Thailand and Laos for Culture Lovers

14 Days $3635.00

Flexible Start Date

Includes Private Guides and Drivers

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Bangkok

Chiang Mai

Chiang Rai

Luang Prabang

Vientiane

Highlights

  • Experience the magnificent temples and palaces in Bangkok
  • Explore mysterious hill tribe villages in Chiang Rai, learn thousand-year long history about Luang Prabang
  • Cruise along one of Mekong's most scenic and pristine sections
  • Thailand and Laos will let you totally absorb the spirit of the two Buddhist countries and leave on you with a profound impression.
  • Culture lovers, do not miss it!

Day 1

Depart from North America today on an overnight connecting flight to Thailand.

Day 2

Bangkok

Welcome to Bangkok. The world's best city and Thailand's bustling capital arriving late evening. Upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, your local tour guide will greet and escort you to your hotel for check-in. Adelphi Suites Hotel.

Day 3

Bangkok

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start with a visit to Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha, famous for its 900-year-old and five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Next is Wat Arun, better known as the Temple of Dawn, which is one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, explore Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in this city that houses the largest single Buddha figure, the Reclining Buddha. After lunch comes the highlight of today's tour - the renowned Grand Palace, one of the must-sees that adjoins Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand.
Adelphi Suites Hotel
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Day 4

Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Today you travel to Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. The first place you'll visit is Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, one of the most beautiful summer palaces in this country. This is followed by a tour to Wat Yai Chaimongkhol, in which you can observe one of the biggest Reclining Buddha statues as well as the ruins of the old Grand Palace and temples. At noon, drive to the pier for a cruise down Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok, during which you will be impressed by the Thai rural life along the river. Lunch with varieties of Thai/Western buffet is served on board. For the rest of the day you might enjoy a siesta or venture out on your own for a foot massage.
Adelphi Suites Hel
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Day 5

Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Check out and depart for Chiang Mai by air. After arrival, check in to the hotel and take a short rest. Later, we'll drive to the quaint and picturesque Meo Hill Tribe Village, where you can dress up in tribal costumes or shoot the crossbow. Continue on to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.
Royal Princess Hotel
(B)(L)

Day 6

Chiang Mai

We begin with a morning visit to the Maetaman Elephant Camp, which gives you a close-up with these talented animals. Included is an exciting elephant ride along the trails, followed by an ox-cart ride back to the camp. In the afternoon you'll enjoy brilliant white-water rafting along Mae Taeng River. Returning to Chiang Mai, you'll have some free time on your own.
Royal Princess Hotel
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Day 7

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

Today after breakfast, you will go to Chiang Rai'with stop at the hot spring for some relaxation. Later, have a break at the Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where the three borders of Myanmar-Laos-Thailand meet. After lunch, drive to the Mae Sai Border. Here you can walk across the border for a visit inside Myanmar. (immigration fee cash 10 USD not included). The last site you will visit today are the Akha and Yao hill tribe villages, where you'll have a good time with the indigenous tribal people wearing dazzling ethnic clothing.
The Legend
(B)(L)

Day 8

Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Houayxay - Pakbeng

After Breakfast and check out you will drive to Chiang Khong, a district in the northeastern part of Chiang Rai. Here you will cross the river by boat to Houayxay, Laos. Here your Laos guide will take you through the visa process. (immigration fee cash 45 USD, 46 USD on Sundays, not included) When the visa is ready, you will board the cruiser leaving Houayxay Pier for a cruise down the Mekong River  to Pakbeng.
En route, a pull over is made to observe the rural lifestyle of a remote hill tribe village along the Mekong River. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at Pakbeng before sunset for an overnight stay. 
Mekong Riverside Lodge
(B)(L)

Day 9

Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

If you like, explore Pakbeng Market in the early morning before breakfast, where people from the surrounding village of minorities have exotic goods on sale. After lunch the boat departs for the second part of the trip. With a stopover at a riverside village, you can observe the process of making traditional rice alcohol. A buffet lunch is served on board.
The boat stops again opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou Caves, a sacred Buddha shrine. We’ll arrive inLuang Prabang  before sunset. Upon arrival, our guide and driver will meet you at the pier and then transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Santi Resort & Spa
(B)(L)

Day 10

Luang Prabang

If you wish, observe the alms-giving procession in the early morning at 5:40 followed with a visit to the morning Phousi Marketis.  After breakfast, you’ll enjoy a short tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong, a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. Later you’ll visit the impressive Wat Visoun, the oldest temple that houses many Buddha figures. Next is Wat Aham, the ‘Monastery of the Blossomed Heart’ which exudes serenity, and Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in the city. Tour the Royal Palace Museum (which will be rescheduled if it happens to be closed Tuesdays)
After that, you may want to climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. By evening, it’s your chance to venture the night market on your own and observe local life.
Santi Resort & Spa
(B)(L)

Day 11

Luang Prabang - Vientiane

We continue with an excursion towards Kuang Si Falls. En route, visit villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay to gain some insight and knowledge of their life. Have a blast at Kuang Si Falls! It’s a paradise where you can fill your lungs with fresh air and splash in the water like a child.
After the play time you’ll be transferred to Luang Prabang airport for travel to the capital city, Vientiane. Upon arrival, our guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in.
Mercure
(B)

Day 12

Vientiane

After breakfast, we start visiting the major sights of the capital, including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha figure. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, That Luang Stupa, you will have a chance to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, well known as Vientiane’s Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon, we’ll hit the road again to see the Buddha Park, where there are hundreds of Buddha and Hindu statues brought from India, most of which are as old as 500 years or even more. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Mercure
(B)(L)

Day 13

Vientiane - Bangkok

You will have free time till our guide meets you and escorts you to the airport for your international flight back to Bangkok. (or if you have chosen, on to Siam Reap, Cambodia)
After check in, you will have free time to explore the local shops, street markets and sights.
Berkeley Hotel Pratunam
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Day 14

Bangkok – North America

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your international flight home arriving on the same date as departure. (or if you have chosen, continue in Bangkok for three more nights)