Cycling & trekking to Shaman Village and Kuang Si Waterfall
2 Days
Luang Prabang / Pa Nor village / Luang Prabang
Cycle and walk on the wild side among shamans and spirits in Northern Laos on this adventure tour that spends 1 night with a Khamu family.
Highlights
- Spend the night in a wooden stilted house in an ethnic minority village
- Observe the lifestyle, customs and traditions of the Khamu people
- Swim in crystal clear mountain pools amid stunning forest scenery
- Explore the lush rugged countryside on foot and by bicycle

  • Day 1: Luang Prabang to Pa Nor village by bicycle and foot
    Early morning, leave the city lights behind and set off to the mountains of Northern Laos, a wild and rugged area trapped in a bygone age, where ethnic hill tribes live a simple rural life among the lush jungles and misty valleys.
    Cycle along quiet winding roads, surrounded by terraces of vivid green rice fields, until you reach a waterfall set deep in the countryside. Cool off with a refreshing swim and then continue cycling to Pa Nor village, inhabited by the Khamu ethnic minority group. Your home for the night will be with a Khamu family in a basic stilted house made of wood where you can gain a unique insight into the lives of these extraordinary people.
    The shaman is one of the most important people in the village and performs the role of spiritual leader, doctor and physician. Some of the older people are covered in religious and decorative tattoos and smoke silver pipes. Animism and belief in the spirits of the living and dead are the main features of the Khamu religion, many still believe in the casting of spells and spend their evenings relating stories and telling fortunes.
  • Day 2: Trek to a Hmong Village and Kuang Si Waterfall
    Wake up to the sound of cockerels and, after breakfast, trek to another Khamu village and a nearby Hmong village. The trek continues on along mountain tracks to a cave that was used as a bomb shelter for the villagers during the second Indochina War. Enjoy a well deserved lunch next to one of the crystal clear springs of the Kuang Si Waterfall where the clear cool water cascades gently over limestone formations and gathers into layers of stunning turquoise pools. Follow the tumbling waters uphill for scenic views or spend a relaxing afternoon swimming before visiting the family of sun-bears at the Bear Rescue Centre. Return to Luang Prabang.