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
Bangkok, Thailand
Countries
Laos,
Thailand,
Vietnam
Themes
Explorer
Code
TLRK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
254kg 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.
Slow down to the pace of Laos's 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.
Nestled in the hills of northern Laos, lovely Luang Prabang is dotted with French colonial architecture and ornate temples. Take a dip in the turquoise waters beneath the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, perhaps stroll through the local market, visit Royal Palace or climb Mount Phousi to watch the sun set over the mystic Mekong.
Float gently down the Mekong on a riverboat, travelling with local passengers and docking at tiny Pak Beng for the night.
Cruise further along the Mekong to the charming town of Chiang Khong. Admire the picturesque surrounds and soak up the chilled-out vibe as you meander through this market town.
Home to over 300 temples and a massive night market, Chiang Mai 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.
Wind up the adventure in the frenzied streets of Bangkok - a thriving metropolis that stands as one of the most influential cities in South East Asia. Enjoy free time to explore labyrinthine shopping malls, wander the grounds of the Grand Palace or take to the cities khlongs to see this energetic city from an entirely different perspective.
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Inclusions

Meals
6 breakfasts
Transport
Boat, Bus, Plane, Private minibus, Songthaew, Tuk-Tuk
Accommodation
Guesthouse (9 nights), Hotel (4 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Luang Prabang - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Vientiane - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket

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A single supplement is available on this trip. Please see the trip notes for more information.

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Our Laos Discovery trips score an average of 4.38 out of 5 based on 39 reviews in the last year.

Laos Discovery, March 2015

Laos Discovery, March 2015