Get ready for a fast-paced adventure through the best of Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand. This is a region packed to the brim with rich cultures, fiery cuisines, unique customs and breathtaking countryside - and on this adventure you’ll be sampling all of them. Whether you're slurping up a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho at a street stall in Vinh, shopping for the best of Laos' handicrafts in Vientiane, ambling through caves in Luang Prabang or gliding down the Mekong in a riverboat, you'll get a wonderful insight into Indochina during this incredible adventure.

Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Countries
Laos,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TLRK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
132kg pp per trip

Travelling from Vietnam to Thailand, discover the captivating landscapes of Laos.


Highlights

  • Explore the architectural wonder of Hanoi
  • Settle in to the pace of chilled out Vientiane
  • Admire the spectacular scenery in Vang Vieng
  • Unearth hidden treasures in Luang Prabang
  • Take a riverboat along the Mekong
  • Discover the charm of Chiang Mai

Itinerary

Shaded boulevards, public parks and blocks of ochre buildings are telling remainders of a French-colonial past, but Hanoi also hums with the buzz of a modern city. Jump straight into the fray by exploring the tangle of city streets on foot.
Spend a night in the border town of Vinh, checking out the market for fresh Vietnamese dinner options.
Slow down to the pace of Laos' capital, sleepy Vientiane, where the colourful market stays open all day and dusty riverside paths are packed with friendly children, dogs and chickens. A great way to round off a day of sightseeing is by dining at one of the stilt restaurants set up high above the Mekong.
Be wowed by the gorgeous setting of Vang Vieng, which is surrounded by stunning limestone karst mountains. Relax in a chilled out cafe or dive into the river to escape the heat.
The jewel in Laos' crown, Luang Prabang, is bursting at the seams with temples and French colonial architecture. Climb to the top of Phu Si at sunset for magical views over the town or hop onto a jumbo to visit the gorgeous Kuang Si Falls.
Float gently down the Mekong on a riverboat, travelling with local passengers and docking at tiny Pak Beng for the night.
Cruise further down the Mekong and cross the Thai border. Overnight in Chiang Khong, which is an important market town for the surrounding region.
Home to over 300 temples and a massive night market, Thailand's northern gem, Chiang Ma, is packed full of things to see and do. Indulge in a traditional Thai massage, take a lesson at a cooking school or perhaps learn the secrets of kickboxing.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts
Transport
Boat, Bus, Private minibus, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk
Accommodation
Guesthouse (8 nights), Hotel (5 nights)
Included activites
  • Luang Prabang - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Vientiane - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket

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Notes

TRIP CHANGES 2013

Please note this tour will be 15 days in 2013, instead of 14 in 2012. The tour will now finish in Bangkok, instead of Chiang Mai, and have one less day in Vang Vieng. This trip will now depart every Thursday, instead of every Sunday.

The itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2: Vinh
Days 3-4: Vientiane
Days 5-6: Vang Vieng
Days 7-9: Luang Prabang
Day 10: Mekong River/Pak Beng
Day 11: Chiang Kong
Days 12-13: Chiang Mai
Days 14-15: Bangkok

These changes will be effective from the 24th Jan 2013 (TLRK130124) departure.

The following departures of the TLRK in 2013 will NOT be affected, due to combination trip reasons:
06 Jan 2013 (TLRK130106)
13 Jan 2013 (TLRK130113)
20 Jan 2013 (TLRK130120)

The detailed itinerary and prices will be released 1st November 2012

Important notes

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Our Laos Discovery trips score an average of 4.41 out of 5 based on 41 reviews in the last year.

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