Patuxai arch in Vientian, Laos.

Visions of Gold: Exploring Southeast Asia’s Golden Triangle

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Customizable Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist

Countries Visited

Laos

Places Visited

Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pakbeng, Chiang Rai

Suggested Duration

9 Days

Follow in the footsteps of invaders and explorers, colonialists and imperial guards during your customizable historical Laos and Thailand.  Your itinerary will be tailored for your discovery of natural beauty, diverse culture, and the infamous past of the Golden Triangle. Gilded stupas imitate the mountaintops that encircle Luang Prabang as elegant French villas evoke the colonial era in Vientiane. Rice paddies and coffee plantations thrive in the mixture of open fields and mountain terraces...

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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy the unique experience of meeting rehabilitated Asiatic elephants with a ride through the jungle terrain to the riverbanks
  • Take a luxury excursion on the Mekong River to view the marvelous shrines adorned with thousands of Buddha icons in the Pak Ou Caves
  • Discover the enchanting natural swimming lagoons and turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls
  • Follow the gilded and decorated stairs that lead to the top of Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang for insight into the historical temples and a panoramic city view
  • Experience the ethereal ambiance and silent charm of the monk’s morning procession in Luang Prabang
  • Visit a traditional Laotian village in the countryside to meet the women known for crafting delicate and intricate cotton textiles
  • Witness the confluence of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers where Myanmar, Thailand, and Laos meet, which is referred to as the Golden Triangle
  • View the opulent temples of Chiang Rai to find gilded filigree, elaborate murals, and a Buddha crafted completely out of jade
  • Delight in private panoramas, lavish accommodations, and unique experiences across Laos and Northern Thailand 

Detailed Description

Cross borders to visit with hill tribes, and then view ancient gilded temples during your 9-day itinerary to Laos and Thailand. Your historical adventure will begin with your arrival in Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Wattay International Airport, and you will then make your way into the city to settle into the comforts of your five-star hotel situated inside a renovated French villa. Your introductory tour of the city will bring you to the Victory Monument for your first view of Laotian architecture in the sleepy city.

Wake the next day, and your guide will greet you after breakfast and leads you on an in-depth tour of Vientiane’s past and present beginning at the National Museum and winding through the collection of elaborate temples. The next day, you will have a morning flight to Luang Prabang, the Imperial city in the north. Your private transfer will escort you from the airport to your five-star hotel that will offer a generous view of the mountains. Relish a private tour of the city that will lead you along a trail that connects the 33 temples and on upwards to the summit of Mount Phousi. Witness the morning procession of monks the morning at dawn before venturing to Kuang Si Falls for a relaxing time spent along the shores of a turquoise lagoon.

The next day will be at your leisure to relax in Luang Prabang, visit local villages, or venture to the elephant village to meet the renowned elephants of the country once considered sacred amongst mountains and rivers. Board a luxury riverboat the next day to travel up the Mekong River, and then stop to view the Pak Ou Caves and visit with a village known for producing Laotian whiskey en route to Pakbeng. Enjoy your evening in a luxurious accommodation that overlooks the shores of the Mekong.

The next morning, your private transfer will guide you through the countryside to meet villagers known for their weaving expertise and for their traditional, rural life. You will reach Chiang Mai in the evening and relax in the luxuries of the inviting capital of Northern Thailand. Explore the temples and culture of Chiang Rai the next day before arriving at the banks of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers, home to the Golden Triangle where Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand meet. Conclude as your private transfer will greet you at your hotel and escort you to Chiang Rai for your flight home. 

Starting Price

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • 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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