Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the energy of Bangkok to the calm of Laos, this trip is a study in contrasts. Visit temples in Chiang Mai then spend the evening exploring the night market. Sail the Mekong into the heart and soul of Laos. An experienced CEO will make sure you get the most of your tour, but will leave plenty of time for you to do your own thing. We utilize many forms of transport—both public and private—to maximize time spent exploring the history and culture of this unforgettable region.

Itinerary

Day 1 Bangkok

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Relax, explore the city, and adjust to the pace of life in Bangkok. Additional Notes: You MUST arrive on tour with your Vietnam visa. There is no way to procure this once the tour has commenced. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)

Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkok's famous klongs (canals). The trip finishes at the Royal Temple of Wat Po for a guided tour. After, there is time for shopping, a visit to Grand Palace or a stroll along Khao San Rd. In the evening, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai. Additional Notes: Note: Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport. Included Activities: Klong Riverboat Tour Wat Po Guided Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Arrive early morning and use some free time to explore. Choose from a range of optional activities or stroll the city independently. In late afternoon, set off to visit the temple complex, Doi Suthep. If you're lucky, you may witness the chanting of the monks. Included Activities: Doi Suthep Guided Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s)) Private Vehicle

Day 4 Chiang Mai/Chiang Khong (1B)

Drive to Chiang Khong, a sleepy trading town nestled on the bank of the Mekong River. En route, visit Wat Rong Khun — the dazzling 'White Temple'. Wander the local food market or sit back and enjoy a slower pace of life relaxing in Thailand with river views of Laos. Included Activities: Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbèng

Cross the border to the Laos immigration area, then take a songthaew (local bus) to a traditional slow boat. Travel down the Mekong River and adjust to the relaxed pace of life in Laos. This predominantly mountainous country has unsurpassed views of the riverside villages, the tropical jungle, and the mountains. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Thailand - Laos) Mekong River Slow Boat

Day 6 Muang Pakbèng/Luang Prabang (1B)

Continue on by slow boat down the mighty Mekong. Before arriving at Luang Prabang, enjoy a visit outside to the Pak Ou caves. After, re-board the boat and continue to Luang Prabang, arriving in the early evening. Included Activities: Mekong River Slow Boat Pak Ou Caves Visit

Day 7 Luang Prabang (1B, 1D)

Take a tour of the Ethnology Museum — a great chance to learn more about the dress and customs of local people. Drop into Ock Pop Tok for an introduction to Laos textiles and handicrafts. Then, take a half-day trip out to the stunning Kuang Si waterfalls and be sure to pack a swimsuit. Included Activities: Ethnology Museum Guided Tour Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre Visit Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion Meal with Local Family

Day 8 Luang Prabang (1B)

Enjoy a free day exploring all Luang Prabang has to offer. Options include cooking classes, temple visits, massages, night market shopping, bike riding, and hiking.

Day 9 Luang Prabang/Vang Vieng (1B, 1D)

Drive winding mountain roads through gorgeous scenery to reach Vang Vieng. Experience a local homestay in a nearby village. Here, enjoy traditional Laotian food while getting to know your host family. Your CEO will provide insight into the way of life of village residents. Included Activities: Vang Vieng Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 10 Vang Vieng (1B)

Enjoy free time in Vang Vieng. Move to a hotel for the night, an ideal location for exploring the countryside by bicycle or kayak.

Day 11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane (1B)

Head out of the mountains to one of Asia's sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the city's oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Lao's national symbol and one of her most sacred sites. For those who like to shop, don't miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day! Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)

Day 12 Vientiane/Hanoi (1B)

Take a short flight from quiet Laos into the bustling city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Opt for a leisurely walk through the Old Quarter and a traditional Vietnamese meal. What better way to start a visit to this diverse country? Transport: After the short flight to Hanoi, a private vehicle will transfer the group 45 mins to the hotel in the city centre. Plane (2.00 hour(s))

Day 13 Hanoi (1B)

Visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former president's house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnam's history. During the afternoon, use some free time to explore this beautiful city. Opt to visit the Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, the Museum of Ethnology or just sip delicious Vietnamese iced coffee in a café along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnam's famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanoi's amazing eating venues. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour Thăng Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance

Day 14 Hanoi (1B)

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.