Laos Discovery Overview

Discover the beauty of Laos on an incredible journey from Hanoi in Vietnam's north, via Vientiane and Luang Prabang in Laos, along the mighty Mekong River, and on to Chiang Mai in Thailand.

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

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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish:

    Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    6 breakfasts, 0 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (8 nts), Hotel (5 nts)
  • Transport:

    Boat, Bus, Private minibus, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk
  • Included activities:

    Luang Prabang - Walking tour, Vientiane - COPE visit, Vientiane - Walking tour, Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    132kg pp per trip
  • 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

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Day 1 Hanoi

Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.

Day 2 Vinh

Vinh’s claim to fame is that it is the birthplace of Ho Chi Minh. It is a lively port city with the mountains of Laos looming in the background.

Days 3-4 Vientiane

As the most relaxed capital in South-East Asia, Vientiane is a lovely mix of riverside calm, outstanding temples, fabulous food and charming locals.

Days 5-7 Vang Vieng

Surrounded by stunning limestone karst scenery, Vang Vieng is a small haven with fascinating caves to explore, a myriad of water-based activities and a relaxed atmosphere.

Days 8-10 Luang Prabang

Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, the tranquil city of Luang Prabang is studded with ornate temples, brimming with colourful markets and enriched by French colonial architecture.

Day 11 Mekong River

The Mekong River gently flows through Laos providing food, water and a transport channel for millions, as well as the aesthetic pleasures of life on the river.

Day 12 Chiang Khong

Sitting on the Mekong, Chiang Khong is a quiet town on the Thai side of the Thai-Lao border with beautiful countryside and a relaxed atmosphere.

Days 13-14 Chiang Mai

Awash with stunning temples, fabulous markets and a lively city centre, charming Chiang Mai is rich in culture and the gateway to the northern hilltribes.
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