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6 Days Northern Thai To Luang Prabang Tour

Country: Laos
City: Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Pak Beng - Luang Praba
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Chiang Rai – Houei Sai

Whether you are staying in Chiang Rai or arriving at the airport we will pick you up and transfer you to the Thai-Laos border town of Chiang Khong overlooking the Mekong River. On the way, you will have a chance to stop to visit Wat RongKhun, the famous ‘White Temple’ According to the artist/architect, the white plaster coating symbolizes Buddha’s purity, and while the pieces of glass stuck all over the walls represent Buddha’s wisdom.

After visiting the temple, we transfer to the border after completing immigration proceedings, cross the Mekong Bridge and transfer to the hotel check into the hotel free at the hotel leisure (~ 2 – 3 hours by road 135 km)

Accommodation: Houayxai Riverside Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 2: Houei Sai – Pak Beng

SHOMPOO CRUISE: at 09:00 am – 09:30 am pick up from the hotel and transfer to the boat pier by tuk-tuk. Then, you will embark for the first time on one of our luxury boats for the Mekong downstream cruise. On the way, the boat will take its first stop in Pak Tha, to have necessary boat documents signed.

The second 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. Lunch is served on board, and during the afternoon, you will be free to relax and taste local flavors with seasonal snacks and drinks. The boat will arrive in Pakbeng before sunset, where you will retreat to your accommodation for the night.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 3: Pak Beng – Luang Prabang

At 07:00 am, pick up from the hotel and 08:00 am the boat leaves Pakbeng. Use your free time in the morning for asking some questions about Luang Prabang and Laos to our guide. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon, we will make a two-stop. First, we will visit the famous Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images.

The second stop will be at the Lao Lao village, commonly known as the Whisky 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 a typical snack and drink on board in the afternoon. We will arrive in Luang Prabang around 04:00 pm, on arrival transfer to the hotel and free at your leisure.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 4: Full Day City Tour

Today’s tour through the historical and UNESCO world heritage city of Luang Prabang will give you insight into the culture and rich history of the magical city. Luang Prabang has a fascinating history with a delightful mix of Buddhist temples and French Colonial buildings.

Our first stop is Wat Visoun: a replica of an older Temple, which was erected in the same place back in 1513. Wat Visoun houses numerous religious art treasures. Next, we head to Wat Xieng Thong a royal Wat built on the banks of the Mekong River in 1559. Wat Xieng Thong has remained relatively undamaged by the various mainly Chinese invasions over the centuries.

The temple is decorated extensively with impressive carving, murals, and mosaics. Visit the Laotian Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham. The palace was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family.

The site was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly at the palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the Palace was converted into a National museum. Today it houses many artifacts, which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. Then continue to enjoy the atmosphere at Wat Mai, built-in 1796, and sits at the foot of Mount Phousi.

After lunch visit Ban Phanom, Xang Khong, and Xieng Lek villages, which specialize in products made from silk and Saa Paper (from the bark of the Mulberry Tree). There are also 3 magnificent pagodas to be seen (Wat Sang Khong, Wat Nong Sai, Wat Xieng Lek), which are amongst the oldest in Luang Prabang. For those with some extra energy climb Phousi Hill. The 328 steps to the top are certainly worth it. Once at the summit you’ll have a fabulous panoramic view over the town center, the mighty Mekong River, and beyond.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 5: Ban Chan & Kuangsi Waterfall

After breakfast, we start with a morning trip to Phou Si Market where you will see a diverse array of local products: local teas, fruits, vegetables, and hill-tribe handicrafts.

After a leisurely trip to the market continue to the boat pier for the boat trip to visit Ban Chan a local village just outside Luang Prabang. Ban Chan is famous for its traditional pottery making. Then you head off to Khuang Si Waterfall and the Bear Rescue Centre, about 30mins from Luang Prabang.

The waterfall is set in a natural jungle setting and you will have plenty of time to relax or swim in its turquoise cool pools. Return to Luang Prabang and explore the Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textiles by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang

Accommodation: Sanctuary Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 6: Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast, you are free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for the flight returns your home.

Price Includes:

Accommodation by sharing Twin / Double Room
Transport via Air Con Vehicle
All entrance Fees
Boat trip/boat ticket
English Speaking Guide
Meals Breakfast only
Drinking water

Price Excludes:

Drinks / Alcohol
Visa fees/border fees
All flights
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Lunch & Dinner

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