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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!
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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 head up to the hilltop temple of Wat Phousi, for an incredible sunset over the city and the Mekong 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.
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Most expensive: £947 July, 2023
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 single-sex multishare 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.
It’s your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. Visa rules are subject to change without prior notice, so please do check visa requirements at the time of your trip.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.