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18 days & 17 nights
Availability : December 31, 2023
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Muang Soune – None Khiaw – Muang Hiam – Ban Son Khua – Nam Nern Night Safari – Samneua – Vieng Xai – Muang Kham – Xieng Khuang – Phou Khao Khuay – Nam Pien Yorla Pa – Vientiane Tour Code: LAEU-IW18
Min Age : 1+

Immerse yourself in nature and experience the thrill of adventure with activities such as trekking, camping, and swimming in picturesque waterfalls, all while learning about the local cultures and customs of ethnic tribes in remote villages.

Tour Details

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the wilds of Laos with Golden Lotus Travel‘s “Into the Wild” tour. This 18-day adventure will take you off the beaten path, deep into the heart of Laos’ untamed wilderness. Discover hidden waterfalls, trek through lush jungles, and explore the remote villages of ethnic tribes. Experience the thrill of camping under the stars and the joy of interacting with local people, as you immerse yourself in the rich culture and natural beauty of Laos. This tour is perfect for those seeking a truly authentic and adventurous travel experience.

Departure & Return Location

Luang Prabang Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

1 hour before departure

Price Includes

  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program (B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

Price Excludes

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All flights quoted separately (if any)
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
  • 10% VAT in case the payment is transferred into our company bank account


On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
After a soft rest, visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.
Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, which is one of the most beautiful temples in town.
If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people.
Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. 
The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. 


We depart from your hotel and drive for around one hour west to Ban Xeng Mouk village where the trek starts.
We begin with a visit to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Longlao Nung before heading to the nearby Hmong village of Ban Longlao Song. You will be able to observe the lifestyles of these two culturally very different minority groups and see how despite their differences they manage to work together on a day to day basis and even sharing the same school.
As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddys and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the locals during the second indochina war.
After visiting the cave, one more hour of trekking brings us to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Si waterfalls, here a beautiful pool full of sacred fish can be seen. After descending from the top of the waterfall we enjoy a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!
The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing around the turquoise pools below the waterfall. You can also visit the bear conservation center which is located nearby and home to many bears which have been rescued from illegal farms.
Before returning to Luang Prabang we take a short walk to a nearby Khmu village of Ban Thapene which is home to some of the most beautiful pools of Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Approximately: 2 hours driving, 3 hours trekking.


Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken.

After departing at 8:30 am from your hotel, transfer to Nahm Dong park, which locates in Ban Xiengmouk, 10Km from city center.

Arriving at the park, we will have a short welcome by the park manager before joining the morning activities here.
We will first start with the Zipline flying over the jungle and the waterfalls admiring the amazing evergreen scenery. The zipline will take about 1 hour.
Then we will walk back via the jungle trail crossing some flying bridges, small streams, and clear natural pools, where you can take a refresh splash if you wish so.
The picnic lunch will be served at the viewpoint where you can spread your view over the region, including the view of mount Phousi in the city center.
You can either spend the rest of the afternoon stroll around the park, relax by one of the huts at the camp, or enjoy the fresh cool clear natural pools.

Late afternoon, we will walk to the nearby Hillside Ecolodge, where we will spend the night among the nature, just outside of Luang Prabang.

Note: Zipline in 1 hour, trekking min 1 hour – max 3 hours depending on the route that you choose.


After breakfast, we will transfer back to town and join a food tour in the local market to pick up fresh ingredients to cook during your stay in Muang Soune.

After that, we take a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside.
We will have a visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
After that, we hop on the car again and transfer directly to Muang Soune, which locates 65Km from the center in the north of Luang Prabang by the bank of Nam Ou River.
12pm – 12:30pm: Arrival in the village area and river crossing with local ferry or pirogue. Introduction with the family.
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch time with family
1:30pm – 2pm: Rest
2pm – 5pm: Explore local activity in the village, visit the school,  visit the weavers who can tailor-make a local dress for you 😉 and other village artisans.
5pm – 6pm: Bathe in the river or shower in the house
6pm – 7pm: Baci ceremony (optional)
Prepare dinner with Kham or enjoy a fresh beer Lao or a local drink with your hosts
7:30pm – 9pm: Dinner with the family
9pm till ….: Kham’s favorite after dinner activity is playing cards with her uncle. You are welcome to join, but beware… Kham and her uncle are very good!


5am – 6am: Wake up early to prepare sticky rice for Monk’s offering later on.
6am – 7am: Alms giving in the temple
7am – 8am: Breakfast with the family
8am – 10am: Go with Kham and her uncle fishing on the Ou River and learn some new techniques
10am – 1pm: Hike to the rice fields and explore the rural life of farmers. Visit some family organic gardens on the way too.
1pm – 2pm: Lunch time with the family
2pm – 3pm: Free time to go around the village and purchase souvenirs if you wish
3pm – 3:30pm: River crossing with local boat and departure to Nong Khiaw, which will take more than 1 hour.

Upon arrival, check in your hotel.

Overnight in Nong Khiaw.


Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside.
Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos River before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!
Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008!
For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.
Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.
A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.
Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before heading back to Nong Khiaw (Nong Khiau) by boat.

20-minute transfer | 4-hour trek | 2-hour boat trip


Today, we will drive through the most rural and least developed part of Laos via Vieng Kham to Muang Hiam.
These back roads are a perfect way to venture off the beaten track and explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs.
The drive can be challenging on some parts of our journey due to poor road conditions; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience.
Arriving in Muang Hiam, we will check in the simple guesthouse to take some rest before taking a walk explore this small village.
If time permits, we can visit the nearby hot spring, which is very popular among local people. If you wish, you can take a dip to refresh like the locals.
Overnight in Muang Hiam

Distance: 170KM | 4-5-hour transfer | MAPS


After breakfast, we will transfer to Ban Son Khua and join the transfer to depart for the Nam Et-Phou Louey NPA (National Protected Area).
Here you will experience the Nam Nern Night Safari and stay in a simple ecolodge, all of which has been developed with the local community. Learn about wildlife conservation, medicinal plants, traditional agriculture and the history of the Secret War from your local Khmu guide.
Embark on a 1.5 hour journey to the park substation on the Nam Nern River by long-tail boat, along the way learning about upland rice cultivation and having opportunities to spot monitor lizards and bird life.
After arriving at the park substation, you will enjoy a lunch prepared by the village cooking group. After lunch, receive a briefing by park staff about the on-the-ground efforts in protecting tigers and their prey. Around the middle of the afternoon you will depart for the night safari.
Stopping near a salt lick, you will hike into the forest. Your local guide, a skilled hunter and tracker, will explain how local people track deer and other wild ungulates. The guides point out evidence of wildlife, such a tracks or scat at the salt lick.
The boats will continue upriver to the dinner site, a sandy, flat bank, where you will have a picnic dinner around a campfire. After dinner, your guides tell Khmu folktales and stories about dragons, wildlife, and ghosts. They educate you about the species of animals they may see during the spotlighting and explain the rules and expectations for spotlighting.
Depending on the amount of moonlight, depart for the night spotlighting 1-2 hours after dark, floating down river with engines off. There is only one light per boat. Only guides use the light, to avoid scaring the animals. The guides and boat drivers communicate via hand signals to avoid talking that might disturb the animals. The boat is very quiet so as not to disturb the animals. Animals that may be seen include Sambar Deer, Otters, and Barking Deer, various species of Civets, Slow Loris, Porcupine and Owls (Hogbadgers, Asian golden cat and wild dogs have also been seen).
At the end of the spotlighting, the boats arrive at the evening camp. Before going to bed you will be able to check out a variety of insects attracted to the black light set up near the substation.
Overnight in Nam Nern.


Before breakfast, your local guide will take you on a walk around the jungle, teaching you the use of medicinal plants and explaining the history of the site, which was once a major settlement during the Secret War.
After breakfast, the boats float back to the village at a relaxing pace with engines off, pointing out birds along the way.
Upon arrival in the village, you will be invited to try earthen jar rice wine (lao hai).
We then continue to drive about 3 hours to Sam Neua.
After checking into your hotel you will be taken on a tour of the town. This will include a visit to the Nam Sam River Promenade followed by Wat Phoxaysanalam which is home to a Buddha statue dating back to 1565.
Visit weaving houses near the temple to see stunning cotton and silk textiles being made.
Finish the tour with a visit to the market selling stunning Houaphanh textiles and clothes from different ethnic groups, woven bamboo items and traditional foods and animals.
Overnight in Sam Neua.

Distance: 99KM | 2.5-hour transfer | MAPS


After breakfast, drive to Viengxay (approximately 1 hour) where you can explore this traditional town and the surrounding beautiful landscape of limestone peaks and forests.
The town of Viengxay contains hundreds of caves which sheltered local people and the country’s future leaders for a vital period in world history.
In the 1960s Laos was caught up in the conflict known to the world as the Vietnam War. For nine years, from 1964 to 1973, more than 20,000 people lived in a ‘hidden city‘ they built inside the limestone peaks all around the area to try to survive daily aircraft bombing raids directed by US forces.
They were only able to farm or work at night, so inside the caves they built everything they needed for their society to survive, including schools, hospitals, markets, a radio station and the headquarters of the Lao Patriotic Front – also known as the Pathet Lao.
Take the audio tour that tells the story of the ‘hidden city’ through the history that created it and interviews with local people and discover the area’s beauty as well as its fascinating hidden history.
Lunch will be included at a local restaurant and you will return to Sam Neua in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Sam Neua.

Distance: 30KM per way | 45-minute transfer per way | MAPS


After breakfast, we will transfer to Muang Kham, which is famous for some of the best hot springs in Laos.

Along the way, we will visit the standing stones at Hin Tang archeological site. Almost as mysterious as Xieng Khuang’s more famous jars, this unique, unfenced collection of standing stones is thought to be at least 1500 years old. Spindly stones up to 3m tall are interspersed with disks that formerly covered funerary sites. With some over a metre in diameter, these ‘families’ of stones do have a certain magic, and the place is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.

We will arrive in Muang Kham around mid-afternoon, check in your hotel, which is built in Ban Nyai, hosting the most famous hot spring in Muang Kham.

Free for the rest of the day to relax and enjoy the hot spring.

Overnight in Muang Kham. 


You are free today for your own exploration of the resort or the village. Walking along the small village roads or admiring the local village life are some of the experiences for you to spend the day. You can also just relax and enjoy the hot spring or the swimming pool.

Overnight in Muang Kham.


After breakfast, transfer directly to Phonsavanh, which is the capital city of Xieng Khuang province. 

Xieng Khuang is famous for its mysterious Plain of Jars, a huge archaeological complex littered with mysterious 2000 years old stone jars sized from 70cm up to 3 or 4 meters.
You have time today to visit the plain of jars Site 1, the biggest and closest to town that opened for tourists.
Attention: The Plain of Jars has been heavily bombed during the war and you have to respect all the signs and stay along the defined trails due to bombs, UXO and landmines.
We then visit the thought-provoking UXO Information Centre, run by British organisation MAG (Mines Advisory Group) that’s been helping to clear Laos’ unexploded ordnance since 1994.
The centre’s information displays underline the enormity of the bomb drops, and there are also examples of (defused) UXO to ponder.
Spend the rest of the day wandering around the small town of Xieng Khuang to admire the life of local people.
Then return to Xieng Khouang and overnight.


Early in the morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribes barter and exchange merchandise.
After breakfast at the hotel, we say goodbye to Phonsavanh and head south on the new road to Paksan. 

We will first make a stop at Muang Khoune, the old provincial capital that was not destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war.
Muang Khoun is home to a unique sitting giant Buddha as well as some old pagodas that lie in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period

There are plenty of chances to make some stops along the way to admire the view or stretch your legs before arriving in Paksan around early afternoon.

From there, we will drive further to Thabok and take a right turn onto the road to Ban Hatkhay, the gateway to explore Phou Khao Khuay National Park.

Arrive at the village around late afternoon, check in your simple homestay overlooking the Nam Mang River, where we will spend the night.


Today, you will discover the National Park under the expert guidance of a French orchid specialist who will tell you all about the different plants and wildlife.
After breakfast, our French expert will come to see you together with two local guides with your freshly made Lao picnic.
The Orchid Trek begins at Pha Say with its stunning view across a 40m deep gorge and the dense jungle.
You follow narrow, shaded trails and discover the different types of forest in the park: semi-deciduous, tropical and bamboo – extraordinary, unspoilt habitats.
You have the chance to learn about the medicinal uses of the forest plants and also the other plant types that abound in the forest. You take your picnic lunch in a dry riverbed (depending on the season).
Your afternoon continues with a pleasant stroll to the waterfall at Tad Say before making your return to the village. You may be lucky and see some the colourful butterflies and birds that live in the forest.
We then return to Ban Hatkhay and hop on the minivan again to transfer to Nam Pien Yorla Pa, which is a complex of a jungle resort and adventure activities locating inside the Phou Khao Khuay National Park.

We arrive at the park just in time to catch the sunset.

Overnight at Nam Pien Yorla Pa. 


Today is free for your own exploration of the park and its surrounding area. There are plenty of activities on spot such as ziplining, roller sliding, or flying bridge. Check information with the park for more information.

Overnight at Nam Pien Yorla Pa. 


You have ample time to relax and enjoy the fresh air before taking the transfer via the backroad to Vientiane.

Along the way, we may make some stops to visit the local village and learn about their local life.

We will stop in Thangon (20Km from Vientiane center), which is very famous for the leisurely lunch cruise along the lazy Nam Ngum River. This is really the escape from daily busy life, which you never want to miss when visiting Laos.
You will enjoy the lunch boat here in about 1 hour.

We then continue the transfer to Vientiane. Visit the vibrant Dong Markhai market, where local people come to barter their daily findings.
We arrive in Vientiane about mid or late afternoon.

Overnight in Vientiane. 


In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power.
After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.
Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire.
Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”.
We then transfer out to the airport to take the departure flight.

A trip in Laos is sure to bring you wonderful experiences, from discovering unspoiled destinations, to experiencing food and immersing yourself in the unique culture of this country. Let’s explore Laos with Golden Lotus Travel and create memorable memories in your life!

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Jason Wong

Couple Traveller

I had an incredible adventure with the “Into the Wild” tour by Golden Lotus Travel. The remote villages we visited were fascinating, and learning about the local culture was a truly eye-opening experience. The trekking was exhilarating, and the waterfalls we encountered along the way were simply stunning. This was a truly authentic and unforgettable tour.

February 19, 2023

Maria Santos

Group Traveller

The “Into the Wild” tour by Golden Lotus Travel is a unique and unforgettable travel experience. We were able to fully immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of Laos and experience the local culture in a way that felt truly special. The trekking was challenging but incredibly rewarding, and camping under the stars was an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an adventure and a genuine cultural experience

July 8, 2022

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