17 June 2017
Chiang Mai – Ubon Ratchathani
Depart from Chiang Mai to Ubon Ratchathani via Bangkok.
Arrive at the Ubon Ratchathani International Airport.
Visit Ban Pa Ao , which is famed for its handcrafted bronze ware and silk weaving. It is one of the oldest villages in the province, with ancestors of the villagers who migrated from Vientiane, Laos PDR , some 200 years ago and inherited the skills over five generations. Then, visit Ban Chi Tuan to witness a very unique pulpit. The Buddhist pulpit in the shape of a legendary lion comes with decorative stucco, multi-layer wooden roof, and paintings in the Vietnamese style.
Check in to the accommodation. (Tohsang Khongjiam Resort, Ubon Ratchathani)
Visit Wat Sirindhorn Wararam. The hilltop Buddhist temple has become a new landmark among the great mountain view. Inspired by the famous Wat Xiengthong of Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. ,the temple’s chapel mirrors influence of the Lan Xang culture. The highlight is the mural of a green Kanlapaphruek tree on the back wall of the chapel, which glows beautifully after sunset.
,18 June , 2017
Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse
Depart for Pha Taem National Park to a enjoy a beautiful sunrise view over Lao PDR’s mountainous landscape and the Mekong River. The National Park features the plateaus, hills, sheer cliffs resulting from earthquakes. Pha Taem houses extensive cliff paintings , which date back 3,000-4,000 years ago. Witness “Sao Chaliang” or the earth pillars. The mushroom - shaped stone pillars have been carved out by wind and water for millions of years. Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart for the Chong Mek immigration check point and cross the border into Lao PDR .
Visit Vat Phou, a Khmer Hindu temple complex, which was enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage in 2002. The oldest stone sanctuary contains some of the most ancient Khmer architecture built between the 7-11th centuries before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Check into the accommodation.
19 June, 2017
Travel back to the French Colonial era at the village of Ban Khone, where some old Colonial houses still stand. Get a glimpse of the first Lao railway with its own locomotive and continue exploring “Si Phan Don” , or the area of the 4,000 islands leisurely by boat.
Visit the stunning Li Phi Falls, which forms a natural border between Lao PDR, and Cambodia. Then, return to Ban Nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the East'.
Lunch at the waterfall.
Visit Don Khong, the largest island in the Mekong River. Learn to live your life at a slow pace on the peaceful island and its stunning nature. This section of the Mekong River is home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.
Check in at the accommodation.
20 June , 2017
Make an excursion to the Tad Lo Waterfall via the plateau of Boloven, where tea and coffee plantations produce the famous Lao coffee. Explore and learn about the traditional coffee and tea making process.
Visit the ethnic villages of Ban Tateng to experience the traditional lifestyles of the Alack, Katu and Nge ethnic tribes. Then, explore the wilderness of southern Lao PDR. and relax at the Tad Lo Waterfall.
Transfer back to Pakse and proceed to the border checkpoint.
Check in at the accommodation.(Thosang Khongjiam Resort, Ubon Ratchathani)
Take a boat trip to see Maenam Song Si, the spot where the brown water of the
Mekong River and the blue water of the Mun River join together.
21 June, 2017
Ubon Ratcha Thani - Bangkok
Enjoy the local experience of weaving with traditional wooden looms and indigo dyeing at the Once Upon a Time coffee house.
Pay homage to Wat Phra That Nong Bua, one of the important temples in Ubon Ratchathani. The temple’s highlight is Sri Maha Pho Chedi , which was built to honour the 2,500 years of Buddhism. The gleaming gold and white pagoda loosely resembles the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India. Then, visit Wat Thung Si Mueang to see the blending art of Thai, Burmese and Laotian styles. Do not miss “Ho Trai”, a beautiful wooden building on stilts, which houses the Tripitaka.
Also, learn about the great craftsmanship at the candle carving demonstration of Wat Sri Pradu’s local learning centre. A marvelous candle procession is part of a famous festival held annually at the beginning of Buddhist Lent.
Depart for Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok and check-in at the hotel.