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Highlights of Northern Thailand and Laos

Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok

From $6600 per person in low season
From $7600 per person in high season

based on 12 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Full Board and daily activities at Elephant Hills

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Boat transfers

  • Daily Breakfast

Price based on two people sharing one room with private transfers, selected tours and daily breakfast. Please note around festive dates this price will increase. There are no boat departures in June.

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At a Glance

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang is famed for its waterfalls, temples, monks and trips on the Mekong.

  • Chiang Rai is part of the "Golden Triangle", with its stunning views over to Myanmar and Laos.

  • The Luang Say Cruise is the perfect way to explore life on the Mekong and is a far more relaxing way to travel than flying.

  • Immerse yourself into your full day of (ethical) Mahout training in Chiang Rai, where the memories you will make with your own elephant for the day will stay with you forever.

  • A fantastic itinerary for those wanting to get off the beaten track.

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Best time to Visit

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November to May is the best time to visit Laos and Northern Thailand with dry and warm weather, with March to May being the hottest months. June to October are the wetter months and you will usually get rain for a few hours during the day and then through the night.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

This journey begins in the glorious Golden Triangle in Thailand, exploring the temples and markets of Chiang Mai before heading into the jungle to meet Asia’s most famous and largest inhabitants. Cruise up the mighty Mekong river to Laos, heading for beguiling Luang Prabang, home to the glistening temples and saffron robed monks. Finish with two exciting nights in Bangkok.

  1. Days 1-4: Chiang Mai

    Your adventure starts in Chiang Rai, Thailand’s cultural northern town, filled with vibrant markets and tranquil temples. With your guide, explore some of the best known and most impressive temples to learn more about the diverse culture of Northern Thailand, and then head out on bicycles to visit ancient ruins, local villages and simply enjoy being surrounded by the beautiful lush landscape.

    Accommodation: 137 Pillars House (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-6: Golden Triangle

    Head four hours into the wilderness to the stunning Anantara Golden Triangle, near Chiang Rai. This fabulous hotel is set in landscaped gardens with breath-taking views over the Mekong and out to Myanmar and Laos. Sit on your balcony in the morning watching the mist rise over the land and spend your day washing and trekking alongside elephants at the hotel's private (and humane) elephant camp. Alternatively, you could take a mountain bike to explore the countryside or trek to the border to take in the view across three countries at once.

    Accommodation: Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (2 nights)

  3. Days 6-7: On the Mekong

    From Chiang Rai you will be driven to the Laos- Thailand border to embark on an exciting one-night cruise up the Mekong, headed for Luang Prabang in the heart of Northern Laos. Experience life on the world’s 12th longest river, learning about the importance of this sacred place and enjoying taking the scenic route through some of Asia’s most beautiful scenery. Stop for the night at Luang Say lodge, in the sleepy halfway town of Pakbeng and enjoy life in a rural Laotian hamlet.

    Accommodation: Luang Say Cruise (1 night)

  4. Days 7-11: Luang Prabang

    On the second day you will arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage riverside town of Luang Prabang; flanked by luminous hills and two powerful rivers, this sacred town is one of the most scenic in Southeast Asia. Here you can arise at dawn to watch the monks lining the streets collecting alms against a stunning backdrop. Throughout Luang Prabang there are numerous sparkling temples that have been lovingly maintained and are some of the most impressive of their kind. You can otherwise spend time here wondering through the wonderful tropical lanes, lined with French colonial facades, small boutiques, restaurants and cafes. There's also the famous night market that spreads around the town every night.

    We suggest spending a day with your guide exploring the town on foot and getting a local’s perspective on this fascinating place and its rich history. Visit the gold tiled Royal Palace, mysterious Wat Xieng Thong and the Ethnology Center for an all-too brief overview of the rich diversity of Laotian culture. Finish the day with a climb up Mount Phousi to watch the sunset or enjoy listening to the evening chanting of monks. We also recommend a day trip to the nearby Kuang Si waterfalls, with inviting blue pools to swim in and the option of trekking up to the top of the main cascade to take in the panoramic views.

    Accommodation: Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao (4 nights)

  5. Days 11-13: Bangkok

    Sadly, it is almost time to start making your way home, bidding farewell to the beautiful mountain landscape of Laos, and flying the short distance to Bangkok, ready to spend your final two nights enjoying the hustle and bustle of Thailand’s capital. Your private guide is on hand to show you around two of Bangkok’s most iconic sites; Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Marvel at the vast 45m (147ft) reclining Buddha and explore rich throne chambers and museums crammed with priceless artifacts as your guide explains the deep relationship Thai people have with their Royal Family. Spend your free time exploring the waterways and floating markets of the city, or simply relaxing in your hotel and reflecting on your adventure before it is time to head home.

    Accommodation: COMO Metropolitan Bangkok (2 nights)

Experiences

  • Gourmet Breakfast at Kuang Si Waterfall

    Rise early to enjoy Kuang Si Waterfalls at its best with a gourmet breakfast picnic overlooking the emerald water.

  • Luang Prabang Full Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology center. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.

Location

Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Bangkok

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation.

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