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.
TRIP CHANGES FOR 27th DECEMBER DEPARTURE:
Due to unforeseen changes in the process for issuing train tickets in Thailand, we have unfortunately been unable to secure train tickets for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai leg of this journey. Alternative land transport arrangements have been made in order to ensure minimum disruption to the planned itinerary.
Combining two great countries in two weeks, you'll discover the best of both worlds, from Thailand’s lively markets and hypnotic temples, to Laos' riverside exotica and stunning scenery
Travel adventurously just like the locals – an overnight sleeper train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, and a two day boat journey down the Mekong River. Pass incredible rural scenery and spend a night in the remote village of Pakbeng
Discover the highlights of refined Luang Prabang with a guide, and enjoy free time to make your own explorations and discover why UNESCO rate this city so highly
There are many chances to do good while you travel, like the Intrepid foundation supported COPE, dedicated to helping those injured by unexploded ordinance
This trip involves some long travel days. Simply sit back, relax, watch the scenery go by, and embrace travelling like a local.
Laos is less developed than many other South-East Asian countries. The roads can be bumpy, delays are common, and accommodation can be basic but always clean and comfortable. A little bit of patience will go a long way towards your enjoyment of this beautiful country!
One night is spent on the Mekong River in Pakbeng, a very remote and quiet town.
It can be quite cool from November to February, so make sure you have some warm gear packed for this period.
Due to dam construction upstream, water levels aren't as reliable as in previous years. When the Mekong River is at its lowest from February to April, part of the journey may occasionally need to be made by land.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
1. A single supplement is available on this trip at time of booking please contact your sales agent if you would like to book a single supplement. The following days are excluded from the single supplement: Day 2 Overnight train and Day 6 Pakbeng.
2. TRIP CHANGES FOR 27th DECEMBER DEPARTURE: Due to unforeseen changes in the process for issuing train tickets in Thailand, we have unfortunately been unable to secure train tickets for the Bangkok to Chiang Mai leg of this journey. Alternative land transport arrangements have been made in order to ensure minimum disruption to the planned itinerary.
Our Thailand & Laos Adventure trips score an average of 4.72 out of 5 based on 226 reviews in the last year.
Laos is still very much underdeveloped in comparison to places like Thailand or Vietnam so go in with an open mind and you'll see that Laos is full of charm. A perfect destination for nature lovers as the mountainous landscapes, lush jungle scenery along the Mekong, and the waterfalls are absolutely breathtaking. And for travelers who seek culture, the town of Luang Prabang is a World Heritage Site. As for adventure seekers, Vang Vieng has it all with kayaking, cave tubing, climbing, trekking, biking, etc.
Review submitted 18 Nov 2017
Intrepid Travel provides a wonderful small group adventure with local guides who are very knowledgeable and friendly. If you want to travel but are afraid of attempting the trip alone or don't want to be in a large group herded around like cattle, then Intrepid is the perfect place for you.
Review submitted 16 Nov 2017