Laos northern expedition


Houeisay - Luang Namtha - Ban - Ban Namlu - Xieng Kok - Moung Sing - Luang Namtha - Oudomxay - Nong Khiow - Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfalls


Unique and rewarding experience from Laos discovery trip means great value to every single traveler.

  • Visit the surrounding areas of HoueiSay with its  34 ethnic minority groups
  • Explore the border towncLuang Namtha on the banks of Namtha river with its rugged mountains and beautiful tropical forests
  • Trek along the river to Ban Namkoy passing picturesque landscape of forests and rice fields
  • Discover the village of Akha hill tribe - the ethnic group with vibrant culture and an interesting history
  • Visit the bustling colorful morning market and the impressive museum of ethnology
  •  Cruise to Ban Sang Hay village to sample the local rice alcohol.
  • Admire Khouang Si waterfalls with its formation of water tumbling over multi tiered limestone into cool pools


Itineary in Brief

  • Day 1 - Day 5
    Visit the villages of hill tribes at Muang Phouka. Trekking at Ban Nalan and enjoying the daily life of hill tribal communities.
  • Day 6 - Day 7
    Experience  the bustling colorful morning market of Moung Sing and take bamboo raft along the Namsong River.
  • Day 8 - Day 9
    Visit the historical sites of  Luang Prabang.


Laos northern expedition


  • Transportation in private air-conditioned
  • Accommodation in twin share 
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  • Tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling, bottle of water and cold towel every day


  • Visa stamping fee on arrival US$30.00 / pax
  • International airport departure tax US$10.00 / pax
  • Domestic air ticket without airport tax
  • International air tickets to / from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Meals:(lunch or dinner, quoted separately)
  • Single supplement
  • Additional tour require beside above sights
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others

Welcome to Laos at HoueiSay pier. Transfer to your hotel for check in and you are free at your leisure to explore the town with visit to the local market and villages nearby. The surrounding areas of HoueiSay are home to 34 ethnic minority groups, the second most ethnically diverse province in Laos. 

Overnight in HoueiSay.

Early morning we leave the town for Luang Namtha. We will drive in the dirt roads with uphill and downhill. In return, the scenery is wonderful and we visit villages of hill tribes at Muang Phouka as well as surrounding area. Luang Namtha, located on the banks of the Namtha river, is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful tropical forests, shares its border with China and Myanmar. We arrive in Luang Namtha in late evening for overnight.

We take a short drive to Ban Chalernsuk, a Khmu minority village where we get a off the beaten track into this beautiful mountain region. Today’s trekking may be tough with some steep uphill and down hill climbs, but the experience is unique and rewarding. We arrive at Ban Nalan by late afternoon, where we have chances to understand a little more about the Khmu local culture and their daily lifestyle. We enjoy a local dinner and overnight at the Khmu family house.

Today we will trek along the river to Ban Namkoy passing picturesque landscape of forests and rice fields. On arrival at Ban Namkoy we will take another 3 hour challenging treks with stops at hamlets and villages where there are few footprints of tourists and things still remain as it has been for 30 years ago. The trek will be ended at Ban Nam Lu villages where we meet up with our vehicle and drive back to Luang Namtha town for overnight.

Early morning we travel by road to Moung Sing, a home of various hill tribal communities. There is a Chinese group living there and a lot of trade goes on between here and China. We stop along the way at the village of Akha hill tribe. This ethnic group with vibrant culture and an interesting history originally lived in China but immigrated into Laos over a century ago. We continue heading westbound over bumpy roads to Xieng Kok, a border town near the Golden Triangle. We drive back to Muong Sing with stopover at the Lantern minority village.

Overnight at Moung Sing.

We visit the bustling colorful morning market and the impressive museum of ethnology. This local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities that converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods. We then make the way back to Oudomxay via Luang Namtha. In this rough journey we see very few travelers. 

Overnight in Oudomxay.

We depart early for Nong Khiow, where we board a traditional boat down the Nam Ou river to Luang Prabang - The Unesco World Heritage site, tranquil with its gleaming temple roofs and fading colonial architecture. En route we stop at mysterious Pak Ou caves where thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. We continue cruising to Ban Sang Hay village to sample the local rice alcohol. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Early wake up for a fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clothed monks who collect offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit the morning Phousi market where you will see such local different products as dried buffalo skin, local tea and salt among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. You may also drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

After breakfast, we visit The National museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings to the last sovereign. You will have free time to explore the town and shopping before heading to airport for onward flight. Ends of services.


Travel on your own at low additional cost, email us at to get the best quote

Travel Enquiry

Laos northern expedition

Threeland guarantees high quality of services with competitive price. Please fill in your detail and one expert of our team will contact shortly.