Jungle trees shine like jade and rivers meander along the base of soaring mountains during your custom tailored Laos tour, immersing you in ineffable scenery. Children glide down mighty waters on shallow dugout canoes. Secluded villages add intricate embroideries to their colorful handmade textiles. Monks bathe in thermal springs situated near the base of their historical temple. Panoramas open to rice paddy fields and misty mountain summits. From caves filled with Buddha statues to flying through...
Chiang Rai – Surrounded by Lush Jungle
Chiang Rai is considered the capital of Northern Thailand, situated between mystical mountains and the rushing current of the Mekong River. Its proud history began in the 13th century under the Lao-Thai Lanna Kingdom, featured in the jade Buddha adorning the Phra Kaew Temple, a glistening icon modeled after the emerald Buddha that once filled the ceremonial halls of the Temple of the Bamboo Grove. Your flight lands at Chiang Rai International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. The aroma of fresh noodles emanates from the Night Market. The aisles fill with locals enjoying a stroll amongst the vendors offering candles, fresh cuisine, and handicrafts made by the hill tribe communities. Your luxury hotel offers you the first sense of Southeast Asia’s northern landscape, offering views of the rolling mountains and dense exotic jungles.
Ruins of the Lanna Kingdom decorate the countryside on the outskirts of your accommodation bordering Chiang Rai. You return to the streets of the city with your guide for an introductory tour of the past and present splendors embodied in the various temples. The White Temple provides a glimpse into the new artistic movement meant to modernize the Lanna culture. The structure resembles an ice palace reflected in the stoic waters of the decorative pond. The décor fuses elements of orthodox Buddhist teachings with Westernized beliefs, such as the color white symbolizing purity and perfection. Ornate reliefs depict Buddhist legends and frame the glistening mirrors leading to the main chapel.
Luang Namtha – Into the Emerald North
Luang Namtha – Finding Emerald Everywhere
Muang La – Scenic View of Hidden Laos
Muang La – Countryside on Wheels
Nong Khiaw – On Stilts
Nong Khiaw – Discovery in the Place of Relaxation
Luang Prabang – Down the Mighty Mekong
Luang Prabang – At the Spiritual Heart of the Emerald North
Luang Prabang – At the End of the Scenic Route
- Visit local villages across northern Laos to learn about historical culture and traditions passed down through the generations
- Sample handcrafted Lao Lao, Laotian Whiskey, after a tour of a small distillery in what locals refer to as Whiskey Village
- Learn about the medicinal use of plants around Nam Ha National Protected Area while searching for leopards, birds, and elephants
- Relax in the turquoise pools fed by the gorgeous flowing waters of Kuang Si Falls outside of Luang Prabang
- Relish a cycling tour around the countryside of Muang La to view historical temples, hot springs, and glowing rice paddy fields
- Revel in the tranquil ambiance of your luxurious hotel embellished with the lush landscape and rushing waters of the Nam Ou River in Nong Khiaw
- Enter the renowned shrines of the Pak Ou Caves, known for housing thousands of Buddha icons within the two natural caverns etched into a cliff
- Glide across the forest canopy over the course of six lines while zip lining over northern Laos
- View the traditional morning procession in Luang Prabang, where locals offer alms to the passing monks in an act of piety
Laos is a country that shines like a gemstone in the sun, casting a light over the lush jungle, verdant farmland, and silver karsts during your 10-day scenic tour. The journey begins with your arrival at Chiang Mai Airport in Thailand. Your private transfer greets you at baggage claim and escorts you to a luxurious hotel offering you a stunning, secluded view of the valleys, mountains, and exotic gardens. Enjoy a private tour of the city for an introduction into the culture of northern Thailand and the edges of the Golden Triangle, the point at which Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar converge. The next morning, your private transfer escorts you from your hotel in Chiang Mai to the border over the Mekong River.
Enter Laos through Huay Xai and briefly explore the town once known for its ties to the opium trade in the region, along with the remnants of ancient civilizations and French colonial architecture. Enjoy the scenic drive through the mountains to reach Luang Namtha. Next, your guide greets you inside the lobby of your luxury hotel eager to lead you on a full day trekking tour outside of the village. Discover ancient medicinal plants and follow fresh animal tracks in search of tigers, elephants, and barking deer before returning to town.
You have a private transfer through the countryside en route to Muang La. Visit the communities of ethnic minorities to learn about the distinctive histories and traditions continued in the village life. Once in Muang La, you can relax in the comforts of your luxury hotel overlooking the riverbanks. Mount a bicycle after breakfast for a private cycling tour around the countryside. Visit farmers, bask in hot springs, wander along temple complexes, and find unparalleled panoramas of the mountains and floodplains before returning to Muang La.
Make your way by private transfer to Nong Khiaw, following the bends of the Ou River before settling into a riverside bungalow, erected in the traditional Laotian style on stilts. Enjoy views of limestone karsts and blossoming lilies en route to town. Then, you have a spectacular full day tour around Non Khiaw and the surrounding landscape, finding the embodiment of exhilarating exploration in a full day zip line excursion. You cruise down the Mekong River towards Luang Prabang. Visit the famous Whiskey Village to learn about the distilling process and handmade textiles before visiting the marvelous shrines in the Pak Ou Caves.
Upon reaching Luang Prabang, you can trek up to the summit of Mount Phousi for a marvelous sunset view of the imperial city. The day is yours to discover the tranquil ambiance and fascinating history around Luang Prabang. Your guide leads you to the various temples and Kuang Si Falls to highlight the spiritual air in the manmade structures and natural wonders. On the final day, your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight home.
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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