TL. 1 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Laos 7 Days 6 Nights
TL. 1 Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Laos 7 Days/6 Night trip Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep •Khantoke dinner •Elephant Safari •Yao or Mien hill tribe villages •Golden Triangle •Mae Sai White temple •Karen Long neck •Huay Xai • Mekhong speed boat trip • Lao Whisky Village morning market • Phou Sii •Luang Prabang night market
Day 1: Chiang Mai city tour (L, D)
Morning - Pick up at Chiang Mai International Airport and transfer you to Noble Place hotel or equivalent. Visit Chiang Mai Art & Cultural Center which shows the lifestyle of people of Lanna Kingdom and learn how the Kingdom became more prosperous. Each section of the showrooms tells interesting stories and legends of Chiang Mai people in the past.(The museum is closed on Monday)
11.00 Visit the lifestyle of local people at a local market where the different foods, such as the bamboo worms, ant eggs, insects, vegetables and fruits are sold. You can take this opportunity to meet and greet local people.
12.00 Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13.00 Head off to Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep, a holy and indigenous temple of Chiang Mai. It has a golden Pagoda which contains the relics of Lord Buddha. Experience the elegant scenery of Chiang Mai, surrounded by high mountains range and the cool stream of the Mae Ping river.
17.00 Return to your hotel and relax.
19.00 Enjoy your Khantoke dinner including native foods of the north, such as fried chicken, chili sauce, pork curry( Gang Hang Le) and crispy noodles at The old Cultural Center (Vegetarian or halal food is on request) . During your meal the northern and tribal dances will be performed.
Day 2: Elephant Safari (B, L, D)
08.00 Pick up from your hotel. Then head off to Mae Taeng elephant camp .
9.30 Enjoy with the elephants at work , hauling timber logs, playing and bathing in cool streams.
10.00 Ride an elephant for 1 hour across the river and jungle to visit Lisu Tribe village. Learn their interesting lifestyle before riding an ox cart back to the camp.
12.00 Have lunch at the elephant camp.
13.00 Enjoy the bamboo rafting along Mae taeng river for 45 minutes. You will be impressed with calm and cool river and nice surrounding along the raft.
14.00 Stop by at a colorful orchid and butterfly farm .
16.00 Back to your hotel
18.00 Feel free to have your dinner. After the meal you are on your own to take a walk to Chiang Mai Walking Street inside of the old city wall of Chiang Mai. You will see the colorful lifestyles of Lanna people while selling their native souvenirs (Open only on Sat. and Sun.) or at the colorful Night Bazaar which is opened everyday.
Day 3: Chiang Rai and the Myanmar border (B, L, D) 08.00 After breakfast, check out from your hotel. Go to chiang Rai.
10.00 Visit Yao or Mien hill tribe villages . Yao is one of the few Hill tribe people who have their own written language, derived from historical Chinese lettering. Mien women are easily recognised by their characteristic dress. They wear a large flowing black coat, tied at the back. A large red muff lines the front of the coat.
12.00 Have lunch at a fine local restaurant.
13.00 Visit the Golden Triangle where the borderlines of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet. This place used to be the famous opium business center where was purchased with gold.
15.00 Continue your trip to Mae Sai , the northern most city of Thailand and its border of Myanmar. Enjoy your shopping at a local market. (Crossing the border is optional.)
18.00 Check in at Laluna Resort or equivalent and take a rest.
19.00 Have dinner at a fine restaurant.
Day 4: Long Neck Village & Chiang Khong (B, L)
08.00 Check out from your hotel. Then visit Wat Rong Khun . Be impressed with the talent of the most famous artist of Thailand " ChalermChai". Here you will be amazed with his performance such as the unimmitatable sculptures of the Vihara; the fantastic stained glass and mosaic tile interior decoration; and the amazing paintings inside the showroom. The most beautiful wall painting of Lord Buddha in the chapel will also attract you so much.
11.00 Stop by at Karen Long neck people, the tribe who has a very interesting and remarkable lifestyle.
12.00 Have lunch at a local restaurant before head off to Chiang Khong .
16.00 Do Visa on arrival at Chiang Khong. Then cross Khong river by boat to Huay Xai check point.
Upon arrival in Huayxai, check in at the immigration. Then check in at Arimid guesthouse or equivalent and take a rest.
18.00 Have dinner in the hotel on your own.
Day 5: Speed boat to Luang Prabang (B, D) 08.00 After Breakfast, check out from your hotel , begin speed boat trip along Khong river to Luang Prabang about 6 and half hours. En route stop at the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Then stop at Ban Xang Hai, Lao Whisky Village. (Have lunch on your own at a local floating restaurant in Pak Baeng village)
17.00 Arrive at speed boat pier. Then transfer you to Manoluck hotel or equivalent.
18.00 Have dinner at a restaurant.
Day 6: Luang Prabang City tour (B, L, D) 05.30 Get up early morning, participate Arm-Ging, hundreds of monks walk along side walk to recieve offering rice, snacks or fruits from local people and visitors. Then visit morning market where local people sell food, fruits, vegetables and animals.
8.30 After breakfast at the hotel, visit the National Museum, once a king's palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries
12.00 Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13.00 Visit Wat Visoun , the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao.
14.00 Continue to visit Wat Mai . Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style.
15.00 Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana.
16.00 Climb up Phou Sii hill stands right in the center of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, along side the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns!
17.00 Back to your hotel.
18.00 After dinner, shopping at Luang Prabang night market, where hundred of Hmong vendors display their handmade handicraft.
Day 7: Transfer out (B) After check out from the hotel, we transfer you back to the airport. Fly to your destination with impression.
SANAKEO HOTEL or JADE HOTEL or HAYSOKE HOTEL or WANGSAVATH HOTEL
Remarks : The price can be changed due to the high or peak season. Please check with Destiny's staff to confirm the real price for your date of the tour.
Cost Included • Transportation. • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast. • Speed boat fair. • All admission fees to visiting places mentioned in the program. • Meals mentioned in the program. • An experienced English-speaking tour guide. • Air ticket from Luang Prabang to Bangkok or Luang Prabang to Chiang Mai by Laos Airline + airport tax + fuel surcharge. • 1,000, 000 baht travel insurance.
• Visa on arrival to Laos. • Personal expenses such as drinks tips and laundry. • Other expense not mentioned in the program.