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Travel from Northern Thailand experiencing the delights of the area, enjoy the bustling of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and enter Laos by boat on Mekong River to visit the highlights of Luang Prabang – World heritage site & Charming Capital Vientiane. The tour is flexible and allows you to tailor your activities to suit your own tastes and desires...

Start city: Chiang Mai

End city: Vientiane

Duration: 12 Days 11 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Huay Xai - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

- Extendable with optional tours from Chiang Mai and from Vientiane

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Tour Brief

Day 1: Chiang Mai Arrival.
Day 2: Chiang Mai Discover.
Day 3: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Sightseeing.
Day 4: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong.
Day 5: Chiang Khong – Huay Xay – Boat to Pakbeng.
Day 6: Pakbeng – Boat to Luang Prabang.
Day 7: Luang Prabang – City Tour.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Alms Giving – Kuangsi Waterfall.
Day 9: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng – Tham Phoukham.
Day 10: Vang Vieng – Tham Jang – Drive to Vientiane.
Day 11: Vientiane – City Tour.
Day 12: Vientiane Departure.

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.
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4 Persons $0 Reservation
2 Persons $1,720 Reservation
1 Person $3,130 Reservation
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Day 1: Chiang Mai Arrival.
Welcome to Chiang Mai, gateway to Northern Thailand, surrounded by mountain and countryside which make it quite and serene. Meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in (check in time: 14:00).
Meals: Not Available.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 2: Chiang Mai Discover.
The day will start with The Mae Sa Elephant Camp to watch the elephants bathing and the elephant show. Here you can choose the option of riding the elephants either through the natural forested slopes in the Mae Sa Valley or to Baan Tong Luang the picturesque 4 hill tribe exhibition village set in a beautiful valley amongst the rice paddies.
After a leisurely lunch, proceed to the Sankampeang area to view the manufacture of famous Chiang Mai and Thai product such as silk, celadon and paper umbrella. Your final destination of the day is the impressive Doi Suthep temple which sits on the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.

Day 3: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Sightseeing.
This morning, you will head to Chiang Rai, the city remains a sleepy provincial town with a pleasant atmosphere offering you spicier food and good percentage of hill tribes and Myanmar exiles
On arrival, spend your time to visit Wat Rong Khun (also known as White Temple) – the unique northern art temple with the beautiful painting and the chapel of this temple is in pure white and adorned with exquisite traditional Thai style stuccowork, aiming to represent heaven. Continue with the visit to other main attractions in Chiang Rai such as Wat Phra Kaew where the Emerald Buddha; Wat Phra Singha where the famous Buddha image housed here is believed to be built in 157 A.D. in Sri Lanka or Ceylon and was brought to Thailand in the Sukhothai period (1238-1438).
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.

Day 4: Chiang Rai – Golden Triangle – Chiang Khong.
Depart from your hotel in the morning to Mae Sai Border - the Northern most point of Thailand, where you can also experience the local lifestyle of people at the border point. Then continue your trip to the Golden Triangle, where the Ruak River and the Mekong River meets forming the border of three countries, and the opium museum. Thereafter, you will take a boat trip on the river to view the splendor of mighty Mekong River. Drive to hotel in Chiang Khong to rest.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Khong.

Day 5: Chiang Khong – Huay Xay – Boat to Pakbeng.
Leave hotel early morning for border crossing. You will board a cruise downstream Mekong river.
08:00 am: You will meet team of the cruise in front of the Chiang Khong International border with a sign of your name. They will help you get the shuttle bus to cross the bridge and go to Lao immigration. Just after landing, English speaking tour guide will welcome you and will help you to apply for your visa. Then, we will transfer you by minivan to the boat pier. The boat leaves Houay Xay at 09:30am.
12:00 pm: Lunch is served on board. You will taste traditional Lao food with several dishes.
2:00 pm: The first stop will be to visit a Hill Tribe Village along the Mekong River. Our guide will explain the way of living and the origins of these rural populations. The tribe being small, we ask you a special attention to respect the private space of the habitants while the visit.
During the afternoon, you will be free to relax on board and taste some local snacks and fresh fruits.
4:30 pm: The boat arrives in Pakbeng before sunset, where you will retreat to your accommodation for the night.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng.

Day 6: Pakbeng – Boat to Luang Prabang.
8:00am: The boat leaves Pakbeng.
The boat departs for another day of impressive nature landscapes all along the river. 2 stops are planned during the afternoon.
Use your free time in the morning for asking some questions about Luang Prabang and Laos the guide.
12:30pm: Lunch is served on board. You will taste traditional Lao food with several dishes.
1:00pm: After the lunch, the first stop will be at Pak Ou to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images.”
2:30pm: Next step, the Lao Lao village, commonly known as the Whiskey Village.
In there, the guide will provide information about the locally made rice whisky, and you will have the chance to taste it if you wish.
You will also have time to enjoy the charm of this small and authentic village, its temple and local artisans.
You will be served some local snacks and fresh fruits before arrival.
You will arrive in Luang Prabang around 4:30pm. Meet your private guide and driver and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Luang Prabang – City Tour.
Profoundly influenced by the French, unquestionably earns the title of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, this exquisite town in Laos is not to be missed under any circumstances. Situated on the peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a perfect spot to unwind, eat good food and enjoy the scenery. This relatively small, palm fringed place is packed with fabulous colonial villas, top class restaurants, coffee shops and stunning Buddhist temples.
Today we take a trip around the ancient city to visit the most highlights. We begin with Royal Palace Museum, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong - representative of classic Laotian architecture.
In the afternoon we ride to visit the unique Wat Visoun, entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. Then head to the excellent Arts and Ethnology Center which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Alms Giving – Kuangsi Waterfall.
This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
After refreshment, we explore Ock Pop Tok craft living center overlooking the Mekong river, set in a tropical Mekong garden. Meaning “east meets west”, Ock Pop Tok brings the fascinating world of traditional Lao handicrafts alive for visitors. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi Market where you will see exotic things as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take a walk to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Buying T shirt or other merchandise is highly recommended to fund this preservation. Back to the old town to relax.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 9: Luang Prabang – Drive to Vang Vieng – Tham Phoukham.
After breakfast and refreshment, we check out and take a drive to Vang Vieng (6 hours), a little charming town settle on the bank of Nam Song river with karst mountain backdrop.
Arrive, check in and head to Tham Phoukham cave, the country’s beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will meet local villagers and learn about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool called Blue Lagoon in front of the caves where you can swim and refresh yourself from the heat.
Back to hotel to relax.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng.

Day 10: Vang Vieng – Tham Jang – Drive to Vientiane.
Breakfast and relax then we drive to explore Tham Jang cave, the home for migrating people, who settled near the town’s southern Meuang Xong Village to rise vegetables. The locals stumbled into the cavern during the civil war, while seeking refuge deep in the forest.
After lunch we drive to Vientiane (4 hours), the capital of Laos, arrive and check in.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

Day 11: Vientiane – City Tour.
We have a day to explore Vientiane – The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: Wat Sisaket the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. Next is the visit Pha That Luang, the giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Then you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. In the afternoon we visit Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan (as well as other variations of the spelling), is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

Day 12: Vientiane Departure.
Have breakfast at the hotel then enjoy free time before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight home.
Meal: Breakfast.
Have a good journey & See you again!

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • International flights.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Thailand Visa.
  • Laos Visa.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Travel Thailand can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
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BANGKOK - THAILAND
Unit 1251, Siam Piwat Tower,
989 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
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HANOI - VIETNAM
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