Unknown northern Thailand and Laos

  17 Days / 16 Nights
  Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Phitsanulok - Sukhothai - Mae Sot - Mae Sariang - Chiang Mai - Thaton - Golden Triangle - Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Huay Xai - Pakbeng - Pak Ou - Luang Praban
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The cross-country tour starts with a visit of the capital Bangkok. Then discover the numerous attractions of central and northern Thailand. Cruise on the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. Afterwards explore the highlights of Laos during the overland trip to Vientiane.

Location Information:
Day 1 - 3: Bangkok

Pick up from Bangkok airport and transfer to the Hotel. Spend the next days at your leisure.

Day 3: Bangkok – Phitsanulok

Drive from the hotel in Bangkok to Bang Pa-In. Visit the Royal Summer Palace. Continue by longtail boat to Ayutthaya. Visit Wat Phanang Choen and Wat Yai Chai-Mongkol. Lunch in a local restaurant. Drive towards Phitsanulok. Check in at the hotel. Visit the Phra Si Rattana Mahathat temple. It houses one of the most beautiful Buddha images in Thailand, Phra Buddha Chinnarat. Afterwards visit a Buddha statue factory. Return to the hotel.

Day 4: Phitsanulok – Mae Sot

Drive to Sukhothai. Explore the historical park, an UNESCO world heritage site. Drive towards the border of Myanmar. Lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the Lansang National Park with its scenic waterfalls. In Mae Sot visit Wat Thai Wattanaram with the 45 meter reclining Buddha image. Transfer to the hotel for check in.

Day 5: Mae Sot – Mae Sariang

Visit the border market. Drive along Moei River through the mountains. Stop at a refugee camp. Visit a Karen hill tribe village. Explore the Mae Usu cave. Lunch at a local restaurant. At Mae Ngao National Park enjoy rafting along the Mae Ngao River. Drive to Mae Sariang and check in at the hotel.

Day 6: Mae Sariang – Chiang Mai

Drive to Mae Chaem district. Visit some farms and communicate with the locals. Continue to the 2,565 meter high Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain. Visit the royal pagodas on the mountain plateau. Lunch at a local restaurant. Walk to Wachirathan waterfall. Drive to the hotel in Chiang Mai and check in. Explore Thailand’s biggest night market.

Day 7: Chiang Mai

Short drive to Doi Suthep. Visit the most holy temple of Chiang Mai, Wat Phra That. Enjoy the view from the temple terrace over the countryside. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive back to the hotel. In the evening enjoy a Kantoke Dinner with classical northern dances.

Day 8: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

Drive to the elephant camp. Enjoy an interesting performance, done by the elephants. Elephant trek through the forest. Drive to Chiang Dao. Lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the Chiang Dao cave. Drive towards Thaton. Visit the mountain temple Wat Thaton. Drive onwards to Chiang Rai and check in at the hotel. Explore the night market.

Day 9: Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong

Visit Wat Rong Khun, also called “White Temple”. Scenic drive to Doi Tung Mountain. Visit the Mae Fah Luang Garden. Continue to Chiang Saen. Boat trip along the Mekong River. Lunch at a local restaurant. Explore the Golden Triangle. Afterwards visit the Opium Museum. Transfer to the hotel in Chiang Khong for check in.

Day 10: Chiang Khong – Pakbeng

Transfer to the Laotian border town Huay Xay. Board the river boat. During the cruise enjoy the beautiful scenery. Buffet lunch on the boat. Late afternoon arrival in Pakbeng. Check in at the hotel. Dinner on the terrace with view over the Mekong.

Day 11: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang

Visit the morning market. Transfer to the boat and cruise towards Luang Prabang. Stop at a Hmong settlement. Afterwards buffet lunch on the boat. Stop at the Pak Ou caves, containing thousands of Buddha statues. Another stop is at a village known for the production of rice wine. Late afternoon arrival at Luang Prabang. Transfer to the hotel with check-in.

Day 12: Luang Prabang

Visit the Royal Palace Museum. Afterwards visit the temples of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. Early afternoon explore the Arts and Ethnology Centre. Then visit Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, known for their superb textile-weaving products. Late afternoon visit Mt. Phousi for a spectacular sunset. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day 13: Luang Prabang & Kuang Si Waterfall

Drive to the silk weaving center Ock Pop Tock. On the way to the Kuang Si Waterfall is an option to visit the villages of the Khmu, Hmong and Lao Loum ethnic groups. Relax and swim in the clear pool at the waterfall or walk along the jungle trails. On the way back to the hotel visit the Bear Rescue Centre. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Day 14: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng

Drive on scenic mountain roads direction south. Stop at viewpoints. Visit the Khmu village Ban Kiu Kam Pone. Stop at Phou Phueng Fa viewpoint. Visit the Hmong settlement Ban Hin Ngon. Explore the market at Koe Kuang. Stop at Phatang Mountain, another fantastic vantage point. Continue to Vang Vieng. Check in at the hotel.

Day 15: Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Explore Tham Jang cave. Drive southwards to Tha Heua, known for its dried river fish. Continue to the picturesque Nam Ngum lake. Afterwards visit the salt mine at Ban Keun. Visit the lively market at Don Makei. Transfer to Vientiane. Check in at the hotel.

Day 16: Vientiane city tour & Buddha Park

Visit the temples of Wat Sisaket and Wat Prakeo. Continue to the Patuxai Monument, known as the Arc de Triumph of Vientiane. Afterwards admire That Luang Stupa, the national symbol of Laos. Visit COPE exhibition center. In the early afternoon visit the Buddha Park. On the way back to the hotel stop for a fantastic sunset over the Mekong River.

Day 17: Vientiane – Airport

Transfer to the Airport.

End of service.


Price
Season 2 - 3 Persons 4 - 6 Persons SGL Surcharge

Accommodation
Destination Hotel Rating Category Nights
Bangkok Narai Hotel Superior Room 2
Phitsanulok Amarin Lagoon Hotel Deluxe Room 1
Mae Sot Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort Superior Room 1
Mae Sariang Riverhouse Resort Standard Room 1
Chiang Mai Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai Superior Room 2
Chiang Rai Laluna Hotel & Resort Garden Bungalow 1
Chiang Khong Chiangkhong Teak Garden Hotel River View Bungalow 1
Pakbeng Luang Say Lodge Standard Bungalow 1
Luang Prabang Le Sen Deluxe Room 3
Vang Vieng Vansana Vang Vieng Executive Suite 1
Vientiane Ansara Savvy Room 2

We reserve the right to exchange hotels/categories according to availability.

Note: We offer a wide range of hotels in all categories. If you would like to upgrade the hotel or room category please inform us accordingly and we will try to accommodate your request.

Questions / Inquiries
Services Included

Air-conditioned car /van and driver

Domestic flights as per itinerary

All transfers, ferries, day tours as per itinerary 

English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)

Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis

Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)

Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)

Services Excluded

Personal expenses

Visa fee by tours to Cambodia/Laos

Tips

Remarks

Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.

Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.

Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.