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Northern Thailand to Laos via the Mekong

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 1,483

Voyage down the Mekong River for an exploration of northern Thailand and Laos. Marvel at the bizarre wonder of Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, in Chiang Rai before crossing the Laotian border to visit the river villages of the Mekong and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of charming Luang Prabang.


This 8-day tour takes you from northeastern Thailand down the Mekong River to one of the cultural centres of Laos.

Your Thailand vacation begins in Chiang Rai, in the northwestern corner of the country. This mountainous city used to be a capital of the independent Lanna Kingdom until the sixteenth century, but eventually was incorporated into Thailand. As a cultural and religious centre, Chiang Rai boasts gorgeous architecture and quaint atmosphere. The city is not as popular as Bangkok or nearby Chiang Mai, so you’ll feel like you’re getting a taste of authentic Thailand far from the tourist crowds as you explore it. Tour the temples of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phra That Chedi Luang during the day before heading to the Night Bazaar when the sun falls, perusing its artisan stalls and sampling north Thai cuisine in its 40 restaurants. No trip to Chiang Rai is complete without checking out Wat Rong Khun, a bizarre, whitewashed temple designed by famous artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Its monochromatic palette and elaborate dragon scaling makes it one of the most unique buildings you’ll ever lay eyes on, even if it won’t be completed for almost 100 years.

After exploring Chiang Rai, head into Laos via Huay Xai, sitting on the Mekong River on the Laotian side of the border. This town acts as a connector between the two countries. It’s the site of the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge as well as the Gibbon Experience, an ecotourism centre dedicated to preserving the surrounding jungle and educating locals and tourists alike. From Huay Xai, you can head to the surrounding jungle to visit Ban Toop, a Hmong hill tribe village, as well as ride ziplines in Nam Kan National Park. From Huay Xai, board a riverboat and cruise down the Mekong, through Pak Beng and the surrounding river villages.

Your Laos and Thailand tour ends in Luang Prabang, at the meeting point of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. The Laotian city boasts a charming blend of French colonial architecture and bustling modern growth. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. A city tour will get you acquainted with Luang Prabang’s 33 wats and village-like atmosphere. In the morning, witness the Tak Bat, when saffron-robed monks silently collect alms throughout the city. Then visit the open-air Morning Market before heading to the surrounding jungles to see the magnificent Kuang Si Waterfalls and the Bear Rescue Centre, where scientists strive to protect dwindling Laotian black bear populations.

This Thailand and Laos vacation takes you off the beaten track to appreciate the spiritual power of the region.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,483

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Day 1

Chiang Rai Airport to Chiang Rai Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Wiang Inn Hotel

The Wiang Inn is located in Chiang Rai's charming town centre, within a short walk of the night market. The hotel offers 260 well-equipped guest rooms decorated in a Northern Thai style. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and in-house spa.

Meal Plan American Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Wiang Inn Hotel

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    Wiang Inn Hotel



    The Wiang Inn is located in Chiang Rai's charming town centre, within a short walk of the night market. The hotel offers 260 well-equipped guest rooms decorated in a Northern Thai style. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and in-house spa.

    The Wiang Inn is located in Chiang Rai's charming town centre, within a short walk of the night market. The hotel offers 260 well-equipped guest rooms decorated in a Northern Thai style. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and in-house spa.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 2

Full Day Akha and Yao Hill Tribes and Golden Triangle with Lunch

This morning, visit the Akha and Yao hill tribe villages, ethnic minority peoples who originate from Tibet and China. Head on to Chiang Saen, a small port town on the banks of the Mekong. Visit the ruins of the Chiang Saen kingdom dating back to 1325, admiring the chedis, images of Lord Buddha, and earthen city ramparts. Continue on to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand and an interesting small market town. Many Burmese come over during the day to work or do business, hurrying back before sunset and the border's closure. Burmese lacquerware, gems, jade and other goods from Laos and Myanmar are sold in the market at very competitive prices-an excellent opportunity to practice your bargaining skills.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Chiang Rai Hotel to Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge

Duration30 Minutes

Thailand-Laos Friendship Bridge to Huay Xai Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Huay Xai to Nam Kan National Park

This morning, set out from Huay Xai for Ban Toop, a traditional Hmong hill-tribe village. On this journey, you'll pass through beautiful mountains and Laotian countryside. Upon arrival, embark on a 2- to 3-hour trek interspersed with 10 very long zipline rides. Fly from mountain to mountain into the heart of the Nam Kan National Park, arriving your treehouse for the night. Spend some time relaxing in your cozy accommodation, then explore the area by way of the surrounding ziplines, making sure to visit the most giant tree in the entire country, located nearby. Dinner will be served at your treehouse and the evening is at leisure.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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The Gibbon Experience Treehouses

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    The Gibbon Experience Treehouses


    Nam Kan National Park covers 136,000 hectares of mixed deciduous forest. Traces of traditional agriculture can be seen alongside the road running from Thailand to China, and yet the Park still contains some of Laos's most pristine forests as well as the country's largest tree. ...

    Nam Kan National Park covers 136,000 hectares of mixed deciduous forest. Traces of traditional agriculture can be seen alongside the road running from Thailand to China, and yet the Park still contains some of Laos's most pristine forests as well as the country's largest tree. Your canopy-level treehouse accommodation is rustic yet comfortable and the ideal nature observatory.

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    • Tree House
    • Tree House

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Day 4

Nam Kan National Park to Huay Xai

After breakfast, continue your trek through the National Park and over the Nam Nga River, including 7 more ziplines. Enjoy a picnic lunch by the river and take a refreshing dip if you like. Return to Huay Xai in the early afternoon.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Huay Xai Hotel to Huay Xai Hotel

Duration20 Minutes

Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (Phonevichith Guesthouse)

Located in the town of Huay Xai at Slow Boat pier, Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (also known as the Phonevichith Guesthouse) enjoys a tranquil riverside location and features an open-air restaurant. Accommodation is simple, clean and in a local style. Complimentary WiFi is included.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (Phonevichith Guesthouse)

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    Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (Phonevichith Guesthouse)


    Located in the town of Huay Xai at Slow Boat pier, Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (also known as the Phonevichith Guesthouse) enjoys a tranquil riverside location and features an open-air restaurant. Accommodation is simple, clean and in a local style. Complimentary WiFi is included.

    Located in the town of Huay Xai at Slow Boat pier, Houay Xai Riverside Hotel (also known as the Phonevichith Guesthouse) enjoys a tranquil riverside location and features an open-air restaurant. Accommodation is simple, clean and in a local style. Complimentary WiFi is included.

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    • Internet Access
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Huay Xai Hotel to Huay Xai Port

Duration20 Minutes

Huay Xai to Pak Beng

This morning, embark your river cruise vessel at the port of Huay Xai and enjoy a full day navigating the Mekong River, stopping at small villages en-route. Have lunch on board the boat, arriving Pakbeng around 4:00pm and transferring to the Luang Say Lodge. You'll have plenty of time to refresh and relax in the natural surroundings. Later this evening, a Laotian dinner will be served on the open-air terrace overlooking the Mekong.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Luang Say Lodge

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    Luang Say Lodge


    The Luang Say Lodge sits peacefully above the Mekong River, blending artfully into the natural environment through careful landscaping, raised platforms and indigenous styling. It features 20 large pavilions, each elegantly furnished in dark toned wood and white fabrics, and offering stunning panoramic views on ...

    The Luang Say Lodge sits peacefully above the Mekong River, blending artfully into the natural environment through careful landscaping, raised platforms and indigenous styling. It features 20 large pavilions, each elegantly furnished in dark toned wood and white fabrics, and offering stunning panoramic views on three sides of the Mekong. The traditional Laotian architecture provides accommodation of comfort and character, each bedroom equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western-style toilet. A central riverbank restaurant is reached by wooden walkways from the pavilions, where guests can enjoy fine, mainly organic, food and can order a choice of drinks from the well-stocked bar. Laotian coffee, tea and drinking water are provided free of charge.

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    • Restaurant
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

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Day 6

Pak Beng to Luang Prabang

This morning, enjoy stunning sights of the peaceful neighboring mountains, often shrouded in mist, while a full breakfast is served on the expansive teak terrace. At 8:00am, your cruise departs for another day of discovery along the legendary river with two stops planned en-route to Luang Prabang. Today's journey of about 120 kilometres passes through especially scenic stretches of remote villages, mountains and wilderness. Stop at the hill tribe village of Baw and watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey. Lunch will be served on board the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Pak Ou caves, containing thousands of Buddha images placed there by locals since the 16th century. Arrive the port of Luang Prabang around 5:00pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Luang Prabang Port to Luang Prabang Hotel

Duration15 Minutes

Villa Santi Hotel

The Villa Santi Hotel was established in 1992 by Lao business man Mr. Santi Inthavong in a royal residence, which belongs to his wife, a royal princess of Luang Prabang. The century old mansion was renovated and equipped with up to date facilities. The hotel was first operated as a family business with 11 rooms and a restaurant. In November 1994, 14 rooms were added, making the property one of the most famous sites of Luang Prabang, which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Villa Santi Hotel

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    Villa Santi Hotel



    The Villa Santi Hotel was established in 1992 by Lao business man Mr. Santi Inthavong in a royal residence, which belongs to his wife, a royal princess of Luang Prabang. The century old mansion was renovated and equipped with up to date facilities. The hotel ...

    The Villa Santi Hotel was established in 1992 by Lao business man Mr. Santi Inthavong in a royal residence, which belongs to his wife, a royal princess of Luang Prabang. The century old mansion was renovated and equipped with up to date facilities. The hotel was first operated as a family business with 11 rooms and a restaurant. In November 1994, 14 rooms were added, making the property one of the most famous sites of Luang Prabang, which was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 7

Morning Alms, Market and Lao Coffee

This morning, start the day early to witness one of the most memorable sights of Luang Prabang -- the "Tak Bat". At dawn, hundreds of saffron-robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). Your guide will explain the background behind this ritual which is still very much a part of everyday life in Laos. Then take a stroll with your guide through the colourful open-air Morning Market. Taste authentic Lao coffee at one of the best local spots, then return to your hotel.

Duration2 Hours

Kuang Si Waterfalls with Lunch

Mid-morning, take a journey outside of Luang Prabang to visit the Kuang Si Waterfalls. The scenic journey takes about one hour. Take a short walk through the jungle to visit the Bear Rescue Centre, dedicated to helping conserve the black bears of Northern Laos. Enjoy Lao-style picnic lunch near the falls, then take a refreshing dip if you like. These beautiful falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. Return to Luang Prabang in the mid-afternnon.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Luang Prabang Hotel to Airport

Duration15 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Oct 1 - Mar 31: Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays
Apr 1 - Sep 30: Mondays, Thursdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights’ moderate accommodation, 1 night in a multi-share treehouse experience
  • Guided touring as per itinerary
  • Overland travel in Northern Thailand and Laos as per itinerary
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Meals as specified.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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