Thailand & Laos Experience - 2017
Small group tour
16 days -
Experience the history and culture of charming Thailand and Laos. Leave the bright lights of Bangkok for the historic Bridge over the River Kwai, then reach the old city walls of Chiang Mai and the mysterious Golden Triangle. In Laos, time stops as you float gently along the Mekong River past untouched rural villages, to the glittering temples of Luang Prabang. Witness the ancient ritual of monks collecting alms at dawn before you soak up the sights and history of vibrant Vientiane, the Lao capital.
- 11 nights hotel accommodation
- 1 night lodge accommodation
- breakfast daily
- 4 lunches and 6 dinners
- 2 internal flights within Asia
- transport in air-conditioned vehicles (except tuk-tuk and local transport touring)
- 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 amongst the vivacious streets of bustling Bangkok and take an express boat and train to discover the sparkling Grand Palace. Continue to Wat Pho, a temple which houses one of the world’s largest Buddha images. Here, enjoy a Thai massage at a massage school. Walk to the Bangkok National Museum and learn about Thai history, culture and art. In the afternoon, spend some free time exploring.
Hotel: Furama Silom
DAYS 3-4: RIVER KWAI & KANCHANABURI
Leave Bangkok's bustle behind and head to the beautiful River Kwai region. Visit an elephant sanctuary that cares for rehabilitated and aging elephants in a peaceful environment. Learn about these magnificent animals while you prepare their food, feed and bathe them. Reflect on the rich and turbulent history of the region, as you head to Hellfire Pass.
Hotel: Hintok Tented Camp
Hotel: Royal River Kwai Resort & Spa
DAYS 5-7: CHIANG MAI
Drive to Thailand’s historic capital, Ayuthaya to explore its fascinating temples. Return to Bangkok and fly to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a hands on cookery class where you can taste your creations for lunch. Drive up to Doi Suthep, and admire the stunning views from its temple. Spend a free day getting to know Thailand's cultural capital, perhaps strolling the Old Town and exploring markets and temples, then enjoy a group dinner.
Hotel: Rimping Village
DAYS 8-10: THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE, LANJIA LODGE (THAILAND0 & PAKBENG, LAOS
Travel to Chiang Rai, in Thailand’s far north. Explore the Golden Triangle region on the way to an award-winning hilltop lodge which overlooks Laos and the mighty Mekong, and take part in a batik class run by your Hmong hosts. Journey to the border the next morning and take a slow boat down the tranquil Mekong. Float past traditional villages and rural scenery and overnight in the trading post of Pakbeng, on the edge of the rugged Mekong.
Hotel: La Luna Hotel & Resort
Hotel: Lanjia Lodge
Hotel: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge
DAYS 11-13: LUANG PRABANG
Take an elephant trek, then cruise to the Pak Ou Caves and its hundreds of Buddha statues. Arrive in Luang Prabang and visit the Royal Palace and the graceful Wat Mai and Xieng Thong temples. Play a leisurely game of petanque, and enjoy sunset mocktails in riverside temple grounds. Savor a local noodle breakfast,, witness monks collecting alms at dawn, and spend an evening taking part in bamboo weaving and in an interactive cooking class in a beautiful rural setting. Visit scenic Kuang Si Falls, and have ample free time to explore Luang Prabang's alleyways, alluring architecture, boutiques and cafes.
Hotel: Sala Prabang
DAYS 14-16: VIENTIANE
Fly to Vientiane. Visit the grand Patuxai monument, and the COPE Center to learn about the impact of Indochina’s ‘Secret War’. Sample a Lao coffee, explore gilded That Luang and Wat Sisaket, and have some free time. In the evening, attend a baci ceremony and hear a traditional music performance over a delicious ‘jaew’ dinner in a local home. On your last morning, enjoy free time before your departure transfer.
Hotel: Lao Orchid Hotel
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