2 Day Trek Homestay Hmong Village, Nam Ou River Kayak & Pak Ou Caves, Elephant Interactions — TOUR CODE: TW05

MEETING WITH THE KHMU AND HMONG PEOPLE - THE TWO MOST PROMINENT ETHNIC MINORITIES IN NORTHERN LAOS

2 Day Luang Prabang Trekking Homestay and Kayaking, elephant tour. 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.

PriceUS$ 100-110 / PAX
Application period3 months advance – Day before your trip 8:30 pm (Laos time UTC + 07:00)
Departure pointYour accommodation in Luang Prabang
Departure dateEveryday (We accept to change the date of tour if you contact us by 7:00 PM day before)
Duration2 Days
Please see this page for the details of booking process.
Date Change/Cancel are available according to the policies defined in the terms & conditions

Day 1: 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 1000 meters. On the way we will have beautiful scenery of karstic mountainsy and meet hill tribe people working at 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.

Day 2: 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.

After Lunch we start “MEANINGFUL ELEPHANT INTERACTIONS PROGRAM“ in Manifa Elephant Camp.

  • 1 HOUR ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE
  • CRUELTY FREE RIDING (OPTIONAL BARE-NECK OR CORRECTLY WEIGHTED HOWDAH)
  • WE PROVIDE AN ABUNDANCE OF BANANAS AND SUGAR CANE STICKS (OUR ELEPHANTS FAVORITE SNACK FOOD) FOR YOU TO FEED HELP US FEED OUR 17 ELEPHANTS
  • SLASH AROUND IN THE WATER AND HELP IN BATHING ALL OUR ELEPHANTS

We drive back to Luang Prabang. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang hai, where the local rice wine is produced. At about 3-4 PM, we go back to your accommodation or city center.

  • English Speaking Guide
  • Transportation / Pickup
  • All meals as mentioned
  • Drinking Water

Price & Reservation

Adult  (Age 12+)

  • Group of 2 persons, Price per person : 110 USD
  • Group of 3 – 7 persons, Price per person : 105 USD
  • Group of 8 + persons, Price per person : 100 USD

Children (Age 4-11)

  • Price per person : 77 USD

※Babies 0 – 3 years Free of charge
※Children: Parental care required

OPTION

UPGRADE TO PRIVATE TOUR

YOUR OWN TOUR GUIDE (EN, FR,DE,JP,CH,IT,SP,RU), PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION

FREE AIRPORT DROP OFF (ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED)

We can drop you off at the airport on the way back to Luang Prabang. Usually arrival time to the airport between 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm. (You need to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. Manifa Travel assumes no responsibility for your flight. Please inquire by email after your booking)

EXPERIENCES

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.

ELEPHANT SNACKTIME

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.

GALLARY

REVIEWS

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  • 2H Elephant Mahout Experience
  • Buffet Lunch

FULL DAY MAHOUT INTRODUCTION TRAINING PROGRAM AND PAK OU CAVES

$40 / person
  • 2H Elephant Mahout Experience
  • 1H Boat Cruise to Pak Ou Caves
  • Buffet Lunch

FULL DAY MAHOUT INTRODUCTION TRAINING PROGRAM . KUANG SI WATERFALL

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  • 2H Elephant Mahout Experience
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Buffet Lunch

TWO DAY MAHOUT EXPERIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM . BOAT TRIP TO PAK OU CAVES . KUANG SI WATERFALL

$110 / person
  • 3H Boat cruise to Pak Ou Caves
  • 2 Day Elephant Mahout Experience
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Buffet Lunch / Dinner / Breakfast
  • Cottage Bangalow in Elephant Camp

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2 Day Trek Homestay Hmong Village, Nam Ou River Kayak & Pak Ou Caves, Elephant Interactions — TOUR CODE: TW05
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