TOURCODE 59456 (FTBKS-3) Description
Nestled in the Khmu and Hmong villages of Nong Khuay and Long Lao Mai, the Eco Bungalows are private retreats that combines adventure with cultural exchange. Trek through verdant mountains, take in the splendor of Kuang Si waterfall and learn about Laos’ fascinating diverse ethnic culture. And at the end of each day, relax in the privacy of your own Bungalow.
Day 01 Half-day Trek to Local Village and Eco-Bungalow or Homestay (L, D)
Meet your guide and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the countryside to our trekking start point. When you arrive at Ban Phonexay, you’ll begin the 4-hour trek to the Khmu and Hmong village of Nong Khuay that will take you deep into the jungle, over streams, under bamboo forests and up steep hills that offer magnificent views of Laos.
You'll have a picnic lunch along the way. When you reach Nong Khuay, your tour guide will show you to your Eco Bungalow or introduce you to your host family for the night. If time permits, trek 30 minutes toTom Douk cave. Your guide will tell you more about this hidden cavern as you explore its dark terrain.
Back in the village, settle in to your Eco Bungalow or homestay and explore the village to get to know your hosts - learn a few words of their language, try your hand at cooking traditional meals or share some pictures you’ve taken of your trip in Laos on your digital camera. Enjoy dinner in the village.
The Nong Khuay Eco-Bungalow:
This boutique clay lodge has 2 private rooms that each accommodates up to 2 people (a total of 4 people can stay in the Eco Bungalow at one time).
Each room has:
• 1 double-size bed
• Western-style bathroom
• Indoor bathroom with hot water
If there more than four guests, nearby homestays are available.
Day 02 Jungle Trek and Eco Bungalow Stay (B, L, D)
Have breakfast with your hosts this morning. The village name Nong Khuay translates to “buffalo lake,” and you can hike to this famous lake afterwards. (Note: Visit to the lake only during rainy season from July – December). Then head out on the trail again to the Hmong village of Long Lao Mai. It’s a 4-hour hike but you’ll be able to stop along the way for lunch and soak in the stunning natural scenery around you.
At Long Lao Mai, your guide will show you the Eco Bungalow, your private lodge for the night. Then, take a tour of the community where you’ll meet some of your neighbors. A few villagers sell beautiful hand-made bracelets and other handicrafts to earn supplemental income that supports their main livelihood as subsistence farmers. The handicrafts make unique and meaningful souvenirs!
Dinner is served in the sala outside under the stars - or you may share a meal with villagers in their home. After a traditional Hmong meal, unwind in the Eco Bungalow and rest after the last few days of trekking in the comfort of your own room.
The Long Lao Mai Eco-Bungalow:
This boutique clay lodge has 2 private rooms that each accommodates up to 4 people (a total of 8 people can stay in the Eco Bungalow at one time).
Each room has:
• King size bed
• Loft with 2 single mattresses
• Western-style bathroom
• Enclosed outdoor shower with hot water
For groups larger than 8 people, nearby homestays or available.
Day 03 Lush Jungle Trek and Kuang Si Waterfall (B, L)
After a hearty breakfast, trek 3 hours through lush jungle to one of Luang Prabang’s favorite sites, the Kuang Si Waterfall, with its Asiatic bear sanctuary and many cascading pools to swim in and explore. Take lunch in the jungle on the way and don’t rush at the falls. After a refreshing afternoon at the waterfall we’ll pick you up for your return transfer to Luang Prabang.
A Community-based Tourism (CBT) Initiative
The Eco Bungalows are the result of the partnership between Tiger Trail and World Volunteer, an international volunteer organization. Seeing an opportunity in Nong Khuay and Long Lao Mai villages to help the community benefit from tourism to their village, they developed the idea of the Eco Bungalow that would act as supplemental income for the villagers – 100% of your accommodation fee is circulated back to the community as a form of income for maintaining and working in the Bungalow. Learn more about this CBT initiative.
Included Travel Services
- English-speaking guide
- Drinking water
- All Transport
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner when indicated on itinerary
- Village entrance fees Permits
Not Included Travel Services
- Specialty drinks
- Tips for guides
- Hat & sunglasses
- Fully charged camera
- Sun block & mosquito repellent
- Trekking sandals and/or athletic shoes
- Rain gear (in season, check weather!)
- Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, personal items
- Flip flops (for elephant bathing and/or kayaking)
- Swimwear & towel (for waterfall and/or kayaking)
- Small backpack to carry water and other belongings
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)
- Change of clothes (conservative for villages and temples)
- Small amount of money for beer/soft drinks/tips/souvenirs/etc.