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  • Thailand Laos Explorer Tour (13D12N)

    Explore the best of Northern Thailand and Laos on this extra-special 13-day tour. With vibrant cities, see towering mountains, dense jungle, waterfalls, elephants, and bustling markets. Learn to cook delicious Laotian cuisine and have plenty of time to just relax amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • Experience the racing pulse of Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, and visiting its highlights
    • Dive into northern Thai culture in Chiang Mai and seeing its many cultural and natural highlights
    • Experience the peaceful ambiance of Luang Prabang and visiting its cultural heritage sites
    • Wander around in Laos' sleepy capital, Vientiane and visiting some of its highlights

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Bangkok Arrival

    Sawadee-krub, welcome to bustling Bangkok. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax at your hotel. This evening, see Bangkok from a different perspective and enjoy a sunset drink at one of the many roof top bars.

    Recommended Bangkok Hotels:

    - CityPoint Hotel
    - Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn


    Day 2

    Bangkok

    Bangkok is no doubts one of the most cosmopolitan and contrasting cities in Asia. Begin the day with a visit to the Jim Thompson House and Textile Museum to see the art and textiles of a man who was credited with reviving and revitalizing the Thai silk industry. In the afternoon, see the glittering Grand Palace, former home of the Thai king and take a ride along the Chao Phraya for a different perspective of the city.

     Jim Thompson House and Textile Museum, Grand Palace


    Day 3

    Bangkok - Chiang Mai

    Fly to Chiang Mai, an ancient walled city nestled in the northern mountains. Visit the beautiful and historic Buddhist temples that give Chiang Mai its character and try the regional specialty Khao Soi, a curried noodle dish. Overnight in Chiang Mai. A walking tour of the Old City on foot, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Suan Dok, where Chiang Mai’s royal family’s ashes are interred.

    Recommended Hotels in Chiang Mai:

    - Thannatee Boutique hotel
    - Ibis Styles Chiang Mai

     Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Suan Dok


    Day 4

    Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

    Drive through beautiful mountain scenery to the quiet town of Chiang Rai that sits on the border with Burma and Laos otherwise known at the Golden Triangle, notorious for its opium production. Wander through the town and if you like, pop into the Opium House a museum that documents the history of opium in the region. En route, make a stop at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs, where you can soak sore muscles in three natural pools. Let tiny fish nibble dead skin from your feet, or purchase quail eggs to cook in the boiling waters.

    Continue on to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading post located near the Thailand-Myanmar border, then have short break for lunch. Nearing the lovely city of Chiang Rai, your guide accompanies you to Wat Rong Khun — aka the White Temple — a contemporary complex made of shimmering glass and painted white plaster rebuilt by a local artist who began construction in 1997. Check in hotel in Chiang Rai then relax.

    Recommended Chiang Rai Hotels:

    - Laluna Hotel and Resort
    - Maryo Resort

     Mae Ka Chan hot springs, Wat Rong Khun - the White Temple


    Day 5

    Chiang Rai - Pakbeng

    Cross the border into Laos and cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. On the way visit a village of the Yao or Lu tribes and enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank, and dock overnight in the small riverside town of Pakbeng.

    Recommended Hotel in Pakbeng:

    - The Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge


    Day 6

    Pakbeng - Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang

    Continue down river and see the Pak Ou Caves, where devotees leave statues of Buddha to make merit and bring good luck. Arrive in the laid-back town of Luang Prabang, full of golden temples and where hundreds of monks walk the streets. Self discover the night market at your own.

    Recommended Luang Prabang Hotels:

    - Chang Inn Luang Prabang
    - Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort

     River cruise to Pak Ou Cave, self discover the night market


    Day 7

    Luang Prabang

    Enjoy a tour around the quaint township starting at Wat Xieng Thong, the finest example of Luang Prabang architecture, as well as the gilded carved façade of Wat Mai. Visit the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, where relics from Laos’ royalist past remain. Then walk up the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, for panoramic views of the city.

     Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai, National Museum, Phousi Mount


    Day 8

    Kuang Si Falls

    Grab your swim suit and travel a short distance from Luang Prabang to the Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools, perfect for swimming when seasonal water levels allow.

    Next to the falls is the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation centre that rescues animals from the wildlife trade. Meet the cute furry residents and learn about the efforts to protect Sun Bears in the wild.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

     Kuang Si Waterfall, Sun Bear Reserve Center


    Day 9

    Cooking Class

    Learn the delicious secrets of Laotian cuisine with a hands-on cooking class. Start with a wander through the local produce market with your chef who will help you choose your ingredients. Then its aprons on and time to start cooking!

     Visit local market to choose ingredients for you cooking class


    Day 10

    Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

    Travel along picturesque winding roads for about six hours to reach Vang Vieng, with stunning views of towering limestone karsts around every turn. Once a quiet little town, Vang Vieng is firmly on the map as a stopover point for many backpackers with many small bars and cafes now dotting the main street.

    Recommended Hotels in Vang Vieng:

    - Inthira Vang Vieng Hotel
    - The Elephant Crossing Hotel


    Day 11

    Vang Vieng

    Spend the day as you choose as there are a lot of activities you can do in Vang Vieng. Try tubing down the river, kayaking, or explore the nearby caves of Tham Phu Kham with its deep lagoon and Buddhist images. For more cultural activities take a walk to one of the many ethnic minority villages.

     River kayaking, exploring Tham Phu Kham cave


    Day 12

    Vang Vieng - Vientiane

    Drive three hours to Vientiane and take a whirlwind city tour including all the highlights. See Wat Sisaket Vientiane's oldest-surviving monastery and its thousands of Buddha statues and Hor Pha Ke, a museum with a turbulent history. Admire the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and Patouxai, Vientiane’s arc de triomphe, and a window into its French-colonial history.

    Recommended Hotels in Vientiane Capital:

    - Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel
    - City Inn Vientiane Hotel

     Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang, Patouxai - Vientiane’s arc de triomphe


    Day 13

    Vientiane Departure

    You have explored the best highlights of Thailand and Laos. Now the time to take the opportunity for some last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • In the wet season the drive by minivan is not very comfortable due to the slippery road. So 4WD truck is recommended (prices accordingly)
    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Laos Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels, homestays and guesthouses to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Laos Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    LUANG PRABANG
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    Chang Inn Luang Prabang

    • Featuring vintage-style interiors, The Chang Inn Luang Prabang is just steps away from Old Town arcade. It offers comfortable rooms with en suite bathrooms and the convenience of an on-site bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
    • Xieng Thong Temple and Night Market are only a 5-minute walk from The Chang Inn. Luang Prabang Airport is a 15-minute ride away.
    • Fitted with wooden floors, all the air-conditioned rooms feature a TV. En suite bathrooms come with hot and cold shower facilities.
    • For guests' convenience, the hotel offers a 24-hour reception service and luggage storage facilities. Staff at the tour desk can help guests with sightseeing arrangements. A shuttle service can be arranged at an additional cost.
    • Guests can enjoy breakfast made with organic ingredients at the restaurant. Drinks can be ordered at the bar. Local dining outlets can be found within a 5-minute walk from the property.

    VANG VIENG
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    Inthira Vang Vieng Hotel

    • Overlooking Vang Vieng Town and surrounding hills, Inthira Villa Vang Vieng Hotel offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Starting with a welcome drink upon arrival, the hotel also features a tour desk and bicycle rental.

    • Located in Vang Vieng’s centre, Hotel Inthira Villa 3 km from the bus station. It is a 5-minute drive from the local market.

    • Air-conditioned rooms at Inthira Vang Vieng feature wooden furnishings and neutral fabrics. They are fitted with a cable TV and minibar. Private bathrooms have hot shower facilities.

    • Guests can lounge at the rooftop terrace, which offers sweeping views of the limestone hills. Leisure activities like hiking, cycling and caving can be arranged at Hotel Inthira’s tour desk.

    • Inthira Villa offers Lao, Thai and Western dishes.

    VIENTIANE CAPITAL
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    Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

    • The Beau Rivage is one of a kind in Vientiane; a self-styled ‘Art Hotel’. From the sculpture that greets you as you enter, to the artwork hung on the walls, the lobby undoubtedly feels more like a gallery than a hotel.
    • Thanks to its picturesque location on the banks of the Mekong River, the Beau Rivage is within easy walking distance of many of the city's key tourist sites.
    • Rooms are a good size with a bright, stylish decor with contemporary-style furnishings and fittings. Many offer great views of the river, as does the riverside terrace and bar on the ground floor.

    City Inn Vientiane Hotel

    • City Inn Hotel is centrally located downtown of the charming city, a short drive from Mekong River and an array of tourist attractions.
    • Combining a blend of contemporary designs with traditional Asian hints, the rooms are all air-conditioned. Amenities include complimentary in-room WiFi and a LED flat-screen TV with cable channels. Tea and coffee making facilities as well as a safety deposit box are included. The private bathrooms have a shower and a bathtub.
    • The eco-friendly hotel uses energy saving LED lights throughout as well as disposable in-room toiletry bottles. Other services available include laundry services, traditional massages as well car rental arrangements. For added convenience, the helpful staff at the 24 hour front desk can help guests arrange airport pick up and drop off services.
    • Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast line every morning at Sabai Café. It also stays open all day serving Asian and Western a la carte dishes. Other dining outlets and cafes can also be found within a 10-minute walk.
    • The hotel is only 300 m from That Dam, 700 m from Sisaket Temple and 1.3 km from the stunning Patuxay Monument. For shopping and souvenirs, guests can check out the Night Market, located about a 15-minute walk away. Wattay International Airport is 5.5 km away.