Post-Forum Tours

The following technical post tours below are provided by travel and tourism operators in Laos for registered MTF 2017 delegates only. More tours will be added over the coming days. Scroll all the way down to register for a tour.

Important: By registering for a post tour, you waive any liability of accidents. You are responsible to get to the indicated pick-up locations on time. Any tour is between the host and the delegate; MTCO only facilitates the registration process. Any payment is to be made directly with the operator. These tours are provided by the operators free of charge, or at a significant discount, in order to showcase tourism experiences in Luang Prabang and Laos to delegates of MTF 2017.

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Elephant Conservation Center, Sayaboury

Friday, June 9, 0800 – Saturday, June 10, 1630

The Elephant Conservation Center’s mission is to start a new era for conservation of the Asian elephant within the Lao PDR and to offer a unique experience to visitors wishing to contribute towards the protection of an endangered species.

The Center was launched in 2011. It is managed by a team of elephant specialists who have been working towards the protection of elephants in Laos for more than a decade, running welfare, vetcare, breeding and mahout training programs.

You are invited to join a two-day tour to Sayaboury to discover the Center and its elephants. Stay one night in a bamboo bungalow (shared occupancy is possible) and enjoy a view of a majestic lake surrounded by untouched tropical forest.


luang-say-lodgeUp River Cruise – Down Overland Tour (2D1N)

“Laos Mekong Explorer” by Mekong Cruises

Friday, June 9, 0700 – Saturday, June 10, 1600

Mekong Cruises offers an exceptional experience taking in both the Mekong River and the remote countryside of Laos. The Luang Say Lodge and Cruises’ “Laos Mekong Explorer” up river, down overland tour offers a journey through mountainous stretches between Luang Prabang, Laos and northern Thailand. A one-day cruise up the river is perfectly blended with another one-day overland road trip back to Luang Prabang, with the opportunity to meet real Lao people along the way.

Luang Say’s boat leaves Auberge Calao pier at 0700 (please be at the pier no later than 0645) for a cruise up the Mekong to Pakbeng, visiting sites along the way. A continental breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to your first stop at Pak Ou Village. 

Stay overnight at Luang Say Lodge near Pakbeng and enjoy views over the Mekong River from the expansive teak terrace, your venue for dinner and breakfast. Depart the Lodge after breakfast at 8am for a leisurely drive to Luang Prabang through the Lao countryside, stopping now and then to take in authentic scenes of daily village life.

Tour brochure. Website:

Eco Bungalow in Long Lao MaiCommunity-based Experience

Eco Bungalow in Long Lao Mai

Friday, June 9: 0900-1200

Nestled among limestone mountains and sweeping valleys, Long Lao Mai is a Hmong community 40 kilometers south of Luang Prabang. Established more than 30 years ago, the village is a subtle blend of modern and traditional, with wooden and thatch homes next to new structures built with cement. The nearly 600 people living in Long Lao Mai are farmers and you’ll find them tending their rice, sesame and vegetable fields all year long.

On this post-Forum tour, Tiger Trails will transport participants to the Eco Bungalow in Long Lao Mai to show them a community-based tourism project in action. There will be a short tour of the village, facilitated by local English-speaking guides, followed by a technical talk at the Eco Bungalow to explain the project. Later, a local dance group will perform at the meeting house.


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Living Land Farm

Friday, June 9: 0830-1430

The Living Land community enterprise was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming commonly used in Laos. The founders share their land-friendly knowledge and methods with local farmers, government departments, educational institutions, students, and, of course, travellers.

Enjoy the half-day rice experience during which you can perform with your own hands every stage of traditional rice production. Wear clothes and footwear that can get muddy.

Meet real Lao people and Rodolphe the buffalo.


Nature-based Experience

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Friday, June 9: 0900-1600 

The boat leaves every hour from our reception in Ban Wat That, starting at 9am until 4pm.  ( see map in brochure). Every boat limited to 30 pax at a time. Minimum time for tour is 2 hours (include boat time), maximum all day.

Open to the public in November 2016, Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos. It is created to be a regional research center into plant reintroduction, horticulture, ethno-botany and medicinal plants to address critical problems ranging from local natural resource management to conserving biodiversity. Employing local villagers, the property also provides visitors with a range of experiences including garden tours and eco-treks. Enjoy the boat ride to and from Pah Tad Ke Botanical Garden.

The tour is fully hosted – sponsored by Pha Tad Ke, includes Boat ride, Bamboo workshop, Orchid talk and Herbal tea tasting – Café consumptions at own expense. If you want to hike to a cave, moderate fitness level is required and will take one good hour.

Download the brochure and press release for more information.


Mekong River Cruise

Mekong Kingdoms’ ‘Monsoon’

Friday, June 9: 1330-1730

The cruise leaves at 1:30pm from Xieng Thong Jetty for the 4-hour trip. The trip includes a visit to a temple so guests must wear clothing that covers their shoulders and knees.

Mekong Kingdoms is a new player in Mekong River cruising, offering “stylish new ways to cruise the Mekong River. Monsoon offers a new and premium way to experience the must-see Pak Ou caves. Climb aboard this 40-metre shuttle boat and let the Monsoon sweep you through the splendour of Luang Prabang’s gilded temples and misty Mekong scenery.

Hosted by Mekong Kingdoms (Includes entrance fee to Pak Ou caves, canapes and seasonal fruits, coffee, tea, soft drinks and fruit juices, alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine can be paid in cash).


Use the dropdown to the right of each tour listing to select the number of participants you would like to register then scroll down to click the ‘register’ button. You can choose more than one post-Forum tour for yourself but please ensure the timings do not conflict. By registering for a tour you may be denying another person an opportunity so please inform us immediately if you decide to cancel.