Multi-Day Tour | Private

Yunnan & Laos: Jewels of the Mighty Mekong (15 days)

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Lijiang, China To Champasak, Laos

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Lijiang, China
The Bivou None

- Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang (altitude. 2,400m)

- Depending on time of arrival, relax in the hotel or explore the small paths and canals that weave through Lijiang Old Town

- Visit the Dongba Culture Museum for a closer look at minority culture and history

Day 2
Lijiang, China
The Bivou Breakfast, Lunch

- Take a short hike up to Puji Temple for an open view of the surrounding countryside]

- Take part in a morning prayer ceremony

- Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang Basin

- Enjoy a leisurely hike around the scenic countryside of Weihai

Day 3
Lijiang, China
Dali, China
Sky Valley Heritage/ Linden Centre Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Travel along the Ancient Tea and Horse Road to Tiger Leaping Gorge

- Hike through Tiger Leaping Gorge’s rugged and rocky landscape

- Stop by the historic market town of Shaxi and visit the towns old temples

- Arrive in Dali

Day 4
Dali, China
Sky Valley Heritage/ Linden Centre Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns

- Bike through Erhai lake’s verdant surroundings

- Hone your cooking skills in a cooking lesson in a local home

- Travel back in time by walking around Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains

- Attend a traditional Bai minority “Three Cup Tea” ceremony and dinner

Day 5
Jinghong, China
Dali, China
Crown Plaza Breakfast, Dinner

- Take your direct flight to Xishuangbanna

- Travel to Jinghong

- Spend the afternoon at your leisure

Day 6
Jinghong, China
Muang La, Laos
Muang La Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Cross the border into Laos

- Stop by Namdeng Nua village, home to the Lantern minority whose distinctive indigo clothes are lined with a pink trim

- View the 400 year old statue of Buddha in Pra Singkham Temple, which is believed to have supernatural powers

- Arrive in the calm natural surroundings of Muang La

- Unwind at the end of the day by enjoying a soak in Muang La’s famous hot springs or treat yourself to  a traditional Lao massage

Day 7
Muang La, Laos
Muang La Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OPTION 1

- Trek from Pak Khai through rice terraces and small villages, meeting local farmers along the way

- Stop to rest at a hilltop village of Ban Phavie, home to the animist Khmu minority

- End your trek at a local waterfall


OPTION 2

- Visit an isolated village home to the Akha minority, known for the elaborate headdresses and occasionally blackened teeth

- Visit a Hmong village to learn more about this minority’s way of life and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding area

Day 8
Muang La, Laos
Nong Khiaw, Laos
Nong Khiaw Mandala Ou Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Embark on a tranquil river cruise from Muang Khua down the Nam Ou

- Pass by forested slopes and remote villages only accessible boat

- Explore Ban Sob Jaem, a Khmu and Hmong village whose residents hand make brightly colored scarves

- Relax with a beach barbeque


- Optional: Bike to the nearby caves after arriving in Nong Khiaw

Day 9
Luang Prabang, Laos
Nong Khiaw, Laos
Burasari Heritage/ Maison Souvannaphoum-Angsana Breakfast

- Drive along the Nam Ou to the Pak Ou caves, which are crammed with hundreds of Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes

- Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang

- In the evening, you will be honored in an elaborate Baci ceremony in a local family’s home, a special Lao ritual that involves calling parts of your soul back to you

Day 10
Luang Prabang, Laos
Burasari Heritage/ Maison Souvannaphoum-Angsana Breakfast, Lunch

Optional: rise early in the morning to partake in the daily ritual of tak bat, almsgiving to monks

- Learn about Laotian history at the Royal Palace Museum, which blends Lao and French Beaux Arts style

- Admire Wat Xiengthong, the Golden City Temple, whose dramatically sloping roofs nearly hit the ground

- Enrich your knowledge at Ock Pop Tock, a social enterprise devoted to Lao Textiles

- Visit Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun, nicknamed “the watermelon stupa” for its rotundity

- Stop by the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, a private museum devoted to the country’s myriad of ethnicities

- From the top of Mount Phousi, enjoy a commanding view of Luang Prabang and the Mekong while the sun sinks slowly into the horizon

- (this day can be either a bicycle or walking tour)

Day 11
Luang Prabang, Laos
Burasari Heritage/ Maison Souvannaphoum-Angsana Breakfast, Lunch

- At the Living Lands Organic Farm, learn about harvesting and making food from rice

- Picnic by the glassy waters of the three tiered Kuang Si Falls

- Meet the Asiatic black bear at the Bear Rescue Center

- Float along the Mekong to the village of Ban Chan, famous for its pottery

Day 12
Luang Prabang, Laos
None Breakfast

- Depart Luang Prabang (Direct flights are available to Bangkok, Siem Reap, Vietianne and Hanoi)

Day 13
Champasak, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
The River Resort Breakfast

DAY12

- Take a morning flight from Luang Prabang to Pakse INTERNAL NOTE: NOT DURING WEEKENDS

- Stop at Tad Fane waterfall in the Bolaven Plateau

- Enjoy a cup of locally grown coffee at a coffee plantation

- Arrive in Champasak


DAY13

- Relax on a cruise around the Si Pahn Don archipelago- Bike past forests and rice fields around the island of Don Khon- View the waters of Khone Phapheng Falls, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia

Day 14
Champasak, Laos
The River Resort Breakfast

- Watch the sunrise at the ruins of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wat Phou

- Spend the rest of the day at your leisure in Champasak

Day 15
Champasak, Laos
None Breakfast

- Departure flight from Pakse

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Description

The land beyond the clouds and the jewel of the Mekong are as similar as they are different. Both are abundant in lush plant life and are home to a number of ethnic groups with their own languages and traditions and both have been through a tumultuous twentieth century, ending up under communist rule. This is perhaps where the similarities end – Laos remains a deeply Buddhist country and sees considerably less tourism than its neighbors. Weave your way through the small paths of Lijiang Old Town, partake in a traditional Bai tea ceremony, cruise along the Mekong, and explore a riverside cave crammed with Buddhist statues.

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