Thailand & Luang Prabang
10 Days / 9 Nights Program of Bangkok, Luang Prabang & Chiangmai, which includes the principle sites of Bangkok, Luang Prabang & Chiangmai, including Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Floating Market, Wat Xieng Thong, National Museum, Doi Suthep Temple, Elephant Owner for a Day & Hill Tribe Village, etc.
DAY 1 Arrival
On arrival at BANGKOK Airport you will be met and transferred to Your Bangkok Hotel, where your reservation is for the next 3 Nights and includes Breakfast. En route to the Hotel, your Guide will give you an introduction to Thailand and your Program. (Specific aspects of your Sightseeing, etc. can also be discussed with your Guide).
DAY 2 Grand Palace & Temple of Emerald Buddha
This morning we visit Bangkok's most revered site - The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We can also visit Wat Pho, one of Bangkok's oldest and largest Temple complexes, among the many sites of interest here is the Viharn which is home to a 46-meter Reclining Buddha. After lunch at a local restaurant we travel by Private Boat through the Klongs (Canals) of Thonburi where we get an insight to why Bangkok was once known as “the Venice of the East”, we also call in to see the Royal Barge Museum (if open) and Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 3 Floating Market & Jim Thompson House
Leaving the Hotel early we drive South of Bangkok through the countryside passing Palm Plantations and Salt Fields to Damnoen Saduak, to visit Thailand's largest floating market. Here we travel by small boat around the quiet waterways and the bustle of the main floating market. After looking around the market we drive back to Bangkok, taking lunch at a local restaurant en route. In the afternoon we can visit Jim Thompson's House, the classic Thai-style former home of a Pioneer of the Thai Silk Industry (to your interest, as time and energy permits!) before returning to the Hotel.
DAY 4 to Luang Prabang
After Breakfast and check out we transfer to Bangkok Airport for your (Morning/Lunch time) flight to Luang Prabang.
On arrival at LUANG PRABANG Airport you will be met and transferred to Your Luang Prabang Hotel, where your reservation here is for the next 3 Nights and includes Breakfast.
In the afternoon we can visit to the Tad Sae Waterfall, and the village of Ban Xiang Chong which is well known for its traditional Lao weaving in cotton and silk.
DAY 5 Royal Capital City of Laos
Today we explore Luang Prabang, the former Royal Capital City of Laos and now a complete World Heritage Site. We can visit the Principal Temples including Wat Xieng Thong, the former Royal Palace which is now the National Museum and the local markets. In the late afternoon we climb the steps of the Wat Phousi Temple for a panoramic views of the city and the surrounding hills at sunset
DAY 6 Mekong River & Pak Ou Cave
Today we have with an excursion up the Mekong River to the holy caves of Pak Ou, where some of the most famous Buddhist sculpture in Southeast Asia is found. After a picnic lunch by the river, we reboard the boat and travel downstream to a rice-wine producing village on the banks of the Mekong. Afterwards, we can visit the village of Ban Phanom, which is also well known for its traditional Lao weaving in cotton and silk.
DAY 7 Tak Baht ceremony & to Chiangmai
This morning we leave the Resort early and take part in a very local Tak Baht ceremony, giving Alms (some food & drink, etc.) to the local Monks. We return to the Hotel for your Breakfast.
This morning is at your leisure or available for local sightseeing (Again Specific interests, Sightseeing, etc. can be discussed with your Guide). After Check out we transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for your lunchtime flight to Chiangmai.
On arrival at CHIANGMAI Airport we transfer to Your Chiangmai Hotel, where your reservation here is for the next 3 Nights and includes Breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure or available for local sightseeing.
DAY 8 Doi Suthep Temple & City Sights
This morning we visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most venerated Temple in Chiangmai, situated on the hill-side some 3000 ft. above the City in the Doi Pui National Park. Here we can climb the 306 stairs, to reach the Temple which encloses a large traditional, “Lanna” style Chedi covered with gold plates (A small mountain Tram is also available if the stairs are too much effort !!) From the Temple Grounds there are also panoramic views over Chiangmai and the surrounding area.
On our descent we can spend the rest of the day in and around Chiangmai City, visiting some of the Principle Temples inside Chiangmai old moated City, such as - Wat Phra Singh, Chiangmai City's most important Temple. Constructed in the 14th Century, of particular interests here are some well-preserved murals. Wat Chedi Luang, once home to the Emerald Buddha (Now in the Grand Place in Bangkok) built over 600 years ago, is dominated by it's massive Chedi, which was partially destroyed by an earthquake in the mid 1500's. and Wat Chiang Man, the City's oldest Temple. Wat Suan Dok, best known for its large number of pagodas in which the ashes of the Chiang Mai Royal Family are enshrined.
DAY 9 Elephant Owner for a Day & Hill Tribe Village
This morning around 07.30am, we drive by Private Air-conditioned vehicle, to Patara Elephant Farm, in the Hang Dong Valley on the outskirts of Chiangmai. On arrival at the Site, you will be greeted by your Host, discuss your program, and get changed to a more comfortable Local "Elephant" Outfit.
We then start our "Elephant Owner for a Day" Training Session, which includes: Learn about elephant farm management and our breeding program, Train to approach and be near elephant. Learn to observe elephant temperament, Introduction to our elephants. Morning feed, Daily health care for elephant, Learn about elephant skin care and bathing your elephant, Showing different techniques for the mahout to get on & off the elephant neck and spoken commands for elephant.
You then lead your Elephant into the Water for a refreshing dip, before having a very local picnic lunch at the waterfall. After lunch, we walk with the Elephant through the Fields & Forest to the Elephant Nursery Center, where you have an opportunity to see & play with the "young" Elephants. On completion, we say farewell to your elephants, then meet up with our Vehicle.
On our way back to the Chiangmai, we can stop in to visit the "Thung Luang Hill Tribe Village". This village forms the Ethno-Eco agricultural Livelihood Conservation Group, which is combined of various ethnic Hill Tribes, including the Padong "long-necked" tribe, Karen, Lahu, Palong, Yao & H’mong Hill Tribes that has been established up in a natural environment and will give you a good insight into the different Hill Tribes traditional Culture and way of life.
DAY 10 Departure
Today is at your leisure until we transfer you to CHIANGMAI AIRPORT, for your onward flight.
This would include:
- Private Transfers, Touring, Transportation, Entrance Fees, etc. with Qualified, English-speaking Guides & Road Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles in Bangkok, Luang Prabang & Chiangmai on DAY 1-10
- Lunch taken at Local Restaurants (or as indicated) on DAY 2-6 & 8-9
- 3 Nights including Breakfast at Your Bangkok Hotel on DAY 1-4
- 3 Nights including Breakfast at Your Luang Prabang Hotel on DAY 4-7
- 3 Nights including Breakfast at Your Chiangmai Hotel on DAY 7-10
- Bottled Water, Soft Drinks & Cool Towels in Vehicles
- P.A. Insurance (Local Cover) while on Tour
- Domestic Air Ticket (Economy Class) for:
- Bangkok>Luang Prabang DAY 4
- Luang Prabang>Chiangmai DAY 7
- Chiangmai>Bangkok DAY 10
- Air Tickets (other than above)
- Laos Visa (Available on arrival)
- Hotel "Extra" Accounts, Late Check-out Arrangements, etc.
- Gratuities (Guides, Drivers, Porters, etc.)
- Other Meals Items & Services not indicated in the program
This is the EXAMPLE of the type of Private Program that we can offer – While this can be booked directly as it is, it could also be used as Guideline to help you prepare an individual Program that we can arrange and finalize for you.
Please remember, the very nature of these private trips makes them quite flexible and wherever possible we do try to cater directly to your interests.
Specific costs will vary dependent on Dates of Travel, International Arrival & Departure Flight Times, Number of Clients in the Party, Availability of Hotel Accommodation & Room Category, etc.