Explore Thailand and Laos, travelling from Bangkok to Vientiane

Travel from Bangkok to Vientiane experiencing the delights of northern Thailand and the laidback river lifestyle of Laos. Join us on a voyage of discovery and relaxation, taking in the bright lights of Bangkok in Thailand, the age-old charms of Luang Prabang in Laos and the temples of Vientiane. Travel down the mighty Mekong River and become immersed in the tranquillity of remote villages and friendly locals along the way.

Start
Bangkok, Thailand
Finish
Vientiane, Laos
Countries
Laos,
Thailand
Themes
Explorer
Code
TLSV
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
263kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Cruise down Bangkok's canals on a longtail boat
  • Bargain up a storm in Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar
  • Relax on a slow boat down the Mekong
  • Take a dip beneath Kuang Si falls
  • Soak up the French-inspired culture in Vientiane
  • Traverse lush mountains in Laos
  • Experience diverse South-East Asian cultures

Itinerary

Set the scene for this Thai adventure by cruising down the Chao Phraya River and visiting the country’s largest reclining Buddha. Afterwards, hunt down some tasty street food (not a difficult mission) and maybe indulge in an invigorating Thai massage.
Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won’t want to leave. Climb up to one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, discover ethereal panoramic vistas and be hypnotised by the chanting of resident Buddhist monks. In the evening, head on down to the Night Bazaar and tuck into some delicious local dishes.
Formerly known as ‘Juon’, the tranquil riverside town of Chiang Khong has long been an important marketplace for nearby hill tribes. Explore the quaint streets and hear Laos call from across the magnificent Mekong.
Feel time slow down during a cruise down the Mekong. Sit back and relax, admire lush scenery and soak up the serene atmosphere.
Visit the spiritual Pak Ou Caves, a traditional place of pilgrimage for many Buddhists en route to the World Heritage-listed city of Luang Prabang. Dotted with ornate temples and French colonial architecture, the atmospheric town is a delight to explore. Enjoy a guided tour around the Traditional Art & Ethnology centre, visit the stunning Kuang Si Falls and maybe stroll through the stalls of the delightful Dara Market. Those feeling energetic may want to make the trek up to Mt Phousi.
Join the locals on a public bus out to picturesque Vang Vieng, where there is ample opportunity to explore the local surrounds. Creep through caves, swim in natural springs, hire bikes and peddle along quiet paths or pick berries at a local organic mulberry farm.
Whether it’s by foot or by tuk-tuk, you’ll soon discover the delights of exploring Laos’s charismatic capital. Follow dusty tracks to friendly villages bustling with chickens, dogs and children, hunt for treasures at the local market, admire the oldest Buddhist temple in Vientiane and visit COPE, an Intrepid Foundation-sponsored organisation changing lives for the better.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts
Transport
Longtail boat, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Tuk-Tuk
Accommodation
Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho temple
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Vientiane - Wat Sri Saket

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