Classic option from US$2955* PP
Deluxe option from US$4570* PP
Trip code: TLE-C-14 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Bangkok, River Kwai, Kanchanaburi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mekong River Cruise, Luang Prabang, Vientiane FINISH
A journey north takes you back in time as you leave the bright lights of Bangkok for the historic Bridge over the River Kwai and then to the old city walls of Chiang Mai. Time seems to stop as you float gently along the Mekong River past untouched rural villages, to the relics of Luang Prabang. Witness the ancient ritual of monks collecting alms at dawn before you soak up the old-world charms of Vientiane, a capital city that runs at its own pace.
DAYS 1-2: BANGKOK
On arrival in Bangkok, transfer to your hotel and meet your tour leader and the small group you will share your upcoming voyage with for a tour briefing and welcome drinks. Get amongst the action of the bustling streets of Bangkok and see the glittering Grand Palace, board a traditional longtail boat to cruise the Chao Phraya River and discover vibrant Chinatown, returning by skytrain, with free time in the evening to savor some of the world’s best Thai cuisine and shop till you drop.
Hotel: Trinity Glow Silom
DAYS 3-4: RIVER KWAI & KANCHANABURI
Travel to Kanchanaburi and stop at the fascinating Thai-Burma Museum before boarding a boat to take you to your accommodation for the night, a serene resort surrounded by towering mountains and verdant jungle beside the River Kwai. Discover some of the rich and turbulent history of the region as you head to Hellfire Pass and the Bridge over the River Kwai.
Hotels: Resotel, Felix River Kwai Resort
DAYS 5-6: CHIANG MAI
A short flight from Bangkok takes you to the jewel of the north, Chiang Mai. Walk through the delightful Old City and then visit an elephant conservation center where you can meet these magnificent creatures. Discover the sumptuous regional cuisine during an interactive cooking class and then dine on your creations.
Hotel: Rimping Village
DAY 7-8: CHIANG RAI & PAKBENG
Travel to Chiang Rai, in the heart of the mystical Golden Triangle region. Here, visit a handicraft village and spend an evening wandering lovely Chiang Rai. After crossing the border into Laos, board a private wooden barge for a magical journey floating down the tranquil Mekong River. Gaze at the stunning views as you pass traditional rural scenes and rustic villages. In the old trading post of Pakbeng, the peaceful ambience is extended at your rustic riverside lodge.
Hotels: Laluna Hotel & Resort, Phetsokxai
DAYS 9-11: LUANG PRABANG
Climb back aboard the serene cruise and continue to the fabled Luang Prabang. Along the way, stop at a remote hilltribe village and then witness hundreds of Buddha effigies at the Pak Ou Caves. In beautiful Luang Prabang, gain an insight into the culture as you enter ornate monasteries, roam the compelling Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and converse with local monks. A fun Lao cooking class in a flowering garden tests your culinary skills. Admire the stunning Kuang Si Falls. Rise early to witness the magnificent ancient ritual of local monks collecting alms at dawn, and soak up the town’s relaxed atmosphere with a game of petanque.
Hotel: Sala Prabang (Lodge)
DAYS 12-14: VIENTIANE
Fly to Vientiane, and experience the old-world charm of the delightful capital, filled with beautiful relics. Visit the interactive COPE center and gain a valuable insight into the problems UXOs, unexploded bombs, have caused in this peaceful land. Visit a family home when you take part in a traditional Baci Ceremony and wander the golden-spired Wat Pha That Luang, Wat Sisaket and then view the Patuxai Monument, Laos’ own Arc de Triomphe. On your last day, enjoy free time until your departure transfer.
Hotel: Mercure Vientiane
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