Day 1 Hanoi Welcome to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting.
Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Hanoi.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Street Food Crawl
Day 2 Hanoi/Vientiane (1B) Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.
Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.
Plane (1.25 hour(s))
Day 3 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B) 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.
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
Day 4 Vang Vieng (1B) Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.
Day 5 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B) This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk.
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Luang Prabang (1B) 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 7 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D) We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay
Day 8 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L) 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.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
Day 9 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai 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.
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 10 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B) Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a 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! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)
Day 11 Bangkok 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 12 Bangkok (1B) Depart at any time.