The Nam Khan and its tributaries are great for kayaking. In a kayak you’ll float past river life slowly and at your leisure. Occasional rapids — depending on the season — may require some concentration and preparation, but kayaking is among the most serene ways to get a look at ordinary life along the river.
Kayaking tours range from easy afternoon paddles down the Nam Khan to multi-day excursions on the Nam Ou, and tour operators often combine these trips with homestays, camping, trekking, and biking. To learn more, have a look at tour operators in town (mostly located on the main street).
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Become a mahout for the day, bathe with an elephant, or ride one of these beautiful beasts through the jungle. There are many elephants camps, with different ethical approaches, to visit in Luang Prabang.
A trip like this has the best of everything: activity, great views, and plenty of opportunities to interact with locals in small ethnic villages in this part of the country.