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The Magic of the Mekong (14 Days)

The Magic of the Mekong (14 Days)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 12 - 25 people
Destination(s): Thailand   Laos  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: August - April
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1345 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1445 US Dollar (USD)

Thailand and Laos are without doubt, two stunningly beautiful countries, and culturally rich. Our tour takes us on an off the beaten track route starting in the Thai capital Bangkok, then heading to the mountainous north of the country to the Mekong River in the mysterious Golden Triangle. From there we travel by boat to the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, and then trace a route overland through breathtaking mountains down to the charming Laos capital of Vientiane. During this tour we truly get to experience two of the most hospitable and friendly culture in the world.

Our tour offers fantastic value for money, throughout you will be staying in comfortable but characterful accommodation, 4 star or the best available, in the cities hotels come with pools, enabling you to relax and escape the heat after a day on tour. In the countryside, particularly in Laos accommodation is simple, 2 star in some cases, but always with bags of charm. Road travel is always using our comfortable and modern mid size coaches offering air conditioning and safety belts. Your journey will be escorted by an extremely experienced Western Tour Leader and then local English speaking guides at each location. Group sizes are manageable, from 12-25 persons per tour.

Our tour requires travelers with an average level of fitness. Nothing too strenuous, but it will involve Elephant rides, small boats and climbing steps in some instances. The tour is by no means rushed, giving you time to relax and compliments the general laid back pace of Thailand and Laos. The tour also provides an excellent opportunity to sample the wonderful local food and experience the culture of the two countries.

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive Bangkok. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening you will meet your tour leader for a tour briefing and welcome drinks with the rest of the group. Two nights at Amari Atrium Hotel.

Day 2: Bangkok city tour. Take in this bustling city with a full day tour taking in the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Lunch and dinner provided at local restaurants. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Bangkok–Chiang Mai. Fly to Chiang Mai today and take in the stunning view over the city on top of the Doi Suthep Mountain. In the evening enjoy a traditional dance ceremony and ‘Kantoke’ Dinner. Three nights at Aruntara Hotel. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Chiang Mai. Visit the amazing Elephant Camp at Mae Sa, followed by a discovery and education in the traditional handicrafts industry in the afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 5: Chiang Mai. Take a Samlor or trishaw tour of the old city, including the colorful flower market. Lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a well deserved rest in the afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 6: Chiang Mai–Golden Triangle. Early morning drive to visit the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet at the Mekong and Ruak Rivers. Following lunch visit the old town of Chiang Sean, rich in Lanna architecture. One night at Imperial Golden Triangle Resort. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 7: Golden Triangle–Pakbeng. Transfer to the Lao border for a highlight of the trip; a cruise down the mighty Mekong River aboard our comfortable private boat. Lao style food served on board. One night at Pakbeng Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Pakbeng–Luang Prabang. Continue your epic journey down the Mekong to the UNESCO Heritage city of Luang Prabang via Pak Ou Caves, containing thousands of Buddha statues. Three nights at Villa Santi Resort. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 9: Luang Prabang. Enjoy a morning city tour seeing the beautiful wats, and the National Museum. Late morning participate in a unique local experience, a ‘Baci’ ceremony at a local village. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 10: Luang Prabang. Rise early to witness the age old tradition of morning alms giving to the monks. Visit the local market, followed by a trip out to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 11: Luang Prabang–Vang Vieng. On the road today taking a spectacular mountain drives through breathtaking scenery to the riverside town of Vang Vieng. Surrounded by limestone karsts scenery, it’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy a sunset drink. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 12: Vang Vieng–Vientiane. Visit the local caves and take a local boat ride up the Nam Song River. You then drive south to the sleepy Lao capital Vientiane. Two nights at Novotel Vientiane. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 13: Vientiane. Enjoy a city tour of this charming capital, including Patuxai, based on the ‘Arc De Triomphe’ in Paris. A farewell dinner and music show is arranged for you at Khua Lao Restaurant. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 14: Vientiane. Today you are transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

Note: We can arrange flights from Vientiane to your onward destination.

Departure dates:
- 07 August 2009
- 05 September 2009
- 03 October 2009
- 07 November 2009
- 05 December 2009
- 09 January 2010
- 06 February 2010
- 06 March 2010
- 10 April 2010.

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

Prices:
- 1,345 USD per pax (Book 6 months in advance)
- 1,445 USD per pax (Book 0-6 months in advance).

Price Includes:
- 13 nights accommodation in 4 star and some 3 star hotels
- Daily breakfast and lunch, and also 4 dinners
- All sightseeing as mentioned, including all entrance fees
- One domestic flight (BKK-CNX) including all taxes
- Expert Western Tour Leader as well as local guides Tour arrival and departure transfers.

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