AHA002 – Discovery of Laos and Thailand 15 days / 13 nights

Validity: 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019

Visit the former Royal Palace turned into a national museum and climbing Mount Phousi to admire panoramic views of Luang Prabang. Departure to Elephant village on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Presentation of the elephant center. Taking a comfortable bamboo raft for a slow boat ride on the Nam Khan River. Transfer to the pier of Wat Xieng Thong at the tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang. Stop at a Hmong village and participate in the Baci ceremony. Go to Vang Vieng and see the beautiful landscapes such as the traditional villages, rocky mountains mixed with limestone cliffs in all shapes and rice fields. Head in the direction of Vientiane, capital of Laos, city tour including the Wat Phra Kaew, temple that housed the Emerald Buddha, the oldest of the city and the golden shrine of That Luang. Flight from Vientiane to Bangkok. Visit the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha.

Excursion Description

DAY 1 : Depart for Laos
Depart for Laos

DAY 2 : Arrive in Luang Prabang, Laos
Arrive in Luang Prabang airport, welcome by the local guide and transfer to hotel in town. The rest of the day is free at leisure. In the evening, you will explore by yourself the night market, where you can find a nice collection of various and varied objects and textiles handmade by people of different tribes and ethnic minorities in the country hills surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight: Luang Prabang

DAY 3 : Full Day in Luang Prabang
Breakfast at the hotel. Day reserved for the visit of the city. We visit the former Royal Palace turned into a national museum, where are exposed valuables and memories dating back to the old regime. We will then begin our bicycle tour taking some streets visited the most beautiful temples. Depending on the rest of your program this may include Wat Visoun, Wat Sene, Wat Mai, the oldest temples in Luang Prabang. We end the tour by climbing Mount Phousi to admire panoramic views of Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.
Overnight: Luang Prabang

DAY 4 : Luang Prabang / Huay Sae Valley / Day with the elephants (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Elephant village on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Presentation of the elephant center: care of elephants, meeting with a veterinarian, feed elephants. Depart the elephant ride (1h to 1h30) crossing the river in front of the camp and then on a hilly route through jungle and teak forest to the Huay Sae valley which we will discover the Nam River Valley Khan. Lao traditional lunch at a camp in the jungle. In the afternoon, small hike (1h30) dotted with waterfalls, natural pond, limestone formations, teak forest and agricultural areas, to discover the landscapes of the valley Huay Sae. This walk will allow us to better understand the local ecosystem and farming techniques used by the Laotian peasants. Then we take a comfortable bamboo raft for a slow boat ride (1h30) on the Nam Khan River with possibility of swimming at Tad Sae waterfalls to discover scenes of the daily life of fishermen and farmers in the region. By late afternoon, return by road to Luang Prabang. Overnight: Luang Prabang

DAY 5 : Luang Prabang/ Pak Ou (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the pier of Wat Xieng Thong at the tip of the peninsula of Luang Prabang. Getting on a traditional slow boat and lift up the Mekong River to Pak Ou site, caves housing hundreds of Buddha statues. The caves offer a magnificent view of the Mekong which, at this point, mix its waters with those of the Nam Ou. Drive back to Luang Prabang. We will then travel to the Kuang Si Waterfalls, located about thirty kilometers from Luang Prabang.During this excursion, we will stop at a Hmong village. You will be able to participate in the Baci ceremony (used to celebrate important events and occasions, like births and marriages and also entering the monkhood, departing, returning, beginning a new year, and welcoming or bidding etc.) with the Villagers. Overnight: Luang Prabang

DAY 6 : Luang Prabang/ Living Land Farm (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Living Land Farm, a farm which is about 5km from the town. You’ll learn all about the rice growing process and will have the opportunity to participate in seasonal activities in agriculture: plowing with a buffalo, planting by hand, weeding and harvesting / threshing rice seeds. Return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Optional: Guests can participate in a part of local petanque and enjoy some Lao beers, experience a spa treatment or massage / or relax at the hotel. Overnight: Luang Prabang

DAY 7 : Luang Prabang / Travel to Vang Vieng (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning we take the National Road No. 13 north through the sides of mountains, valleys and rivers to go to Vang Vieng. Throughout the journey, we will see the beautiful landscapes of Laos: the traditional villages, rocky mountains mixed with limestone cliffs in all shapes and rice fields. Stops at Ban (M’Hong) Kiow Kacham, the intersection of Sala Khu Kkhoune, the city of Kasi and the famous village of Ban Pha Tang.
Arrival in Van Vieng in the afternoon, transfer to hotel located on the borders of Nam Song River. Then visit the city and the Tham Chang cave. Overnight : Vang Vieng

DAY 08: Vang Vieng / Transfer to Vientiane (B/L/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning visit of Vang Vieng to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and do some walking and explore the local market. Then, head in the direction of Vientiane, capital of Laos. Arrival and quick installation at the hotel. City tour including the Wat Phra Kaew, temple that housed the Emerald Buddha before being taken away in Bangkok by the Siamese in 1779, the beautiful wooden Wat Sisaket, the oldest of the city and the golden shrine of That Luang, as well as Patouxai, known as the monument of the unknown soldier. Visit the textile town Ban Nongbouathong. Overnight: Vientiane

DAY 09: Vientiane / Flight to Bangkok (B/-/-)
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Flight from Vientiane to Bangkok. Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital City and transfer to Hotel in Bangkok. Afternoon, continue on a city and temple tour of Bangkok, a fascinating mix of ancient and modern. Begin the tour at Chinatown and then on to the colorful Indian Market. Visit serene Wat Po, the oldest and largest temple in the city, with the astonishing giant Reclining Buddha, over 150 feet long and almost 40 feet high. Drive to Royal Avenue where most of the Government offices are located and the King’s Palace before returning to your hotel. Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 10: Bangkok / Travel to Ayutthaya (B/L/-)
Depart Bangkok to Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai for over 400 years, once glorified as one of the largest cities in Southeast Asia. Ayutthaya Historical Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in the center of the city. Here, you can see the ruins of the former capital and its remaining palaces, monasteries and towers – one can envision the grandeur and splendor that was once the Kingdom of Ayutthaya. Visit Bang Pa-In Palace, a collection of beautiful buildings in various architectural styles, surrounded by a lake. Originally built by King Prasat Tong in 1632, Bang Pa-In served as the Royal Summer Palace for the Thai Kings. Continue to the Chai Wattanaram Temple, built by King Prasat Tong to honor his mother, conceived as a replica of the Angkor Temple – this is a serene place where one can reflect and enjoy the tranquility. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Ayutthaya

DAY 11: Ayutthaya / Travel to Sukhothai, Sukhothai Historical Park (B/L/-)
Depart Ayutthaya this morning and drive northward to Sukhothai, birthplace of the Thai nation, founded in the 13th century by King Ramkhamhaeng. The country’s first capital was established here in 1238 and lasted over two centuries. Sukhothai is world-famous its over 100 historical sites and treasures, including some of the most beautiful Thai art and architecture in the country, created during the city’s “golden era”, between the 13th and 14th centuries. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore historical Sukhothai independently. Overnight: Sukhothai

DAY 12 : Sukhothai / Travel to Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
After breakfast visit to the Old Town of Sukhothai with its impressive Historical Park, immaculately restored and set among leafy hills and peaceful lotus ponds, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At this astonishing site, most of the remains of the original city can be seen. Marvel at the ancient Buddha figures, palaces, temples and historical monuments and feel yourself drift back in time to a bygone era. Then, depart Sukhothai and drive to scenic Chiang Mai, ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom. En route, stop at a local gem gallery before arriving in Chiang Mai, cultural heart of Northern Thailand, located in the rolling foothills of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure
Overnight: Chiang Mai.

DAY 13 : Full Day in Chiang Mai (B/L/-)
Morning tour of the most interesting temples in Chiang Mai. Begin at Wat Suan Dok, where the remains of the Chiang Mai Royal family are enshrined. Continue to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Northern Thailand’s most sacred temple, containing a holy relic of Lord Buddha. Equally impressive is the mythological Naga (dragon-headed serpent) staircase, with 290 steps leading up to the temple grounds. In the afternoon, visit Sankampang Street, center of handicrafts, for on-site demonstrations on how the silk, lacquer, silver, wood and bronze wares are made. Later, visit the world’s largest gem factory, to watch while the gem stones are cut and set. Overnight: Chiang Mai

DAY 14 : Chiang Mai & Flight to Bangkok (B/-/-)
Morning at leisure to explore Chiang Mai independently before flying to Bangkok in the end of afternoon. Arrive at your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart’s content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city. Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 15: Depart Thailand (B/-/-)
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast