Luxurious Mekong Cruise, Glamping & Island Escape

16 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

£14,220 pp

5 star & high season

 

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Day 1
Depart on an overnight flight to Bangkok - we recommend an upgrade to Business Class or FIrst Class for the ultimate luxury. This tour can also be designed without international flights if preferred.
Day 2
Arrive to Bangkok and transfer by private driver to your luxury hotel for check in. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city at your own pace.
Day 3
A morning visit to the backwaters and floating markets is an ideal way to start the day, or enjoy a riverside breakfast before a morning explore Bangkok. The afternoon is free at your leisure. This evening we recommend a street food discovery tour.
Day 4
A free day in Bangkok ideal for additional sightseeing or relaxation poolside at your hotel.
Day 5
Fly north on a short domestic flight to arrive to Chiang Rai to begin your Thai adventure. Travel by private transfer and boat to the luxury tented camp. This afternoon is free to explore and enjoy a massage at the spa. Next it's time for sundowners in true camp tradition before dinner in the open air pavilion overlooking riverbank below.
Day 6
Start the day with a delicious breakfast, followed by your mahout training in the jungle to learn the skills needed to care for the resident elephants. Continue on a jungle trek before spending the rest of the morning relaxing. This afternoon take a 007 inspired traditional longboat cruise on the river before visiting a local village and market. This evening dinner is served around the campfire surrounded by elephants in true safari style!
Day 7
Continue to the Laos border this morning to board the luxurious Mekong Gypsy Cruise. Gypsy is a 41 x 4.8 metre boat, with 5 crew members trained to fill the experience with three magical days. The boat has 2 private cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows, en-suite shower and vanity, spa amenities, mini-bar containing free flow soft drinks and local beer. Crack open a bottle of champagne as you cruise to Pak Tha Village. Along the way enjoy a choice of yoga, folk dancing, language lessons, cooking class, fishing, trekking, biking, whisky tasting or elephant encounters!
Day 8
The morning starts with Buddhist meditation before a delicious breakfast. Visit the Kamu village famous for local crafts before setting sail to Pak Beng. This evening visit the local temple, a traditional Hmong village and local elephant camp. Enjoy the bar and dinner tonight.
Day 9
Cruise to the village of Khok Aek as you take part in yoga on the sun deck. A walking tour of the village follows, before a visit to the famous Pak Ou Caves. The final destination of your cruise is Luang Prabang, where you will arrive this afternoon. The evening is at leisure.
Day 10
Today your private guide will be available to take you on a city tour with an architectural insight - learn more about the culture and customs in Laos, visit the pretty temples in town and spend the rest of the day relaxing poolside at your luxury hotel.
Day 11
This morning enjoy a royal cooking class with a culinary master. Learn about local cooking techniques and ingredients, before dining on your creations. The afternoon is free at leisure.
Day 12
We recommend starting the day with a visit to see the Alms Giving. Afterwards enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the airport by private driver for your onwards flight. Your next stop is the beach....choose from a variety of tropical escapes in Cambodia, Thailand or Vietnam depending on the time of year!
Day 13
A day free for relaxation and pampering on the beach!
Day 14
Another full day with no plans....except relaxation!
Day 15
A final day relaxing on the beach in luxury.
Day 16
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

One of the most luxurious Thailand and Laos combos, this well designed Holiday Architects itinerary is perfect for those looking for a unique travel experience with a mix of wildlife, luxury cruising and off the beaten path adventure, finished off perfectly with a relaxing beach break to soak up the sunshine and feel the sand between your toes.

Start with a visit to the bright city lights of Bangkok before heading North to Chiang Rai for a luxurious glamping experience at Four Seasons Tented Camp. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime as you interact with rescued elephants, explore mountain trails or bamboo jungles and unwind in the luxurious surroundings of your luxury tented camp. Leaving the 19th century explorer spirit behind we take you to the Laos border for an exclusive cruise along the Mekong, stopping at remote local villages on the riverbanks before the final stop in Laos at Luang Prabang. Finish your Asian discovery with a sumptuous beach break on one of the many tropical islands located off the coast of Thailand, Vietnam or Cambodia – the choice is best decided based on your travel dates and personal tastes.

3 nights Bangkok – 2 nights Chiang Rai Four Seasons Tented Camp – 2 night Mekong Cruise with Mekong River Village stops – 3 nights Luang Prabang – 4 nights Beach Break


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