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See the Great Stupa (Pha That Luang) - This huge gold-covered stupa is in Vientiane and is the greatest monument in the nation.

Prices start at 1,700,000 LAK for a 2-day visit while a 7-day volunteering session costs around 4,000,000 LAK. It’s the best way to see elephants in a responsible way that doesn’t harm them. Check out the Elephant Conservation Center - Located in Sainyabuli (near Chiang Mai) the ECC was launched in 2011 by a team of elephant specialists working towards protecting the elephant population in Laos.

You could end up volunteering for a bomb-clearing crew or something. Something cool could come up. You could hear about a cool day trip you don’t want to miss. I’ve left extra time, so that you can be flexible and open-minded during your trip.

This itinerary will take about 2-3 weeks. It’s 113,000 inhabitants are divided into at least 34 ethnic groups. Bokeo is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the world.

The White Lahu inhabit the Tonpheung district of Bokeo Province and along the Mekong River north to Chiang Kok. They inhabit the mountains of western Bokeo Province, near the Golden Triangle where the borders of Laos Tourism Information (www.laostourism.info), Myanmar and Thailand meet. About 2,500 Lahu Phu or White Lahu live in northern Laos.

Other village which are classified to class III or IV are Lao Lum. The Nam Kong area is dominated by Ikor, except for Lao Lum (Thai dam) in Nam Kong village, Kui in Kui Soung village and Hmong in Suen Ya village. In Finho and Nam Bo, there are Lao Hmong, Etong sub-ethnic group in Etong village, and Lao Lum (Leu) in Tinthat village.

In Nam Ha West, there are mostly Ikor (ethnic group: Lao Sung) in the highland areas. Some Lao Lum (sub-ethnic Leu) live along the Namtha river. In Nam Ha East the Lao Thueng live along the main road, the Lao Hoi live along the rivers, and there is one Hmong village (Ban Nam Vang).

Nam Ha NBCA includes a variety of ethnic groups including Lao Leu, Thai Dam, Lao Thueng, Ikor, Lao Hoi, Kui, Hmong and Etong. Currently, I am traveling around South East Asia (a very budget friendly part of the world) while I teach English in Thailand! Follow my experiences as I look for the best deals out there, while still having one hell of a good time.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an avid traveler who is always on the hunt for a good bargain. Transportation to the center can also be arranged in advance for 50,000 kip (~$6). The center also offers guided tours for 25,000 kip (~$3) if you don’t have the time for a whole class but want to learn about the process.

As it is a temple, proper dress is required to enter. Take time to admire the exterior with the bronze Buddha statues, carved doors, and gardens. It used to house the famous Emerald Buddha which now resides in the Grand Palace in Bangkok.