This year we have a nice trip to Dubai before the Thailand Open tournament in our program and after Thailand Open tournament we will have a wonderful 11 -days trip to Laos. This trip we last made in 2010, was then a great success. We have long puzzled over whether there was an improvement somewhere in the program to make. After long studying at the previous trip we couldn’t find a single thing to improve, This Laos-trip was one of the best tours that we have ever had in our program. All 28 people who have been through the trip then, will agree that it was it was an excellent trip!! .
A few highlights of this Laos trip : a two-day cruise on the 5,000 km long Mekong River , visiting the hill tribes and several other stops at villages with factories with their typical industry and crafts , the enthusiastic draughtsplayers in Luang Prabang, the Kuang Si waterfalls, the impressive procession with hundreds of monks in Luang Prabang, the breathtaking views of the mountains of northern Laos, a visit to a draughtsclub in the capital Vientiane and ended with a cozy train journey from Laos to Bangkok .
At this moment, we are still awaiting the final quote from Laos . We expect that price for these Thailand / Laos tour will be just like our previous trips around 750-800 euros . (Cambodia-tour was 790 €, Malaysia-tour 865 € and Vietnam-tour 835 €) Further information will follow soon.Tour: 11 day tour Thailand / Laos June 9 – 19 June 2014 Day 1 Monday, June 9 Jomtien Chiang Rai
Immediately after the Thailand Open tournament the great tour to Laos begins. Transfer to Bangkok , where we take the short flight to Chiang Rai. Since transfer to our resort where we can recover all the efforts of the past week. In the evening we can visit the night market in Chiang-Rai. A great experience!. You can also find a lot of small restaurants with delicious food! (B)Day 2 Tuesday, June 10 Chiang Rai - Pak Beng (Laos)
Today up early, because right after breakfast we begin the exciting journey towards Laos. We drive to the border town of Chiang Kong and go by boat to Laos. After extensive customs formalities we get inside Laos . However, our local guide waiting for us. We are driven by Tuk-tuk, to our boat. We go beyond a wonderful cruise on the mighty Mekong River. We let the banks pull us over and passing lush jungle. This trip takes 7 to 8 hours . Along the way we will make several stops to visit some villages of the hill tribes ( such as the Hmong and Thai Lu ). By the early evening we arrive in Pak Beng where we will spend the night with stunning views over the river . In a simple but stylish hotel (B,L)Day 3: Wednesday, June 11 Pak Beng , Luang Prabang
After breakfast we continue our cruise and will follow deeper downstream the Mekong. Along the way there are again several interesting stops on the program. Today we will visit several villages of minority groups such as the Khmu and Hmong. We can then admire their work craft and homemade silks and possibly buy at a bargain price. Then we will visit cave Tham Ting and Tham Phoumt, where there are more than 3000 Buddha statues can be admired. Then we will visit the village of Ban Xang Hai. This village is famous for its traditional Lao sticky rice made here and the home-brewed wine and whiskey. We can observe the preparation and of course there is also the possibility to taste or to take a bottle to the boat.Late in the afternoon we arrive in Luang Prabang..We will brought by tuktuk to our hotel. Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Laos, a peaceful and atmospheric city and is easy to explore on foot. The town is registered as World Heritage and is known for the many Wats ( temples). They are very well kept and still in use , anywhere you see the local monks in orange robes. (B,L) Day 4 Thursday, June 12 Luang Prabang
For today there is a full excursion on our program ! After breakfast we start with a city tour and we visit the highlights of this town . First we visit the beautiful Royal Palace, the jewel of the city . It is now ( since the abolition of the monarchy in 1975 ) a museum. The main street through the center has access to dozens of streets with French monuments. One of the streets leading to Wat Xieng Thong built in 1560, perhaps the most striking temple of Luang Prabang. With graceful, layered roof, the Wat Xieng Thong is a fine example of classic local architecture. We also visit the Wat Mai. This temple owes its fame to the particular paintings that tell stories about everyday life and also the latest reincarnation of Buddha.
In the afternoon we go by car to Ban Xang Khong, where we will visit. one silk and paper mill.
Then we return to the city and visit the oldest temple, Wat Visoen.
Then we go up the mountain to the beautiful views of the mountain Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset (B).Day 5 Friday June 13, Luang Prabang
You have the whole day to explore Luang Prabang and its beautiful surroundings. Example, you can visit the Kuang Si waterfalls by minibus , 25 kilometers outside the city . Here you can cool off in the many waterholes. The road leading to the falls , winds past expansive teak tree plantations and picturesque Hmong villages.
Another option for today is a temple about a half hour walk in the hills and villages across the Mekong River. The walk begins after you have crossed . To Xieng Mene village in the center of the city with a local ferry Along the way you will pass traditional villages , a ruined meditation center and numerous lesser known temples . From the upper Chomphet What is the view of the city of Luang Prabang and the Mekong sublime. You can also decide to spend the whole day. Luang Prabang Strolling through the streets and then walk to the promenade where there are numerous eateries are located. The atmospheric night market, which is located between the post office and the former palace , is a lovely place to stay. Sole hours Until the evening you leave here for locally woven textiles, silver , or handicrafts made by the hill tribes . In an alley that leads to the Mekong River from the market, you can sample local delicacies and exotic fruit with dozens of stalls (B) Day 6 Saturday, June 14 Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
We drive through the beautiful mountain scenery along villages where mainly live Hmong tribes. Along the way we will have the opportunity to make at ethnic minority groups such as the Yao, Hmong and Khampone.
After a few stops in the afternoon we arrive in Vang Vieng, a haven of tranquility on a tributary of the Mekong River, in a picturesque valley with jagged karst mountains as backdrop. In this environment, you can make all kinds of active excursions. Tubing on the river - float on a big rubber tire with the flow - is local attraction here! We stay two nights in this charming town, that in the evening quite comes to life in the various restaurants and discos (B)Day 7 Sunday, June 15 Vang Vieng
Today is another full day excursions on the program. After breakfast we visit the natural caves of Thamjung which have been used in wartime as a bunker. Then we go to an organic farm, where green tea is produced and then we visit the colorful local market of Vang Vieng (B) Day 8 Monday June 16 Vang Vieng , Vientiane
After breakfast we drive to the capital of Laos: Vientiane. Along the way we make a stop at a fishing village and a hydroelectric plant. In the afternoon we arrive at our hotel, where we are free to explore the city a bit. The rest of the day (B)Day 9 Tuesday, June 17 Vientiane
Today is another exciting excursion on the program. After breakfast we start with a city tour. With 600,000 inhabitants Vientiane is probably the most 'rural' capital in the world . The colonial history does the atmosphere of French. The delicious baguettes with pate! You should definitely try it!
We will visit the Wat Sisaket, the only original temple in Vientiene. This temple was built in 1818 and is the only one that has survived the Thai invasion of 1828.
Then visit Wat Phra Keo Ho, the former royal chapel where an emerald Buddha from the Lane Xangperiode is preserved. Then we visit the stupa of That Luang (built in 1565 ), the national symbol of Lao sovereignty and of the Buddhist faith.
Then we visit the biggest market of Vientiane: the Morning Market (also open at noon, late! ). In the afternoon we visit the Lao version of the Arc de Triomphe, the Patouxay. It is worth the effort to climb it and enjoy the beautiful view. On the way to the top you will also find in this Victory Gate numerous clothing stores where you can buy really cheap designer clothes and jewelery. The gate was built in 1959 to celebrate their independence of Laos Finally, we visit the Mekong River where we will enjoy a nice walk with a beautiful sunset (B) Day 10 Wednesday, June 18 Vientiane - Bangkok
Until noon, you have every opportunity to enjoy this lively capital. The antique shops in the center of Vientiane sell beautiful carved opium pipes and silverware at a reasonable price. Later in the afternoon transfer to the border with Thailand, where we will be boarding the overnight train from Nog Khai to Bangkok. An unforgettable experience! Day 11 Thursday, June 19 Bangkok
After a good night sleep you come fitted in Bangkok for the last part of this amazing journey.
Early morning arrival in Bangkok . Everyone is free to come and go where he wants. Most people will stay two or three days more in Bangkok to do the last shoppings, before the return home.
Target price of the tour is pp 750 < 800. This includes:
- English speaking experienced guide in Laos and Netherlands
-speaking tour guide throughout the tour.
- All accommodation , based on 2 people per room , including breakfast
- Transfer Jomtien Garden Hotel to Bangkok airport
- Flight Bangkok - Chiang Rai - Airport tax domestic flight
- Transfer airport to Hotel Chiang Rai
- Bus Chiang Rai to Laos border
- Ferry Boat to Laos
- Transfer of Immigration Office Laos side to Boat Trip by tuktuk
- Boat Trip to Pak Beng and boat trip to Luang Prabang
- Transfer from the pier in Luang Prabang to the hotel by tuktuk
- All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the program. Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng ( 170 km ), Vang Vieng to Vientiane ( 160 km ),
-City tour in Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng and Vientiane
- Transfer from hotel in Vientiane to Nong Khai Railway Station ( Thailand )
- Train ticket Nong Khai to Bangkok
- All service and government taxes
- Drinking water and wet towel on the move
Only for travelers who don't share a room, there is a charge of + / - 145 euro (Single supplement) Not included:
- Visa fee Laos
- Other meals not mentioned
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses
For more information or registration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
See more information about the tournament: http://www.thailandopen.nl
Take a look at the wonderful picutures of this trip:
Swimmingpool of our hotel in Chiang Rai
Our private boat during the two days Cruise on the Mekong river
Children playing draughts @ a hill tribe in Laos
Our hotel in Vang Vieng
We will vist the Buddha Cave
the view of the Mekong River, seen from the Buddha Caves
The Kuang Si waterfalls
Playing against the local street draughtsplayers in Luang Prabang
Impressive procession of hundreds of monks in Luang Prabang
The Arc de Triumph of Laos
Visiting a draughtsclub in Vientiane