Friday, November 14, 2008

Tours from Luang Prabang

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Tad Kuang Si waterfall: Around 30 kilometres south of Luang Prabang you find this series of falls and many pools to swim in. Two buses a day (11.30 am and 1.30 pm) bring you there. You can also do a three hours trekking from the Hmong Village Ban Lang Lao to the springs of Tad Kuang Si with or

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Bears! Of course not dangerous for you, because they are behind a wire mesh fence. The Asiatic Black bears live at the "Free the bears rescue centre" near Tad Kuang Si, 30 kilometres south of Luang Prabang. These bears have been confiscated from poachers and traffickers. You can see pictures of the individual bears and read their stories here. The money for their life comes from the Australian Fund Free the Bears. Read more about the Asiatic Black bear.

Tad Sae waterfall: Go south on the road N 13 for 15 kilometers. After you have arrived in the village Bana Enesavan you hire a motor boat. After around ten minutes on the Nam Khan River you arrive at the waterfall. Tadsae has astonishing emerald water. The waterfall has three steps. From the first you walk 10 minutes to the second step, from there to the third you walk another 20 minutes. There are Ton Nong and Xang Hong trees (the elephant crying trees). Locals say, when a leave of this tree falls onto an elephant, he feels pain and cries. You can see the elephants bahting in the morning at noon and in the afternoon. Of course you can ride the elephants too. read more.

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You can also take a cycling tour from Luang Prabang to the waterfall. More here.

Or you can do an one-hour elephant ride to the waterfall, starting at the Tiger Trail Elephant Camp. Read what The Guardian wrote obout the camp.

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Pak Ou Caves: In these two caves in a limestone cliff on the Mekong more than 4000 statues of Buddhas have been placed by pilgrims during the centuries. Tham Ting is some metres above the river. For Tham Phum you have to climb 226 stairs and then you need a torch, because this cave is dark. Read, how describe the two-hours-boat-trip from Luang Prabang to Pak Pu. And read the wonderful adventures of Denise in the Pak Ou Caves.

Tham Ting above the Mekong

More than 4000 statues...

Entrance to Tham Phum. Look inside through the pictures of Khanh

Ban Xang Hai: This village on the Mekong, at the mouth of the Ou river, on the way from Luang Prabang to Pak Ou, is known for its rice whisky distillation. Before the people here crafted stoneware jars. Read about the stoneware kilns of the Middle Mekong region here. See Khanh's Gallery. There was a lot of change in the last years, before there were wood houses, now a lot of brick houses and many shops for tourists.

Silk Shop in Bang Xang Hai

Because Pak Ou Caves are around 20 kilometres north from Luang Prabang, you have first to take a trip, either on the street along the Mekong or on a boat. Here you get some impressions from the boat trip:

Mekong boats in Luang Prabang, waiting for you

The hills on the side of the Mekong are hidden in the mist, when you start in the morning. With the sun comes the blue sky.

There are some obstacles in the river, sometimes also trees float down the Mekong. So the boat drivers must be attentive.

Mountains in the background - Laos is rich of them

Shangri Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expedition: Re-live the footsteps of French explorer Dr. P. Neis in the 19th century along tranquil streams and through dense jungle: You stay in a luxury tent camp (with spa, pool and jacuzzi) at the Nam Khan River near Ban Xieng Lom. There is an elephant village (with map) and with the elephants or without you do treks into the nature. See a video. Read tour description by thomaswanhoff

Picture by Thomas Wanhoff
Elephant Tour with Shangri Lao

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