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Laos on a Shoestring
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From Jan 20

Start this nine-day tour in laid-back Vientiane and head south to Chiang Mai, experiencing some of the best of Southeast Asia along the way. Caves, city lights, temples – this adventure’s got it all. Feeling active? Hike, bike, or swim in Vang Vieng. Feeling dreamy? Cruise the Mekong and then get a real feel for local life with a village homestay. Once in Chiang Mai, opt to visit Doi Suthep temple or catch a Thai boxing match. Better yet, do both!

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: ALVC.B/261026
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Vientiane, Laos
  • Finishes: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vientiane

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Go on a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town's highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the Vang Vieng valley.
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.

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Day 3: Vang Vieng

Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of the countryside as the sun sets over the river.
Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 4: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. This evening, enjoy a leisurely cruise as the sun sets over the Mekong River.

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Day 5: Luang Prabang

Opt to rise before dawn and watch the monks walk through town in saffron robes receiving alms from local residents. Visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion. Enjoy free time this evening.
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.

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Day 6: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving at a village homestay for the night.
We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.

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Day 7: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.
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.

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Day 8: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
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.

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Day 9: Chiang Mai

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang
    • Guided hike in Vang Vieng
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Orientation walk, sunset cruise and Kuang Si Waterfalls excursion in Luang Prabang
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) (2 nts), hostels (multi-share) (5 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike the limestone karsts of Vang Vieng
  • Discover the serenity of Luang Prabang with a sunset cruise and visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Float on the mighty Mekong
  • Experience the beauty of scenic northern Thailand.