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Village visits from Luang Prabang

Posted by pete61 on 22/9/2012 at 00:11

Hi,
Four of us (2+2 young teenagers) are travelling through Laos in January and we are looking at a fantastic tour called the Akha village project (Tiger Trails). Fantastic idea to support a village and the community by giving them a different type of income by receiving guests and showing them their ways of life. Great for the children too to show them how life is for others.
My problem is cost for 4 people. Is their something similar we can do from LP to experience this lifestyle that is not so expensive? Not trying to be cheap but it may be cost prohibitive at their price (and I'm not saying it's not good value).
We are also spending a week or so around Pakse way.
Any suggestions please.

Thanks, Pete

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Posted by enday on 22/9/2012 at 07:21

Are you referring to to the 6 day Akha experience that's $400US . I think that's a reasonable price for that length of time.

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Posted by daawgon on 22/9/2012 at 09:47

Right in Luang Prabang, all you need to do is cross the Mekong to see rural village life. I believe that side of the river is relatively untouched by the tourism factor that has turned LP into a semi-posh destination. Just rent bikes and take a ferry across - I might be joining you. (no need for a fancy tour)

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Posted by pete61 on 23/9/2012 at 05:03

Thanks daawgon, we'll look at that.

enday, I agree, but it's not about the value, it looks like a fantastic tour- it's the cost that's all, for the four of us.

Any other thoughts anyone?

Thanks, Pete

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Posted by enday on 24/9/2012 at 06:29

It depends what you mean by "experience this lifestyle" because just walking through villages and maybe striking up conversation with locals does not really sound like what you're after (though it sounds perfectly fine)
I'm pretty sure Tiger Trail do a considerably cheaper, shorter 'culture lodge' stay from Nong Khiaw based on the same principal of generating an alternative and sustainable income source. I cant accurately remember the price, but it was under $150 each for two, it would be cheaper for four. (I didn't do it but I enquired.) The bonus is that Nong Khiaw is gorgeous and you could get the slow boat back to LP from there.
I'm curious about other peoples experiences too!

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Posted by pete61 on 25/9/2012 at 05:35

Great suggestion thanks enday.
We checked out the options at Nong Khiaw which look really good. Not so much travel to get there, a stay in a couple of villages and a boat ride too. The long trip further north to the Akha would be through a lot of beautiful country but maybe next time.
Pete

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