Important: By registering for a post tour, you waive any liability of accidents. You are responsible to get to the indicated pick-up locations on time. Any tour is between the host and the delegate; MTCO only facilitates the registration process. Any payment is to be made directly with the operator. These tours are provided by the operators free of charge, or at a significant discount, in order to showcase tourism experiences in Nakhon Phanom and Northeastern Thailand in Isaan Region to delegates of MTF 2018. Please bring your MTF 2018 name badge to your tour.
Elephant Conservation Center, Sayaboury
Friday, June 9, 0800 – Saturday, June 10, 1630
The Elephant Conservation Center’s mission is to start a new era for conservation of the Asian elephant within the Lao PDR and to offer a unique experience to visitors wishing to contribute towards the protection of an endangered species.
The Center was launched in 2011. It is managed by a team of elephant specialists who have been working towards the protection of elephants in Laos for more than a decade, running welfare, vetcare, breeding and mahout training programs.
You are invited to join a two-day tour to Sayaboury to discover the Center and its elephants. Stay one night in a bamboo bungalow (shared occupancy is possible) and enjoy a view of a majestic lake surrounded by untouched tropical forest.
“Laos Mekong Explorer” by Mekong Cruises
Friday, June 9, 0700 – Saturday, June 10, 1600
Mekong Cruises offers an exceptional experience taking in both the Mekong River and the remote countryside of Laos. The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises’ “Laos Mekong Explorer” up river, down overland tour offers a journey through mountainous stretches between Luang Prabang, Laos and northern Thailand. A one-day cruise up the river is perfectly blended with another one-day overland road trip back to Luang Prabang, with the opportunity to meet real Lao people along the way.
Luang Say’s boat leaves Auberge Calao pier at 0700 (please be at the pier no later than 0645) for a cruise up the Mekong to Pakbeng, visiting sites along the way. A continental breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to your first stop at Pak Ou Village.
Stay overnight at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng and enjoy views over the Mekong River from the expansive teak terrace, your venue for dinner and breakfast. Depart the Lodge after breakfast at 8am for a leisurely drive to Luang Prabang through the Lao countryside, stopping now and then to take in authentic scenes of daily village life.
Eco Bungalow in Long Lao Mai
Friday, June 9: 0900-1200
Nestled among limestone mountains and sweeping valleys, Long Lao Mai is a Hmong community 40 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. Established more than 30 years ago, the village is a subtle blend of modern and traditional, with wooden and thatch homes next to new structures built with cement. The nearly 600 people living in Long Lao Mai are farmers and you’ll find them tending their rice, sesame and vegetable fields all year long.
On this post-Forum tour, Tiger Trails will transport participants to the Eco Bungalow in Long Lao Mai to show them a community-based tourism project in action. There will be a short tour of the village, facilitated by local English-speaking guides, followed by a technical talk at the Eco Bungalow to explain the project. Later, a local dance group will perform at the meeting house.
Living Land Farm
Friday, June 9: 0830-1430
The Living Land community enterprise was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming commonly used in Laos. The founders share their land-friendly knowledge and methods with local farmers, government departments, educational institutions, students, and, of course, travellers.
Enjoy the half-day rice experience during which you can perform with your own hands every stage of traditional rice production. Wear clothes and footwear that can get muddy.
Meet real Lao people and Rodolphe the buffalo.
Friday, June 9: 0900-1600
The boat leaves every hour from our reception in Ban Wat That, starting at 9am until 4pm. ( see map in brochure). Every boat limited to 30 pax at a time. Minimum time for tour is 2 hours (include boat time), maximum all day.
Open to the public in November 2016, Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos. It is created to be a regional research center into plant reintroduction, horticulture, ethno-botany and medicinal plants to address critical problems ranging from local natural resource management to conserving biodiversity. Employing local villagers, the property also provides visitors with a range of experiences including garden tours and eco-treks. Enjoy the boat ride to and from Pah Tad Ke Botanical Garden.
The tour is fully hosted – sponsored by Pha Tad Ke, includes Boat ride, Bamboo workshop, Orchid talk and Herbal tea tasting – Café consumptions at own expense. If you want to hike to a cave, moderate fitness level is required and will take one good hour.
Mekong Kingdoms’ ‘Monsoon’
Friday, June 9: 1330-1730
The cruise leaves at 1:30pm from Xieng Thong Jetty for the 4-hour trip. The trip includes a visit to a temple so guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.
Mekong Kingdoms is a new player in Mekong River cruising, offering “stylish new ways to cruise the Mekong River. Monsoon offers a new and premium way to experience the must-see Pak Ou caves. Climb aboard this 40-metre shuttle boat and let the Monsoon sweep you through the splendour of Luang Prabang’s gilded temples and misty Mekong scenery.
Hosted by Mekong Kingdoms (Includes entrance fee to Pak Ou caves, canapes and seasonal fruits, coffee, tea, soft drinks and fruit juices, alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine can be paid in cash).
Luang Prabang City Tour
Friday, June 9: 0800-1200
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos, lies in a valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. Inhabited for thousands of years, it was the royal capital of the country until 1975. It’s known for its many Buddhist temples, including the gilded Wat Xieng Thong, dating to the 16th century, and Wat Mai, once the residence of the head of Laotian Buddhism.
As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the small city blends old European colonial architecture with a Lao urban structure and has a bit of international everything. From river beach to tourist bars, massage parlors and riverside restaurants, roadside baguette stands and Buddhist temples, the diverse jewel of a city can easily be explored on foot or bicycle.
- First starts to visit National museum. The Royal Palace Museum in Luang Prabang (also known as “Haw Khams” or “Golden Hall”) was once Laos’ Royal Palace. It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story…so you will learn quite a lot about Lao history and about Laos’ royal.
- Built in 1904, it features a blend of Lao traditional and French style. It was built for King Sisavang Vong and his family during the French colonial era.
- Visiting Phousi stupa also called Phousi Mountain is a small mountain in the center of Luang Prabang, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The 328 steps leader up. It was built by king Anourat ( 1791-1817 )
- Visiting Wat Xiengthong. This temple is very important in Luang Prabang style it is situated at the end of the peninsula where the Namkhan River flows into the Mekong River it was formerly known as the temple of the gold city. It was built by king setthathirat in 1559-1560.
- Visiting Wat Visounalat included water melon stupa. The most ancient temple of Luangprabang, it was originally erected in 1515 and rebuilt in 1898.within the walls you will see that Mak Moknown as the water melon stupa because of its similarities to the fruit then sightseeing around Luang Prabang the world heritage city, Phanom handicraft Village, Xangkhong Village, Antique House and Etc.
Website: Luang Prabang Tourism
Department of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Luang Prabang Province
Friday, June 9: 0800-1200
Kuang Si (Xi) Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. You can change clothes for swimming at the wooden huts located close to the entrance. The pools also have cascades of up to five metres high with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle, if you don’t fancy a swim then you can relax in the shade and watch others having fun jumping in and out of the water. There are trails allowing you to climb up to the top where you can see the stream feeding into the falls and enjoy some more natural pools. Remember to bring the correct footwear as the trails can get slippery and are certainly not recommended for children or the frail.
- The Kuang Si Waterfall is located 30 km south of Luang Prabang.The largest and most dramastic ones are kuangsi, there are perfect place for a swim or picnic id beautiful place. There is a bear rescue center at Kuangsi water fall.
- On The way road to visit falls winds through hills with spectacular natural views, including terraced rice fields, which make the trip a memorable one.
- On the way to the waterfalls, there is a Hmong village where the old ladies still wear Hmong traditional costume. It is famous for its hand-woven handicrafts.
- If you hire your own tuk-tuk or minivan you can ask the driver to stop there on your way. It’s worth to stop by to see the village, its handicrafts or the way of life of the villagers. If you fancy taking photos of girls in Hmong costume, beware that you might be asked to buy their stuff in return and some can be a little too pushy.
- When you get closer to the falls you will feel that the weather cooler and fresher, because the area is high and covered with forest.
Website: Kuangsi Waterfall
Nahm Dong Park
Friday, June 9: 0800-1200
A stunning waterfall, breathtaking valley views and plenty of places to picnic – Nam Dong Nature Park is a fantastic place to spend the day. This family-friendly park is close to Luang Prabang, yet offers visitors the feeling that they are in the middle of the jungle.
Hosted by the Department of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Luang Prabang and Nahm Dong Park, Nam Dong nature park is a tranquil and well-planned area that offers up a range of activities – from zip lining to fish feeding – and many shady places to sit and enjoy the view. To reach the centerpiece of the park, Nam Dong Falls, you walk past a field of roses and an organic vegetable garden. There’s a wooden balcony over the gushing water where you can feast on Lao food from the nature park restaurant as you take in the inspiring scenery. There are several safe spots to swim. There’s also a treehouse spa where you can treat yourself to a massage – as well as a bee farm on site, which means you can take home some freshly potted honey.
- To visit Nahm dong Park takes Only 10 kilometers from Luang Prabang, Nahm Dong Nature Park was opened in September 2016 and is a huge asset to the town. This well-planned, well-executed leisure area offers up a range of activities – from zip lining to fish feeding – and many shady places to sit and enjoy the view.
- To reach the centerpiece of the park, Nahm Dong Falls, you walk past a field of roses and an organic vegetable garden. There’s a wooden balcony over the gushing water where you can feast on Lao food from the nature park restaurant as you take in the inspiring scenery.
- There are several safe spots to swim. There’s also a tree house spa where you can treat yourself to a massage – as well as a bee farm on site, which means you can take home some freshly potted honey.
Website: Nahm Dong Park
Farewell Mekong Sunset Experience
Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Center
Friday, June 9: 17:00-19:30
Experience the Sunset in a magic location overlooking the Mekong River, at the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre. Enjoy a cocktail (Happy Hour: 2 for 1), mingle with old and new friends, and visit an award-winning social enterprise. Bid farewell to MTF 2017.
Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre – Founded in 2000, Ock Pop Tok has grown from a small shop selling only a few designs, to becoming one of the most important textile and arts institutions in Laos. Meaning “East Meets West” in Lao, Ock Pop Tok was founded on principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices, and was a pioneer in social business and ethical fashion. Enjoy amazing views over the Mekong from OPT’s Living Crafts Centre restaurant as you discover more about the Forum topic.
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