TOURCODE 59455 (FTB-3) Description
Immerse yourself in local culture on this 3 day Fair Trek adventure. Wind your way through the majestic mountains to two rural villages in northern Laos. Each night, relax in comfortable Eco Bungalows, adobe lodges in Khmu and Hmong villages of Nong Khuay and Long Lao Mai. The beautiful Eco-Bungalows were organized and built by the Tiger Trail "Fair Trek" initiative by diverse volunteers and locals and made to benefit the local community while giving travelers a rare and unforgettable experience.
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 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 Village Life (B)
Spend some time getting to the village after breakfast. Help them with their daily activities like cooking or farming, or learn how to weave from villagers who are masters of the craft.
After you’ve said your goodbyes, we’ll transfer you back 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
- Transfer from guesthouse to trekking point
- Return transport from village to guesthouse
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Village fund
Not Included Travel Services
- Specialty Drinks
- Trekking shoes
- Light clothes
- A warm jacket/sweater (October - March)
- A rain poncho (May - October)
- Personal articles & medicine
- Insect repellant
- A shade-providing hat
- Extra spending money