3 Day Nature-friendly Luang Prabang — TOUR CODE: TH02
Trek / Homestay in Hmong village / Kayak to Pak Ou Caves / Elephant Mahout Experience / Kuang Si Waterfalls
3 Day Luang Prabang Trekking Homestay and Kayaking, elephant tour. The first half of this tour takes you into a glimpse of the life world of Hmong hill tribe people and experience the stunning views and nature of the surrounding mountains between the Nam ou and the Mekong rivers. The latter half is elephant. Laos, once known as The Land of a Million Elephants, also has a strong historical and spiritual bond with the elephant. You will meet with elephants and Mahouts in Manifa Elephant Camp and stay overnight at a private cottage in Manifa Elephant Camp.
|Price||US$ 150-180 / PAX|
|Application period||3 months advance – Day before your trip 8:30 pm (Laos time UTC + 07:00)|
|Departure point||Your accommodation in Luang Prabang|
|Departure date||Everyday (We accept to change the date of tour if you contact us by 7:00 PM day before)|
Date Change/Cancel are available according to the policies defined in the terms & conditions
Pickup from your accommodation at around 8:30 AM and we go northward to Ban Huay lo – a Khmu villagea about 40 km away from Luang Prabang. From there we start our trail. We will walk in the beautiful and green jungle forest, cross small streams. By noon we reach a small Hmong village called Ban Tham loum where we have a lunch break.
After lunch we continue trekking up in the mountain another 2 hours to Hmong village of Ban Mok Chong on the top of the mountain at an altitude of about 1000m. On the way we will see beautiful scenery of karst mountains. and meet hill tribe people working in their farm.
We will have dinner and stay overnight in a Hmong family home at Ban Mok Chong. You will have a chance to learn about Hmong culture while spending the night with a local family.
After having a breakfast we walk down the hill to the main road for about 2 hours. Then our vehicle will take you southward about 15 minutes to Ban Soum Sa nouk. From there we start kayak on the Nam Ou River. We enjoy a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside and see a wonderful nature built limestone cliffs called Pha Aen on the way. 2 hours kayaking take us to the first destination the confluence of the Nam Ou and Mekong Rivers, Pak Ou.
Upon arrival at Pak Ou, we visit the famous Pak Ou Caves – two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Exploring the caves about 30 minutes, we start the second course of the kayaking on the Mekong River. We paddle down the Mekong for 30 minutes until we ended our Kayak at Manifa Elephant Camp. There we enjoy a beautiful buffet style lunch at the restaurant – overlooking the Mekong River.
In the afternoon, we start “MAHOUT EXPERIENCE PROGRAM“.
- LEARN ABOUT ELEPHANT BEHAVIORS AND THEIR HABITAT (HOME)
- CONTINUE NURTURING YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND BONDING TIME WITH ELEPHANT
- LEARN HOW TO CARE AND HANDLE ELEPHANTS WITH THE METHOD OF VERBAL CUES (VOICE COMMAND SYSTEM)
- LEARN HOW TO BETTER HANDLE ELEPHANTS THROUGH BODY LANGUAGE AWARENESS AND COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUES
- LEARN HOW TO CORRECTLY RIDE LIKE A MAHOUT ON THE NECK OF THE ELEPHANT
- GUIDE YOUR ELEPHANT SAFELY AND COMFORTABLY THROUGH THE JUNGLE ON THE PROPERTY
- BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HELPING BRING ELEPHANTS TO CAMP IN THE MORNING (WAKE UP CALL AND WALK RIDE TO WORK
- PRACTICE THE SKILLS LEARNED IN TRAINING PROGRAM
Mahout program continue until the late afternoon. In the end, we take elephants to their resident bamboo forests. From evening to next morning, we have a free time in the Mekong riverside. We enjoy deluxe dinner and stay overnight in a private bungalow in the Mekong riverside.
We resume Mahout Program in the early morning at 6:30 to bring elephants from forests with Manifa mahout team, then we take elephants to the Mekong river for bathing and interact with them for a while.
After breakfast, we join Manifa Mahout team and experience Mahout work from around 10 – 12 AM. “MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM” ends with this 2 hours experience working as Mahout.
In the afternoon, this adventure destination package takes you to kuang si waterfall – you will have time to explore the three layered Kuang Si Waterfall walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. We leave for Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. We make a short visit at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. We return to the city between 5:30-6:00 PM which is the ideal time to visit Phousi Mountain to see sunset..
- English Speaking Guide
- Transportation / Pickup
- All meals as mentioned
- Drinking Water
Price & Reservation
Adult (Age 12+)
- Group of 2 persons, Price per person : 180 USD
- Group of 3 – 4 persons, Price per person : 170 USD
- Group of 5 – 6 persons, Price per person : 165 USD
- Group of 7 – 8 persons, Price per person : 160 USD
- Group of 9 + persons, Price per person : 150 USD
Children (Age 4-11)
- Price per person : 126 USD
※Babies 0 – 3 years Free of charge
※Children: Parental care required
KNOWING ABOUT THE LIFESTYLE OF THE KHMU AND HMONG
The hills and mountains to the north have been the preserve of a scattering of animist tribal peoples, including the Hmong, Mien, Kham and Akha. Although the rapid modernization has changed hilltribe life in recent years, It is still largely the chance to experience first-hand these near-pristine cultures that draws visitors to the region today.
KAYAK IN THE SPECTACULAR LANDSCAPE
Spectacular kayaking on the Mekong and the Nam Ou rivers. You will find the diverse nature and landscapes of Luang Prabang
BAN XANG HAI
A unique little village on the banks of the Mekong River. Ban Xang Hai is famous for their handicraft products like distilling and selling whisky, hand woven fabric and jewelry.
CRUELTY FREE ELEPHANT RIDE
Explore the mysterious beauty of the Lao jungle with elephant. Manifa mahout team have a tremendous bond with their elephant. They will support you to ride elephant with no cruelty.
Manifa Elephant Camp provides pleanty of snack food (banana & sugarcane stick, pineapple) for you to feed elephants. No additional charge for elephant snacks
BUFFET STYLE LUNCH
Enjoy a delicious buffet-style lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river. Savour the traditional laos flavours and delight in the western international style dishes. Made with love and fresh local ingredients | Vegetarian options available
THE FAMOUS HOLY SITES PAK OU CAVES
Pak Ou Cave, well known as Tham Ting or Ting Cave, located on the riverbank, about 25km from Luang Prabang. The cave is very beautiful and filled with thousands of Buddha images and has long served as a pilgrimage site for all kinds of people, including members of the former royal family.