

Before having breakfast, who rises soon will be able to take a walk around the camp. Since this area is also home for tribal villagers, please notice the dos and don’ts in these cultures. If you have any questions, ask our guide for the instruction. Now, it’s breakfast time, which is hearty cooked by the tour guide.

After fishing the meal, get ready to cross the Nam Ha River and trek a short distance through dreamy field and site to arrive at Ban Nalan. This is a small rustic village, where it is ideal for learning the Khmu typical lifestyle, culture, and traditions.

Then, we will take the two - hour bike riding tour down the mountain to get to Ban Chernsouk. There, the Asia Private Travels driver is waiting to pick us and transfer to Luang Namtha. The day tour ends here.

Day 4

Oudoxay – Muang Khua – Muang Ngoi

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early in the morning, have breakfast at the hotel and then depart for Muang Khua.

On the boat, we will cruise 4 - 5 hours to Muang Ngoy. Right there, we will get on a vehicle to transfer north to Nong Khiaw, where is serene with the narrow trails with coconut lines flanked both sides and the fishermen netting the fishnet.

Despite the rapid change in the city lifestyle, time seems to forget flowing in this rural area, which helps us to enjoy the easy, slow, and serene life. The rest of the time is at your leisure. We will overnight in a local guesthouse in Muang Ngoy.

Day 5

Muang Ngoi – Nong Khiaw

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We are sailing to Nong Khiaw this morning. Enjoy the scenic view and the fresh, clear atmosphere in the rural area while flowing on the river. After lunch, explore Phathok – a historical cave (30 min walk from Nong Khiaw), which used to attach with the life of the locals here.

During the' Secret War,' the Nong Khiav villagers used the cave as a hide - out base during the bombing. While walking, enjoy the beautiful scenery and great views of the mountains. This is a great chance for you to learn more about a secret part of Lao history through the thrilling stories of the Asia PrivateTravels local guide.

Moreover, you can also catch an excellent view of the rice paddle fields and the valley around. Then, you can stroll around the area and choose a nice spot to enjoy the glorious twilight over the river.

Day 6

Nong Khiaw – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

While driving on the path along the Nam Ou River – Laos’ longest inland river, we will be led through a spectacular natural site. After your lunchtime, embark on a boat, and we will cruise to Luang Prabang.

Before the sunset, we will arrive at the Nam Ou and Mekong river’s meeting point, where situates the majestic caves of Pak Ou. In the caves, exist thousands of Buddha images.

After sacred moments at Pak Ou, we will head to our next stop at Ban Xang Hai village, which is just a few minutes' walk away. This village is well-known for producing LauLao (Lao whiskey) and LauHai (Lao wine). Spend a little time in the village and of course, buy some bottles if you prefer, and then we will cruise on the Mekong River to Luang Prabang.

After check-in the hotel, you can enjoy your free time strolling in the vibrant, colorful street around the area you live and contemplate the spectacular sunset over the region. In the bustling night markets, you can spend your time discover delicious local food and cool domestics from the citizen, the ethnic minorities around Luang Prabang.

Day 7

Luang Prabang – City – Khuang Si Waterfall

Transfer:

Meals: Breakfast

In the morning, our tour starts with a visit to Phousi Mount, a favorite spot to overlook the panorama of the beautiful city of Luang Prabang.

After that, we go down the mountain to arrive at Vat Xieng Thong, which is also known as the Temple of the Royal City. This temple is not just a stunning construction with skillful patterns, paintings, but it contains a spiritual meaning of the religion.

Next, we head to one temple, which is highlighted by the unique structure of the earliest Lao style – Wat Visoun. Built in the 18th century, located near the alluring Royal Palace; Wat Mai is a full-of-art temple, which is also the most gigantic, the most being decorated with expensive ornament. This is our next destination to explore, to learn regarding the art of the previous generations.

Then, we will transfer to one hottest tourist attraction in Laos: the Khuang Si Falls. With crystal blue water and over 5-meter-high cascade, tourists will definitely fall in love with the unspoiled beauty and can help themselves splashing in the refreshing water. Moreover, the way getting to Khuang Si is also a pleasant ride, which is through the endless rice paddle field and small rustic villages scattered along the road.

After the Fall, we travel back to the city and enjoy the free time. Meals on your account and spend the night in the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 8

Luang Prabang - Departure

Transfer: N/A

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy the leisure time until leaving for the departure flight. Room service is on until noon. Meals are on your account. Your tour with Asia Private Travels end here.

Inclusions

Exclusions

Trip Notes

► Visa Requirements:  Laos visa on arrival is available at Luang Prabang and Vientiane International aiports as well as the border checkpoints. You will need to prepare a passport with at least 6 months in validity, 2 passport - size photos and cash for the handling fee. Visa fee ranges from $20 - $42 USD depending on your nationality.

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 - 2 pax 7 - seater car
3 - 8 pax 16 - seater car
9 -14 pax 25 - seater car
15 - 20 pax 35 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  •  Laos New Year: Extra fee required.

Reviews us on Tripadvisor

Thanks to APT team for great services!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Trisha

Australia

"We really appreciated the chance to explore both the natural and cultural attractions of Laos, and the tour offered a great balance of adventure and relaxation"

A good tour to try
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jean

United States

"The temples of Luang Prabang were impressive and full of history. Besides, the Khuang Si Falls were a refreshing and picturesque natural wonder.  Our local guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and their stories and insights really added to the experience of exploring the various sites."

North laos 8 Days
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Callan

Canada

"The food throughout the tour was delicious and authentic that I appreciated the chance to try new dishes and flavors. The best destination I loved was Nong Khiaw. The slow and serene pace of life here was a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and the views of the coconut-lined trails and fishing nets were beautiful."

well-planned tour!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Grace

Australia

"The tour was well-organized and informative, I felt like I got a great overview of the natural and cultural wonders of Laos"

Thanks for an unforgettable memory
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Kyle

Canada

"The boat ride along the Nam Ou River and through the majestic caves of Pak Ou was a unique and awe-inspiring experience, the stunning scenery along the Nam Ou River and Mekong River made the boat rides truly memorable, and the local whiskey and wine at Ban Xang Hai village were a great way to end the day. I loved the chance to interact with and learn from the local villagers, and their hospitality and warmth made the experience even more special :) "

Meaningful trip for my children, we loved it
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Noah

United States

"Exploring Phathok Cave in Nong Khiaw was a thrilling and educational experience, and the view of the surrounding mountains was breathtaking. It's right to bring my children here, they really enjoyed the stories from our tour guide. I appreciated the chance to learn about the regional society revolution at the museum of Luang Nam Tha, and the Lao cuisine at the night market was delicious."

Professional tourism company, many thanks
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Ayden

United States

"I loved the bike ride through the dreamy fields and rustic villages and the boat ride to Muang Ngoy, what's a scenic and relaxing experience, and the local guesthouse was so cozy and comfortable. I loved people here, they are so friendly to share a lot of food to us, thank you so much guys, great love from US <3 Thanks to apt company, the trip was well planned and prepared, we enjoyed it!"

Delicious food !!!!!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Thalia

Australia

"I loved the peaceful ambiance and natural beauty of Luang Nam Tha, and the opportunity to learn about the local culture and traditions here The trek through the jungle and camping by the Nam Ha River was also an unforgettable experience, and the food cooked by the Khmu guide was so delicious:) If there'r any chances, I will come back here one day."

The North Laos tour opened our eyes to the lesser-explored parts of the country!!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Freya

Italy

"The natural wonders of North Laos, such as the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls and the serene Nam Ou River, left us in awe of the region's beauty. We also had ample opportunities to immerse ourselves in nature. Then, we could visit hidden gems and the tour guide provided us with a deeper understanding of the local culture and traditions. I had a great time in Laos! "

The visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Buddha caves were a fascinating point in this tour!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Ellie

Greenland

"I will remember forever when visiting Pak Ou Buddha caves, it was like i coming back to my home, incredible! Besides, the ancient megalithic structures left me in awe, and i couldn't help but wonder about their origins. I also love the trek through the stunning mountains and lush forests of North Laos and it was an adventure of a lifetime. Anyway, the scenic landscapes and encounters with diverse ethnic tribes made it an unforgettable experience. The gastronomic scene in Luang Prabang was a pleasant surprise. The journey exposed us to the diverse culinary traditions of Laos, including mouthwatering street food and mouthwatering traditional dishes. This point is very important in my travel time and i must say Laos food literally stole my heart, i do enjoy food in here. If i had more time i want to walk in nature to immerse myself in green scenery. "

The North Laos tour was a truly enchanting journey!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Manda

Austria

"From the picturesque town of Luang Namtha to the mystical beauty of Nong Khiaw, every destination had its own unique charm. I had an immersive experience in the rural communities of North Laos and opportunity to interact with friendly locals and learn about their traditional way of life. What a holiday! "

Wonderful time! Travelling North Laos is a must in my life!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Scarlet

United Kingdom

"This tour showcased the culinary delights of North Laos, allowing me to savor traditional dishes and indulge in the unique flavors of the region! I do enjoy my holiday! "

The trip is good in total but something need to improve.
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Aiden

United States

"I love Laos culture and people, the experience was great and memorable to me but i need to feedback some points. The transportation arrangements were often delayed, causing unnecessary inconvenience and disrupting our planned activities. It would have been helpful to receive clearer instructions and timely updates to better navigate these situations. But the staff on this tour is very kind and enthusiastic so the trip would be better. I truly love local people cuz they treated us like family member and i never experience it before, so knowing that our visit was having a beneficial effect on the neighborhood gave me warmth. I made friend with a little girl named Lily, i really want to come back to see how she is growing. Thank you, Laos, APT, and everyone on this trip that you guys made my greatest trip ever in my life! "

The warmth and hospitality of the people were my favorite part!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Mohamad

Cambodia

"People here are so friendly and nice!! They welcomed us like family and it's so warm to me! Btw, staff and tour guide in this tour is pretty as well, you guys are very kind! Thank you for making my trip more complete! "

The trip was an dream!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jermaine

United States

"We were captivated by the beauty of Luang Namtha, with its lush jungles, stunning waterfalls, and encounters with local wildlife. An off-the-beaten-path destination! We have a chance to see insight into the rich biodiversity of Northern Laos, with visits to protected areas and nature reserves. It was a nature lover's paradise! "

Northern Laos is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Alannah

Malaysia

"The tour included activities like kayaking, cycling, and hiking, ensuring an adrenaline-filled adventure so i extremely love all of it! The accommodations along the tour were comfortable and provided a true escape into nature. Waking up to the sound of birds and panoramic views of Luang Pradang was a treat! "

I do enjoy the trip!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Naomi Beard

Australia

"Good trip with best friends!"

We had the opportunity to taste authentic Northern Laos cuisine!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Joy

United Kingdom

"The tour allowed for immersive experiences, such as participating in traditional village activities, including rice planting and weaving. It was a hands-on cultural immersion! But thing i love most in the trip is Laos cuisine! Why do people can make this taste? Everything is so special and unique! :)  "

It's amazing to see the natural beauty of Northern Laos!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Jacqueline Veg

Iceland

"The trek through the mountains was challenging but incredibly rewarding. We encountered stunning waterfalls, terraced rice fields, and glimpses of traditional village life! Also, i immerse myself in peaceful nature here, feel like i was coming back to mother nature. Thank APT for this beautiful experience! "

The North Laos tour was an absolute adventure!
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels
Tripadvisor of Asia Private Travels

Rating: 5 / 5

Belle

Algeria

"I have no word to describe the beauty of Laos, from the picturesque town of Nong Khiaw to the stunning landscapes of Muang Ngoi, every destination was a hidden gem. I visited unique opportunity to explore remote villages and engage with ethnic minority communities. It was a truly authentic cultural experience! "

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