Journey Along the Mekong
16 Days / 15 Nights
Bangkok • Chiang Rai • Pakbeng • Luang Prabang • Ho Chi Minh City • Can Tho • Chau Doc • Phnom Penh • Siem Reap
PRICE AND DATE
|April 1 – Sep 30/2021
Thursdays & Mondays
|CAD 4,990||CAD 1,470|
|Oct 1 ,2021 – Mar 31, 2022
Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays
|CAD 5,520||CAD 1,790|
*Minimum 4 on Luang Say boat
Prices include accommodations with breakfasts, transfers, cruise, tours, admissions, some meals and flights Luang Prabang to Saigon and Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. Prices exclude gratuities, visa fees, surcharges (weekend, fuel), compulsory dinners and flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. No cruise operations Jun 01-30. Black out date Dec 20, 2021- Jan 3, 2022
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Met on arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Hotel: 4★ Lit Hotel Bangkok or similar (2 nights)
DAY 2 Bangkok B
Travel by long-tailed boat through the klongs to see simple family homes and Temple of Dawn. Afterwards we will visit the stunning Grand Palace, comprising the Funeral Palace, the Throne Hall, the Royal Guest House and the beautiful Emerald Buddha Temple.
DAY 3 Bangkok – Chiang Rai B
Transfer to airport for your flight to Chiang Rai.
Hotel: 3★+ The Legend Chiang Rai or similar (2 nights)
DAY 4 Chiang Rai B
A thrilling boat ride along the Mae Kok River ends with a visit to traditional Karen Hill tribe village. They originated in Burma and form the largest hill tribe population in Thailand. Afterwards the trip continues on to a local hot spring and the lahu hill tribe lives nearby.
DAY 5 Chiang Rai – Chiang Khong – Pakbeng B, L, D
Transfer to Lao border’s check point Chiang Khong for a cruise down to Pakbeng. Enroute one stop is made to observe the rural life of the river tribes at Ban Houy Phalam.
Accommodation: The Luang Say Lodge (1 night)
Continue the cruise to Luang Prabang with stops at Ban Baw to observe the processing of traditional rice wine. Upon arrival at Pak Ou village at the mouth of Nama Ou River, the boat stops for a trip to visit Tam Ting Caves and the Tham Phoum Caves of a thousand Buddhas.
Hotel: 4★ Le Sen Boutique Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Wake up at dawn and watch the procession of saffron-robed Buddhist monks quietly walk down the streets of the city, accepting offerings from local people. After breakfast, visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, and Wat Visunalat, the oldest temple in the city. Journey south to visit the beautiful Kuang Sii Waterfalls. If time permits, you will stop to visit the village of Ban Xang Khong (a Sa Paper making village) or Ban Phanom, a weaving village populated by Lu minority people that originally came from Sipsongpanna in Southern China.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Ho Chi Minh City via Hanoi.
Hotel: 4★+ Majestic Saigon Hotel or similar (2 nights)
Drive to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an intricate network of over 200kmlong tunnels, used by the Vietcong in the Vietnam War. The deadly bamboo-spiked booby traps are another must-see.
Afternoon enjoy a city tour of Ho Chi Minh City including the Opera House, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office, and the Ben Thanh Market for great bargains.
DAY 10 Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho B, L
A bicycle ride will bring us to the home of local antique collector, Uncle Six, who will show us how he climbs the coconut trees using just his bare hands. Sail along the water palm creek by a rowing boat will give you a glimpse of daily life on the delta. Lunch will be an assortment of delicious dishes cooked by one of the locals of the Mekong Delta.
Hotel: 4★ Victoria Can Tho or similar (1 night)
DAY 11 Can Tho – Chau Doc B
The merchants have a great way of showing off their wares at the Cai Rang Floating Market. Get close up photos of the colorful boats piled high with seasonal vegetables and tropical fruits. Mingle among the merchants as they trade from boat to boat.
Hotel: 4★+ Victoria Chau Doc or similar (1 night)
DAY 12 Chau Doc – Phnom Penh B
Transfer to the pier and board Victoria Express Boat for Phnom Penh.
Let’s see what Cambodia’s charming capital city has to offer! Visit the National Museum and the Silver Pagoda, rub shoulders with the royals in the Royal Palace, where King Norodom Sihamoi still lives today. Complete the day with a visit to Champey Academy of Arts.
Hotel: 4★ iRoHa Garden Hotel & Resort or similar (1 night)
DAY 13 Phnom Penh – Siem Reap B
Fly to Siem Reap and enjoy a half-day art and culture followed by a gorgeous sunset at an ancient temple. Enjoy a personal tour of the Panorama museum by the curator himself.
Hotel: 4★+ Sokha Angkor Resort or similar (3 nights)
Be prepared to be overwhelmed as today is all about Angkor, full of courtyards and carvings. Also visit mysterious Bayon Temple with its giant smiling stone faces. And let’s not forget the haunting beauty of Ta Phrom, bound by the roots of massive trees.
Visit Banteay Srei, a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Continue to Kbal, also known as the River of 1000 Lingas, there are carvings in the riverbed. It should be more spectacular but many of the carvings have been looted.
Transfer to airport for your flight home.
Lanjia Lodge Extension
3 Days / 2 Nights
|April 1 – Oct 31, 2021||CAD 500||CAD 90|
|Nov 1, 2021 – Mar 31, 2022||CAD 580||CAD 90|
Prices include transfers to/from the lodge by air-conditioned van, accommodation in non-conditioned room, meals prepared by the hilltribes, and daily activities within the community.
Transfer to Lanjia Lodge located on Ban Kiew Karn in Chiang Khong. Upon arrival, a traditional local Herbal juice will be served. Tonight, dinner will be served along with traditional Hmong tribe entertainment.
Overnight: Lanjia Lodge (2 nights)
Learn about the people who live alongside the Mekong River and who depend on the giant catfish known as Pla Buek (world’s biggest freshwater fish) for their livelihood. Tour the Hmong and Lahu hill tribe villages and enjoy tea in a Hmong “Shaman’s” house. Experience how to make Hmong batik handkerchief with village ladies of the Hmong tribe and help villagers to plant trees at the herbal plant nursery project, a project dedicated to His Majesty the King to commemorate his 84th birthday in 2011.
DAY 3 Chiang Khong – Houei Say Cruise B
Transfer to Houei Say and continue to Day 5 of Journey Along Mekong.