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SEA-09 Thailand & Laos – Northern Laos and Golden Triangle

  • Price from: 3505USD per person
  • Trip day:14 days 13 nights days


  Highlights: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai,Golden Triangle, Luang Nam Tha, hill-tribe villages, Nong Khiaw, boat trip on Ou River, Pak Ou Caves, temples and colonial architecture of World Heritage Luang Prabang, Plain of Jars, Vientiane, Thai and Lao food.

  A superb introduction to the spectacular scenery and traditional culture of this truly fascinating, yet little known country. From Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle region, we'll travel by road and by boat through the unspoilt mountains and jungles of remote northern Laos to the ancient capital, now World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang. Explore the beautiful temples and colonial architecture of what is acknowledged to be the best preserved city in S.E. Asia followed by a spectacular drive through the central highlands to the fascinating and mysterious Plain of Jars before completing the tour in the present day capital of Vientiane.


  Included in the price:

  * 13 nights accommodation in hotel/guesthouse/eco lodge

  * Daily meals out of hotel (as detailed in the tour description)

  * Admission charges where applicable as shown in the tour description

  * English-speaking local guide

  * A/C tourism transportation in the program

  * Service charges for baggage handling between airports/train stations and hotels

  * Service charge and Government tax




  Not included in the price:

  * International or domestic flights and tax

  * Personal consumption

  * Visa fee

  * Tips for drivers, guides and hotel porters



  Airfare: Phonsavan/Vientiane: 65USD p/p

  easy to moderate, maximum hiking – 5-6 hrs on day 5.

Payment should be finished four weeks before the arrival of the group.

Cancellation: You may cancel your confirmed booking, but this must be in written letter (email or fax). But if cancellation occurs after your confirmation to book the tour, or if you fail to pay the full cost of the tour within the specified time, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges.

Cancellation charges are as follows:

  • No less than 30 days before arrival: $150 per person
  • 30 to 15 days before arrival: $300 per person
  • 14 to 7 days before arrival: 60% of the full payment per person
  • 6 to 0 days before arrival: 100% of the full payment per person

 Traveler substitutions are considered reservation cancellations and are subject to the above cancellation fees. After the trip has commenced, we are unable to refund any amount for unused services due to your early departure, late arrival, or missed days on tours.

Refunding: If you have paid for the tour but then have to cancel it more than 15 days before the start of your tour, we will refund all the payment except the deposit ($300 per person). If cancellation has to be made within 15 days, we will charge some cancellation penalty as well as the deposit, according to how much we have to pay to our suppliers. We will try our best to decrease your loss because we know it's not your purpose to cancel it.

Day 1: Arrival Chiang Mai D
Arrival in Chiang Mai, the cultural and historical capital of Northern Thailand. Afternoon free to explore this charming, friendly city or just recover from jetlag by the pool before an evening tour of the famous night-bazaar.
Overnight in Chiang Mai
Day 2: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai B/L
Leisurely morning to wander around one of the local markets before a scenic afternoon drive through the mountains to neighbouring Chiang Rai Town, main commercial centre for the infamous ‘Golden Triangle’ region – so called because of it’s former notoriety for warlords and opium cultivation.
Overnight in Chiang Rai
Day 3: Chiang Rai - Mae Sai - Sob Ruak - Chiang Khong B/L
Day tour of some of the main sites of this far northern region: beginning at the bustling trading town of Mae Sai on the Burmese Border and on to Sob Ruak where Burma, Laos and Thailand meet, for a visit to the unusual Opium Museum, before following the Mekong River via the historic, ruined city of Chiang Saen to our day’s destination, the scenic riverside town of Chiang Khong.
Overnight in Chiang Khong
Day 4: Chiang Khong - Luang Nam Tha B/L
Time to cross the Mekong into Laos itself where we’ll begin with a drive upcountry with a drive though mountains and jungle to the remote town of Luang Nam Tha near the Chinese border. Stop-off on the way to visit the scenic, and only recently discovered, Kao Rao limestone cave system. Overnight at a beautifully situated eco lodge on the banks of the Tha River.
Overnight in Luang Nam Tha
Day 5: Luang Nam Tha B/L
Day trip into the surrounding Nam Ha National Protected Area to hike through some of the spectacular scenery and visit some of the local hill-tribe villages to discover the traditional way of life of the area’s ethnic Akha people. Guides will show you some of the various forest plants used by the hill-tribe peoples as medicine or food as well as cooking up a traditional style Akha ‘jungle lunch’!
Overnight in Luang Nam Tha
Day 6: Luang Nam Tha - Nong Khiaw B/L
Drive across the mountains of Oudom Xai Province to the picturesque village of Nong Khiaw on the banks of the Ou River. Stop-offs to visit Hmong and Lanten villages and a hill-tribe market on the way and overnight in traditional Lao style wooden chalets set spectacularly on the banks overlooking the river.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw
Day 7: Nong Khiaw B/L
Day relaxing in this superb mountain setting; discover the area on foot or bicycle or just sit back on your balcony and admire the mountains and river below.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw
Day 8: Nong Khiaw - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang B/L
Boat ride down the scenic Ou River, winding through mountains, limestone escarpments & pristine forests to the ancient Lao capital of Luang Prabang with stops to visit various riverbank villages as well as the spectacular cave temples at Pak Ou.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang B/L
Nestled in the mountains, long isolated from the outside world, we’ll discover World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang’s fabulous temples, French colonial architecture and taste Lao delicacies (and the famous Lao beer!) in riverside cafes. Morning walking tour of the town including the National Museum & former king’s palace, Wat Xiengthong, Phu Si Hill Temple and the Fine Arts School to see how traditional Lao arts and handicrafts are being preserved. The afternoon is at leisure to allow you to wander the quiet, picturesque lanes or check out the hill-tribe handicraft market
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang B/L
Day trip through the surrounding hills to visit the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls and to discover the fascinating, traditional village life of some of the local peoples.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 11: Luang Prabang - Phonsavan Town
Early departure for a drive along scenic mountain roads to Phonsavan Town in Xieng Khouang province – location of the famous and mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’. Stops on the way include Khmu and Hmong villages as well as a reminder that this region played a major part during the Vietnam War as we visit a hidden cave temple that served as an army hospital during the combat. Late afternoon arrival in Phonsavan and atmospheric dusk visit to one of the famous jar sites.
Overnight in Phonsavan
Day 12: Phonsavan - Vientiane B/L
Morning visit to the Mines Action Group or MAG office to learn about the work they do in clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in the area. We then transfer out to the picturesque Jar Site 2, and begin our 1 hour trek along the ridge to the impressive Jar Site 3, consisting over around 150 jars located on top of a hill, offering great views over the surrounding countryside. Lunch in Phonsavan before a flight to the Lao capital of Vientiane and time perhaps to stretch our legs with a stroll along the Mekong waterfront for sundowners in a riverbank cafe.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 13: Vientiane B/L
Day tour of some of the city’s fascinating sites; Si Saket Temple with its thousand Buddha images, the bustling morning market and Vientiane’s most famous monument – the That Luang Stupa as well as the unusual ‘Buddha Park’. Less cheerful, but we feel important and highly informative stops, will also be made at the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a major problem many of the local people face daily in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of the heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 14: Departure Vientiane B
Thansfer to the airport for leaving flight. End of service.