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Gateway to Indochina

Laos

Tour Code : GI021

21 Days. Discover Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, explore the cities of Bangkok and Chiang Mai. The Golden Triangle, the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang and the Laos Capital of Vientiane. Travel south to Champasak, the Bolaven Plateau and Wat...

Bangkok

2 days

Chiang Mai

2 days

Chiang Khong

1 days

Pak Beng

1 days

Luang Prabang

3 days

Vientiane

1 days

Champasak

1 days

4000 Islands

2 days

Kratie

1 days

Phnom Penh

2 days

Siem Reap

3 days

Day 1 UK - Bangkok
Depart for your flight to Bangkok
Day 2 Arrive Bangkok
Transfer to your hotel on arrival and spend the evening on a cruise of the Chao Phraya River
Day 3 Bangkok
Day Tour of Bangkok, visit the Royal Palace, the Wats, enjoy the many markets
Day 4 Bangkok - Chiang Mai
Morning Flight to Chang Mai we check you into your hotel. After lunch we visit the stunning Doi Suthep temple driving through the windy mountain road up on the mountain top. Here you can take in the stunning views of Chang Mai below. Returning to the hotel in time for dark we can give you directions on local markets and entertainment areas for you to visit to make the most of your Chang Mai experience. Well known for its night market that is open every night and if the timing is right the every other Sunday street market where some of the best bargains in Thailand can be found, especially northern Thai Silk.
Day 5 Chiang Mai
A day at the Chiang Mai Thai Cookery School; which offers you a choice of 5 different courses, each course has been designed as a complete one day course so that you will learn the main techniques for cooking Thai food whichever course you attend.
Day 6 Chiang Mai - Golden Triangle - Chiang Khong
We travel by car to see the famous golden triangle where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet visiting the Opium museum and seeing the hill tribes before continuing onto Chang Khong where we spend the night overlooking the Mekong river in all it's glory into the country of Laos on the other side.
Day 7 Chiang Khong - Pak Beng
After crossing the border into Laos we begin our journey along the Mekong to Luang Prabang on a two day boat trip. Along the way we admire the calmness, scenery and the tranquility that Laos is becoming famous for, leaving the cities and hustle behind, Laos beckons. We stop at Pak Beng on the first night the center of the Golden Triangle, a small town surviving mainly on the influx of tourists coming down the river and local crops.
Day 8 Pak Beng - Luang Prabang
Our second day on the river takes us to Luang Prabang whilst on the way we stop at the Pak Ou Caves. These caves are packed with Buddha images and a sense of mysticism unfound elsewhere, you have to experience to believe. Arriving at Luang Prabang transfer to your hotel to either relax or spend the evening walking around this majestical colonial French town with it's splendid architecture and temples.
Day 9 Luang Prabang
Spend the morning exploring the Wats and visiting the Royal Palace after Lunch free to enjoy the tranquility of this UNESCO World heritage site evening free to by the river or shop in the night market.
Day 10 Luang Prabang
Morning trip to Kuang Si Waterfall and in the afternoon visit Wat Wisunalat & Wat Xieng Thong. Murals in Wat Paa Huak and Wat mai Suwnnaphumahan then up the steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded Stupa as well as viewing a beautiful and panoramic sunset over the ancient city and the Mekong River.
Day 11 Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Morning flight to Vientiane, spend the day exploring the city. See the morning market, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Sisaket, Tat Luang Stuppa and especially the strange and wonderful Buddha Sculpture Park and even a glimpse of the Beer Lao factory, before catching the returning to your hotel.
Day 12 Vientiane - Pakse - Bolaven Plateau - Champasak
Early morning flight to Pakse visit the coffee and Tea plantations before seeing Tad Fan waterfall which has two twin cascades dropping over 120m off the Bolaven Plateau. After lunch we head to the mighty Mekong crossing over by boat and heading to the Town of Champasak
Day 13 Wat Phu Champasak - Don Khong
A morning visit to Wat Phu: This Natural Heritage Site was built in the 6th century by the Khmer's and was originally used to worship the Hindu god Shiva and other deity's before being converted into a Buddhist temple in later centuries. Wat Phu was considered the center of the Khmer kingdom until it was moved to Angkor Wat in the 12th century. After lunch head towards Xe Pian NBCA. At the village of Ban Kiat Ngong you will take an elephant ride up the mountain to visit Phou Asa Temple. We then continue onto Don Khong
Day 14 4000 Islands
Departing Don Khong Island at 8:00am, take a boat trip through the 4000 Islands. We stop at Don Det Ban Khone Island where we see the old railway bridge cross back over the mainland and drive to the border, take a boat trip to see the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. Visit Khon Pa Peng waterfall, the largest cascades on the Mekong before returning to Don Khong
Day 15 Don Khong - Kratie
After breakfast cross over the border into Cambodia and take a boat trip through the flooded forest. Continue to Stung Treng for lunch at the Tonle Tourism Training Centre teaching live skills to local students in the hospitality industry. Then stop by at Mekong Blue producing one of the finest silk products in Cambodia, before continuing to Kratie.
Day 16 Kratie - Phnom Penh
Continue to Phnom Penh, stop at the little town of Skun to take a photo or enjoy some fried spiders before arriving in Phnom Penh.
Day 17 Phnom Penh
Spend the day seeing the sites of the city. We visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda before going to the killing fields at Choeung Ek after lunch visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum formerly used as a prison during Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge reign. Your evening is free to explore the markets and or night life of Phnom Penh.
Day 18 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap
Take the flight to Siem Reap spend the afternoon exploring Angkor Wat one of humankind's most impressive architectural accomplishments.
Day 19 Siem Reap
Visit the Royal City of Angkor Thom, constructed by King Jayavarman VII at the end of the 12th Century. Take a trip to Ta Prohm which has deliberately been left to the jungle and Banteay Srei a small well preserved temple, return to your hotel evening free.
Day 20 Siem Reap
Wake up to Catch sunrise over Angkor Wat before visiting Kbal Spean a carved riverbed set deep in the jungle, also visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som.
Day 21 Siem Reap - Bangkok - UK
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Bangkok and the connection to the UK
 

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All of our itineraries are tailor-made - click on a price below to see what you can expect at each budget level

The quoted price exludes any international flights but includes all internal flights while on the tour. Tour costs are based on two people travelling and sharing a room. The price quoted may vary depending on the time of year and the final itinerary. If you have a specific budget please get in contact with us so we can make a proposal.


Medium: Price from
£2700

 

Deluxe: Price from
£3100

 

Luxury: Price from
£3800

 


For a lower or higher budget contact us for a tailored made solution

Medium

Luang Prabang River Lodge

A central Lodge with stunning views over the Mekong all designed in a contemporary stylish finish.

Pakse Hotel

Located in the centre of Pakse, the rooms are clean and simple. The hotel boasts a lovely roof terraced bar with great views over Pakse.

Deluxe

Ambassador Hotel

Conveniently located on a prime spot in the heart of Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok’s commercial and shopping district.

Champasak Grand

Located just outside the centre of Pakse by the friendship bridge the hotel offers great views over Pakse and the Mekong. A slice of luxury in the rural town of Pakse.

Somadevi Angkor Resort & Spa

An ideal retreat to experience comfort and luxury in one, as you take a journey into history and relive the magical grace of Angkor

 
Luxury

Settha Palace

In the heart of Vientiane, this remarkable hotel has been painstakingly restored to its former imperial glory. A luxury hotel with classical elegance and French colonial charm.

Sukhothai Hotel

A magical hotel which deliver Thai Charm, style and service to perfection. Timeless decor and an attention to detail makes this hotel special.

Lebua State Tower

Located in the hear of Bangkok a luxury hotel with all suite rooms.

 
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