Laos and Mekong Discovery Overview

Travel to South-East Asia and discover the region's natural beauty, delicious food and lively spirit on a trip that includes a leisurely Mekong boat ride to Luang Prabang.

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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,840
      CAD $1,865
      AUD $1,935
      EUR €1,345
      GBP £1,160
      NZD $2,295
      ZAR R17,615
      CHF FR1,660
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Cruise down the Mekong River in Thailand and Laos

Thailand and Laos are two of South-East Asia’s most prized gems. On one side you have bustling Bangkok, loaded with shopping malls, high-end restaurants and more wats then you can poke an incense stick at. Across the border, sleepy Laos is dotted with glorious natural wonders, historic sites and some of the friendliest local folk in the world. Both endearing in different ways, the one thing that connects them is the Mekong River, a waterway that snakes between these two vibrant nations. Leisurely cruise along South-East Asia’s most famous river, stopping off in local villages, meeting tribal people and absorbing the traditional ways of life.

  • View an emerald Buddha in Bangkok
  • Leisurely float down the Mekong River
  • Dive into the aqua-blue waters beneath the Kuang Si Falls
  • Give alms to monks in Luang Prabang
  • Meet the local villagers of the Hmong hilltribe
  • Try to make sense of the bizarre Plain of Jars
  • Indulge in the French vibes of Vientiane’s riviera

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finish:

    Vientiane, Laos
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (1 nt), Hotel (7 nts)
  • Transport:

  • Included activities:

    Bangkok - Grand Palace, Bangkok - Wat Pho temple, Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang - Mt Phu Si, Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave, Mouang Khoun & That Foun, Plain of Jar Site, Pratu Xai Vientiane, That Luang Vientiane, Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket, Wat Visunnalat, Luang Prabang

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    142kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

  • Total price from

    USD $1,840
    CAD $1,865
    AUD $1,935
    EUR €1,345
    GBP £1,160
    NZD $2,295
    ZAR R17,615
    CHF FR1,660
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $204
    CAD $207
    AUD $215
    EUR €149
    GBP £128
    NZD $255
    ZAR R1,957
    CHF FR184
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Laos and Mekong Discovery Summary

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Day 1 Bangkok

Begin your adventure smack-bang in the centre of Bangkok’s bustling city. Refuel with a bowl of pad thai or papaya salad at a local restaurant before exploring the city’s array of temples, markets and shopping plazas. Perhaps stop by a Thai kickboxing match or just take an evening boat ride down the Mekong.

Day 2 Chiang Rai

Jump in a tuk-tuk and spend the morning visiting the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, before boarding a flight to Chiang Rai in the evening.

Day 3 Pakbeng

Wake early to cross the border into Laos via the port of Huay Xai. After a busy morning, cruise at a more relaxed pace aboard a slow boat while voyaging down the Mekong River. Take the opportunity to do some people-watching and learn more about local life before stopping overnight in Pakbeng.

Days 4-5 Luang Prabang

Continue a slow boat cruise downriver before admiring the hundreds of mini Buddha statues at the Tam Ting Caves. Sail on to Luang Prabang, a small town proclaimed by Unesco to be the ‘best preserved city in South-East Asia’. In the morning, wake early to view the flurry of orange-clad monks collecting daily alms, before temple-hopping around the area’s local wats. Spend some time at the Kuang Si Falls, a picturesque setting perfect for a refreshing dip. Perhaps hike to the top of the waterfall for a scenic view or just admire the pristine blue falls from below.

Day 6 Phonsavan

Cool down in the mountainous hills of Xiangkhouang while coming to terms with the devastation this region suffered between 1964 and 1973. Later, visit a Hmong village to better understand the customs and traditions of this brightly dressed hilltribe.

Days 7-9 Vientiane

Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars site before boarding a flight to Laos’ capital. Settle in with a city tour to the imposing Patuxai monument and spiritual Wat Si Saket temple. With a pinch of French-chic in the air, there is no better way to experience the vibes of Vientiane than sipping a drink while watching the sun set over the Mekong River.
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    • Total price tool tip
      USD $1,840
      CAD $1,865
      AUD $1,935
      EUR €1,345
      GBP £1,160
      NZD $2,295
      ZAR R17,615
      CHF FR1,660
      *
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