Phongsaly Loop In Depth – LaosReference WW40584
This route is one of Southeast Asia's true epics - spectacular mountain scenery, deep river valleys and a mosaic of ethnicities steeped in tradition. With unforgettable vistas and spectacular scenery along the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers to be found along the way, the Phongsaly Loop is one of the jewels in Laos's crown.
Got your own itinerary idea? Let us know your plans & one of our USA specialists will be in touch to help you plan your unique trip.
Depart the UK for your indirect flight to Luang Prabang, arriving the following day.
Arrive in Luang Prabang. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos! Enjoy free time at leisure or take a walk around the town.
After breakfast, you will leave for a cruise on the mighty Mekong River to reach the small town of Pakbeng. You will stop en route to have lunch in a local village alongside the river. The remainder of the day at leisure. Why not relax and take in the sunset along the Mekong from your balcony?
After breakfast, take a long boat and cross the river to reach the elephant camp located at the opposite side of the Lodge. Then you will participate in the elephant’s daily bath which lasts about 30 minutes. Arrive at Muang La Resort in the late afternoon. Check in, relax and enjoy the views. Facilities include a spa, sauna and steam room.
After breakfast, travel to Lao Loum village – Phongsavan; the starting point of your walk through the lush vegetation of northern Laos. You will follow a mountain trail for around 30 minutes which takes you from the banks of the river to the top of the hills and continue on following a mountain stream and climb to the heart of the rice fields. Return to the resort to enjoy lunch.
After breakfast, you will depart for Phongsaly. You will see beautiful landscapes, banana plantations, local rural life in the villages that bordes the road and panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. Then, your guide will accompany you for a walk through the streets of Phongsaly. The charm of the town is made by the narrow paved streets borded by traditional Chinese houses in wood.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Bountai and meet your local guide for the day. Then, transfer to Ban Aya, the village where you will start your trekking. After the visit of the village and its people, your local guide will lead you trek through the amazing jungle and green rice fields. On the way, you will enjoy seeing wonderful landscapes of the mountainous area.
After breakfast in town, you will to the famous 400-year-old tea plantation, located in the village of Ban Komaen, about 30 minutes south from Phongsaly. Arrival in Muang Khua and check-in at your hotel.A dinner is included at Sayphoun restaurant, which has a nice view over Nam Ou River.
After breakfast, you will board a private long tail boat for a cruise down one of the most scenically beautiful stretches of river in Laos. Compared to the Mekong, the Nam Ou is considered more dramatic and wild and also has far less traffic. In the late afternoon, you will reach your destination of Nong Khiaw, famed for the dramatic limestone mountains which surround it. Disembark and check in to your accommodation on the banks of the Nam Ou River.
After breakfast, your guide and private driver will transfer you back to Luang Prabang, taking approximately 2.5 hours. A transfer to the airport is included for your onward indirect flight to the UK.
Arrive back into the UK