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Laos: Akha Experience - A Window to Centuries-old Tradition - Community Home Stay Program

This program takes you on a journey to a remote Akha community. Lose yourself in nature and appreciate the value of tradition on this culture immersion tour in a remote Akha community. This interaction program gives travelers the rare opportunity to experience traditional, simple life in a beautifully located, remote minority village in Northern Laos while actively taking part in daily activities in a non-intrusive way. A Fair Trek village experience...

A meaningful holiday in Laos, from USD 428.00

Travel No. 32465

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The Akha Experience,
A Fair Trek initiative


Village-based Home Stay in Northern Laos

 voluntourism Laos, volunteer, Akha experience

One of the first Fair Trek initiatives, the Akha Experience program is a cooperation between Fair Trek, the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), the Phongsali Alternative Development Fund and the Lao government. The initiative was established in 2009 to generate alternative income to former opium-growing communities.

 

Location of the project

Honglerk village is based in Muang Khua in Phongsali Province, one of the most remote and poor regions in Laos. You will stay with an Akha host family in this peaceful hillside location, far from main roads and main city centers. 

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Sample itinerary:

Day 1 Transfer from Luang Prabang by local public bus (or private minivan) to Oudomxai. Overnight in guesthouse in Oudomxai.

Day 2 Transfer to trekking point, then 3-4 hour trek to Honglerk village. Introduction to the village and your hosts.

Day 3 Participate in daily life in the village (field work, cooking, handicraft ) depending on availability.

Day 4 Hike to the road (3-4 hours), transfer to Muang Khua. Overnight in Muang Khua.

Day 5 Transfer from Muang Khua to Luang Prabang by public (or private minivan).

This sample itinerary includes all meals, transfers, guides, local fees,
taxes and donations, local village guides and activity charges.


 

 

voluntourism in laos, Akha projectProgram info : need to know!

Conditions in the village are very, very basic. Electricity is available during limited hours in the evening only - while bringing electronic devices is not prohibited, make sure that they are fully charged before trekking to the village from the main road! 

Changes from the sample itinerary might be possible at any time in order to enhance the experience for the traveler and to maximize the positive impact on the village. Your Tiger Trail guide will help translate and will help arrange activities to get involved in with local villagers, depending on the availability.

 

Accommodation and Food

Your meals will be prepared by your hosts and you'll eat with them in their homes. Your bedding will be basic but comfortable - you'll have mattresses, pillow, a blanket and a mosquito net. There is a toilet and a basin where you may bathe outside in the village area only, openly shared facilities.

 

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Are YOU seeking a very different traveling experience?
YOU want to learn about traditional ethnic life of rural Laos in a remote, off-the-beaten track place? And YOU want to travel in a responsible way and get a deeper understanding of sustainable tourism practices...??  Check out this unique community travel program!

 

Tiger Trail Travel has created an innovative and new interaction program that gives travelers the opportunity to experience traditional, simple life in a beautifully located, remote minority village in Northern Laos while actively taking part in daily activities in a non-intrusive way. This project aims to simply benefit communities through tourism activities.

 

 

The Akha Experience - Immerse yourself in local culture

This program takes you on a journey to a remote Akha community. Lose yourself in nature and appreciate the value of tradition on this culture immersion tour.

Learn more about Fairtrek.org

 

About the Akha host village

Situated on the slopes of cloud-tipped mountains, Honglerk village is an Akha community in the northern region of Muang Khua. Banana trees, bamboo forests and tree-lined hills surround Honglerk, and the expansive view of the landscape below is unforgettable. Unlike other Akha communities that have relocated from the mountains to the lowlands, Honglerk is isolated from roads and markets. It is easy to unwind and reflect here without the noise of motorbikes and traffic.

Villagers work in their rice and vegetable fields to provide for their families. On your hike into the village from the main road, you’ll pass by women carrying heavy loads of produce to sell at markets in town.

Numerous subgroups make up the Akha ethnic group, and the villagers of Honglerk are descendents of the Akha Pala subgroup. Their cultural identity is most visible by the clothing worn by women. While men typically wear contemporary clothing, women dress in traditional attire, such as a headdress with a distinctive cone-shaped base that is made out of cloth and placed high on the head

Community-based tourism in action

One of the first Fair Trek initiatives, the Akha Experience program is a cooperation between Fair Trek, the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), the Phongsali Alternative Development Fund and the Lao government. The initiative was established in 2009 to generate alternative income to former opium-growing communities.

Impact

Fair Trek and partners worked with the villagers to set up homestays and a village fund earmarked for community needs that is collected from tourists visiting Honglerk. This supplemental income stream is helping local residents improve their livelihoods. 

Your Experience

You’ll have local encounters at every turn on this experiential adventure. From riding in a public bus with locals to living with a host family, it’s sure to be as much an adventurous as educational journey.

For a truly experiential and memorable experience, get to know the villagers during your stay. You might speak different languages but you can still communicate through the power of human connection. Here are a few ways to interact with your hosts:

 

  • Ask your hosts to tell you the story about how their ancestors settled in Laos from China.
     
  • Ask your host if you can help cook a traditional meal.
     
  • Learn how to say a few words in Akha Pala language.
     
     

Dates

Join-in Tour- 4 days

Join-in tour, per person price

01.07.2015Wednesday, 1. July 2015 - Saturday, 1. July 2017
Continuous Date

356 USD

 

Join-in Tour- 5 days

Join-in tour, per person price

01.07.2015Wednesday, 1. July 2015 - Saturday, 1. July 2017
Continuous Date

422 USD

 

Join-in Tour- 6 days

Join-in tour, per person price

01.07.2015Wednesday, 1. July 2015 - Saturday, 1. July 2017
Continuous Date

469 USD

 

Private Tour: Prices available upon request, indicate group size

Private Tour

01.07.2015Wednesday, 1. July 2015 - Saturday, 1. July 2017
Continuous Date