Pakse in southern Laos is located at the headwater where the Xedone and Mekong Rivers...Read more >
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.
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
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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.
Tamarind Village Chiang Mai is a charming boutique property set in the heart of the historic city of Chiang Mai, close to many of the main sights, the night bazaar and many of the riverside restaurants. The resort is shaded by a 200-year-old tamarind tree and the rooms feature fabrics and patterns from the tribes of the region, reflecting the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. There is a restaurant offering traditional northern Thai cuisine and international favourites, with both an outdoor and indoor dining area. Features: 42 rooms & 3 suites, restaurant, spa, shop, outdoor pool, Wi-Fi. Room amenities: Television, tea & coffee facilities, air conditioning.
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.
Low season from £3995 per person
High season from £4995 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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