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Laos on a Shoestring

Laos on a Shoestring

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Duration
9
Starts in
Vientiane
Ends in
Chiang Mai
Group size
Max 18, avg 12.
Travel type
18-to-Thirtysomethings
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, street food crawls – 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!
Itinerary

Laos on a Shoestring

Day 1 - Vientiane

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

Day 2 - Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving. 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.

Day 3 - Vang Vieng

Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. 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.

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 learning about local delicacies at the night market on Walking Street.

Day 5 - Luang Prabang

Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Day 9 - Chiang Mai

Depart at any time.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Simple hotels (twin-share) (4 nts), hostels (multi-share) (3 nts), homestay (1 nt).

Local transport

Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, walking.

Meals

Allow USD105-140 for meals not included. 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Please be aware

Bring along USD150 for optional activities not included in the trip.

Approximate costs (per person) for popular optional activities taken in free time are -

Thai massage – USD10-30 per hour
Cooking school (Chiang Mai) - USD30 for Half Day
Bamboo rafting (Chiang Mai) - USD15 plus transport
Doi Suithep (Chiang Mai) - USD2 (plus transport)
Bicycle tour (Chiang Mai) - USD15-30 for Half Day
Kan Toke Traditional Dinner (Chiang Mai) - USD30
Kuang Sii Waterfalls (Luang Prabang)- USD3 plus transport USD5-10
National Museum/Royal Palace (Luang Prabang)- USD5
Royal Theatre (Luang Prabang) – USD6-15
Cooking Class (Luang Prabang) – USD30 for Full Day
Wat Xieng Thong (Luang Prabang) - USD2.50
Arts and Ethnology Centre (Luang Prabang)- USD2
Wat PhuSi and other Temples (Luang Prabang)- USD2.50
Half day cottage industry tour (Luang Prabang)- USD5-8
Bike Rental (Vang Vieng)- USD2
Kayaking Trip (Vang Vieng)- USD15-20
Visit one of the many temples (Vientiane) - Most entry fees USD1
Buddha Park (Vientiane) - USD1 plus transport
National Cultural Museum (Vientiane)- USD2

All prices are per person (unless stated otherwise), and are subject to change as services are provided by third party operators.

Laos on a Shoestring

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