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Exploring Northern Thailand & Laos


Bangkok, Luang Prabang & The Golden Triangle

Explore the exotic Bangkok & visit the laid-back city of Chiang Mai nestled amongst forested foothills on this incredible holiday. Travel through the famous Golden Triangle to Laos & drift along the fascinating Mekong River to experience the atmosphere, sights & smells of vibrant Luang Prabang

From € 2675 pps

Availability

Below you will find a list of available dates for this holiday.  Prices are per person and based on two people sharing.

Available Dates

  • 12 Feb 2018 - 24 Feb 2018
    € 2675
    16 Nov 2018 - 28 Nov 2018
    € 2675
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Dublin

Depart Dublin for Bangkok with 1 stop en route. Overnight on the flight.

 

Day 2 – Arrive in Bangkok

Morning arrival at Bangkok airport where you will be welcomed at by your guide & transferred to your hotel for check-in. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 3 – Bangkok

After breakfast you will depart for full day sightseeing in vibrant Bangkok, a city of mind-boggling history and spirituality with ancient Thai temples that rise magnificently from the riverbanks & colourful palaces that glisten spectacularly in the sunlight. First visit the home of the Kings of Siam of the Chakri Dynasty. Adjoining the Grand Palace you will find the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Keo), this is probably the best known of the royal temples & the most important temple in all of Thailand. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Also enjoy a performance of classical and folk dances - some of them dating back hundreds of years to the early days of Siam. This spectacular performance more than compensates for the small inconvenience of removing your shoes and sitting on the floor in true Thai style! Dinner at your own expense & overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 4 – Chiang Mai

After breakfast depart for the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai, an ancient walled city of leafy green trees, winding alleyways, gentle inhabitants and spectacular cuisine. You will be met by your guide & transferred to your hotel for check-in. After lunch at the hotel restaurant discover Wat Phra Singh within the ancient walls and encircling moat of Chiang Mai. This expansive temple compound houses several spectacular structures with high roofs that sparkle with gold as well as a towering stupor. Afterwards ascend Doi Suthep Mountain to one of Chiang Mai’s most spiritually significant sites, Doi Suthep Temple. Enjoy fabulous views & uncover the fascinating site. In the evening experience a Khantoke Dinner with a presentation of classical, folk and hill tribe dances, songs and ceremonies. After removing your shoes, you will be seated, comfortably, on the floor with Thai-style cushions & enjoy a dinner of northern-Thai food, served in Lanna Kingdom court style. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 5 – Elephant Nature Park

After breakfast depart for the Elephant Nature Park. Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river and surrounded by mountains the park provides a sanctuary for dozens of rescued elephants & other animals from all over Thailand. Relax at the park and hear personal stories of rescued and orphaned elephants & see how they became a proud herd. Enjoy buffet lunch at the park and return to Chiang Mai. Free time in the evening & dinner at your own expense. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 6 – Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart Chiang Mai for Chiang Rai (transfer approx. 3.5 hours). Along the way you will stop at a stunning orchid farm, offering a variety of different species. On arrival at Chiang Rai town enjoy a visit to Wat Rong Khun, a contemporary unconventional Buddhist and Hindu temple designed by renowned artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Depart Chiang Rai for the Golden Triangle. Visit Hall of Opium Museum before checking in at your hotel. Enjoy dinner at the hotel restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 7 – River cruise to Pakbeng

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Laos border passing through Chiang Khong Border gate by the bridge. You will be met by your Lao guide and will embark on a traditional boat to cruise for seven hours to Pakbeng. Enjoy the splendid landscape and discover the banks of the Mekong, the mythical river which crosses China and also separates Laos from Burma and Thailand. Stop in a village bordering the river, enjoy lunch on board, and arrive at Pakbeng in the evening. Pakbeng is a meeting point for local hill tribes including H'Mong, Lue and Khamou. After checking in to your lodge discover the area on foot. Dinner & overnight at the lodge.

 

Day 8 – Cruise to Luang Prabang

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will cruise along the Mekong River for about seven hours through beautiful landscapes towards Luang Prabang. Located at the bottom of a steep sided valley tropical forests invade the river banks but from time to time a village will appear. Lunch is served on board and you will also stop to visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. The caves also offer a splendid view of the Mekong. Upon your arrival in the UNESCO Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, your guide will transfer you to your hotel for check-in. In the evening you are invited to attend a Baci (Soukhouan) ceremony, one of the most popular traditions in Laos, which comes with any important life event: weddings, funerals, births, illnesses, trips, etc. This ceremony usually takes place amongst a handful of people, with one or two recipients, the officiate and a few assistants. But for larger occasions, such as weddings, they can gather dozens of people. During the ceremony you attend, the officiating person recalls your souls (according to Lao belief, each human being has 32 souls) to attract beneficial influences towards you, and will then tie a cotton string around your wrist symbolising the wishes he will formulate in your favour. It will then be the assistants’ turn, your travelling companions, to also tie a cotton string around your wrist. This solemn moment will help you to understand the local beliefs. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 9 – Luang Prabang

After breakfast, visit Luang Prabang. The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. Enjoy a visit to the Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum. Continue to the important Wat Mai from 1796 which emphasises the graceful Luang Prabang architecture. On your return journey stop at Khuang Sy Waterfall. Enjoy a countryside lunch at the waterfall & swim in the waterfall which scatters into many basins (if weather permits). Along the road you will see the traditional rice fields and stop in some of the quaint villages. Dinner at your own expense. Overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 10 – Luang Prabang

After breakfast visit the glamorous Wat Xieng Thong on the end of the peninsula to learn about the Lao’s interesting history. Stop at Vat Visoun - the oldest temple in the city with its wooden windows inspired by the Khmer Temple of Vat Phou. Also see the Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major shrines, dedicated to the spirit Deveta Luang. Following lunch in a local restaurant visit the private Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre featuring ethnic clothing, household objects, religious artifacts and tools. This is a great chance to enhance your understanding of the lifestyles and traditions of Laos’ ethnic diversity. Free time in the evening and dinner at your own expense. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 11 – Luang Prabang

In the early morning around 5am, you will be taken by your guide to Vat Nong temple to witness the Tak Bat ceremony, the procession of monks. During the ceremony devoted locals stand on the sidewalk bearing food in their arms which they offer to the monks as they walk by in a procession of orange robes. No words exchanged between the monks and the locals making the offerings. You will experience the peaceful and respectful ambiance of the rituals. As a guest you are recommended not to wear revealing clothing and you should take photos from a distance to show your respect. Continue to a vibrant local market. Each stall offers different kinds of food ranging from fruits and vegetables to meats, herbs and fragrant spices. The sights, sounds and smells are sure to awaken all your senses! While walking through, you’ll have a chance to taste and savour some local snacks. Continue to a local restaurant for breakfast followed by a relaxing coffee by the Mekong. Afternoon at leisure & lunch at your own expense.

 

At around 4.30pm you will be transferred to the Mekong River for a sunset cocktail. On the beach of the Mekong river bank you will enjoy tasty Lao food in a peaceful atmosphere with wonderful scenery. Return to the town for dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at your hotel.

 

Day 12 – Depart

Breakfast at your hotel. Free time until taking your transfer to the airport for your return flight. Room is at your disposal until noon. Fly to Bangkok and onward to Dublin with 1 stop en route.

 

Day 13 – Arrive Home

Arrive back in Dublin.

 

Explore Northern Thailand & Laos

Price Includes

  • Flights from Dublin to Thailand & Laos to Dublin including taxes & charges
  • Professional English speaking tour manager and executive coach transfers throughout
  • 2 nights in the 4* Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok with breakfast
  • 2 nights in the 4* Ratilanna Riverside Hotel in Chiang Mai with breafast
  • 1 night in the 4* Imperial Golden Triangle Resort with breakfast
  • 1 night in the 3* Pakbeng Lodge with breakfast
  • On 12 Feb departure 4 nights in the 3* Parasol Blanc in Luang Prabang with breakfast
  • On 16 Nov departure 4 nights in the 3* Maison Dalabua in Luang Prabang with breakfast
  • 8 lunches & 6 dinners included
  • Sightseeing tour of Bangkok including the home of the Kings of Siam, the Grand Palace & a enjoy a folk dance performance 
  • Visit Wat Phra Singh, Doi Suthep Temple & experience a Khantoke Dinner in Chiang Mai
  • Tour to the Elephant Nature Park
  • Stop at an orchid farm en route to Chiang Rai
  • Visit to Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai town & the Hall of Opium Museum
  • Pass through Chiang Khong Border gate the by the bridge by Laos & cruise along the Mekong to Pakbeng
  • Sightseeing in Luang Prabang including the Royal Palace, Wat Mai, Khuang Sy Waterfall, Wat Xieng, Vat Visoun temple, Vat Aham shrine & the private Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre
  • Witness the Tak Bat ceremony, the procession of monks
  • Visit a traditional market & enjoy a sunset cocktail followed by dinner on the banks of the Mekong

 

Booking Remarks

  1. Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
  2. Single room supplement from €539pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
  3. Non refundable / non transferable deposit of €350pp required at time of booking
  4. Balance due 10 weeks before departure (2% charge on balance payments made by credit card)
  5. Price includes 1 standard piece of checked-in luggage
  6. Optional insurance available from €45pp (terms & conditions apply)
  7. Irish Passport holders require a visa for this holiday. A cost applies and details will be sent after booking. Non-Irish passport holders please contact us for further information.
  8. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  9. Flights, hotel, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  10. Booking terms & conditions apply

Flight Details

2018 Flight Details TBA

 

Local Time in Bangkok

GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. Daylight saving time (BST) is GMT+1.


GTM+7 

BST+6

 

Weather in Bangkok


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Customer Comments

"This tour was outstanding, so enjoyable, so much to see and learn. Guide in Laos, Vinny, was outstanding - attention to detail, professional, excellent information, he made my visit so meaningful and enjoyable." Aileen, Carlow

"One of the best or even the best holiday I was ever on!" Joan, Cork

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