PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIM06

This classic tour with border crossing from Bangkok to Vientiane is designed to offer you the perfect mixture of adventure, nature and cultural history of 2 of the most alluring and fascinating countries in Southeast Asia –  Laos and Thainad within 16 days.

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Travel route: Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon National park – Chiang Mai – Luang Prabang – Kuang Si waterfalls – Pak Ou caves – Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars – Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Vientiane – Bangkok – Departure

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Flight to Bangkok (no meals)
  • Day 2:Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Rai  (B)
  • Day 3: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Boating on Mekong river – Opium House (B)
  • Day 4: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (B,D)
  • Day 5: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon National park & Waterfalls (B,L)
  • Day 6: Chiang Mai – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)
  • Day 7: Luang Prabang – City tour – Kuang Si waterfalls (B)
  • Day 8: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (Morning) (B)
  • Day 9: Luang Prabang – Land transfer to Xieng Khoang (B)
  • Day 10: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars – Site 1 & 2 (B)
  • Day 11: Xieng Khuang – Flight to Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B,L)
  • Day 12: Vang Vieng – Caving and Kayaking (B)
  • Day 13: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B)
  • Day 14: Vientiane – City tour (B)
  • Day 15: Vientiane – Free leisure (B)
  • Day 16: Vientiane – Flight to Bangkok – Departure (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1:  Flight to Bangkok (no meals)

Airport pick-up with English spk guide is provided. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok – Flight to Chiang Rai  (B)

Morning visit halfday city tour in Bangkok. You visit Wat Trimitr (Golden Buddha Temple)  / Wat Po (Reclining Buddha Temple) and Wat Benjamaborpitr (Marble Temple).

Mid-day fly to Chiang Rai. Upon arrival Chiang Rai, transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 3: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Boating on Mekong river – Opium House (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. North Thailand is well known for its exotic hill tribes and this morning we will visit some of their villages. The drive takes us on narrow hilly roads through beautiful landscape with spectacular views to the villages of the Akha and Yao hill tribes. Then drive to Mae Sai, which is the most northern town of Thailand on the border of Burma. Take lunch (paid by yourselves) then continue to the center of the infamous “Golden Triangle“, the meeting point of the borders of Burma, Laos and Thailand.  For those who would like to come even closer to the border of Burma and Laos, a boat trip on the Mekong River will be on offer. Visit to the old Opium House before continuing to the provincial town of Chiang Saen, which is located at the scenic borders of the Mekong River. Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Rai.

Day 4: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai (B,D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mae Ka Chan, which is famous for its hot springs. Then we continue our trip through scenic hillsides and jungles to Chiang Mai, the “Rose of the North “. Lunch at a local restaurant before arrival into Chiang Mai. Drive to Wat Phra Dhat Doi Suthep mountain temple then continue to the hotel.  In the evening, a traditional ‘Kantoke’ traditional dinner is on the program. Typical Thai dishes from the northern region are served while elegant Thai dancers are performing.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 5: Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon National park & Waterfalls (B,L)

Visit 2 wonderful pagodas and the highest peak in Thailand with much beautiful scenery including two huge waterfalls and fascinating Rhododendron. Then visit Karen villages whose cultures of living harmony with nature are apparently going on. You visit Royal twin chedi , Highest peak, Karen tribe village and the Royal Projects. Afternoon you visit 2 waterfalls of Wachiratharn and Siriphom. (Picnic lunch is included)

16.00 end of the tour return to hotel.

Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day 6: Chiang Mai – Flight to Luang Prabang (B)

Airport transfer with driver only is provided in Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang. Check in and overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Luang Prabang – City tour – Kuang Si waterfalls (B)

Morning easy cycle in 3km in the city center to visit Royal Palace Museum (closed on Tuesday), Wat Xieng Thong temple, Wat Visoun temple, Wat Aham, Wat Pa Phon Phao and Mt. Phu Si.

Afternoon visit Kuang Si waterfalls and free swimming in emerald water.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (Morning) (B)     

Morning boating from Luang Prabang city to Pak Ou caves along Mekong river. Visit Upper Cave and Lower Cave famous for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Know more about the local customs to worship Buddha. Boating back to Luang Prabang. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Land transfer to Xieng Khoang (B)

Full day transfer to Xieng Khouang. Visit some local village along the way. Overnight in Phonsavan city.

Day 10: Xieng Khuang – Plain of Jars – Site 1 & 2 (B)

The Plain of Jars UNESCO World Heritage combines ancient and contemporary history with insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. Nature encounters are easily accessible off the beaten track. Easy take beautiful photos and know more about the different legends of the jars. Overnight in Phonsavan.

Day 11: Xieng Khuang – Flight to Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B,L)

Mid-day flight to Vientiane. Airport transfer with driver in Phonsavan is provided.

You meet our local guide in Vientiane airport then private transfer to Vang Vieng “the capital of adventure”. Arrive at Vang Vieng hotel in the late afternoon. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 12: Vang Vieng – Caving and Kayaking (B)

After 14 km transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, we visit Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation. The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. One hour of exploration through numerous corridors ends at a crystal clear spring. Here, swimming in the stream – in a cave lit up by candles – is possible all the year round. The most beautiful cave on this trip is Tham Loup (Deep cave), our next stop for cave exploration with its many stalagmites and stalactites. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), also a good place for a swim. After a picnic lunch, the trek to the Hmong village of Phathao passes through rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens. The trip back to Vang Vieng varies according to the level of the Nam Song river water. Descending the Nam Song by kayak leads us through idyllic scenes of rural life: a unique sight with the Limestone Mountains in the background.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 13: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B)

After checking-out at noon, you’re private transferred to Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 14: Vientiane – City tour (B)

The first stop of the tour is the National Museum, where you can follow the history of Laos from pre-history to the present day. You also visit Wat Sisaket, where thousands of Buddha statues are displayed along the walls. Wat Phra Keow is a private royal chapel which sheltered the Emerald Buddha from 1565 to 1779 when the Siamese invasion took the Buddha back to Bangkok. Continuing the visit, you visit Wat That Luang, one of the biggest monuments in Laos. It is known as the Golden Stupa and is both a religious symbol and a symbol of the union of the country. Climb to the top of the Patuxai Monument, reminiscent of the “Arc de Triomphe” in Paris. There are wonderful views of the city from here.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 15: Vientiane – Free leisure (B)

Breakfast & Free leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 16: Vientiane – Flight to Bangkok – Departure (B)

Private airport transfer with driver is provided in Vientiane. Transit in Bangkok airport for your onwards flight to Brussel.

INCLUSION

  • 15 nights hotel accommodation on a twin-share basic with daily breakfast
  • Private transfer by air-conditioned car
  • English local speaking guide
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary program
  • Meals as mentioned: B = Breakfast ; L = Lunch ; D = Dinner
  • Entry fee as tour stated
  • Drinking water & wet tissue on sightseeing days

EXCLUSION

  • Meals, drinks and personal expenses (eg. laundry, telephone call etc).
  • Arrival & Departure flight tickets to/from Bangkok
  • Camera and video camera fees
  • Visa arrangement
  • Early check in and Late check out from hotel
  • Tips (eg. Driver, guide,..)