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Thailand and Laos Adventure
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From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. An experienced CEO will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing. We utilize many forms of transportboth public and privateto maximize time spent exploring the history and culture of this unforgettable region.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ATBH/126862
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Hanoi, Vietnam
You will Visit
  • Bangkok
  • Hanoi

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Day 1: Bangkok

Arrive at any time.
Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.

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Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai

Guided longboat tour of Bangkok's klongs and Wat Po. Optional Grand Palace and National Museum visits. Overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour.

After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

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Day 3: Chiang Mai

Enjoy a guided tour of Doi Suthep temple. Optional activities include a cooking class or visit to the night market.
Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently.

In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

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Day 4: Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong

Head to Chiang Khong via Wat Rong Khun and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong.
Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.

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Day 5: Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng

Cross the border into Laos then travel by traditional boat down the Mekong River.
Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat.

Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

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Day 6: Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang

Continue down the Mekong for most of the day. Take a guided tour of the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang.
Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves.

After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.

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Day 7: Luang Prabang

Enjoy a guided tour of the Ethnology Museum, Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre and Kuang Si waterfalls. Enjoy dinner with a local family in the evening.
Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.

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Day 8: Luang Prabang

Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.

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Day 9: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng

Spend the night in a local village enjoying traditional Laotian food. Sleep and eat like a local.
Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village.

Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents.

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Day 10: Vang Vieng

Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.

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Day 11: Vang Vieng/Vientiane

Explore the capital of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the National Museum, or explore highlights of the town.
Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites.

For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!

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Day 12: Vientiane/Hanoi

Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi.
Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country?

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Day 13: Hanoi

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, stilt house, and Presidential Palace. Enjoy an included water puppet show. Opt to visit the Temple of Literature, museums, and Hoa Lo Prison.
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history.

During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues.

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Day 14: Hanoi

Depart at any time.
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Meal with Local Family, Luang Prabang Local Living: Vang Vieng Homestay, Vang Vieng
    • Bangkok klong trip
    • Wat Pho entrance and guide
    • Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai)
    • Mekong River slow boat excursion
    • Pak Ou caves entrance (Luang Prabang)
    • Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour
    • Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
    • Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day)
    • Water puppets performance (Hanoi)
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open)
    • Internal flight
    • Border crossing support
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nights), village homestay (1 night), sleeper train (1 night)
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, songthaew, cyclo, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Bangkok's canals
  • Discover Buddhist temples
  • Float down the mighty Mekong River
  • Get wet in the spray of waterfalls


Reviews (30)
Ryan H Posted on: 

The tour was an amazing source of both culture and information.

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Desmond J Posted on: 

The tour gave a good insight into the people and cultures of the areas that we visited and allowed us to meet local people in their own environment.

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Christopher M Posted on: 

This tour packed a lot of variety into a short time. Having the beauty and tranquility of rural Laos "bookended" by the bustle of Bangkok and the frenzy of Hanoi made for a great contrast. We got an excellent taste of the region and wish we could have stayed longer! Kris was the best leader we have had on our tour yet!

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Caroline L Posted on: 

It was an all around great trip. Perfect balance of adventure and relaxation; urban and rural; structure and freedom; group and solo activities; authentic and tourist experiences.

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Emma D Posted on: 

As with all the previous trips I've done it was a fab tour, and I only wish I was still there!

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Binh Thanh Sally P Posted on: 

he overall trip was great. There were just the right amount of planned group activities and free time to explore the places we visited. This is my second trip and it will definitely not be my last.

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Mary K Posted on: 

An unexpected delight. Surpassed my expectations.

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Gretchen P Posted on: 

Had a wonderful time! I hadn't planned to visit Laos, but a friend suggested the itinerary and I am so happy to have visited such a lovely country!

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Mary K Posted on: 

Amazingly diverse --a perfect opportunity to get a taste of three countries each rich in culture and full of opportunities to experience something unique.

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Dennis K Posted on: 

The tour leader was wonderful. Our group of 9 all got along and it was way beyond my expectations.

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Heidi M Posted on: 

I had a brilliant time on this tour. It was a great experience and the group was amazing. I just wish I could have continued on to Cambodia and southern Thailand.

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John M Posted on: 

Entertaining, informative tour. Well balanced for the price.

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Ronald H Posted on: 

I found the tour to be very well put together and well organized.

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Jane N. Posted on: 

What magic in that trip down the Mekong, the beautiful people, the blooming textile industry.

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Brenda L Posted on: 

It was a great plus that (Adam Martin) had good relations with the local people as well as knowlage of the places that we where visiting.

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Marie-Josee L Posted on: 

A great trip! What a an awesome introduction to South East Asia!

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- Vanessa O Posted on: 

i would say this was an excellent trip, with a wonderful group (size was perfect - 8 people) and a great tour leader (CAT was enthusiastic, funny and always available). The itinerary was really good (beautiful landscapes,lovely people,memorable faces). We had access to a bit of everything (adventure, culture, enjoyment, free time). Well organized. Rewarding and marvelous experience Congratulations !

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Giuliano M . Posted on: 

I thought the tour was an amazing cultural experience. The agenda was well laid out with just the right mix of " go go" time and relax time.

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Rebecca V Posted on: 

antastic, really loved it, great places to visit, great things to do both included and optional, just wish I had longer holidays! People just lovely, particularly Laos, also Thailand, very hospitable, and the tour group we had were great.

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Dennis K Posted on: 

The tour leader was wonderful. Our group of 9 all got along and it was way beyond my expectations.

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Dena H. Posted on: 

What an incredible adventure! I made some amazing friends and had the experience of a lifetime! Laos is truly magical - our beautiful boat ride along the Mekong River was definitely a highlight!

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Richard P Posted on: 

I really enjoyed the tour. I thought the pacing was good. I really liked the combination of included activities and all the time we had to do things on our own. I didn't feel like we were a bunch of sheep travelling from one monument to another.

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Kalliopi P. Posted on: 

The tour was a lot of fun and I met a wonderful group of people. I especially enjyoed spending 2 days on our very own private river boat. The scenery was amazing and the meal the boat crew cooked for us was fantastic.

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Jesse P Posted on: 

I was very impressed by the tour and am sad to leave my group and my great tour guide. It was great having a planned itinerary, transportation and accommodation all taken care for me. Bhavinee, the guide was phenomenal and I would happily follow her wherever she would lead me. Because of the itinerary and the world class tour guide I will definitely travel again with them.

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Brandon M Posted on: 

Overall experience was fantastic. Laos was a fantastic suprise.

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Warren E Posted on: 

I think overall the tour was fantastic. We saw some great cities, villages and landscapes of the countryside. For the price, an excellent value.

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Jesse P Posted on: 

The tour was perfect. The right amount of free time mixed with some great treks and tours. In particular, I cannot speak highly enough of our tour guide, Groud, who took special care of us with constant vigilance and enthusiasm.

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William B. Posted on: 

The tour was a great way to see a lot of places in a short space of time. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and don't think I would have seen as much of Asia in 2 weeks if i'd travelled alone.

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Mary H Posted on: 

From the sites visited, to my fellow travelers to our fabulous leader it was all was wonderful! -

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Dennis K Posted on: 

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