Your day-by-day itinerary

motorbikes on a muddy road

Day 1

Luang Prabang - Luang Namtha

You’ll set off early this morning for your minibus journey to Luang Namtha in Northern Laos. This unexplored province is rich in local culture and carpeted in thick forest. It’s a bumpy but beautiful trip that will take most of the day, but the gorgeous views will completely outweigh any discomfort. You’ll spend the night in a simple but comfortable hotel in Luang Namtha.

rice paddies in laos

Day 2

Luang Namtha - Trek - Village Homestay

Today, you’ll trek to remote villages tucked away in the Luang Namtha Protected Area. The trek starts in the village of Ban Nam Leu, home to people of the Lanten tribe. You’ll hike steeply uphill, following overgrown jungle paths and passing through dense forest in various stages of regeneration. We’re currently working with the villagers to conserve and regenerate the forest, so feel free to ask your guide all about it.

roost in a thatched hut

After a quick, simple lunch, you’ll make a sharp descent into a small Laotian village that will be your home for the night. You’ll enjoy a home-cooked, well-earned dinner with your gentle hosts after an energetic day. The accommodation is very basic, consisting of a wooden hut with a floor-mat and a mosquito net.

Village Homestay - Trek - Luang Namtha

Day 3

Village Homestay - Trek - Luang Namtha

After breakfast, you’ll continue your trek, taking a scenic route through the forest along the banks of the Nam Ha River. Monkeys have been reported in this area, so if you walk quietly and luck is on your side, you may see them swinging amongst the branches overhead. Along the way, you’ll stop for a traditional Laotian lunch serves on banana leaves.

young monk in laos

Afterwards, you’ll cross the river on a bamboo raft and trek through ancient jungle alongside gurgling streams. Finally, you’ll walk between the rice paddies to the banks of the river and return to Luang Namtha either by boat or by săwngthăew (converted pick-up truck). You’ll spend the night in the same simple guest house as before, so you’ll feel at home right away.

local girls walking on road

Day 4

Departure from Luang Namtha - Chiang Rai

This morning, you’ll say goodbye to your friendly hosts and continue over the border into Thailand to Chiang Rai. On the other side of the river, you’ll arrange your free 15-day Thailand visa and set off with your freshly stamped passport. Remember to bring two passport-sized photos for your visa.

Combine this trip with...

Where to next? This trip goes together perfectly with these:

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Morning Mists by the River

Duration 3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

Duration Nong Khiaw - Muang Ngoi river cruise & hike - Nong Khiaw

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Combine this trip with Thailand

How about something completely different? After this trip you could journey to another destination:

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Elephant Encounters in Chiang Mai

Duration 3 days / 2 nights (flexible)

Duration Chiang Mai - Elephant Park - Chiang Mai

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Speak to our Laos specialist, Miles

“Laos is a real winner for anyone looking for a mix of culture, nature and tasty cuisine. Visiting the falls outside Luang Prabang is my favourite excursion - it’s a ‘must do’ experience and my customers highly recommend it too!”

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