We fly to the northern Thai hill town of Chiang Rai, before crossing to Ban Houei Sai in Laos. A stunning bus journey through thick jungle leads us to Luang Namtha; from here we set out by road and on foot into the territory of the local hill tribes. We come across Iko, Kamu, Lamet, Van and Yuan communities - most of whom are isolated, self-sufficient and often governed by customs and rituals that appear timeless.
Luang Prabang & Plain of Jars
Continuing by slow boat, we visit the sacred Pak Ou Caves, before disembarking at the atmospheric mountain town of Luang Prabang, on the banks of the Mekong. Here we admire the treasures and architectural intricacies of the Royal Palace and temples. Near Phonsovan we ponder over the archaeological puzzle of the colossal 2000-year-old stone jars, scattered over a remote grassy plateau.
Adventures in Southern Laos
After exploring the sleepy capital, Vientiane, we fly south to Pakse, where we rejoin the Mekong. By longboat we reach Muang Khong, the picturesque hub of an inland delta that fans out, creating thousands of habitable islands. As we glide through the fishing villages, we discover rural life along this vital waterway. We also visit the Wat Phu Khmer temple complex (5th-6th century), ride elephants and swim in a rock pool below the Tad Lo Falls.
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