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Laos Explorer
Number of days: 8 days
Departure City: Chang Rai
Return City: Vientiane
Departs: Daily
Type of Holiday:
During this 8-day tour visit Chiang Rai in Thailand, Houeixay, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.  Discover the most famous sites of Laos.  Starting in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand you will then experience cruising on the Mekong River, visiting the numerous temples of Luang Prabang and end your tour in the fascinating capital city of Vientiane.

Day 1

Arrival in Chiang Rai (Thailand)
Welcome at Chiang Rai Airport and transfer to your hotel. Check in the hotel. The room is at your disposal from 2 pm. Free time to discover the city. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2

Chiang Rai - Mekong Cruise - Pakbeng (B,L,D)
Transfer to Laos, via Chiang Khong. After crossing the Mekong River you will be met by our Laotian guide and embark on a traditional 7 hour boat cruise to Pakbeng. Enjoy the splendid landscape and discover the banks of the Mekong, the mythical river which crosses China and also separates Laos from Burma and Thailand. As the main entry to Northern Laos and Luang Prabang, it's a busy route bordered by villages.  Enjoy lunch on board before arriving at Pakbeng late afternoon. Pakbeng is a mixing point for local hill tribes including H'Mong, Lue and Khamou.  Dinner and overnight is at the lodge.

Day 3

The morning visit the Mekong Elephant Camp. Cross the Mekong River to attend a show of elephant bathing, followed by a 2 hour elephant ride through the villages of the many ethnic groups before returning to your lodge for lunch. In the afternoon take a tuk tuk to visit the local market and then visit the village of Xang Keng Khmus, a beautiful village situated on the edge of the forest. In the late afternoon, you will also visit a local temple, Wat Chom Si Cheng overlooking the Beng River. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.(B,L,D)

Day 4


Pakbeng - Mekong River Cruise - Luang Prabang
Today you will be cruising for about seven hours through beautiful landscapes towards Luang Prabang. The Mekong River is at the bottom of a steep sided valley, with tropical forest invading its banks, and from time to time a village will appear. Lunch is served onboard and you will also stop to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. The caves offer a splendid view of the Mekong. Arrive at Luang Prabang the old royal capital and a UNESCO-classified world heritage site. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L)

Day 5

Luang Prabang (B)
Visit this city found on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos. In particular, you will discover:Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City - a vast collection of sacred buildings and the most beautiful temple in the city : Vat May - a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols : Vat Visoun - the oldest temple in the city with its wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou : Vat Aham - located just beside Vat Visoun, framed by two large Banyan trees : Vat Senna - the first monastery whose roof was to be covered with yellow and red tiles. At the end of the afternoon, climb Mount Phousi Mount to admire the sunset and then discover the H'mong Night Market.

Day 6

Luang Prabang
In the morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum before heading off to Khuang Sy Waterfall on a return journey of around 50 miles. The road is bordered by villages and rice fields and you will stop in some of these villages and also have a countryside lunch at the waterfall. You can swim in the waterfall which scatters into many basins. Return to Luang Prabang and spend the balance of day free at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel. (B,L)

Day 7

Luang Prabang - Vientiane
In the morning, cross the Mekong to its right bank to see two small temples now abandoned to nature. Then, after a few minutes on a motor boat, discover a pottery village. Return to Luang Prabang about midday and in the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to Vientiane where you'll be met and taken to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel. (B)

Day 8

Vientiane sightseeing - Departure (B)
Tour Vientiane visiting: Vat Sisaket - whch presents an architecture all of its own. The largest temple in Vientiane, it is considered the most beautiful and its old 'Bangkok' style has indeed saved it from destruction : Vat Phra Keo  with its Emerald Buddha :  Pha That Louang - a cloister guarding a large stupa that has become the symbol of the nation, representing both Buddhism and Lao's sovereignty : Patuxay - a monument established in memory of the war with France. A panoramic view of Vientiane can be seen from the top  : Talat Kua Din Market – a great local market to explore.
At the end of the day, transfer to Vientiane airport for your departure flight. 

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