Project Description

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

Mekong River
Mekong River
Mekong River

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 Arrive Bangkok

Arrive in Bangkok, locally known as Krung Thep (City of Angels), a shortened version of the official name.

Hotel: 4★ Majestic Grande or similar (2 nights)

 DAY 2 Bangkok                 B, L

A full-day tour highlights a long-tailed boat ride for an exciting cruise through the canals of outer Bangkok. Visit the spectacular Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Golden Buddha, and Reclining Buddha.

DAY 3 Bangkok Chiang Rai                           B

Fly to Chiang Rai, the northernmost region of Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos.

Hotel: 3★+ The Legend Chiang Rai or similar (2 nights)

DAY 4 Chiang Rai                  B, L

Enjoy a thrilling boat ride along the Mae Kok River to visit a traditional Karen hill tribe village. Continue your tour with an adventurous elephant trek through the surrounding countryside followed by boat ride for a short trip to the local Hot Springs. Continue your tour with a visit to Lahu Hilltribe.

DAY 5 Chiang Rai –  Houei Say, Laos  Pakbeng                B, L, D

Transfer to Lao border checkpoint at Houei Say pier and cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng on LuangSay Boat. A few stops are made along the way for a closer look at village life along one of the most important lifelines of the region. Arrive in Pakbeng and check in your lodge.

Overnight: Luangsay Lodge (1 night)

DAY 6 Pakbeng – Pak Ou  Luang Prabang               B, L, D

Embark on your second leg of the cruise. Short stops will be made at the Ban Baw to observe the traditional process of Laotian whiskey. Cruise to Pak Ou Village and visit the Cave of Thousand Buddha and Tam Ting Caves. Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to your hotel.

Hotel: 4★ Le Sen Boutique Hotel or similar (2 nights)

DAY 7 Luang Prabang                      B, L

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.

DAY 8 Luang Prabang Ho Chi Minh City                 B

Fly to Ho Chi Minh City. Enjoy a city tour of the colonial quarters – the Opera House, Hotel de Ville (City Hall), Central Post Office, and the Ben Thanh Market for great bargains.

Hotel : 4★ Majestic Hotel or similar (2 nights)

DAY 9 Ho Chi Minh City – Cu Chi – Ho Chi Minh City                 B, L

Drive to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, an intricate network of over 200kmlong tunnels, used by the Vietcong in the Vietnam War. Stop at the Ben Duoc War Memorial (over 40,000 people have fallen).

DAY 10 Ho Chi Minh City – Can Tho                        B

Depart Ho Chi Minh City for Cai Be; visit the colorful floating market and cruise to Dong Hua Hiep Island; Cruise to Dong Hoa Hiep Island, along the way admire the scenery and the daily life of the local villagers. Transfer to your hotel for overnight stay.

Hotel : 4★ Victoria Can Tho or similar (1 night)

DAY 11 Can Tho – Long Xuyen – Chau Doc              B

Take a motorized boat trip to explore the picturesque tributaries of the Lower Mekong river (Bassac River), Cai Rang floating markets, the busiest in the region. Depart for Chau Doc via Long Xuyen. Take a morning boat trip to visit the floating fish farm and the Cham weaving village. Visit the Sam Mountain with the caved pagoda, enjoy the sunset down the Vietnamese Cambodian border from the summit of the mountain over the flat rice field. Arrive in Chau Doc and check in your hotel.

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.

Hotel: 4★ iRoHa Garden Hotel & Resort or similar (1 night)

DAY 13 Phnom Penh Siem Reap                 B

This morning, discover four of Phnom Penh’s finest cultural and historical attractions with visits to Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, National Museum and the Silver Pagoda, so named because of its floor that comprises 5,000 silver tiles and topped by a gold Buddha encrusted with 9,584 diamonds. After your tour, fly to Siem Reap and capture your first glimpse of the fabled Angkor complex, one of the most important archaeological sites in Asia.

Hotel: 4★+ Victoria Angkor & Spa or similar (3 nights)

DAY 14-15 Siem Reap                     B, L

Spend one and a half days of sightseeing at the Angkor complex. Highlights include Angkor Wat; the South Gate of Angkor Thom, with its series of colossal human faces carved in stone; Bayon Temple, known for its numerous impressive sculptures; Ta Prohm, a temple complex with its stonework grown over with creeping strangler figs; and Banteay Srei, renowned for its intricate sandstone carvings. Optional: Visit Kampong Kleang Floating Village.

DAY 16 Siem Reap Departure    B

Transfer to the airport.

第二天:罗马斗兽场

Day 2 Grand Palace

第二天:罗马斗兽场

Day 7 Luang Prabang

第二天:罗马斗兽场

Day 8 Ho Chi Minh City – City Hall

第二天:罗马斗兽场

Day 14 Angkor wat

Lanjia Lodge Extension

3 Days / 2 Nights

DAY 1 Chiang Rai  – Chiang Khong            D

Transfer to Chiang Khong on an air-conditioned car. 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)

DAY 2 Chiang Khong       B, L, D

Learn about the people who live along side the Mekong River and who depend on the giant catfisht known as Pla Buek (world’s biggest fresh water 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.