Take 11 days to uncover this laid-back corner of Southeast Asia. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are included, and our expert CEOs will help you make the most of your time. Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a caf?. Admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng before taking a slow boat down the Mekong. Explore Thailand's laidback northern capital of Chiang Mai before ending in Bangkok, a city that pulses with endless colour and character.
What's Included: Local Living: Mekong River Homestay, Muang Pakb?ng. Slow boat up the Mekong. Orientation walk of Luang Prabang. Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang). Street food crawls. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Highlights: Take in the view of limestone karsts in Vang Vieng, Cool off in Kuang Si Waterfall, Ride down the Mekong, Enjoy a homestay in a local village, Explore Chiang Mai, Enjoy bustling Bangkok
Group Size Notes: Max 18, avg 12.
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Transport: Sleeper train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, walking.
Minimum Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.
Max Pax: 18
Physical Grading:2 - Light
➕ Day 1 Vientiane
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
➕ Day 2 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.
➕ Day 3 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 4 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)
This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk.
➕ Day 5 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 6 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.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay
➕ Day 7 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.
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
➕ Day 8 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.
➕ Day 9 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)
Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.
Basic overnight train (beds)
➕ Day 10 Bangkok
We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.
In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.
➕ Day 11 Bangkok (1B)
Depart at any time.