BAN CHOMPHET EXPERIENCE
This outdoor activity combines cycling, trekking and boating in the rural area around Luang Prabang and along the Mekong. We will experience local daily life and the unique culture while interacting with friendly people of different ethnic minorities and so much more.
Day 1: Luang Prabang - Ban Na Kham - Ban Houay Tan - Ban Mok Prai – Ban Phou Luang Tai
We depart with our bicycles from Green Discovery Laos office in downtown Luang Prabang and cross the Mekong River by boat to Ban Xieng Man village. We then cycle to Ban Na Kham, known for growing sugarcane and cooking sticky rice in bamboo stems. There is time to have a look around and maybe sample this delicious snack. We continue to Ban Houay Tan (a Khmu village). We take a short break to look around, then continue biking to Somsisomphou village for lunch.
Succeeding lunch we switch from biking to trekking. Surpassing some rice fields, we then cross a stream. Trekking 2 ½ hours uphill through Ban Mok Prai, we finally arrive at Ban Phou Luang Tai (both are Hmong villages) where we stay overnight in the home of a local family.
Approximately: 5 hours cycling / 2½ hours trekking / 15-20 minutes boat
Day 2: Ban Phou Luang Tai – Ban Houay Pong – Ban Muang Kham - Luang Prabang
Following breakfast, we start our second day trek that passes the forest to Ban Houay Pong (a Khmu village) to relax and have lunch at the hall sustenance built by SNV. We then continue to Muang Kham village, where riverweed (a Luang Prabang speciality; only in the dry season) is produced. From here, we take a 20 minutes boat ride back to Luang Prabang.