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Laos to Northern Thailand: Treks & Trails
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From Jan 20

Now's the time to explore Laos and Thailand on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Trek through lush green terrain visit diverse hilltribe villages, sit in the afterglow of a classic Mekong sunset, and, in Chiang Mai, fill up on savoury street food between stops at the bar. See a side of Southeast Asia not many get to experience, with choice and free time at every stop to help you make the most of it. Don't wait; the time to get out there is now.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Average
  • Supplier Tour ID: ALVT.B/261028
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Vientiane, Laos
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai
  • Ban Mae Jok
  • Pa Khao Lam
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

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Day 1: Vientiane

Arrive at any time.

There's free time to enjoy before meeting your group and CEO this evening, when you'll head to the Rivernight Night Market for your first evening out together. Follow your CEO to grab the best street food — or, you know, follow your nose.

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Day 2: Vientiane/Vang Vieng

Find a bit of peace partway through your tour with a visit north to Vang Vieng, a small town nestled among striking limestone karsts. Take a guided hike to Pha Ngeun, the town's highest viewpoint, for incredible views of the valley — no filter necessary.

This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields, mountains, and caves.

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Day 3: Vang Vieng

Get more out of Vang Vieng with free time to explore. Opt to see the caves by bicycle or take a countryside stroll.
Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

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Day 4: Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

Leave to Luang Prabang, where you can make your first acquaintance with this ancient city during an orientation walk. Later this evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Mekong River.

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Day 5: Luang Prabang

Skip sleeping in to watch the monks walk through town before dawn. Dressed in saffron robes, they receive daily alms from local residents. Then, visit the Kuang Si waterfalls on a guided excursion before free time in the evening.

Traditional Laotian culture involves giving daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. Should you rise early, you'll get to watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos.

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Day 6: Luang Prabang/Pak Beng

The Mekong never looked so welcoming. Board a long houseboat and cruise to a village homestay for the night.

The boat will take you on a two-day journey up the Mekong en route to Chiang Khong in Thailand.

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Day 7: Pak Beng/Chiang Khong

New day, same magnificent Mekong. Today's your second travel day, where you'll cross into Thailand.

We arrive in Chiang Khong by the later afternoon.

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Day 8: Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

Let the rolling countryside views relax you as you drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match, or grab a bargain at the famous night market.
Explore the rural lanes of Chiang Mai in a tuk-tuk by pre-booking the Full Day Tuk-Tuk Adventure or experience the flavours and scents of traditional northern Thai cuisine by pre-booking the Northern Thai Cooking Class.

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Day 9: Chiang Mai

Take another free day to explore anything you missed yesterday. There's lots to get up to here.

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Day 10: Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok

It's time for a change of pace. Today, drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where you'll set off on a trek through rugged forests to see how diverse this region of hilltribe communities really is. Every village you'll see has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. It's a few hours to the first village of hilltribe thatch bungalows, but every step is worth it as you get to know the lay of the land.

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Day 11: Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam

Trek for 2–3 hours before stopping for lunch. Then head to a Karen village to see how traditional blankets and scarves are made. Keep trekking for a few more hours (you've got this!) before stopping in the next village for the night.

Along the way, you might get the chance to stop at Mae Tang River to learn to fish using local tools or build a raft using bamboo.

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Day 12: Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai

After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft and get a closer look at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai, a foodie's paradise. Use your free time to try the city's most famous dishes like khao soi (noodles in curry broth) and sai usa (northern Thai sausage).

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Day 13: Chiang Mai/Bangkok

Make the most of Chiang Mai with more free time, where you can go shopping in the market, get a Thai massage, or explore any of the many temples. Or, hey, you could always go back for another taste of khao soi curry. Tonight, make your way to Bangkok via overnight train.

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Day 14: Bangkok

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends as the tour ends in Bangkok, on arrival at the train station (approximately 8am). Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and smiles before you head on your way.
Arrive in Bangkok at approximately 8am. Tour finishes on arrival at the train station.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony, Muang Pakbèng Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Luang Prabang Your Discover Moment: Chiang Mai
    • Guided hike in Vang Vieng
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Orientation walk, sunset cruise and Kuang Si Waterfalls excursion in Luang Prabang
    • Hilltribe trek
    • Bamboo rafting
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (9 nts), homestay (1 nt) basic hilltribe huts (2 nts, multi-share), sleeper trains (1 nt)
    • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, walking, songthaew, river raft
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, trekking staff
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike along Vang Vieng's limestone karsts
  • Discover the serenity of Luang Prabang with a sunset cruise and visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Stay overnight in a local village along the Mekong River
  • Bargain for goods at a night market
  • Trek through forests to explore local villages.