Laos Tour 5days Nam Ou biking, village trekking, river journey explorer

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Laos Tour 5days Nam Ou biking, village trekking, river journey explorer

A great northern Laos soft adventure discovery tour for active people who like to bike and hike to experience the Lao nature. With a night on the beautiful Nam Ou river as well as in a small remote village it offers a good combination that starts and ends in Luang Prabang. On the last day we enjoy the scenic river trip down the wonderful Nam Ou and the Mekong…

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    Laos Tour 5days Nam Ou biking, village trekking, river journey explorer

    A great northern Laos soft adventure discovery tour for active people who like to bike and hike to experience the Lao nature. With a night on the beautiful Nam Ou river as well as in a small remote village it offers a good combination that starts and ends in Luang Prabang. On the last day we enjoy the scenic river trip down the wonderful Nam Ou and the Mekong…

    Luang Prabang northern province adventureBiking through Laos, village trekking, river trips in north Laos5 days Nam Ou Biking and Trekking + Nam Ou river journey

    Some Highlights of this Laos adventure tour
    •Biking experience on less travelled roads
    •Villages and short walks along the way
    •Wonderful landscapes and limestone mountains
    •Eco-Trekking and village encounter
    •Overnight in villagers home
    •Nam Ou River discovery tour

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    – all Transfers
    – all meals as indicated
    – overnight stays, Guesthouse, Family
    – rental gear (bikes and tools)
    – back up car on second day of biking
    – boat charges
    – trekking permit and guides
    – assistant staff on trekking trail
    – home stays and guest houses
    – drinking water
    – local taxes
    – “Fair Trek” village contributions

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    – Travel from/to Laos
    – personal expenses, drinks, beer, souvenirs
    – travel and health insurance
    – tips

    1. Day1 Biking into the North of Luang Prabang

      We start cycling north of Luang Prabang and along the Mekong as well as the Nam Ou river with its amazing landscape. On our first day we can explore some villages along the way as well as some great sceneries. After a 60 km ride out north we arrive in our little Guest house no the bank of the Nam Ou river. Wander around the roadside village and see how people live in the countryside. Overnight in Ban Hat Pang in simple accommodation. (L-D) (about 70 km)

    2. Day2 Biking in north Laos and river journey

      The second day will bring us further north into the limestone formations around Nong Khiau, where we will arrive in the late afternoon. See this nice little town the playing kids in the river and have a look around the Lao neighborhood. It still remains a very small and untouched place. Night in Guest house in Nong Khiau. (B-L) (About 80 km cycling)

    3. Day3 Trekking in remote villages in north Laos

      With a little local boat we head out to discover the Nam Ou and the surrounding villages. We start to our two day trekking. After a one hour boat transfer we begin to trek uphill, which is about 1200 m above the sea level, to Ban Kioukhan (about 4-5 hours), a Village of Khmu ethnic group. On the way, stop to visit Tham Kaang, the former sheltering cave for local villagers during the last Indochina War (1960 – 1972) which has never damaged with beautiful surroundings. A long the way, it is particularly picturesque of mountain views. Picnic lunch. Arrive Kioukhan in the afternoon. Explore local people’s working and living conditions. Dinner and overnight at villagers’ homes. (B-L-D)

    4. Day4 Trekking to the people of north Laos

      Breakfast at villagers’ homes. After that we continue to trek downhill through beautiful natural surroundings to visit Ban Hadsapheai (about 4-5 hours), a small village of Khmu ethnic group which is on the bank of Nam Ou river. After lunch, continue to take a boat ride downstream to Muang Ngoi. Between Ban Hatsaphuai and Muang Ngoi, it is thought to be one of the most beautiful views on the Nam Ou river with rock cliffs and rock formation rising dramatically above rain forest. Lunch at local restaurant in Muang Ngoi. Afternoon for relaxing in the beautiful setting. Bungalow or Guesthouse in Muang Ngoi. (B-L)

    5. Day5 Back into civilization and return to Luang Prabang

      After our breakfast we make an early start down stream on the Nam Ou river towards our starting point. We follow the river in a small local motor boat that will bring us to Luang Prabang within 7-8 hrs. If you wish to arrive earlier we have to choose a road transfer which is less exciting but at least 4 hrs of saved time. (B)

    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations



    Our homestays



    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
    Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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