Laos (Rhymes with WOW)

Bangkok's Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The monks of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang
Explore Buddhist temples in Laos
Mekong slow boat cruise
Kuang Si Waterfalls
The Buddha images of Tam Ting Cave
The ethnic tribes of Pakbeng
Huay Xai - old Yunnanese caravan disembarkation point
Vang Vieng's river
Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar - Lanna handicrafts and traditional wares of the hilltribes
  • Kick off in old Bangkok, wind through fun-times Chiang Mai and hoon over the border into Laos where the real adventure begins. Peaceful Huay Xai’s up first, then river times on the mighty Mekong, lazing in beauty queen Luang Prabang, nature lovin’ in Vang Vieng and finish up in sleepy Vientiane.

     

    You know they’re a welcoming bunch when you cross something called the Friendship Bridge. Take a leaf out of the Laotians book and make a few new friends in this part of the world.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Bangkok - overnight train

    The hunt for your favourite Thai street food begins. It’ll be a toss-up between phad thai and som tam. Walk it off on a city tour before the sleeper train to Chiang Mai.   

    Day 1

    • Arrive in Bangkok and get to grips with this awesome city

    Day 2

    • Visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
    • Enjoy the rest of the day to further explore the city
    • Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs

    Day 3 - Chiang Mai

    See how many activities you can pack into 24 hours, starting with a cooking class, the 300 steps at Doi Suthep and a tour of the Night Bazaar.   

    • Spend a free day exploring the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone
    • Set off on an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city
    • Perhaps get a traditional Thai massage or even partake in a cooking class
    • Why not visit the Night Bazaar a great chance to practice those bargaining skills

    Day 4 - Huay Xai

    Our first stop in Laos is this peaceful little town where you’ll have loads of free time. Are you a book or a Kindle person? Either way, this is a good place to get stuck into your holiday reading.   

    • Take a small boat across the Mekong River to Huay Xai, the first stop in Laos
    • Enjoy time to wander around this small place and perhaps ascend the Naga stairs to Wat Jom Khao Manilat
    • Perhaps visit a nearby minority village, where they make rice whiskey, noodles and handicrafts

    Day 5 - Mekong River - Pakbeng

    Cruise the mighty Mekong and say sabai dee to locals along the way. You’ll feel right at home tonight in your little guesthouse in Pakbeng.   

    • Board a slow boat for a trip down the Mekong River
    • Arrive in the late afternoon at Pakbeng; a colourful village situated at the junction of the Mekong River and the smaller Beng River

    Day 6-8 - Luang Prabang

    After a busy day seeing Buddhist temples, hiking to Kuang Si Falls and exploring Pak Ou Caves, we think you deserve a rest.  Find an herbal steamroom or play some pentanque with the locals (a bit like boules). Don’t expect them to go easy on your.   

    • Continue on the private slow boat, stopping to stretch your legs and explore the Pak Ou Caves, which contain hundreds of Buddha statues
    • Arrive in Luang Prabang in the evening and wander the streets of ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’
    • Trek to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls

    Day 9-10 - Vang Vieng

    Vang Vieng is surrounded by mountains, rivers and big limestone cliffs. Spend a couple of days checking out the caves, lagoons and forests. 

    • Transfer to a local fan cooled bus and head toward the village of Vang Vieng, located on a bend in the Nam Song River
    • Cross the river to explore the huge caves that line the West Bank
    • Enjoy plenty of time to make your own discoveries or partake in an optional kayaking day trip  along the Nam Song

    Day 11-12 - Vientiane

    It's all over red rover.

    • Continue to the Lao capital, located on the banks of the Mekong River.
    • Check out some temples, including Wat Sri Saket.
    • Swap details so you tag yourself in everyone’s photos on Facebook.
    • Trip finishes after breakfast on Day 12.
  • What's Included

    • An experienced local tour guide, all transportation, accommodation, sightseeing and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Laos (Rhymes with WOW)

    Jan John & Vladisl - Australia, 13 Jun, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

     Excellent trip, both leaders were profesional ,caring and very friendly guys.

    Laos (Rhymes with WOW)

    Amanda - Australia, 11 Jul, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    The first few days in Thailand were great and Laos was amaaaazing! Lots of fun but also lots of interesting sightseeing. Highlights were definitely the slow boat on the Mekong, and tubing in Vang Vieng (not part of the tour). Personally, I didn't like Bangkok that much, so wish I didn't have to go back there at the end of Laos. It would have been nice to finish with an extra day in Vientiane and fly out from there.

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Aircon bus, Boat, Local bus, Mekong slow boat, Mini-van, Pirogue (narrow canoe), Songthaew, Taxi, Tuk-tuk
1 night Sleeper train, 8 nights Guesthouse, 2 nights Basic hotel
Bangkok
Vientiane

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