The Best Luxury Small Group Tour of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos

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Day 1: Arrive in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Your arrival and departure transfers can be reserved with your guest relations manager, who is assigned to you after you book your tour. We strongly recommend that our guests consider arriving a day earlier, as this allows you to recuperate from jetlag, and serves as insurance against international flight delays and cancellations. An additional night’s lodging at your beautiful resort can be added as part of the process as you reserve your tour.

If you are arriving a day earlier, your airport to hotel transfer will be provided a day earlier. Arrive in Siem Reap and you are greeted as you exit the customs area at the airport by your Cambodia Country Connoisseur Guide and then you are driven to your centrally located hotel and assisted with your check-in, if it is after 3pm. If it is much before 3pm, an earlier check-in can be arranged at an additional charge. Your highly ranked resort hotel has by far the most extensive facilities, including gardens and water bodies, among Siem Reap hotels, along with very good service and cuisine. For those who still have energy, you are a little more than half a mile from Siem Reap’s popular Pub Street, and you can either walk there or take one of the easily available tuk-tuks.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort)

Day 2: Siem Reap. (Breakfast and Lunch) You can sleep-in this morning and start your day at 10 AM, or you can start around 8:15 AM with a curated visit to the Angkor National Museum, located a couple of minutes from your hotel. Or This is a modern well-designed museum with an incredible selection of artifacts from the Angkor and other Cambodian Civilizations. The visit will cover only a small part of museum’s treasures, but your time here, along with the curator’s knowledge, will enhance your overall understanding of what you are experiencing in the Angkor Region. At 9:45 AM you will return to your hotel ang join anyone who chose not to visit the museum.

The main itinerary for this day starts around 10 AM with your first exploration of one of the seven wonders of the world, Angkor Wat. There will be a stop at the offsite archaeological park ticket counter where you will be photographed for your Angkor Pass Badge. Your Guide will provide lanyards for you to carry your 3 Day Pass; the passes are frequently checked as you explore the incredible structures of Angkor.

In the last few years, when we explore Southeast Asian wonders such as Angkor Wat, it is not uncommon to come across young locals posing for social media. At Angkor Wat this can be particularly charming as young Cambodian women spend a lot of money to dress-up as traditional Apsaras and pose for photos around the monument!

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

After pausing at a couple of vantage points for your own photographs, you will proceed into the massive complex to discover its incredible main structure and plethora of intricacies.

Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this 12th century temple is a perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Cambodians.

After lunch you will explore the immense walled city of Angkor Thom and its multiple awe-inspiring monuments. Multiple impressive temples and other structures survive within the Angkor Thom Architectural Zone and you will visit the most impressive. The causeway that leads to your entrance gate is lined by an intricately carved bridge (one of the Angkor Region’s most photographed sites) depicting the Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology in which the Devas (gods) and Asuras (devils) are engaged in tug of war with a Naga (seven-headed serpent) to obtain the elixir of immortality.

Following the occupation of Angkor by the Chams from 1177 to 1181, the king decided to build an impregnable fortress at the heart of his empire. Begin your visit at the 11th Century Baphuon, recognized as one of the most beautiful temples at Angkor. It has undergone a massive renovation by the French and is now once again open for viewing.

A very short drive brings you to the enigmatic and enchanting temple of the Bayon, which is justifiably the most photographed monument in the Angkor Region. At the exact center of Angkor Thom, this is an eccentric expression of the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king. The 54 Temple Towers have massive ‘Buddha of Compassion’ faces carved on all four sides, each one bearing a strong resemblance to the king. The immense structure is partially in ruins and perpetually under some renovation, but you can still walk around inside and find amazement as you turn a corner. The benevolent faces on the towers still overlook the whole area, further enhancing the other-worldly feel in parts of the Angkor Region.

Next is the mystical Ta Prohm, which has been abandoned to the elements for centuries. Left as it was discovered by French explorer Henri Mouhout in 1860, the tentacle-like tree roots here are slowly strangling the surviving stones. This was one of the settings for the original Tomb Raider movie, and obviously has visitors lined up for photos at a couple of attractions.

Complete today’s exploration with a visit to another temple that makes you feel like you have traveled back in time - Preah Khan. This eerie large temple has also been left unrestored for the most part and is a fascinating maze of narrow passageways and windows, all adding to the unique feel of Angkor Thom.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort)

Day 3: Siem Reap. (Breakfast, Lunch and Special Dinner) Guests who want to visit Angkor Wat at sunrise will wake well before dawn and join your Guide in the lobby. Arrive at the monuments entrance before the sun rises and walk to a location near the temple where your sunrise view of Angkor Wat is across lotus ponds, making for a very memorable experience. After admiring and photographing the sunrise on the temple complex, you will return to your hotel to freshen up.

After breakfast you will proceed on a scenic 75 to 90-minute drive through the Cambodian countryside to the amazing temple complex of Beng Mealea. Arrive and start your exploration of this massive early 12th century complex.

Beng Maelea Tree

Beng Mealea Tree

Although partially in ruins, much of the complex is still in good condition, and some of the trees and vegetation have intermingled with the structure to create a sight that is unmatched by other similar monuments in Southeast Asia.

Due to its distance from Siem Reap, this surreal complex attracts significantly fewer tourists than Angkor Wat and the temples in the city of Angkor Thom.

From Beng Mealea you will head towards Tonle Sap Lake. Upon arrival you will break for lunch at a charming floating house that has been specially prepared for our guests this afternoon. Your excellent food choices will be catered by Easy Tours and lunch today will be one of the most memorable dining experiences of your Southeast Asia exploration.

Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, and the lake is connected to a river of the same name. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the lake region is one of the most biodiverse in the world, and its waters were what sustained the magnificent Angkor civilization, and others before and afterward. The lake loses much of its water during winter, and when the rains come in the late spring/early summer, the lake fills up and rises over 30 feet.

You will board your boat and your first stop will be at a floating explore the lakeside fishing community of Kampong Khleang, the largest town on the lake. You will be fascinated by the network of houses on up to 30-foot-tall stilts, lush farmlands, and small fishing communities on the lake, and you will have the opportunity to observe how the locals live and work in this unique environment. Unlike the very touristy and hawker-filled village of Chong Kneas, where almost all other tours go, Kampong Khleang offers a more authentic experience.

Special Dinner Experience: A very short drive across the Siem Reap River will bring you to the top-ranked restaurant, Embassy Khmer Gastronomy. This Fine Dining boutique restaurant is owned and operated by twin sisters who are both excellent chefs as well as gracious hosts. Only the freshest of local ingredients are used here and the delicious food and its impressive presentation are arguably the best you will experience anywhere. On the way back to your lodging guests who want to experience Siem Reap’s most popular night market will be dropped off along with your Cambodia Connoisseur Guide for a fascinating walk through the local night market to shop for all sorts of souvenirs and locally made apparel. Those who are not interested will be driven back to your nearby resort and your vehicle will then return to the market area and wait for those exploring the market. This is a very large and colorful market with scores of stalls and haggling is expected.
(Overnight – Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort)

Day 4: Siem Reap – Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) After an assisted check-out you will head to the Banteay Srei Temple Complex. Although it attracts more visitors than Beng Mealea, it is less crowded than the main complexes in the Siem Reap Region. Banteay Srei is another Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and, at more than a thousand years of age, it is older than almost all of the other major temple complexes in the Siem Reap Region.

Constructed from hard red sandstone, this temple is a study in detail. It is small when compared to the other structures you will have visited in Siem Reap, or even the Beng Mealea Complex.

Apsara's

Apsara's at Banteay Srei

However, the intricacy of its original sculptures, especially the detailed figures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and the voluptuous and beautiful Apsaras, is unsurpassed among all the wonders found in the Angkor region.

Some parts of this temple, more so than in other Angkor Region monuments, are replicas due to theft (before adequate protections were added) over the last few decades.

From Banteay Srei you will head back to Siem Reap where you will break for lunch at a very charming upscale and boutique lodge. The atmospheric Chanrey Tree Restaurant serves excellent cuisine and is a favorite among upscale travelers visiting Siem Reap. After lunch you will be driven to the nearby airport for your flight to Bangkok. Your Cambodia Guide will bid farewell to you after assisting with your check-in.

Arrive in Bangkok and you are greeted at the airport by your Thailand Connoisseur Guide and then you are driven to your wonderful riverfront hotel for assisted check-in to your upgraded river view room. The giant metropolis of Bangkok is a fascinating blend of modern skyscrapers, congested traffic, beautiful and ornate Wats (temples), incredible street food, and a lot more. The colorful Thai culture and the easygoing local lifestyle make this unique city even more interesting.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 5: Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) Your day will start in the mid-morning so as to give you time to relax after a long day. Enjoy a river cruise to your first destination this morning.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun

Your will stop at the spectacular Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), which is by far the most striking structure in Bangkok, and is the city’s iconic riverside monument.

This is the most unique historic temple structure in Thailand, very different from anything else you will experience, however, as with other Thai places of worship, bare legs and shoulders are not acceptable.

Please do not climb the steps as they are deceptively steep (12 to 15 inches in height) and there are inadequate or nonexistent support structures for hands. This is Non-Negotiable for anyone who selects to tour with us.

After the temple, you will board longtail boats and head to the opposite bank of the river. Proceed to a very nice riverfront restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. Besides the great food, you will have excellent views of the busy river and Wat Arun on the opposite riverbank. An interesting 7-to-8-minute walk will bring you to Thailand’s largest flower market, where millions of amazing flowers are spread across hundreds of stalls. Flowers are an integral part of Thai society, and the plethora of fragrant colors amidst the extremely busy shops and stalls are a delight to experience.

A very short walk leads to Wat Pho, known as The Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The famous statue of the Buddha is 50 feet (15 meters) high and 140 feet (43 meters) long and is covered in gold leaf. The bottoms of the feet are inlaid with mother of pearl, divided into 108 panels depicting the 108 auspicious symbols used by the Buddha.

Another very short walk will bring you to the Grand Palace complex, which has been the state residence of Thai royalty since 1782 and parts of which are still used for official events. Your Guide will show you some of the more interesting highlights of the complex. The collection of buildings serves as a nice introduction to Thai architecture and provides many great photo opportunities. Just one of the several stops you will make within the complex is Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in all of Thailand. Except for the Thai King, no other person is allowed to touch this statue. The King changes the statue’s cloak three times each year to correspond to the summer, winter, and rainy seasons. After exploring Bangkok’s most famous attractions, you will be escorted back to your hotel.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 6: Bangkok. (Breakfast and Lunch) Your morning will start with a drive to Jim Thompson’s House & Museum, a great introduction to amazing Asian art, and of Bangkok before it became the major city it is today. Before his disappearance in Malaysia over a half century ago, the silk magnate collected an incredible plethora of Southeast Asian art, from Thailand and many other surrounding nations. He had a beautiful home constructed to showcase part of his collection, and also had the museum constructed to house the rest of the collection. The museum buildings themselves are fascinating as they include ancient wooden homes that were brought in from all around Thailand, as well as new wooden construction. You will experience a well-designed tour of the facilities conducted by an expert from the museum.

From here you will head to the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Spread over 30 acres with more than 10,000 stalls, this market originated in 1942 and is the oldest, largest, and most diverse weekend market on our planet. Literally anything a local or a visitor could possibly want is available here, and we need to mention that group members are not going to be able to stop at multiple stalls and haggle. The colors, activity and general feel are a joy to experience on a walk through an interesting section of the market.

From here you will proceed to the banks of the River of Kings and enjoy lunch at another great restaurant with a river view. After lunch you will enjoy an urban excursion by long-tailed boats to discover the canals of Thonburi. The people of Thailand, including the residents of Bangkok, have always lived a lifestyle that is primarily dependent on their rivers. You will explore the intricate network of canals, or Khlongs, as you cruise past colorful homes and other structures.

This adventure will offer great insights into how the locals live. In some parts you will see women washing clothes and utensils in the water, children swimming, locals throwing food to teeming schools of fish (considered a religious offering), and a lot more. Stop for a brief visit at Baan Silapin (Artists House), a charmingly decorated centuries-old structure on a residential part of the canal, this succession of small canal front structures is a whimsical art gallery showcasing local creative talents. You will end you experience at your hotel’s jetty.
(Overnight – Shangri La Bangkok)

Day 7: Bangkok – Kanchanaburi. (Breakfast and Lunch) You are assisted with your check-out in the morning and driven to the enchanting province of Kanchanaburi. Soon after you exit Bangkok you will witness the landscape begin to change from relatively flat farmland to the rocky mountainous jungle often found along the Thai-Burmese border. The Kanchanaburi region was the theater of historic battles and tragic episodes during WWII.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

Bridge on the River Kwai

It is here that prisoners of war built the famous Bridge on the River Kwai.

Upon arrival at the historic location, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant with a direct view of the bridge. After lunch you can walk on the bridge, and to various vantage points around it, so that you can take advantage of the extremely photogenic vistas with the bridge in the foreground. The bridge was built in about 16 months by allied prisoners of war and Asian conscripts, and then later destroyed during allied bombing raids. It was later rebuilt by the Japanese as war reparations. These events were the basis for one of Hollywood’s all-time great movies.

From the bridge another scenic drive will bring you to the infamous Hell Fire Pass. This excursion does require a slightly strenuous uphill climb, and those who do not feel like making the climb can enjoy the view at the base of the incline. Hell Fire Pass is a man-made crevasse in the mountain that was carved using hand-held chisels by prisoners of war, mostly Australian soldiers.

The POW’s worked in horrible conditions under the whip of the Japanese soldiers, who were desperate to complete the Thai-Burma railway. Many lives were sacrificed to complete this project. The name Hell Fire Pass comes from one soldier’s description of the site, describing the scene as workers toiled through the night by firelight. You will walk along the remnants of the tracks from the path of the railway. There are memorials to the POW’s and a small museum at this site.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

View from Boat Ride

After this you will drive to a pier in the wilderness next to the River Kwai.

You will be assisted in boarding your boat and then you will enjoy a 15-minute boat ride along the river to your comfortable floating boutique resort, where you will be assisted with your check-in. Please note that this is upscale, and not luxury, lodging, but it is very unique, and an exceptional experience. We recommend that at some point on this night, your turn off the exterior lights of your floating villa and step out on your porch to admire the star-studded night sky. Almost everyone who has stayed here raves about the incredible sleep they enjoyed on their floating villa.
(Overnight – The Float House River Kwai)

Day 8: Kanchanaburi. (Breakfast and Lunch) This morning you will awake to the sounds of the river and the jungle. At around 8 AM you will cruise back to the jetty and proceed on the incredibly scenic drive to Erawan National Park. Our early departure is to avoid the day-trippers from as far away as Bangkok. We recommend that you bring swim wear and a towel from your villa.

Tourists at Damnoen Saduak

Waterfall at Erawan National Park

The park is one of Thailand’s most beautiful parks.

The 7 tier Erawan Falls have emerald green pools at each level.

You will enjoy the easy hike to the base of the waterfall, and then, those willing to make a little bit of an effort, can use the trails and ropeways up the different tiers of the waterfall, until the 6th tier. You can stop at any tier and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you, and get into the emerald pools of water if you so desire. The park itself is lush and tropical, and macaques and a variety of birds will entertain during your time here.

After a break for lunch, you will experience another scenic drive to the Nam Tok Railway Station, where you will board the train for a fascinating trip on the Death Railway. Enjoy the scenery as the train snakes around hills alongside the River Kwai and passes through dense bamboo forests and jungles. After approximately 1 hour of riding in the extremely slow-moving historic train through amazing scenery, you will disembark at the Thakilen Railway Station, from where you will be driven nearby to your floating lodge’s pier. Board your boat again and enjoy the captivating river and surroundings as you head towards your charming floating resort.

Those guests who are up for another adventure can join your guide for a gentle hike up the hill behind your floating villa to the Lawa Cave. At over 1400 feet deep, this impressive geological formation is the largest in Kanchanaburi and features several chambers with many large stalagmites and stalactites. Both banks of the river are lush jungle climbing up the surrounding hills.
(Overnight – The Float House River Kwai)

Day 9: Kanchanaburi – Bangkok – Chiang Mai. (Breakfast and Lunch) At 8 AM this morning you can join your Guide and cruise upriver for a few minutes, and then disembark and proceed for a tour of a Mon village. The Mon people are one of Southeast Asia’s most ancient races. Originally from Burma, they are integrated into Thai society, but deeply cherish and honor their heritage. Enjoy a walk around the village area and visit the village school, as well as their temple & gold chedi. You will cruise back to your

You are assisted with check-out in the mid-morning and you now proceed on the drive to Bangkok airport, stopping for lunch along the way, to board your afternoon flight to Chiang Mai, capital of the fascinating Lanna Kingdom.

Arrive at Chiang Mai and you will be assisted with your check-in at your beautiful boutique riverfront resort, which happens to be the top-ranked upscale lodging in Chiang Mai. The resort is extremely charming, serves great food, and has an excellent spa. There is a spectacular century plus old Rain Tree that graces the resort at the river’s bank, adding even more to the natural charm of your surroundings. Your boutique resort is an easy walk (or an easily available tuk-tuk ride) to downtown Chiang Mai where there are scores of cafés, restaurants, and bars, as well as the night markets.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai

The Lanna Kingdom flourished in northern Thailand between the 12th - 15th centuries, and Chiang Mai was the longtime capital of the kingdom after it was moved from Chiang Rai. The city is the second largest city in Thailand, and the cultural capital of the north.

Possessing great natural beauty and a host of outdoor activities and parks on its outskirts, the city itself is a fascinating combination of unique architecture, ancient history with its associated rituals, and a modern metropolis. Chiang Mai is one of Asia’s best cities to explore on foot, with a bustling street food scene.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 10: Chiang Mai - Doi Inthanon Excursion. (Breakfast and Lunch) This is a full day excursion and you will get back to your resort in the evening. Head to spectacular Doi Inthanon mountain and national park, which includes a visit to the most photographed attractions in Northern Thailand, Phra Mahathat Naphamethanidon and Naphaphonphumisiri. These massive and gorgeous Chedis are the subject of the most popular photos that travel journals and websites use for the Chiang Mai region, and are not situated in Chiang Mai, but close to the peak of Doi Inthanon. You will also enjoy other experiences inside Doi Inthanon National Park, which is a protected area that is home to the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon.

Doi Inthanon is a superb national park full of majestic waterfalls, lush green valleys, terraced paddy fields, fruit, flower and vegetables crops, and ethnic communities living happily and comfortably in their natural environment. Once at the peak you will admire the views and then enjoy an easy trek through the mist laden virgin forest and be fascinated with the unique flora that is found here.

After this adventure you will be driven downhill and lunch will be at the Royal Project Kitchen (with fresh natural and organic ingredients from project farmers), while admiring the beautiful surroundings and views. After lunch there will be two more not-to-be-missed experiences on your way back to Chiang Mai.

First you will stop at the two afore-mentioned spectacular Chedis, which are dedicated to the Beloved Late King and the Revered Queen and are located in a magical spot with lush undulating hills and spectacular views.

Royal Chedis at Doi Inthanon

Royal Chedis at Doi Inthanon

The immaculate terraced gardens with a plethora of colorful exotic flowerbeds that surround the Chedis make for a breathtaking locale and a fantastic photo opportunity.

The second short and fascinating stop as you head down the mountain is the Royal Projects Highway Market run by the Hill Tribes of the Doi Inthanon region. You will stop and walk around the outdoor stalls selling fruits, produce, nuts and other items organically grown by the simple and now well-to-do tribal locals, some of whom will be dressed in their unique clothing. This market, its wares, and the tribal people that grow and sell here are a growing testament of the success of the Late King’s vision and efforts. The Royal Projects granted the Hill Tribes their own land to cultivate, free seeds, tools, and all other resources needed to make them succeed in becoming successful natural farmers. Now, over half a century later, the results of the Late King’s vision have brought happiness to everyone involved.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 11: Chiang Mai – Elephant Sanctuary (No Elephant Riding). (Breakfast and Lunch) (Breakfast and Lunch) After an early breakfast this morning you will drive out to the mountains to enjoy some time with Thailand’s iconic animal – the elephant.

Tusker

Tusker

Your small group will enjoy a completely private experience at the camp with your own elephants and trainers, as well as private scenic drives with your Guide both to the camp and back.

You will spend the morning at one of the best and most ethical elephant sanctuaries in Northern Thailand, and take part in a hands-on experience that will allow you to truly interact with these majestic animals. Please read a description of the sanctuary - https://kantaelephantsanctuary.com/post/1.html

After lunch at the camp, you will return to Chiang Mai and enjoy an exploration of the historic walled city of Chiang Mai. Included are visits to some of the iconic old temples of ancient Chiang Mai, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man. This tour demonstrates the architectural diversity and blending of styles that the Lanna were known for. It is also a great way to get familiar with the city, should you decide to go out during the evenings and explore.

In the late afternoon you will proceed on the short drive up to Doi Suthep, the hill on the edge of the city that dominates the Chiang Mai skyline. Once at the top, you will find the 309 stairs up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which are flanked on each side by beautiful Nagas running the entire length of the stairs. You also have the option of taking a large elevator (which does usually have a short waiting line) up to the Wat. Once at the top, enjoy the spiritual ambience of one of Thailand’s most holy places, as well as some superb sunset views of the city. You will see devout Thai’s circling the main stupa in a ritualistic manner, and many others on their knees in deep prayer.
(Overnight – Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort)

Day 12: Chiang Mai – Bangkok – Luang Prabang (Breakfast) You are assisted with your check-out and driven to the Chiang Mai airport where you are assisted in boarding your flight to Bangkok. Arrive at Bangkok and your Thailand Connoisseur Guide will escort you to the check-in counter for your flight to Luang Prabang and bid you farewell.
Upon arrival at Luang Prabang, you are greeted at the airport by our Travel Facilitator and ushered to your vehicle. You are driven to your top-ranked upscale resort outside the small town and assisted with check-in to your upgraded room.

All of Luang Prabang’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers visitors a perfect micro chasm of the landscapes and culture of Southeast Asia. Its incredible utopian setting provides venues for a large and diverse array of activities, including Mekong River explorations, waterfalls, and much more. UNESCO describes Luang Prabang as “an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.”
(Overnight – Pullman Luang Prabang)

Day 13: Luang Prabang. (Breakfast and Lunch) An optional, but highly recommended, pre-sunrise start today gives you the opportunity to participate in one of Luang Prabang’s most iconic traditions - Tak Bat (donating food to young monk apprentices from the local monastery). Your Country Connoisseur Guide will have procured some food for you and will instruct you on the process as the monks walk by silently and open their pails for you to place your contribution in them. The monks have been collecting their day’s meals in this manner for centuries. Afterwards, enjoy a walk through the nearby fresh food market. The busy market is a hive of activity as locals purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish caught from the Mekong River. Return to your upscale boutique lodge for breakfast and a bit of leisure time to freshen up.

Mid-Morning: Join your Laos Connoisseur Guide for a tour of the charming old town. Visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which provides an excellent overview of local history.

Wat Xiengthong at Luang Prabang

Wat Xiengthong at Luang Prabang

We then continue to the beautiful Wat Xiengthong, one the most important Buddhist temples in the region. You have the opportunity to receive a blessing from one of the temple’s head monks, if you so desire.

A short walk from here brings you to the nearby Wat Khili. The charming traditional library building here houses a historic photo exhibition of Buddhist heritage, known as The Buddhist Archive of Photography. A unique collection of 35,000 historical photographs that were collected by several monk collectors and photographers over 120 years. Either the founder, Mr. Hans George Berger (you will be presented with a signed copy of one of his books) or Director Dr. Khamvone Boulyaphonh, will give you private access to this invaluable collection and personally guide you through the chambers in which it is housed, giving you unique insights into the Buddhist civilization and heritage of Laos.

Lunch will be at the acclaimed L’Elephant Restaurant, an atmospheric French restaurant that serves excellent western and local cuisine.

Proceed to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre – closed on Mondays, where you will meet one of the two co-founders, Ms. Tara Gujadhur or Ms. Soutthivilay Thongkhoun and experience a Directors Tour that provides insights into the myriad Laos' ethnic cultures and their traditions and customs. Next is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, which, because of its design, is known as The Watermelon Stupa. The Stupa dates back to 1503 and is now home to a collection of religious artefacts. You will learn about the wat’s fascinating history and early Lao Buddhist architecture from your Country Connoisseur Guide.

Late Afternoon: You have the option of a guided excursion to Phousi Mountain. This is a hill in the center of the old town that provides a breathtaking view of the town and the Mekong River at sunset.
(Overnight – Pullman Luang Prabang)

Luang Prabang from Phousi Mountain

Luang Prabang from Phousi Mountain

This excursion involves a fairly rigorous climb up 350 paved steps, but the view from the top is an amazing photographic opportunity, as it showcases the remarkable beauty of Luang Prabang.

Day 14: Luang Prabang. (Breakfast and Lunch) You are driven to the gorgeous set of waterfalls at Kuang Si. Upon your arrival at the entrance, you have the option of a quick visit to the small bear rescue center at the base of the falls. Proceed onward into the jungle on well- maintained walkways, until you arrive at the first small set of falls. The base of these falls has a beautiful natural blue swimming hole the size of a large public pool – swimming is permitted at all the falls, so you may want to dress appropriately. Continue on your leisurely walk through the jungle, making your way from waterfall to waterfall, to one idyllic swimming hole after another. The finale is a stunning 200 ft. cascade that is the most impressive of the collection of waterfalls.

Proceed on a very scenic rural drive for the village of Ban Don Ngurn. Upon arrival you will board a private boat for a cruise down the beautiful Nam Ou River. Your first stop will be for a delicious picnic on the scenic banks of the Nam Ou River, organized by one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants. The cruise then takes you by stunning limestone karst scenery, offering many photo opportunities. The scenery along the river is captivating as you cruise by picturesque landscapes and the occasional tribal hamlet.

Continue along the Nam Ou until it merges with the mighty Mekong River. Pay a visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Although the caves are not as massive as some of the famous caves in Southeast Asia, they are very interesting because Buddhists have been venturing here for centuries to place Buddha statues in them. The lower cave contains the largest part of the collection, well over 3000 statues, and hence a fairly arduous climb up some steep stairs to the upper cave is purely optional. After your visit to the caves, you will head back toward Luang Prabang, with a short stop along the way.

Continue the cruise until you stop at Ban Vanglae, a Lu Tribe village where traditional weaving and dyeing is the main occupation of the villagers and you will walk through the village and observe how the locals live. As you cruise back to Luang Prabang the sun will set on the river and the countryside and you can enjoy the idyllic beauty of your wonderful surroundings.
(Overnight – Pullman Luang Prabang)

Day 15: Luang Prabang – International Flight. (Breakfast) You are assisted with check-out in the mid-morning and driven to the airport to board your flight to Bangkok - bid farewell to your Laos Country Connoisseur Guide at the airport, where you will be assisted in boarding your flight.

There a few options for your departure from Luang Prabang and we will be happy to assist you in selecting one. We can include flights to Bangkok, Hanoi, or Saigon, or any other city in Asia as part of your tour, and additional services in those cities, or at Luang Prabang as per your needs. Your Guest Relations Manager (assigned to you after you reserve your tour) will be your resource for this once we know your international departure preferences.



 

Lodging

Siem Reap Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort - Superior Room
Bangkok Shangri La Bangkok – Deluxe Balcony River View Room
Kanchanaburi The Float House River Kwai – Floating Villa
Chiang Mai Na Nirand Romantic Boutique Resort – Romantic Laana Deluxe
Luang Prabang Pullman Luang Prabang – Premium Deluxe Room

Inclusions

Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guide for Airport Assistance on all in-country flights
Breakfast and Lunch Daily
All meals on HaLong Bay
Ground transportation via upscale private vehicles
Representative for assistance on departure / arrival transfers per the itinerary
Services of the best English-speaking Accompanying Country Connoisseur Guides
Applicable monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
Bottled water during sightseeing
Hotel accommodation as listed above
All Boat Fees/Fares per the itinerary

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International travel except countries on your Easy Tours Journey
Any expenses of a personal nature, such as tips, laundry, phone calls, drinks etc.
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Travel insurance, visas, etc.

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Terms & Conditions for Tours

What Your COAP Means & Contains: The term COAP as used by Easy Tours as an abbreviation for Confirmation of Availability Package. This is the unique and secure binding and legal electronic contract between the guest(s) and Easy Tours. A personal link is e-mailed to each guest when they are finalizing their reservation, with a request to save your unique COAP webpage. Among other things, your COAP contains your detailed itinerary, the terms and conditions listed on this document, your balance payment details, a link to an alteration/cancellation form, and a secure payment link for your initial payment. If a tour itinerary is altered, a new revision of your COAP is issued for your acceptance. Until the new revision is accepted, the terms and conditions in the previous COAP remain in effect. Your COAP will be active and available to you until well after your tour is over, and we ask you to save it in your favorites for review at any time you choose.


Once a guest electronically accepts their COAP and pays their initial deposit or full payment (if required due to proximity of travel dates), all the terms and conditions listed below apply, and are the sole terms and conditions that the contract between Easy Tours and the Guest will be governed by. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Your Payments are Protected: Easy Tours transfers all guest payments into a trust account with Chase Bank. All guest payments go directly to this account. From there, payments are disbursed to the vendors providing different services during your tour/travel package.



Easy Tours Liability Insurance: We maintain a USD $3,000,000 Professional Liability Policy through Zurich (backed by AIG).


Guest Travel Insurance: We offer a variety of policies (to US residents) from one of the largest Travel Insurers in the United States, Allianz Global Assist, and are on their covered suppliers list, a distinction enjoyed by few companies. Allianz Global Assistance can offer you a variety of coverage options and we can guide you in selecting the plan that is best for you.  Bear in mind that cancellation of a tour requires a large amount of documentation which covers each hotel, flight, and ground service segment of your tour that got canceled. If you purchase insurance through us, we know what Allianz Global Assistance wants, and they are familiar with our documents, thereby saving you time and effort.  As with all types of insurance, terms, conditions, and exclusions apply.


Easy Tours’ Privacy Policy: Easy Tours will not share your personal information with any outside person or agency, except for the purpose of (1) making various reservations for your tour; (2) processing your payments through the Banks and Credit Card transaction institutions (all located in the United States) that we deal with. Once every month or two we may send you information on our specials. You will always have the option to stop this whenever you choose.


Visa Information: there is a visa required to enter almost all the destinations we offer. Although Easy Tours’ does its best to provide the most current information on our site and in our correspondence when you book your tour, but we do not guarantee the accuracy of such information and it is solely the traveler’s responsibility to acquire their visa(s). Charges for the Visa or a current passport are not included in quoted tour costs. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Applicable Laws during your travels: While traveling you and all other travelers listed on your COAP are subject to the laws, customs and regulations of the nation that you are visiting, and the relevant local Governments in the areas where these services are rendered.


Guest Liabilities & Responsibilities: By accepting your COAP you are guaranteeing that you accept the sole responsibility of the fact that you, and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, is in good enough health to participate in the tour/travel package. You also accept that you are aware that the infrastructure and other conditions in many nations are not as advanced as the United States and that you are consciously accepting, for you and everyone listed as a fellow traveler on your COAP, any and all risks associated with traveling in other nations. Facilities for the handicapped can be inadequate in some areas. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


International Airline Tickets: If you arrange your own international air travel, we recommend that you arrive at least a day before your tour begins, and leave at least a day after the tour ends. This protects you in case of flight delays and cancellations and also allows you to spend additional time in your port of embarkation/disembarkation, giving you a chance to absorb the local culture and other attractions without the constraints of a fixed itinerary. We can offer you our pre-negotiated rates on your choice of accommodation for the extra days upon request.


Easy Tours does not issue tickets for your international travel before and after your tour, unless the flights are listed on your Easy Tours itinerary and are a part of a multi-nation tour that we are facilitating. For your non-tour international travel, we have the expertise to offer you advice on the best combinations of airlines, travel durations, and values, for the regions we offer, and can introduce you to airfare consolidators who offer discounted pricing on international airfare in First & Business Class.


Please note that Easy Tours is only providing advice and, upon a guest’s request, introducing you to international airfare consolidator(s). We accept no responsibility for the actions and inactions of the consolidator(s) or other service providers we refer you to, or for any changes in quality and/or service schedule by the airlines/flights that we recommend. Easy Tours does not accept commissions from airlines or consolidators. It is the guest's responsibility to confirm, pay for, and process all transactions concerning travel to and from your tour destination(s) directly with the service provider. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.
Easy Tours and its affiliates are not responsible, in any sense of the term, for hardship or loss (financial or otherwise) caused by delays, cancellations, and any changes in the international flight or airline requirements, or by a traveler wanting to change or cancel their international travel and being unable to do so. Neither Easy Tours, nor any of its affiliates, are party to, or responsible for, any and all events or circumstances relating to this travel. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.



Flight & Hotel Delays and Cancellations: We strongly recommend that all our guests secure travel insurance for their tour. If your international arrival is delayed, there are no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights.

If you miss any domestic flights due to delays not caused by Easy Tours, the fares we book are nonrefundable. Also, please note that last minute ticket prices are going to be higher. Although Easy Tours only uses our destinations best airlines and makes every effort to use domestic flights that offer back-ups with later flights in case of a cancellation or significant delay, this is not always possible in every itinerary.


Hotel nights lost due to domestic travel cancellations have no last-minute refunds for missed hotel nights. Travel insurance to cover such expenses is available and strongly recommended.


Tours begin & end on the days specified. Airline & hotel reservations are made well in advance by Easy Tours. Please make sure that you make room for delays, both at the START, and the END of your tour. You can lose out on part, or all, of your tour (depending on how tardy you are). Any guest that is not at their chosen starting point (airport, hotel or similar location) at the scheduled time, is considered a "No Show"*. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Prices: All rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and in US dollars. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request. All prices, except for booked guests, are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Easy Tours.

Guest Payments: We require a payment of $1000.00 per person + on-tour flight costs as an initial deposit for most tours. If not listed, single supplements are available upon request in the 'Comments" section in each 'Reservation Inquiry Form'.

Secure Card Processing. Our credit card processor, PayPal, uses the highest level of secure processes and servers to process your electronic payments. For online reservations the initial deposit can be made by credit card on the tour page’s reservation form. If you would rather use another form of payment for the initial deposit or any subsequent payment, please call us or use the contact us form.
Final Payment. The balance of the cost of your tour is required at least 95 days prior to the start of your tour. Reservations made with less than 95 days remaining will require immediate full payment. Reservations that include any travel dates falling between December 20th and January 5th will require full payment 125 days prior to the start of the tour.


Guest Failure to Pay Final Payment On Time: If Easy Tours does not receive, or is unable to process your payment on the contractual due date as outlined in your COAP (contract), we reserve the full right to cancel your reservation and process a refund of your payments after subtracting the agreed upon Cancellation Costs as listed in these Terms and Conditions.


Quoted tour costs do not include: Hotel stays before and after your tour, unless specified on your individual itinerary. Those costs can be quoted on request. Small Group Tours include all breakfasts and lunches while touring, and usually a special dinner experience or more.
Excess baggage charges are not included unless specified by us – it is the guests’ responsibility to ascertain that their baggage dimensions and weight comply with the airline requirements. Costs of Visas are not included.



Cancellations by the Guest Process: Cancellations are processed as detailed below:

A request for cancellation will only be valid if it is received through the Alteration/Cancellation Form on our web site. There is a link to the Form this near the top of your COAP (electronic contract).

Within 2 business days of receiving your request for cancellation request, Easy Tours will send you a link to your Cancellation Agreement which details the exact amount contractually refundable to you, if any. Once we receive your acceptance of this agreement, Easy Tours will process your refund promptly as described in the Refund section in these Terms and Conditions.


Cancellation Costs:


On-Tour Air Travel Cancellation Costs Airline tickets purchased by Easy Tours for travel that is part of your tour are partially refundable, and each flight’s refundability varies. Hence, cancellation costs for issued on-tour flights have to be calculated on an individual basis, partially based on when a guest cancels. We strongly recommend travel insurance for your protection.


Land Tour Cancellation Costs (On-Tour Flights are nonrefundable)

For travel dates not including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:


(a) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.


(b) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $750.00, or 15% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.


(c) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 35% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.


(d) Cancellations received between thirty-five days and seven days remaining till your visit begins, are charged 80% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.


(e) If less than 7 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "No Show"* and does not qualify for a refund.
Land Tour Cancellation Costs for travel dates including any date between Dec. 20th – January 5th:


If any of your travel dates fall between December 20th & January 5th, the following cancellations costs apply. In very few instances some lodging providers only offer non-refundable rates during this period. If a hotel has such restrictions, this will be clearly noted on your payment terms before you make a payment, superseding the below terms.

(a) Cancellations received by us at least 125 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $500.00, or 7% of the total Land Cost of your visit + the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.


(b) Cancellations received by us at least 95 days before your tour originates, are charged the higher amount (per person) out of US $1000.00, or 25% of the total Land Cost of your visit + the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.

(c) Cancellations received by us between 95 days and 65 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 60% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.

(d) Cancellations received between 65 days and 35 days remaining till your visit begins are charged 80% of the total Land Cost of your visit+ the significant cancellation costs of your on-tour flights.

(e) If less than 35 days remain, a cancellation is considered a "no show"* and does not qualify for a refund.


International Airline Tickets Cancellation & Change Costs: Your flights before and after your tour will incur Cancellation & Change Charges as specified by the Airlines & Consolidators in their direct communications and the travel documents they provide you. Certain airfares cannot be cancelled and are either non-refundable and do not permit any changes, or can be changed with an extra charge. If you asked Easy Tours to refer you to a consolidator or airline, we are in no way involved in any cancellation or change that you or the airlines/consolidators make and will not be involved in refunds or other compensation of any kind for the airline tickets or any other fees tendered to them.


Pandemics & Other Similar Circumstances: The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in extremely significant losses to travel companies including Easy Tours. The main reason was the refusal to issue refunds by some hotels and airlines, even though their country was closed. Guests who were affected by such policies understandably feel aggrieved when travel companies pass the non-recoverable costs on to the guest if the guest only wants to cancel. We apologize, but we are unable to refund amounts that we cannot recoup from our suppliers in the case of a pandemic or other similar major disaster.

Changes After Reservation: Additions (hotel nights and/or transfer services) to your tour package after your acceptance of the COAP (Confirmation of Availability Package) are done as available by Easy Tours. We ask all guests to consider adding additional night(s) upon arrival, and possibly departure, when reserving their tour.

Very infrequently, small changes may be made to your itinerary, which we reserve the right to do so at any time, and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. These changes may be the result of Force Majeure or other similar reasons that are beyond our control, such as weather conditions, delays in departures, strikes or riots, overbookings or closure of a hotel, decisions taken by Tourist Organizations and/or State Governments, etc. This may result in an alteration of the itinerary, omission of a destination, or changing the time spent in a particular destination.


Refunds When Guest Cancels: All payments for transportation, or travel service, not provided to the passenger shall be promptly refunded, in accordance with the agreed-to terms and conditions, unless the passenger otherwise instructs the Easy Tours in writing.

If you cancel your tour, or do not make payments as per the agreed upon schedule, Easy Tours shall process your refund (after deducting the agreed upon Cancellation Costs as listed in these Terms and Conditions, in less than 7 business days from the earliest of the following dates:

(1) The scheduled date of departure.

(2) The day the passenger requests a refund by cancelling as per the policy defined in the cancellation section.


Tour Cancellation by Easy Tours & Refunds: In the extremely unlikely event that we are unable to provide the tour package due to force majeure, we will process the refund of all your payments within seven business days from the day that we become aware of this inability. In the event of cancellation due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond Easy Tours’ control (such as a natural disaster), Easy Tours will refund all your money within 14 business days of cancellation, after adjusting for any unrecoverable payments already tendered to our suppliers, for which we will provide you with concrete evidence.
Financial Liability of Easy Tours: Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the payments made directly by you and/or your fellow travelers to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies. Easy Tours Inc.'s liability in any and all cases will be limited to a refund of the contractually valid part of the payments made directly by you to us, subject to our cancellation and refund policies.


Release of Liability Indemnifying Easy Tours: Besides looking after our guests’ comfort and enjoyment, Easy Tours does its best to ensure that you travel, explore, and reside in a safe and risk-free environment. However, Easy Tours is not responsible, in any sense of the term, for the safety, health, and/or condition, of any guest’s person, their wards, or their property.

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, expressly acknowledge that you are cognizant of any and all risks that are involved in travel to other nations and the related arrangements for trips of this nature, and fully disclaim, waive and discharge Easy Tours (including its shareholders, management, directors, and employees) from any and all liability, claims. damages, loss, or responsibilities, including damage to or loss of your property, or injury or death to you and/or any and each person on your tour as listed on your COAP, with regard to the proposed tour and/or travel package, and arrangements made with respect thereto, even if caused by the negligence of any airlines, transportation companies, hotels, restaurants, or any other party providing services or accommodations included in the tour/visit.

You, on behalf of yourself and each person on your tour as listed in your COAP, also expressly acknowledge and agree with the fact Easy Tours will not be liable for any claims, losses, damages for delayed or lost baggage or other property, or any loss of intangibles such as pleasure, or feelings of disappointment, distress, or frustration, whether mental or physical, which may have resulted from any act or omission of any party, including Easy Tours, providing services to you during your tour and/or travel package.

Easy Tours is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that you incur as a result of a cancelled booking, including visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, nonrefundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment.


Guaranteed Small Group Departures. A departure date for a Small Group Tour offered by the Easy Tours will become a guaranteed departure when at least one booking secured by a valid deposit has been made on that departure. Easy Tours has No Minimum Group Size Requirements for our Guaranteed Departures. You may be the Only Traveler(s) on your Group Tour Departure Date. Easy Tours does not cancel our guaranteed departures once a booking has been secured and payments made for any Group Departure date. Where a significant element of a Tour as described cannot be provided after the departure date, Easy Tours will make suitable alternative arrangements.


*No Show's*: Are defined in our above terms and do not qualify for any refunds for any part of their tour. Your acceptance of your COAP is your legal, binding, & unconditional acceptance of the preceding statement, both for yourself and on behalf of any and all fellow travelers listed on your COAP.


Site Content: The descriptions and views expressed on this web site are based on the knowledge and opinions of the management of Easy Tours. There is no guarantee of accuracy, implied or otherwise, in these descriptions and views.



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