Visiting Luang Prabang in Laos wouldn’t be full with no tour to the countryside and going trekking in Luang Prabang.
There are waterfalls, biking trails and elephant shelters a couple of hours away from city however when you have little interest in such issues, I’d advocate paying a go to to some close by hill tribe villages.
Trekking in Luang Prabang to the hillside tribes
Three main tribes stay within the hills surrounding Luang Prabang. The Hmong are descendants of the Mongolians and are capable of face up to the chilly, in order that they stay within the increased hills. The Khmu alternatively stay within the mid-levels whereas the Lao stay within the lowest ranges.
Not solely will a trek be a pleasant change from Luang Prabang, it’ll additionally assist you to be taught extra about this fascinating nation and its folks.
Dos and Don’ts:
1. Earlier than you go on this hike, do search out a not-for-profit organisation known as Big Brother Mouse based mostly in Luang Prabang which publishes kids’s books. Many Lao kids have by no means seen a e-book and if they’ve seen one, it’ll in all probability be a college e-book. Should you’d wish to donate these books to the village kids, purchase a couple of and convey them on the hike.
Keep in mind although that the books are in English and Lao, so they may not be of a lot use to Hmong or Khmu kids, who communicate utterly totally different languages.
2. The villagers are extraordinarily gracious and pleasant, however don’t benefit from their kindness. As with all village folks, search their permission should you’d wish to take pictures of them. I didn’t should ask for permission from the youngsters, though- youngsters all around the world love a digicam.
3. Don’t go away your litter behind; take it with you.
4. Do have enjoyable and breathe within the recent air! Benefit from the scenery- the Lao countryside is lush and exquisite.
What to carry whereas trekking in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang is in north Laos, which may get chilly should you go to throughout winter (December-March), extra so should you enterprise into the highlands. Should you go to Luang Prabang throughout that point, carry a gentle jacket which you’ll slip on when obligatory and take off while you attain the low ranges.
The Luang Prabang trek isn’t very demanding however I might recommend correct footwear (both strolling footwear or an excellent pair of sandals) and never flip-flops or slippers. The bottom might be slippery. Learn our weblog put up for extra trekking essentials.
There are many firms alongside the principle road in Luang Prabang, however I like to recommend the corporate I took, Green Discovery. The guides had been useful, nice and well-informed. I took the one-day tour however there are a number of multi-day choices for treks into the countryside.
Different choices embrace:
Whichever tour you select, have enjoyable!
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