Lovely Laos for less!
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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. As the sun sets, head out to some of the riverside bars for a cocktail or two with your group. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Free day in Vang Vieng. More of the same today as you enjoy a full day of riverside relaxation! Breakfast included.
Day 4: Travel to Luang Prabang. A full day of travel to Luang Prabang. Arrive in the evening and seek out some local food for dinner. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Free time in Luang Prabang. Witness the giving of alms to Buddhist monks. Opt to venture out to the Kuang Si Waterfalls or visit the Royal Palace Museum. Finish off at Phousi Temple and climb its 300 steps for a gorgeous view across Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.
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. Breakfast and dinner included.
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. Breakfast and lunch included.
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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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: Visas for Laos are usually issued upon arrival at the border.
Thailand: As you will be arriving into Thailand across a land border, you will be issued a 15-day visa. If you wish to stay for longer, or plan to begin employed work during your stay, then you will need to apply for a visa before you depart the UK. If you are not planning on working this will be in the form of a 60-day tourist visa.
Physical Rating: Light. The activities on this trip are suitable for most fitness levels.