Explore the best of Northern Thailand and Laos on this extra-special 13-day tour. With vibrant cities, see towering mountains, dense jungle, waterfalls, elephants, and bustling markets. Learn to cook delicious Laotian cuisine and have plenty of time to just relax amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!
Sawadee-krub, welcome to bustling Bangkok. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax at your hotel. This evening, see Bangkok from a different perspective and enjoy a sunset drink at one of the many roof top bars.
- CityPoint Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn
Bangkok is no doubts one of the most cosmopolitan and contrasting cities in Asia. Begin the day with a visit to the Jim Thompson House and Textile Museum to see the art and textiles of a man who was credited with reviving and revitalizing the Thai silk industry. In the afternoon, see the glittering Grand Palace, former home of the Thai king and take a ride along the Chao Phraya for a different perspective of the city.
Jim Thompson House and Textile Museum, Grand Palace
Fly to Chiang Mai, an ancient walled city nestled in the northern mountains. Visit the beautiful and historic Buddhist temples that give Chiang Mai its character and try the regional specialty Khao Soi, a curried noodle dish. Overnight in Chiang Mai. A walking tour of the Old City on foot, including Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Suan Dok, where Chiang Mai’s royal family’s ashes are interred.
- Thannatee Boutique hotel
- Ibis Styles Chiang Mai
Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, and Wat Suan Dok
Drive through beautiful mountain scenery to the quiet town of Chiang Rai that sits on the border with Burma and Laos otherwise known at the Golden Triangle, notorious for its opium production. Wander through the town and if you like, pop into the Opium House a museum that documents the history of opium in the region. En route, make a stop at the Mae Ka Chan hot springs, where you can soak sore muscles in three natural pools. Let tiny fish nibble dead skin from your feet, or purchase quail eggs to cook in the boiling waters.
Continue on to Mae Sai, the northernmost trading post located near the Thailand-Myanmar border, then have short break for lunch. Nearing the lovely city of Chiang Rai, your guide accompanies you to Wat Rong Khun — aka the White Temple — a contemporary complex made of shimmering glass and painted white plaster rebuilt by a local artist who began construction in 1997. Check in hotel in Chiang Rai then relax.
- Laluna Hotel and Resort
- Maryo Resort
Mae Ka Chan hot springs, Wat Rong Khun - the White Temple
Cross the border into Laos and cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. On the way visit a village of the Yao or Lu tribes and enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank, and dock overnight in the small riverside town of Pakbeng.
Continue down river and see the Pak Ou Caves, where devotees leave statues of Buddha to make merit and bring good luck. Arrive in the laid-back town of Luang Prabang, full of golden temples and where hundreds of monks walk the streets. Self discover the night market at your own.
- Chang Inn Luang Prabang
- Zen Namkhan Boutique Resort
River cruise to Pak Ou Cave, self discover the night market
Enjoy a tour around the quaint township starting at Wat Xieng Thong, the finest example of Luang Prabang architecture, as well as the gilded carved façade of Wat Mai. Visit the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, where relics from Laos’ royalist past remain. Then walk up the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, for panoramic views of the city.
Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai, National Museum, Phousi Mount
Grab your swim suit and travel a short distance from Luang Prabang to the Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools, perfect for swimming when seasonal water levels allow.
Next to the falls is the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation centre that rescues animals from the wildlife trade. Meet the cute furry residents and learn about the efforts to protect Sun Bears in the wild.
Kuang Si Waterfall, Sun Bear Reserve Center
Learn the delicious secrets of Laotian cuisine with a hands-on cooking class. Start with a wander through the local produce market with your chef who will help you choose your ingredients. Then its aprons on and time to start cooking!
Visit local market to choose ingredients for you cooking class
Travel along picturesque winding roads for about six hours to reach Vang Vieng, with stunning views of towering limestone karsts around every turn. Once a quiet little town, Vang Vieng is firmly on the map as a stopover point for many backpackers with many small bars and cafes now dotting the main street.
- Inthira Vang Vieng Hotel
- The Elephant Crossing Hotel
Spend the day as you choose as there are a lot of activities you can do in Vang Vieng. Try tubing down the river, kayaking, or explore the nearby caves of Tham Phu Kham with its deep lagoon and Buddhist images. For more cultural activities take a walk to one of the many ethnic minority villages.
River kayaking, exploring Tham Phu Kham cave
Drive three hours to Vientiane and take a whirlwind city tour including all the highlights. See Wat Sisaket Vientiane's oldest-surviving monastery and its thousands of Buddha statues and Hor Pha Ke, a museum with a turbulent history. Admire the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and Patouxai, Vientiane’s arc de triomphe, and a window into its French-colonial history.
- Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel
- City Inn Vientiane Hotel
Wat Sisaket, Pha That Luang, Patouxai - Vientiane’s arc de triomphe
You have explored the best highlights of Thailand and Laos. Now the time to take the opportunity for some last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
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Overlooking Vang Vieng Town and surrounding hills, Inthira Villa Vang Vieng Hotel offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Starting with a welcome drink upon arrival, the hotel also features a tour desk and bicycle rental.
Located in Vang Vieng’s centre, Hotel Inthira Villa 3 km from the bus station. It is a 5-minute drive from the local market.
Air-conditioned rooms at Inthira Vang Vieng feature wooden furnishings and neutral fabrics. They are fitted with a cable TV and minibar. Private bathrooms have hot shower facilities.
Guests can lounge at the rooftop terrace, which offers sweeping views of the limestone hills. Leisure activities like hiking, cycling and caving can be arranged at Hotel Inthira’s tour desk.
Inthira Villa offers Lao, Thai and Western dishes.