Types of CruiseDurationPrivateMax. Capacity
Guided4 hrsYes8

BAN DAN MOUNTAIN TREK

GET ACTIVE ON THE MEKONG RIVER

Get a little active and adventurous on this authentic Luang Prabang tour experience. This half-day Ban Dan Mountain Trek tour features a morning mountain trek in Ban Dan village, followed by a relaxing stroll through another characteristic Laotian village/attraction of your choice.

Your tour departs from the capital of Luang Prabang where a traditional Lao slow boat and its captain, Mr. Phet, will be waiting to take you on a journey to discover the Mekong. Phet has been a boat captain for most of his life and knows the Mekong’s waters like the back of his hand. Not only will he be helming the boat, he’ll also be your English-speaking guide on this tour. Having grown up on the river in the very village of Ban Dan, you’ll be guided by a true-blue local Laotian, passionate about sharing the mesmerizing beauty of his homeland with others.

Your journey starts with a relaxing boat ride to Ban Dan, giving you the opportunity to observe life on the Mekong river as you cruise past traditional local villages and the beautiful landscapes Laos has to offer. Ban Dan is an agricultural and fishing village that is home to both Khmu and Lao ethnicities. Upon your arrival into Ban Dan, get into active mode because the trek starts almost immediately! Phet will guide you on the trek to the top of the mountain for breath-taking panoramic views. On a clear day, you may also catch a glimpse of Wat Phousi, a popular spot in downtown Luang Prabang for catching spectacular sunsets. The estimated trek time is 1.5-hours return, depending on fitness levels. No rush though – we’ll go as fast or slow as you need so you can take it easy and enjoy the experience!

After the trek, you’ll hop back on the boat and we move onto a local village of your choosing. If you fancy yourself some sightseeing and shopping, Ban Xang Khong has a wonderful collection of Saa paper products for you to browse through and do a little souvenir shopping. In Ban Muang Khum, you may just catch the seasonal-making of “Khaiphan”, a delicious local snack made of riverweed. If you fancy a bit of relaxation after your trek, stop at Wat Kokpab for an easy stroll around this temple’s gardens with the beautiful Mekong river as a backdrop. After your local village visit, it’ll be a short cruise back to Luang Prabang.

Bounmi works with a select number of exceptional locals to provide you with a variety of authentic Luang Prabang tour experiences. We develop close relationships with the people we work with and are excited to be able to expand on the types of authentic local experiences we offer to visitors.

CRUISE & TREK TOUR ITINERARY

WHAT TO EXPECT
0900
DEPART LUANG PRABANG

Meet your English-speaking boat captain/guide at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 1-
hour cruise up the Mekong river to Ban Dan village.

1000
ARRIVE BAN DAN + MORNING TREK
Arrive in Ban Dan Village and get ready for your morning trek! Your guide will lead you on your trek to
the top of the mountain to an amazing panoramic view point, and then back down again. The return
journey up and down should take approximately 1.5 hours depending on your fitness levels.
1130
DEPART BAN DAN
Depart Ban Dan and continue on to other local villages. You’ll have a choice to stop at 1 of 3 local
villages during your tour (you can decide your destination on the day of your tour).
1145
 STOP AT A LOCAL VILLAGE OF YOUR CHOICE
Depart the local village and head back to Luang Prabang.
1245
 DEPART TO LUANG PRABANG
Stop at either Ban Xang Khong, Ban Muang Khum, or Wat Kokpab to experience more of local Laotian
life. You can find more information on these villages in the section below (“More About This Tour”).
1300
 ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG
After a short 15-mins cruise, you’ll arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take
you back to your hotel

MORE ABOUT THIS CRUISE & TREK TOUR

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION