Laos Tour: 2days Elephant ride, Biking, Trekking, Kayaking combination

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Laos: 2 days around Luang Prabang
Elephant ride, Biking, Trekking, Kayaking combination
Luang Prabang area

Short description:
With this trip yo support the Elephant Park Project: The conservation of Asian elephants -and the ‘Fair Trek’ Project -7 communities which are profiting directly from tourism. The amazing Tad Sae waterfalls and the soft mountain biking tour are making it the perfect idea for an active and responsible traveler. Biking 15-20 km, elephant riding 1 hr, waterfall, overnight in village home stay, visits of Khamu and Hmong villages are included.

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    All about the Laos Tour: 2days Elephant ride, Biking, Trekking, Kayaking combination.

    Laos: 2 days around Luang Prabang
    Elephant ride, Biking, Trekking, Kayaking combination
    Luang Prabang area

    Short description:
    With this trip yo support the Elephant Park Project: The conservation of Asian elephants -and the ‘Fair Trek’ Project -7 communities which are profiting directly from tourism. The amazing Tad Sae waterfalls and the soft mountain biking tour are making it the perfect idea for an active and responsible traveler. Biking 15-20 km, elephant riding 1 hr, waterfall, overnight in village home stay, visits of Khamu and Hmong villages are included.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Transfer to Elephant Village Camp 45 mins.
    • Briefing, information and guiding in English
    • Fair Trek Project village fund payments
    • Elephant riding approx. 45mins
    • Kayaking and gear rental (paddle, helmet, life jacket)
    • Picnic lunches
    • Village accommodation (or upgrade to resort room)
    • Drinking water
    • Waterfall entry fees
    • All permissions and taxes
    • Elephant Park Project contribution fee
    • Motorboat charge
    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Specialty Drinks
    • Tips for guides
    1. Day1 Bike + Elephants + Trekking

      After your pick up service from your hotel you may choose a fitting bike and start cycling out of town. We take a side road and come through small villages along the way. You will see Ban Panom, the cotton and silk hand-weaving village and the grave of Henri Mouhot, the French explorer who popularized Angkor Wat.
      Here at the Nam Khan River, we are permitted to take a dip in the cool running water of this local tributary. Here we find the slow pace Lao rural life in the countryside. After a 1.5 km steep climb we arrive at the Nam Khan valley, which some people also call the hidden valleyof Luang Prabang, a dream set of mountains, rivers and small villages. Lunch break on mountain view terrace or along the way (depending on bike route).
      In your lunch break you can enjoy the wonderful and breathtaking view to a 1,600m high towering mountain range. We cross the river by local boat to start our elephant experience and go out for a scenic ride along the Nam Khan, small forest or even to the Tad Sae waterfall cascades from July to January. Here you can enjoy the clear spring water which invites you for a refreshing bath. You go back to the camp by motorboat
      A short and easy trek will bring you into the ‘Fair Trek Project’ area where communities directly profit from your visit. You get to know the culture and traditions of the Khamu people who live here since just about sixty years. Welcome to your hosts family!

    2. Day2 Short Trek and Kayaking trip on the Nam Khan river.

      At the second day you start your day with breakfast in your hosts’ house.
      After that you continue on a short hike back to the Elephant Lodge. From here you start the soft kayaking tour on the Nam Khan river. You paddle your kayak about 4 hrs on the Nam Khan, passing only a few small rapids here and there. After arrival in Luang Prabang a car picks you up to send you to your hotel.

      NOTE: we are working with animals and in the nature, time changes may appear at any time. (Bring shoes that can get wet, sun protection, pocket money for tips, swimsuit, towel and long trousers!”)
      The waterfall is dry during February-August. Elephant rides will take a different route through river and village. Overnight stay in village and jungle camp means very basic standards.

    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

     

     

    Our homestays

     

     

    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy
    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    Moderate
    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    Difficult
    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
    Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

    Porter
    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Vehicle
    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    Food
    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Packing
    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks
    GPS

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    Environment
    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Community
    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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