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Introduction

Remote North Explorer    
13 Days / 12 Nights
   
Arriving from Thailand, we enjoy discovering the beauty of this untouched country, with a combination of trekking and meeting the minority peoples of the remote north, staying in homestays and basic accommodation, enjoying their food and finding out about the customs of the people we meet. Our transportation is by foot, boat and by road as we head southwards to the equally beautiful city of Luang Prabang, where we enjoy the opportunity to see more of this timeless World Heritage jewel.
Remote North Explorer

In Brief

Remote North Explorer
13 Days / 12 Nights

Day 1: Arrival in Chaing Rai.

Day 2: Huay Xai to Luang Namtha.

Day 3: Luang Namtha Trekking.

Day 4: Luang Namtha to Oudomxay.

Day 5: Oudomxay to Bouneua.

Day 6: Bouneua Trekking.

Day 7: Trekking to Phongsali.

Day 8: Phongsaly to Muang Khua by boat.

Day 9: Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi.

Day 10: Muang Ngoi Trekking.

Day 11: Muang Noi to Luang Prabang by boat.

Day 12: Luang Prabang free day.

Day 13: At leisure until departure.

In Detail

Remote North Explorer
13 Days / 12 Nights

Day 1: Arrival in Chaing Rai.
At leisure after arrival.

Day 2: Huay Xai to Luang Namtha.
After crossing the border, we head out of Huay Xai towards Luang Namtha. We visit hill tribe villages including Khmu and Lu minorities. In the afternoon, we visit Kao Rao Cave with its impressive limestone formations and arrive in Luang Namtha with time to relax.

Day 3: Luang Namtha Trekking.
The trip starts with a climb up to Phoumpok Stupa, for a panoramic view of the area before we head off on our guided trek. We enjoy a locally-made lunch cooked in bamboo pipes in Black Tai or Akha style. We continue trekking until we reach Ban Nammutmai, a picturesque Akha minority village. Here we learn about the life of this small ethnic minority group. Afterwards we travel to the Lanten village of Ban Nam Jang, where they specialize in the making of Saa paper. Our trip ends at Luang Namtha market. The level of difficulty is easy to moderate.

Day 4: Luang Namtha to Oudomxay.
We enjoy a relaxing morning before heading south to Oudomxay.

Day 5: Oudomxay to Bouneua.
Travelling by road, we enjoy stopping en route to Bouneua at a number of minority villages including Ban Nakrasip, a Khmu village, then Ban Laoli and Ban Sanomay where you can discover the Ikho minority. Our accommodation in Bouneua is quite basic.

Day 6: Bouneua Trekking.
We begin our trek in the jungle around Bouneua and encounter the Akha Pixo minority in their high villages. The silver coins attached to their traditional headdress determine the wealth of the household. The mountain footpaths offer splendid views and our trek ends in beautiful valley with homestay accommodation. Today’s hike is for 5.5 hours, with a moderate level of difficulty.

Day 7: Trekking to Phongsali.
Once we complete our trek back to Bouneua, we’ll be transferred to Phongsali. Today’s hike is for 4 hours, with a moderate level of difficulty.

Day 8: Phongsali to Muang Khua by boat.
After breakfast, we transfer to Hatsa boat pier to start a 4 hour cruise on a small local boat stopping to visit villages on the way and eat a picnic lunch, before we reach Muang Khua. We encounter some handicrafts of the Akha minority before spending some relaxation time in the town. Our accommodation in Muang Khua is quite basic.

Day 9: Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi.
We take the boat down the Nam Ou river to reach Muang Ngoi, stopping en route to visit local villages. We enjoy a picnic on the boat.

Day 10: Muang Ngoi Trekking.
Our two-hour trek this morning takes us to Ban Houay Boor, a Khmu and T'ai Deng ethnic village. After lunch at a villager's home in Ban Houay Boor, we continue trekking in the afternoon to Ban Na, a T'ai Deng village and Ban Houaisene, where we stay overnight in a community bamboo guesthouse. Before a locally-prepared dinner, we enjoy a Baci ceremony and traditional music show with the villagers.

Day 11: Muang Ngoi to Luang Prabang by boat.
This morning we trek back to Muang Ngoi. We then take a long-tail traditional boat for a trip downstream on the Nam Ou river, and stop en route at the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, before heading for the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang.

Day 12: Luang Prabang free day.
After breakfast, enjoy sightseeing around Luang Prabang, which 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.

Day 13: At leisure until departure.
After breakfast, free at leisure for shopping or packing. Transfer to the airport to catch the departure flight.

What's In

Remote North Explorer
13 Days / 12 Nights

What’s In:
   -  All sightseeing and transfer services as detailed in our itinerary
   -  Accommodation in confirmed room category and named hotels
   -  Meals: daily breakfast at hotel only or as specified (drinks not included)
   -  English-speaking local guides (or the relevant language requested)
   -  All entrance fees as detailed in our itinerary
   -  Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during sightseeing
   -  Boat trips as specified
   -  Hanuman arrival and departure gifts
   -  Public liability insurance

What’s Not:
   -  Tour services not detailed in our itinerary
   -  All meals not specified and no drinks except complimentary water
   -  International departure taxes
   -  Visa fees
   -  All International flight tickets
   -  Overweight luggage
   -  Early Hotel check-in/ Late check-out
   -  Expenditure of a personal nature
   -  Tips and gratuities
   -  Other services not listed in ‘What’s In’
   -  Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expense, including repatriation in the event of accident or illness).

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Extra Touches
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