Long Neck Karen Village
Tour highlights: - Siem Reap - Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Chiang Rai - Bangkok

Best of Cambodia Laos Thailand 15 Days

 

Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap – Angkor Wat Tour

Highlights with Photos: Angkor WatPre Rup

Angkor Wat—Impressed by the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, you will be welcomed by our local guide at the airport and then escorts to the hotel. After check-in and a short rest, your private guide will escort you to discover the world’s wonder site—Angkor Wat, the magnificent temple was built in the 12th century and it is the largest first Hindu, and Buddhist temple complex and the largest religious monument in the the the world. On your way back to Siem Reap, enjoy the sunset from the top of the pyramid-shaped temple of Pre Rup.

Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 2: Full Day Angkor Thom & Ta Prohm Temple

Highlights with Photos: Angkor ThomBayon templeTa Prohm

After breakfast, the cool weather and less traffic are ideal for a Tuk Tuk ride to the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which was the Khmer empire’s final and most enduring capital city. The tour in Angkor Thom begins at the South Gate and proceeds along the ancient city wall to see the lost temple of Prasat Chroung, then to the Bayon temple, which is surrounded by 216 massive stone faces known as the “Angkor Smile.” You will also see the Elephant Terrace, the Royal Palace, and the Terrace of the Leper King. When the weather gets hot, your driver will pick you up and you can enjoy air-conditioning and cold drinks inside your private car while transferring you to the Temple of Ta Prohm which is wildly known as “lost to the jungle temple”. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Full Day Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Phluk

Highlights with Photos: Tonle Sap LakeKompong Phluk

In the morning, visit a half-day excursion to the biggest Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake—Tonle Sap Lake. You will firstly enjoy a fun ox cart ride through the countryside, continue to have a boat trip to enjoy the beautiful lake view and mangrove forest on the lake, then spend the rest of the morning at the largest village on the lake which is called Kompong Phluk, to discover the fascinating daily lives of the local people who leave on the water. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax.

Overnight: Siem Reap

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 4: Siem Reap – Fly to Vientiane

Highlights with Photos: Vientianne

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure to Vientiane. Upon arrival at Vientiane airport, your private local guide from IndochinaTour.com will welcome you at the airport and then escorts you to your hotel in Vientiane City. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, you can have a relaxing walk around the hotel to discover the city or stroll along the river bank to enjoy the sunset.

Overnight: Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 5: Full-Day Vientiane City Tour

Highlights with Photos: National MuseumWat SisaketWat PrakeoLuang StupaPatuxay Monument

Vientiane, the charming capital city of Laos with a rich heritage of Buddhist culture, is waiting for you to discover. The highlights of Vientiane will be visited during your full-day city tour. You will first learn more about Laos’ history by visiting the National Museum, followed by a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. The temple Wat Prakeo, which houses the famous Emerald Buddha image, astonished Indochina tour operators. Your full-day Vientiane city tour will also include stops at the symbolic That Luang Stupa and the Patuxay Monument. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.

Overnight: Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang

Highlights with Photos: Luang Prabang

Today you will continue your amazing Indochina Tour in Laos from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. Enjoy a relaxing time in the morning until transfer to the airport for an onward flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you will meet your private local guide from Indochinatour.com and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. In the evening, you can wander around the city and the night market to discover the local life of Luang Prabang.

Overnight: Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 7: Kuang Si Waterfalls – Half-Day City Tour

Highlights with Photos: Kuang Si WaterfallsWat XiengthongRoyal Palace MusemWat Visoun

Luang Prabang, the city surrounded by the Mekong River and well known for its golden city is well known for its beautiful decorated Buddhist temples, it is a place that you will keep appearing in your mind for a long time after your Indochina tour. Your memorable trip will begin with an alms ritual in the morning, where you will accept the blessing of the monks to whom you will give alms. After breakfast, begin the half-day excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you will enjoy the beautiful natural scenery, have fun in the waterfalls, and relax. Return to the town for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Wat Xiengthong, a symbolic temple of classic Laotian architecture, and the Royal Palace Museum to learn about Laos’ history. Then go to the Wat Aham Temple, which means “Monastery of the Opened Heart,” and the Wat Visoun Stupa.

Overnight: Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8: 2 Days Mekong River Crusie & Pak Ou Cave

Highlights with Photos: Tam Thing CavesLuang Say Lodge, Pak Beng

Today, you will embark on the Luang Say boat for a 2 days cruise to Huay Xai, the small town locates at the border of Laos and Thailand, you will proceed to Chiang Rai in Thailand from the border pass there. The boat will start at 7:00 am, you will enjoy a continental breakfast while cruising to the Pak Ou Village which locates at the mouth of the Nam Ou River. You will have a shore excursion to visit the Tam Thing Caves of Thousand Buddhas. Lunch will be a buffet on board and the boat will keep cruising upstream the Mekong River to a hill tribe village where you can watch the traditional process of Lao whiskey production. Our boat will stop at Pak Beng around sunset and check in at Luang Say Lodge overnight. Dinner will be arranged on the Luang Say Lodge’s terrace restaurant with a view of the Mekong River.

Overnight: Pak Beng

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9: Full Day Cruising to Chiang Rai

Highlights with Photos: Chiang RaiMinority ethnic people

Enjoy breakfast at the Luang Say Lodge, then board the boat at 7:00 am and keep cruising toward the upper stream of the Mekong River. En route, you will stop to visit a local village to witness the rural life along the Mekong River and visit the Minority ethnic people. Lunch will be a buffet served on board, and you will arrive at Huay Xai around 5:00 pm. Go through the board and you will be welcomed by your local guide on the Thailand side of the border, then escorts you to your hotel in Chiang Rai.

Overnight: Chiang Rai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 10: Half-Day Chiang Rai City Tour

Highlights with Photos: Opium HouseChiang SaenNational Museum

After breakfast and check-out, we will drive to Opium House at the bend of the mighty Mekong River to see the scenery of three countries (Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos). Visit the ancient city of Chiang Saen, where the ruins of numerous temples, stupas, and Buddha images can still be seen, as well as artifacts and archaeological finds on display at the National Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant followed by a transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Rai. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

Overnight: Chiang Rai

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Full Day Discover Golden Triangle.

Highlights with Photos: Long Neck Karen villageCock FightingDoi Tung templeSwitzerland

The golden triangle is a mysterious region for most of the Indochina tour makes, today you will enjoy a full-day excursion to the heart of the golden triangle region. Your fascinating day will start in the morning by first visiting the Long Neck Karen village to see the long neck hill tribe people who relocated from the Thai and Myanmar border. If it is possible, you will also be able to visit a Cock Fightingnear the hill tribe village. Keep driving to Mt. Doi Mae Salong and visit the Chinese village on the top of the mountain. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the trip to the highest peak on the Thai-Myanmar border. Doi Tung provides an opportunity to view enrooted many different Lahu and Akha villages as well as terraced farming areas and see from distance the Princess Mother’s frigid flower Garden.  Doi Tung temple, built in A.D.1493, is located at the peak. Its scenery reminds one of Switzerland and features many unique images and temple architecture overlooking the entire northern rice field plain.  Return to the hotel and rest of the day free at leisure.

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 12: Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai – Charity School Visit

Highlights with Photos: Charity SchoolWhite Temple

Enjoy some relaxing time in the hotel until your tour guide picks you up from the hotel for driving to Chiang Mai. In the morning, we will drive around 2.5 hours to Chiang Mai. Before you arrive in Chiang Mai, you will stop to visit the White Temple which is a fascinating temple with amazing design and beautiful sculptures. Before arriving in Chiang Mai, you will stop at a charity school called School For Life, which was co-founded by Berlin Free University. It is a children’s village that provides free education, housing, and medical care to children from low-income families. UNESCO is very pleased with it. Here you will enjoy a cooking lesson with children to learn how to cook traditional Thai cuisine; lunch will be the food you prepare and share with the children. Following that, you will have some free time to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the School for Life Campus. After lunch, you will have time to explore the beautiful countryside surrounding the School for Life Campus. Enjoy the rest of the day free after checking into your hotel.

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 13: Elephant Safari

Highlights with Photos: Elephant Camp, Orchid FarmDoi SuthepSan Kamphaen

A fun and memorable Indochina tour is not complete without the experience of an elephant. Today you will visit the Elephant Camp at Mae Taman Camp. You will see how the elephants work, and you will have a chance to ride the elephant across the river and through the forest for around 1 hour. Return by Ox Cart to the elephant village for lunch. After Lunch, enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure along the river for about 45 minutes and visit an orchid farm after the bamboo rafting ride. After that, you will start sightseeing at Meow Hill Tribe Village where locates on the Mountain Doi Pui and was once famous for opium cultivation. Continue to visit the Temple Wat Doi Suthep where you will enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of Chiang Mai City. If you like, here is also one of the best places to enjoy the sunset. Today you will also have a chance to visit the San Kamphaeng district which is the heart of Silk and Cotton Home Industries, to witness the fascinating process of making and weaving the popular fabrics.

Overnight: Chiang Mai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day 14: Chiang Mai – Fly to Bangkok

Highlights with Photos: Bangkok

Enjoy a relaxing time in the morning until transfer to the airport for an onward flight to Bangkok. The rest of the day is at leisure

Overnight: Bangkok

Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 15: Departure – Bangkok

Enjoy a relaxing time in the morning until transfer to the airport for an onward flight to your sweet home or to the next destination.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Trip includes

  • 14 nights’ accommodations in memorable, centrally located hotels
  • All air tickets used in tours
  • Meals as indicated
  • A/C private transfers
  • Tours and excursions as indicated
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • All entrance Fees
  • Boat trips as indicated
  • All taxes & service charges