The Best Luxury Tour of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos
with Mekong Cruise - 16 Days

Day 1. Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Overnight – Phum Baitang (Zannier Hotels)

Once upon a time, a modern jetliner landed at Cambodia Airport.

Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s lodging can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted at the airport by your lodging provided Fast Trak service person and you will now be escorted through the arrival process. Your personal Bensley Butler will assist you in boarding your hotel vehicle and then you are driven to what many past guests call the best hotel on our planet, The Bensley Siem Reap. You will be staying in a spectacular Pool Villa designed by Bill Bensley and every need and whim will be catered for by your butler and the other staff. We strongly recommend our guests consider adding a day or two more to enjoy the incredible experience at this 10 Villa Hotel. We also recommend considering adding three days to visit the exquisite Bill Bensley Wild Tented Camp in Cardamom National Park – https://wild.bensleycollection.com/. Please note that your accomplished and knowledgeable Guide is an expert on the history and archaeology of the wonders at Siem Reap, for those who would like time with local archaeologist authorities, roughly 3-hour sessions can be added in advance at an additional expense.

Once upon a time, a modern jetliner landed at Cambodia Airport.

Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s lodging can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted at the airport by your lodging provided Fast Trak service person and you will now be escorted through the arrival process. Your personal Bensley Butler will assist you in boarding your hotel vehicle and then you are driven to what many past guests call the best hotel on our planet, The Bensley Siem Reap. You will be staying in a spectacular Pool Villa designed by Bill Bensley and every need and whim will be catered for by your butler and the other staff. We strongly recommend our guests consider adding a day or two more to enjoy the incredible experience at this 10 Villa Hotel. We also recommend considering adding three days to visit the exquisite Bill Bensley Wild Tented Camp in Cardamom National Park – https://wild.bensleycollection.com/. Please note that your accomplished and knowledgeable Guide is an expert on the history and archaeology of the wonders at Siem Reap, for those who would like time with local archaeologist authorities, roughly 3-hour sessions can be added in advance at an additional expense.

Once upon a time, a modern jetliner landed at Cambodia Airport.

Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s lodging can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted at the airport by your lodging provided Fast Trak service person and you will now be escorted through the arrival process. Your personal Bensley Butler will assist you in boarding your hotel vehicle and then you are driven to what many past guests call the best hotel on our planet, The Bensley Siem Reap. You will be staying in a spectacular Pool Villa designed by Bill Bensley and every need and whim will be catered for by your butler and the other staff. We strongly recommend our guests consider adding a day or two more to enjoy the incredible experience at this 10 Villa Hotel. We also recommend considering adding three days to visit the exquisite Bill Bensley Wild Tented Camp in Cardamom National Park – https://wild.bensleycollection.com/. Please note that your accomplished and knowledgeable Guide is an expert on the history and archaeology of the wonders at Siem Reap, for those who would like time with local archaeologist authorities, roughly 3-hour sessions can be added in advance at an additional expense.

Day 2. Siem Reap

Overnight – Bensley Collection Shinta Mani

Rising well before dawn, proceed for your exploration of the most famous temple in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat. Believed to be the world’s largest religious building, this 12th century temple is a perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Arrive at the monuments entrance before the sun rises and walk to a location near the temple, where your sunrise view of Angkor Wat is across lotus ponds. This is the best time to visit Angkor Wat because it is the least crowded during the early morning, and watching the sunrise over the awe-inspiring complex is an experience not to be missed. After admiring the sunrise, you will proceed into the massive complex to discover its incredible structures and plethora of intricacies, which will be highlighted by your Tour Director.

After exploring Angkor Wat you are driven back to your resort for some time to freshen up and to have breakfast. In the late morning you will explore the immense walled city of Angkor Thom and its multiple awe-inspiring monuments built at a scale that is simply amazing. Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire.

The causeway is lined by an intricate bridge depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the Devas (gods) and Asuras (devils) are engaged in tug of war with a Naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality. Begin your visit at the Terrace of the Leper King. This intricately carved platform was the royal crematorium and the statue that was originally thought to be the leper king is now believed to be Yama, the god of death.

You will continue along the Terrace of Elephants, originally used as a viewing gallery for the king to preside over parades, performances, and sporting events. At the southern end lies the Baphuon, once of the most beautiful temples at Angkor, dating from the 11th century. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing. Next up is the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. Its 54 towers are each topped off with the four faces of Avalokiteshvara (Buddha of Compassion), all of which bear more than a passing resemblance to the king himself.

There is a break for lunch after which you will visit mystical Ta Prohm, which has been abandoned to the elements. Left as it was discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. This was one of the settings for the original Tomb Raider movie. Complete your exploration of this section of Angkor’s wealth of monuments with a visit to another temple that makes you feel like you have traveled back in time – Preah Khan. This large temple has also been left unrestored for the most part and is a fascinating maze of narrow passageways and windows that each offers their own unique view into the past.

Day 3. Siem Reap

Overnight – Bensley Collection Shinta Mani

Join your Tour Director for a very scenic 75 to 90-minute drive through the Cambodian countryside to the amazing temple complex of Beng Mealea. Arrive and start your exploration of this massive early 12th century complex. Although partially in ruins, much of the complex is still in good condition, and some of the trees and vegetation have intermingled with the structure to create a sight that is unmatched by other similar monuments in Southeast Asia. Due to its distance from Siem Reap, this surreal complex attracts significantly fewer tourists than Angkor Wat and the temples in the city of Angkor Thom. From Beng Mealea you will head towards Tonle Sap stopping for lunch along the way.

Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, the lake is connected to a river of the same name. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the area is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and its waters were what sustained the magnificent Angkor civilization, and others before that. The lake loses much of its water during winter, and when the rains come in the late spring/early summer, the lake fills up and rises over 30 feet. You will board your boat and explore the lakeside fishing community of Kampong Khleang, the largest town on the lake, and no doubt be impressed by the network of houses on up to 30-foot-tall stilts, lush farmlands, and small fishing communities. You will have the opportunity to observe how the locals live and work in this unique environment. Unlike the very touristy and hawker-filled village of Chong Kneas, where almost all other tours go, Kampong Khleang offers a more authentic experience.

In the evening you will join your Cambodia Tour Director for a fascinating walk through the local night market where tourists and locals shop for all sorts of items, while enjoying street food.

Day 4. Siem Reap – Bangkok

Overnight – Mandarin Oriental

After checking-out you will head to the Banteay Srei Temple Complex. Although it attracts more visitors than Beng Mealea, it is less crowded than the main complexes in the Siem Reap Region. Banteay Srei is another Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and, at more than a thousand years of age, it is older than almost all of the more significant temples in the Siem Reap Region. Constructed from hard Red Sandstone, this complex is a study in detail. It is small when compared to the main complex’s structures in Siem Reap, or even the Beng Mealea Complex. However, the intricacy of its original sculptures, especially the detailed figures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and the voluptuous and beautiful Apsaras, is unsurpassed even among all the wonders found in the Angkor region. Some parts of this temple, more so than in other Angkor Region monuments, are replicas due to theft over the last few decades, before adequate protection was added.

From Banteay Srei you will head, stopping along the way for a slightly late lunch, to the Siem Reap airport, where you will be assisted in boarding your flight to Luang Prabang. Bid farewell to your Cambodia Tour Director at the airport, where you will be introduced to your VIP Airport Concierge and then be escorted through all departure processes.

Upon arrival at Luang Prabang, you are greeted at the airport by your VIP Airport Concierge as you disembark your plane and you will now be escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. You will be introduced to an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Laos Tour Director, who will usher you to your vehicle. You are driven to your boutique colonial hotel and assisted with check-in. Your suite in the main building of the top-rated hotel has great views and allows for easy walks into historic Luang Prabang whenever you may feel like it.

Arrive in Bangkok and you are greeted at the airport by your VIP Airport Concierge as you disembark your plane and you will now be escorted through the complete arrival process, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs. You will be met by an Easy Tours Travel Facilitator or your Accompanying Thailand Tour Director Guide, and then you are driven to your top-rated luxury hotel for assisted check-in. Your lodging in Bangkok was recently featured as the world’s 4th best hotel by Travel & Leisure. You have an upgraded room with great river views from the room and the balcony. The giant metropolis of Bangkok is a fascinating blend of modern skyscrapers, congested traffic, beautiful and ornate Wats (temples), incredible street food, and a lot more. The colorful Thai culture and the easygoing local lifestyle make this unique city even more interesting.

Day 5. Bangkok

Overnight – Mandarin Oriental

Your first stop this morning will be the Grand Palace complex, which has been the state residence of Thai royalty since 1782 and is still used for official events. Your Tour Director will show you some of the more interesting highlights of the complex. The collection of buildings serves as a nice introduction to Thai architecture and provides many great photo opportunities.

Just one of the several stops you will make within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in all of Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch this statue. The King changes the statue’s cloak three times each year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons.

Next, you will visit Wat Pho, known also as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, adjacent to the Grand Palace. This large statue is 50 feet (15 meters) high and 140 feet (43 meters) long and is covered in gold leaf. The bottoms of the feet are inlaid with mother of pearl, divided into 108 panels depicting the 108 auspicious symbols used by the Buddha.
A colorful interlude during this morning’s exploration will be a walk-through Bangkok’s wholesale flower market, where millions of colorful displays are spread throughout. Flowers are an integral part of Thai society, and the plethora of fragrant colors amidst the extremely busy shops and stalls are a delight to experience.

After lunch you will enjoy an urban excursion by a private long-tailed boat to discover the canals of Thonburi. The people of Thailand, including the residents of Bangkok, have always lived a lifestyle that is primarily dependent on their rivers. You will explore the intricate network of canals, or Khlongs, as you cruise past colorful homes and other structures. Unlike the tourist areas that you visit with most tours, this adventure will offer great insights into how the locals live. You will see women washing clothes and utensils in the water, children swimming, locals throwing food to teeming schools of fish (considered a religious offering), and a lot more.

Stop at Baan Silapin (Artists House), the beautifully decorated centuries-old structure on a residential canal, for a brief visit. This succession of buildings is a whimsical art gallery showcasing local creative talents. Your last stop in the canals will be a quick visit to the hidden Museum of Royal Barges, which houses a few of the ornately carved and painted barges used by Thai Royalty. As you pull out of the canals into the river for your cruise back, you will enjoy great photo opportunities of beautiful Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), Bangkok’s iconic riverside monument.

Your hotel offers private Thai cuisine classes conducted by its master chefs and we can schedule one for you upon request.

Day 6. Bangkok

Overnight – Mandarin Oriental

If this is a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, your day will start in the mid-morning and end in the late evening, after a visit to the picturesque Amphawa Floating Market. If it is another day of the week, your day will start early and end in the mid to late afternoon, and the floating market you visit will be your first stop this morning. The description for the day is written based on visiting Amphawa Floating Market.

Continue your exploration of Thailand with an excursion to a fascinating area located a little over an hour away to the southwest of Bangkok. After a scenic drive through pastoral countryside (after exiting Bangkok) you will arrive at a restaurant where you will break for lunch. After lunch you will experience the famous Maeklong Railway Market, also known as the Umbrella Pulldown Market. This name is derived from the fact that the vendors spread their wares and awnings to cover the railroad tracks, and then everything is pulled back upon a trains approach – your time here will be during one such train arrival.

The market is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and also sells a host of other local food specialties, as well as other goods, including clothing and souvenirs. Next you will enjoy a very unique experience as you cruise through the dense mangrove forests of Samut Songkhram. You will visit one of the unique oyster farms of the region, and will encounter the local monkeys that are expert swimmers, providing visitors with great photo opportunities. All this while you will be experiencing rural Thailand, cruising past remote villages and fishermen going about their work.

The picturesque Amphawa Floating Market has an incredible variety of Thai food available, from fresh seafood to cut fruits of all sorts, a lot of fried street food, and the stalls at the bank of the river are peddling the unavoidable local souvenirs. The food boats are usually manned by colorfully attired Thai women, and the culinary options are charmingly well presented. After the floating market you will enjoy the scenic drive back to Bangkok.

Day 7. Bangkok – Chiang Mai

Overnight – 137 Pillars House

You are assisted with check-out in the slightly early morning and driven to the airport to board your flight to Chiang Mai. Arrive and you are greeted at the airport and driven to explore the historic walled city of Chiang Mai. This tour demonstrates the architectural diversity and blending of styles that the Lanna were known for. It is also a great way to get familiar with the city, should you decide to go out during the evenings and explore. Included are visits to some of the iconic old temples of ancient Chiang Mai, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man.

There is a break for lunch, after which you are assisted with your check-in at your boutique resort, which happens to be the best luxury lodging within Chiang Mai. Your small resort is a 20-minute walk (or 5-minute tuk-tuk ride, easily available) will take you to downtown Chiang Mai where there are scores of cafés, restaurants, and bars.
The Lanna Kingdom flourished in northern Thailand between the 12th – 15th centuries, and Chiang Mai was the longtime capital of the kingdom after it was moved from Chiang Rai. The city is the second largest city in Thailand, and the cultural capital of the north. Possessing great natural beauty and a host of outdoor activities and parks on its outskirts, the city itself is a fascinating combination of unique architecture, ancient history with its associated rituals, and a modern metropolis. Chiang Mai is one of Asia’s best cities to explore on foot, with a bustling street food scene.

In the afternoon you will proceed on the short drive up to Doi Suthep, the hill on the edge of the city that dominates the Chiang Mai skyline. Once at the top, you will find the 309 stairs up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which are flanked on each side by beautiful Nagas running the entire length of the stairs. You also have the option of taking a large elevator (which does usually have a short waiting line) up to the Wat. Once at the top, enjoy the spiritual ambience of one of Thailand’s most holy places, as well as some superb sunset views of the city. You will see devout Thai’s circling the main stupa in a ritualistic manner, and many others on their knees in deep prayer.

Chiang Mai has a great street market every night, with the largest market occurring on Sunday nights. Join your Tour Director Guide this evening for an excursion to Chiang Mai’s most exciting and extensive night market. There is a fascinating street food scene and the crowds and activity are another one of Southeast Asia’s amazing photo opportunities.

Day 8. Chiang Mai

Overnight – 137 Pillars House

Enjoy an excursion to spectacular Doi Inthanon mountain and national park, which includes a visit to the most photographed attraction in Northern Thailand, Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphaphonphumisiri, which are the massive and gorgeous Chedis that are the subject of the most popular photos that travel journals and websites use for the Chiang Mai region, and are not situated in Chiang Mai, but close to the peak of Doi Inthanon. You will also visit other major attractions inside Doi Inthanon National Park, which is a protected area that is home to the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. Doi Inthanon is a superb national park full of majestic waterfalls, lush green valleys, terraced paddy fields, fruit, flower and vegetables crops, and ethnic communities living happily and comfortably in their natural environment. Once at the peak you will admire the views and then enjoy an easy trek through the mist laden virgin forest and be fascinated with the unique flora that is found here.

After this adventure you will be driven downhill and lunch will be at the Royal Project Kitchen (with fresh ingredients from project farmers), while admiring the beautiful surroundings and views. After lunch there will be two more not-to-be-missed experiences on your way back to Chiang Mai.

First you will stop at the two massive colorful Chedis, which are dedicated to the Beloved Late King and the Revered Queen and are located in a magical spot with lush undulating hills and spectacular views. The immaculate terraced gardens with a plethora of colorful exotic flowerbeds that surround the Chedis make for a breathtaking locale.

The second fascinating stop as you head down the mountain is the Royal Projects Highway Market run by the Hill Tribes of the Doi Inthanon region. You will stop and walk around the outdoor stalls selling fruits, produce, nuts and other items organically grown by the simple and now well-to-do tribal locals, some of whom will be dressed in their unique clothing. This market, its wares, and the tribal people that grow and sell here are a growing testament of the success of the Late King’s vision and efforts. As in Chiang Rai, up until the 1960s, poppy fields were widespread in this region, and hill tribe villagers were working as laborers for opium producers and smugglers. King Bhumibol (Rama IX) initiated drastic reforms in the region to put an end to it, and this region was the beginning of the Royal Projects. These projects were highly beneficial to the whole region and to the ethnic communities who earlier had almost been slaves of the drug barons, and many of them were addicted to opium. Besides the Thai Army moving against the drug lords, the Royal Projects granted the Hill Tribes their own land to cultivate, free seeds, tools, and all other resources needed to make them succeed in becoming successful natural farmers. Now, over half a century later, the results of the Late King’s vision have brought happiness to everyone involved.

Day 9. Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai & Anantara Luxury Elephant Camp

Overnight – Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

You are assisted with check-out in the slightly early morning and now you will proceed on the scenic drive through the hills to the Chiang Rai region. Arrive at Chiang Rai and you are driven to a monument that is nothing like anything you have ever seen before, Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. This recent striking creation of a famous local architect is extremely ornate and beautiful in its design and houses an impressive array of intricate sculptures. This is the attraction that gets the most visitors in the Chiang Rai region and for good reason – it is completely different from most other Thai attractions.
Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost city, was the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom and today is the commercial center of the Golden Triangle region. The mountainous region of the north has been significantly influenced by Burmese and Chinese culture due to its proximity to those nations. The culture, language, and food, even the physical appearance of the local Lanna descendants, all stand in subtle contrast to the rest of Thailand.
Next you are driven to your home for the next two nights – The Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, where you are assisted with your check-in after you have lunch at the all-inclusive resort.

Upgrades may be possible to the all-inclusive Four Seasons Tented Camp which has its own Elephant Activities and a lot more – this is a 15-tent camp and can be sold out many months in advance during higher demand periods.

From now until we pick you up in the late morning two days later, all services are provided by the resort staff. Included in your stay at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is your choice of one complimentary activity per day, for a total of two for your two days stay. You will need to make this selection with us soon after reserving your tour, or you can do so at the camp, subject to availability. We recommend that you consider scheduling both activities on the same day, the day after your arrival at the resort.

Complimentary Daily Activities:

  •  Elephant Camp Experience
  •  Golden Triangle Discovery Excursion
  •  Spice Spoons Cooking Class
  •  90 Minute Spa Treatment

Other inclusions at Anantara Camp include:

  • Daily breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant
  •  Lunch and Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant of your choice
  • Beverages (select range of non-alcoholic drinks, house wines, beer, and spirits)
  • In room Minibar

Day 10. Anantara Luxury Elephant Camp

Overnight – Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp

You are at leisure to enjoy your selected experiences at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort – all services are provided by the camp staff. For guests who truly enjoy nature, including the spectacular three country views from your room and much of the resort, additional days can be added at your camp at the time of tour reservation. Each additional day will include any one of the activities listed above.

Day 11. Chiang Rai – Mekong River Private Cruise

Overnight – Private Luxury Mekong Cruiser with Two Cabins

You are assisted with your check-out of your resort after an early breakfast and driven to the magnificent Mekong River. You will now board your luxury private two cabin vessel and then begin a fascinating leisurely cruise through jungles and rural regions downstream to Luang Prabang. If both cabins are occupied, there will be a price reduction on this journey’s per person cost. One child 4 or younger can share each cabin with their parents. Given below is the vessel operators description of the cruise.

Drift through the verdant heart of Southeast Asia on a private Mekong River cruise, a journey that will take you from the sleepy shores of the Golden Triangle to the magic and mystery of Luang Prabang. Surrender to the languorous flow of the Mekong as you witness vistas of unbridled beauty from your cabin balcony.

Step ashore to visit hill-tribe villages and witness centuries-old traditions. Walk with elephants on the banks of the Mekong. Explore mysterious caves hidden amid lush jungle. And each evening, enjoy exquisite dining aboard our two-cabin haven of luxury. The suggested daily Itinerary and Inclusions are as follows:

• Welcome reception with canapés
• Meals: Breakfast (2), Lunch (2), Dinner (2)
• Soft beverages, water, coffee/tea, and local beer and selected wines
• Minibar with soft beverages and beer
• Shore excursions (5)
• On-board activities (4)
• Entrance fees and transport
• Guide services (English)
• Two-way transfer from/to pick-up point
• All gratuities
• Kids aged 4 and under travel free
• Complimentary Wi-Fi  

Day 11 (continued):

8:30 am – Meet with Mekong Kingdoms representative

8:50 am – Safety briefing

9:00 am – Cruise downstream to Pak Tha

12:00 pm – Lunch on board

5:30 pm – Arrive at Ban Pak Tha and 1st overnight

6:00 pm – Cocktail party with canapes and introduce next day’s program

7:00 pm – Dinner on board. Bar remains open until late

Day 12. Mekong River Private Cruise

Overnight – Private Luxury Mekong Cruiser with Two Cabins

7:30 am – Cruise to Ban Huay Palam

8:00 am – Breakfast on board

11:30 am – Arrive at Ban Huay Palam and visit the khmu village

12:00 pm – Cruise to Ban Kook Eak

12:30 pm – Lunch on board

4:00 pm – Arrive at Ban Kook Eak and 2nd overnight

6:00 pm – Cocktails and canapes

7:00 pm – Dinner on board. Bar remains open until late

Overnight – Private Luxury Mekong Cruiser with Two Cabins

Day 13. Mekong River Private Cruise

7:30 am – Cruise to Ban Baw

8:00 am – Breakfast

11:30 am – Arrive at Ban Baw and visit a local Lao whisky maker

12:00 pm – Cruise to Pak Ou caves

12:30 pm – Lunch on board

2:30 pm – Arrive at Pak Ou and take a small boat to visit the caves

3:30 pm – Cruise to Wat Dhon Kuhn

4:30 pm – Arrive at Wat Dhon Kuhn and visit the temple

5:00 pm – Cruise to Luang Prabang

5:30 pm – Arrive at Luang Prabang and disembark at car ferry

You are greeted at the Pier and driven to your gorgeous luxury resort and assisted with check-in to your Riverside Villa.

All of Luang Prabang’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a perfect micro chasm of the landscapes and culture of Southeast Asia. Its incredible utopian setting provides venues for a large and diverse array of activities, including Mekong River explorations, waterfalls, and much more.

UNESCO describes Luang Prabang as “an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.”

Day 14. Luang Prabang

Overnight – Rosewood Luang Prabang

An optional pre-sunrise start today gives you the opportunity to participate in one of Luang Prabang’s most iconic traditions: donating food to the local monks (Tak Bat). Your Tour Director Guide will assist you in procuring the groceries and instruct you on the process as the monks walk by silently and open their baskets for you to place your contribution in them. The monks have been collecting their day’s meals in this manner for centuries. Afterward enjoy a walk through the nearby fresh food market. The busy market is a hive of activity as locals purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish caught from the Mekong River. Return to the hotel for breakfast and a bit of leisure time to freshen up.

Mid-Morning: Join your Tour Director Guide for a tour of the charming old town. Visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which provides an excellent overview of local history. We then continue to the beautiful Wat Xiengthong, one the most important Buddhist temples in the region. You have the opportunity to receive a blessing from one of the temple’s head monks, if you so desire.
A short walk from here brings you to the nearby Wat Khili. The charming traditional library building here houses a historic photo exhibition of Buddhist heritage, known as The Buddhist Archive of Photography – closed on Sundays. A unique collection of 35,000 historical photographs that were collected by several monk collectors and photographers over 120 years. Either the founder, Mr. Hans George Berger (you will be presented with a signed copy of one of his books) or Director Dr. Khamvone Boulyaphonh will give you private access to this invaluable collection and personally guide you through the chambers in which it is housed, giving you unique insights into the Buddhist civilization and heritage of Laos. From here you will proceed for a lunch break, if you are so inclined.

Proceed to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centreclosed on Mondays, where you will meet one of the two co-founders, Ms. Tara Gujadhur or Ms. Soutthivilay Thongkhoun and experience a Directors Tour that provides insights into the myriad Laos’ ethnic cultures and their traditions and customs. Next is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, which, because of its design, is known as The Watermelon Stupa. The Stupa dates back to 1503 and is now home to a collection of religious artefacts. You will learn about the wat’s fascinating history and early Lao Buddhist architecture from your Tour Director Guide.

Late Afternoon: You have the option of a guided excursion to Phousi Mountain. This is a hill in the center of the old town that provides a breathtaking view of the town and the Mekong River at sunset. This excursion involves a fairly rigorous climb up 350 paved steps, but the view from the top is an amazing photographic opportunity, as it showcases the remarkable beauty of Luang Prabang.

Day 15. Luang Prabang

Overnight – Rosewood Luang Prabang

You can choose to enjoy the wonderful facilities of your beautiful resort during the morning, or you can opt for this very popular local excursion, for which we recommend clothes and shoes that are appropriate and can take the water. You are driven half an hour this morning to a working farm outside of Luang Prabang. Upon arrival you will be greeted by the charming and hospitable farmer, Lautlee. The farmer will give you a personal tour around the farm and you will learn about the staple crops grown in Laos and how the farming process is still the same as it has been for centuries. You can try your hands in the organic gardening area or in the production of one of Southeast Asia’s favorite foods, sticky rice. You will meet the resident buffaloes who do much of the farming and go by western names. After this experience you have the option to eat the included healthy local Lao meal here, or to return to Luang Prabang to dine.

After lunch you are driven to the gorgeous set of waterfalls at Kuang Si. Upon your arrival at the entrance, you have the option of a quick visit to the small bear rescue center at the base of the falls. Proceed onward into the jungle on well- maintained walkways, until you arrive at the first small set of falls. The base of these falls has a beautiful natural blue swimming hole the size of a large public pool – swimming is permitted at all the falls, so you may want to dress appropriately. Continue on your leisurely walk through the jungle, making your way from waterfall to waterfall, to one idyllic swimming hole after another. The finale is a stunning 200 ft. cascade that is the most impressive of the collection of waterfalls.

Night Market: Return to your resort for some relaxation. In the late evening you will join your Tour Director Guide and enjoy a walk through the large night market that is set up in the town every evening. Although primarily a lower-end tourist focused market, this is still an interesting experience for anyone visiting Laos.

Extension of stay in Laos: For those who enjoy charming laid-back small towns, Luang Prabang is one of the best places not just in Asia, but anywhere on our planet. The main street and other parts have a definite French influence and flavor, and there are delightful cafes, restaurants, pubs, bookshops and more, that you can enjoy for a few days of soaking in the local culture. We will be happy to extend your stay here upon request.

Day 16. Luang Prabang – International Departure

THE FOLLOWING DEPARTURE OPTIONS ARE OFFERED FOR GUESTS NEEDING GUIDANCE ON THIS SUBJECT.

Option 1 for International Flights from Bangkok/Other City Option: Many guests will need to fly to Bangkok or elsewhere to board their international flight, and this flight can be added to your journey once we know your travel itinerary. Those departing from other cities will be assisted with their checkout at any time before noon and driven to the airport and introduced to your VIP Airport Concierge and then you will be escorted through all departure processes.
Our services will end at the Luang Prabang Airport unless you ask us for services at your connecting airport.

Option 2: International Flights from Luang Prabang Option: There are a couple of quality airlines, such as Singapore Airlines, who have traditionally had some direct flights from Luang Prabang to their main hubs, which can reduce one flight during your return – we will be happy to have a phone consultation to give you suggestions on this subject. You are assisted with your checkout at any time before noon and driven to the airport, where you will be introduced to your VIP Airport Concierge and then be escorted through all departure processes.
Our services will end at the Luang Prabang Airport.

Option 3: Luang Prabang – choices between Thailand’s Best Oceanfront Resorts in Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui. (B) Pricing for this option is quoted upon request based on the number of days you would like at your selected resort, and will include flights and transfers to the resorts, and, if needed, a flight back to Bangkok for your departure international flight. You are assisted with your checkout at any time before noon and driven to the airport, where you will be introduced to your VIP Airport Concierge and then be escorted through all departure processes.

VIP Airport Concierge services are included upon your arrival at the beach destinations, and can be added for a return flight to Bangkok, upon request. Recommended resorts, room types, and international departure options are listed after all lodging, inclusion, and pricing details for the main tour. Upgrades and downgrades in room/suite/villa type are available at our preferred resorts upon request.

Lodging Details

Destinations Lodgings
Siem Reap
Bensley Collection Shinta Mani – Pool Villa
Bangkok
Mandarin Oriental - State Room | River View | Balcony
Chiang Mai
137 Pillars House – Rajah Brooke Suite
Chiang Rai
Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp – Three Country View Suite
Mekong River Cruise
Private Luxury Mekong Cruiser with Two Cabins
Luang Prabang
Rosewood Luang Prabang – Riverside Villa

Inclusions

  • VIP Airport Concierge on all International Arrivals and Departures (4 Services)
  • Accompanying Tour Director for Airport Assistance on all in-country flights
  • Breakfast daily
  • Discovery Package including all meals at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp
  • All meals and drinks that include local wines and beers on the Mekong River Cruise
  • Other meals as specified
  • Ground transportation via upscale private vehicles
  • Representative for assistance on departure / arrival transfers per the itinerary
  • Services of the best English-speaking Accompanying Tour Directors
  • Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water during sightseeing
  • Hotel accommodation as listed above
  • All Boat Fees/Fares per the itinerary

Exclusions

  • International travel except countries on your Easy Tours Journey
  • Any expenses of a personal nature, such as tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks etc.
  • Meals other than those specified on itinerary
  • Travel insurance, visas, etc.

Pricing

Availability of our Journeys is Limited
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Land Cost

Double Occupancy

$21,058.00* Per Person

Single Occupancy

$40,010.20* Per Person

Internal Flight Costs

Business Class

$736.00* Per Person

These are Smart Fares. Cancellation and Change Fees Apply.

Business Class Flights included in Internal Flight Costs: Cairo – Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan / Luxor – Cairo

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