Laos & Thailand on a Shoestring

12 days,Hanoi to Bangkok

Explore vibrant Hanoi, revel in the shadows of limestone karsts, discover the serenity of Luang Prabang, float on the mighty Mekong, experience the beauty of scenic northern Thailand.

Wander the tranquil monasteries of Luang Prabang and experience the French colonial influence while sipping coffee at a café. Take 12 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. Take a slow boat down the Mekong, and admire the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng.

What's Included

  • Slow boat up the Mekong
  • Visit to temples of Luang Prabang
  • Street food crawls
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.)
  • Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, plane, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 18, avg 12.
  • Simple hotels (9 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt).

Additions Available on This Tour


Day 1Hanoi

Arrive at any time. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO.

Day 2Hanoi/Vientiane(1B)

A short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the golden stupa of That Luang, or scour the markets.

Day 3Vientiane/Vang Vieng(1B)

Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.

Day 4Vang Vieng(1B)

Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk.

Day 5Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang(1B)

This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

Day 6Luang Prabang(1B)

Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Day 7Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbèng(1B, 1D)

Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving to a village homestay for the night.

Day 8Muang Pakbèng/Chiang Khong(1B, 1L)

Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

Day 9Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Drive to Chiang Mai via Wat Rong Khun. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 10Chiang Mai/Bangkok(1B)

Free time in Chiang Mai. Overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 11Bangkok

Opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, buy any last minute souvenirs or relax with a Thai massage.

Day 12Bangkok(1B)

Depart at any time.

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