North Laos Explorer with Cruise

- A Secret Retreats journey -
6 days / 5 nights
from 1,025 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by Lamphoune Voravongsa, owner of Satri House and Lao Poet Hotels, passionate to share her knowledge about Lao culture, art and traditions.

A discovery of Northern Laos, from the cultural UNESCO town of Luang Prabang, through a cruise upstream on the Mekong with visit of Pakou Cave and Pakbeng village and a stay in a village surrounded by minority hill tribes, Muang La.


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Your Journey Day by Day

6 days / 5 nights from 1,025 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room

Day 1 and 2 : Luang Prabang ( B /- /-)
Airport pick up and 2-night stay at Satri House No program during the stay but we can organize excursions if you would like to add guided tours in the UNESCO town No meals included but we would recommend to taste the Secret Tables: Le Calao and Manda de Laos (we can book a table for you)
HOTEL: Satri House (Deluxe Room)
Day 3 : Luang Prabang – Mekong Cruise – Pakbeng ( B /L /D)
Early check out from Satri House, then drop off at Le Calao Pier at 6h45 Luang Say boat leaves Le Calao pier at 07h00am for a cruise up the Mekong. A continental breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to Pak Ou Village. Opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River, the cruise stops to visit the Tam Thing cave. Translating as Rock Cave, it is famous for hosting over 2,500 Buddhas of all size and being a place of pilgrimage for the locals. Lunch is served on board in a buffet style with a selection of starters and main course from Laos’ cuisine. Around 13.30, the river boat makes stops to visit the hill tribe village of Baw where you can watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. At 17.00, we arrive at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng before sunset, giving plenty of time to refresh, enjoy the scenery of the river and appreciate the surrounding nature. A Laotian dinner is served on the open air terrace overlooking the Mekong River. Night at the lodge
HOTEL: Luang Say Lodge
Day 4 : Pakbeng – Muang La ( B / - / D)
Mornings are special times at Luang Say Lodge with stunning sights of the neighboring peaceful mountains, usually in the mist while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace. Pick up at 8.00am and transfer to Muang La Lodge (4-hour drive). Welcome and check-in. Relax and you may enjoy a spa or a bath in the hot spring (17.00-21.00) Dinner will be served by the river or garden.
HOTEL: Muang La Lodge (Deluxe Garden View)
Day 5 : Muang La ( B / L / D)
After an early breakfast, you set off in a 4WD car and stop at a small Khamu market, not far from the Lodge. You continue on following a picturesque route to the first village – a Khamu village – Ban Poung Hieng. A further 10 minutes takes you to Ban Houai Chang which is the entry point to the National Park at Phouhipi. Your route continues to other Khamu & Hmong villages which sit in the heart of the mountainous countryside of northern Laos. These isolated villages rarely see “outsiders” and you will see the villagers working in their fields. There are numerous places where you can take some amazing photographs before you reach the last Khamu-Hmong village of Ban Houa Nam Bak. This large village of around 1,600 inhabitants is close to the waterfall at Nam Pung where you can also enjoy some stunning views across the mountainous countryside. The falls are only accessible on foot and your “trek” of around 1½ hours starts by crossing the fields around the village before you climb the path to reach the waterfall. As you climb, you will see some amazing rock formations and the villagers have put a strong rope in place to help you climb to the top of one of the formations to enjoy the breathtaking view.
You arrive back in The Lodge at the end of the day. The day is long but will leave you with some truly unforgettable memories.
Dinner and night at the Lodge.
HOTEL: Muang La Lodge (Deluxe Garden View)
Day 6 : Muang La – Luang Prabang ( B / L / -)
After breakfast, departure by car back to Luang Prabang, with a picnic lunch on the way

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

North Laos Explorer with Cruise

6 days / 5 nights
from 1,025 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing the same room


The total price includes:

Accommodation based on two people sharing.
Cruise on the Mekong with excursions as specified in the program
All meals specified in the programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
All transfers as specified, in private car or air-conditioned van.
One massage per person during your stay at Muang La Lodge
Full day excursion with Minority Tribes in Muang La

The total price does not include:
Domestic & International flights (domestic flights will be quoted at the moment of reservation).
All meals not specified in the programme.
All services not specified in the programme.
Fees for Lao visas ($30 - $40) USD per person (depending on nationality) plus one passport photo.
All insurances including cancellation insurance/ travel insurance/ repatriation or lost luggage insurances.
All tips.

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Lamphoune and Asia Safaris (License N°391 29/07/2004).


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