Thai & Laos Adventure
There's an old South East Asian Proverb…If you're collecting rain-water using a medium-sized barrel it'll overflow. But if your barrel is larger than the cloud itself, you won't lose a drop…and that's how to do this trip. Open your mind up and catch all you can. Go without any expectancy and appreciate all that's thrown at you; the amazing people of Laos, the outdoor adventuring, the history, the food and the culture.
Day 1: Bangkok to Pai
Bangkok. A city of hedonistic temptations and transport-driven infuriation. Meet us in the morning to begin our exploration of Thailand’s wise side. We start with a short drive to the more than impressive ancient city of Ayutthaya. This place is a spectacle for both the brains and eyeballs! Learn about the unique language that was only to be spoken in the presence of the king, and the violent war that almost destroyed this place. After an afternoon of sightseeing board our overnight train. Your train journey will be buzzing with excitement from all the things you’ve seen, and all the things you’re about to do. (Transfer at Chiang Mai)
Day 2 & 3: Pai
Chilled Vibes. That's what Pai's all about. The town has a few dusty roads, an incredibly lively market and loads of hip bars and cafes. What you do with your time here is up to you. There's rafting trips, treks into the hill tribes and great live music. What's not to love?
Day 4 & 5: Pai to Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai. There’s hundreds of temples, thriving universities, great nightclubs and everything else in between. It’s one of those amazing towns that feels both lived in and ancient. You arrive early morning so take your time and choose from a bunch of cultural activities. Cooking classes, Thai boxing, eating; or if you’re feeling adventurous head out to the lush surrounding areas for some great outdoor activities.
Day 6: Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai
Meet at the hotel reception and get ready to head to the centre of the Golden Triangle. We leave early morning to check out Chang Rai. It’s a small city with a very relaxing vibe and a beautiful surrounding area. You can go visit an adventure park, see some waterfalls; you can even head up a mountain for some spectacular views! Tonight we reminisce over our day with some dinner and drinks.
Day 7: Chiang Rai to Pak Beng
It’s an early morning start to make the most out of the day ahead. We cross the border to Laos, and once our visas are stamped we begin our leisurely trip along the Mekong on our own private long boat. Read a book, take photos, or chill out and chat to your travel mates. We arrive in Pakbang for our overnight stay. Take a stroll around this small village before meeting your Guide for dinner and a few drinks. It's probably time to try the local tipple - Lao Lao (rice whiskey).
Day 8: Pak Beng to Luang Prabang
Back on the boat this morning! Today we’re off to the UNESCO world heritage site of Luang Prabang. We stop by PAK OU caves to stretch the legs and capture a bit of the spectacular countryside. This evening we arrive at what will be our home for the next two nights.
Day 9: Luang Prabang
No boat today, but plenty of amazing things to do. In the morning you can catch the Buddhist monks peacefully strolling around collecting alms. You can head to the beautiful Kwang Si waterfalls (awesome spots for jumping in!), and climb Phousi Hill to get a great view for sunset. There are also some awesome local buffet style eateries here, yum yum!
Day 10: Luang Prabang to Phonsavan
After breakfast we head to Phonsavan on our private transfer. On the way we stop at a local roadside café for fried rice, noodles and fruit. The destination today is a unique blend of mortifying modern history and intriguing ancient sights. Before dinner we learn about the work being done to remove some of the leftover unexploded mines from the ‘Secret War’. In the evening we’ll go to one of the war themed restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Day 11: Phonsavan
Visit the famous ‘Plain of Jars’. Hundreds of these huge stone jars are found scattered around the area. The Jars are so big and amazing that you can fit your entire body in them! No one is exactly certain what they were used for but the techniques used to make them are an amazing into between prehistoric technology. Either that or you can believe the local legend: Giants made them to store booze! In the evening we can go to our favourite small quirky restaurant, the destination for the best grub.
Day 12: Phonsavan to Vang Vieng
Did someone say ‘party town’? Yes they did, but they should have also said ‘incredibly-beautiful-outdoor-adventure-town’. Vang Vieng is our destination and we arrive here in time for you check out the town, grab a boat up the river and take some lovely sunset photos. We meet for dinner, and quite possibly a bar crawl in the evening.
Day 13: Vang Vieng
A free day for some great adventures. There are so many outdoor activities in and around Vang Vieng you'll be spoilt for choice! Visit the beautiful Tham Phu Caves & Blue Lagoon. Join in the kayaking, rafting, rockclimbing, caving trips, or hike to the Kaeng Nyui waterfalls. The options are endless.
Day 14: Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Off to the Laotian capital we go. On the way we stop at the COPE centre. This centre depicts the tragedies of the war in a very engaging manner. An essential component of any trip to this war-ravaged region of the world. Once we arrive we go for an orientation walk. This city is unique in that it is probably the most ‘village-like' capital city you'll ever experience! It's the last night on tour so get emotional over dinner, eat the best food in Laos, talk about those memories and join us for some farewell drinks.
Day 15: Vientianne
Our trip ends after breakfast. Why not head to Hanoi to join our Vietnam trip and continue the adventure!
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