Discover the inspirational heights of Northern Thailand and Laos.
This trip is for those who want a soul-quenching journey into the spiritual and action-packed heights of the Mekong River and Laos! Traverse jungle landscapes and dive into wondrous waterfalls, admire shimmering caves and the mighty Mekong river, and learn about Buddhist beliefs by studying the temples and watching the orange-clad monks.
We spend 8 days exploring Thailand, Laos. We visit Bangkok, Vientiane, Chiang Mai, Chiang Khong, Chiang Rai, Pak Beng, Luang Prabang, Vang Veng, Mekong River Delta, Vang Vieng.
What Is Included...
Your Busabout crew
7 nights’ accommodation
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches
All transport (Mekong boat and private bus)
Khun Korn Waterfall visit, Chiang Rai
White Temple visit, Chiang Rai
Entrance to Pak Ou Caves, Laos
Alms giving, Laos
Mt. Poussi Sunset Trip, Luang Prabang
Kuang Si Falls trip and entrance, Luang Prabang
Vang Vieng kayak trip, Vang Vieng
Visit to Ock Pop Tok Laos Handicrafts Centre, Luang Prabang
Visit to the COPE Centre & City Tour, Vientiane
- Sail down the mighty Mekong River
- Enjoy the varied and tasty local food of Laos
- Appreciate the colonial town of Luang Prabang
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8 Day Itinerary
Northern Thailand & Laos Adventure 8 day full itinerary breakdown and route map
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai to Chiang Khong
Get excited, it’s time for the adventure to begin! We’ll depart early this morning for the mountainous district of Chiang Khong. We’ll have a stop en route in the picturesque Chiang Rai district, where you can grab a quick lunch before visiting the stunning ivory temple of Wat Rong Khun. The old dilapidated building was completely renovated by a local artist and the result is this incredible White Temple. Next up, we’ll visit the thundering falls of Khun Korn. The route is very slippery, so make sure you’ve got decent footwear, and snap some epic photos! Explore the surrounding jungles and have a refreshing swim before heading off on the final leg towards the border with Laos. We arrive into Chiang Khong and check in to our accommodation, before an evening spent by the Mekong River enjoying our last night in Thailand.
Chiang Rai to Pakbeng (Mekong Cruise)
Rise and shine, this morning we leave early so we don’t have to queue at the border of Laos for too long. After passing through immigration we board the friendship bus and cross the bridge into Laos! We then board our long boat on the mighty Mekong River, and it’s time to kick back and relax as we cruise along the meandering river. Get snap happy and capture the natural beauty of Laos, listen to music, enjoy an included on board buffet lunch, and chat with your travel mates as we make our way to the village of Pakbeng. We arrive in the early evening before strolling the exciting markets of the village. Tonight enjoy a refreshing Beerlao or some fiery Lao Lao as we watch the sunset over the Mekong before heading out for your first restaurant visit in stunning Laos.
Pakbeng to Luang Prabang (Mekong Cruise)
This morning we make our watery way east to the UNESCO-listed villages that collectively form the city of Luang Prabang. We have a stop en route at the Pak Ou Caves, at the mouth of the Pak Ou river, where you’ll see hundreds of miniature Buddha statues! We’ll fill our bellies with another fantastic included on-board buffet lunch before our arrival at Luang Prabang port. Check in and join your guide for an afternoon exploring this awesome city. Spend your time roaming the streets and exploring the numerous markets and temples of this cultural wonderland. Watch the sunset from the best vantage point available high atop Mount Phousi before heading off to explore the night markets.
Up and at ‘em, join your guide today for an unmissable trip to the cascading Kuang Si Falls! Take in the scenery and snap some jealousy-inducing pics as you relax and swim in the picturesque surroundings. Before returning we have a stop at Ock Pop Tok, a vibrant community of artisans with a tonne of quality handmade trinkets on offer.
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It’s an early rise this morning, but trust us, it’s worth it! Join in the unique local experience, giving alms to the procession of monks as they make their way through the city streets on their daily trek. Then it’s time to head south for the majestic karst hills of Vang Vieng. Enjoy the rolling hills and lush greenery of the Laotian countryside, followed by a delicious lunch before we explore the town and surrounds. Tonight we head out for a delicious dinner by the river and a few warm up drinks. Vang Vieng is renowned as a party town, so if you’re up for it, head out into the night for an unforgettable night.
Do a bit of shopping before joining us for an exciting included day trip kayaking the Nam Song river. Cruising along this refreshing lifeline is the perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Laos. Wind your way through shimmering rice paddies with stops to explore caves, frolic in the water and hike to viewpoints. Tonight, we head out for another delicious dinner followed by a few drinks and another night in this eclectic paradise.
Vang Vieng to Vientiane
It’s time to set a course south for the Laotian capital of Vientiane. We stop en route at the Ban Houei Mo, a local fish market to get a taste of rural life in Laos before continuing on to make our midday arrival at Vientiane. We’ll explore all the best sights, including the humanitarian COPE Centre, the Patuxai War Monument, and Buddha Park, just to name a few! Tonight we’ll do some last minute shopping at the night markets before we head out into the night for the big send off to our incredible Asian adventure!
Check-out is at noon. We hope to see you again!
Frequently Asked Questions about the Northern Thailand & Laos Adventure
Tour starts from:
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai at 8:00am
Tour ends in:
Vientiane, Vientiane at 10:00am
Accommodation is included for this trip. You will stay in 7 nights 2/3-star hotels.
You can upgrade to a single private from MyTrip once you have made a booking.
* All upgrades are subject to availability.
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Here is the list of available optional activities, excursions and freetime avaiable on this trip:
- Sail down the Mekong, Laos
- Swim at the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang
- Experience early morning alms giving - included
- Spend the day on the river, kayaking and exploring, Vang Vieng
- Explore Vientiane on a city tour
- Multiple times - Dine at a Local social enterprise restaurant that trains local street youth in hospitality - Busabout Cares Program!
- Multiple times - Street food for days in Thailand and Laos
All optional extras and excursions will be available to book through your Busabout Guide on the trip.
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