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Thailand & Laos Explorer

Private Travel | Cruises 15 Days & 12 Nights Lead-in price: £3995

Explore some of south-east Asia's hidden gems on this journey through the jungles of northern Thailand, followed by a cruise south through Laos to the temple town of Luang Prabang. Fly down to southern Laos and explore its unspoilt countryside and the remote 4,000 Islands region.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Explore the famous night markets of Chiang Mai
  • Visit the Golden Triangle where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet
  • Peaceful overnight cruise along the Mekong River
  • Spend 3 nights in the ancient temple town of Luang Prabang
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Chiang Mai via Bangkok

Overnight flight to Chiang Mai via Bangkok. (N)

Days 2-3: Chiang Mai

Arrive and transfer to the Tamarind Village for a 2-night stay, a charming boutique property in the city centre that is built around a 200-year-old tamarind tree. The hotel operates a daily programme of cultural activities that highlight the unique craft traditions of the region. Optional tours available to visit an elephant camp and explore the famous night markets. The following day visit Wat Rong Khun, or The White Temple, a contemporary art exhibit styled as a Buddhist temple. (N)

Day 4: Chiang Rai

Drive further into northern Thailand to Chiang Rai, close to the famous Golden Triangle region where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet. Stay at Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort for 2 nights (upgrades available to the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort). (B)

Day 5: Chiang Rai

Visit the Golden Triangle where Laos, Thailand and Burma meet and discover the ancient Lanna kingdom of Chiang Saen. (B)

Day 6: Mekong cruise to Pak Beng

Cross the border into Laos and board a Luang Say Mekong cruise vessel for the journey downriver to Pak Beng, a small riverside village which offers a glimpse into rural life in Laos. Stay overnight in the simple Luang Say Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Luang Prabang

Early morning visit to the local fresh food market, then board the boat to continue your cruise downstream. Make a stop at the Pak Ou caves, where thousands of Buddhist statues have accumulated over hundreds of years of pilgrimage, then continue to Luang Prabang. Stay at The Luang Say Residence for 3 nights. (B, L)

Days 8-9: Luang Prabang

Tour Luang Prabang’s Unesco-protected ancient temple district, visiting Buddhist temples and the National Museum, housed in a former royal palace. There are also many quiet cafes, restaurants, a traditional arts and ethnology centre, and a busy night market to explore. (B)

Day 10: Fly to Pakse

Fly to Pakse in southern Laos, founded by the French in 1905 where the Xe Don and Mekong rivers merge. Stay at Residence Sisouk for 1 night, which has views over the rivers. (B)

Days 11-12: Mekong cruise

Morning excursion to the Vat Phou temple, then transfer to the Vat Phou vessel for a 2-night cruise. Cruise down the river stopping at villages and temples en route. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Si Phan Don

Explore Si Phan Don (the 4,000 Islands region) including a visit to the mighty Khone Phapheng Falls. Coach transfer back to Pakse and stay at the Residence Sisouk for 1 night. (B)

Day 14-15: Fly home via Vientiane & Bangkok

Fly to Vientiane and connect to an overnight flight to Bangkok. Overnight flight home. (B)

Meal basis:

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information: Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • The Luang Say Residence
    The Luang Say Residence

    Set in a French colonial-style villa located within easy reach of Luang Prabang's ancient temple district and old town, the Luang Say Residence is a 5-star boutique hotel and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio. The 24 elegantly appointed and spacious suites are housed in six pavilions, and facilities include a swimming pool, library, bar and La Belle Epoque restaurant serving local and regional cuisine.

  • Luang Say Lodge
    Luang Say Lodge

    The Luang Say Lodge is located on the banks of the Mekong river near Pak Beng, set against mountainous jungle. The property blends into the natural environment through careful landscaping, with buildings elegantly furnished with dark-toned wood and white fabrics, and offering superb views of the river and mountains. The hotel restaurant is reached by wooden walkways from the pavilions, and serves locally sourced organic food. Features: 20 bungalows; restaurant. Room amenities: Mosquito net; electric fan; en suite bathroom with hot shower and western-style toilet.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £3995 per person

High season from £4995 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Pakse

    Pakse in southern Laos is located at the headwater where the Xedone and Mekong Rivers...

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  • Chiang Rai

    Chiang Rai is a laid back Northern Thai town, surrounded by green hills and located clos...

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  • Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second city, and is considered one of the most beautiful, being...

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  • Chiang Rai

    Chiang Rai is a laid back Northern Thai town, surrounded by green hills and located clos...

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  • Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang is considered to be the best preserved town in Southeast Asia. The former...

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  • Pakse

    Pakse in southern Laos is located at the headwater where the Xedone and Mekong Rivers...

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