Thailand & Laos Adventure Tour 13 days

Relax & enjoy Laos’ laidback river lifestyle

Uncover the famous canals of Bangkok

Revel in the tranquility of Mekong villages

Explore Vang Vieng’s Tham Chang cave

AGE RANGE
15 to 99 year olds
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel, Guesthouse, Sleeper Train
MAX GROUP SIZE
16
TRANSPORTATION
Train & Rail, Boat

Start in Bangkok and end in Vientiane! With the in-depth cultural tour Thailand & Laos Adventure, you have a 13 day tour package taking you from Bangkok to Vientiane and through Bangkok, Thailand and 6 other destinations in Asia. Thailand & Laos Adventure includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

Begin the day with a river cruise down the Chao Phraya River to explore the famous ‘khlongs’ (canals) (approximately 1 hour). Life along these canals seems a world away from the chaotic streets of the capital. Pay a visit to Wat Pho, one of the ‘trinity’ of Bangkok temples, with a 46-metre long gold plated Buddha reclining inside. Even the feet of this statue are incredible, three metres long and intricately decorated with mother of pearl. The temple grounds are equally fascinating, filled with beautifully decorated stupas, halls, and shrines. This evening you’ll head north to Chiang Mai on an overnight train journey, accommodated in air-conditioned sleeping berths (approximately 13 hours). Multi share compartments are air-conditioned, with bunk beds; sheets and pillow provided. Your baggage travels in the carriage with you. There is a food and drink service available on board. Sometimes the air conditioning can make the carriage quite cold so you may want to bring a warm layer of clothing.

Accommodation
  • Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bangkok - Khlong boat (canal) tour
  • Bangkok - Wat Pho Temple
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Thai Massage - THB250
  • Bangkok - Jim Thompson's House - THB150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 1: BangkokIn and around Bangkok

Sa-wat dee! Welcome to Thailand. Thailand's bustling capital, Bangkok is famous for its tuk tuks, khlong boats and street vendors serving up delicious Thai food. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place, and have your insurance details and next of kin information ready for collection. Bangkok has so much to offer those with time to explore, so perhaps arrive a day or so early and take a riverboat to Chinatown and explore the crowded streets, uncover the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, wander down the tourist mecca of Khao San Road, or indulge in some Thai massage. After the meeting tonight perhaps gather your fellow travellers together and tuck into some into world famous street food.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Bangkok - Bangkok by Bike Urban Adventure - THB1904
  • Bangkok - Grand Palace - THB500
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Bangkok


Day 3: Chiang MaiIn and around Chiang Mai

The most vibrant city in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai has many famous temples and an interesting old city area. Renowned for dazzling beauty and extremely welcoming locals, the ‘Rose of the North’ will leave you spellbound. Chances are, you won’t want to leave. Embark on a scenic, winding drive up a mountain (around 45 minutes) to one of the country's most stunning temple complexes, Doi Suthep. A 300-step naga-guarded stairway leads you to the temples, and the climb is well worth the effort. The hypnotic atmosphere of chanting Buddhist monks and sweeping views of the city make this a most memorable experience.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Doi Suthep temple
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 4: Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to explore, but there are also a few optional activities you can join if you want. Perhaps join a local cooking class today and discover the secrets of real Thai cuisine. You'll learn the key ingredients, how to use them, and what to use in their place if you can’t get them at home. As well as taking your own comprehensive recipe book with you after the class, you'll feast on the fruits of your labour for lunch. Get active with a bicycle tour to discover the city and surrounding countryside from a different perspective, or be spirited away on an early morning Chiang Mai tour that puts you at the epicentre of Buddhist rituals. Learn to meditate, offer alms to monks, and make an offering at a temple. In the evening you can choose to wander through the enormous, colourful Night Bazaar, and perhaps relax at a fine restaurant along the riverfront. Make sure to sample some delicious traditional northern Thai food – the signature dish is kao soy, yellow wheat noodles in a curry broth, traditionally served with chicken or beef.

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Chiang Mai - Thai cooking course - THB800
  • Chiang Mai - Bicycle tour - THB950
  • Chiang Mai - Urban Adventures - Mind & Soul - THB2317
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 5: Chiang Khong

Take a journey through rural countryside to the Thai border town of Chiang Khong (approximately 5.5 hours). Formerly known as 'Juon', peaceful riverside Chiang Khong remains an important market town for the surrounding hill tribes and for trade with Laos. Stretch your legs with a stroll around town, and if you find youself with time, then Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Luang are both well worth a visit while you’re here. Then maybe enjoy a final Thai drink and dinner, while Laos beckons from across the mighty Mekong.

Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 6: Pakbeng - Mekong River

Notes: Our guesthouse here is very basic -– standard accommodation in this small, remote trading port. It can be quite cool from November to February so make sure you have some warm gear packed for this period. Due to dam construction upstream, water levels aren't as reliable as in previous years, and when the river is at its lowest from February to April, part of the journey may occasionally need to be made by land.

Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mekong River - 2 day boat trip
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 7: Luang Prabang

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.


Day 8: Luang Prabang

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Traditional Arts and Ethnology Museum
  • Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Offering alms to Monks
Optional Activities
  • Luang Prabang - Royal Theatre - USD20
  • Luang Prabang - Mt Phu Si - USD2
  • Luang Prabang - Wat Xieng Thong - USD2
  • Luang Prabang - National Museum - USD4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Day 10: Vang Vieng

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


Day 11: Vang Vieng

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Vang Vieng - Bicycle hire - USD2
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.


Day 12: Vientiane

Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
Optional Activities
  • Vientiane - Tuk Tuk to Buddha Park - USD25
  • Vientiane - Vientiane temples - USD1
Meals Included

There are no meals included on this day.

Day 13: Vientiane

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Meals Included
  • Breakfast