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Why not consider a relaxing cruise between Northern Thailand's Chiang Rai and Luang Prabang in Laos. This cruise down the mighty Mekong provides a tranquil way to see the beautiful scenery. The cruise ends in the peaceful town of Luang Prabang, nestled in the jungle covered mountains of Northern Laos. Culinary activities include a cooking class, market visit, and traditional Lao whiskey making demonstration. Accommodation is in river side lodges.
Namkhong Riverside Chiang Khong hotel is situated on riverside of the Mae Khong River that flows through central Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Thailand's Northernmost province. Located in Chiang khong City Center, Namkhong Riverside Hotel a gateway to explore the varied sights and sounds of the Northern region. With easy access to the mountains, forests, rivers, ancient temples and colourful hilltribes.
Many of the region's major attractions are within a day's journey from the Hotel. The hotel's decor and furnishings also reflect the diversity of northern Thai styles. For special functions, guests can enjoy traditional dining on the floor while leaning against multi-coloured triangular cushions. The Mae Khong River provides a spectacular natural backdrop visible from all the guest rooms, as well as from the rooftop restaurant, The Fai Ngeng.
On the left bank of the river, the Luang Say Lodge is backed by mountainous jungle. The large pavilions of solid teak and rosewood all have beautiful vistas looking out over the Mekong river and the mountains beyond. The traditional Laotian architecture provides comfort and character, bedrooms equipped with high ceiling mosquito nets, electric fans and a large private bathroom with hot shower and western style toilet.
The Luang Say Lodge sits majestically above the Mekong River, blending artfully into the natural environment through careful landscaping, raised platforms and indigenous styling. It features 17 large pavilions, each elegantly furnished in dark toned wood and white fabrics, and offering stunning views on three sides of the Mekong.
Shinta Mani Siem Reap, an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcases 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a Khmer inspired design. This exceptional Angkor hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the township of Siem Reap.
Chiang Rai is located 500 miles north of Bangkok, and set by the Kok River in the heart of the infamous Golden Triangle. Majestic mountains and antiquities attest to Chiang Rais prosperous past civilisation. It is home to several hill tribes with fascinating ways of life. An hours drive further north is the Golden Triangle; a picturesque and evocative area bordering Laos and Burma.
Surrounded by thickly forested mountains and situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang, Laos has a tranquil, old world charm rarely found in Asia today. The legacy of the European presence here well preserved French architecture and careful street planning has blended delightfully with more than 30 gilded Buddhist temples to create a town rich in atmosphere and history.