Multi-Day Tour | Private

Laos: Land of a Million Elephants (8 days)


Jinghong, China To Luang Prabang, Laos

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018


Day 1
Jinghong, China
Anantara Dinner

- Arrive in Jinghong- Spend the afternoon at your leisure

Day 2
Muang La, Laos
Jinghong, China
Muang La Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Cross the border into Laos

- Stop by Namdeng Nua village, home to the Lantern minority whose distinctive indigo clothes are lined with a pink trim

- View the 400 year old statue of Buddha in Pra Singkham Temple, which is believed to have supernatural powers

- Arrive in the calm natural surroundings of Muang La

- Unwind at the end of the day by enjoying a soak in Muang La’s famous hot springs or treat yourself to  a traditional Lao massage

Day 3
Muang La, Laos
Muang La Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


- Trek from Pak Khai through rice terraces and small villages, meeting local farmers along the way

- Stop to rest at a hilltop village of Ban Phavie, home to the animist Khmu minority

- End your trek at a local waterfall


- Visit an isolated village home to the Akha minority, known for the elaborate headdresses and occasionally blackened teeth

- Visit a Hmong village to learn more about this minority’s way of life and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area

Day 4
Muang La, Laos
Muang La Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Spend the day at your leisure

- Enjoy the facilities available at Muang La Resort

- Spend time exploring the nearby village

Day 5
Muang La, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Satri House/Amantaka/ Residence Phou Vao-Belmond Breakfast, Lunch

- Embark on a tranquil river cruise from Muang Khua down the Nam Ou

- Pass by forested slopes and remote villages only accessible boat

- Explore Ban Sob Jaem, a Khmu and Hmong village whose residents hand make brightly colored scarves

- Relax with a beach barbeque

- Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang

Day 6
Luang Prabang, Laos
Satri House/Amantaka/ Residence Phou Vao-Belmond Breakfast, Lunch

- Optional: rise early in the morning to partake in the daily ritual of tak bat, almsgiving to monks

- Learn about Laotian history at the Royal Palace Museum, which blends Lao and French Beaux Arts style

- Admire Wat Xiengthong, the Golden City Temple, whose dramatically sloping roofs nearly hit the ground

- Enrich your knowledge at Ock Pop Tock, a social enterprise devoted to Lao Textiles

- Visit Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, nicknamed “the watermelon stupa” for its rotundity

- Stop by the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a private museum devoted to the country’s myriad of ethnicities

- From the top of Mount Phousi, enjoy a commanding view of Luang Prabang and the Mekong while the sun sinks slowly into the horizon

- (this day can be either a bicycle or walking tour)

Day 7
Luang Prabang, Laos
Satri House/Amantaka/ Residence Phou Vao-Belmond Breakfast, Lunch

- At the Living Lands Organic Farm, learn about harvesting and making food from rice

- Picnic by the glassy waters of the three tiered Kuang Si Falls

- Meet the Asiatic black bear at the Bear Rescue Center

- Float along the Mekong to the village of Ban Chan, famous for its pottery

Day 8
Luang Prabang, Laos
None Breakfast

- Depart Luang Prabang (Direct flights are available to Bangkok, Siem Reap, Vietianne and Hanoi)

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Explore the meditative stillness of Muang La, the rugged riverside mountains of Nong Khiaw, and the mixed Laotian and French aromas and architecture of Luang Prabang.This frequently forgotten country sandwiched between the more popular destinations of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam only reopened for tourism in 1988. After a tumultuous twentieth century which saw it transitioning from French protectorate to independence and experiencing a civil war and communist coup, Laos has emerged as a peaceful and impoverished country. Statistically, it is known as the land of a million elephants, the most bombed country per capita in history, and home to approximately 140 ethnic groups.

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