HONGSA ELEPHANT TREKS
The Hongsa Tourist Information Center offers five elephant treks lasting from two hours to three days with overnight home-stay. All tours depart by elephant from Hongsa Town’s Villa Sisouphanh at 09:00AM.
The first two-hour elephant trek travels to the Tai Lue village of Ban Vieng Keo, where visitors can watch local women weave textiles with complex patterns. The journey continues across a stream and through a forest before returning to the guest house at around 11:00AM. A second short trek heads to a small village, into a protected forest area, and continues to another village and on to Wat Simoungkhoun Temple, befoere visiting Ban Vieng Keo’s weavers. Return to the guest house at around 11:00AM (Dry season only).
Two-day Trek: Hongsa – Ban Nam Yom
This elephant trek travels past Wat Simoungkhoun Temple and through rice paddies before climbing to San Kew Haw Mountain’s peak for a picnic lunch. Continue to the Khmu Village of Ban Nam Mai Yom, and after dinner, take part in a Khmu-style baci ceremony before sampling lao hai (rice wine) and spending the night in the host’s home.After breakfast and elephant bathing, travel along the Nam Ken River before reaching Houay Nuad Stream. Cross the Nam Ken and stop for a picnic lunch, then return to the guest house at around 03:00PM.
Three-day Trek: Hongsa – Ban Houay Lai – Ban Thanoun
To book these treks, visit the Tourist Information Center in Hongsa District.
Ride by elephant to observe weavers in Ban Vieng Keo, before climbing a mountain, stopping along the way for lunch. Arrive at Ban Nam Tap Village for dinner, a taste of lao hai and an overnight home-stay.
After breakfast and elephant bathing, ride along the Nam Tap and Nam Noun Rivers. After lunch, continue to Ban Thanoun for dinner, baci ceremony and overnight home-stay.
Breakfast and elephant bathing start the day, before boarding to boat from Ban Thanoun to Tha Xouang on the Mekong. From here, catch the slow boat to Luang Prabang at around noon, or a vehicle from Ban Tha Xouang to Hongsa.
Three-day Trek: Hongsa – Ban Nam Tap – Ban Keng En
Journey by elephant to observe Ban Vieng Keo’s weavers. Then climb a mountain, before raching Ban Nam Tap Village for dinner and an overnight home-stay.
After breakfast and elephant bathing, spend a half-day climbing a mountain, stop for lunch, and then head downhill and follow the Nam En River to Ban Keng En on the Mekong. Arrive for dinner, baci ceremony, taste of lao hai and an overnight stay.
In the morning, head to Tha Xouang to catch the slow boat to Luang Prabang or a vehicle for the hour-long ride back to town.