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Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

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Duration
11 days
Starts in
Vientiane
Ends in
Bangkok
Group size
Max 18, avg 12.
Travel type
18-to-Thirtysomethings
Take 11 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 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) will help you make the most of your time. Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a cafe. Admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng before taking a slow boat down the Mekong. Explore Thailand's laidback northern capital of Chiang Mai before ending in Bangkok, a city that pulses with endless colour and character.
Itinerary

Laos & Thailand 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. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of the countryside as the sun sets over the river. Feel like a full-day kayaking and caving adventure is more your speed? Pre-book the Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour.

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/Bangkok

Free time in Chiang Mai. Overnight train to Bangkok. Today, why not 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! Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure. Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 10 - Bangkok

Opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, buy any last minute souvenirs or relax with a Thai massage. 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.

Day 11 - Bangkok

Depart at any time.
Summary

What’s included?

Accommodation

Simple hotels (twin-share) (5 nts), hostels (multi-share) (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

Local transport

Sleeper train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, slow boat, walking.

Meals

Allow USD125-165 for meals not included. 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Please be aware

Vientiane
- Wat Pha That Luang Visit (1USD per person)

Vang Vieng
- Kayaking (25USD per person)
- Hiking
- Swimming
- Caving
- Bike Rental (2USD per person)
- Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle

Luang Prabang
- Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre Entry (4USD per person)
- Royal Ballet Theatre (15USD per person)
- Wat Visoun Temples Visit (2.50USD per person)
- Phousi Temple Visit (2.50USD per person)
- Royal Palace Museum Visit (5USD per person)
- Wat Xien Thong Visit (2.50USD per person)
- Cooking Class (35USD per person)
- Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre Visit (8USD per person)

Kuang Si Falls
- Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion (2.50USD per person)

Chiang Mai
- Bamboo Rafting (15USD per person)
- Muay Thai Fight
- Night Market
- Chiang Mai Cycling Tour (30USD per person)
- Khantoke Dinner and Show (30USD per person)
- Northern Thai Cooking Class
- Flight of the Gibbon Ziplining
- Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure

Chiang Khong
- Massage (Southeast Asia)

Doi Suthep
- Doi Suthep Temple Visit (2USD per person)

Bangkok
- Jim Thompson's House Visit (4USD per person)
- National Museum Visit (2USD per person)
- Grand Palace Visit (15USD per person)
- Klong Riverboat Tour (30USD per person)
- Wat Po Visit (3.50USD per person)

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