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Group Size: Avg 12, max 18
Trip code: ALVC
Duration: 9 days
Uncover the hidden delights of lovely Laos on this budget group tour! Kicking off in the capital of Laos, this trip takes in the splendour of Vientiane, the riverside paradise of Vang Vieng and includes a 2-day cruise down the mighty Mekong River! You’ll then cross the border and finish off the experience in the buzz of Thailand’s Chiang Mai! With a fantastic mix of awesome inclusions and optional activities you can build an experience to suit your tastes and your wallet! Perfect!
- Discover the delights of Vientaine, the capital of Laos
- Enjoy river activities and sunset parties in Vang Vieng
- Take to the mighty Mekong River for a 2-day boat cruise – including an overnight homestay!
- All accommodation and transport included, plus you’ll be led by an experienced tour guide!
Discover 2 awesome Asian countries on this whirlwind group tour! Journey through Laos and Thailand, and tick off all the main sights at a price that won’t break the bank!
Day 1: Tour starts in Laos. Touch down in Laos and make your way to your accommodation in bustling Vientiane. Settle in, freshen up, and prepare for a welcome meeting with your group and guide. Enjoy your first night in the capital of Laos!
Day 2: River fun in Vang Vieng. Travel down to Vang Vieng. Spend your day hiking along the river and drinking in the stunning views of rice paddies and soaring limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun viewpoint. As the sun sets, head out to some of the riverside bars for a cocktail or two with your group.
Day 3: Free day in Vang Vieng. More of the same today as you enjoy a full day of riverside relaxation!
Day 4: Travel to Luang Prabang. A full day of travel to Luang Prabang. Arrive in the evening and take a sunset cruise along the river.
Day 5: Free time in Luang Prabang. Witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks. Venture out to the Kuang Si Waterfalls and take a dip in the turquoise waters.
Day 6: Mekong river cruise and homestay. Swap dry land for the mighty Mekong River today as you begin your epic 2-day slow boat journey along this iconic waterway. Spend the night at a homestay on the riverbank. Enjoy some home-cooked Laotian cuisine and learn about the life of the locals.
Day 7: River cruise into Thailand. Sip on some included tea and coffee and watch Laos gradually become Thailand, your second country of the trip! Tonight you’ll stay in the market town of Chiang Khong.
Day 8: Travel to Chiang Mai. Head south to Chiang Mai. There are loads of optional activities to try out here including visiting Doi Suthep Temple or catching a Muay Thai fight. Finish off the day with a wander around the city’s famous night market. Discover live music, delicious street food and perfect souvenirs at every turn. Enjoy your last night in Thailand!
Day 9: Tour ends in Chiang Mai. Your fantastic shoestring tour of Laos has come to an end! Depart at any time.
Please note this itinerary is for start dates after 21st January 2020. If you are travelling before this date please download the trip notes for more information on your itinerary.
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Arrive into Vientiane, Laos, on day 1. Make your own way to your accommodation in the city by taxi or the airport shuttle bus.
Please note, we can also arrange a airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
The tour ends in Chiang Mai on day 9. An airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.
8 nights of shared accommodation are included on this tour.
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner are included. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to discover Southeast Asian culture and cuisine for yourself. Please allow around USD110-145 for meals not included.
The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. This trip is designed for travellers aged 18-39.
Laos: British citizens can get a visa on arrival at the border for approximately $35 USD. You will need one passport photo. Alternatively you can get a visa by contacting the Laos Embassy in London.
Thailand: British passport holders arriving by air or land, can enter Thailand for up to 30 days without a visa. If you need to stay longer, you will need to apply for a 60-day tourist visa before you depart the UK.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.