Hike and Kayak the Nam Khan River Valley from Luang Prabang

Outdoor Activities in Luang Prabang
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Tour description

This 9-hour small-group tour offers you a chance to escape from the bustle of cities to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside of Luang Prabang. By joining this tour, you will explore spectacular landscape of rural areas, waterfalls, visit hill-tribe villages, and experience kayaking on Nam Khan River accompanied by an English-speaking guide.  All transportation and lunch is included.

At about 8am, you will be greeted and picked up in your Luang Prabang hotel lobby by a local tour guide and a driver. You will be driven along a scenic route to the banks of the Nam Khan River.Then, you will embark on a boat to cross the river to the trekking point. Once you arrive there, you start your first fair trek journey which will take about 1.5 hours. You will trek through jungle, bamboo forest, rice fields, and streams to reach a small Khmu village located on the foot of limestone mountains. Coming to this village, you will be taken around the village by the guide. You will be absolutely impressed by the beautiful weaved houses there. In addition, you can talk with local people and even enter their houses if the owners agree. Don’t be shy to talk to them as the guide will be there to connect you with the locals.After exploring the Khmu village, you will continue hiking for 1.5 hours to the Tad Sae waterfalls. You can enjoy impressive view of high waters in the rainy season or attractive clear, turquoise waters at the end of the rainy season. At the Tad Sea Waterfall, you can have a refreshing swim or going to see elephants in the surrounding area of the waterfall. In the low water season (February - July) Tad Sae Waterfall is dry so it is not involved in the itinerary. During your kayaking adventure, you can stop by the white sand beaches to relax, swim and visit the Henri Mouhot’s tomb instead.After a rest break, you will take get on boat again to head to the Tiger Trail Adventure Camp where you will start your kayaking adventure along the Nam Khan River. At the Camp, you will be delivered a short review of safety rules and some technique and skills of paddling the kayak. You will definitely have an exciting journey through the beautiful Nam Khan River Valley and jungle. In addition, on the way, you can observe local people and their daily activities on the river. This journey will take about 2 hours, depending on the conditions of the river.After finish the kayaking adventure, you will be driven back to Luang Prabang city and the tour ends around 5 pm.

What's included

  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off via air-conditioned vehicle, arranged according to group size from hotels in Luang Prabang city central only. Other locations are subject to availability and will incur a supplement surcharge
  • Transport between sites
  • Rental gear
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water

What's not included

  • Additional beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Get inside tips from a local