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ITINERARY:

 

Day 1: Arrival Bangkok
Arrival Bangkok and connecting flight to Chiengrai (Thailand). Transfer by bus or minibus from the airport to the THAI/LAO border (3 hours) and stay at hotel by the Mekong River (Thai border)

Meal: (D).
Accommodation: Hotel.

 

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Day 2: Chiengkong (Thailand) – Pakbeng (Laos)

After breakfast, we cross the border into Laos. After immigration formalities in Laos, we get on the boat down the Mekong River, the longest river in Southeast Asia, the 7TH longest in Asia and the 12TH longest in the world, which flows from China along the Lao/Burma border, the Thai Lao border before turning east and running through the heart of Laos. The boatman prepares our lunch and eat on the boat. We visit villages and see the country lifestyle. Our journey takes around 7 – 8 hours. Look out for water buffalo and villagers doing their laundry as well as hundreds of smiling children enjoying the river. We finally arrive to the small town of Pakbeng. We stay overnight at Phetsokxai Hotel.


Meals:
 (B, L, D).
Accommodation: Phetsokxai Hotel.

Day 3: Pakbeng – LuangPrabang

After breakfast we again board the same boat for another 7 h to Luangprabang, on the way we visit villages and the holy Buddha cave, known as Pak Ou cave. Lao people normally name villages after mountains or the confluence of rivers. Before the 14th century this famous cave was a spirit shrine of LuangPrabang, when king Fangum reunited the Kingdom of A Million Elephants and Lao people were converted from animist to Buddhist. This cave became a place of worship for Buddhist worshippers led by Lao monarchs. We arrive at LuangPrabang late afternoon and stay at a hotel

Meals: (B, L , D).
Accommodation: Sala Prabang or Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel.

 

xiengthong-tourDay4: Luangprabang

After breakfast,  We discover LuangPrabang, the oldest city in Laos before the 16th century LuangPrabang was the capital city of the Land of A Million Elephants (Laos). The town is beautifully preserved and in 1995 became A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Most of the best temples of Lao/ French architecture are along Phothisalath Road, which is where you will find the Royal Palace Museum. You should also see Xieng Thong Temple, which King Setthathirath built it in 1559 before moving the capital from LuangPrabang to Vientiane.  Before 1975 it was considered to be the royal temple. We have lunch in a restaurant by the Mekong River, and in the afternoon visit a weaving village just 4 km out of LuangPrabang to see local hand weaving products and handmade papers.

Meal: (B).
Accommodation:Sala Prabang or Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel.

 

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Day 5: Luangprabang
After breakfast we drive to Kuangsi waterfall picnic lunch after swimming. Stay overnight in Luangprabang.

Late afternoon walk up to the top of Phousy mount (328 steps). The marvelous mountain is located in the center of town. The holy stupa on top was built by a LuangPrabang king in 1804. The view from the top is superb, especially in the evening when the sunset colors the Mekong River in red before disappearing behind the mountains. From the top you will get a perfect 360° panoramic view of the whole city and very beautiful sunset.

Meals: (B, L).
Accommodation: Sala Prabang or Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel.

Day 6: LuangPrabang – Phonsavanh
Bus to Phonsavanh  (7 h), stay overnight at our hotel

Meals: (B, L).
Accommodation: Hotel

Day 7: Phonsavanh

Phonsavanh used to be the battlefield between the Lao communist government and the anticommunist government in 1964 – 1973. After breakfast we drive out of town for 8 km to see the Plain of Jars. The history of the stone jars remains a mystery today. There are more than 60 sites scattered in different groups across the plateau. Only three groups have been surveyed and registered n. The other groups have not been surveyed because the locations are covered with thick bushes and contaminated by many remaining UXOs (unexploded ordinances) from the Indo-China war in give dates of war. The highest jar is more than 3 meters. There are several different theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2500 – 3000 years old. According to local legend, King Khoun Chuang had them constructed to store wine for the big celebration of his victory in the 6th century.

Meals: (B, L).
Accommodation: Hotel.

 

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Day 8: Phonsavanh – Vangvieng
After breakfast by bus to VangVieng. Stay overnight at a hotel in VangVieng.

Meals: (B, L, D).
Accommodation: Elephant crossing hotel.www.theelephantcrossinghotel.com

 

 

 

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Day 9: VangVieng
Vangvieng is located 155 km north of Vientiane on Road 13 North. The town lies along the bank of the Namsong River. The landscape is made up of unusually shaped limestone mountains caved by erosion.

Optional cycle outside the town to see countryside villages; see caves and swim at the natural pool, kayak or relax to enjoy beautiful scenery of VangVieng.

Meal: (B ).
Accommodation: 
Elephant crossing hotel. www.theelephantcrossinghotel.com


Day 10: VangVieng – Vientiane
Bus to Vientiane, stay overnight at our hotel.

Meals: (B, L).
Accommodation: 
Sengtawan hotel . www.sengtawan.com

 

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Day 11: Vientiane

Vientiane became the capital city of Laos in 1560, when the country was divided into three kingdoms, then lost its independence after the Siam (Thailand) invasion in late 18th century. The city remained empty until the end of the 19th century. It began to be resettled again little by little.

After breakfast we visit Phakeo temple (emerald Buddha temple) where the That Luang stupa is the oldest and largest stupa in the country. You may shop at the morning market. We stay overnight at a local hotel.


Meals: 
(B, D).
Accommodation: 
Sengtawan hotel . www.sengtawan.com

Day 12: Vientiane – Bangkok
After leisurely breakfast, transit to airport for one-hour flight to Bangkok. After arrival, transit by own taxi to riverfront hotel. Balance of day free in Bangkok or fly back to your country.

Meal: (B )


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Tour price includes:
English speaking guide.
Entrance fees.
Three stars hotel, double/twin room.
All transport as mention in the itinerary.
Meals as mention in the itinerary.
Transfer from Chiengrai airport to border Chiengkhong(day 1)

Tour price not includes:
International and domestic flights (Flight to Bangkok and connecting flight to Chiengrai day 1).
Personal insurance.
Airport tax
Visa cost.
Beverage.
The other personal expenses not mention in the itinerary.

 

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