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USD 674
Country: Laos
City: Luang Prabang
Duration: 7 Day(s) - 6 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
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07 Days LuangPrabang – NongKhiaw – LuangNamtha – Muang Sing – Houeisay

DAY 01    LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL                         D
    Arrive in LuangPrabang, transfer to your hotel for check-in
First discovery of this unique UNESCO heritage town, if time permits, on foot. Climb up to Phousi Hill for sunset. Enjoy the unique view over the city and its surroundings.
Dinner and accommodation at your hotel

DAY 02    LUANG PRABANG VISIT                             B-L-D
Breakfast at your hotel
Pick up from hotel and visit the main highlights of LuangPrabang: Vat Vixoun, Vat Maha, Vat Mai, Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of LuangPrabang, dating back from the 16th Century
Lunch at a local restaurant
Afternoon visit of the Royal Palace Museum, housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past. Continue to Vat Sene. See the diverse local crafts sold on the Hmong market in the early evening
Dinner at a local restaurant
Accommodation at your hotel

DAY 03    LUNG PRABANG – PAK OU – NONG KHIAW ‘’ BY BOAT ‘’            B-L-D
Breakfast at your hotel
Transfer to the local pier of LuangPrabang and board a traditional boat. Cruise upstream on the Mekong River and visit the sacred Buddha caves, Tham Ting and ThamPhoum housing hundreds of Buddha statues.
Lunch at a local restaurant
Continue by boat up the Nam Ou River. The longest river of northern Laos passes through a fantastic karst scenery. Watch the local villagers fishing and picking river grass. Arrive in NongKhiaw in the late afternoon
Dinner and accommodation at your guesthouse in NongKiaw

Breakfast at your guesthouse
Early start by car towards Oudomxai passing a mountainous landscape with mainly Hmong and Khmu villages. Arrive in Oudomxai and climb That Phouxay overlooking the city and surroundings
Lunch at a local restaurant
The region further north gets more and more mountainous with Hmong villages built along the crests. Stop on the way to visit villages. Arrive in LuangNamtha in the early evening and check in at your Guesthouse
Dinner and accommodation at your guesthouse in LuangNamtha



DAY 05        LUANG NAMTHA - FULL DAY                         B-L-D
Breakfast at your guesthouse
This one day boat trip takes us down the Namtha River. The boat is a traditional wooden boat of the villagers of Ban Khon Kham, one of the last villages to run these boats. We will visit three ethnic groups in the villages of Ban Mai (Black Tai), Ban SopeDute(Lanten) and Ban Sopsim(Khmu). The right bank of the river is the Nam Ha National Protected Area. The boat will go as far as the confluence of the Nam Ha River before turning around and coming back up river. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the river.

Villages and Ethnic Groups Ban Mai (Tai Dam, "Black Tai")
The first village downstream is Ban Mai. Making up seven percent of the population of LuangNamtha Province, Tai Dam are a Tai speaking group whose homeland is DienBeinPhu in Northern Vietnam. The first Tai Dam villages are believed to have been established here during the 1890s, in response to the devastation caused by marauding "Black Banner" Haw Chinese Bandits from Yunnan. Why they are called Black Tai is not agreed upon by scholars, but some believe the name was taken from the Black River in Vietnam. Boatmen sometimes stop here to take on other boatmen to help navigate the river. Silk is produced by some households in this village; look out for the bamboo baskets and trays containing worms and the bright yellow cocoons underneath some of the houses.

Ban Sopdtut, Ban Nam Tat (Lanten)
After leaving the plains, the river runs through forest-covered hills and passes several Lanten villages. Lanten people establish their villages near permanent streams and subsequently are sometimes referred to as Lao Huay, or "Stream" Lao. LuangNamtha is home to the largest concentration of Lanten villages in Laos, and counts about 4000 Lanten in its population. Like the closely-related Mein (Yao), the Lanten emigrated from China in search of stability and new mountain rice fields. They are recognizable by their dark indigo clothing, which is woven and dyed in the village, the women’s and striking silver jewelry. Upon reaching the end of childhood, Lanten women wear their hair swept up in a traditional style and also shave their eyebrows. The Lanten language is still strong, and male elders continue to read and write a Lanten script based on Chinese characters. They practice a synthesis of animism and Taoism, focused on the lineage of ancestors and on village spirits. Lanten rituals often use wooden masks and handmade bamboo-fiber paper. During the dry season, papermaking can often be seen along the river banks near Lanten villages.

Ban Sopsim (Khmu)
Part of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic linguistic family, the 500,000 Khmu represents one of the largest ethnic groups in Lao PDR. The Khmu settled the area of present-day Lao PDR several thousand years in advance of the Tai peoples who now dominate. Like many of the ethnic groups in northern Laos, the Khmu are not Buddhist but practice their own form of animism. Although many traditional animist ceremonies are no longer




performed, ritual meal offerings are often made to placate the spirits upon whom the rice harvest depends. When a traditional ceremony is underway, a woven bamboo tale will be placed at the entrance to the village. If you are permitted to enter, do not disturb people involved in the ceremonies or touch any alters or ritual items. Ask your guide if you are unsure.

In 1993 the Government of Laos created the Nam Ha NBCA, one of 21 conservation areas around the country. Approximately twelve percent of the nation’s land is encompassed in these areas, a remarkably high percentage that represents a positive step towards the preservation of Lao PDR’s unique and valuable natural heritage. As you pass along the edge of the protected area watch out for sights of some of the 300 bird species that inhabit the NBCA.

Approximately: 15 minutes transfer/ 5 hours boat

Note: Low water levels may reduce the number of passengers the boats can carry. The trip maybe not possible between February and June

Dinner and accommodation at your guesthouse in LuangNamtha

Day 06    LUANG NAMTHA – MUANG SING (about 58 Km)                B-L-D
Breakfast at guesthouse  
Depart to Muang Sing by car by a beautiful road. Muang Sing had been a Tai Lu principality, situated at the convergence of Chinese, Burmese, Thai civilizations and other ethnic groups. This situation has made Muang Sing a colorful and original place to discover.
Lunch at local restaurant
Drive close to Chinese border and walk to visit Adima, an Akkah village and Yao village and see their daily life style.
Return Muang Sing end of afternoon and check in at your guest house.
Dinner and accommodation at your guesthouse in Muang Sing

DAY 07    MUANG SING – HOUEISAY                             B-L
Visit the colorful market of Muang Sing, and then return to the guesthouse for breakfast.
Continue on road No. 3 through beautiful sceneries of mountains, villages and rice fields. Stop in ViengPhoukha, the ancient Khmu settlement ViengPhoukha has a tourism office showing the numerous ethnics of the region.
Continue to Houesay, the Lao-Thai border. Arrive at the border in after noon for your departure by crossing the border to Thailand.    
Finished of our tour


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