Laos on a Shoestring

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Hanoi to Chiang Mai

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Start this 10-day tour in vibrant Hanoi and head south to Chiang Mai, experiencing some of the best of Southeast Asia along the way. Caves, city lights, temples, street food crawls – this adventure’s got it all. Feeling active? Hike, bike, or swim in Vang Vieng. Feeling dreamy? Cruise the Mekong and then get a real feel for local life with a village homestay. Once in Chiang Mai, opt to visit Doi Suthep temple or catch a Thai boxing match. Better yet, do both!

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Mekong River Homestay, Muang Pakbèng
  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Orientation walk of Luang Prabang
  • Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang)
  • Street food crawls
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Discover the serenity of luang prabang
  • Float on the mighty mekong
  • Experience the beauty of scenic northern thailand.

Itinerary

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. Included Activities: 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. Transport: 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. Transport: 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: 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. Included Activities: 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. Included Activities: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 10 Chiang Mai Depart at any time.
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