• Enjoy a 3day/2nt Mekong River journey aboard a traditional and elegant Mekong teak barge
• Explore the ancient Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
• See the Majestic temples and sites of Luang Prabang (UNESCO)
• Visit the Cave City of Viengxay
• Encounters with Hilltribe villages
• Explore 10th century Khmer Ruins of Wat Phou
• 21 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start & finish in Bangkok
• All meals included
• Includes 4 internal flights
• Activity Level: 2
The culture and traditions of Laos are the least changed among Southeast Asian countries and make it a mecca for those searching for a truly exotic adventure. Here, you will find ancient temples, exquisite scenery, an eventful history and exotic cuisine, all within the warm embrace of a welcoming people.
We begin in Bangkok, Thailand, then fly north to Chiang Rai and continue to the Golden Triangle before entering Laos. A two-day Mekong River journey takes us to remote Hilltribe villages and mountainous jungles. We arrive in Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the most beautiful and exotic temples in Asia.
Our northern circuit continues to Pak Ou Cave (Buddha Cave) enroute to Nong Khiew. Enjoy a day trip to a beautiful, 'weaving' Hilltribe village before we traverse the remote mountains to Sam Nua. Explore the fascinating caves of Vienxay, used as the headquarters of the Pathet Lao Revolutionary Movement during a virtual secret war. We visit the Plain of Jars (UNESCO) and ponder the great mystery of the thousands of 2,500-year-old stone jars.
We fly to the nation's capital, Vientiane to enjoy the eclectic mix of Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, French and American influences before flying south to Pakse where we embark on a 3day/2nt Mekong River journey aboard a traditional and elegant Mekong teak barge. Traveling south along the Mekong, we visit the majestic Khmer temple site of Wat Phou, built 200 years before Angkor Wat and the natural beauty of Khong Island. Our adventure concludes with a flight back to Bangkok.
Comfortable hotels/lodges with private bathrooms.
Some rough/dusty roads and long drives.
Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand
Fly to Chiang Rai, Golden Triangle
Enter Laos, Mae Kong Boat Journey to Pac Beng
Remote Mae Kong to Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, Kuang Sy Waterfall, K'hmu Villages
Luang Prabang, Elephant Village Sanctuary
Bhudda Cave, to Nong Khiaw
Boat Journey Through Mountains and Villages
Northern Heritage Route to Sam Neua
Viengxay Caves, Sam Neua sites
To Plain of Jars (Phonsavan)
Plain of Jars (UNESCO)
UXO and Organic Silk Farm (MAG optional)
Start 3 day Mekong River Cruise, Pre-Angkorian Ruins of Wat Phou
To Khong Island, Fishing Village, French Railway & Waterfall
Pakse, Farewell Dinner
Pakse, Fly to Bangkok