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Ban Nam Ha Homestay "Khmu" (ID: LT-HS-05)
Start-Finish: Luang Namtha
Duration: 1 night half day or 2 nights 1 day
Departure: 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy, suitable for families
Trip Overview
Experience the Khmu culture & tradition, taste local meals, learn how to make knife, dance of sword, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, short trek through jungle forest & participate in the day-to-day work of the family.
Homestay in Ban Nam Ha, Khmu Homestay, Luang Namtha Homestay, Laos HomestayDay 1: The program starts around 4:30 pm. make your way by Tuk Tuk or bicycle (depending on your preference) to the village of Ban Nam Ha along the road A3 for about 29 km.  We stay overnight at a private home provided by the village. Today you will join some activities provide by small group as: rice mortar by feet or hand, Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, dance of sword, meet the local people & learn about their tradition and culture.

While waiting for the breakfast visit groups of knife & bamboo basket making, after breakfast you can participate in activities of the family. Depending on the season you can watch or take part: January-March: planting vegetables, sowing corn etc. April-May: go and learn how to grow rice on mountain-slopes etc. June-August: go and learn how to prepare the fields for wet rice, and to plant the seedlings. September: plant and care vegetable-gardens etc. October-Luang Namtha Homestay Standard, Laos Homestay StandardNovember: go, watch or help to harvest the mountain- and the mountain-rice or corn etc. December-January: take part in house building and festivals or in collecting food and other option trek to the jungle forest and mountain to learn about nature, wild life, technique for hunting animals, and experience local food.

The tour will finish after a lunch with the family somewhere in the field. We will return about 13:00-14:00.

Extension: The program can be extended to 2 nights (ID: LT-HS-06). After joining lunch with the family somewhere in the field, you can relax for 2 hours. Then you will join the family to collect vegetables and other kinds of food in the garden or in the forest for dinner. Once you have collected all ingredients, you will turn back to your house at around 5:00 pm where the family will prepare dinner. You can join and help. Most of the ingredients come from organic gardens, fields or the forest. After breakfast with the family the next morning, you will return to Luang Namtha. (If you have any other plan to go somewhere else, please ask your guide to arrange it).
Tour details:
Trail Difficulty level: easy, suitable for families
Seasonality: All year round
Distance: 29 km from Luang Namtha Town
Duration: 1 night half day or 2 nights 1 day
Start time: 3:30 pm
End time: After lunch of next day or in the morning after the second night
Departure from: Phou Iu Travel and Ecotourism
Arrival at: Phou Iu Travel and Ecotourism
Transport: Tuk Tuk or Trek 4300 or 4400 mountain bike
Meals: Dinner, breakfast and picnic lunch
Activities: Participate in activities of the family depending on the season Maximum group size: To be determined
Prices include: English speaking guide, accommodation (Khmu homestay), meals and water, transportation (Tuk Tuk or mountain bike), family activities, village fees, service charge and government tax.
Bring a small backpack which should contain following items:
  • Shoes; a good pair of running shoes are perfect, or even better are the lightweight trekking boots.
  • 2 T-shirts (cotton), one short or long pant.
  • 2 pair of socks. Sandals, flip-flop (for the evening in village).
  • Towel (or sarong), swimming suits, toilet and personal effects.
  • Personal prescription drugs, contact lenses, glasses.
  • Sun-cream (waterproof), hat, sunglasses. Mosquito repellent.
  • 1 long sleeves sweater and pants, or jogging suits.
  • Small flashlight, camera and films.
Homestay: participants must be aware that there are no western-style toilets and washing facilities. Sleeping is on a bamboo floor, dormitory style. Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied.
Note: Homestay itinerary is a basic guideline only and subject to change.
All homestay are supervised by Luang Namtha Provincial of Information, Culture & Tourism Department (PICTD), Laos Community Based Tourism (Laos-CBT) & Phou Iu Travel-Eco-tours which means all areas are frequented by tourists.

Khmu Ethnic Group and Ban Nam Ha
The Khmu or their ancestors probably settled the area of present-day Laos several thousand years ago and are one of the most populous ethnic groups in Laos. Part of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic linguistic family, the Khmu are divided into many sub-groups including the Khmu Lue, Kwaen, Rok and Ou, with the majority of Khmu in Luang Namtha being Kwaen or Rok. Like many of the ethnic groups in northern Laos, the Khmu are not Buddhist, but practice their own form of animism.

The Khmu in Luang Namtha generally practice mixed economies, growing rice, hunting, gathering forest products and producing handicrafts to generate some cash income.   Because the Khmu are highly knowledgeable about medicinal plants and are highly-skilled producers of woven rattan and bamboo basketry, many Khmu villages are regularly visited by tourists that purchase handicrafts and hire local guides to lead them on forest treks.

Tourism has become a new and important source of income for a number of Khmu villages in Luang Namtha, especially in the villages located on the Ban Nam Ha.

Ban Nam Ha located around 29 km along the road A3 from Luang Namtha-Vieng Phoukha & also located at in the centre of Nam Ha National Protected Area they that we call the name of the village “Nam Ha” & still keeps their traditional culture and way of life. Now the village they organize home stay, you can stay 1 night or 2 nights get experience the Khmu culture and tradition, taste local meals, join tourism activities with small group and participate in the day-to-day work of the family depending on the season you can watch or take part.

More info: please visit website of Ban Nam Ha Homestay: http://www.namha-homestay-laos.com or Booking through Phou Iu Travel & Eco-Tours: www.phouiu-ecotourism-laos.com

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