If you’re looking for outdoor adventures in Luang Prabang and you’re thinking of trekking the hills and the mountains in the city, you’re in luck! Trekking in Luang Prabang is actually very popular and you’ll find a lot of companies offering guided tours.
Discovering Luang Prabang, its culture, heritage, its ethnic groups and their way of life can be best accomplished by trekking the slopes of the hills, the jungles and the bamboo forests and making real contact with the villagers. In fact, the highlight of most trekking tours is the visit to the hill tribes and the Lao rural living experience.
Depending on what kind of tour you’ll avail of, you’ll be able to stay in the villages, eat with the villagers, camp with them and observe them up close and for as long as you like. The thing with trekking companies in Luang Prabang is that you’ll also be able to tailor-fit your tour to what you want to see and to what your current state of fitness will allow. This way, you’ll also be able to control your tour fees and subscriptions. Some trekking tours are also done in combination with kayaking, boating, biking and even elephant riding.
A trek up the hilly grounds of Luang Prabang through the rice paddies, beautiful landscapes, river beds and countrysides is truly memorable, but nothing beats the experience of talking to the villagers, asking them questions and really observing them in their daily lives. Indeed, if you really have an interest in other people, you will definitely enjoy trekking in Luang Prabang.
Some of the most interesting villages that you must include in your trek are the following:
1. Lao Village
The Lao Village is where the ethnic group of Lao lives. It is located in a low-lying area, a rather easy trek, especially if you’re very fit. The livelihood of these people comes from the river, from farming and cultivating lands and from raising livestock.
2. Hmong Village
The Hmong Village is where one of the most popular hill-tribe groups in Luang Prabang lives. The Hmong tribe had descended from Mongolian Nomads and this is evident in their features. The Village is located a little higher than the Lao Village and the houses of the villagers were built on the ground.
3. Khmu Village
In Khmu Village, you’ll find that some of the villagers still live without electricity. Some do not have proper plumbing and most are very poor. The houses of these locals are built on stilts and normally with two levels.
If you aren’t in the best of health, or you are but you’re not up to trekking, you can always try elephant trekking instead. There is an Elephant Village located roughly 15 kilometers away from Luang Prabang. The tour includes a visit to famous attractions from atop the elephant, and some “soft hiking” into the villages, the countryside and waterfalls.
Whatever you decide, you will surely find trekking in Luang Prabang extremely fascinating. So get into the proper gear, put on your comfortable clothes and hiking shoes, and be ready to have a great time.