Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a caf. Take 12 days to uncover this laid-back corner of Southeast Asia. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included, and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Take a slow boat down the Mekong and admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng.
Welcome to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting.
Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Hanoi.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Street Food Crawl
Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.
Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.
Plane (1.25 hour(s))
A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.
This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.
We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay
This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.
Basic overnight train (beds)
We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.
In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.
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Very enjoyable experience, Laos is the favorite of the countries I have visited in Asia. Consider myself very lucky to have traveled there with an excellent guide and for the most part a great group of people.Overall Rating
I had a fantastic 12 days. I have travelled a lot over the years and Laos is now definitely up there as one of my favourites so maybe just wished we had longer there! The tour leader was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable and G Adventures really takes the hassle out of travelling, hotels and transport etc.Overall Rating
I had the most amazing experience on this tour. Life changing is the only way I can describe it.Overall Rating
The tour was educational and very informative. It had a variety of experiences that met my expectationsOverall Rating
Wonderful trip. Loved Laos and the contrast between the other Asian countries I visited.Overall Rating
It was an excellent trip with a good group, great tour-leader (Wasa) and an interesting itinerary. Laos was definitely worth the journey, and Bangkok just added a more adventurous touch (airport turmoil). Perfectly organised; Time for different locations was very good/perfectly timed.Overall Rating
I am 24 years old and I have been blessed to travel all over the world with a number of different companies and groups. That said...I believe that this tour has been the more memorable ones. All the laughs, smiles, and jokes at 6am, on a bus for 17 hours. all the wonderful friends I will have for the rest of my life and couch surf in their countries; but all that aside...the leadership takes the cake. I have never been so impressed or confident in the knowledge and advice that came out of both their mouths. Not once was I nervous or afraid I might do something to offend the culture. 24 hour support (literally) and leaders who were (and are) my friends...not dictators. I will always be impressed and humbled by the way they handled every situation. Thank you to both Sakai and Scott. You both were amazing.Overall Rating
Overall I am really glad we took this trip. It was a really good experience and I will definitely choose G Adventures next time I want a package tour. One of the most memorable tours of my life. Laos is a great country and the people there are so nice.Overall Rating
Trip Name: Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 639
Trip Code: 126742
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