Thailand & Laos Discovery - 2017
Small group tour
22 days -
Discover the stunning beauty, fascinating cultures and ancient relics of Thailand and Laos. From bustling Bangkok to the cultural capital of Chiang Mai, to the history of the Kanchanaburi region and the ancient capital Sukhothai, deepen your understanding of Thailand's past. Journey overland to beautiful Laos. See Luang Prabang's glittering temples, the mysterious Plain of Jars, and lush, limestone karst scenery in Vang Vieng. A stay in a remote ecolodge is a highlight, where you can immerse yourself in rural Lao life and get to know its warm, friendly people. End in the Lao capital, Vientiane, with its diverse array of monuments and bustling riverside setting.
- 19 nights hotel accommodation
- 2 nights lodge accommodation
- breakfast daily
- 5 lunches and 9 dinners
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except electric trolleys in Luang Prabang)
- small group touring
- entrance fees
- Western tour leader based on a minimum of 7 travelers
- local English-speaking guides
- return transfers.
Prices and Departures
Small Group Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: BANGKOK, THAILAND
On arrival in Bangkok, transfer to your hotel then meet your tour leader and group for welcome drinks. Walk the streets of bustling Bangkok and float along the Chao Phraya River on a charming longtail boat to discover the sparkling Grand Palace and Wat Arun. Enjoy some free time, perhaps indulging in world-class shopping or sampling delicious Thai cuisine.
Hotel: Furama Silom
DAYS 3-6: RIVER KWAI, AYUTHAYA & SUKHOTHAI
Travel towards Kanchanaburi, and spend a day at an elephant camp, bathing and feeding these magnificent creatures. Immerse yourself in the region’s history with a visit to Hellfire Pass. Enjoy a free afternoon exploring or relaxing in your accommodation by the River Kwai. Drive to Ayuthaya to explore the fascinating temples before enjoying sunset drinks among the temples and a special dinner experience at your hotel. Journey to Sukhothai and spend time cycling around the beautiful ruins of the Sukhothai Heritage Park. This evening, join in a fun cooking class.
Hotel: Resotel River Kwai
Hotel: sala ayuthaya
Hotel: Sukhothai Heritage
DAYS 7-9: CHIANG MAI
Partake in cultural activities including ceramic painting and cotton weaving before departing for Chiang Mai. Discover the Warorot Market and visit the vibrant Ton Lamyai flower market. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the old city as you pass the significant temples of this charming city. Taste the delights of Chiang Mai at a local Khao Soi restaurant. Drive up to Doi Suthep, and admire the stunning views from its temple. Spend a day exploring Chiang Mai at leisure before joining your fellow group members for a farewell dinner. On your last day, enjoy free time before your departure transfer.
Hotel: The Rim Resort Chiang Mai
DAYS 10-12: CHIANG RAI, PAKBENG AND KAMU LODGE, LAOS
Travel to a resort in Chiang Rai in the Golden Triangle, your launching point for the crossing to Laos. Over a two day slow boat cruise down the rugged upper Mekong, float past pristine landscapes, villages and stunning scenery. Stay overnight in the old trading outpost of Pakbeng and explore its market, then continue to the comfortable Kamu eco-Lodge. Absorb Lao culture, with an opportunity to meet the locals and try your hand at traditional activities such as rice planting and fishing.
Hotel: La Luna Hotel & Resort
Hotel: Phetsokxai Lodge
Hotel: Kamu Lodge
DAYS 13-15: LUANG PRABANG
Continue by boat along the Mekong, stopping at Pak Ou Caves to see the hundreds of Buddha statues inside, then on to beautiful Luang Prabang. The next morning, embark on a walking tour of the town's fascinating sites, including the Royal Palace and Wat Mai. Sample a local breakfast of noodle soup, and enjoy a game of petanque before sunset mocktails at a riverside temple. Rise early to witness the breathtaking ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms at dawn, and learn how to make sticky rice and grilled chicken - for lunch after visiting scenic Kuang Si Falls. Have ample free time for exploring beguiling Luang Prabang's quaint laneways, architecture, and boutiques.
Hotel: Sanctuary Luang Prabang
DAYS 16-19: PLAIN OF JARS & VANG VIENG
A drive through the remote mountains of Northern Laos brings you to the Plain of Jars, a mysterious archaeological site steeped in legend. Tour the jar sites, then drive to idyllic Vang Vieng, home to stunning limestone karst scenery. Embark on a gentle kayaking trip and discover a nearby cave, returning as the sun sets over the tranquil Nam Song river before enjoying a local dinner in a village home.
Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jars
Hotel: Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort
DAYS 20-22: VIENTIANE
Continue to the rapidly developing capital, Vientiane. Visit Wat Sisaket and partake in a traditional baci ceremony in a local home. Visit the interactive COPE visitor center for a valuable insight into the lasting after-effects of the tragic 'Secret War'. V. Learn about the issue of disability prevalence, with a visit to an inspiring women's support center, before making stops at sparkling That Luang temple, and the grand Patuxai monument. Enjoy a farewell dinner on your final night, then have some free time in the morning before your departure transfer.
Hotel: Mandala Boutique Hotel
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