DAY 10: WEDNESDAY, Sept. 23
After breakfast, we visit the national museum or the former royal palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Next we will climb up to the top of Phousi hill for the panoramic view of the city and Nam Khan and Mekong river city, as well as sunset on a clear day. From there, we stroll along the hillside to Vat Tham before heading back to the hotel by Tuk Tuk.. We also visit the oldest and the most magnificent temple in Luangprabang which called Vat Xiengthong, a magnificent piece of architecture, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes as well as doorways and the main sim has a marvelous 'tree life' mosaic pattern on an outer wall. Afternoon is free on own. Overnight in Luangprabang.(B, L)
Overnight at Mekong Riverview Hotel.
CURATED FOR THE GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW
Experience Bhutan through the eyes of Karma and John. The journey is open to all, though Champaca Journeys and the G&LR offer this Bhutan visit to showcase all of Bhutan's interesting sights, and with an emphasis on modern culture including its acceptance of all its communities. Bhutan will open your eyes and open your hearts as you learn about its wonderful policies of inclusion.
Oct 1 - Oct 13, 2020
YOGA RETREAT WITH
Bhutan and yoga seem like the ideal combination, and we have the ideal collaboration with Champaca Journeys partnering with Omm Retreats for this Bhutan yoga retreat and cultural experience. Take a break from your busy life as you relax, rejuvenate and soak up the essence of Bhutan as we usher you across the Kingdom and conduct you through memorable and restorative yoga practices.
Aug 10 -Aug 23, 2020
DAY 13: SATURDAY, Sept. 26
After your breakfast, free time at leisure to enjoy the atmosphere in this city. Before transferring to the airport for your on ward flight to Bangkok By PG942 @ 12:20 – 14:20. (B)
Places You'll be Going
Socotra, some 400 kilometers off the coast of Yemen is safe and open for travel during these pandemic times. Travel to Socotra is via a once a week special charter flight from Abu Dhabi. You will be in the company of excellent local guides, and assistants to help with camping and travel across the island.
For those with a taste for the unusual Socotra might be your cup of tea. Remote and little visited Socotra is also beautiful and its landscape has been termed surreal or alien in the most stunning manner. With little in the way of infrastructure, a visit to Socotra involves camping in comfortable tents for most nights. This puts you in contact with our superb Socotri team who set up camp, cook our meals, guide us and drive us around the island. Each day brings a new adventure as we explore another part of this varied island, as we see more of the endemic plant life, the most renown of which are the dragon's blood trees. We will visit villages and meet locals, hike to canyons and rivers, swim in the azure Indian Ocean and camp under the stars in comfortable tents.
March 21-28, 2022