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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.
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Overnight flight to Chiang Mai via Bangkok. (N)
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. The following day visit Wat Rong Khun, or The White Temple, a contemporary art exhibit styled as a Buddhist temple. (N)
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)
Journey into the Golden Triangle and visit small tribal villages, markets, temples and the Hall of Opium Museum, which documents the region's once thriving opium trade. (B)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Explore the 4,000 Islands region, also known as Si Phan Don, including a visit to the mighty Khone Phapheng Falls. Coach transfer back to Pakse and stay at the Residence Sisouk for 1 night. (B)
Fly to Vientiane and connect to an overnight flight back to the UK. (B)
Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is better suited to the hardier traveller as it includes some relatively basic lodge accommodation in places, rough road journeys and some jungle walking.
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