Wed, 24 February 2016

Khiri Travel Launches Two Tours Linking Laos with Vietnam

Khiri Travel has launched two new tours linking Laos with Vietnam.

One is an 8-day / 7-night trip that takes in the rural charms of Laos, crossing in to Vietnam at Nam Can border connecting to Ninh Binh and onwards to Hanoi.

The other an evocative 11-day / 10-night trip following a similar route but including visits to Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area, and Xam Neua, home to Laos revolution-era caves. The trip connects with Mai Chau and later Hanoi via the Na Meo border crossing.

Both journeys traverse mountain landscapes that played an important role in the Indochina wars between the 1950s and 1975. Organized tour groups do not often visit the area.

Ttravelers will get to experience major highlights such as Luang Prabang and Phonsavans Plain of Jars. They can also participate in rare experiences such as the Nam-Nern night safari by boat. Another highlight is the visit to the hidden cave city of Laos. This was where the Pathet Lao built hospitals, schools, shops and theatres in mountain caves to avoid relentless American aerial bombing during the conflicts secret war.

The Nam Nern night safari along the river is an incredible experience, said Jack Bartholomew, Regional Director Indochina for Khiri Travel. It brings travelers right up close with nature. The trip is designed to support local communities as well as protecting endangered wildlife.

At Mai Chau in Vietnam, travelers then explore the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, taking paths through various landscapes including mountains, jungles and valleys. The hidden local villages in the mountains belong to Tai and Hmong ethnic groups.

Khiri Travel says both trips are suitable for couples, groups and families. As with any frontier trip in the mountains, there is a limited choice of accommodation. The company says it has taken extra care to select eco-lodges and good quality accommodation where possible.

While many of the roads have recently been improved, the area is defined by what Bartholomew calls, slow travel.

Joseph Conrad called it a journey into the heart of darkness. I see it more as a heritage trip through Indochinas mountains of light and hope, he said.

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