Laos & Thailand Tour
From €1059 plus $170 local payment fee
- Depart From
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Departure Date
- Multiple departure dates throughout the year
- 15 Days
- Bangkok, Thailand
- From €1059 plus $170 local payment fee
Starting in bustling Bangkok and travelling through Northern Thailand we visit ancient ruins, colourful night markets, local tribes nestled high in the hills and intricate temples.
Crossing into Laos, we meet the friendly locals as we donate alms to the monks, pass lush green paddyfields and explore French colonial cities.
What you need to know:
- We will try to run your tour as close to the itinerary as conditions will allow. On very rare occasions, local events may affect the way your itinerary operates. We ask for your flexibility and understanding in these situations.
- Always have a few ID photos on you for visas. This is especially important in arrival places such as Laos or Vietnam where photos are needed
- Pack Light! In addition to there being plenty of laundries available on tour, clothes are simply so much cheaper in Asia. Leave the designer gear at home and visit the local markets.
- The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. You will meet your Tour Leader at 18.00 for the pre-departure meeting. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.
Day 1- Arrive Bangkok
Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is a crazy and chaotic city! Known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon pronounced or Krung Thep "city of angels" for short, Bangkok was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Bangkok is now the gateway to South East Asia for most travellers and international backpackers come and go and the streets are always buzzing and full of life.
Thai Massage per hour from – THB 250 • Wat Phra Kaew – from THB 500 • Thai cookery course – from THB 1200 • Bangkok canal tour – from THB 750
1 night(s) in hotels at New Siam II or similar
Day 2- Bangkok
Today we will visit Bangkok Grand Palace, home to the revered Emerald Buddha. Admire the ornate architecture and visit the temples inside. Returning to hotel we will take a river taxi along the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok once had an elaborate network of canals and was given the nickname, 'Venice of the East', and although some of them have been filled in and converted to streets, many still exist today. Travelling through these canals you will see how the locals live along the riverside - you almost forget you are in a large, bustling city.
Bangkok Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha,Bangkok river taxi
1 night(s) in hotels
Days 3 & 4- Sukhothai
Leaving Bangkok we fly to Sukhothai, Thailand's ancient capital. It is home to the ancient ruins of the former city. A popular highlight of Thailand, it was the capital of the Thai empire for approximately 140 years and translates literally to “Dawn of Happiness”.
The temples and monuments have been since excavated and reconstructed in places, the restoration now naming the destination Sukhothai Historical Park.
The old city has many zones interspersed with lakes and bridges to island bound ruins, and covers roughly 70 square kilometers. We will take a bicycle tour around the World Heritage Site and explore the typical Thai architecture including the Wat Mahathat, one of the most spectacular Buddhas seated amongst the stone ruins .
Bicycle tour of Sukhothai
2 night(s) in a guesthouse at Vitoon Guesthouse or similar
Days 5 & 6- Chiang Mai
Our journey takes us to Chiang Mai , the 'Rose of the North', where you have two nights to enjoy a Thai cooking course, relaxing massage, take in a night-time Thai kick-boxing bout (Muay Thai) or haggle the night away at Chiang Mai’s famous evening street market.
Thai cookery course – THB 800 per person (depending on class size) • Doi Suthep temple by Songthaew (type of Thai vehicle) – THB 300 • Bicycle tour – from THB 800 per day • Watch Muay Thai Boxing - From THB 400
2 nights in hotels at Winner Inn or similar
Days 7 & 8 - Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle
Leaving Chiang Mai head to the bus station to board our bus to Chiang Rai. The journey only takes 3.5 hours so you have the afternoon to explore. The next day we will have a full day tour to discover the surrounding area. We will head to the Golden Triangle viewpoint where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar all meet on the Mekong River and the old Opium Museum where you can learn about Asia's past illicit opium production. Next we will see the giant Golden Buddha sitting on a boat by the riverside and the stone elephants there to protect him.
We will also visit Wat Rong Khun, famously known as the White Temple. Many tour leaders have claimed that Rong Khun is the most fascinating temple they have visited and during your visit you’ll be amazed at the decorations both inside and out! You can compare this with the Black Temple. Discover the stark contrasts not only in colour but in architecture and design too! We will return to our hotel in Chiang Rai which is situated near the popular Night Bazaar Market. All this exploring is hungry work so be sure to sample a freshly-cooked pad thai in this vibrant night spot.
Full day trip to the Golden Triangle including Opium Museum, Giant Golden Buddha in Sop Ruak, White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Black House (Baan Dam)
2 nights in hotels at Baan Pordeedin Guesthouse or similar
Days 9 & 10- Luang Prabang
Today we have a flight to Luang Prabang. Many say that Luang Prabang is the most memorable town in all of Laos. Renowned for a fascinating history and some of the friendliest people, Luang Prabang refers to the holy Pra Bang, Laos' most sacred image of the Buddha given to Fa Ngoum.
We have two days to enjoy this sleepy town, which is located 300 metres above sea level on the upper Mekong. As you explore you will see that Luang Prabang is dominated by Phousi - the marvellous hill-top temple that sits in the middle of the town. We will ascend up to visit Wat Tham Phounsi and to admire the breath-taking views of Luang Prabang. You'll notice a combination of Lao, French and Lao-French colonial influence as you admire the city's buildings and architectural highlights - all of which you can see discovering the town on foot. We will also visit the monks at sunrise who collect alms that are donated by the locals.
Trip to and up Mount Phousi to visit Wat Tham Phousi,Visit to witness the local Monks collecting Alms
Royal Theatre dance performances – US$20 • Royal Palace – LAK 30,000 • Wat Xieng Thong – LAK 20,000 • Wat Poa Phon Phoa – donation expected • Kuang Si Falls – LAK 20,000 (not including transport)
2 night(s) in hotels at Treasure Hotel or similar
Days 11 &12- Vang Vieng
As we make our way south from Luang Prabang we travel past stunning scenery to Vang Vieng. This peaceful town is situated on a plateau with stunning surroundings of limestone caves and waterfalls, and the area is inhabited by the Hmong and Yao tribes. The limestone caves are renowned in ancient mythology and have featured in the prose of many artists throughout time. Vang Vieng is an excellent place to try the local cuisine and there are markets to indulge in. Here we will take a tuk-tuk tour off the beaten track through some of Laos' most incredible scenery and see the local villages and paddy fields. Make sure you bring your swimming costume as we will visit the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip.
Vang Vieng tuk-tuk tour to the Blue Lagoon
Bamboo rafting/kayaking including visit to caves – US$20 • Caves – most entry fees are US$2
2 nights in hotels at Vilayvong Hotel or similar
Day 13- Vientiane
The capital of Laos is extremely quiet - so quiet that, before 1970, there was only one set of traffic lights in the entire city (a far cry from Bangkok!). We have time to admire this tranquil city with its many murals and markets. Many buildings you will see when you wander the streets are of religious significance. You may wish to hire a bicycle and explore the local streets and markets which are excellent here.
Laos was a victim during the Vietnam War and is actually the most bombed country in the world. During the fighting 270 million submunitions were dropped on Laos between 1963 to 1974, and many of those failed to explode, still remaining live in the ground.
In Vientiane, we visit the COPE Centre and learn about the UXO problem in Laos and how the country is managing the situation. We learn about the work undertaken by COPE to provide disability services for people affected by the bombing. As part of the exhibition, you can also watch a number of excellent documentary films where you can learn more.
Visit the COPE Centre
Temples – most entry fees are US$2 • Wat Pra Kaeo (Grand Palace and museum) – LAK 5000 • National Museum – LAK 20,000 • Buddha Park – LAK 8,000 entrance (plus transport starting from LAK 80,000)
1 night(s) in hotels at Mali Namphu Hotel or similar
Day 14- Bangkok
Today we fly to Bangkok where we can enjoy a final dinner and spend the night before the end of our tour tomorrow
1 night in hotel New Siam II or similar
Day 15- Depart Bangkok
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
Price is per person sharing and includes:
- 12 nights in hotels
- 2 nights in a guesthouse
- 2 flights
- Public Bus
- Private Vehicle
- 12 Breakfasts
- Tour leader
- Excursions & Activities:
- Bangkok Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha
- Bangkok river taxi
- Bicycle tour of Sukhothai
- Full day trip to the Golden Triangle including Opium Museum, Giant Golden Buddha in Sop Ruak, White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) Black House (Baan Dam)
- Trip to and up Mount Phousi to visit Wat Tham Phousi
- Visit to witness the local Monks collecting Alms
- Vang Vieng tuk-tuk tour to the Blue Lagoon
- Visit the COPE Centre
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