Experience the quiet charm of northern Thailand and cross into Laos to explore sleepy villages and historic towns aboard two separate Mekong River cruises. Upon arrival in Bangkok, fly to Chiang Rai for an introduction to the Golden Triangle area that includes the Doi Tung Hilltribe Project, where tribal groups maintain their cultural identity under the patronage of the Thai Royal Family. Then, cross into Laos and board the Pak Ou for an unforgettable two nights sailing down the Mekong, stopping in tribal villages along the way to explore. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, settle into your hotel for a four-night stay. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Town, Luang Prabang has an abundance of French and Traditional Lao architecture that entrance visitors. Your guide will provide you special access to sites and thorough touring which includes a day trip to Khouangsi Falls, an opportunity to observe monks on their morning meal procession, and an introduction of this beautiful town. Fly to Vientiane where you will visit National Museum, Central Market, and Wat Sisaket, the most famous temple of Laos’s capital city. From Vientiane, fly to Pakse and board the delightful Vat Phou, an elegant French-managed sailing vessel. Continue your journey down the Mekong, stopping at the ruins of Wat Phou, tribal villages, waterfalls and the wild paradise of the 4,000 islands of southern Laos. When your cruise concludes, you will be met and transferred by road back to Pakse and return overland to Thailand to catch your onward flight.