Laos and Thailand’s Golden Triangle: Slow boat from Luang Prabang

07 October 2018 to 17 October 2018
From £3,395
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Discover one of the last unspoiled corners of Southeast Asia on this exploration of Laos and northern Thailand. Accompanied by Human Geographer Professor Philip Hirsch, enjoy the beguiling UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang as well as rural Pak Ou and Pakbeng on a six-night Mekong cruise aboard boutique ship Mekong Sun. Continuing overland, explore the lush mountain scenery of the Golden Triangle and the Thai cities of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. The region’s dense jungles and mist-shrouded mountains are dotted with hill tribes including the Hmong and Akha people, facing many environmental and political challenges.


  • Gain personal and academic insights from Professor Hirsch, who has lived and worked in Thailand and Laos for decades and speaks fluent Thai and Lao
  • Enjoy Luang Prabang, once Laos’s royal capital and today a delightful blend of French colonial architecture, traditional Hmong markets and golden-roofed temples
  • Visit remote caves packed with Buddha statues and learn about the traditional lives and modern-day challenges for remote Khmu and Hmong villagers
  • See the compact, laid-back city of Chiang Rai and the historic city walls and glittering temples of Chiang Mai, the former seat of the medieval Lanna Kingdom

Trip scholar

Professor Philip Hirsch (St Edmund Hall, 1975), Professor of Human Geography, University of Sydney

Booking details

Temple World
Tel: +44 (0) 208 940 4114

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