It is NOT common in Southeast Asia that you can go hiking without a guide. At Hillside Lodge, you can. We are proud to give you several options that we explored. Just walk out the doorstep, call for "Buddy!" our dog and tourguide and you will easily find your way. You won't get lost: We created our own hiking maps for you, and marked the tracks.
Ban Xien Muark is a nice farming village close to the resort. Its location with a cooler climate and spring water makes it a perfect place for traditional agriculture. This walk takes you to the village, some beautiful gardens and through the rice fields in the valley. You can also visit the local temple or a cave, and you can see a dam lake, the first dam in Laos built by French colonialists.
If you wish, we can arrange a school visit with the teachers in advance. Hillside Lodge supports this school with in-kind donations such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, books, pencils and other teaching or learning materials needed. Please do NOT give cash or sweets to the children. This would encourage them to beg, and sweets would harm their teeth. Your presence and interest will make them happy already.
- Walking time: ~1.5 hours (round trip)
- Level of difficulty: easy
Located only 1Km from the Hillside Lodge, Nahm Dong Park is 12 hectares of beautiful plants, lush greenery, exquisite flora and fauna and rushing waters. The area is spotted with cosy picnic places, some under straw huts, some in flower gardens. You could spend an entire day lounging, swimming, trekking and enjoying this natural preserve. Not only are you immersed with this beautiful greenery that is easy to navigate, but you are also in a self-sustaining destination. Nahm Dong park is developing programs on organic farming, conservation practices and sustainable development with local communities.
This place is the ultimate place for quality time. Many facilities to relax, a view point café, food and beverages and a quiz course for kids. For the ones in need of action, zip-lines, walking circuits and workshops (e.g. cooking classes) are available.
- Walking time: 20min to get to the park entrance
- Level of difficulty: easy
This short but steep walk through a bamboo forest leads you to a nice view point behind the lodge, recompensing you with views over Luang Prabang, the Mekong and mountains as far as the eye can reach.
- Walking time: ~40 minutes (round trip)
- Level of difficulty: medium
Tad Thong is a rainy season-only series of small waterfalls, in a shady old fairytale forest, a peaceful place with clear pools to cool off. You can also visit a village of ethnic minority (Khmu) and a view point to enjoy the views over the Mekong and Luang Prabang.
- Walking time: ~3 hours round trip
- Level of difficulty: low to medium
If you want to do this hike on your day of arrival and with a guide, you can book a 2-Days Package and get a pick you up in Luang Prabang that brings you and your luggage to the starting point. After the waterfall hike, you can continue walking to our lodge, and in the meantime your luggage will be brought to the lodge by car. (Extra costs as part of the package organized by Tiger Trail Outdoor Adventures).