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Adventure ! Laos Remote Destination

Routing: E-co In Khammouan Province’s Hin Boun NBCA – Tha keak

4Days /3 nights

Adventure down the Limestone River, through canyons to the immense ‘heup’ cave.  Scramble, wade, and walk to the Ancient ruins of Aran.   Meet the people who live in this remote region, and experience THE REAL Laos!

Day 1: Nakorn Phanom (Thailand) – Tha Kaek (Laos ) – “Bomb Boats” – Teun Hin Boon Town
After breakfast, you can take Tuk-Tuk to Thai immigration for crossing to Tha Kaek, Laos on your own, your guide will meet you at Laos side, and then drive about 4-5hours into the Khammoune limestone to the Nam Teun Bridge area. This drive passes through some of Laos’ most spectacular limestone (Karst) landscape. The road elevation at points allows for a unique view of the limestone from above, and dramatic views of fields of jagged limestone ridges below. Stop at a number of scenic viewpoints high above the limestone.  At the Nam Teun Bridge see how local people US B-52 bomber drop fuel tanks (left from the Vietnam War) to make Bomb-boats!  Time & weather permitting, take a short ride on one of these local boats.  Then Continue to the edge of the National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA) at Teun Hin Boon town, where we stay for the night. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accom: Simple accom in Teun Hin Boon Town

Day 2: Teun hin Boon Town – River boat trip thru Limestone Mountains – Local Village
After a local breakfast, pack up to drive down to the Nam Hin Boon River.  Here we board a local-style riverboat to journey into the high limestone of the Khammouanne NBCA. Several hours boat ride take you through Limestone Karst landscape of the NBCA….Nature watchers can sometimes see examples of various NBCA wildlife. This area is home to monkeys, several large cats including Clouded Leopard, Civit Cat and Tiger.  Local Fauna includes many different type of Ferns, rare Orchids, Cycads and a variety of Epiphytes. Stop in several places along the way to enjoy the lovely views of the limestone, swim in the river, or have a snack.   Continue to a riverside village where we will be accommodated by the village headman & his family.   Here you will have a real taste of Lao village life.  Enjoy meeting & playing with the charming children who will come from all over the village to have a look at the Westerners!  Enjoy the rest of the day in the village, exploring, walking, or just relaxing.  Dinner cooked by our guides to be eaten at the headman’s house.  

NOTE: respecting local tradition, visitors will sleep in segregated areas, women with women, and men with men.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accom: Simple accom in Village (headman’s house)

Day 3: Village – 1KM Cathedral Cave – Blood Sacrifice – Ancient city of ARAN – Village
After breakfast (coffee, local food & some that we will carry in), spend the day exploring the area. NOTES:

  • Bring extra pair of TEVA style sandals, tennis shoes, or boots only for crossing through the sand & pebble-floored cave. Your feet will be wet for the walk through.
  • We reserve the right to change at a moment’s notice this day’s activities, as weather & water level conditions have a bearing on clients’ safety. 

    Local custom requires the Pig Sacrifice to the Local Gods before visiting the ruins.  Ask your guide if you can watch this rite.  After equipment distribution & checks by the guides, walk thru a 1KM-long cave – actually a tunnel from one side of this mountain to a secluded valley on the other side, where the Ancient City of ARAN once stood.   Crossing the cave requires walking & some wading. Some times of year the water is waist-deep.  Local villagers cross the cave everyday shortcutting to their rice field!  Picnic lunch made by the villagers and our guide.     After lunch explore the Ruins of ARAN.  Largely overgrown by jungle, you will enjoy exploring the ruins among the huge rocket-fin trees.  Little is known about the origin of these ruins, except that they date back several centuries. Enjoy a well earned dinner at the headman’s house after returning through the cave, and to the village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accom: Simple accom in Village (headman’s house)

Day 4: Local Village – Riverboat to Ban Hin Boon – Old Defense Wall – Tha Kaek town
After breakfast, say our goodbyes/ farewells with the local village community. Following local tradition, villagers often make a “Bai Sii” blessing ceremony for the travellers. But this will depend on the season & the villager’s work-load (during planting / harvest this may not be possible). PLEASE Thank the headman’s family before boarding our boat for the last leg of the River trip to Ban Hin Boon.   Here we stop for lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch continue toward Tha Kaek, and time permitting, stop to see the Khampaeng Muang, or old city wall.  Parts of this wall look man–made and local people are divided as to the wall‘s origin. Observers will also wonder how 10-tonne stone blocks could be so neatly stacked. Continue to Tha Kaek town where we will spend the last few hours exploring by foot. Cross to Thailand before 4pm, and transfer to your hotel. Relax at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accom: Souksomboun Hotel

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Price Includes:

  • All land transport & transfers listed on the itinerary
  • All accommodation as listed
  • All meals as listed on the itinerary
  • All entrance fees
  • Services of an English Speaking guide throughout the tour
  • All services as listed in the itinerary, including the Mekong river boat trip
  • NTA and Lao government tax

Price Does Not Include:

  • Laos visa fee (Visa on arrival 30 USD on week day 31 USD on weekend)
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the program
  • International Tickets
  • International or Domestic airport departure tax
  • Personal drinks at meal times
  • 3 % Bank charge (Incase transfer money by Credit Card)

  • Deposit 20% of total amount after confirmed the tour packages
    Total payment should be done 25Day before tour start
  • Cancellation policy
    Less than 30 days 20 %  charge
    Less than 20 days 40 % charge
    Less than 15 days 50 % charge
    Less than one week  70 % of the tour price
    No show 100% charge
  • Child policy:
    Under 24 months old, sharing twin room with 2 adults same bed-Free of charge, sharing bed with adults (If stay extra bed, charge as per the rate)
  • 02-12 years, sharing twin room with 2 adults-25% discount with extra bed and breakfast and 50% discount without extra bed and without breakfast

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