Mekong river Luang Prabang Laos Local market

Family time in Thailand and Laos - 10 days/9 nights

Family time in Thailand and Laos Family time in Thailand and Laos Family time in Thailand and Laos
  • DAY 1: Arrival in Bangkok

    Upon arrival at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, after you have picked up your luggage, please proceed to Arrival Hall on second floor and look for “Meeting Point”, our guide will wait for you with a signboard right with your name at Gate B (Door No.6). If you cannot find them when you exit, please go to the ATTA desk and ask them to call the emergency number (+66) 81 449 7283.

    Transfer from the Airport to your hotel.
  • DAY 2: Full Day Essential Bangkok

    Morning drive to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks’ morning chanting ritual. One of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Wat Pho houses the famous 45m (148ft) reclining Buddha as well as the original school of traditional Thai massage. From here, take a tuk-tuk ride via Pak Klong Taland Flower Market towards the spectacular Grand Palace, home to the most revered Buddha image in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade or jasper, rather than emerald). Stop at Wat Arun, once the grand royal temple to King Rama II.

    After lunch at a local restaurant, cross the river and drive to Chinatown for a first-hand look at Old Bangkok. Walk along Yaowarat Road with shops selling everything from gold and garments to antiques and musical instruments. Enjoy a cup of Chinese tea with the locals at a very old teashop in this neighbourhood which dates back to 1782. Explore the bustling Talad Kao Market where a variety of food, fresh and dry fruits, and Chinese herbs are on offer before returning to your hotel.
  • DAY 3: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Evening Joe Louis Show and Thai Cuisine

    Depart early morning for the 2hr drive to the 100-year-old Damnoen Saduak floating market located 100km (62mi) from Bangkok. This vibrant, most famous of local markets features numerous small boats laden with colourful fruits and vegetables, paddled by Thai women wearing bamboo hats, and is one of the only places to see this traditional way of buying and selling goods in Thailand.

    Almost always crowded with hundreds of sellers, buyers and tourists, the best way to experience the bustling atmosphere of the market up close is to board a boat and float through the small canals purchasing fresh local produce from the vendors. This floating market is one of the most photographed places in Thailand and certainly a Bangkok icon. No lunch is included in this tour, but there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy a snack at the market. Drive back to Bangkok.

    Free at leisure in the afternoon, evening transfer for Joe Louis Show and dinner. Traditional Thai puppetry is a graceful art form using full-figure puppets, each with a head, arms, and legs, and requiring three puppeteers to control. Stories are usually drawn from Thai folk tales and performances were once popular during royal ceremonies. The Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre (Joe Louis) was founded by Master Sakhon Yangkhiawsod (whose English name is Joe Louis) to revive this ancient art.

    Spend a wonderful evening at the Joe Louis Gourmet Thai Cuisine and Bar, located at the trendy Asiatique Riverfront Charoen Krung complex. Enjoy a tasty set dinner of Thai cuisine (drinks at own expense) while watching an exciting 30min Thai puppet show. Return to your hotel after the show.
  • DAY 4: Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Khan Toke Dinner & Hill Tribe Show

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chiang Mai.

    Upon arrival at Chiang Mai Airport, please proceed to the Information Booth (AOT) opposite to the entrance gate of Exhibition Hall (please see attached map for detailed instruction). Here you will find your guide waiting for your holding the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name on it. If you cannot locate your guide – please call the emergency numbers (+66) 81 449 7283 before leaving the airport with a taxi. Transfer from the airport to city hotel.

    Free at leisure until transfer to the restaurant for Khan Toke Dinner and show. Meaning “tray” (khan) and “bowls (toke), the Khantoke dinner show is an excellent way to learn about the ancient Lanna culture of Northern Thailand while enjoying a feast of delicious Northern Thai dishes.

    Take your place on cushions at a low table and enjoy dinner while watching a performance by traditional dancers who will perform various dances including the Forn Leb (Finger Dance, usually reserved for greeting honourable guests or state visitors), Forn Thien (Candle Dance) Ramwong (Circle Dance, a typical Thai folk dance), and the Ram Dab, a sword dance developed from an ancient martial art. After dinner and the show, return to your hotel
  • DAY 5: CHIANG MAI - Elephant Owner for a Day at Patara

    Depart on a 30km (19mi) drive to Patara Elephant Farm and join the “Elephant Owner for a Day” program. Especially designed for those who want to learn about and interact with elephants as an elephant owner would, the program teaches you how to approach your elephant, discern the elephant’s temperament, feed it and check its health. You will also learn how to take care of your own elephant, bathe and brush it in the river, how to ride on its neck, and communicate through different spoken commands. You will also get a chance to ride bareback on your elephant and visit a local temple to learn about elephants in relation to Buddhist beliefs as well as how elephants are regarded by Thai people.

    Continue on to a waterfall where you will enjoy a picnic lunch and a refreshing moment in/ around the water with your elephant. The camp has adopted/rescued elephants from unsuitable living conditions (eg. circuses, illegal logging camps, etc.), nursed them back to health and has so far released eight back into their natural habitat.
  • DAY 6: CHIANG MAI -City Lifestyle, Doi Suthep and Rickshaw Ride & Organic Farm Cooking Class

    Morning visit to a vibrant food and flower market where local Thais do their shopping. Continue to Wat Suan Dok, final resting place for the ashes of former kings of Chiang Mai and the Royal Family.

    Drive 30min to Doi Suthep Mountain, enjoying the spectacular views of Northern Thailand as you head past mountains and forests, towards Wat Phra That, one of Northern Thailand’s most sacred temples. Founded in 1383 AD, the temple is reached by climbing 309 steps (or for the less fitness-minded, a tram is available for a small surcharge). The climb up is rewarded with a superb panoramic view over the city. Return to Chiang Mai and enjoy a 20min rickshaw ride through the quiet streets of the old town before returning to your hotel.

    Learn Thai cooking secrets in a family environment with a well-known local chef. As a trekking guide, Chef Sawat noticed that travellers were interested in preparing food with him. His passion for cooking and experience as a chef in several restaurants inspired him to set up an organic farm where he has a spacious garden full of Thai herbs, vegetables and tropical fruits.

    Visit the organic garden at the chef’s farmhouse located just an hour north of Chiang Mai and pick some fresh herbs for use in the hands-on cooking experience where you will learn how to pound curry paste and to make authentic Thai curry. Create a dessert with the fruits you pick right from the trees. Enjoy your culinary efforts for dinner before returning to your hotel.
  • DAY 7: Travel from Chiang Mai, Thailand to Luang Prabang, Laos - At Leisure

    Spend your morning time at leisure then meet with your guide at hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

    Upon arrival Luang Prabang airport, after clearing all customs procedures, please walk to the main exit gate, you will be met by a Trails of Indochina representative carrying the Trails of Indochina signboard with your name. If you are unable to find the representative, please call our Operations Manager for immediate assistance on (856) 020 23 333395 or the local emergency number listed on your voucher (856) 020 5597 1123. Transfer to your hotel.
  • DAY 8: The Rice Farming Experience & Half Day Temple of Luang Prabang

    Spend a morning on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. Experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities. All can join in and there are great photo opportunities. Or just view it all from the comfort of the traditional Lao rice house balcony, which is surrounded by rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm.

    During the experience, you will also have the opportunity to learn more about bamboo weaving, blacksmith work, and sugar cane processing. Towards the end, join a tour of the organic garden with an explanation on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a half day to explore temples of Luang Prabang. Located at the confluence of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan (Khan River), UNESCO-protected Luang Prabang is a beautiful mix of ancient gilded temples, saffron-clad monks, faded Indochinese villas and peaceful river scenery.

    Take a half-day walking tour exploring some of the highlights of this incredibly picturesque town. Start with a visit to the Royal Palace, which is now a National Museum housing precious artefacts that belonged to the Royal Family.

    Drive or enjoy a leisurely walk to explore some of Luang Prabang’s famed temples including: Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang’s oldest temple. Notice its unusually shaped stupa designed to look like a lotus flower but referred to by locals as “the watermelon stupa”; Wat That Luang, traditionally the cremation site for Lao royalty; the gorgeous Wat Mai with its detailed golden reliefs depicting scenes from village life; and Wat Xieng Thong, built in the 17th century. Notice the stunning “tree of life” mosaic set on its western exterior wall.

    End the tour by climbing up to the top of Mount Phousi to admire the panoramic views across the Mekong and Khan rivers as well as the mountain range. Return to your hotel.
  • DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG - Early Morning Alms Giving & Kuangsi Waterfall with Picnic Lunch

    The morning alms round (called “Tak Bat” in Lao) is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang and dates back generations. Wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to a procession of hundreds of saffron-robed monks in the early morning light, truly a spiritual occasion! If you wish to make an offering, please inform your guide a day in advance so that a gift of alms can be prepared. After the almsgiving, watch the town come to life during a visit to the bustling morning market before returning to your hotel in time for breakfast.

    Spend a half day exploring one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the cascading Kuang Si Waterfall. Depart on a 1hr drive south of Luang Prabang, with stops at the vibrant Phou Si Market and the nearby Ock Pop Tock Weaving Centre, a social enterprise specialising primarily in textiles, handicrafts and design.

    Continue towards the waterfalls, and take a leisurely hike through the national park past the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre, home to sun bears and Malayan black bears rescued from bile farms or wildlife traffickers. The more adventurous can hike up to the top of the main waterfall. Swimming in the refreshing turquoise waters is possible, although between November and January the water temperature is very cool. Enjoy a special catered picnic lunch, set up just for you and served by your own private waiter in the tranquil surroundings of the park before returning to your hotel by private vehicle.

    Spend your afternoon time at leisure.
  • DAY 10: LUANG PRABANG Departure

    After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

     

    *This is sample itinerary with no selected accommodation suggested unless otherwise stated. International airfares are not included unless otherwise specified within the detailed proposal – please contact our team to tailor this itinerary to your personal specifications.
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