Hi, I am going to Luang Prabang on 10th December, and back on 28th Dec. I would like to stay 5 days in LP to explore the town and the surronding areas. Where should I spend the other 13 days? I would like to see villages, and not rush around too much. I have excluded the usual LP - Vang Vieng - Vientiane route.
I am considering instead some of these options;
-> From Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw, from there to Sam Neua and then back through Phonsavan to Luang Prabang
-> From Luang Prabang to Udomaxi and then to Luang Nam Tha, trekking around there, and then Route 3 to Huay Xai, from there back to Luang Prabang via Mekon, stopping at Hongsa for elephant tour.
-> From Luang Prabang to Hogsa (elephant tour), then Pak Beng and take Route 2 to Udomaxi, from there reach Luang Nam Tha, trekking in the area, and then bus back to Luang Prabang (maybe stopping by somewhere).
Can any of these options be done in 12/13 days? I am looking to stop by a few times to do trekking.
Or, do you have anything else to suggest?
Thank you, Maureen
#1 Mopop has been a member since 8/9/2008. Posts: 1
All three could be covered in 12-13 days. If you were to go with option two I'd add in time for the Gibbon Experience, which you can read about here.
Personally the first trip appeals the most to me, don't forget to fit in Muang Ngoi -- it's great!
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,710
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1st option: there is trekking out of Nong Khiaw but don't know about the other places. Between Nong Khiaw & Sam Neua there are places like Vieng Kham & Vieng Thong that very few tourists stop by. From Sam Neua can visit Vieng Xai caves & Sam Tai, source of the best weaving i've seen from Laos, a lot of the best stuff in Vientiane galleries are made by women who relocated from villages there during the war.
Think you should still be able to arrange a trip to see working elephants around Hongsa by asking around in town, but if you're looking for some sort of 'facility' (can't recall if it was an elephant hospital or some 'visitor centre'?), have seen reports that it's no longer there.
Trekking options have started up in Udomxai, tourist info office near bridge & main market in town has detailed English info & look here too: http://www.ecotourismlaos.com/activities/trekoudomxay.htm