Day 1 Chiang Mai
Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Chiang Mai/Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Transfer into the jungle highlands of northwest Thailand with a lunch stopover in Pai. Meet your local hosts and lend a hand making dinner using regional products and traditional cooking methods. Included Activities: Baan Jabo Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 3 Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Walk to the fields surrounding the village to learn about (or even opt to help out with!) local farming practices before visiting a prehistoric wooden coffin cave. Dine on a typical jungle lunch. In the afternoon, learn about the local education system with a visit to a school. Learn about the Lahu culture and traditional activities. Try bamboo weaving, make a Lahu bag and learn how to play a Lahu instrument. Opt to help out with dinner preparation. Included Activities: Baan Jabo Homestay Prehistoric Wooden Coffin Cave Visit
Day 4 Ban Jabo (1B, 1L, 1D)
Walk to another hilltribe community in the area to learn about the Shan people, the local masters of irrigation and wet rice farming. Enjoy the views and take in a new way of life in the community before walking back to Baan Jabo. Additional Notes: It is always an option to spend all day in the Baan Jabo community, skipping the walk. Included Activities: Baan Jabo Homestay Hilltribe Walk
Day 5 Ban Jabo/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
Say goodbye to your local hosts and buy any last minute hand-crafted goods before transferring back to Chiang Mai for a final evening with the group. Included Activities: Baan Jabo Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 260km)
Day 6 Chiang Mai (1B)
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Day 1: Jaipur
Arrive in Jaipur and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Jaipur
Set out on a guided city tour, exploring the Old Bazaar and visiting Hawa Mahal. Better known as the ‘Palace of the Wind’, this ornate 5-storey sandstone palace was designed to let the women of the palace discreetly observe life outside. In the afternoon travel to the Amber Fort, an exquisite example of Rajput architecture.
Day 3: Jaipur
Following breakfast, your independent experience comes to an end. Take a private transfer to your departing point.
Day 1: Vientiane
Arrive in Vientiane and be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Vientiane
Take a guided tour of Laos’ capital. Visit the Patuxai war memorial and learn more about those who fought for independence from France. Witness the tiny wood, stone and bronze Buddhas of the Wat Si Saket temple. Take in the gold-covered Pha That Luang – the most important national symbol of Laos, rumoured to have originated in the 3rd century as a Hindu temple.
Day 3: Vientiane
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning and you will have free time until your departure transfer.
Day 1 Varanasi
Varanasi is the quintessential Indian holy city, where millions of Hindus travel for pilgrimage, to worship, to mourn, or to die. Included Activities: Arrival Day Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Varanasi (1B)
Varanasi is a pure vegetarian town – no eggs, meat, fish, or alcohol is allowed (within a certain distance of the river Ganges). Opt to visit Chaat Gali, a street of vendors selling the spiciest chaat (savoury snack) in the state. A visit to Varanasi is incomplete without tasting paan -- it is the perfect end to any meal and comes in many varieties – stuffed with gulkhand (rose petal preserve), cardamom, or grated coconut. Included Activities: City Tour Evening Ganges Boat Tour Transport: Cycle rickshaw
Day 3 Varanasi (1B)
Get up early for a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges and observe the dawn rituals of bathing and burial. In the afternoon take an excursion to Sarnath, where Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Included Activities: Morning Ganges Boat Tour Sarnath Visit Transport: Cycle rickshaw Private Vehicle
Day 4 Varanasi (1B)
Depart at any time.
Day 1 Hanoi
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Feel free to start exploring. Included Activities: Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting Arrival Day Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Hanoi/Ha Long Bay (1B, 1L, 1D)
After breakfast, get picked up at the hotel for a bus journey through the countryside and industrial towns of the north. Head to the coast to board the live-aboard junk for an overnight cruise on stunning Ha Long Bay. Feast on local seafood specialties and visit the cave systems. Opt to swim or kayak around the dramatic limestone karsts. Included Activities: Hạ Long Bay Overnight Junk Boat Trip Transport: Minibus (4.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Ha Long Bay/Hanoi (1B, 1L)
After spending the morning aboard the boat, head back to Hanoi and take in some of the sights of the busy capital. Included Activities: Hạ Long Bay Overnight Junk Boat Trip Transport: Minibus (4.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Hanoi (1B)
Depart at any time.