Laos 06 - 6 Days / 5 Nights - Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Cruise on the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to Houei Say - Chieng Sean - Chiang Mai (private tour)
Departure from Vientiane every Sunday or Wednesday, but only as private tour.
Day 1: Arrive in Vientiane
Arrive either by plane or at Friendship Bridge from Thailand. Transfer to Novotel hotel and take a half day city tour including the That Luang Pagoda, Wat Phra Keo (the original home of the Emerald Buddha now at the Royal Palace in Bangkok) and Wat Sisaket. Lunch by the river. Back to the hotel.
Day 2: Vientiane - Luang Prabang
After breakfast, visit the Morning market and Lao Textiles (Carol Cassidy). Lunch at a local restaurant before transfer to airport to board plane to Luang Prabang.
Arrival in Luang Prabrang and transfer to Hotel Phousy, then tour the city and its beautiful temples, such as Wat Xieng Thong, Wat May, Wat Thatluang, Wat Vixum, and short walk around other charming temples, like Wat Xieng Mouane and Wat Choumkhong. Climb the Phousy Hill.
Day 3: Luang Prabang.
Day at Leisure
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Pakbeng
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to the pier. Pak-Ou boat leaves Luang Prabang pier at 09 H and cruise up the Mekong river to Pakbeng - En route two stops are made - one for observing traditional process to obtain local rice alcohol in a small village and a stop at Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam ou river; visit Tam Ting caves of a 1000 Buddha. Picnic lunch on the river bank. Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check in at Luangsay Lodge - dinner on the terrace , overlooking the Mekong river.
Day 5: Pakbeng - Houeisay - Chiang Saen
Full breakfast at hotel - (Optional : walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding villages of minorities exchange their goods) 08h30 board Pak-Ou boat for the second leg of the cruise. En route two stops are made - one for picnic lunch on the river bank and one to discover a village of minorities (Yao or Lu). Observe rural life along the Mekong river. Arrive in Houei Say in the in the end of the afternoon. After the immigration we cross the Mekong river by long tail boat to the Thai border. Transfer from Chiang Kong to our hotel in Thailand for over night.
Day 6: Chiang Saen - Chieng Mai
After breakfast we will visit Chiang Saen City and drive along the Mekong river to the famous Golden Triangle where we will make a stop at the panoramic view of the border where Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) meet. We then proceed to Mae Sai, small town at the Burmese border. Lunch at a local restaurant. We then continue through the country side up the hills to Doi Tung where we will visit some hill tribes before we drive back to Chiang Mai. Arrive in Chieng Mai after sunset.
Tour Includes: Hotel in TWN basis at Novotel in VTE & Phousi Hotel in LPQ & Luangsay Lodge & Chiang Sean River hotel, 6 Breakfasts & 5 Lunches, Transfers & Transportation by private air conditioned Car, Entrance fees, Domestic Airfares VTE - LPQ + Airport Tax and English speaking guide. The tour does not include any beverages and Personal expenses.
Laos 06 - 6 Days / 5 Nights - Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Cruise on the Mekong River
from Luang Prabang to Houei Say - Chieng Sean - Chiang Mai (private tour)