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The Golden Triangle Tour 16 Days/15 Nights

Duration: 16 Days/15 Nights
Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Pakbeng - Huay Xai - Chiang Khong - Tachileik - Kengtung - Heho - Inle Lake - Yagon
Price: from $1180
Itinerary

Day 1: Vientiane - Arrival (D)

Sisaket - Vientiane Arrival in Vientiane. Transfer to the hotel. Sightseeing in Vientiane. The capital city and seat of government sits in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets. We visit: Pha That Luang, Patuxai, Ho Pha Keo, Wat Sisaket, Wat Si Muang Talaat Sao. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B, L)

By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng. Journey north in Vientiane Province on Route 13 passing through Thalat and Phonhong. Sightseeing in Vang Vieng including Tham Chang and Tham Xang Caves. We will visit: Tham Chang Cave, Tham Xang Cave. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 3: Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang (B, L)

By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Journey north passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang city tour (B, L)

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We Visit: Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunalat, Wat That Luang, Wat Mai, Wat Saen. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang city tour (B, L)

Excursion by car to Kuang Si Waterfalls located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. It is a nice place for bathing and having a picnic. BAN THA BAEN: quaint, Khmu village with a traditional hydro-rice mill. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 6 : Luang Prabang - Pakbeng (B, L)

Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang Transfer to the pier to board the local charter slow boat via Pak Ou Caves from Luang Prabang to Pakbeng. Journey west along the Mekong River, through the Luang Prabang Range. We visit: Pak Ou Caves, Ban Xang Hai. Overnight in Pakbeng.

Day 7 : Pakbeng - Huay Xai (B, L)

By local charter slow boat from Pakbeng to Huay Xai. Journey west along the Mekong River in north-western Laos through part of Udomxai Province, a mountainous province with a mixture of some 23 ethnic minorities. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Huay Xai.

Day 8 : Huay Xai - Chiang Khong - Tachileik (B, L)

Sightseeing in Huay Xai. By vehicle from Chiang Khong (Lao border) to Mae Sai (border Myanmar). Arrival in Tachileik (Thailand / Myanmar border). Sightseeing in Tachileik. Visit the Myanmar-Thai border bridge, see the Two Dragon Monastery, Baying Naung Statue and take in the atmosphere of this typical Golden Triangle town. Overnight in Tachileik.

Day 9: Tachileik - Kengtung (B, L)

By vehicle from Tachileik to Kengtung. Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 10 : Kengtung (B, L)

Sightseeing in Kengtung. Tucked away in the far eastern corner of Shan State, Kengtung is a sleepy but historic centre for the state's Khun culture, surrounded by Wa, Shan, Akha and Lahu villages. It is a very scenic town as it is built around a small lake and is dotted with ageing Buddhist temples and crumbling British colonial architecture. We visit: Wat Jong Kham, Wat Pha Jao Lung, Wat Pha That Jom Mon, Wat Mahabodhi Vipassana, Haw Sao Pha Kengtung, Central Market, Water Buffalo Market. Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 11: Kengtung (B, L)

Excursion to visit local hilltribes. Wa People: They are darker-complexioned and stocky; one of the better known of the smaller ethnic groups. They used to practice headhunting as a part of their fertility rites until fairly recently. Palaung People: Descended from Mon-Khmer stock and they inhabit the Kalaw area; they were amongst the earlist inhabitants of Myanmar and are famous for growing tea - unlike other minorities, they have never grown opium. Lahu People: Lahu women are skilled in weaving cloth, both on back-strap and foot-treadle looms, producing delicate patchwork trims, and unusual embroidery work. The Black Lahu women wear the most distinctive costumes within this tribe. They wear a black cloak with diagonal cream stripes. The top of the sleeve is decorated in bold colours of red and yellow. Lahu men produce excellent crossbows, musical instruments, and other items made of wood, bamboo and rattan. Akha (Kaw) People: Like most other Hilltribes, the Akha have no written language so their history was carried to this century on the backs of many colorful legends, proverbs and rituals handed down from one generation to the other. Akha are able to at least recite the male line of their family back to the "beginning." Overnight in Kengtung.

Day 12: Kengtung - Heho - Inle Lake (B, L)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Kengtung to Heho. By vehicle from Heho to Inle Lake. Journey east on Highway 4 to Shwenyaung and then due south on Highway 43 towards Inle Lake. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 13: Inle Lake (B, L)

Boat trip on the Inle Lake incl. Ywama and Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. Inle lake, located in Shan State is beautiful, with very calm waters dotted with patches of floating vegetation and busy fishing canoes. High hills rim the lake on all sides. The lakes shore and islands bear 17 villages on stilts, mostly inhabited by the Intha people. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 14: Inle Lake (B, L)

Ecursion by vehicle and boat to Kakku. By boat to a small village on the eastern shore of Inle lake. Continue by vehicle into the mountains through a beautiful landscape. Visit Pa O villages on the way. Continue to Kakku. Return via Taunggyi and Nyaungshwe. Overnight in Inle Lake.

Day 15: Inle Lake - Heho - Yangon (B, L)

By vehicle from the Inle Lake to Heho. Journey north to Shwenyaung and continue west on highway 4 to Heho. Flight from Heho to Yangon. Transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Yangon.

Day 16: Yangon/ Depart (B)

Free time for shopping or optional visit before transfer to airport for flight back home. End of services. Our staff will give you the warmest goodbye and hope to see you again.
Prices
Class Number of Person in Group/Pax
Tour cost per Person (in $US)
2 pax 3 - 4 pax 5 - 6 pax 7 - 8 pax 9 - 10 pax
3 star 1792 1576 1358 1244 1180
4 star 2172 1921 1704 1588 1515
5 star 2634 2383 2166 2051 1987
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Inclusive

  • Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
  • All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
  • Economy class flights as described
  • All entrance fees
  • English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)

Exclusive

  • Visa fees and Airport taxes
  • Tips and expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry etc.
  • Other tours & meals not mentioned in the program

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