The Mekong and The Lanna Kingdom- A Secret Retreats journey -
This journey has been personally designed by Nattinee Kulsin, Born in Sukhothai and Head Concierge at Secret Retreats
We can of course adjust according to your request.
Highlights of the Journey:
- Golden Triangle
- The mighty Mekong
- Akha, Khmu or Hmong villages
- Luang Prabang.
What separates us apart from others? Secret Retreats creates tailor-made journeys.
Passionate about travel, Secret Retreats will design and create the perfect journey to match both your time and budget.
This journey will offer you to discover the Golden Triangle, the hill tribes and the nature of Northern Laos, the Mekong and life on the banks of the river and the old cultural capital of Laos: UNESCO town of Luang Prabang
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Your Journey Day by Day
based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room
Check-in for 2 nights Athita, The Hidden Court. The whole building is of teak wood and handmade bricks that connect with the nearby temple Wat Athi Ton Kaeow. In the evening, you will take a private boat trip on the Mekong River for about 1hr to look at the trawl of the Mekong fish, a way of life for the villagers in the community for many decades. Villagers still use special traditional methods. Taste the famous fish salad of Mekong! If you like you continue by a walk through one of the many markets with local farmers selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Whilst local venders will be selling traditional Thai snacks, herbs and insects. No arrangement for dinner.
No arrangement for dinner.
a driver will pick you up on the Lao side and you will start a drive through a mountainous road, with beautiful natural sceneries. You will cross several and diverse minority tribes villages as well during 3hrs. You shall reach Luang Namtha for lunch. Continue the road for another 90mn. You can stop any time for photos, or to meet and speak to some locals or simply to observe the beauty of nature. You will reach Oudom Xay at the end of the afternoon,main city of North Laos. Enjoy the sunset from the “That” overlooking the town and valley. And drive another 30mn to reach the lodge. Check-in, relax in the hot spring or the traditional sauna if you like. Dinner served at the lodge.
A massage will be offered during your stay, at any time.
You will first visit the Khmu village, then continue your way to the Hmong village of Ban Pangcor. Your guide, together with some people from this ethnic group, originally from the high steppes of Tibet, will make you discover their habits, the important place that animals (pigs, buffaloes, etc.) hold in their way of life and the care they provide them.
Lunch will be taken on a magnificent viewpoint. You will then visit the very beautiful Akha village, totally isolated. This community from Yunnan and Tibet has remained extremely traditional. The path leading to the completely isolated village offers many impressive viewpoints.
Return to the Lodge at the end of the day for rest and dinner.
No arrangement for dinner, but we can recommend one of our Secret Tables.
Option: we can also organize a city tour with a guide if you prefer (additional fee).
There is a very old and strong tradition to which the Laotians are attached: almsgiving to the monks. Every morning at dawn, the monks cross the village of their respective temple to collect the gifts offered by the villagers, which will constitute their meal of the day. It is a very solemn moment and full of humility at the same time. Then a visit to the morning market and its products, to say the least…atypical! Return to the hotel for breakfast. Luang Prabang cannot be visited, it can only be experienced. Indeed, the atmosphere that emanates from this town which has more than 1,000 monks and nuns for about thirty temples is truly unique. A feeling of peace is omnipresent over the town. Daily life is regulated by the activity of the temples. We invite you to discover the cultural and spiritual heritage of the city, of an inestimable richness and fortunately sheltered today under the aegis of UNESCO. At the end of the day, Mount Phousi, accessible by its 300 steps, is the perfect place to enjoy the sumptuous sunset over the city and the Mekong.
Going down the stairs on the “Royal Palace” side, you will come across the Luang Prabang night market, a real treasure trove of original local crafts for unique souvenirs.
Option: A morning dedicated to the discovery of elephants at the eco-responsible camp (additional fee – grouped activities). At 8:30 am, you leave for the village of Xieng Lom. After a cup of coffee or tea and your guide will give you an introduction to elephant behavior and new training techniques, especially with baby elephants, as well as how we as human beings should interact with the baby and his mother. Cross the Nam Khan River to go and meet the elephants. The first interaction is to feed the animals, one of the best ways to ensure an immediate friendship. You will then leave for a walk in the forest and a swim. This playful experience involves using special materials found in the jungle to scrub and rinse the elephants before starting the trek. After crossing an expanse of rice paddies, you enter a new area of forest where you and your elephants can take a break to relax and eat.
Lunch will be served in traditional Lao fashion, eating on bamboo mats in the forest. Continue walking on the trail and stop at Tad Kuang Song Falls, named after the spirit of the golden deer seen standing at the top centuries ago. You can take a bath or just relax to appreciate the magic of the place. Before resuming your journey, the mahouts will give you a demonstration of their work. Watch and learn how they communicate and listen to their elephants. This will highlight each animal's special skills as well as their varying personalities. Now it's your turn to communicate directly with your very own elephant! Read their emotions just as they read yours. Find out why humans and elephants have shared such an extraordinary bond for thousands of years.
After this brief moment of learning, you help the mahouts bring the elephants to their resting places for the night. One last hug to your new friend and return to Luang Prabang at the end of the afternoon.
The Mekong and The Lanna Kingdom
based on 2 people traveling together and sharing the same room
The total price includes:
Accommodation based on two persons sharing the same room as indicated
All meals where specified in the programme (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner).
All transfers as specified, in private car or air-conditioned van.
All excursions and activities as specified in the programme.
All entry fees.
A guide service for all excursions.
The total price does not include:
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 insurance.
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