THAILAND AND LAOS ADVENTURE

Sail aboard a traditional junk boat and walk the streets of imperial capitals. From vibrant Hanoi, the beauty of Halong Bay, the imperial capital of Hue, and the charms of Hoi An to the modern Saigon, experience the energy of Vietnam in 10 jam-packed days.

Highlights:

Bangkok | Chiang Mai | Chiang Khong | Muang Pakbèng | Luang Prabang | Vang Vieng | Vientiane | Hanoi

Includes:

Local Living: Meal with Local Family, Luang Prabang
Local Living: Vang Vieng Homestay, Vang Vieng
• Bangkok klong trip
• Wat Pho entrance and guide
• Doi Suthep entrance (Chiang Mai)
• Mekong River slow boat excursion
• Pak Ou caves entrance (Luang Prabang)
• Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum guided tour
• Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
• Kuang Si waterfalls trek (half-day)
• Water puppets performance (Hanoi)
• Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance (when open)
• Internal flight
• Border crossing support
• All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
• 11 nights of shared hotel accommodation, one night in a village homestay, plus one night on a sleeper train
• 11 breakfasts, two dinners
• Guide throughout

Level of support:

Guided

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13 nights

From $1,969* p.p.


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Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive at any time. Today is an arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok.

Day 2: Bangkok/Chiang Mai
Guided longboat tour of Bangkok’s klongs and Wat Po. Optional Grand Palace and National Museum visits. Overnight train to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour. After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.

Day 3: Chiang Mai
Enjoy a guided tour of Doi Suthep temple. Optional activities include a cooking class or visit to the night market. Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class. In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

Day 4: Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong
Head to Chiang Khong via Wat Rong Khun and enjoy the view of the mighty Mekong. Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos.

Day 5: Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng
Cross the border into Laos then travel by traditional boat down the Mekong River. Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat. Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains.

Day 6: Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang
Continue down the Mekong for most of the day. Take a guided tour of the Pak Ou caves before arriving in Luang Prabang. Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves. After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening.

Day 7: Luang Prabang
Enjoy a guided tour of the Ethnology Museum and Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre before a lunch with a local family. Relax in the afternoon at the Kuang Si waterfalls. Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit.

Day 8: Luang Prabang
Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.

Day 9: Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng
Spend the night in a local village enjoying traditional Laotian food. Sleep and eat like a local. Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village. Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents.

Day 10: Vang Vieng
Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak. Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Day 11: Vang Vieng/Vientiane
Explore the capital of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the National Museum, or explore highlights of the town. Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites. For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day!

Day 12: Vientiane/Hanoi
Fly from Vientiane to Hanoi. Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter.

Day 13: Hanoi
Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, stilt house, and Presidential Palace. Enjoy an included water puppet show. Opt to visit the Temple of Literature, museums, and Hoa Lo Prison. Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history.

Day 14: Hanoi
Depart at any time. Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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