DAY 01 : CHIANG RAI – CHIANG KHONG – HOUY XAI – PAKBENG (-/L)
Transfer to Thai immigration office at the border for visa formality Take boat across MekongRiverto Houy Xai (Laos International border). Meet local Laos English or German speaking guide at Houy Xai Laos border with immigration formality assistance. Then take a local taxi TUK TUK (the triple wheels vehicles) to slow boat pier. Take a slow comfortable wooden boat, measuring almost twenty five meters. These last will enable us to carry out a way in relaxing on this 4300 km long mythical river, whose source is at the borders of Tibetan plain. With very full of majestic turn; sinuous and agitated; often flanked sharp-edged rock points, Mekong border historical enters Laos and Thailand, generate laboriously time a way in the heart of the mountains of the Indochinese peninsula. All the address of the “pilots” is necessary for this course out of the common run. Then visit of a vast village H’ Mong comes to stop the course of navigation. Admire their remarkable weavings; do not hesitate to acquire some: Arrive at late evening in Pak Beng, small village living exclusively trading river betweenChina andLaos. We are with semi – way of Luang Phrabang. Have dinner and overnight at Pakbeng Lodge or similar. (extra bed not available)
DAY 02 : PAKBENG – LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
Morning continue the journey from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang towards the mouth of Nam Ou River. The scenery in the part seems to be even more captivating since the river makes its way through the lush green forests while a number of lovely hill tribe villages could still be seen along the way. Enjoy lunch on board before exploring Tham Ting which is a sacred cave, then visit a local hill tribe village to sample its rice whiskey at Ban Sanghai. Arrival Luangprabang, Transfer to hotel.Overnight at Grand Luangprabang or similar.
DAY 03 : LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
06’15 am, Early Morning offering Food to the Monks (Merit Making) where you can see hundred of monks walking with bare feet on the street to collect their donation. 07’00 am, back to hotel for breakfast. 08’30 am, We discover this small world heritage town located at the confluence of the Nam Khane River and the Mekong on an old prehistoric site. It became the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, the “Kingdom of the Million Elephants », all first Lao kingdom, made up in 1353. Very marked by Buddhist architecture, the city sheltered 60 Pagodas to the 18th century and was built around its “center cosmic “, the Phousy Mount. It always presents a traditional habitat and colonial of the greatest interest. Small and quiet place invites you to calms and relaxing. Discover Wat Mai temple the former house of Prabang Buddha image and the gold painting wall depicting the last incarnation of Lord Buddha, museum installed in the old Royal Palace, the monasteries and pagodas of Wat Xieng Thong the most beautiful in Luangprabang with Luangprabang style, Wat Vixun and Manorom the Kmer temple style, climb up the Phousy Mount, where you have one overall picture of the city. The brilliant roofs of the pagodas mix with stripped plaster vestiges of colonial architecture. Have dinner, then visit night market. Overnight at Grand Luang Prabang or similar.
DAY 04 : LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport.
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