Here you have it – for travellers who like to get up close and personal to the countries they visit by trekking, cycling, cruising and kayaking their way through the countries of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. This amazing multi-sport tour of the Asian Golden Triangle has been curated to provide maximum assistance and structure to adventurers who want to get into Asia and explore.
Expect a mix of accommodation throughout and meals where indicated on the itinerary. There is a mix of days for sightseeing and relaxing but in a nutshell – 1 hard day of exercise, 3 medium days and 5 relatively easy days of sporting exertion. Consequently you should be reasonably fit, remember it can be hot and humid.
This private Asia tour can run with a minimum of 2 guests or invite your friends and family up to a maximum of 15. Anything beyond that is possible but we will work with our agents in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos to fine tune the accommodation and transportation detail.
Sorry, single supplements apply – prices are based on twin or double room occupancy.
Our services include:
- Luggage transfer
- Plenty of water per person per trekking day
- Snacks and local fruit
- Cold towels
- 1 Certified, English speaking guide
- 1 assistant guide for 11-15 pax, 2 assistant guides for 16+ pax
- Vehicles: (varies based on local conditions and vehicle sizes available)
- 1 first aid kit per guide
- Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
- Accommodation as listed.
- Flight reconfirmation
Our services don’t include:
- Visa arrangements / Personal Travel Insurance
- Soft drinks or beverages beyond water /Beverage and alcoholic drinks at mealtimes/ Energy drinks or powders, performance bars, or performance gels (Gatorade, Powerbars, Gu, Isostar, etc)
- Meals other than mentioned
- Personal expenditure (laundry, telephone etc.)
- Credit card/bank transfer fees
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the itinerary and in the inclusive portion
- Additional language speaking guides
We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips.
The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
In Thailand our services include:
When necessary, an additional local guide for 8-16 travellers and 2 assistant guides for 17+ travellers will be made available.
In Laos our services include:
Additional local guide for 8-16 pax, 2 assistant guides for 17+ pax
Vehicles: Private air conditioned backup vehicle, local trucks for carrying the bikes
10 litre dry bag storage for phone, wallet, camera, etc ; provided
Day 1: Yangon (-/-/-)
Welcome to the Golden Land! Welcome to Yangon!
Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is a relatively quiet and charming city. Its impressive colonial and spiritual heritage makes it one of the most fascinating cities in Southeast Asia.
Upon arrival at Yangon International Airport, you will be welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel downtown. The ride into the city is a journey in its own as you pass the serene Inya Lake, centuries old temples, lush green gardens which mix with the hustle and bustle of a major city in the middle of rapid growth.
Venture downtown to explore the city centre and its fabulous mix of architecture and sites. The streets are filled with historical buildings many of which have a faded colonial charm not seen elsewhere in Asia. You’ll start at the post office – a lovely historic building- and walk to Sule Paya in the middle of downtown, passing by Strand Hotel, Mahabandoola Garden and Independence Monument along the way. Then visit Little India and Chinatown, a colourful cacophony of restaurants, temples and markets.
From here, continue to Shwedagon Pagoda the most revered Buddhist temple in Myanmar. Although the origins of the pagoda are unclear, the local legend states that the original structure was built 2500 years ago then renovated several times until taking its current shape in the 15th century. The 8-sided central stupa is 99 meters tall and gilded with gold leaf and is surrounded by 64 smaller stupas and your guide will show you around the massive complex, explaining why this temple is so revered. Enjoy breath-taking views of the golden stupa from this vantage point.
Overnight in Yangon.
Accommodation: Reno, Yangon. Standard Hotel/Deluxe Room (1 night)
Distance and journey time: Transfer from airport to hotel: 45 mins
Day 2: Yangon – Kengtung (B/L/D)
Transfer to Yangon Airport and fly to Kengtung.
Located in a lush valley deep in the Shan State, Kengtung reflects the old fashioned culture of traditional Shan people. Far removed from more conventional travel destinations in Middle Burma, Kengtung and its surrounding region offer an in depth glimpse into the rural Hill Tribe life of Myanmar which is still unblemished by time and the western world.
The Shan State, particularly the Kengtung region, has been a crossroads for cultural and ethnic diversity in Myanmar. There are 9 primary ethnic groups in the area with multiple subsets. This part of the Shan State is a true taste of the Golden Triangle, as the Shans of the region closely resemble the Thai and Lao in language and customs.
After checking in and freshening up at the hotel, set off with your guide to explore the city streets of Kengtung. Stop at a traditional Shan tea shop and enjoy a cup green tea with a tofu cake on the side (cost not included).
Walk in to the city’s centre and visit the 19th century Maha Muni Pagoda and the Ho Khong Temple.
This evening, round out your introduction to Shan culture by dining at a traditional Shan noodle house for a bowl of Shan khout swe, a warm sticky noodle salad.
Overnight in Kengtung.
Accommodation: Kengtung Princess. Standard Hotel/ Superior Room (3 nights)
Distance and journey time: Transfer from Kengtung to hotel: up to 15 mins
Day 3: Kengtung – Water Buffalo Auction – Pin Tauk – Hwe Lon – Ann Village (B/L/-)
Wake up early this morning for a unique experience – attending Kentung’s Water Buffalo auction. Farmers from surrounding hill tribes come to the local market to buy, sell, and trade these gentle and hardworking beasts of agriculture. Observe the fierce and fast talking negotiations, business as usual in the hill tribes of Myanmar.
(TOUR NOTE: Kengtung Water Buffalo Auction is on a 3 day schedule. This activity can be scheduled on day 3, 4, or 5 of the itinerary so time schedule is subject to change)
This is also a great opportunity to compare the diverse styles of dress unique to each individual village next to one another. Later this morning, you will become more intimate with these different tribes and customs as you walk into the hills and enter their villages. During your cultural treks through the Shan Hills, it is highly likely that you will encounter languages so unique that only a handful of villages still use them to communicate.
Later in the morning, you will transfer to Pin Tauk village, the starting point of today’s trek. Set off on foot, trekking 45 minutes to 1 hour to the Akha village of Hwe Lon. Spend some time in the village and interact with the locals to discover more about their unique customs and daily lifestyle.
After a picnic lunch, resume trekking to an Ann Village (approximately 30 minutes). The Ann minority is known for their traditional black dress and blackened teeth. After walking around the town and having a tea at a family home, you will walk the incline to the top of Lone Tree Hill for panoramic views of your surroundings.
After a long day of buffalo auctions and trekking to remote hill tribe villages, your private transport will be waiting to take you back to the city of Kengtung.
Overnight in Kengtung.
Distance and journey time: Transfer to the start point: up to 1.5 hours
Trekking: up to 2 hours/Difficulty: Very Easy
Day 4: Kengtung – Mong La – Wan Nyet (B/L/-)
You’re complete immersion into rural Myanmar Shan life continues early this morning as you road trip to the small village of Mong La. The drive follows a winding road with gorgeous views of mountains dotted with tribal villages and plantations. After around 2 hours’ drive (40 km), we’ll arrive at the trailhead.
The first hour of the trek features rolling, hilly terrain but mostly 20 to 30 degree slope. Along the way, we will stop at a 300 year old wooden monastery with original carvings and paintings on both the interior and exterior walls. Inside the Buddha room, there are paintings of Jakata stories, ancient Buddha images and other impressive religious figures and furniture.
Continue a short way to Wan Nyat, a unique long house village of the Loi people. The long houses of the Loi are typically the homes of multiple generations of multiple families. The long houses are a beautifully poignant representation of the role of community and family to this rarely visited people.
You will continue hiking one more hour as your trail begins to flatten out along a bamboo forest until you reach a Loi village named Wang Seng. The largest monastery in the area is located in this remote village and you will stop for a nice relaxing lunch.
After your visits, return to the vehicle and transfer back to Kengtung. Freshen up at the hotel and then head out to a local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight in Kengtung.
Distance and journey time: Transfer to the start point: 2 hours
Trekking: up to 3 hours/Difficulty: Easy
Day 5: Kengtung – Tachileik – Mae Sai (Border Cross) (B/L/D)
This morning visit the morning wet market and enjoy a traditional Shan breakfast of Shan Yey Sein, a pork and chicken broth noodle soup garnished with coriander, dry chilies, garlic chips, pickled greens, and minced chicken/pork. Have one last quick shop at the market before your 3 hour transfer to the border town of Tachileik.
At Tachileik, enjoy one last taste of Myanmar with a local lunch before your Myanmar guide escorts you through immigration and customs.
Cross the border from Myanmar to Thailand and meet your new guide and cycling team at the bustling border town of Mai Sai, in Thailand. From here we take an easy, flat ride to the south east, all the way to The Golden Triangle area of Sop Ruak and the Mekong River. The undulating paved roads makes for a pleasant ride with only one or a few major climbs depending on the route chosen for the day.
After about 30 km -just by the river bed- take a look around the opium museum to gain insight into the regions infamous opium growing history, then along the mighty Mekong river we ride the remaining kilometers to the hotel. Time permitting, we cycle the ancient ruins of the old Chiang Saen city walls and visit the beautiful pagoda of Wat Pa Sak.
Dinner and Overnight in Chiang Sean.
Accommodation: Chiang Saen Siam Triangle First Class Hotel /Deluxe Room
Distance and journey time: Transfer from the market to Tachileik: up to 3 hours
Cycling: up to 40km / Difficulty: Easy
Day 6: Chiang Saen - Chiang Kong (B/L/D)
The Mekong River is the 12th largest rivers in the world starting in China and flowing all the way to Cambodia, its basin is one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.
After breakfast, checkout and a quick brief on today’s route which is all about the Mekong River as we continue our journey following its magnificent banks looking over into Laos all the way to Chiang Kong. The ride is divided into three portions where the beginning and the end follows the river and the portion in between – approx. 30km – is a more rural inland area. We are riding paved undulating roads from start to end.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
We end the day with a few climbs that take us to our beautiful bamboo lodge with sweeping valley views that are bound to take your breath away. Lanjia Lodge is set in a Hmong village so tonight you will be treated not only a delicious meal but also to a Hmong cultural dance!
Overnight in Chiang Kong.
Accommodation: Chiang Khong, Lanjia Lodge. First Class (Lodge)/Standard Room
Distance and journey time: Cycling: up to 75km/ Difficulty: Medium
Day 7: Chiang Kong - Phu Chi Fah (B/L/D)
We ride out of Chiang Khong and head south to Phu Chi Fah, known as one of the seven natural wonders of Thailand for its stunning viewpoint.
Today’s ride is mostly flat, we ride in an open landscape on paved country roads passing through rural Thai communities. After approximately 40km stop for local lunch at a Thai village. After lunch cycle for another 20 or so kilometers until reaching the foot of Phu Chi Fah and Khun Tan District. Transfer from here the remaining 25 kilometers to our resort up the mountain. Alternatively, challenge the mountain and take on the 2000 meter ascend by bike!
This mountainous area borders Laos and offers a sunset that makes the journey well worth it! We will transfer by vehicle for the final leg of the day. Tonight we are well off the touristic beaten track so our accommodations will be basic but clean and comfortable in a simple mountain lodge. It’s early to bed tonight to catch the spectacular sunrise tomorrow!
Dinner and Overnight in Phu Chi Fah
Accommodation: Phu Chi Fah Upcountry Bungalows Standard Hotel/ ROH
Distance and journey time: Transfer from Phu Chi Fah to the resort: 30-45 minutes
Cycling: up to 65km (excluding ascend to Phu Chi Fah)/ Difficulty: Medium
Day 8: Phu Chi Fah – Chiang Khong (B/L/D)
We wake before sunrise (05:00) and transfer to one of the most stunning sunrise viewpoints in all of Thailand. We join local Thai adventurers and take the 800m walk to the cliff top and then wait for the majestic beauty of the morning to rise.
After watching the sun rise, continue explore the area and the mysterious mountains at Phu Chi Fah. We visit a local Thai – Lao market to see textiles crafts from the area. Later continue to the hot waterfall at Phu Sang National Park. Make sure to bring your bathing suit for a swim in the river!
Lunch is picnic/bbq style on the mountain.
Later in the day transfer north back to the hotel situated close to the Laos border at Huay Xai for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Chiang Khong
Accommodation: Chiang Khong Teak Garden First Class Hotel/Deluxe Room
Distance and journey time: Transfer from Phu Chi Fah to the hotel: 2 hours
Trekking: 3 – 4 hours / Difficulty: Easy
Day 9: Chiang Khong – Houey Xay – Pakbeng (Border Pass) (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to the Thai – Laos border at Houey Xay.
Cross the border from Thailand to Laos around 0800 at Houey Xay, where your new guide will be here to greet you and escort you to your private boat.
The Mekong River, Asia’s 7th longest river, is referred by Laotians as “the mother of waters”. This trip willl give you the chance to truly experience life along this mythical river. Travel responsibly and help isolated local communities along the river finish building their schools. During this trip, you will only be using a minivan twice for transfer; the rest of the trip, you way of transportation will be by boat and kayak!
Today, relax and enjoy observing the authentic rural life of hill tribe settlements along the river, while cruising down to Pakbeng; a small town lined with wooden houses along a steep street on the hillside.
Enjoy a delicious local lunch onboard the boat as you continue your cruise along the scenic Mekong River.
Late this afternoon, you will reach the town of Pakbeng. At halfway between Houei Xay and Luang Prabang, Pakbeng is necessarily a stop for the slow boats. Depending on the water speed, you may reach Pakbeng in time to watch the sun set over the river from the balcony of your room.
Enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Overnight in Pakbeng Lodge.
Accommodation: Pak Beng. Pak Beng Lodge First Class hotel/Deluxe Room
Distance and journey time: Transfer by boat: 8 hrs
Day 10: Pakbeng- Ban Lad Khammoune (B/L/D)
After breakfast, checkout and continue your cruise down to the village of Ban Lad Khammoune.
Lunch upon arrival.
After lunch, you will experience authentic untouched village culture, where the river is the only access to the outside world. No roads, cars, bikes, distributed power or phones. Try your hand at traditional crafts, or hike up to the falls to see how they generate their electricity, or even teach a little English in the village school.
Dinner at village chief’s Homestay.
After dinner, there will be a welcoming Baci ceremony attended by village elders (a very humbling experience), and you’ll be entertained by the village ensemble along with the school dance troupe dancing graceful, traditional Laos dances, who may invite you to join in. Later, perhaps we could enjoy a campfire on the beach.
Overnight at homestay.
Accommodation: Ban Lad Khammoune Homestay Basic Hotel/Basic Room
Distance and journey time: Transfer by boat: 4 hrs
Day 11: Ban Lad Khammoune- Ban Kok Kham- Kayaking (B/L/D)
Pack up your belongings and enjoy a typically local breakfast, which will be followed by guide briefing on kayaks, equipment and safety procedures.
Then depart for Ban Kok Phu 15kms downstream about 2 hours later. You’ll be accompanied by a local fisherman in a support boat with all your gear who knows this section of the river like the back of his hand. Lunch on an isolated riverbank beside a stream or at the village, explore village and surroundings.
After lunch we visit the school and trek the short distance up to the water fall.
At 1400 we set off downriver for the campsite passing Ban Lad Hane and around 1600 we will stop for the night on the sand beach opposite Ban Kok Kham, where the villagers will help us to prepare the camp, and collect fire wood to prepare our BBQ dinner.
This kayaking trip from Ban Lad Khammune to Luang Prabang is an explorer’s trip of a lifetime. The Mekong is only a Grade 1-2 river over this section, but depending on the season can sometimes prove challenging in parts, due to the sheer volume of water that also makes for effortless paddling.
Overnight camping along the Mekong riverbanks.
Accommodation: Ban Kok Kham Camping Basic/Basic
Distance and journey time: Kayaking: 6-7 hrs / Difficulty: Hard
Day 12: Ban Kok Kham- Pak Ou Caves- Luang Prabang- Kayaking (B/L/-)
After Breakfast, we start back off on our kayaks for an early departure downstream towards Luang Prabang.
Stop off to discover the mythical Pak Ou caves, carved in the wall of a karst mountain at the confluence of the Nam Ou River and the great Mekong.
For lunch, cross over the river for lunch at a restaurant with a picturesque view of the caves.
After lunch, we will depart for Wat Dom Koom, a small deserted temple on an island in the middle of the Mekong for refreshments.
We will arrive in Luang Prabang in the mid-afternoon at the boat pier in town, right behind the former Royal Palace. Your driver will be here to transfer you to your hotel, where you can enjoy some free to time to relax.
This evening, enjoy strolling down the night market and admire local ethnic handcrafts for sale, a great occasion to buy souvenirs.
For dinner tonight, we leave you at leisure to discover the town and eat at the restaurant of your choice.
Overnight at My Dream Resort.
Accommodation: Luang Prabang. My Dream Resort First Class Hotel/Bungalow Deluxe (2nights)
Distance and journey time: Kayaking: 6 hrs/ Difficulty: Medium
Day 13: Luang Prabang- City Tour Cycling (B/L/D)
For the early birds, you could participate or observe in the Morning Alms Giving next to Vat Xieng Thong.
On your way back to the hotel for breakfast, stop by the Morning Market to uncover various curiosities.
The former royal capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is a tranquil town that sits on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Kham Rivers. In this guided tour by city bike, you will discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of this charming town with visits to French Indochinese buildings and ancient Buddhist temples.
Start your city tour from the hotel, where your bikes will be waiting for you, to the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum) where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Next stop is the Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics. Finish with the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).
We will then cycle further out of town towards the Ock Pop Tok Learning Crafts Center for lunch in their charming garden Silk Road Café, along the Mekong river.
After lunch, take a guided tour around the Learning Crafts Center by one of their specialized guides who will teach and explain the stages and styles of weaving; a much diversified handicraft, ingrained in Lao and tribal traditions.
We will then ride back to your resort to take a rest, enjoy the facilities and relax. This end of afternoon at leisure.
If you’re willing, we can meet up later around 1700 and climb the Phousi Mountain to admire a panoramic view of the town during sunset!
For your farewell dinner, enjoy your meal at Tangor, one of the most popular spots on the peninsula, offering original fusion cuisine.
Overnight at My Dream Resort.
Distance and journey time: Cycling: 5km / Difficulty: Easy
Day 14: Luang Prabang- Departure (B/-/-)
After Breakfast, you at leisure until your airport transfer for flight back home.
Distance and journey time: Transfer to Airport: 15min
An itinerary may at times be altered by our guides due to local conditions, the skill of participants and other unexpected circumstances. Our priority is always the experience and safety of our clients