Discover the hidden land of Phongsali

Routing: Luang Prabang - Udomxai - Lyzyzo Village - Roma Village - Phongsali - Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi - Luang Prabang

Best Highlights of the tour

  • Awesome scenery
  • Combination of jungle trails and village roads
  • Home-stay in tribal villages
  • Cruise on the mighty Mekong River
This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore one of the most remote parts of Northern Laos, Phongsali Province! Its stunning mountains challenge any trekker. The river trip allows you to enjoy one of the most scenic rivers and holly cave, Pak Ou Cave, in Laos with experience of local life along the river banks.

Day 1: Luang Prabang - Udomxai - Boun Tai Town
8:00 we meet at your hotel in Luang Prabang. We are heading north on the Road No 13. There is time for visiting to some peaceful villages of the Thai Lu, Thai Neua and Khmu on the way. We stop for lunch in Udomxai in a local restaurant.
After lunch, we can take a short walk to explore the tidy and comely town of Udomxai.  We then continue to Boun Tai via Muang La. Boun Tai is a small Thai Lu town which is popular as a rest stop for people traveling to Phongsali. Dinner and overnight in a Thai Lu house.

Transfer: 8 hrs 
Walking: 1 hr
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 2: Boun Tai Town - Nam Ly Village - Lyzyzo Village
Breakfast at the home-stay. We depart for Nam Ly Village of the Akha ethnic minority, Nam Ly is 3-hr driving from Boun Tai and is the starting point for our trek to discover Phongsali. We will trek through a quiet valley with beautiful landscape. Lunch break at a scenic spot.
After lunch, we continue trekking through the valley and reach Lyzyzo Village of the Akha where we spend our night. Dinner and overnight in local house.

Transfer: 3 hrs
Trekking: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 3: Lyzyzo Village - Roma Village
Today is the hard part of the trek that leads us through a hilly area. We would encounter the Akha walking from village to village. A conversation with them would help us to learn about their culture and life. The path is more uphill than downhill but offer and nice spots for rest stops. We stop for lunch en route.
After lunch, we continue our trek uphill for about 3 hours. The path is cut with streams which are not our obstacles but our nice refreshing points. We reach Roma Village of the Akha in the late afternoon. We have dinner and overnight in local house.

Trekking: 8 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay 

Day 4: Roma - Ban Nam Ly - Phongsali
Early get up for breakfast, we start trekking at 8:00am. Our trip will continue through valley with beautiful landscape. We would past several villages of the Akha. As we get to the top of a small mountain we would have a lunch break. After lunch have another short trek to Ban Nam Ly Village. We have a short rest there before taking 4-hr transfer to Phongsali where we spend another night in local house.

Transfer: 4 hrs 
Trekking: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home-stay

Day 5: Phongsali - Hadsa Neua - Muang Khua
After breakfast, we take a short drive from Phongsali to Hadsa Neua. From here, we take tong-tail boat ride on the scenic Nam Ou River to Muang Khua. It takes about 5 hours with a stop for picnic lunch. We reach Muang Khua in late afternoon. We will stay overnight in a guest house in Muang Khua.

Transfer: 40 mins 
Walking: 1 hr
River cruise: 5 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guest house

Day 6: Muang Khua - Muang Ngoi
After breakfast, we embark on a long tail boat to cruise down on Nam Ou River from Muang Khua to Muang Ngoi. The long tail boat ride allows us to visit local villages nesting along the river sides. A picnic lunch is served on the river side. We have many opportunities to enjoy beautiful landscape.
We eventually arrive in Muong Ngoi, a small town surrounded by beautiful scenery and lime stone mountains. We stay overnight in a local guest house.

River cruise: 4 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guest house

Day 7: Muang Ngoi - Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we continue cruising down the Nam Ou River. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before we arrive to Pak Ou Cave. The Nam Ou River feeds the mighty Mekong, facing infamous Pak Ou Cave or Tham Ting.
After visiting the cave, we continue our boat trip on Mekong River to Luang Prabang. There is time to visit some of the villages a long the Mekong River. We may have an opportunity to enjoy the sunset while cruising downstream. Upon arrival, we have a transfer to your hotel. Trip ends

River cruise: 6 hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Group size Price guide (USD/person)

Services and Activities included:

• Private transfers
• Guest house base on twin shared
• Home-stay permission
• Boat cruise
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• English speaking guide
• 01 bottle of water per day
• Sightseeing fees
• First-aid kit

Tour Exclusions:

• Visa
• Hotel in Luang Prabang
• Air-tickets
• Travel insurance
• Tips
• Personal expenses

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: your hotel in Luang Prabang
End at: your hotel Luang Prabang
When: Year round
Activities: Trekking & river cruise
Trekking grade: Challenging
Transportation: Private van, boat 
Accommodation: 5 night home-stay, 1 night guesthouse
Tour guide: English speaking guide
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2-6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch

All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. In big towns we will enjoy Laotian cuisine in fine restaurants. Once we travel away from big towns, the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce.
Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.

 Hotel & Home-stay
In main cities we use the finest 3-star with centre location. In remote towns we use the best accommodation available.
Home stay in villages is basic in term of bedding condition and toilet. We will stay overnight in the traditional house of the locals. We will be provided with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet could be some steps away from the house.

 ATL tour guide
The tour will be guided by our local tour guides who are experienced in guiding culture tour and trekking tours. They have been carefully trained in their field. They are also fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, they have been trained in first-aid and they know how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with them.

 The trekking day
A typical trekking day starts at about 8.00 am or 8.30 am after breakfast. Lunch times can vary depending on the distance. We aim to reach the next overnight stop by 4.30 pm or 5.00 pm. During the trek we will have short breaks for rest, snack and photographing.

 What to bring 
Hat, sun-screen, torch, swim suit and sarong for bathing, clothes/shoes to get wet, mosquito repellent, warm change of clothes for the evening

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

Tour at Glance

Trip Duration:

7 days 6 nights


Boat Ride, Trekking,

Group size:

Min: 1


Max: 8


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  • Day by Day Program:

    Day 1: Transfer from Luang Prabang to Boun Tai via Udomxai
    Day 2: Trek to Nam Ly, continue to Lyzyzo Village
    Day 3: Trek to Roma Village
    Day 4: Trek and transfer to Phongsali
    Day 5: Boat trip on Nam Ou River to Muang Khua
    Day 6: Boat trip to Muang Ngoi
    Day 7: Back to Luang Prabang

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