Your trip will start with two days to explore the delights of Bangkok. Having arrived in the city, you’ll check in to your hotel before meeting with your tour leader and the remainder of your group over a drinks reception. Amongst the treats that await are the chance to ride on a traditional longtail boat on the Chao Phraya River and to be a passenger in a Tuk Tuk that nips through the bustling streets to Chinatown square to allow you to explore the sights on the walk from the Wat Leng Nei Yi temple to Ratchawong Pier. You’ll also have chance to sample local produce at the Talad Kao market and to explore the impressive Siam Paragon shopping mall – the perfect destination for a touch of retail therapy.
- First Class: Glow Trinity (B)
- Superior: The Metropolitan (B)
From Bangkok, you’ll head out through the countryside to Kanchanaburi, stopping off to pay a visit to the Thai-Burma museum before heading out on a boat to your overnight accommodation – located in impressive surroundings close to the River Kwai. During your time in the region, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the famous Bridge over the River Kwai and will also take a trip to Hellfire Pass – a cutting on the Burma Railway built using forced labour - to discover more on the rich and turbulent history of the region.
- First Class: Felix River Kwai (B)
- Superior: U Inchantree (B)
Head back to the airport in Bangkok to board a flight for Chiang Mai where you’ll have ample opportunity to explore a city regarded as the jewel of the north of the country. Whilst in the city, you’ll also be able to visit a nearby Elephant Conservation Centre to get close to these majestic creatures and will also get the opportunity to learn all about Thai cuisine with a special interactive cooking class.
- First Class: De Lanna (B,L)
- Superior: Siripanna (B,L)
Head onwards to Chiang Rai in the heart of the mystical Golden Triangle region – where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. You’ll enjoy a visit to a local handicraft village and have a night exploring the sights around Chiang Rai.
- First Class: La Luna (B)
- Superior: The Legend (B)
Rise early to cross the border into Laos and then board a private slow boat for a two day cruise down the famed Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. En-route, you’ll have chance to visit a local hill tribe village and enjoy lunch onboard before arriving in the overnight halt of Pakbeng, which sits halfway between Houay Xay and Luang Prabang. Enjoy the tranquil laid back vibe of the town and marvel at the stunning sight of the sun setting along the Mekong as you relax on your balcony.
- First Class: Pakbeng Lodge (B,L)
- Superior: Pakbeng Lodge (L)
Early risers have the option of heading for the morning market to see people from local villages and hill tribes coming together to buy and sell their goods. You’ll then board the boat to continue your journey along the Mekong, calling in the village of Ban Baw to see how Lao Lao – a traditional rice alcohol – is created. Returning to the boat, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before stopping at the Pak Ou Caves – a destination that is one of the undoubted highlights of any trip along the Mekong. Here, you can marvel at the large collection of Buddha statues and take in the sweeping views of your surroundings before the final two hour cruise down to Luang Prabang. Arriving in the late afternoon, you’ll then be taken to your hotel for the night.
- First Class: Sala Prabang (B,L)
- Superior: Luang Say Residence (B,L)
Reward for those who get up early comes in the form of the chance to watch the local monks collecting their alms; the offerings given by the residents of the city. After returning to the hotel for breakfast and to meet up with the remainder of the group, you’ll then embark on a tour of Luang Prabang, which includes the chance to visit the Royal Palace, the Wat Mai and Wat Xieng temples and the Traditional Arts Ethnology Centre. In the afternoon, you’ll learn all about Lao cuisine with a cookery class at the Tamarind restaurant before sitting down for a special meal comprising of the dishes you’ve helped to create.
- First Class: Sala Prabang (B,D)
- Superior: Luang Say Residence (B,D)
Head out of town and travel through the local countryside to the impressive Kuang Si Waterfalls – stopping off en-route to visit a local village and learn about the culture and traditions of those who call it home. Once you reach the waterfall, you can relax with a refreshing dip in one of several clear pools, take a stroll into the surrounding forest or head for the top of the falls to take in the stunning views that await. The nearby bear sanctuary could also be worth a visit before you return to Luang Prabang – where you can enjoy a game of petanque with the locals.
- First Class: Sala Prabang (B)
- Superior: Luang Say Residence (B)
After a morning at leisure you’ll head for the airport to board a flight to the capital city Vientiane. On arrival, you’ll head for your hotel to check in and then have the rest of the day to do as you wish.
- First Class: Mercure (B)
- Superior: Green Park Boutique (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll head out on a tour to explore the hidden charms of one of the quietest capital cities in the world. Starting out at Wat Sisaket – the only temple that was left intact after the Thai invasion of 1828 – you’ll then head on to Wat Phra Keo to explore the cities religious museum before passing by the Presidential Palace. Next up is the Patuxay monument, which is modelled on the Arc de Triomphe and offers sweeping views of the city for those who climb the stairs to the top. After visiting the holy site of That Luang, you’ll examine the work of COPE, a group that helps victims of landmines, before a busy day ends with the chance to participate in a unique Baci ceremony.
- First Class: Mercure (B)
- Superior: Green Park Boutique (B)
Head for the airport with your guide to board a flight home.
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