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Address: Luang Namtha 0300, Laos
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Forest Retreat Laos is an eco trekking and tours company with a focus on...

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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Beautiful trek and kayak (just be prepared!)

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... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carol M
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 ridges and rapids 3 day tour. It was very beautiful, the guides were great, and... More 

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Tervuren, Belgium
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 knowledgeable, caring and great cooks! On both days they magically served a delicious lunch on... More 

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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 the guide cooks amazig meals! Also for vegetarians. We also did Lao style bbq on... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Forest Retreat Laos is the real deal! A huge portion of the costs is given... More 

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Thank Emie L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 into a big group consisting of people form many other countries. Together with hour guide... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 be the stay at a villager's home. We were looking forward to getting to know... More 

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Xiengvanh T, Owner at Forest Retreat Laos (Eco Tourism Specialist), responded to this review

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 not allowed to stay at the family's house, for instance when there is a village... More 

Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 care too. Lots of small rapids which clearly would have been not so small if... More 

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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We hired a 2-day trek in a homestay in a Khmu village. Our guide Kayo was very funny and with a wide knowledge about the area, villagers, plants and animals. He tought us many things about medicinal plants. The paths we go through were very wild and impressive. The food was good un the village with the family and staying... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

I did the one day kayak tour. Our guide Chang thankfully was extremely patient as myself and the other two on the tour were not exactly expert kayakers. The rapids proved quite difficult due to low water so lots of moments stuck on rocks. Chang took us to two villages along the way - one where we started our journey... More 

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Dortmund, Germany
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The tour agency is very professional. At their office I got a deep introduction about all available tours, degree of difficulty, what we gonna do, where we stay and other details. According that I chose my tour First and second day I did jungle trekking. Overnight I stayed in lodges in the forrest and in a village. Third day I... More 

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Xiengvanh T, Owner at Forest Retreat Laos (Eco Tourism Specialist), responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are happy that you had a great time and recommend us! More 

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