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Golden Triangle & Mekong

Best time to travel
Oct – June
Ideal length
14 nights
Perfect for

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Pai and home from Bangkok.
  • All private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 14 nights’ luxury accommodation in Pai, Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle, Pakbeng and Luang Prabang.
  • Unique experiences including a private two day cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang.
  • Insightful excursions including visits to local tribes, cycling tours and religious rituals.
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Immerse yourself into the culture and spirit of Southeast Asia as you journey through Northern Thailand and Laos. A suggested itinerary dedicated to authenticity and discovery, we will take you on an exploration of Pai, Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle and Luang Prabang. We have created a selection of tailored excursions that are sure to impress, including visits to local hill tribes, private cruises along the Mekong and an evening of walking alongside the gentle giants of the Golden Triangle.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Pai, a small town in Mae Hong Son Province.
Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your nearby luxury accommodation, where you will spend three nights. Explore the laid-back town’s hot springs and vibrant night markets that serve delicious food.
Transfer to Chiang Mai, a city surrounded by striking mountainscapes in Northern Thailand.
Spend two nights in the cultural city, home to hundreds of elaborate temples and astonishingly beautiful panoramic views. Take some incredible photographs and browse authentic boutiques and markets.
Discover the beauty and culture of Chiang Mai on a guided tour
Visit the region’s highlights including the hidden hot springs of Sai Ngam, renowned cave system of Tham Lod and colourful village of Jabo, home to the Black Lahu Tribe. Finish with spectacular vistas over the Himalayas from Kiew Lom.
Chiang Mai
Enjoy a guided cycling adventure through Chiang Mai.
With your local guide, ride along the banks of Ping River and witness local fishermen returning with the morning’s catch. Visit hidden temples, city ruins and the popular Somphet Market, learning how to use classic Thai ingredients.
Chiang Mai Temple
Transfer to the Golden Triangle, an island at the intersection of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.
Along the way, visit the impressive Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Continue to your luxury accommodation, where you will spend three nights.
Chiang Mai Temple
It’s time to walk with gentle giants.
During your luxury stay in the Golden Triangle, enjoy an exclusive experience, walking alongside the majestic elephants of Thailand. Spend the night in a jungle bubble where elephants roam right outside your private viewing deck.
Thailand elephants
It is time to embark on your private cruise.
Transfer to Chiang Khong and board your private boat to sail along the mighty Mekong River to the town of Luang Prabang. Make a stop to visit a local hill tribe village and learn about the traditional way of life before departing for Pakbeng.
Enjoy your cruise along the Mekong
After spending the night in Pakbeng, stop at Ban Baw village to learn the traditional method of making rice alcohol. Before arriving in Luang Prabang, visit Pak Ou Caves, home to thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues that are crammed into two small caves.
Pak Ou Caves Laos
Disembark your cruise in Luang Prabang.
Spend three nights in luxury accommodation and explore the city’s highlights. On the final night, join locals to partake in a traditional ceremony of blessings of good luck and goodwill, the perfect send-off for your journey home.
Luang Prabang Laos
Depart for the international airport for your flight home.
Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Reverie Siam Resort

Reverie Siam is a stylish resort situated on the banks of the Pai River. Architecture takes inspiration from the colonial era and elegantly combines it with contemporary luxuries and Asian influences. Evoking a laid-back vibe, the garden surroundings offer various relaxation areas, including two beautiful outdoor pools and riverside lounges. Those who wish to explore can partake in a number of activities and excursions from the hotel including photography tours, treks and cycling trips.


Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge

Sanctuary Pakbeng Lodge is situated on the banks of the Mekong River in Northern Laos. As the name suggests, the luxury property promises a peaceful retreat in the idyllic countryside. Perfectly situated, the lodge is the ideal base from which to explore Northern Laos. Guests can set out on forest walks and visit local villages that are secluded from main tourist trails. It also faces the Mekong Elephant Sanctuary, a sustainable non-riding elephant sanctuary on the banks of the river.


Rachamankha Boutique Hotel

Rachamankha Boutique Hotel is a stylish property in Chiang Mai. Situated in the heart of the old city, it is the ideal base from which to explore Chiang Mai. It is just a short stroll to the historic Wat Phra Singh Temple and a short tuk tuk ride to the vibrant night market. In the afternoon, unwind in the hotel’s courtyard gardens, the perfect retreat from city life. Here, you will find a spacious pool lined with sun loungers and umbrellas.

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Sofitel Luang Prabang

Originally built as the stately home of a French Governor, Sofitel Luang Prabang is not only a stunning hotel but a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. The centre of the property has a lush garden with local plants, a rice plantation and a pond. Parts of the original site have been carefully incorporated into distinctive features of the hotel, such as the old corner watch towers, now used to provide a location for private dining at sunset, with panoramic views across Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is a beautiful area that is bursting with local culture, seemingly untouched by the passage of time. Visit local temples and villages to fully immerse yourself in the city’s rich culture.


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp immerses you in once-in-a-lifetime experiences in luxurious style. Perched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, the Anantara Golden Triangle opens a door to breathtaking nature. The resort’s famed on-site elephant camp, designed as a traditional mahout village, offers a unique opportunity to get up close with these gentle giants. Explore 160 acres of bamboo forest, indigenous gardens and rice paddies. Toast sunset over the Mekong River and embrace the unique cultures of three countries.

What people are saying

“The OROKO experience was genuinely special. Hotels and experiences were very carefully chosen to match our expectations and tastes. Ten out of ten to all concerned.”

Aidan and Eileen – Puglia, May 2018


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