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Akha Homestay of Ban Nam Deat Mai (ID: MS-HS-03)
Start-Finish: Muang Sing
Duration: 1 night half day or 2 nights 1 day
Departure: 4:00 pm
Difficulty: Easy, suitable for families
Trip Overview
Akha Homestay is an experiential tour which will take you on a 1 or 2 nights learning experience into the tradition, culture and daily life of the Akha in Muang Sing. You will have personal interactions with the villagers and have the opportunity to experience firsthand from the Akha themselves the Akha culture and way of life.
Akha Homestay of Ban Nam Deat Mai, Muang Sing Homestay, Homestay in Muang Sing, LaosItinerary
Day 1: (ID: MS-HS-01)
Start about 4:00 pm the day you paid for by Tuk Tuk or bicycle to the village of Ban Nam Deat Mai (distance about 4 Km). We stay overnight at the lodge provided by the village. While waiting for the dinner, you might walk around the village, meet the people and learn about the traditional Akha architecture. When you dinner you will receive Akha show such as: sing a song, dance and other show their tradition and culture. After dinner you will receive a massage which is traditionally given to the guests staying overnight in the village.

After breakfast, you might join activities of the family. January-May: work in the vegetable garden, sow corn etc. June-August: go to the paddy-fields to plant rice, etc. September-Homestay standard in Luang Namtha, Homestay standard in Muang Sing, Akha Homestay standardOctober: work in the vegetable garden. November-December: go to the paddy-field for harvesting rice etc.

The tour will finish next day after the lunch with the family in the field. [Meals: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch]

Extension: The tour can be extended to 2 nights (ID: ID: MS-HS-04).
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 and 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 Muang Sing town. (If you have any other plan to go somewhere else, please ask your guide to arrange it). [Meals: Dinner, Breakfast]
Tour details:
Seasonality: All year round
Distance: 5 km from Muang Sing town
End time: After lunch of next day or in the morning after the second night
Transport: Tuk Tuk or 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
Price Including:
Mountain bike or Tuk Tuk, English speaking tour guide., All visits/excursions as mentioned in tour itinerary, 1 or 2 nights accommodation in village hut with toilet shower outside, Sleeping bags, foam mats and mosquito nets are supplied, Meals as mentioned, Water during the trip, Entrance fees 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.
More info: please visit website of Ban Sai Leck "Yao" Homestay: http://www.akha-homestay-laos.com or Booking through Phou Iu Travel & Eco-Tours: www.phouiu-ecotourism-laos.com
   


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