10-day Golden Triangle and Laos Tour with Mekong Explorer Cruise

Destinations: Golden Triangle, Xuay Xai, Pak Tha, Pakbeng, Pak Ou, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si, Paklay, Vientiane

Featured Highlights:

Enjoy a breathtaking 10 day Laotion adventure from the lush region of The Golden Triangle to Vientiene. As you cruise along the mighty Mekong river, marvel at the riverside villages, visit the mysterious caves of a thousand Buddhas, and wander through the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

 

Day 1: Chiang Saen

Day 2: Golden Triangle- Huay Xai

Day 3: Huay Xai- Pak Tha

Day 4: Pakbeng- Pakou- Luang Prabang

Day 5: Luang Prabang Highlights

Day 6: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si

Day 7: Ban Thedeua-Paklay -Ban Donchai

Day 8: Mekong Sightseeing

Day 9: Vientiane Highlights

Day 10: Vientiane Departure

Day 1: Chiang Saen

Welcome to Chiang Saen! Settle into your cabin as we begin our 10 day Mekong River cruise. You will begin with a sightseeing tour of the Golden Triangle, the region between Myanmar (Burma), Laos and Thailand. Here, you will visit the Golden Buddha of Sop Ruak and the Hall of Opium, a fascinating museum that gives a deep background on the history and politics of opium and the opium trade.Enjoy your first evening on board with a lovely welcome dinner.

Day 2: Golden Triangle- Huay Xai

You will begin this morning by taking an excursion to Mae Sai. Here, you may visit the local market and enjoy a scenic view across the border of Myanmar. Next, we will head to the Doi Tung Royal Orchid Botanical Gardens, one of Southeast Asia's most beautiful botanical gardens. After a quick stop at Chiang Saen port for border formalities, we will begin to cruise towards Huay Xai, a town on the Thai and Laotian border. Enjoy the stunning scenery in Northern Laos as we sail along the mighty Mekong River.

Day 3: Huay Xai- Pak Tha

Enjoy some free time on deck to relax as we cruise through this densely populated region, accessible only by water. We will begin by cruising upstream towards Pak Tha, a small local village where you will take a boat excursion along the Namtha River to visit a Khmu village.The ship will drop its anchor here at a sand bank for the night.

Day 4: Pakbeng- Pakou- Luang Prabang

The cruise will continue this morning by sailing towards Pakbeng. Upon your arrival, we will have a short coffee break and time to visit a local market. We will then begin your highlights tour with a visit to the Pak Ou Village, where you will visit the breathtaking Tam Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddhas. Then, after a relaxing stroll through the jungle, we will head to Laotian village to observe how Lao-Lao, the local liqueur, is traditionally distilled.

After returning to the ship, we will continue to sail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang. Upon your arrival, start your Luang Prabang city tour. You will first visit the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple, then enjoy a panoramic sunset view over the Mekong and the Khan River after a short hike up Mount Phou Si. Appreciate the unique atmosphere created where the French colonial architecture collides with traditional Buddhist temples.Take a stroll along the Mekong river and then head to the vibrant night market of the local Hmong minority group.Return back to the ship and enjoy a welcome dinner on board followed by relaxation time in the evening.

Day 5: Luang Prabang Highlights

After enjoying your breakfast on board, you will be given a guided tour of the highlights of this wonderful city. Visit the National Museum, followed by a chance to see the famous temples of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Khili and Wat Sene. After the tour, you will be given free time to explore the city on your own.In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and traditional Laotian dance show and Baci ceremony. The rest of the night is free for you to relax.

Day 6: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si

Today, you will begin the day by observing the traditional alms giving ceremony in the streets of Luang Prabang. Appreciate the unique atmosphere created where the French colonial architecture collides with traditional Buddhist temples.After returning to your boat, we will continue to cruise downstream. You will then stop to visit the famous Kuang Si waterfall, followed by a small village where you will be able to watch the production of Sa Paper along the Nam Khan River.

Day 7: Ban Thedeua-Paklay -Ban Donchai

Today you will cruise across the Mekong at Ban Thadeua before stopping to visit the small riverside community of Paklay, famous for its colonial architecture. After a short hike through the pristine and untouched nature, we will make our way to Ban Donchai village for you to explore a small cave, unseen by most travelers.We will return to the ship in the evening and spend the night close to the Thai-Laotian Border.

Day 8: Mekong Sightseeing

Today you will witness some of the most remarkable and impressive landscapes in Laos as we sail up the mighty Mekong River. As you take in the beautiful scenery, we will visit some local villages along the shores. Enjoy natures breathtaking wonders such as hills covered in tropical vegetation and rock formations along the river banks as we continue to sail.At the end of the day, we will return to the ship and the rest of the evening is free for you to relax.

Day 9: Vientiane Highlights

As we cruise further downstream, we will be making our way towards the Laotian capital city, Vientiane. Upon your arrival, you will visit the national symbol, the famous Luang temple, and the picturesque Arc de Triomphe.Enjoy your last evening on board with a lovely farewell dinner.

Day 10: Vientiane Departure

After breakfast, you will sadly say goodbye to your wonderful Laotian crew and prepare for your onward journey.

        Inclusions:

  • Entrance and sightseeing fees  as listed;

  • All meals as listed;

  • Transportation as listed;

  • Accommodations as listed;

  • Domestic flights, car transfers as listed;

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide.

        Exclusions:

  • Visa Fees;
  • International Airfares;
  • Tips and other Personal Expenses;
  • All other services not clearly mentioned.

Passion Indochina Travel will provide you with a dynamic professional local private tour guide, a private chauffeur and a transportation that suits your style and gives you pleasure, comfort and security through every points of your destination.All our tour guides in our company are registered English Speaking Guides, they are passionate about their city and they take pride in sharing it with others.With our private local tour guide, you’d get the chance to see and learn more among the historic places in the world and their cultures. Be amazed with the breathtaking scenery of Asia and enjoy some once in a lifetime adventure!

Private Tour Guide

The tour guide is always punctual on every destination he/she is needed. You will be picked up at the airport and will be escorted to your hotel and tend to your stuff til their services is needed again. They will also assist you at the airport at every departure, seeing to it that you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All the tour guides in all your choices of destination are Locals. Since they know all the areas of the tours you're taking, they make sure that they share to you all the information may it be historical facts, dates and anecdotes or tell stories about the tour sites to make it more interesting and entertaining. They would also suggest the best spots for picture taking.Our tour guides are also flexible when it comes to the itinerary changes if there's any unexpected reason and will be more than accommodating to any alternative suggestions just to ensure that you will have an incredible experience.

Private Chauffeur Services

Arrive in the comfort of your style. Depending on the group size, and the tour packages of your choice, we would accommodate you with the best transportation and a professional Chauffeur to assist you wherever and whenever you need. They would be happy to transport you.