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    WILDLIFE OF LAOS TAILOR MADE ECO TOUR

    Venture off the well worn tourist trail for a real glimpse of authentic Laotian life and culture. Stay in

    omfortable eco lodges and take in the mesmerizing beauty of this captivating country.

    Along the way, you will get to meet some of the hill tribes who inhabit Laoss remote villages as well as

    visit an Asiatic bear sanctuary, go dolphin spotting on the Mekong, and camp and trek in search of gibbons,

    Asian elephants, jungle cats, birdlife and more in some of the most bio diverse forests in Southeast Asia.

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    Highlights

    Stay at an elephant camp and learn Mahout skills.

    Trek in the biodiverse forests of Laos looking for wild elephants, gibbons,

    jungle cats & more.

    Visit a bear sanctuary for rehabilitated bears.

    Search for endangered Mekong Dolphins

    Venture off the beaten path and take in the striking natural beauty of Laos.

    Meet indigenous hill tribes in remote regions

    Explore the charismatic ancient city of Luang Prabang

    Birdwatching in the wetlands of Southern Laos

    Cruise throughout the picturesque 4000 Islands

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    PRICE

    1598 Per Person Sharing

    (based on 2 people traveling)

    Subject to Change & Availability

    Please note single supplement is available uponrequest.

    Local Payment of approx $200 USD payable directlyto ground agent on arrival for domestic flights.

    SUITABLE FOR

    ACTIVITY GRADING

    Easy to Moderate - suitable for all fitness

    levels & ages. Includes moderate jungle

    trekking

    Couples, families.

    ITINERARY OVERVIEW

    AY ACTIVITY REGION

    y 01 Depart for Chiang Rai via Bangkok

    y 02 Arrive in Chiang Rai - transfer to hotel Chiang Rai

    y 03 Transfer to Huay Xai, onward to Luang Namtha, visit Khmu & Lu minority tribes along the way Luang Namtha

    y 04 Begin Jungle Camp experience in Nam Ha - trek in search of wildlife Jungle Camp

    y 05 Trekking in morning - afternoon return to Luang Namtha Jungle Camp

    y 06 Transfer to remote riverside village of Nong Khiaw - optional cycling available (hired from lodge) Nong Khiaw

    y 07 Private boat trip down Nam Ou River - visit Pak Ou Caves - transfer to Luang Prabang Nong Khiaw

    y 08 orning Alms - afternoon half day city tour of Luang Prabang & Arts & Ethnology Centre Luang Prabang

    y 09 Visit Phosi Market & silk weaving centre. Later in day visit Kuang Si waterfalls & Bear Rescue Luang Prabang

    y 10 Transfer to Elephant camp for "Mahout Experience" Luang Prabang

    y 11 flight to Pakse - then later take a private boat ride to Champassak, then transfer to Wat Phu ruins Ban Kiet Ngongy 12 Birdwatching in wetlands Ban Kiet Ngong

    y 13 Boat tour of Si Phan Don (4000 Islands), visit Asia's widest waterfall, freshwater dolphin spotting Ban Kiet Ngong

    y 14 transfer to Pakse for flight to Bangkok, on arrival transfer to hotel Bangkok

    y 15 transfer to airport for flight home

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    Day 1.! ! Depart for Chiang Rai (Thailand)via Bangkok.! ! ! !Day 2.! ! Transfer to Huay Say - LuangNamtha ! ! ! !Following your completion of border formalities,we head out of the town to Luang Namtha. Thisroad has recently been improved, and is now avery smooth and comfortable drive. We visit hilltribe villages including Khmu and Lu minorities.In the afternoon, we visit Kao Rao Cave with itsimpressive limestone formations. We arrive inLuang Namtha mid afternoon where you have therest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight in Luang Namtha at Boatlanding standard

    Meal: none

    Day 3.! ! Luang Namtha JungleCamp! (day 1 of 2)! ! ! !This 2 day trek takes you into the southern part ofthe Nam Ha NPA to stay deep in the mountains inour jungle camp. Learn about birds and animals,plants, and trees of the jungle. Walk in the rainforest, spend some time relaxing in the mountainenvironment and enjoy traditional Lao foodprepared with special forest spices.Day 1 of 2:

    Departure from the office by Tuk Tuk headingSouth on the highway to Ban Khua soung or BanPrang, traditional villages of the Khmu ethnicgroup. Hike through rice paddies into themountains of the Nam Ha NPA to the comfortablejungle camp for an overnight stay at 1600 meters.This area of the National Park is the most plentifulfor wildlife, and an expert local Akha tribesmanwill join you and demonstrate his bird callingskills. There will be delicious traditional meals

    with some vegetables and spices we collect withthe help of the local guide.

    Overnight in a simple jungle camp

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 4.! ! Luang Namtha JungleCamp! (day 2 of 2)! ! ! !Day 2 of 2:

    After breakfast we continue to walk about 4 hoursdown the jungle trek to finish the trek at the

    second Khmu village. Along the way we stop tosee the views and learn about plants, trees, fruitsand animals from the local guide.

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    After lunch we continue to our finish point atthe village, where a Tuk Tuk meets us to take usback to Luang Namtha.Overnight in Luang Namtha at Boatlanding

    standard

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 5.! !

    Luang Namtha Nong Khiaw(by car)! !This morning we continue our journey south toNong Khiaw. Just outside of Luang Namtha,we stop at the Lanten village ofNamdeng Nua,and then again for a lunch stop in Oudomxay.This route is particularly good for its mountainviews and remote Hmong villages, includingBan Xong Ja. We then continue onto NongKhiaw , a riverside village situated on a beautiful stretch of the Nam Ou River, where

    you have the rest of the day at leisure. There isan easy trek to the picturesque local limestonecaves nearby your guide will be happy toassist.

    Overnight in Nong Khiaw at Nong Khiaw Riverside

    standard

    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 6. ! Nong Khiaw - Luang Prabang(by Boat)! ! ! !This morning we cruise by private boat downthe Nam Ou River , enjoying the lush greenforests and landscape. Along the way we stopto visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou , twocaves set in a limestone cliff facing the MekongRiver crammed with thousands Buddha statuesof various shapes and sizes. We continue ourtrip down the river to Luang Prabang. You will be transferred to your hotel by private vehicleby early evening.

    Overnight in Laugn Prabang at Villa Santi Hotel Deluxe

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 7. !! Luang Prabang half day citytour

    You can discuss with your guide for an optionalearly morning start (5.30am) to witness andpartake in the daily morning ritual of Tak Bator giving alms to the monks. This is a uniqueritual still followed by the locals in Luang

    Prabang. We can also visit the local freshmarket to see how the locals shop, beforereturning to your hotel for breakfast.

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    DAY 7 CONTD.

    Your half day city tour starts with a visit to WatVisoun, known as The Water Melon Stupa due toits shape. Next we visit the magnificent WatXiengthong , with its roof sweeping low to theground, representing the classical Luang Prabangstyle. We also visit the excellent Arts andEthnology Centre which gives us a great insight

    into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. We thenvisit the weaving and textile villages of BanXangkhong and Ban Xienglek.Overnight in Laugn Prabang at Villa Santi Hotel

    Deluxe

    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 8. !! Luang Prabang Khoung Si &Bear Rescue Centre ! ! ! !We visit the local Phosi Market , this is the placewhere all the locals shop and your guide willshow and explain to you the diverse offerings ondisplay. We then drive out of the town where youhave the option of stopping to visit Khmu, Hmongand Lao Loum villages, representing the mainethnic groups of Laos. This then takes us to thebeautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cooloff with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pool orwalk along the forest trails. Next to the falls is aBear Rescue Centre, here we spend the afternoonat the centre learning about the work that they do.

    We return to Luang Prabang by early eveningafternoon, in time for a sunset over the MekongOvernight in Luang Prabang at Villa Santi Hotel

    Deluxe

    Meal: Breakfast

    Day 9. !! Luang Prabang MahoutExperience! ! !Travel on road about 15km out of Luang Prabanginto the Nam Khan river area and to the Elephant

    Village.Follow the day of the Elephant Mahout! Thisincludes activities with our protected AsianElephants. Elephant washing, riding, feeding andsharing time with the locals, and all this in themost beautiful area around Luang Prabang! It's asimple life close to the animals and close to nature.The day of a Mahout is scheduled to fit the needsof the animals and offer you the unique chance tofollow this natural rhythm. In the afternoon the

    Elephants have to be brought to their sleepingplace in the nearby forest.

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    DAY 9 CONTD.

    The setting is wonderful and of amazing natural

    beauty. Take time on the afternoon to go and visit

    Tad Sea Waterfall (not available in dry season -

    February till August)! Also you will have the

    chance to ride the Elephants in the neck, to learn

    some specific methods of controlling the animals.

    You may ride a few times today and get closewith the animals during your activities. A tour

    guide will bring you to the Elephant Village and

    explain about the animals

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