From trekking to kayaking to interacting with elephants, we’ve got it all here at Tiger Trail.
Here are our top 6 traveller’s choice adventure tours in Luang Prabang
1 DAY | HIKE, SWIM, EXPLORE AND RELAX
This tour is among our staples and offers the best way to see the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall. You’ll start your 3-hour trek walking through a lush forest trail. Along the way, you’ll come across stunning mountain landscape vistas while passing through orchards, rice fields, vegetable gardens, and local villages, giving you the opportunity to get a glimpse into Lao rural life. The hike ends at the stunning turquoise pools of the Kuang Si Waterfall, where you’ll have time to cool down, swim and enjoy the nature reserve there, with a butterfly park and a rescue center for moon bears.
Total trekking distance is 9 km (5.5 mi) medium difficulty, slippery when wet.
1 DAY | IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE LOCALS: TREK THE THIN PHA TRAIL
With this “Fair Trek” tour you’ll get the chance to help out the local communities that you hike out to visit.* Your guide will start by taking you on a boat ride to cross the scenic Nam Khan river before you begin your hike through rice paddies, jungle brush and up through the foothills of beautiful limestone mountains, grottos, and ridges that are typical in this part of the country. You’ll stop in local Hmong and Khmu hill tribe villages along the way, with the opportunity to say hello to all the curious and giggling kids and learn about local life and customs. If you visit during the wet season, you’ll visit the refreshing Tad Sae waterfall. Dip in for a swim after a long day of hiking and enjoy.
*Funds from this Fair Trek help support the local community.
Total trekking is about 12 km (7.5 mi) taking 4-5 hours through 300-900 m of deciduous forest and farmland. Light hiking – much less arduous. The visit to Tad Sae Waterfall is seasonal.
2 DAYS | FAIR TREK
Trek through verdant mountains and take in the splendor of Kuang Si waterfall all while learning about about Laos’s fascinating diverse ethnic culture. You’ll start off your first day by hiking for 3-4 hours uphill through bamboo forests and jungle, eventually making your way up to the summit with breathtaking panoramic views. Settled in for the evening in the Hmong village of Long Lao Mai, where our Eco Bungalow is located (profits from the bungalow will go directly to the community). Your guide will introduce you to the village. Take some time to learn some Hmong phrases and play a pickup game of football the kids of the community. Later, you can unwind in the comfort of your bungalow with a hot shower and an enjoyable dinner under the stars, prepared by the villagers.
Day 2 will see you bright and early with breakfast and another scenic trek through the wilderness. The hike will take about 3 hours, ending at the famous Kuang Si waterfall for a nice cool down swim.
All of our Fair Trek hikes are focused around community-based tourism initiatives and the profits are dedicated to creating tourism that leaves a positive impact on local communities.
2 DAYS | AN ACTIVE EXPLORATION OF THE NAM KHAN RIVER VALLEY
This 2-day adventure combines the best of everything- hiking through beautiful landscapes, meeting elephants, kayaking down river, and visiting villages. You’ll hike up in the hills to spend a night under the starts at a local home stay. The next day, after a hearty breakfast, you’ll head to Tad Sae Waterfall, where you’ll meet protected Asian Elephants and get the opportunity to interact with them before hiking back to our adventure camp where you’ll hop on a kayak and paddle downriver back to the historic Luang Prabang. It’s a perfect 2-day light adventure package that brings you to the heart of Laos.
*We also operate a similar tour that offers mountain biking instead of kayaking.
3 DAYS | BIKING, HIKING, ELEPHANTS, KAYAKING, & HILLTRIBE HOMESTAYS
3 days means more time for more adventure. This is our do-it-all tour with mountain biking, waterfalls, elephant interaction, home stays in villages, trekking, and kayaking all in the beautiful mountains surrounding Luang Prabang UNESCO World Heritage town. You’ll visit isolated Hmong, Lao Lum and Khmu villages, learning about their lives and cultures, and observing weaving and other trades. You’ll pass through everything from banana and teak plantations, rice paddies, terrace pineapple fields, to through karst, limestone mountains and jungle brush, stopping at Tad Sae Waterfall along the way. Perfect mix of activity, adventure, culture, and relaxation. It will surely be the highlight of your experiences here in Laos.
5 DAYS | ULTIMATE ACTIVE NORTHERN LAOS ADVENTURE
While our short 1-2 day tours are great, we highly recommend checking out some of our longer tours to experience more of Laos and get off the beaten path.
This is an awesome tour for those that are athletic and adventurous. It’s packed with a myriad of activities that will take you from Luang Prabang to Nong Khiaw and Muang Ngoi, two places both known for their remote and stunning mountainous landscapes set on the Nam Ou River. Enjoy some of the best biking, trekking, kayaking, and boat rides in northern Laos. You’ll go on our 100 Waterfall Tour (with Tiger Trail-discovered falls), and explore the famous Pak Ou Caves north of Luang Prabang. Overnight accommodation will be a great mix of homestays in villages and riverside lodges, where’ll you get the opportunity to kick back on the porch after a day of adventure and absorb in night sounds, with nothing but the forest, and the mountains, and the river surrounding you. Hands down for truly amazing experiences, we recommend checking out any of our tours that go up to Nong Kiaw. Be sure to check out the rest of this 5-day itinerary.