Laos to Northern Thailand: Treks & Trails

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Vientiane to Bangkok

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

See a side of Southeast Asia that's further from the tourist track with this 14-day tour that takes you through Laos and northern Thailand. This itinerary brings you unique opportunities to learn about traditional village life by trekking through northern Thailand to explore peaceful towns among rice fields and settlements in rugged forests. Some of your accommodations are booked in local homestays, where you can prepare meals with hosts and get a true glimpse into daily life.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Orientation walk of Luang Prabang
  • Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
  • Street food crawls
  • Hilltribe trek
  • Bamboo rafting
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Swim alongside vang vieng's limestone karsts
  • Explore the countryside of luang prabang
  • Stay overnight in a local village along the mekong river
  • Bargain for goods at a night market
  • Trek through forests to explore local villages

Itinerary

Vientiane Arrive at any time. After meeting your CEO and fellow travellers this evening, wander through the bustling night market along the Mekong River. Pick up a street beer or tea as you browse through the stalls of souvenirs and local delicacies. Follow your CEO to grab the best street food — or, you know, follow your nose.
Vientiane/Vang Vieng Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.
Vang Vieng Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of the countryside as the sun sets over the river.
Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. This evening enjoy learning about local delicacies at the night market on Walking Street.
Luang Prabang Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.
Luang Prabang/Pak Beng Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving at a village homestay for the night.
Pak Beng/Chiang Khong Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.
Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai Drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
Chiang Mai Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple.
Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.
Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to see how to make traditional baskets and scarves. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.
Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.
Chiang Mai/Bangkok Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.
Bangkok The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.
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