This exciting tour, which commences in Thailand, takes you on a mythical journey on board the LuangSay cruise, a delightful way to explore the highlights of Northern Laos in style. You will see stretches of breathtaking mountainous scenery and pass beautiful lush forests as we enter the Laos border and stop over at hill tribe village’s en-route to the charming, sleepy city of Luang Prabang. A trip to the paradise setting of the Khouangsi waterfalls is a highlight of this tour, which has many cool pools that you can swim in.
* THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS – BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival – Chiang Rai in Thailand
Day 2: Chiangrai Cruising Tour to HoueiSay – Pakbeng Adventure Tour (Cruise down operates Monday, Thursday & Friday) (B/L/D)
DAY 1 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: ARRIVAL – CHIANG RAI IN THAILAND
One you arrive in Chiang Rai airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Chiangrai.
Cruising from Chiang Rai in Thailand to Houeixai Habour in Laos
DAY 2 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: CHIANG RAI CRUISING TOUR TO HOUEISAY – PAKBENG ADVENTURE TOUR (CRUISE DOWN OPERATES MONDAY, THURSDAY & FRIDAY) (B/L/D)
This morning you will have an early morning transfer from the airport to the small town of Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand on the banks of the Mekong. After passing through immigration, you will cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos where your Lao guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point. After completing border formalities, you board a ready traditional boat for the trip down the Mekong River. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia’s most unvisited and unchanged countries. As you journey downriver you will take in the beautiful scenery and stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu.
Overnight in LuangSay Lodge.
DAY 3 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: PAKBENG ADVENTURE TOUR TO LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
After breakfast you will sail down river passing areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves crammed with thousands of Buddha statues left by devoted pilgrims. You will arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and be transferred to your hotel.
Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos at the heart of a mountainous region. The town is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. Mountain ranges (in particular the PhouThao and PhouNang mountains) encircle the city in lush greenery.
This evening you can take a stroll around this enchanting little town.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 4 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B)
After breakfast, we explore this charming city. You spend the day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-La’s of Southeast Asia. You will visit Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in the country, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Later, we visit the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum (closed Tuesdays) where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as artifacts including the Prabang, a large holy image, which was given in the 14th century by the Khmers to King Fa Ngum. At sunset we climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Mount Phousi where you’ll catch a lovely view out over the town and the river. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Pakbeng Adventure Tour to Luang Prabang
DAY 5 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG VACATION TO KHOUANG SI WATERFALL (B)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.
You can also visit the morning Phosi Market where you canl see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. Time permitting you may also wish to drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall.
Khouang Si Falls are truly spectacular and the biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang. This multi-tier waterfall is about 30km out of town, Kuang Si Falls are truly spectacular and the biggest waterfall which are a favourite side trip for tourists in Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
DAY 6 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG DAILY TRIP TO VIENTIANE (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, we begin our drive south to Vientiane, on the way stopping off to see some of the minority, via Vang Vieng where we can enjoy the scenic, panaromic views of unspoiled nature, the mountain and the beautiful landscape. After a short stop, we head out to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, built by the French on the site of Wieng Chan, the 16th century capital of Lane Xang. Wieng Chan was already bristling by the time Europe was emerging from obscurity, and today is a small bustling city that retains an air of Its French colonial past.
Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 7 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR (B)
This morning, you will commence sightseeing with a visit to the market. The market is wildly colorful amid baskets piled with rice, eggs, and tea, ducks, pigs and fish both alive and dead, are food stalls selling noodles, soup, and ‘food to go’ wrapped in banana leaves, existing cheek by jowl with sellers of jasmine, orchids, and marigolds – the latter being woven into garlands for temple offerings.
From there you begin a walking tour of the city’s old Wats beginning with the venerable Wat Sisaket with its many wall niches holding small Buddha, Wat Prakeo – a former royal temple, the major Wats of Wat Mixai, Wat Ong Tu, Wat Haisok and Wat In Paeng, ending with some French colonial houses. In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to the studio of Carol Cassidy, an American who has done much to advance the Lao weaving tradition. Later this afternoon you visit That Luang Stupa, a national symbol of Lao sovereignty and a Buddhist shrine, overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 8 – THAILAND BORDER TOUR TO NORTHERN LAOS: VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE (B)
Following breakfast, you are free for your own discovery until transfer for your departure.
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• Transportation in private
• Accommodation in twin shared room
• Boat trip as stated in above sights
• English speaking guide
• Admission fee to indicated sights
• Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
• Gov’t tax and service charge
• Luggage handling and drinking water
• Visa stamping fee on arrival
• Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
• Travel Insurance in all kinds
• Lunch or dinner unless where stated
• Single room (quoted separately)
• Other foreign language guide
• Peak tourist season or special event rates
• Child or adult in triple sharing room
• Tip, drinks and other personal expenses