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Forest Retreat Laos (Eco Tourism Specialist)

Mainstreet, Phonexay Village, Luang Namtha 0300, Laos
+856 20 55 560 007
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Genuine experience; jungle trekking

Did a 3 day trek which offered great value and quite the challenge which made it so much better... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Simon S
via mobile
Trekking in Nam Ha Protected Area

We did the two day trek in Nam Ha Protected Area and felt very well kept after while having a great... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
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Forest Retreat Laos is an eco trekking and tours company with a focus on bringing our customers to beautiful places while bringing opportunities to local communities. We are specialized in treks and kayak trips in the Nam Ha National Protected Area, cycling trips in the Luang Namtha valley and beyond, and complete package tours to discover Northern Laos. By booking your trip at Forest Retreat Laos you help us to directly support the local communities and environment in Northern Laos. Forest Retreat Laos supports the local community substantially by working mainly with local people. We hire English speaking guides from the Luang Namtha area, we hire assistant guides from local villages and we pay villagers close to the National Protected Area to make and maintain our trails. Also these villagers are hired to build and maintain our exclusive jungle retreats. In the case of homestays, the minority people are compensated generously. At the same time, we try to teach the people in these remote villages as much as we can about the environment and the importance of protecting the forest and its animals. All of our treks and kayak trips take place inside the Nam Ha National Protected Area. With the park fees and taxes, that are included in the tour price, we help the local government protect and maintain the beautiful forest in the Nam Ha NPA.
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Mainstreet, Phonexay Village, Luang Namtha 0300, Laos
+856 20 55 560 007
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did a 3 day trek which offered great value and quite the challenge which made it so much better. The difficulty could probably be adjusted however so no worries. Visited native villages where we observed their way of life. There we had the opportunity of...More

Thank Simon S
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

We did the two day trek in Nam Ha Protected Area and felt very well kept after while having a great experience. The owner, also from a minority tribe, explained the tour to us in detail - including that a new road had been built...More

Thank Flying_Eagle_1001
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Me and my boyfriend were recommend Forest Retreats by a local Luang Namtha restaurant and by are we glad we were. The value for money and experience was amazing! We did a 3 day trek, 1 day kayaking and 2 days hiking in the jungle....More

Thank Kelly-Jo G
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Forest Retreat was incredibly responsive, and answered our many, many questions via email as we tried to decide which trip to book. They waited for us when we arrived late the night before our hike, and were generally very accommodating. We ended up booking the...More

Thank Carol M
Xiengvanh T, Owner at Forest Retreat Laos (Eco Tourism Specialist), responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2017

Dear Carol, Thank you for your review and thanks for the tip to include an in between snack on our more intense treks. There is so many forests treats this area has to offer which visitors normally miss out on when they visit northern Laos....More

Reviewed 19 April 2017

We read many positive comments on Forest Retreat Agency and decided to book a 2-day trekking through the Nam Ha with a homestay at a Khmu village. WAUW! One of the best experiences during our trip through Laos! Our guides (Phen & Soahn?) were very...More

Thank LauraS2407
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We've made two great tours here. First of al the Owner Tong is a Great Guy. He helped us a lot in piking the right jungle trek. We went for two days and spent the night in fishermans camp. Really amazing experience. Great trails and...More

1  Thank fredhartendorf
Reviewed 7 April 2017

My partner and I booked a 3 day trek with Forest Retreat Laos and it was one of the best experiences of my entire trip. We had been traveling for over 7 months and we have seen many eco-tourism places that are sometimes deceitful. But...More

Thank Emie L
Reviewed 4 April 2017

I joined a group of 9 people for a great Hiking Trip into the Forest of northern Laos. We went on a amazing 3 days trekking and kayaking tour through local villages and really old forests. I travelled alone and the owner, Thong, put me...More

Thank RobertS30
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We did the two day trekking tour with a homestay in one of the jungle villages. We really enjoyed the trekking! The guide showed us some animals and plants and prepared really good meals. The homestay though wasn't what we expected. We thought 'homestay' would...More

1  Thank Nathalie K
Xiengvanh T, Owner at Forest Retreat Laos (Eco Tourism Specialist), responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2017

Dear Nathalie, Thank you for your review. We regret to read that your homestay wasn't what you expected of it and our apologies for the fact that our guide didn't inform you about the reason why. It can happen in some situations that visitors are...More

Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Well organised and very well guided 14ish kilometre kayak trip down Mam Tha river. Guide really knowledgeable . Visited two tribal villages and a secondary school where many students have to stay in dormitories as they are so far from home. They have to self...More

1  Thank kestrel117
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Hi, we are a family with 2 young kids 8 and 6. Is there any tour this is suitable for us? Nothing fancy and tough but nice for the kids to experience the forest and see the culture? We will be driving from Thailand, should arrive Luang Namtha in 3 days time. Appreciate your response. Hope to see you soon.
12 December 2016|
Response from Xiengvanh T | Property representative |
Hi there. Thank you for your message. We could set up a two day tour for you which involves a short trek of about three hours to a village inside the Nam Ha National Protected Area. There we can organise an overnight stay... More