Always staying close to Huay Xai, learn about the varied cultures and peoples of the incredible number of ethic tribes in the region and even sample some of their wares.
After your guide welcomes you at the border and assists you in immigration formalities, its a drive to visit a noodle making village and Ban Pibounthong, a village known for producing some of the finest Lao Kao (rice whisky) in the country. The Lao Kao is distilled in big drums outside and if you decide to try some be careful, it is extremely strong. Continue to Ban Mai Phukha a H’muong village, a people known for their knowledge of the forest, ability to prepare herbal medicines and for their expertise at raising animals, particularly horses. Next visit Ban Lanten Village.
The Lanten wear distinctive black indigo-dyed cotton clothing with pink trim and silver jewelry. They have migrated south from China over the past hundred years or so, bringing cultural practices and beliefs based on a mix of Taoism, ancestor and spirit worship. Your last visit will be to the Khmu village, Ban Thong Sangchan. 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.
Enjoy lunch or dinner in a local riverside restaurant before being transferred back to your hotel in Huay Xai.