Far North

Rugged lands and gentle peoples

For those looking for alternative ways of feeling disoriented further away from the usual urbanized areas, we’ve got something for you. Go remote, go green, and go responsible Outdoor activities like river cruising, mountain biking, bicycling, trekking, kayaking, helicopter flights, Laos’ far North is the ideal area for those in search of adrenalin, nature and emotion filled encounters and experiences. The Asian ecotourism movement has found its roots here, in Laos. Thanks to its real commitment towards the environment, Lao tourism authorities have put the Nam Ha protected area, around Luang Namtha, in the spot light of best practices in this field. Hill tribes located in the up North mountainous regions, like the Khamu, Akha and Hmong people, have greatly beneficiated from the opening to the world and special care this form of tourism is bringing with it when it is properly conducted. Trekking in the jungle of the Nam Ha protected area, kayaking the gentle Nam Ou River, spending a night into a remote village of Phongsaly province, camping into a safari style camp in Oudomxay province, here are just a few suggestions to put you in appetite. The area offers ample possibilities for responsible and nature based tourism with many picturesque villages that propose excursions and programs ranging from an amazing half-day excursion to a week-long exploration in the vicinity of charming Muang La, Muang Khua, Muang Ngoi, Nong Khiaw and Muang Sing to name just a few. The “Plain of Jars”, in Xieng Khuang Province, around its regional capital Phonsavanh is also worth a detour. Of course, the unresolved mystery behind the massive stone jars scattered around 3 geographic sites makes the most appeal of the mountainous area. Vieng Thong’s Night Safari is a lesser known attraction that deserves some more visibility. Backed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), this sustainable tourism project takes guests to some remote corners of Nam Et Phou Loey National Park. Visitors will be escorted by local rangers who will tell them more about their efforts to protect endangered endemic species of wild tigers. The intrepid guests will overnight under mosquito nets right in the middle of a jungle camp, after they spend some time ambushed to capture night infrared pictures of the local wildlife. Quite a unique experience only enjoyed by a few, every year. Slightly up north is Huaphanh province with Phatet Lao (Communist Party)’s birthplace in Vieng Xay. The caves that sheltered Lao revolutionary leaders in early times of fight for liberation are now open to the public. This corner of Laos is much less visited as it is quite out of the centre of more easily accessible tourist destinations. However, if you plan to cross (or come from) to Vietnam’s Mai Chau area, then, a stop is an absolute must. Magnificent waterfalls, rich fabrics and ancient bronze drums are some of the worthy attractions to spend some time on. Local airline Lao Skyway has frequent flights to the province capital’s Samneua. Many tours of Laos also start or end in North-western province of Bokeo, at Houey Say, the border town giving access to Thailand’s Chiang Rai’s province. Why? 2 hours away from the border, one can take a domestic flight to Bangkok with a vast choice of onward connecting possibilities. Once you have crossed the Mekong into Chiang Khong, opposite of Houey Say, you are just a few minutes drive from the (in)famous Golden Triangle area, where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos’ borders meet. Houey Say is an important gateway to start or end a leisurely paced cruise on the Mekong River. You will most likely overnight uphill in Pakbeng, half way down to (or up from) Luang Prabang. Pakbeng is a small locality that boasts tragic sceneries over the Mekong, especially at sunset and sunrise. A breakfast or sundowner treat with a view is priceless. A stroll at the local market can also be a nice introduction to the exoticism of Lao country style food. Cooking classes and elephant rides or bathing experiences will remarkably complete a stay that way too many visitors skip, preferring embarking on road adventures up north to Oudomxay or downstream on a river cruise. Those who are not afraid of heights will perhaps consider “The Gibbon Experience”, just a few kilometres outside of Houey Say. It consists of a high rope course with tree houses and all facilities to make your stay a memorable one, at the level wild gibbons live in the primitive forest. Discover more jaw-dropping regions of Laos, by CLICKING HERE. CLICK HERE to discover all our tours of Laos.

Lift yourself up in Laos

Lift yourself up in Laos

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
A trip out of the ordinary. Not in its first leg though, when you will explore Luang Prabang inside out but definitely once entering the Boloven Plateau! This trip is not for the faint hearted people. While the explorations in the north will lift you up more on an intimate basis, the south is more adrenalin-packed! You will have a unique chance to sleep 2 consecutive nights at tree top houses without touching the ground! The zip lines and rope courses are stunning in the dense jungle where you will swing past jaw-dropping immense waterfalls. And to end in style at The River Resort in Champasak. Read more »
Down by the riverside

Down by the riverside

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
A gentle introduction to Laos with Luang Prabang before embarking on a more itinerant program making a loop embracing the Mekong and the Nam Ou rivers. The second part of the journey is actually an exploration of southern Laos. And the hyphen between these 2 distinct regions is without a doubt the Mekong. Lao people tend to live next to waterways and like them, you will venture in zones that either overlook or cruise these communication ways. Read more »
Essence of Laos at your fingertips

Essence of Laos at your fingertips

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
Live some experiences that will make you understand Lao culture from inside. Think of a Lao cooking class, an Animist spiritual ceremony, participating in the alms giving to the monks, bathing rescued elephants at a Conservation Centre, kayaking a river with karst mountains ridges in the backdrop, sipping a glass of cold Beerlao with sunset Mekong views, swimming at turquoise fresh water ponds, exploring caves where are nestled sacred Buddha statues and so many other thrilling moments. Very suitable to families with slight adjustments. Read more »
Great things never come from comfort zones

Great things never come from comfort zones

16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS
This program is of particular appeal to those avid trekkers. You will venture in remote areas of northern Laos that are still relatively untouched. Accommodation consists of jungle camp sites, homestays or modest guest houses at best. Expect occasionally some Spartan conditions sharing the lives of your ethnic minority people hosts. The local guides will open gates of the cultures of these people who pretty much still live in self-sufficiency. If you are not afraid to get a bit dirty and you do not mind cold showers, this is certainly for you. The last 2 nights in Luang Prabang will be a treat. Read more »
Luang prabang and nam ou river chill out

Luang prabang and nam ou river chill out

6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
A trip out of the ordinary. Not in its first leg though, when you will explore Luang Prabang inside out but definitely once entering the Boloven Plateau! This trip is not for the faint hearted people. While the explorations in the north will lift you up more on an intimate basis, the south is more adrenalin-packed! You will have a unique chance to sleep 2 consecutive nights at tree top houses without touching the ground! The zip lines and rope courses are stunning in the dense jungle where you will swing past jaw-dropping immense waterfalls. And to end in style at The River Resort in Champasak. Read more »
Following road # 13

Following road # 13

21 DAYS / 20 NIGHTS
The ultimate trip to Laos. From Chiang Rai (Thailand), you start your journey by exploring northern Laos via the winding roads passing by Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Muang La, Muang Khua, then down the Nam Ou River by pirogue to Nong Khiau. Then overland again to reach Luang Prabang. You will later drive the highly scenic ridges to reach the enigmatic Plain of Jars before heading to the Lao capital Vientiane via Vang Vieng. You then follow Road # 13 to the very south of Laos past Kong Lor Cave, Thakhek, Savannakhet, Pakse and Champassak province. A highly picturesque itinerary in perspective. Read more »
Where it all started: Lao historical trails

Where it all started: Lao historical trails

13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
This itinerary starts in Vientiane and finishes in Luang Prabang. In between, it will take visitors to the northeast corners of Laos, close to the Vietnamese border. The trip has been designed to suit perfectly to those travellers willing to understand today’s Laos by retracing the roots of its ancient and more recent history. This program is almost an “open book of Lao History”. The program also incorporates more contemporary aspects that will be experienced first-hand with notably a unique award-wining eco-responsible experience, the Nam Nern Night Safari, to spot endangered endemic wild tigers. Read more »
Elephantastic tour of Laos

Elephantastic tour of Laos

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Looking for a sense of adventure? You like your tour to benefit local communities? You want to get immersed in some genuine meetings with locals? Do not look further. This very hands-on and participative tour will take you where few people have ventured in Laos: Sayaboury province. After a first introduction to Laos with the capital Vientiane, the change of scene will be guaranteed when you share some unique moments with the rescued elephants of the “Elephant Conservation Centre”. And to finish with a beautiful 4-night stay in Luang Prabang, the jewel of Laos. Also recommended to families. Read more »
Magic encounters in northern Laos

Magic encounters in northern Laos

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS
From Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage town, start an exploration of less visited mountainous lands. Use navigable waterways like the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers to progress. Get a unique chance to wander around ethnic minority people villages where time seems to stand by. Know better the importance of the elephant in Lao culture. The country itself was literally named “LanXang”, meaning “Country of a Million Elephants”, before the French colons called it Laos. Read more »
The great crossing of Laos

The great crossing of Laos

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS
This tour explores Laos from north to south. It actually starts in Chiang Rai, Thailand, before cruising leisurely down the Mekong and reaching Luang Prabang. It takes overland to Vang Vieng and Vientiane. Then, you fly to Pakse and explore southern Laos. This program proposes a very well-balanced itinerary that is most suitable to those travellers who wish to cover the major sites and catch the best sights of Laos slowly opening up to international visitors. Read more »
Essential and unexpected Laos

Essential and unexpected Laos

9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
This tour will particularly appeal to those travellers in search of authenticity and originality. It includes the must-sees of Luang Prabang, Laos’ spiritual and former royal capital, and Vientiane, today’s economical, administrative, educational and political capital. And at the same time, it takes on a less visited corner of the country, 2 hours drive away from the Lao capital. Right in the heart of a protected National Park, for a themed trek on wild Lao Orchids, overnighting at a local village whose men will be your guides in this unspoiled little haven. Read more »