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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. 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)
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)
Visit the Golden Triangle where Laos,
Thailand and Burma meet and discover the ancient Lanna kingdom of Chiang Saen. (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 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)
Fly to Vientiane and connect to an overnight flight to Bangkok. Overnight flight home. (B)
Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Available on request.
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