Available from:
May 9, 2018 to Dec 31, 2029

Trip Details
See a side of Southeast Asia that's further from the tourist track with this 14-day tour that takes you through Laos and northern Thailand. This itinerary brings you unique opportunities to learn about traditional village life by trekking through northern Thailand to explore peaceful towns among rice fields and settlements in rugged forests. Some of your accommodations are booked in local homestays, where you can prepare meals with hosts and get a true glimpse into daily life.

SUMMARY
14 Day(s)

Day 1 Vientiane
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)
Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.

Day 3 Vang Vieng (1B)
Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of the countryside as the sun sets over the river.

Day 4 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)
This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. This evening enjoy learning about local delicacies at the night market on Walking Street.

Day 5 Luang 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 6 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)
Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving at a village homestay for the night.

Day 7 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)
Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

Day 8 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai
Drive to Chiang Mai. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

Day 9 Chiang Mai
Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple.

Day 10 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek through rugged forests and experience the wonderful diversity of this region: each village has its own language, belief system, style of dress, and traditions. Drive from Chiang Mai to Mae Malai village, where the trek will begin. After a few hours of hiking, reach the first village.

Day 11 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek 2-3 hrs and, after lunch, head to a Karen village to see how to make traditional baskets and scarves. Continue trekking another few hours to the next village for the night.

Day 12 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Day 13 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 14 Bangkok
The trip ends on arrival at the Bangkok train station.

DETAILED
14 Day(s)

Day 1 Vientiane
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2 Vientiane/Vang Vieng (1B)
A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 3 Vang Vieng (1B)
Opt to pre-book the "Vang Vieng Adrenaline Bundle" on the checkout page ahead of time, to include this optional on your tour.

Day 4 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang (1B)
This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. Get your bearings with a CEO-led orientation walk. This evening enjoy learning about local delicacies at the night market on Walking Street.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))

Day 5 Luang Prabang (1B)
Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

Day 6 Luang Prabang/Pak Beng (1B, 1D)
We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.


Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Mekong River Homestay & Baci Ceremony

Day 7 Pak Beng/Chiang Khong (1B, 1L)
This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.

Included Activities:
Mekong River Slow Boat
Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)

Day 8 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai
Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 9 Chiang Mai
Enjoy free time to explore. Opt to do a cycling tour, catch a Thai boxing match, or visit Doi Suthep temple.

Additional Notes:
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.

Day 10 Chiang Mai/Ban Mae Jok (1B, 1L, 1D)
We might have time to visit a local market before stopping for lunch and starting our trek.

Tucked away in the hills of northern Thailand is where the most colourful and unchanged traditional communities can be found. Trek through forests and rural terrains to visit some of these diverse hilltribe villages; often, each will have their own unique language, clothing style, and belief system that differs significantly from those of neighbouring tribes. You are well looked after by your local guides, who take the responsibility of preparing all meals and carrying food supplies.

Additional Notes:
The exact itinerary of the walking on this trip may change from time to time, taking into account the weather and local conditions. Also, please note there may be times when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate -- your CEO and guides will be able to advise you. Be prepared for the accommodation to be basic; remember, it's all about an authentic and unique experience!

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 1

Transport:
Pickup truck (1.00 hour(s))

Day 11 Ban Mae Jok/Pa Khao Lam (1B, 1L, 1D)
You will also have the chance to fish at Mae Tang River using local tools; learn how to construct a bamboo raft.

Included Activities:
Hilltribe Trek Day 2

Day 12 Pa Khao Lam/Chiang Mai (1B, 1L)
After breakfast, leave the village by bamboo raft, stopping at other villages along the way. Meet the van after lunch and head back to Chiang Mai for some free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Bamboo Rafting to Lahu Village
Lahu Village Visit
Bamboo Rafting to Shan Village

Transport:
Pickup truck (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 13 Chiang Mai/Bangkok (1B)
Opt to go shopping, enjoy a Thai massage, or explore Chiang Mai's many temples. Board an overnight train to Bangkok.

Additional Notes:
Due to disruptions of Thai trains in the north during the monsoon season, trips running July through October may use alternative transport.

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-13.00 hours)

Day 14 Bangkok
Arrive in Bangkok at approximately 8am. Tour finishes on arrival at the train station.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)
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