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Laos: Sunrises & Street Food
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From Jan 20

Now's the time for adventure on your terms with this tour of Laos that's affordable for young travellers. Explore countryside caves by bike in Vang Vieng, go back in time in the ancient city of Luang Prabang, and watch local life unfold on the Mekong on a dreamy sunset cruise. It's some of the best of Southeast Asia, all in one place. Take it all on with new friends, new places, and new must-sees and -dos to share back home.

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: ALVC.B/261026
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Vientiane, Laos
  • Finishes: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 - 39
You will Visit
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbèng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai

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 Riverside Night Market for your first evening out together. Follow your CEO to grab the best street food — or, you know, follow your nose.

02

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.

03

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.

04

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.

06

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.

07

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.

08

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.

09

Day 9: Chiang Mai

Today, it's time to say goodbye to your group of newfound friends. Be sure to sneak in some last-minute photos and cheers before you head on your way.

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
    • Guided hike in Vang Vieng
    • Slow boat up the Mekong
    • Orientation walk, sunset cruise and Kuang Si Waterfalls excursion in Luang Prabang
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (twin-share) (2 nts), hostels (multi-share) (5 nts), homestay (1 nt)
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, walking
    Group Leader
    • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Hike the limestone karsts of Vang Vieng
  • Discover the serenity of Luang Prabang with a sunset cruise and visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Float on the mighty Mekong
  • Experience the beauty of scenic northern Thailand.