As Agent for ATOL Holder – where International Flight is included

Tour Itinerary Hilltribe Adventure Northern Laos Hilltribe adventure introduces you to a very much unseen, undiscovered region of the country crossing into Laos at the border at Houei Sai we head through beautiful rural scenery to Luang Nam Tha an area abundant with many hilltribes of different ethnic mixes. You’ll Visit these hill tribe villages, learn their cultures and ways of life, experience local markets, trek amongst the forests of the Nam Ha Protected Area, Travel to the Chinese border and visit the old French garrison town of Muong Sing, before finishing the tour with a splendid boat trip from Nong Khiaw along the Nam Ou River to Luang Prabang with time explore this wonderful world heritage city with its many temples and colonial statues..

Day 1: Ban Houei Sai – Luang Namtha (D) After immigration procedures, we will travel on the newly paved road (unique in this area) to Luang Namtha stopping on the way to visit the hill-tribe villages of Ban Laten, Kh’mu & Hmong tribes You will see a difference of contrasts of the ways of life and the cultures of these people, stop by the garrison town of Muong Sing, before arriving into Luang Nam Tha in the evening.

Day 2: Luang Nam Tha (B/L) We spend a full day trekking through the (Nam Ha Protected Area). Our relaxing one day gentle trek in the Nam Ha Protected Area will take you through the homelands of many minority villages. We will walk through the rice paddy fields of Luang Namtha and into the forested foothills. The trail passes through the villages of Ban Don Kone, Ban Nam Hoi, Ban Piang Ngam and Ban Nam Ngean. Whilst visiting the tribes you’ll have the chance to learn about the lifestyles of these differing communities, and you can observe traditional agricultural practices, community forest use, sericulture and silk weaving and distilling of Lao Lao (rice whiskey) renown in this part of the country. We will have a typical local lunch with some of the villagers in Ban Piang Ngam before continuing our trek to the remains of the Stupa That Poum Pouk. We will be met by our vehicle and transferred back to Luang Namtha late afternoon.

Day 3: Luang Namtha – Nong Khiaw (B/L) We start the day in the early morning to visit the local market where you can see the local villagers and hilltribes people dressed in their traditional clothing selling & trading their locally produced goods. After breakfast, we visit the Yao villages near to the Laos-China border at (Pangthong), before driving through some dramatic scenery to Nong Khiaw, visiting local H’mong and Khmu minority tribes along the way. The afternoon is free for you to relax or take a stroll along the river bank before watching the delightful early evening sunset over this beautiful area, overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 4: Nong Khiaw (B) Today is a free day in Nong Khiaw to relax, alternatively take a cycling or take a boat trip to visit some more ethnic villages or just take in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Day 5: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang (B/L) After breakfast, we’ll take you on an amazing long tail boat journey along the Nam-Ou & Mekong Rivers , through the beautiful Laotian countryside all the way to Luang Prabang, passing by the local villages and seeing the real everyday life of the villagers going about their chores including fishing, trading & washing along the rivers on our 5 hour journey. We’ll stop on the way to see the fascinating Pak Ou caves, which in fact are a cave system of two interlinked caves, crammed full of Buddha statues left behind by pilgrims over generations and then we’ll observe the traditional process of rice wine distillation in Ban Sanghai. We recommend you try a taste of this locally produced wine. We arrive in Luang Prabang in the early evening and check into your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy the peacefulness of this French colonial city. Day 6: Luang Prabang (B/L) Luang Prabang is a fascinating historical city with a delightful mix of Buddhist temples and French Colonial buildings. In fact, it is still very much a rural kind of city in comparison to neighbouring countries. Today we visit the best known temples through Luang Prabang, which tell the story of the city through the ages. First we visit Wat Visoun: which is a replica of an older Temple which was erected in the same place back in 1513, this replica was built in 1898 on the same site as that of the monastery of the middle Ages. The Wat houses numerous religious art treasures. Next we head to Wat Xieng Thong a royal Wat built on the banks of the Mekong river built in 1559 which has remained relatively undamaged by the various invasions mainly Chinese over the centuries. This temple is decorated extensively with impressive carving, murals and mosaics. We then take a short walk down some steps to the river side and take a short boat ride crossing the river to see Wat Long Khun, Wat Chomphet and the unusual temple of Wat Tham Xieng Maen which has two decaying spirit houses. Some restoration work has taken place and you’ll see the expert craftsmanship on display. Then we cross back over the Mekong River in time for lunch.

After lunch, we’ll continue on to enjoy the atmosphere at Wat Mai built in 1796 and sits at the foot of Mount Phousi; Wat Mai is the largest temple in Luang Prabang with a five-tiered roof. The main hall shows the traditional architectural style of Luang Prabang with a gold relief of Buddha’s life story inscribed on its façade. To end the day we recommend you try climbing Phousi Hill, with its 328 steps, it’s a rewarding walk as once at the summit you’ll have for a fabulous panorama view over the town centre and the mighty Mekong River and beyond. We return to your hotel late afternoon and the evening will be at you leisure.

Day 7: Luang Prabang (B) Spend the morning at the Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham which was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family. The site was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly by palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the Palace was then converted into a National museum. Today it houses many artifacts which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. Then we check out of our hotel and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight

(Option to extend your stay in Luang Prabang)

Hotels (As a Guide Only) – subject to availability

Luang NamthaBoat LandingBoat Landing
Nong KhiawNong Khiaw RiversideNong Khiaw Riverside
Luang PrabangVilla Santi ResortSala Prabang

TOUR COST Cost per person on twin share basis as per itinerary

Includes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £200

No. of PaxPrice per Pax (£ GBP)Price per Pax (£ GBP)
Single Supplement151119
Note: Single Supplement applies to all Persons numbers unless private 1 person groupValid from 1 October 2012 to 31 October 2013Air fare in economy class for the sector shown in the above itinerary  is subject to change by the airline before booking.International Flight is extra (ATOL then applies)
Air fares  we can arrange for any flights or transport to the start of this tour at Ban Houei Sai from Thailand or from other towns – Please ask. International Flights Extra


1.    On acceptance£200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) payable to “S W & M Miller” by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account.

Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with Xplore-Asia to whom payment for the tour is made.

Your International Flight is payable direct to the Flight Consolidator (ATOL only applicable with flight)

Payment for flights included in the itinerary may be required at the time of flight confirmations.

  1. You pay 50% of the total ten weeks prior to arrival in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam or Thailand, or on Acceptance if less than ten weeks – in GB £/USD/THB, by or International Bank Transfer  to our Partner Company

3       The balance of 50% of the total is payable in GB £/USD/THB

14 days before arrival in USD/THB by International Bank Transfer – or cash – subject to prior agreement

Credit Card

A credit card is not always acceptable and a charge applies in certain countries – please ask.

WE RECOMMEND: Payment via our Currency Payment transfer system which gives a commercial rate and NO bank charges apply –

Cancellation Charges

35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.

Flight cancellation is not included in these charges

Acceptance Payment non refundable

Included in the Cost • Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned above or equivalent – subject to availability • Any single room subject to supplement shown. • Room and breakfast basis – or meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D) • Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable. • All transfers, sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicle where appropriate. • Domestic economy airfares, where indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change • Services of an English speaking local guide (or a naturalist in National Parks) • Entrance fees at monuments and parks where applicable • Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips). • All currently applicable taxes. • Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change. Excluded from the Cost • Expenses of a personal nature:  table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc. • Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list. • Any international airfares to India and Asia • Any airport taxes where applicable in each country • Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees. • Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry. • Travel Insurance • Visa Fees, if applicable, in any country – Laos Visa Fee US$25,  Cambodia Visa Fees on arrival $20 US per person – Phnom Penh Airport departure Tax $25 US per person • Any Christmas, New Year and Gala Dinners

General note: All elements included in this quotation are subject to availability until the booking is made.  The hotels/ services as quoted may change when giving you the final confirmation, based on current availability.

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