Northern Ethnic Hike



Exclusive Mekong river cruise

Cultural visit of Luang Prabang & Vientiane

Hiking & Nature

Ethnic encounters & Farmers daily life

Waterfall, temples, caves

Traditional laotian gastronomy

 *** Off the beaten track & Classics ***  

PROGRAM  13 days - 12 nights


  • Tour code : CRTR 1013

  • Departure / Arrival : Chiang Rai / Vientiane

  • Time period: all year round

  • Guiding : English or French speaking guide + private driver, vehicle & boat

  • Half board

  • Accommodation choice : charming or luxury hotel, 3 nights in homestay, 1 VIP camping night possibility

  • 4 days hiking

  • Private group: 4 participants minimum

  • Price per person : 1820 USD (for a group of 4 persons)

First steps in Laos

... - Chiang Rai - Ban HouaySay


Welcoming at Chiang Rai Airport by a Thai driver, then road to Chiang Khong, border crossing and entry to Laos. Night in a charming hotel.

DAY 01

Cruise & PakOu caves

Pakbeng - Pakou - Luang Prabang


2nd day cruising on the Mekong towards Luang Prabang. On the way, stop to visit a fishermen tribe village and the  PakOu sanctuaries. Choice of a night in a charming or luxury hotel.

DAY 03

First ethnic encounters 

Luang Prabang - Pakmong – Hmong village

You will go on the road heading northern Laos. Visit of Tay Lue, Tay Dam and Khamu tribe villages. You will take a trail through millet fields and rice paddies to go straight to the top of a mountain high in altitude. Beautiful panoramas. Dinner and stay overnight in a Hmong Village.

DAY 05

Mountains, rivers & rice fields 

Hmong village - weaving village - Muang Ngoi - Tay Ead village


1h30 walking in mountains, then boating on the Nam Ou river on a traditional wooden boat, visit of a weaving village. 1h30 hiking, visit of the Tham Kang caves and river crossings surrounded by mountains. dinner and night in a Tay Eda village.

DAY 07

Trekking to the Tad Sae waterfalls & meeting with the elephants

LuangPrabang – 4-5h trekking - Ban HouayFay – LuangPrabang

4-5 hours trekking from Ban Houay Fai to Tad Sae. Arrival at the waterfallas and then stroll on the back of the elephants. You will then boat on the Nam Khan river to reach your minibus for the way back to Luang Prabang. Night in a charming or luxury hotel.

DAY 09

Lunch at NamNgeum lake

Vang Vieng – Nam Ngeum – Vientiane


Discovery of Tham Chang, one of the biggest cave in the area. Visit of a local fish market, then lunch alongside the superb Namngeun lake. Visit of a salt extracting site. Arrival at Vientiane by late afternoon. Night in a hotel downtown.

DAY 11

Last moments in Laos

Vientiane - ...


Free time until your transfer to the airport by minivan. Lunch and dinner at your expense. Night not included.

DAY 13

Mekong river cruise

HoueySay - Pakbeng


Transfer to the pier. Here begins your two-day cruise on the Mekong by private slow boat. Two stops in Hmong and Lao Loum villages. Lunch on board. Arrival in Pakbeng. Night in a charming hotel, luxury hotel, or camping on a Mekong beach.

DAY 02

Luang Prabang, its temples

& local markets

Luang Prabang


Cultural tour of the city, with the morning market, the Royal Palace & the temples named Vat Mai, Vat Sene, Vat Visoun & Vat Xiengthong. Lunch in a local restaurant, walking through the shop streets, Mount Phousi & the night market. Night in a charming or luxury hotel.

DAY 04

Jungle Trek into Hmong area

Hmong village - 6-7h hiking - Hmong village


Intense day of walking with steep parts. Millet fields on the slopes of small mountains, untouched jungle, amazing views of the surrounding mountains, sections through a chaos of rocks... Arrival at a remote farmer's village. Dinner & homestay in a Hmong village.

DAY 06

Nongkhiaw countryside

Tay Ead village - Nongkhiaw - Luang Prabang


1h30 walking at the heart of the countryside (until Muang Ngoi), then you will meet your boat again to go downstream the Nam Ou river heading Nongkhiaw. Way back o Luang Prabang in a minivan. Night in a charming or luxury hotel.

DAY 08

Kharstic mountains landscapes & local markets

LuangPrabang – Vang Vieng


Mountain road with breathtaking landscapes up to 1.200m high. Visits of local markets, especially the one in Phoukoune. Arrival at Vang Vieng in the afternoon. Short cruise on the Nam song river on a wooden boat. Night in a charming hotel.

DAY 10

Cultural visit of Vientiane



Visit of the capital city and its monuments : Vat Sisaket temple, the emerald Buddha HoPraKeo, the That Luang Stupa, the arch of triumph Patuxay, Vat Simeuang, the Thongkhankham market, and walk alongside the Mekong. Night in a hotel downtown.

DAY 12


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