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Northern-Thailand & Laos Adventure

This region of the world exudes wisdom. The animists of the hills profess that every non-human entity has a soul. Laotion temples host devout Buddhist monks who are respected and admired throughout their communities. Giant geological caves and mysterious jars are still undergoing vigorous scientific investigation. Its a fascinating and beautiful place, with a wealth of adventures on offer. Come on this trip, learn a bit, party a little, and go home with more than just stories.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Active/Adrenaline, Community Project, Local Culture & Cuisine, History
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Not Rated%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ASC/166699
  • Starts: Chiang Mai , Thailand
  • Finishes: Vientiane, Laos
You will Visit
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Pakbeng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vang Vieng
  • Vientiane
  • Vientiane

Itinerary

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Day 1: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai

We leave this morning to check out Chang Rai. It’s a small city with a very relaxing vibe and a beautiful surrounding area. Before arriving at our hotel we will stop at Wat Rong Kung, otherwise known as the White Temple. Now, this isn’t your run of the mill golden temple, however it’s definitely quirky, so make sure your cameras are charged and ready to go. After our temple visit we’ll grab some lunch then head to our hotel to check in. Tonight we head to the night markets for some great shopping, food and entertainment. 

02

Day 2: Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Laos)

It’s an early morning start to make the most out of the day ahead. We cross the border to Laos, and once our visas are stamped we begin our leisurely trip along the Mekong on our own private long boat. Read a book, take photos, or chill out and chat to your travel mates. On route we'll stop at a local village to get a true idea of how the locals live. We arrive in Pakbang for our overnight stay. Meet your local guide for a stroll around this small village and a visit to the very local markets, before meeting your Tour Leader for dinner and a few drinks. It's probably time to try the local tipple - Lao Lao (rice whiskey). 

03

Day 3: Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

Back on the boat this morning! Today we’re off to the UNESCO world heritage site of Luang Prabang. We stop by Pak Ou caves to stretch the legs and capture a bit of the spectacular countryside. This evening after arrival we'll head up Phousi Hill for a spectacular sunset before dinner by the riverside. 

04

Day 4: Luang Prabang

No boat today, but plenty of amazing things to do. In the morning you can catch the Buddhist monks peacefully strolling around collecting alms. You can head to the beautiful Kwang Si waterfalls for a refreshing swim, or check out the Living Land Rice Farm to see how the locals live and cultivate their land. Tonight after dinner we'll take you to some great rustic bars to chill out along the riverbank. 

05

Day 5: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Did someone say ‘party town’? Yes they did, but they should have also said ‘incredibly-beautiful-outdoor-adventure-town’. Vang Vieng is our destination and we arrive here in time for you to grab a bike or transfer to the blue Lagoon for a refreshing swim. This evening we'll check out the town, take some lovely sunset photos, before meeting up for dinner, and most definitely a bar crawl in the evening. 

06

Day 6: Vang Vieng

A free day for some great adventures. There are so many outdoor activities in and around Vang Vieng you'll be spoilt for choice! Our optional day trip today is a must do! Get out on the water, clear the head of some cobwebs and kayak along the river for the day. With some great stop offs along the way, a bbq lunch by the riverside, this is the best way to spend your day in Vang Vieng!! This evening we'll head down to one of the river bars to watch the sun set over the spectacular karsts. 

07

Day 7: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

On the way the capital we'll stop at the COPE centre and learn about the secret war. We'll then head into the city center for an orientation of the town with our local guide. Tonight watch (or join in with) the locals doing their riverside aerobics, check out the night markets, meet up for our final dinner and celebrate a great trip over a couple of Beer Laos. 

08

Day 8: Vientiane

Our trip ends after breakfast. Why not head to Hanoi to join our Vietnam trip and continue the adventure! (B)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Drift along the Mekong on a private boat
    • Feast upon a buffet lunch
    • Contemplate the miniature Buddhas of the Pak Ou Caves
    • All transport (private Mekong boat & private buses)
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches
    • Guided tour of Wat Rong Kung (the White Temple), Chiang Rai
    • Khun Korn Waterfall visit
    • Guided tour and entrance to Pak Ou Caves, Laos
    • Visit COPE Centre of Rehabilitation
    Accommodation
    • 7 nights in 2/3-star hotels (twin share)
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the all-white Wat Rong Kung Temple
  • Drift along the Mekong on a private boat
  • Fall in love with the Kwang Si Waterfalls
  • Wake up to the morning monks' alms collection
  • Learn about the tragic war
  • Watch the sunset from Mt. Phousi in Luang Prabang
  • Visit COPE Centre of Rehabilitation
  • Party in Vang Vieng