2-Day Hillside Explorer Trek and Retreat from Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang never fails to deliver on its promise to offer a chilled experience, filled with history, culture and local deliciousness around every corner. Remnants of the ancient Lane Xang Kingdom –dating back to the 13th – 15th century – have partially withstood the test of time, allowing visitors to immerse themselves with the lifestyle of saffron-clad monks, 30+ temples, faded French colonial architecture and the Mekong River within walking distance from the old town. Customers with the adventure bug in them are keen to see beyond the UNESCO-protected town borders for a 2-day exploration of waterfalls, ethnic minorities and its serene jungle landscape.
Day 1: After checking out of your Luang Prabang resort and having enjoyed breakfast, it is time to load your luggage in the waiting transportation, assisted by your English-speaking trail leader and driver. Together with your fellow travelers, you leave the town and head out in the direction of the That Thong Waterfall. A lesser-known fall, compared to its bigger Kuang Si brother, but nevertheless, impressive. From here, you head out into the jungle with a light trek as a gentle introduction and warm-up for what lies ahead. Off-the-beaten track trails bring you and your travel companions through some of the least-explored parts of this part of the forest, all part of an extensive protection project by the local government. It is therefore important not leave nothing but your footprint behind as you move on to a Khamu settlement for an insight in their life. The Khamu continue to hold tight to their traditional lifestyle, relying on rural activities and in harmony with nature. There is much to tell and talk about what’s happening here on a daily basis, but you will have to move on. Your trek ends at a local resort where you will enjoy lunch. The resort night comes with a pool and you will have ample time to work on your tan, give yourself some respite after a morning of walking. If you haven’t had enough, a short trail uphill brings you to a viewpoint with stunning views over Luang Prabang and the Mighty Mekong. Dinner is served at the resort before turning in for the night.
Day 2: Among the many hill tribes that live here, the Hmong settlements around Luang Prabang still bear a good number, keeping their ancient believes alive. It is to one of these villages we head out to after breakfast. The start of an amazing, 3-hour trek commences right here with the goal to reach Luang Prabang’s most famous waterfalls at the end of our trail – the Kuang Si Waterfalls. A large, three-tiered waterfall, dropping almost 60 meters down into turquoise-blue pools are the perfect stop to take a refreshing dip or venture further along well-laid paths to see more than just the clashing of water. Your trail leader will prepare a simple picnic lunch before it is time to move back to Luang Prabang and your booked accommodation.