Welcome to Northern Laos


In the north you will also find a tapestry of vividly attired ethnic tribes unlike anywhere else in Laos.

Here the Land of a Million Elephants morphs into the land of a million hellish bends and travel is not for the faint-hearted, as roads endlessly twist and turn through towering mountain ranges and serpentine river valleys. By contrast, most northern towns are functional places, rebuilt after wholesale bombing during the 20th-century Indochina wars.

But visitors aren't in northern Laos for the towns. It's all about the rural life. River trips are a wonderful way to discover the bucolic scenery at a more languid pace.


Top experiences in Northern Laos

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

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Northern Laos activities

$58 Outdoor Activities

Full-Day Biking and Kayaking to Tad Sae Waterfalls

This tour combines biking and kayaking on the way to one of the most stunning waterfalls in Northern Laos. You get out of Luang Prabang on the mountain bike. The dirt road will lead you through thick forests along the Nam Khan River. You will pass Phannom village which is famous with hand-made weaving and handicrafts.Around lunch time you arrive to the amazing Tad See waterfalls. Refreshing swim in the natural pool under the waterfalls will get you ready for kayaking adventure down the pristine Nam Khan River amongst the stunning mountain scenery. This trip will show you the spectacular nature around Luang Prabang from the bike and kayak with the stop on the spectacular Tad See waterfalls. You will explore the best of Northern Laos while having a first-class outdoor adventure.9:00 You will start biking on the dirt road through the forests and villages 12:30 Lunch at the Tad Se Waterfalls14:30 Kayaking on the Nam Khan River downstream 17:00 Transfer back to Luang Prabang

$118 Tours & Sightseeing

1 Day Xishuangbanna City Tour with Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden

This morning,our private tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel,then transfer to visit Galanba (Olive Dam) with an elevation of 530 meters above the sea level, a small town where you will see typical Dai bamboo cabins, Dai ethnic villages, Mangting Park, tropical plants and colorful fruits. Visit the Morning Ganlanba bazaar, here you will see some ethnic people decorated colorful costume in the market. After lunch, step cross a suspension bridge to visit Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, which has the riches plant diversity in China. Drive back to Jinghong City in the late afternoon.At the end of the tour,you will be transferred back to your original departure point.

$368.80 Day Trips & Excursions

3 Days Classic Xieng Khouang

Day 1Arrival at the town of Xieng Khuoang and transfer to your hotel for check-in.  Transfers from any place in Laos (overland and/or by flight) are not included in the prices; service start from inside the town of Xieng Khuoang.  No lunch is included on this day.Depending on your arrival time, you may have the time to visit the local museum, dedicated to the history of this sleepy town in the heart of Laos. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the scenery. Accommodation in Xieng Khuoang is basic, the best available but clean and with western facilities.Dinner and overnight included at your hotel in Xieng Khuoang.Day 2Breakfast at the hotel is includedOur guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning and we head out to the mysterious sites that make Xieng Khuang. 20 Kilometers outside of the town is the Plain of Jars, one of the great mysteries of Southeast Asia. In this undeveloped area of grassy fields and open plains are huge jars of unknown origin. They are no ordinary jars of the home decoration variety; they weigh anywhere from 600 kg to a ton or more each, though the biggest of them weighs as much as six tons. They are all made of stone. How they got there is anyone's guess. Even the experts are not certain. Some say they were used for fermenting wine, and others believe in times past they were used for storing rice. Legend has another story to tell. Although an uncertain number of jars have been carried off, there are hundreds of others left to be seen. The first visit is the monolithic side number 2, located on two hill tops before we move on to a site that lies right in the rice paddy fields (referred to as site number 3).After this, we drive on to Muang Khoun, the ancient Tai Phouan Capital that was destroyed during the second Indochina War. The ruins of Vat Piavat and That Foun are the only remains of a significant past. Our guide will explain you how the site originally looked as far as the knowledge and preserved documentation allows. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.After lunch, we return to the main town of Phonsavan, passing numerous large Hmong settlements. The region has quite a few Hmong villages which can be visited upon request and when time / weather permit this. We end the day at yet another and the most expansive site of the Plain of Jars – site number 1 - featuring the greatest number of jars and the largest monoliths in size. Return back to your hotel, the rest of the time is at leisureDinner and overnight included at your hotel in Xieng Khuoang.Day 3Breakfast at the hotel is includedCheck out of the hotel before 12:00 hrs and this concludes the end of the service.Customer can chose to either fly back to Vientiane or take the scenic overland road trip down south to the Laotian capital. Both options can be booked yet are not included in the package rates.

$1185 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Individual Tailor-made Tours: Mekong Valley Expedition

Pre-trip  *Clients arriving Jinghong(Xishuangbanna). *Guide and chauffeur will pick you up at the airport/station and transfer you to the hotel. Meals: Not included Accommodation: Thai Garden hotel, Jinghong city On-trip Day 1. Jinghong-Menglun *Visit Dai people village and learn traditional skills. *Explore the largest botanical garden of China. * Overnight stay in the Botanical Garden Hotel. Meals: Breakfast included Accommodation: Botanical Garden Hotel, Menglun town Day 2. Menglun-Mengla *Visit canopy tree nature reserve. *3-4 hours kayaking on the Mekong river.(Shorter or longer according to the client) Meals: Breakfast included Accommodation: Jidi boutique hotel, Mengla town Day 3. Mengla-Nuo tea mountain *Visit local morning market. *Buddist college of Theravada. *3-4 hours hiking in the nature reserve&tea plantation.(Shorter or longer according to the client) * Home stay in the local Akha people village. * Home cooked dinner at the Akha people village. Meals: Breakfast,Dinner included Accommodation: Village home stay, Nuo tea mountain Day 4. Nuo tea mountain-Menghun *2 hours hiking in the nature reserve.(Shorter or longer according to the client) * Visit local morning market. *3 hours hiking to the Aini people village.(Shorter or longer according to the client) * Home stay in the local Aini people village. * Home cooked dinner at the Aini people village. Meals: Breakfast,Dinner included Accommodation: Village home stay, Menghun town Day 5. Menghun-Jingmai  *Explore traditional Bulang people village. *Visit Jingmai ancient tea mountain. * Learn how to harvest and process tea. Meals: Breakfast included Accommodation: Bulang princess hotel, Jingmai mountain Day 6. Jingmai-Simao *Short hike in the Bulang people holy mountain. *Explore a Christian-Liha people village. * Share a home cooked lunch with local Liha people. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch included Accommodation: Saicheng hotel, Simao city Day 7. Simao-Jinghong(Xishuangbanna) * 3 hours hiking to discover the ancient Tea-Horse road. *Visit the largest tea plantation of China. Meals: Breakfast included Accommodation: Thai Garden hotel, Jinghong city Post-trip *Guide and chauffeur will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the airport/station. Meals: Not included Accommodation: Not included

$24.07 Transfers & Ground Transport

Tourist Bus: Luang Prabang to Vientiane

Naluang is a bus company based in Northern Laos, was built in 2006. They are sending buses all around Laos and specializing in South Thailand. Stops - The bus does not pick up on the way, however, it makes a few stops for 20-30 minute breaks. Lunch is included Toilets - This bus does not have a toilet on board. Reclining  seats are available. Air-conditioner is available. Pick up point  (Luang Prabang) - Your preferred location in Luang Prabang - only available for 8:30 and 16:00 transfer! Pick-up time: No pick-up service available for the transfer departure at 07:30 AM07:30 AM for the transfer departure at 08:30 AM03:00 PM for the transfer departure at 16:00 PM Drop off point  (Vientiane) - Northern Bus Station in Vientiane, Sithong Rd, Sikeut, Laos. 

$2499 18-to-Thirtysomethings

Indochina Discovery

Discover the heart and soul of Indochina on this tour of four very diverse countries. Encounter history, both ancient and modern, and witness the unbelievable splendour of Angkor Wat. Push through hectic city lanes and tap into the pulsing nightlife. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will ensure your accommodation and transportation are covered — so you can choose the activities that interest you. And with other travellers your own age, you can be sure to get down with adventurers that’ll keep up.