Laos and Mekong Discovery Itinerary

Travel to South-East Asia and discover the region's natural beauty, delicious food and lively spirit on a trip that includes a leisurely Mekong boat ride to Luang Prabang.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $2,050
      CAD $2,075
      AUD $2,155
      EUR €1,505
      GBP £1,290
      NZD $2,555
      ZAR R19,635
      CHF FR1,830
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Laos and Mekong Discovery .
Young monks, Laos

Monks giving palms in the streets on Laos

Wat Phratat Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai

Temple in Vientiane

Local children in Chiang Mai

Day 1 Bangkok

Begin your adventure smack-bang in the centre of Bangkok’s bustling city. Refuel with a bowl of pad thai or papaya salad at a local restaurant before exploring the city’s array of temples, markets and shopping plazas. Perhaps stop by a Thai kickboxing match or just take an evening boat ride down the Mekong.
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Day 2 Chiang Rai

Jump in a tuk-tuk and spend the morning visiting the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, before boarding a flight to Chiang Rai in the evening.
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Day 3 Pakbeng

Wake early to cross the border into Laos via the port of Huay Xai. After a busy morning, cruise at a more relaxed pace aboard a slow boat while voyaging down the Mekong River. Take the opportunity to do some people-watching and learn more about local life before stopping overnight in Pakbeng.
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Days 4-5 Luang Prabang

Continue a slow boat cruise downriver before admiring the hundreds of mini Buddha statues at the Tam Ting Caves. Sail on to Luang Prabang, a small town proclaimed by Unesco to be the ‘best preserved city in South-East Asia’. In the morning, wake early to view the flurry of orange-clad monks collecting daily alms, before temple-hopping around the area’s local wats. Spend some time at the Kuang Si Falls, a picturesque setting perfect for a refreshing dip. Perhaps hike to the top of the waterfall for a scenic view or just admire the pristine blue falls from below.
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Day 6 Phonsavan

Cool down in the mountainous hills of Xiangkhouang while coming to terms with the devastation this region suffered between 1964 and 1973. Later, visit a Hmong village to better understand the customs and traditions of this brightly dressed hilltribe.
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Days 7-9 Vientiane

Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars site before boarding a flight to Laos’ capital. Settle in with a city tour to the imposing Patuxai monument and spiritual Wat Si Saket temple. With a pinch of French-chic in the air, there is no better way to experience the vibes of Vientiane than sipping a drink while watching the sun set over the Mekong River.
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