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Laos Unveiled

Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Southeast Asia

from $3,500* per person 10 Days Year-round
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Geographic Expeditions 18 people max
  • Vientiane, laos
  • Active & Adventure trips

Not that the rest of Laos is all that traveled, but this unusual trip takes us into the country’s decidedly less traveled north, where, for a week or so, we’ll roam in fabulously green hills, visit remote, traditional villages, and visit intelligently conceived sustainable tourism projects.

We head north from Vientiane toward the Chinese border, into the Golden Triangle, an ethnographer’s dream (and a scenic and cultural thrill for people like us). After visiting and hiking in and around Luang Nam Tha and Muang Sing, where we’ll get to know the fascinating Akha people, we mosey over to Oudomxay and on to the small town of Nong Khio on the Nam Ou River. Here we board a traditional riverboat and spend a day watching the world go by as we cruise to Luang Prabang for our departing flight. First-time visitors will want to extend in this enchanting former royal capital and World Heritage Site.

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Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Southeast Asia

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.


Day 1: arrive in Vientiane •

Day 2: fly to Luang Nam Tha •

Days 3 & 4: Luang Nam Tha •

Day 5: to Muang Sing •

Day 6: Muang Sing •

Day 7: to Oudomxay •

Day 8: to Nong Khio •

Day 9: riverboat •

Day 10: depart Luang Prabang

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