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White Elephant Adventures was started nearly a decade ago by the Canadian-born explorer Derek Beattie.  Being one of the first tour companies in Luang Prabang, White Elephant Adventures has since sent thousands of intrepid travelers trekking, kayaking, and biking deep into the mountainous jungles of Laos to home-stay with and explore the amazing Hmong, Khmu, and Lao Loum hill-tribe communities around Luang Prabang.  Busy with ever new endeavors and his new garden restaurant, Utopia, Derek with prudent consideration has handed on White Elephant Adventures to…

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2 Day Trek and Kayak Homestay to Tad Se Waterfall: Zip-lines optional — Tour code: N5


Hike through beautiful jungle, kayak a scenic river rich with local activities, immerse yourself in a home-stay at a Khmu village, swim at the beautiful Tad Se waterfall (seasonal), and brave the heights along a kilometer of zip-lines all in one tour (optional). Our first day we’ll drive you forty-five minutes to the banks of the Nam Khan river. Cross by boat and begin 4-5 hours of hiking through the beautiful countryside of Laos, visiting an ethnically diverse group of Hmong, Khmu, and Lao Loum…

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3 Day Biking, Trekking, and Kayaking Homestay — Tour code: S2


A day each of mountain biking, extensive trekking, and whitewater kayaking through stunning mountainous landscape along the Nam Xuang River. This tour is for the serious adventurer looking to leave minivans in the dust. On day 1 we’ll drive you an hour north to start mountain biking 35-40 kilometers past village after village as you wind your way along the Nam Xuang River. Stop any time for a break to browse the local villages, join the festivities of a local wedding, or to refuel on…

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3 Day Trekking Homestay to Remote Hmong and Khmu Villages in Luang Prabang — Tour code: S10


Trekking in Luang Prabang doesn’t get better than this. Exceptionally remote villages, dense jungle trekking, river swimming, and high mountain trekking with fantastic views all in one tour. This is an extended version of the 2 day trek. Start Day 1 with a drive to the Nam Xuang river. We’ll cross by small boat and begin our trekking 4-5 hours through beautiful dense jungle. There are both Hmong and Khmu villages to visit and where we can overnight as preferred by you or your guide….

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1 Day Whitewater Kayaking on the Nam Ou River with Village Visit — Tour code: P10


Exciting year-round whitewater kayaking on the Nam Ou River with a village visit. The tour for those looking for fantastic scenery as viewed from a the exciting rapids of the Nam Ou river. We’ll meet at 8:30, introduce everyone in the group and then begin a ninety minute drive north.  We’ll stop to visit a Lao Loum village along the way and then we’ll get you on your kayak headed down the Nam Ou. This river has some of the most thrilling rapids in Luang…

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1 Day Kayak to Pak Ou Cave and Whiskey Village — Tour code: P15


THE best way to see Pak Ou cave. Better than another long-boat or tuk-tuk ride to the cave: Grab a paddle and climb into a kayak for a refreshing way to take in the beauty of the Nam Ou river as you paddle your way to visit Pak Ou Cave.  You’ll kayak for 3 hours down a calm but steady flowing stretch of the Nam Ou where you can keep cool as you immerse your senses in the natural beauty of Laos.  Stop for lunch…

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1 Day Trek Kuang-Si Waterfall — Tour code: P9


Stunning jungle trekking, wildlife, rope swings, and luxurious swimming in the mineral-rich waters of the Kuang-Si waterfall This is a trekking tour through some of the most lush and varied jungle that concludes at one of Luang Prabang’s most beautiful destinations, the Kuang-Si waterfall, where you’ll swim in and explore the numerous refreshing and beautiful pools. Itinerary 8:30 am meeting, introduction to group and guides, briefing on tour before departure Start a scenic fifty minute drive out of the city, up mountains, and through mountainous…

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2 Day Biking and Kayaking Homestay on the Nam Xuang River — Tour code: N2


A tour for the traveler in need of some serious physical activity in the beautiful, rugged countryside of Laos. We begin this tour by driving you to the beautiful Nam Xuang river where we’ll begin mountain biking. Thirty-five plus kilometers will take you past countless villages.  Stop at any village you like along the way and take in the mountainous scenery, toast a drink to the bride and groom at a local wedding you might come across, or just to take a break to fuel…

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