3 Days Experience Khmu Along the Nam Ha River

Day 1: The activity start from our office or your hotel at 8:30 AM by Tuk Tuk visit Luang Namtha Valley Route as: Luang Namtha Museum, Nam Dee the village of Community Based Tourism, Luang Namtha Stupa and Temple, Phou Pouk Stupa, Nam Ngean the village of Laos Whisky “Rao Lao” making and Phieng Ngam the village of handicraft “Handmade” also the place for our lunch. after lunch continue visit Nam Lue the village of Lanten ethnic gruop, visit Information Center of Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Then directly to Nam Ha Village where the homestay we overnight for tonight. 

Option: 8:30 AM travel on Road R3A to where local guide from Nam Ha village waiting you for lead walking into the Nam Ha National Biodiversity Conservation Area “Nam Ha NBCA”. On this path you will walk through a nice forest area, in which you may encounter or hear wild animals, birds and learn how to spot their tracks. Your guide will share some of his ancestral knowledge about the traditional use of medicinal plants, edible leaves, and show you some native skills for the hunting of wildlife. After two hours we have a traditional picnic lunch along the walking path, in the forest prepared by your guides. Thereafter, you will continue the flat and downhill path through primary forest, within the Nam Ha NBCA, and you will arrival Nam Ha Village the place offer your homestay.

The day you will join and practice some activities provided by small group of community based tourism such as: husking rice by feet or hand, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, Khmu sword dancing, meet the local people, talk with your native host about village history, finally go to sleep.

Day 2: In the morning, while waiting for your breakfast, visit groups of knife making, participate in bamboo basket weaving and bamboo toys making such as: birds, frogs, a cup, etc. After breakfast start walking along the Nam Ha River into the Nam Ha NBCA. Picnic lunch will be serve on the midday, next continue walk to Nalan Village where we stay one more night in the homestay of Khmu that also you will join activities offer by community of Nalan village. Dinner is often enjoyed in the company of a prominent village elder, from whom you can learn about Khmu culture. Moreover, he might offer you an insight into your own lifestyle.

Day 3: After breakfast start walking follows the Nam Ha River, through stands of large hardwood trees and bamboo patches, to Nalan Tai (Khmu Village) and Namkoy (Lanten Villae). The trail becomes quite challenging as it climbs under a pristine tree canopy teeming with birdlife, and ends up on a ridge with a stunning view of Luang Namtha, visit the last village of Lanten (Namlue Village), that is, before the final descent and a ride back to town with memories to will last you a lifetime.

Option: After a leisurely breakfast continue down river by Kayaks. Visit other Khmu & Lanten village to see how to making bamboo paper, nature dyeing. The section of the river will reveal the best forest views and the most exciting rapids of the trip. Arriving at the confluence of the Nam Tha and Nam Ha rivers paddle down the Nam Tha for a way before arriving at the Khmu village of Ban Sop Sim where your transport back to Luang Namtha will be waiting you. The optional return by river is in a traditional motorboat operated by local villagers. On your way up the river you will see water birds along the banks of the river and make your last pass along the border of the Nam Ha NBCA.

Note: Nam Ha River is best for rafting from July to October, for kayaking from July to November. Low water levels from January-June may make kayaking rocky.

Price inclusive:

  • An English speaking tour leader and a native guide, who knows the rainforest, indigenous traditions, and culture like the back of his hand.
  • Covered transport “native Tuk Tuk or Kayaks”.
  • Accommodation as: Homestay with a native family.
  • Local meals depend on season.
  • Homestay owner’s service charge.
  • Drinking water during the trip.
  • Cultural performance, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, Khmu sword dance, bamboo-slapping dance, and flute recital.
  • Learn how to husking rice “by hand or foot”, blacksmith at work, weaving of bamboo basket or bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, a simple cup, etc.
  • Village fund, Permit and Provincial tax on net income.

Bring a small backpack, which should contain following items:

  • 2 T-shirts (cotton), one pair of shorts or trousers.
  • 2 pairs of socks. Sandals, flip-flop (for the evening in village).
  • Towel (or a sarong), swimming trunks and bathing suit (no bikinis), toiletries and personal effects.
  • Personal prescription drugs, contact lenses or glasses.
  • Waterproof sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and mosquito repellent.
  • 1 long sleeves sweater and trousers, or tracksuit.
  • A small flashlight, digital camera with extra batteries.

During the cold season (December and January) add a fleece jumper and long trousers to your pack, as in the mountains, night temperatures might drop to a chilly low.

Homestay: participants should be aware that there are no western-style toilets or washing facilities. Sleeping is on a bamboo or wooden floor, dormitory style. However, sleeping bags, foam mats, and mosquito nets are supplied.

Note: Homestay itinerary is a basic guideline only and subject to change. All homestay are supervised by Luang Namtha Provincial of Information, Culture & Tourism Department (PICTD), Laos Community Based Tourism (Laos-CBT) & Phou Iu Travel & Eco-tours which means all areas are frequented by tourists.

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