Indochina Highlight Tours: Best of Thailand and Laos

Highlights:

Explore the beauty, culture and traditions of this fabulous region that’s situated on the banks of the Mekong River during an incredible 17-day tour of Laos and Thailand, Travel from the capital city of Bangkok to Pakse famous for its "4000 islands", this tour can satisfy what you may expect to meet from this mystery land, such as grand buildings, religious temples, waterfalls, rivers, beaches...

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This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
Travel Seasons:

Most countries in Asia can be visited throughout the year. Taking all factors into account, such as weather, traffic, cost..., there are always good places worthy visiting whenever you travel Asia. According to your personal schedule, we will arrange the proper and suitable itinerary of your targeted countries.

High season
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Laos
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Thailand
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Route:

Bangkok - Khao Sok National Park - Pak Chong - Lopburi - Sukhothai - Chiang Mai - Lampang - Phitsanulok - Uthai Thani - Bang Pa-in - Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall - Pak Ou Cave - Xiangkhoang - Vientiane - Pakxe/Pakse - Don Khong - Khong Island

Itinerary

Day1:

Bangkok

Upon arrival at Bangkok International Airport in Thailand, be met and drive to your hotel for check-in. We leave rest of the day for you to relax, recover from Jet lag. Overnight in Bangkok.

Day2:

Bangkok - Khao Sok National Park - Pak Chong

Early morning start from your hotel in Bangkok. First you drive to Nakon Nayok, about 100 km northeast of Bangkok. At the fruit market you can stock up on fresh fruits. Continue to the entrance of the Khao Yai National Park. After the formalities you travel up the well-maintained park road. At the Heio Nayok waterfall you have a longer stay. From the parking lot you walk along a fairly good path for about 20 minutes to reach the first tier of the three-tiered waterfall, one of the largest in Thailand. Continue to the park’s headquarters, and from there drive through thick jungle to the beautiful Heio Suwat waterfall. Lunch will be served at the restaurant next to the local museum. After a visit to the Park Museum leave the National Park. Overnight stay at a Resort, located between the National Park and Pakchong.

Day3:

Pak Chong - Lopburi - Sukhothai

After breakfast continue your trip to Lopburi, the “City of Monkeys”. They almost stay everywhere in the centre of Lopburi, often hindering the traffic. You will visit the Monkey Shrine and the adjacent ancient Khmer temple Prang Samyoth. Passing Nakorn Sawan and Kamphaeng Phet you continue to Sukhothai. Enjoy a lunch in a local restaurant along the way. In Sukhothai visit the "Historical Park of Old Sukothai" with rented bikes. The most important temples of the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam include Wat Mahatat, Wat Sra Sri and Wat Si Sawai. Check-in and overnight stay in Sukhothai.

Day4:

Sukhothai - Chiang Mai

After breakfast you drive north, passing Sawankhalok in direction Denchai and there you visit the widely unknown, but beautiful temple Wat Mongkol Kiri Phratat Sunthon. At the foot of a mountain range approx. 20 km north of Lampang, the interesting Tungvien Market is held daily. The residents of the surrounding mountain villages come here to sell herbs, vegetables and exotic animals to eat. Arrive in Chiang Mai in the late afternoon. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day5:

Chiang Mai

In the morning visit the Elephant Camp in Mae Rim, about 15 km outside of Chiang Mai. Later visit an Orchid Farm and a Hmong village. Return to Chiang Mai for lunch. In the afternoon visit the handicraft villages of San Kamphaeng and Borsang, about 5 km northeast of Chiang Mai. You will see the traditional creation of Thai Silk, Lacquer ware, Silverware, Paper Umbrellas and precious Wood Carvings. In the respective stores these products can then subsequently be purchased. Return to your hotel in Chaing Mai later on. Overnight in Chiang Mai.

Day6:

Chiang Mai - Lampang - Phitsanulok

After breakfast check out and visit the most beautiful mountain temple Wat Doi Suthep, the symbol of Chiang Mai about 14 km outside of Chiang Mai. In good weather you have a very nice view of the city of Chiang Mai and its surroundings. Then the trip continues south through the mountains to Lampang, where the temple Wat Lampang Luang Phratat is definitely worth a visit. Enjoy your lunch in Lampang and then continue on a little travelled road to Phitsanuloke. You arrive in the late afternoon and before checking in at your hotel visit Wat Mahatat, which is very well known and highly regarded by the locals. Overnight in Phitsanuloke.

Day7:

Phitsanulok - Uthai Thani - Bang Pa-in - Bangkok

This morning you travel from Uthai Thani to Phitsanuloke, home to a mountain temple opening beautiful views of the surroundings of this small provincial capital. Next visit the "Glass Temple" Wat Thasung. The last stop before reaching Bangkok is Ayutthaya, the last capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Here you explore Wat Si Sanpeth and Wat Mongkolbopitr. Return to Bangkok for overnight.

Day8:

Bangkok - Luang Prabang

Take a morning flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival in Luangsay pier, meet your guide transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day9:

Luang Prabang - Khouangsi Waterfall - Luang Prabang

After Breakfast, Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. Visit the National Museum, once a king's palace.Continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796. Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana.Afternoon, we drive out of town to the beautiful Kuang Sii Fall, where Local hill tribe planting seasonal crops. Arrive at Tad Kuang Sii, Enjoy picnic lunch. We then take a swim around, relax. Return to town in the late afternoon, short stop at Black Hmong Village, where hill tribe hand-made handicrafts as souvenirs for visitors pass by. Arrive in the town, transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day10:

Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we enjoy a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the distillation of local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day11:

Luang Prabang - Xiangkhoang

Today we are driving about 6-7hpurs to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we drive out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Overnight in Xieng Khaung.

Day12:

Xiangkhoang - Vientiane

After breakfast, Visit Phonsavanh market before we also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Around 1500pm, transfer you to Phonsavang Airport to take a short flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane Capital, Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day13:

Vientiane

After breakfast, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Afternoon, we start to visit the major sight out of town about 30 km, visit Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Lao- Thai Friendship Bridge. En route stop at Lao/Thai Bridge, taking photos before continue to the park. Overnight in Vientiane

Day14:

Vientiane - Pakxe/Pakse

Early morning transfer you to Wattay Airport to t a flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, you are met and drive ahead to Saravanh province via Tateng. The stumbling water and lush vegetation around Tad Fan waterfall of today’s Atacular. We make a stop en route observing the traditional local making tea and coffee, a cup its can be tasted prior exploring the local cultures and its way of life along the way to Boloven Plateau area, the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops are being seen along both side of our way. This is allowed time for visitors to venture off the beaten path and explore some of the lesser-known areas of Laos pointing for full exploration of the wild beauty of this southern region, Upon arrival at Tad Lo waterfall, we visit villages of Alak, Nge, Katu, the ethnic group of minority. Return to town later afternoon. Overnight in Pakse.

Day15:

Pakxe/Pakse - Don Khong

After breakfast, we are heading out toward Khong Island; en route visit the pre-angkorian, ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. Explore these Khmer ruins, perched atop a nearby hill, which is one of Lao World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dated back to the 9-12th centuries. We continue our way to 4000 islands region by land. Overnight in Don Khong.

Day16:

Don Khong - Khong Island - Pakxe/Pakse

After Breakfast, we enjoy a visit of the surrounding countryside, and board on a long trail boat touring to Don Khone area, taking you to visit the remains of French period, Li phi Waterfall or "the Corridor of the Devil". We return to the mainland at Ban Nakasang, a fishery village and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng on the journey, the biggest waterfall in the South East Asia, it is really the impressive sight then lush vegetation near the Lao-Cambodian border, which is teeming with wildlife and it is one of the loveliest destinations in Laos. Return to Pakse later afternoon. Overnight in Pakse.

Day17:

Pakxe/Pakse

After breakfast transfer to you to Pakse Airport for your safety flight back home.

Ends

Dear Clients

This tour is ready to be booked or tailored to fit your personal requirements,please contact us for quotation and custom details.
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