Thailand, Laos & Cambodia

Picture courtesy of Travel Indochina. Indochina is growing in popularity, of that there is no doubt and whilst each country offers some wonderful experiences in their own right, this itinerary suggests a combination of three countries.

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Day 1: Bangkok
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Day 6: Golden Triangle
Day 7: Chiang Rai
Day 9: Pakbeng
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Day 13: Siem Reap
Day 16: Fly onwards

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Thailand is known to have many highlights and hidden gems but the culture and welcoming people is the jewel in its crown. Get a taste of the real Thailand on a journey from bustling Bangkok, through tranquil waterways and lush jungle hideaways, to the ancient beauty of historic Chiang Mai, where traditional culture blends seamlessly with a contemporary style, up to the Golden Triangle and the ancient city of Chiang Rai before boarding a long boat for a trip across the Laos border and on to Luang Prabang.

This itinerary is just one example of how a trip to these three fascinating countries can be combined to make a memorable holiday.

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive into Bangkok for a three-night stay. Bangkok is a bustling metropolis, not to be missed despite the infamous pollution, with world class shopping and dining opportunities, stunning temples and much evidence of its amazing cultural heritage. Explore the Grand Palace, or enjoy a long-tailed speedboat ride through the floating markets of the Chao Phraya River. Take a day trip out to the former Siamese capital of Ayuthaya, or visit the JEATH War Museum and infamous Bridge over the River Kwai.

Three nights in Bangkok

Day 4: Chiang Mai
Fly to Chiang Mai today for a two-night stay. The ancient city of Chiang Mai has an interesting history with many temples to explore, including Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang. Consider an elephant experience in the jungle, explore the vibrant night market and experience a traditional Khantoke dinner and cultural evening.

Two nights in Chiang Mai

Day 6: Golden Triangle
Today, travel by road to the Golden Triangle. En route, visit a hot springs, stop at Chiang Saen and climb the steps to Wat Phra Dhat Jom Kitti for fantastic views over the Mekong River. Continue by long-tailed speedboat to the Golden Triangle – the point at which the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

One night in the Golden Triangle

Day 7: Chiang Rai
Travel to Chiang Rai, stopping en route at Mae Sae to visit a Jade factory, Fish and Monkey Cave and the colourful market. Continue to Doi Mae Salong, passing through beautiful mountain scenery. Visit local Akha, Yao and Lisu hilltribes before continuing to Chiang Rai for a two-night stay. Chiang Rai is a traveller’s paradise with magnificent mountain scenery, ruins of ancient settlements, historic sites, Buddhist shrines and ethnic villages – the province is also home to several hill tribes who maintain their fascinating lifestyles

Two nights in Chiang Rai

Day 9: Pakbeng
Today, cross the border into Laos and join a river cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Cruise to the trading post of Pakbeng. This is a stunning section of this river, with beautiful rural scenery and rustic villages to see en route. Stay overnight in a riverside lodge in Pakbeng.

One night at Pakbeng

Day 10: Luang Prabang
Continue on the cruise this morning, stopping at the Pak Ou caves, which house literally hundreds of Buddha statues, hidden from the looting Chinese Haw in times gone by. Complete the journey to Luang Prabang for a three-night stay here, with its wonderful UNESCO World Heritage old town. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers. In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi, rewarding climbers of its 328 steps with stunning views of the surrounding temples and hills. Rise early and witness the thousands of saffron-robed monks walk the street of the town barefoot to receive alms.

Three nights at Luang Prabang

Day 13: Siem Reap
Fly to Siem Reap for a three-night stay. Siem Reap is the base for exploring the temples of Angkor, the ancient capital of the Khmer empire. Over 100 temples are spread over a vast area and the site easily lives up to its status as one of the seven wonders of the forgotten world. Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat and explore some of the many other temples, including the ruins of the tree-covered Ta Prohm. Take a river cruise on Tonle Sap Lake, the second largest freshwater lake in the world and home to the famous floating village, where you’ll see floating houses, a school and even a floating hospital.

Three nights at Siem Reap

Day 16: Fly onwards
Today, return to Siem Reap airport for the onward or homeward journey.

More time? Consider adding a trip to Phnom Penh by river cruise, or a stay in Vientiane – the capital of Laos. Complete the experience with a beach stay in Thailand, Vietnam or Malaysia.

Angkor Travel Indochina  TIC Laos Vientiane

 

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Sunrise at Angkor Wat is a must on this itinerary, but close behind is the sight of the saffron clad monks of Luang Prabang

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‘We loved every moment, but the highlight has to be the boat trip through Laos’

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