Laos & Thailand Luxury Adventure

Price
£££ From £2369.00 /PP
Highlights
  • Tour of Luang Prabang
  • Boat trip up the Mekong River
  • Visit the National Museum in Laos
  • Living Land Farm Tour
  • Visit the Pak Ou Caves
  • Cruise to Houayxay
  • Chiang Rai Golden Triangle
  • Chiang Mai Rickshaw Tour
  • Lanna Home Host Dinner
  • Temple Visits
  • Koh Samui Beach Stay
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Overview

Welcome to an unforgettable voyage through the cultural beauties and tranquil retreats of Laos and Thailand, where grandeur blends with traditional splendours. Immerse yourself in the charm of Southeast Asia with this special luxury tour, designed specifically for individuals who appreciate elegance.

Our voyage begins in Laos, where traditions seamlessly combine with modern comforts. As you enter your carefully chosen hotel, you will be greeted with a classy ambiance that sets the tone for an unforgettable stay.

Laos, known as the 'Land of a Million Elephants,' offers mystical temples, lush scenery, and the tranquil Mekong River. Explore the UNESCO-listed town of Luang Prabang, where old monasteries and French colonial buildings provide a stunning picture. Enjoy local foods, interact with the friendly inhabitants, and form a deep connection with Laos' rich cultural history.
 
Returning to Thailand, our journey continues in the picturesque city of Chiang Mai, situated in the misty mountains of the north. Discover the city's ancient temples, colourful markets, and participate in traditional events to immerse yourself in northern Thailand's cultural tapestry.

Chiang Rai, home to the otherworldly White Temple and the Golden Triangle region, is a must-see destination. Your stay in carefully chosen accommodations allows a smooth transition between exploration and leisure, allowing you to soak up the spiritual ambiance and natural beauty of this one-of-a-kind site.

Our sumptuous journey culminates on the stunning beaches of Koh Samui. Indulge in the laid-back elegance of this tropical paradise, where palm-fringed beaches and clear waters beckon. Your island accommodations are a blend of modern comfort and traditional Thai charm, providing the ideal hideaway after a day of exploring.

Join us on an unforgettable vacation, where luxury meets culture, and every moment is an exquisite celebration of the breathtaking landscapes and rich legacy of Laos and Thailand.

Itinerary

Arrive in Luang Prabang and take a tour of this UNESCO World Heritage town. Our guide and driver will be waiting to pick you up from the airport and transport you to your hotel.

This evening, our guide and driver will take you to dinner.

Accommodation: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Meals: Dinner
Rise early to hear the temple gong and experience Luang Prabang's mysterious ritual. Walk downtown in the early morning to witness a regular procession of 300 young monks collecting sticky rice and other items in bronze bowls. The rite is based on a Buddhist custom when monks beg for their daily food to display humility. Almsgiving is a religious ritual in Buddhism that requires respect from both residents and tourists. If you want to offer food to the monks, your guide will show you how to do so effectively. The monks disappear down the road in a long saffron-colored ribbon. Please snap images with prudence and avoid using flash. Explore Luang Prabang's morning market, where people bargain for fresh meat, fruits, and veggies.

Enjoy a city tour of the atmospheric town of Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, a stunning specimen of Luang Prabang architecture, and the National Museum, a former Royal Palace with remnants of Laos' royalist history. After checking in, walk the 328 stairs to Phousi Hill for panoramic views of Luang Prabang city.

Accommodation: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Enjoy a half-day visit to our LIVING LAND FARM, nestled in the picturesque countryside amidst ancient rice terraces and mountains. Join us on our farm to learn about rice cultivation, live as a farmer, and participate in activities. Or simply enjoy it all from the comfort of our authentic Lao rice house patio.

Meet some actual Lao folks and Susan, Bentley, and Betty, our buffaloes. Do you want to watch how rice is planted in the paddy? You may join our rice planting team and have a go! Fun, educational, hands-on, and environmentally friendly! Experience the usage of buffaloes to plough rice paddies firsthand! Later, travel out of town to Kuang Si Waterfalls. The 30-kilometer journey takes 45 minutes to an hour and passes through gorgeous Laotian countryside, including rice terraces and ethnic minority villages. You can visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene or one of the H mong villages along the way. Upon arrival at Kuang Si, if water levels allow, have a relaxing soak in the waterfalls. The falls are stunning, cascading over calcified levels and down several hundred feet into calm turquoise pools. After lunch, return to Luang Prabang.

Accommodation: Parasol Blanc Hotel or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we begin our overnight journey along the Mekong River to Thailand's border, Huay Xai.

This morning, we transfer to our boat. Relax and experience local life on the Mekong as we go to Pakbeng for an overnight break. Take in the lush foliage and brown boulders as you meander along the river. We will visit the Pak Ou Caves and local towns to experience the "true life" on the Mekong River. Lunch will be served on board. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, we transfer to our hotel on the Mekong River for the night.

Accommodation: Le Grand Pakbeng or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Following breakfast, we travel by boat along the river to Huay Xai. As you begin your tour, you may see elephants from a nearby sanctuary bathing in the river.
Today's journey is equally leisurely, with the potential to see some animals along the way.
Today we will stop in a nearby village to stretch our legs. As we approach the Thai border early in the afternoon, we will see the differences between the Laos and Thai sides of the Mekong River. We continue our trek to Chiang Rai for an overnight stopover. Can we visit the local hilltribes?

Meet our driver to take you up from the Chiang Khong border and travel to Chiang Rai.

Accommodation: The Legends Chiang Rai or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pick up from your hotel in Chiang Rai and head to Chiang Saen and the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos converge at the Mekong and Ruak River confluence. Before visiting the Hall of Opium (closed every Monday), take a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle and its three countries. This interactive museum offers unique insights on the region's opium production. After lunch, we'll drive uphill to explore the Doi Tung Royal Project, Hall of Inspiration, and Mae Fah Luang Garden. The Doi Tung Royal Project, launched by Princess Mother of King Rama IX, aims to benefit villages in Chiang Rai. Learn about their development work before visiting Ban Lorcha, an Akha hill tribe settlement. The village bank owns the community-based tourism (CBT) project in Ban Lorcha, which began in the mid-1990s. This management style prevents individuals in the village from monopolising tourism activities for personal gain. This CBT project provides an equitable chance for all households in Ban Lorcha to participate and earn money from tourism activities. Then, return to the hotel.

Accommodation: The Legends Chiang Rai or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Departure from Chiang Rai in accordance with the hotel's rules and travel by land to Chiang Mai, the old city where many histories and cultures of the Lanna style were united. We invite you to check in at our stylish hotel, which is situated in the heart of Chiang Mai.

Accommodation: Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort or similar

Meals: Breakfast
Before embarking on the journey to Waroros Market on three wheels, it is recommended that you first meet the tour guide at Three Kings Monument in order to obtain a safety briefing regarding the rickshaw trip. It is the largest local market in Chiang Mai, and it is the place where people of the city may find everything they need under one roof. In the course of Thai celebrations like as Songkran and Loy Kratong, individuals from neighbouring districts and provinces travel to Waroros Market in order to purchase new clothing and home decorations, as well as to earn merit. The market is stuffed to the brim with delicious local foods, sweets, and fruits that can be thoroughly enjoyed. When you get back into the rickshaw, continue on to Wat Puak Tam, which is the hub of the brass ornament making community in the Puak Tam community, which is famous for its brass jewellery. It is from this group that the majority of the temples and hotels in Chiang Mai place their orders, as well as from further afield, such as hotels in Yunnan, China. Gain an understanding of the history of the neighbourhood as well as the process of making a brass decoration that can be taken home as a memento of your visit. Once you are back on three wheels, make your way to Wat Srisuphan, also referred Thailand as the Silver Temple because to the amazing silver adornment that was created throughout the temple. It was in the year 1500 that the temple was constructed to serve as the primary temple for a hamlet of silversmiths. Since the year 2008, it has been totally covered in silver, including the walls and the ceiling, and it features some intricate silver carvings of Buddhist mythology. Silver is used to cover everything, including the sculptures of Buddha. The interior of the temple features an even more fascinating silver adornment, the presence of mirrors, and the combination of vibrant colours. Women are not permitted to enter the interior of the temple as a result of traditional Buddhist norms; instead, they are required to wait outside. There are a great number of small silver studios in the vicinity of Wat Sri Suphan, where it is possible to watch local artisans at work. Following that, the trip will come to a close at the Three Kings Monument.

An evening trip away from your hotel and into the Hang Dong neighbourhood of Chiang Mai is waiting for you. Transportation and a dinner for the evening are both included in the purchase of this excursion. Arriving in Bandoo in the late afternoon, you will discover a magnificent teak mansion that has been around for 150 years and is owned by the Ruankaew-Yanon family, who were instrumental in the development of the Lanna community in the area. Get to know your hosts today and learn about how their way of life and the way they live their house are not all that dissimilar from how their ancestors lived hundreds of years ago. Not only will you have the chance to explore the house and its surroundings, but you will also have the chance to roll up your sleeves and participate in the cooking with your host family. This is a great opportunity to pick up some Thai cooking skills that you can eventually take back with you when you leave.
Dinner is served on the terrace located on the second floor, which offers breathtaking views of the Lanna town that is located in the surrounding area. Proceed back to the city after dinner in order to arrive in the middle of the evening.

Accommodation: Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, you will be dropped off at the airport for your flight to Koh Samui. Please note that the air fare is not included in the price of the itinerary. On arrival in Koh Samui, you will be transferred to your accommodation where you will spend your remaining days at leisure. 

Accommodation: Outrigger Koh Samui or similar

Meals: Breakfast
Relax and enjoy the beach and sea as today is at your own leisure.

Optional activities are available. Please speak to an ARCA Origins Travel specialist to find out more about these options.

Accommodation: Outrigger Koh Samui or similar

Meals: Breakfast
Relax and enjoy the beach and sea as today is at your own leisure.

Optional activities are available. Please speak to an ARCA Origins Travel specialist to find out more about these options.

Accommodation: Outrigger Koh Samui or similar

Meals: Breakfast
Relax and enjoy the beach and sea as today is at your own leisure.

Optional activities are available. Please speak to an ARCA Origins Travel specialist to find out more about these options.

Accommodation: Outrigger Koh Samui or similar

Meals: Breakfast
After your relaxing stay on Koh Samui, you will be transferred to the airport for your flights home.

Meals: Breakfast

Price Includes

  • Accommodation as specified in the itinerary.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary.
  • Activities as specified in the itinerary.
  • Service charges and any government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any airfares (international & domestic).
  • Meals other than mentioned in the programme.
  • Drinks with meals unless specified in the itinerary.
  • Visa fees (if required).
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Any optional tours and services.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Expenditure of personal nature such as drinks, tips, souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • Travel insurance (cover against all cancellation costs, medical expenses, including repatriation, in the event of accident or illness)

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