Mountain biking / Elephant riding / Trekking / River Kayaking around Luang Prabang
Another fantastic ecotourism combination made out of biking adventures, Elephant riding, homes stay in villages, trekking...and all not far outside of Luang Prabang. The wonderful nature sights, outdoor activities and beauties are discovered in an active way. Natural beauty, natural environment, natural relaxation and great experiences fill these three days out of town... Luang Prabang Mountain bike tour, Elephant riding, trekking, kayaking a highlight in Laos.
A relaxing three day adventures trip into nature and to beautiful sights and to local people and minorities around Luang Prabang.
Soft mountain bike ride to the Elephant camp and hike to small villages in great nature setting. Ride an Elephant in the Elephant Park Project area and experience Lao hospitality on your home stay night. The hike is part of the "Fair Trek" project and every visitor helps to support the village community.
A relaxing kayaking or soft rafting tours brings you back to Luang Prabang .....
Day 1: Luang Prabang > Wat Pa Phon Phao > Ban Phanom
Commence this mountain bike tour from Luang Prabang with a short visit to the Wat Pa Phon Phao, a quiet monastery with a wonderful golden stupa. Next stop is in Ban Phanom, a well known cotton and silk hand-weaving village (Lao Lum). We continue on to the grave of Henri Mouhot, the popularized French discoverer of the Angkor Ruins who died here in 1861. After visiting these abandoned quarters juxtaposed the running water of the Nam Khan, we follow a dusty country road to the wonderfully located Tiger Trail Elephant Village. In this spiritual place with a view to the jungle and a towering rock face, we will enjoy our lunch. Our break of relaxation prepares us for the next leg of the journey, the walking trip from the Adventure camp along an easy single track, traversing rice paddy fields and terraced slopes toward the peaceful villages. We are becoming cognizant of the life of rural Lao Tung (Khamu) people. In the late afternoon we either arrive in our overnight village or home stay.Meals:
Day 2: Luang Prabang > Khamu village > Hmong villages
Luang Prabang - ElephantsAfter breakfast our journey will go on with some more trekking. Careful not to disrupt the serenity of this isolated village, we can observe the locals as they carry out their daily tasks, taking note that foreigners still remain a novelty. The charming villagers are as curious about its observers as you are about them. In the late afternoon we will arrive the camp where we stay for overnight. (there is a opportunity to stay overnight in the Khamu village) We visit, Khamu, Lao and Hmong villages... walking time about 5-6 hours in total Meals:
Day 3: Tad Sae Waterfall > Nam Khan river
Kayaking on Nam Khan river...Meals:
After a wonderful breakfast we will meet the protected Asian Elephants and will learn some things about these amazing animals. A relaxing 1 hour Elephant ride on the back of our Elephants at the Elephant Village will bring us to the nearby Tad Sae Waterfalls. Hang out, have lunch and enjoy the unique scenery.
The afternoon is the last highlight with our water excursion on the Nam Khan with a kayak or raft. The river is easy to paddle and offers only a few grade 1-2 rapids.
Kayak tour in Luang Prabang on Nam Khan river The countryside on our paddling trip is dense with banana and teak trees; rice paddies and terrace pineapple plantations.Pass handfuls of isolated Lao Loum and Theung thatched roofed villages, and don´t be shy to practice your Lao by shouting
out a sabaaidii at the smiling children... after about 3 to 4 paddling hours (depending on river speed and starting point) we arrive Luang Prabang in the afternoon...
- Equipment (kayaks, dry bags, helmet, life jackets...)
- Overnight in village home stay
- Hiking rental fees
- English speaking guides with licence
- Helping guide(s)
- Fresh food and drink (water, tea, coffee)
- Entrance fee and permissions and village project contributions
- Elephant Trek - Elephant riding
- Village Trekking
- Boat Transfers
- Kayaking activities on Nam Khan river
- Project entrance fees for "Fair Trek"
- Car Transfer back into town