Starts Bangkok & ends Vientiane
This tour can be done on its own or combined with ‘Saigon to Bangkok via Cambodia’ on. Incorporating volunteer projects in Luang Prabang where you stay in a small village on a river and participate in activities such as farming, basket weaving & cooking, you will find this experience to offer the best of both worlds – adventure, cultural insight & authentic experiences.
Day 1 Bangkok Arrival day so no activities planned. This evening your Guide will meet you for the tour briefing. No meals.
Day 2 Bangkok/Overnight train Guided tour of the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha in the morning. The afternoon is free to explore the city on your own, and in the evening board overnight train to Chiang Mai (B).
Day 3 Chiang Mai Arrive Chiang Mai in the morning and enjoy a day on your own sightseeing around Chiang Mai’s old town, visiting the historical highlights of the city thatdate back to the mid 14th century.
Day 4 Chiang Mai- Chiang Rai This morning after breakfast we will leave Chiang Mai and drive along the mountain roads to Chiang Rai. We stop for lunch along the way and still arrive in plenty of time to allow you to explore this city on your own (BL).
Day 5 Chiang Rai – Ban Ruammit Elephants – Mirror foundation – Golden Triangle This morning we will head out of town for the day. Go on an elephant ride and later meet a representative of the Mirror Foundation and visit one of the villages the Foundation works with, to learn more about the work of the organisation. In the afternoon we will go to theGolden Triangle (BL).
Day 6 Chiang Rai– Chiang Khong border crossing – Pak Beng In the morning, check out and transfer to Chiang Khong border crossing. After Customs & Immigration formalities, meet with your Lao leader and take a boat to Pak Beng (B).
Day 7 Pakbeng- Luang Prabang Early in the morning continue the journey on the Mekong by boat. Transfer from public boat to the ferry and than transfer to Luang Prabang (B).
Day 8 Luang Prabang- Seuang River Project After breakfast, we introduce our community service project with a survey of the Seuang River Community-Based Tourism site – approximately 1 hr drive north of Luang Prabang. This session will also introduce the principles of Sustainable Tourism for the Elimination of Poverty – a central theme of our time in the villages (BLD)
Over the next three days we will continue to work with our village hosts on the community service project. There will be opportunity to take part in the daily-life of the village: basket making, cooking, farming and of course playing with the kids (BLD).
Day 12 Seuang River Project -Luang Prabang In the morning we will say good bye to our hosts and drive back to Luang Prabang for check-in. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore this wonderful town (B).
Day 13 Luang Prabang- Vang Vieng After breakfast we will leave Luang Prabang. The route will wind through scenic mountain passes and there will be plenty of opportunity to stop along the way for photos. Lunch will be at a local restaurant on the way. Option to explore some of the caves by bicycle, float down the river in an inner tube or visit an organic farm (BL) Approx 6hrs drive.
Day 14 Vang Vieng- Vientianne After breakfast continue driving towards the sleepy capital of Laos. Free afternoon to visit some of the sights around Vientianne such as Wat Sisaket, Victory monument, Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo (B) approx 3hrs drive.
Day 15 Vientiane Tour ends after breakfast (B)
Note: Minimum donation of 1US$ a day per person is required during the volunteer days
Note: Please note, for placements involving children, we may request a Federal Police criminal background certificate from your country. This is to protect both the volunteers and the children we seek to assist.
This tour can be done in reverse order from Vientiane to Bangkok (Referred to as ‘Laos Insight’ tour)
Tour Cost – per person based on 2 persons.
ALL tours are subject to an cceptance Payment of GB £200 per person.
Meaningful Laos Departure Dates: – Please ask for 2010 dates
Payment. 1.On acceptance – £200 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller” OR by International Bank Transfer to UK Bank Account
Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Partner Company in Thailand to whom payment for the tour is made.
2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand, or on Acceptance if earlier – 50% of the total by Credit Card (3% charge) or International Bank Transfer, direct to Xplore-Asia
3. On arrival in Cambodia, Laos or Thailand – 50% payable by Credit Card (3% charge) or Cash. Cancellation Charges 35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable. 30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable. 25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 75% of the total amount will be applicable Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount. Acceptance Payment non refundable
Inclusions: Maximum group size: 15 Minimum group size: 4 Airport transfer to Hotel on day 1 Service of experienced Local leaders Transport: Private Van/Coach, Sleeper train, Boat, Elephant ride Accommodation: (all the accommodation are based on Twin share) Simple hotels- 9 Nights Sleeper air-conditioned train-1 Night Home-stay- 4 Nights
Exclusions: All the Entrance fees during sightseeing days or on Optional visit Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary Visa and visa costs Insurance (compulsory) Personal expenditures Tips and other costs not mentioned in the itinerary. Police Background check or similar official document from home country