Classic: Thailand and Laos Adventure (ATBH)
Countries Visited: Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Thailand, Viet Nam Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 11 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Explore Bangkoks canals, discover Buddhist temples, float down the mighty Mekong River, get wet in the spray of waterfalls
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.
|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Bangkok||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||Chiang Mai||Day 2 Bangkok/Chiang Mai (1B)|
Enjoy a 1-hr longtail boat tour of Bangkoks 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||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 youre 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 Khong||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||Muang Pakbeng||Day 5 Chiang Khong/Muang Pakbeng|
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||Luang Prabang||Day 6 Muang Pakbeng/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||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||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||Vang Vieng||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||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||Vientiane||Day 11 Vang Vieng/Vientiane (1B)|
Head out of the mountains to one of Asias sleepiest capital cities. Opt to visit some of the highlights of Vientiane including Wat Sisaket, one of the citys oldest and most fascinating temples, and Wat Phra That Luang, Laos national symbol and one of her most sacred sites. For those who like to shop, dont miss the morning market, which, incidentally, is open all day! Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
|Day 12||Hanoi||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 countrys 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||Day 13 Hanoi (1B)|
Visit Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, and the former presidents house on stilts for insight into an important figure in Vietnams 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 cafE along the lake. In late afternoon or early evening, attend a performance of Vietnams famous water puppets before sampling one of Hanois amazing eating venues. Included Activities: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Guided Tour Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Performance
|Day 14||Hanoi||Day 14 Hanoi (1B)|
Not ready to leaves Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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