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Shangri Lao Full Day Expedition

Duration: 1 days - Location: Luang Prabang

Shangi-Lao, just outside of Luang Prabang is a little paradise. This resently opened camp provides you wilderness and luxery combined. Sourounded by the jungle and close to the Nam Khan River it is an one in a lifetime experience. This is a one day expedition from the Shangri Lao Explorer Camp around the Huay Sae valley,
traveling by elephant, on foot with porter horses, and returning via our custom-built bamboo raft.

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Transfer by VIP minibus to the “Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp” 15 km outside Luang Prabang.

After the arrival, you will get an introductory tour of the camp where your guide will teach you about elephants. You can talk with our veterinarian in the hospital, feed the elephants and relax by the riverside.

Your expedition begins with an elephant ride across the river and continues for 1.5 hours through teak forests, jungle and over hills to reach the protected Huay Sae Valley. Along the way you can stop to see the amazing scenery of the Nam Khan River Valley.

After reaching the Huay Sae Valley you leave the elephant and rest at the jungle Sala, enjoying a luxury lunch with traditional Lao food and wine by a secluded waterfall. Depending on the water level you can refresh and swim in the natural pools.
Continue with 1.5 hours trekking on foot along the marvelous Huay Sae mountain stream. The adventurous trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls, fantastic limestone formations and turquoise blue pools in the dense jungle. Along our educational trail you will learn more about this important ecosystem.

Where the trail leaves the valley, traditional horses from the Hmong hill tribes are waiting for you to carry your bags up a more demanding up hill section. These strong, little porter-horses accompany you for the last 30 minutes of trekking through fields, plantations and Teak forest. Enjoy stunning views to the mountain ranges while your guide explains the local agriculture and farming methods.

Down at the Nam Khan River, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting to take you back. Have a coffee break, relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river. Slowly floating down the river, the relaxing 1.5 hour journey, plus an optional 30 min stop at the Tad Sae Waterfall, will bring you back to the camp

.4:30 – 5:00 pm leave the camp and return by VIP minibus to Luang Prabang where your guide will drop you off at your hotel.

Other Disclosures

NOTE: we are working with animals and in nature, time changes may occur at any time. (Bring shoes that can get wet!!) The waterfall though is dry during February-August! Elephant rides can take different routes through rivers and village in the dry season.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations 31 days or more before the tour start date, a full refund shall be issued.  For cancellations 30 days or less before the start date, no refund can be issued.

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Pickup info:

Guests will be picked up at their hotel between 8am and 8:30am.