12-Day Thailand, Laos with Mekong

Tour Route: Thailand: Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai, Laos: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vientiane

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  • Tour Code: ODY-SE-155
  • Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
  • Travel Date: Private tour with flexible travel date
  • Price Inclusions: All transportation mentioned in the itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
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Day 1: International Arrival, Bangkok

Welcome to Thailand! Upon arrival, your guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Free at your leisure for the rest of the day.

Overnight: Bangkok

Day 2: Bangkok Sightseeing

After breakfast at your hotel, set out to visit Wat Traimit, 'Temple of the Golden Buddha' famous for its 900-year-old and five-and-a-half-ton solid gold image. Continue to see Wat Arun, perhaps better known as 'the Temple of Dawn', which is one of the most published images of Bangkok. After that, explore Wat Po, the largest and oldest temple in this city that housing the largest single Buddha image: the Reclining Buddha.

After lunch, comes the highlight of today's tour - the renowned Grand Palace, one of the must-sees that adjoin Wat Phra Kaew, the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. 

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bangkok

After breakfast, you will drive outside Bangkok to visit The Train Market, selling enormous shrimp, bright red lobsters, tons of squid and big fish. Then you will enjoy the special atmosphere of the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Drive back to Bangkok for a tour to Jim Thompson House.

Overnight: Bangkok
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Bangkok - Chiang Mai

Check out and depart for Chiang Mai by air. After arrival, check in to the hotel and take a short rest. Later, drive to the quaint and picturesque Meo Hill Tribe Village, where you can dress up in tribal costumes or shoot the crossbow. Continue to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a highly revered temple that sits on the top of Mount Doi Suthep overlooking Chiang Mai.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Chiang Mai Elephant Nature Park Tour

Enjoy a full day visit to Elephant Nature Park (Join-in Group Tour) today. It's a natural home and sanctuary for elephants, buffalos, dogs, cats, birds, and many other rescued animals. Observe free roaming elephants, and other rescued animals enjoying the natural surroundings.

Overnight: Chiang Mai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai

Today after breakfast, you will go to Chiang Rai and stop off at the hot spring for relaxation. Later, have a break at the Golden Triangle in Chiang Sean, where the three borders of Myanmar - Laos - Thailand meet.

After lunch, drive to the Mae Sai Border (migration fee THB 500 on your own for one-day crossing to Myanmar). The last site you will visit today is Akha and Yao hill tribe villages, where you'll have a good time with the indigenous tribal people wearing dazzling ethnic clothing.

Overnight: Chiang Rai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Chiang Rai - Chiang Khong - Houayxay - Pakbeng

After Breakfast, check out and drive to Chiang Khong, a district in the northeastern part of Chiang Rai. Then cross Khong River by boat to Houayxay checkpoint.

On arrival at Houayxay in Laos, your Laos guide will help you apply for Laos visa. When the visa is ready, you'll board the cruiser leaving Houayxay Pier for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng.

En route, a pullover is made to observe the rural lifestyle of Ban Gon Durn, the weaving village along the Mekong River. A buffet lunch is served on board. The boat arrives at Luang Say Lodge before sunset for the overnight stay. Dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River.

Overnight: Pakbeng
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

If you like, explore Pakbeng Market in the early morning before breakfast, where people from the surrounding village of minorities have exotic goods on sale. The boat departs for the second part of the trip. With a stopover at Ban Baw Village, you can observe the process of making traditional rice alcohol. A buffet lunch is served on board.

The boat stops again opposite the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit Pak Ou Caves, a sacred Buddha shrine. Arrive in Luang Prabang before sunset. Upon arrival, your guide and driver will meet you at the pier and then transfer to the hotel for check-in. 

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Luang Prabang Sightseeing

If you wish, observe the alms-giving procession in the early morning at 5:40. Later, visiting the Morning Market or Phousi Market is also a good choice to make. After breakfast, you will enjoy a short tour seeing the city's oldest temple Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong, a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. Later, visit the impressive Wat Visoun, the oldest temple that houses many Buddha images. Next is Wat Aham, the 'Monastery of the Blossomed Heart' exudes serenity, and Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in this city. Tour the Royal Palace Museum.

After that, you may climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset. By evening, it's your chance to venture the night market on your own and observe local life there.

Overnight: Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10: Luang Prabang - Vientiane

Continue your excursion toward Kuang Si Falls. En route, visit villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay to have some knowledge of their life. Have a blast at Kuang Si Falls! It's a paradise where to fill your lungs with fresh air and splash in the water like a child.

After the play time, you'll be transferred to Luang Prabang airport and travel to the capital city - Vientiane. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel for check-in. 

Overnight: Vientiane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Vientiane Tour

After breakfast, you will start visiting the major sights of the capital, including Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao's national precious heritage That Luang Stupa, you will have a chance to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, well known as Vientiane's Arc de Triumph.

In the afternoon, you'll hit the road again to see the Buddha Park, where there are hundreds of Buddha and Hindu statues brought from India, most of which are as old as 500 years or even more. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

Overnight: Vientiane
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Vientiane, Departure

Enjoy your free time before your guide meets you and escorts you to the airport for your international flight back home.

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

It is no doubt your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around Indochina area will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: most of the properties we selected are either located in the downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.

Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance in accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedback from our previous clients as well.

Variety in Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes, and cultural backgrounds.

 

Hotel Standards

3-Star Class It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower, and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pickup. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

4-Star Class Across Indochina, a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5-Star Class Top-notch services and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Meals

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Normally Indochina Odyssey Tours includes two meals each day during the tour: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Lunches are usually set menu at the handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants arranged by Indochina Odyssey Tours selected carefully and evaluated constantly based on customer feedback and our on-site inspection.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in “tasty” Indochina area. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

 

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across Southeast Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility

All tour guides of Indochina Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

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You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for the best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

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Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across Southeast Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

 

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