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Into the Heart of Tribal Laos

Days: 7
Location: Laos
Activities: Kayaking (Class 2), hiking, exploring tribal villages and rainforests

BRIEFLY
The Nam Ha and Nam Tha rivers flow near the border with China and through the homelands of three distinct ethnic groups of Northern Laos. They also take us through the dense tropical forests and challenging rapids of the Nam Ha National Park, home to tigers, wild elephants, and an assortment of endangered wildlife. This is a kayaking and hiking trip to discover exotic peoples and their relationship to the land and rivers they inhabit, staying in their villages to see their lives firsthand. We’ll spend one night in a guesthouse, one night in a lodge, and five nights in village homes.


ITINERARY
Day 1
Fly from Vientiane to Luang Nam Tha. Explore Luang Nam Tha and its markets, cycle through villages.

Day 2
Paddle your own inflatable kayak through old growth forest. Hike to a Khmu village for an overnight stay.

Day 3
Hike the forest to find medicinal plants. Overnight in a Lanten village.

Day 4
Paddle from the Nam Ha into the Nam Tha through more remote forests and the fastest, most challenging rapids of the trip. Overnight in a village.

Day 5
Kayak the Nam Tha to a village of fishermen to see how they fish and try our hands at it. Overnight in a village.

Day 6
Kayak to a regional market, then to a spirit cave, and end in a Lao Loum village to talk with boatmen who ply the Nam Tha.

Day 7
Ride a longboat down the Nam Tha and up the Mekong to Ban Huay Xai, cross the river and drive to Chiang Rai to catch an evening flight to Bangkok.

For more information and prices, e-mail +662 653 9712 and +6681 450 5340 noting your country of departure.

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