Laos Traveller – Thailand to Laos

In Thailand discover a country where ancient and modern collide to create the glorious chaos of Bangkok and the cultural heritage of Chiang Mai. In Laos you’ll find a land that holds to the simple traditions that have slipped away elsewhere and where the languid pace of life is eternally contagious. 

 

Travel Dates:

Price Per Person:

18 May 2017 – 30 Nov 2017

$1,566

*price above is per person, based on a double occupancy and includes all taxes & fees.

*price does not include return international airfare.

 

Your Vacation Includes:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation (combo of shared accommodations, overnight train and dorms)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Bangkok - Thonburi walking tour
  • Luang Prabang - Walking tour
  • Vientiane - COPE visit
  • Vientiane - Walking tour
  • Transportation
  • All taxes and fees

 

 

Itinerary:

 

Day 1: Bangkok:

  • You can take a riverboat to Chinatown to sample some world-class street food, visit the Grand Palace, wander down the bustling mecca of Khao San Road or indulge in a Thai massage.

 

Day 2: Bangkok/Overnight Train:

  • Start the morning by jumping on a public ferry to Wat Kalayanamit and enjoy an included walking tour around the fascinating Thonburi area of Bangkok. See the mixture of cultures with Buddhist temples and Catholic Churches as you stroll around the Portuguese influenced Thonburi area. Often a spot away from the tourist trail you will experience untouched local villages living by the waterways and visit quaint local markets that have plenty of interesting snacks waiting for you to try.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Days 3-4 Chiang Mai:

  • Wake up on the train and glimpse the northern scenery as you arrive in Chiang Mai, then transfer to your hotel. Get out and explore this 'Rose of the North', which boasts spectacular temples, delicious food, an enormous night market, a picturesque river-front and excellent shopping. Hiring a bike to get around town is a great activity, as is a cooking class, or venturing to the Doi Suthep temple 15 km out of town. Adventure seekers, ask your leader about white-water rafting. There is so much to do in Chiang Mai and you have 2 full free days to do as much or little as you like.

 

Day 5: Chiang Khong:

  • Take a private minivan to Chiang Khong (approximately 5 hours). Explore this quiet town that sits on the Thai side of the Thai-Lao border. Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Luang are both well worth a visit while you are here.

 

Day 6: Mekong River / Pak Beng:

  • This morning you will complete border formalities at Huay Xai before boarding a private boat with your group to begin your two-day journey down the Mekong River (6–7 hours today). While the boat is basic, the journey is relaxed, a lovely way to experience the slow pace of village life and gorgeous scenery along the river. Dock at the small trading port of Pak Beng in the late afternoon and spend the night in a basic guesthouse.

 

Day 7: Mekong River / Luang Prabang:

  • Board the boat again and cruise downriver at a leisurely pace to Luang Prabang (6–7 hours). Arriving late afternoon, you'll have time to hit the highly recommended night market food stalls, a great place to mingle with the locals and enjoy a meal with fellow travellers. With temples and French colonial villas lining the Mekong under blazing orange skies, you can see why this city has a reputation for exotic beauty.

 

Days 8-9: Luang Prabang:

  • Join your guide for a walk around the local area, learning more about Lao culture at the temple of Wat Pha Mahathat. Today and tomorrow are then yours to spend as you please. Kuang Si Falls, a spectacular spot to swim, is well worth a visit. Also at the gate entrance to the waterfalls you will have the chance to stop by the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre where you can see the wonderful work this center is doing to rescue bears from poachers and provide them with a home. Take the time to explore the local market by day, where the textiles made by local women will amaze. You can also make the steep climb up Mount Phousi, the spiritual and geographical heart of the city and a prime location to see the sunset over the Mekong.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast (x2)

 

Day 10: Vang Vieng:

  • Take a private mini bus through dusty villages and winding mountain roads to Vang Vieng.  The mountain scenery en route is as impressive as that of your destination.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 11: Vang Vieng:

  • Vang Vieng is known as an adventure town, thanks to its unique and varied surrounding country. Its many local caves are easily accessible and make for great day trips or half-day trips. Notably, Tham Chang, with its beautiful cavern fed by a natural spring, is an interesting swimming hole. Those looking to relax or perhaps learn more about local niche industry can visit the organic mulberry farm just outside town and enjoy a meal there (guided tours of the farm are available).

 

Day 12: Vientiane:

  • Take a beautiful local bus ride through roadside villages to Vientiane. Enjoy the slow pace of what is possibly Asia's most laid-back capital city. On a guided walk you will visit the key Buddhist sites Wat Si Saket and Haw Phra Kaew, and continue on to Patuxai (Victory Gate) for unsurpassed views over the city.

 

Day 13: Vientiane:

  • Today is a free day. Be sure to sample some of the top-quality cuisine on offer here, from French to Laotian and everything in between. Follow tracks along the river to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Day 13: Vientiane:

  • Your trip ends after breakfast today and you are free to depart at any time.
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

 

 

 

Terms & Conditions:

Valid for travel times as indicated above, specific departure times may vary depending on tour.  Although open-aged, this tour is recommended for travellers between the ages of 18-35.  Prices above are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare or travel visas.  Price is subject to change without notice and all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking. Downunder Travel Ltd. is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Downunder Travel Ltd. is a booking agent for the airlines and hotels involved in this package, therefore cannot be held responsible for the service provided by both parties.  Please advise your Downunder Travel Specialist should you be traveling on anything other than a Canadian or U.S. passport.  All Canadian Citizens must re-enter Canada on a valid Canadian Passport. Downunder Travel is the agent/broker in this equation and for that reason is not responsible for any issues or incidents which result in clients expenditure outside of the package booked paid for and agreed upon.  Downunder Travel Ltd recommends all passengers purchase cancellation/interruption insurance for protection against any non pre-existing medical conditions which may cause you cancellation penalties or change fees. Your Downunder Travel Specialist can assist with both Cancellation/Interruption Insurance and Medical Insurance.