Splendor Laos – Thailand

Code: AEMT - 03
20 Days/ 19 Nights
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Tour code: AEMT – 03

Type of tour: Multi-countries

Duration: 20 Days/19 Nights

Itinerary: Bangkok – Pakse – Khone Island – Pakse – Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Plain of Jars – Luang Prabang – Parbeng – Houeysai – Chiangkhong – Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Mai – Bangkok

Advantage: A dream vacation which help you discover the beauty of Laos with complete peace of mind and the northern Thailand, the Golden Triangle.

PACKAGE PRICE IN USD PER PERSON:

THE PRICE INCLUDED:

  • Double/twin room + breakfast in hotel 3*- 4*
  • Half pension as mentioned in program (2 spectacle dinners inclus)
  • Transportation by minibus with A/C
  • English speaking guide during the program
  • Sightseeing entrance fees
  • 1 hour by boat in Khone island, in Bangkok
  • Cruise by private boat from Luang Prabang to Parbeng and Houeysai
  • Elephant ride
  • Drinking water (2 bottles/pax/day)
  • Flight ticket and taxes BKK-PKZ (QV) , PKZ-VTE (QV), CNX-BKK (TG)

THE PRICE EXCLUDED:

  • International flight ticket
  • Visa in Laos, in Thailand
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Travel assurance
  • Others personal expenses
  • Tips

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for detail: info@vietnambestvacations.com

Day 1: Bangkok – Pakse (Dinner inclus)

Arrival in Bangkok. Connect the flight to Pakse. Welcome by our guide and driver in Pakse airport, the capital in the south of Laos and transfer to the city.

Check in hotel in Pakse. Dinner in the city.

Day 2: Pakse – Watphou – Nakasang – Khone Island (B,L) 140km – 3,5 hours by bus

Breakfast at hotel.

Heading to Champassak. This splendor city at the time of the French presence conserved the ruins of a set of fabulous temples: the Vat Phu. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features quadrangular pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary itself. The temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.

Following the road to Nakasang village. From here you will take a local boat to the peaceful islands of Done Det and Done Khone, where plantations and simple villages are almost all you will find. Start with a short boat trip will give you the chance to spot the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. Please note that sightings are far from guaranteed, but the mornings and late afternoon are best, when the water is cooler. Visit the impressive Lippi falls, which are on the west of Don Khone, very close to the Cambodian border. Their original name, Tad Somphamit, means “trap spirit” and the locals revere these falls as they believe they act as a trap for bad spirits. The islands played an important role during the French Colonial rule as they linked Laos to Cambodia and Southern Vietnam. To overpass the waterfalls, a railway and bridge were built, the perfect place to take your time and soak in the view. Continue your exploration and ease in to the slow pace of life, observing locals and taking your time. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Lunch at local restaurant. Free dinner and overnight in Don Khone.

Day 3: Khone Island – Nakasang – Ban Khiet Ngon – Pakse (B,L) 1 hour by boat

After breakfast, back to Nakasang village by boat. Stop to visit Kong Phapeng waterfalls, normally named “Niagra of Mekong”. Theses waterfalls are a natural border between Cambodia and Laos.

On the way to Pakse, stopping in Ban Khiet Ngon village to take an elephant ride until top of Phou Asa, overcome the ancient citadel. From there, we will have a panoramic view over preserved zone of Dong Houasao and Mekong valley.

Lunch at local restaurant. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel in Pakse.

Day 4: Pakse – Boloven – Flight to Vientiane (B,L,D)

After breakfast, transfer to Boloven plateau to discover the coffee plantations and productions. Coffee is a specialist of this region.

Heading to Tad Fane waterfalls, maybe is the highest waterfalls of country because they conclude two extending branch more than 120m. Next, walking towards Tad Ngern waterfalls, in the heart of luxuriant forest, they are spectacular with two torrents flowing more than 40m. You can swim on lower part of waterfalls, but attention with the currents.

Return to Pakse for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to airport to take the flight to Vientiane. Arrival and welcome by guide and local driver.

At night, musical dinner in Khau Lao restaurant. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 5: Vientiane – Buddha park (B,L)

We start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. You will continue on to Pha That Luang, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of the city of Vientiane. Since its initial establishment, suggested to be in the 3rd century, the stupa has undergone several reconstructions as recently as the 1930s due to foreign invasions of the area. It is generally regarded as the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol.

Next, heading to Wat Si Muang is one of Vientiane’s most popular sites of worship, and offers a fascinating insight into how old animist beliefs have blended seamlessly with Theravada Buddhism. Departure to visit the Buddha park about 25km from central city.

You will finish the day with a walk to Talat Sao, the biggest market of country that always overflow with traditional objects, tasty dishes and souvenirs for your relatives.

Lunch in local restaurant. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Vientiane – Vangvieng (B,L) 165km – 4 hours by bus, mountainous road.

Morning, you will leave Vientiane and heading to Vang Vieng. On the way, visit insects market Talat Dong Ma Khai, typical and local market. Next, visit the fabrication of salt in Ban Kheune village.

Stop at Nam Ngnum lake, a beautiful reservoir about 250km2 pointed by islands and surrounded by mountains. It is the result of construction of barrage in 1971 to provide the electricity to Vientiane and close region of Thailand. Fishing is an important revenue source for locals.

Continuation to Vang Vieng. Situated between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, this region is located in the heart of beautiful karstic landscapes, beside the Nam Song River. Famous for grottos, cascades, cliffs, limestone sugar loaves, it’s an ideal coin for lovers of nature and sportifs. The city has become with the years a festive backpacker place.

Arrival and visit Tham Chang grotto, considered as one of the most important grottos of Vang Vieng. Tham Chang (or Jang) has become a house for the immigrants who lived closely in the north of Moung Xong village to culture vegetables. Inside, you can see the spectacular stalactits, stalagmits and and an offer of view point that offers a stunning panorama.

 Descent by pirogue for a cruise on the Nam Song River.

Lunch at local restaurant. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Vang Vieng – Xieng Khuoang – Jars Plain (B,L) 250km – 6h on bus, montainous road

After breakfast, on the way from Vang Vieng to Xieng Khuoang, one of the province where was devastated by American bombing during Indochina war. Lunch on the way.

Upon arrival in Phonsavan, capital of province, transfer to hotel, visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau.

Lunch at local restaurant. Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Plain of Jar – Luangprabang (B,L,D) 250km – 6h on bus – Mountainous road 

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning, visit Ponsavanh market before get the National Road No 7 to up Road 13 in crossroad of Sala Phou Khoune, next continuation the way to the north of country in direction of Luang Prabang. On the way, we will pass through ethnic minority villages and take photos: M’Hong in Kiow Kacham and Muang Xieng Ngeun.

Arrive in Luang Prabang in the afternoon and transfer to hotel, after that, your free time.

Dinner with traditional show at Xonphao restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9:  Luang Prabang city tour (B,L)

Note: Around 5h, monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. You can wake up early and observe this solemn morning ritual. Next, you can visit a local market where you can find many local products.

Back to hotel for short break and breakfast before Luang Prabang city tour.

Discover Wat Xieng Thong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in LuangPrabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of LuangPrabang architecture.

Afterwards, visit the historical temple of city: Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts.

Discover Wat Aham, then Wat Saen, the first monatery of city. To finish, visit Vat May built following to the Luang Prabang typical architecture

In the afternoon, we will visit the National Museum (closed on Tuesday) and the former Royal Palace, home to a collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue as well as gifts received from foreign dignitaries.

In the evening, free visit of H’Mong night market.

Lunch at local restaurant. Free dinner. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Cascade Kuangsi (B,L)

Morning, climbing to the Phou Si mount where you can contemplate a panoramic view over Luang Prabang city. Next, visit grand market of Phou Si where you can find the local products. After that, leading to visit Kuang Si waterfalls where you can refresh in the turquoise water and explore surrounding jungle. Lunch picnic.

On the way back, you can visit the local villages of minority ethnic groups of Laos in Ban Quay, H’mong village, Ban Ou, LaoIoum village and Ban Thapene, Khamu village.

Free dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Luang Prabang – Pakbeng (B,L) 7h on private boat

Morning, transfer to wharf where you can take a private boat for a cruise (about 6-7h) on Mekong towards Pakbeng. A breakfast is served while the boat is cruising to Pak Ou Village, at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, where you will visit the Tam Thing Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. Enjoy a buffet lunch on board then stop at a hill tribe village where you can watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production. Arrive in Pak Beng around sunset and check in at hotel.

Free dinner. Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day 12: Pakbeng – Houesay – Chiangrai (B,L) 7 hours on private boat

After lunch, continuation of cruise towards Houeixat. You will visit villages on the banks of legend river and meet the ethnic minorities as H’mong, Khamou, Lu…

Lunch on boat.

Arrive in Houeixay wharf in the afternoon. You will be transferred to the border of Laos – Thailand. Arrive at border ChiangKhong before 17.00.

Welcome by Thai guide and transfer to hotel in Chiangrai.

Day 13: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle (B,L)

Morning: 08:30: visit the Black House Baan Dum, the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs.

Visit King’s Mother garden in Doitung and Maesai – comercial border and golden triangle transfer where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand meet.

Lunch in restaurant. Visit Opium museum and Chiangsean, the ancient city. After that, back to hotel in Chiangrai.

Day 14: Chiangrai – Chiang Mai (B,L)

08:00: departure from Chiang Mai (about 200km), on the way, through the beautiful landscapes of mountains and valleys of the north. Visit Wat Rongkhun, the unique art temple in the north, stop at Mae Ka Chan Hot Spring. Lunch in restaurant.

Afternoon, visit Chiang Mai city by tuktuk, includes Wat Pra Singh, one of the 200 most ancient Buddhist temples located surrounding city, one of the most famous architecture examples of Lanna. And Wat ChediLuang, the temple is the site of an enormous pagoda, originally 280 feet high, and which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. Next, transfer by bus to Warorot market, to see and feel the life style of locals in the north. Back to hotel.

Day 15: Chiang Mai (B,L)

08:00: Transfer to Elephants Camp in the Maetaman region, enjoy the performances of elephants then take an elephant ride crossing the jungle about 45 minutes. Visit the ethnic village Longs Cous. Visit orchid garden where we can find out the unique beauty of this magnificent floral species. Lunch in restaurant.

Afternoon, visit Doi Suthep temple, the most sacred temple on the hill with its enormous mythological stair of Nagas with 306-steps staircase flanked by naga (serpents)

Day 16: Chiang Mai – Bangkok (B)

Transfer from hotel to Chiang Mai airport for the flight to Bangkok.

Welcome by our guide then transfer to hotel. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 17: Bangkok – city tour (B,L)

Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy a full day visit of all interesting sites of Bangkok with stop at Golden Buddha and Reclining Buddha.

Visit the Grand Palace, the Coronation Throne Hall, Royal Funeral Hall and the famous emerald Buddha.

After lunch, cruise by boat along canal to see the Thai houses and typical rural life. Visit Temple of Dawn.

Free dinner. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 18: Bangkok (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 19: Bangkok (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Free time. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day 20: Bangkok – Departure (B)

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport for the flight to departure. End of our services.

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