Your adventure begins in the sprawling capital of Bangkok, this sprawling city is the most visited in the world and serves as the cultural and economic hub of the Kingdom of Thailand. Meet with your fantastic Busabout guide and get the lowdown on all of the exciting adventures ahead. We assemble in the reception area this evening to get introduced to your Busabout crew and fellow passengers before heading out to explore the infamous, even for Bangkok standards, backpacker area of Khaosan Road. Head out into the night for the experience of a lifetime in the party capital of the world!
Head out to enjoy the day exploring this vibrant capital. See the home of Thai royalty at the sprawling Grand Palace complex, marvel at the intricate design of Wat Pho temple, enjoy a cruise along the Chao Phraya river before visiting the splendid Temple of Dawn, or visit the weekend market of Chatuchak, the largest in the world, and partake in some retail therapy. This evening we meet in reception for our transfer to Bangkok s main train station where we board our overnight train to the northern province of Chiang Mai. Settle in and relax as the rhythmic clack of the train tracks lulls you to sleep.
Our train arrives in Chiang Mai this morning and we have some time to grab a bite to eat for breakfast before beginning our scenic meander north to the quaint village of Pai. As we wind along the more than 700 sweeping turns en route to Pai we have a stop at the spectacular Pai Canyon, take a few snaps and relish the panorama before we depart for our home for the next two nights, the laid back town of Pai. Upon arrival we head out on a short orientation walk before checking in to the hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring, relaxing in a geothermal pool at the hotel, or take a stroll along the Pai River and catch a glimpse of the revered local elephants. We meet in reception this evening before heading into town to visit the numerous markets and sample some delicious Thai cuisine, then we head to a local bar for a few relaxing drinks in this splendid sanctuary.
Relax by the pool, shop for some Thai treasures, relax in one of the many fine local watering holes, try some delicious street food, get lost in the rich natural beauty of Pai s surrounding wilderness, or join us for our exciting optional excursion. We hope you ll join us today as we trek through the jungle, see the sights and sounds of the wilderness and meet remote villagers as we make our way through the local flora and onward to explore the breathtaking Lod Caves on a bamboo raft. This is our last evening in Pai so check off those last minute to dos and enjoy a drink in one of the numerous, hippie style, bars.
We say goodbye to Pai and head back to Chiang Mai this morning. Upon reentering Chiang Mai our first stop is at an ancient temple, the oldest in the area, with a local guide to highlight all the intricacies of this fascinating location. We offer two optional excursions today, starting with a Siam Rice cooking class to grasp the complexities of this Thai staple, and ending with a bone crunching Muay Thai show to get the adrenaline pumping. After all the excitement, relax with an ice-cold beverage in one of Chiang Mai s great bars.
Spend your time wandering the Old Town whilst shopping and exploring, head out to the gilded hillside temple of Wat Doi Suthep, or visit Catmosphere and enjoy a purrfect beverage with some furry friends. If that doesn t float your boat then maybe an optional excursion to a Ethical Elephant Park to meet these gentle giants or perhaps a zip line tour through the jungle s canopy with gibbons is more your style. This evening we head out into the night markets for some retail therapy and dinner before heading off to enjoy a truly thai cultural experience with a twist at an included ladyboy cabaret show.
We depart early this morning for the mountainous district of Chiang Khong with a stop en route in the picturesque Chiang Rai district, where we ll grab a quick lunch before visiting the stunning ivory temple of Wat Rong Khun. The old dilapidated building was completely renovated by a local artist and the result is this incredible White Temple. We then proceed to the thundering falls of Khun Korn. The route is very slippery and as such appropriate footwear is to be worn, for some fantastic photos! Explore the surrounding jungles and have a refreshing swim before heading off on the final leg towards the border with Laos. We arrive into Chiang Khong and check in to our accommodations before an evening spent by the Mekong river enjoying our last night in Thailand.
This morning we leave early to ensure we don t queue at the border with Laos for too long. After passing through immigration we board the friendship bus and cross the bridge into Laos. We then board our private long boat on the mighty Mekong River and it s time to kick back and relax as we cruise along the meandering river. Get snap happy and capture the natural beauty of Laos, listen to music, enjoy an included on board buffet lunch and chat with your travel mates as we make our way to the village of Pakbeng. We arrive in the early evening and meet with the local guide before strolling the exciting markets of the village. Tonight enjoy a refreshing Beerlao or some fiery Lao Lao as we watch the sunset over the Mekong before heading out for your first restaurant visit in stunning Laos.
This morning, after breakfast, we make our watery way east to the UNESCO-listed villages that collectively form the city of Luang Prabang. We have a stop en route at the Pak Ou Caves, at the mouth of the Pak Ou river, which are home to hundreds of miniature Buddha statues assembled in various poses followed by another fantastic included on board buffet lunch before our arrival at Luang Prabang port. Check in before joining your guides for an afternoon exploring this incredible city. Spend your time roaming the streets and exploring the numerous markets and temples lost in the rich atmosphere of this cultural wonderland. Watch the sunset from the best vantage point available high atop Mount Phousi before heading off to explore the night markets.
Join your guide for a trip to the cascading Kuang Si waterfalls to enjoy the scenery and take some jealousy inducing photos as you relax and swim in these picturesque surroundings. The rest of your day can be spent exploring the city before an evening at the markets.
This morning we have an early rise for a unique local experience, giving alms to the procession of monks as they make their way through the city streets on their daily trek. Then it s time to head south for the majestic karst hills of Vang Vieng. Enjoy the rolling hills and lush greenery of the Laotian countryside. If you re missing western cuisine this is the place to get it, enjoy a delicious lunch before we head off to the refreshing waters of the blue lagoon for a reprieve from the heat. Tonight we head out for a delicious dinner by the river and a few warm up drinks. Vang Vieng is renowned as a party town, so if you re up for it, head out into the night for an unforgettable night.
Explore your surroundings and do a spot of shopping or join us for an exciting optional day trip, kayaking the Nam Song river. Cruising upon this refreshing lifeline is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Laos, wind your way through shimmering rice paddies with occasional stops to explore caves, frolic in the water and hike to viewpoints. Tonight, head out for another delicious dinner followed by a few drinks and another crazy night in this eclectic paradise.
This morning we set a course south for the resplendent Laotian capital of Vientiane. We stop en route at the Ban Houei Mo, a local fish market to get a taste of rural life in Laos before continuing on to make our midday arrival at Vientiane. We explore the city s numerous sights including the humanitarian COPE centre, the Patuxai war monument, the intricate gilded architectural marvel of the Phat That Luang stupa, and more. Tonight we do some last minute shopping at the night markets before we head out into the night for the big send off to our incredible Asian adventure!
Check-out is at noon. We hope to see you again!
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Trip Name: Thailand and Laos Adventure
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: £1,299
Supplier Tour ID: ASA/166688
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