2 Days Khmu Homestay Activities of Nam Ha Village

Day 1: Start from our office or your hotel at 8:30 AM by Tuk Tuk 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 participate in family activities if you want to, of course depending on the season you can watch or partake in, such as:

  • Planting of vegetables, sowing corn etc. (January-March)
  • Go and learn how to grow rice on mountain-slopes etc. (April-May)
  • Go and learn how to prepare the fields for wet rice and to plant the seedlings. (June-August)
  • Planting of vegetables, and care taking of gardens, etc. (September)
  • Go watch or help in harvesting of the mountain rice or/and corn, etc. (October-November)
  • Partake in house building and festivals, or in gathering food. (December-January)

After lunch with the family get Tuk Tuk back to Luang Namtha that we have time to visit Lanten Ethnic Group of Nam Lue Village to see their culture and traditional. Then continue to visit Handicraft Center of Phieng Ngam Village “Handmade Products” and final back to you hotel in Luang Namtha.

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”.
  • 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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