Laos Discovery Itinerary

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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      USD $1,260
      CAD $1,300
      AUD $1,275
      EUR €950
      GBP £740
      NZD $1,420
      ZAR R12,725
      CHF FR1,150
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Fresh produce at a market in Hanoi

Monks giving palms in the streets on Laos

Wat Phratat Doi Suthep temple, Chiang Mai

Temple in Vientiane

Local children in Chiang Mai

Day 1 Hanoi

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.
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Days 2-3 Vientiane

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.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 4-5 Vang Vieng

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.
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Days 6-8 Luang Prabang

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.
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Day 9 Pakbeng - Mekong River

Float gently down the Mekong on a riverboat, travelling with local passengers and docking at tiny Pak Beng for the night.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 10 Chiang Khong

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.
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Days 11-13 Chiang Mai

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.
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Days 14-15 Bangkok

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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