TOUR 25 – (M); Laid Back Laos: Small Group Tour
15 Days. From AUD $1,990

This Laos small group tour has the most thought out itinerary available for Laos. Start in fascinating Bangkok but rather than heading straight to Chiang Mai and going down stream we head to Vientiane first and go upstream leaving Chiang Mai for last destination to shop, party, dine or relax by the pool after the harder travel is out of the way. It takes in all the usual highlights as well as a Baktrax destination. Going upstream means we also avoid the tourist packed boats and get to spend more time in scenic Pakbeng rather than arriving at dusk and leaving the next day at dawn as everyone else does. Pakbeng is a worthy destination in itself rather than just a place to sleep. Add to that a flight from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok to connect with your onward travel,  your Laos visa fee and you soon realise that this is indeed the clever Laos itinerary.

ACCOMMODATION  = (3 star hotels x 8 nights, 1 to 2 star hotels x 3 nights, Simple guest houses x 3 nights).

traditional fishing boats on the mekong river in Laos
two women from the lahu sheleh hill tribe
water lily

From AUD $1,990

Group Size: Minimum 1, Maximum 8

Guaranteed to depart

English speaking tour coordinator

Visiting
BANGKOK - VIENTIANE -VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG - UDOMXAI - PAKBENG - HUAY XAI - CHIANG MAI

Accommodation

  • Three star hotels, (8 nights).
  • One to two star   hotels, (3 nights).
  • Simple guest houses, (3 nights).

Transport
Bus, Boat, Taxi, Plane.

Day Trips

  •  Tour of Luang prabang area, (half day).
  • All airport transfers
  • Laos visa fee

Entry Fees
All included when part of the itinerary.

Meals
15 meals included as per itinerary.
B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner.

Itinerary

Day 1:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; BANGKOK - You will be met at the airport and transferred to our Bangkok accommodation where our  Laos small group tour officially starts . A welcoming dinner will be had in the evening. If you arrive early enough your free time could be spent visiting the enormous Chatuchak Weekend Market and/or, Wat Phra Kaew & the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Traimit, MBK or Siam shopping centres or take a boat ride with the locals on the Chao Phraya express to some local shops in Nonthaburi.

A few  other options include Vimanmek Teak Mansion, Chinatown, Jim Thompsons House and Silom or Sukhumvit road shops.

OR? Maybe just lay back and have a traditional Thai Massage. A month in the capital wouldn't allow you enough time to see it all. D.

Day 2:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; VIENTIANE - A short domestic flight to Udonthani followed by an international bus is the easy way to enter Laos. The slowest paced capital in all S.E. Asia Vientiane is a joy to walk around after hectic Bangkok. B

Day 3:

 

VIENTIANE - A full day  to explore the Laos capital. 

Sightseeing begins with a short Jumbo ride to the most important temple in Laos of Wat That Luang. After that most sights can be seen on foot and include  Wat Si Saket, Wat Si Muang or wat Mixai among others. Then the Arc De Triomphe look alike of Patuxai, Lao National Museum or enjoy a drink at the central Fountain Circle. Don't miss the Morning Market, (open all day), which today resembles a shopping mall rather than the wet market of yesteryear. Iphone anyone? B.

 

Day 4:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in;  VANG VIENG - Today we travel by bus to the scenic town of Vang Vieng beside the Nam Song river. Vang Vieng is known as an adventure destination so for those interested there is rock climbing, caving or tubing down the river. For the rest of us walking around enjoying the scenery is enough excitement. B.

Day 5:

VANG VIENG - A full day to do the adventurous stuff or relax with a coffee amid the great scenery. B.

Day 6:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; LUANG PRABANG -  By bus  today with some stunning scenery along the way will see our Laos small group tour in the wonderful Unesco World Heritage City of Luang Prabang. The best way to see Luang Prabang is with a leisurely stroll.

WHERE TO START? Just about anywhere as Luang Prabang is one of the great travel destinations in Asia today. First up, while you still have the energy, try walking up the hundred or more steps to Phu Si Temple with fantastic views as the reward. Then onto, in no particular order, The Royal Palace Museum, Wat Ho Pha Bang, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Visoun, Wat That Luang, Wat Manolom or another dozen or so other Wat's.

Cooking courses can be found  at: Tamarind; Tamnak Lao Three Elephant Cafe;  Massage and Spa's are another way to enjoy Luang Prabang for the not so energetic. Markets and other great eateries will see you get enough nourishment to complete the task at hand whatever you decide on. Dinner by the Mekong with a Beerlao being the perfect way to finish the day. B.

 

Day 7:

LUANG PRABANG - A half day tour with a local operator today will include a trip on the Mekong  to visit the spiritual caves of Pak Ou, a beautiful waterfall and a local village or two among other interesting places.  B.

Day 8:

LUANG PRABANG - After visiting the hard to get to places you now have a totally free day to explore all the near by attractions at leisure. In the evening a Craft and Clothing Market thrives as the main road becomes a Walking street for some of the  best local wares to be snatched up at bargain prices. B.

 

Day 9:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; UDOMXAI - Today we take a bus to a Baktrax destination to visit a northern Laos town rather than sitting on the boat for an extra day like all the others. You will also get a close up look at rural Laos along the way. Another fascinating look at a  totally different way of life than back home. B.

Day 10:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in: PAKBENG - A much shorter bus trip will see us in Pakbeng well before the tourist hordes arrive by boat and after the previous lot have left with enough time to explore this very scenic riverside town with very few tourists in sight that now has enough development to get a muffin and coffee or  a relaxing Beerlao overlooking the mighty Mekong river. B.

Day 11:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; HUAY XAI - This morning we will board a far less crowded slow boat as we head upriver for a fascinating days travel along the magical Mekong. The scenery is again stunning as we watch the locals going about their daily river life also. We stay the night in the border town of Huay Xai meaning a much more charming and compact town than it's Thai counterpart across the river. B.

Day 12:

Tonight our Laos small group tour will stay in; CHIANG MAI - At leisure we will travel back across the border to Chiang Khong where after immigration duties we will continue on by bus to Chiang Mai for three nights of relaxation or anything else this wonderful city has to offer. No meals.

Day 13:

CHIANG MAI - A totally full day to do as you please in Chiang Mai. Just a few of the easy to visit sights by foot, Tuk Tuk or Sawngthaew, (share taxi) include Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Jet Yot and Wat Phan Tao among dozens of others.

If you don't temple out there is still the mountain top temple of Phra That Doi Suthep, approx fifteen kilometres away in a national park. For Shoppers it doesn't get much better than Chiang Mai. After a day at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Centre, Worowat Market, Airport Plaza and/or dozens of other speciality shops all over the place you can barter hard at the famous Night Bazaar. Arts and crafts, textiles, silver and clothing are but a few of the great bargains to be had in Chiang Mai. A budget trip to a dentist is another possablity as well. B.

Day 14:

CHIANG MAI - Another free day to continue on your merry way as do now can see why this is the clever Laos itinerary. Relax, party, sight see or shop. Chiang Mai can provide the lot.  A farewell dinner will be had in the evening. B. D.

Day 15:

Our Laid Back Laos  small group tour is officially over when you check out of our Chiang Mai accommodation. A flight to Bangkok is also included to return you to Bangkok where we began and your onward travel plans. B.

Tour Departure Dates

2017
28 Jun, 12 Jul, 26 Jul, 09 Aug, 23 Aug, 13 Sep, 27 Sep, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 08 Nov, 22 Nov, 13 Dec, 27 Dec

2018
10 Jan, 24 Jan, 14 Feb, 25 Apr, 09 May, 23 May, 13 Jun, 27 Jun, 11 Jul, 25 Jul, 08 Aug, 22 Aug, 12 Sep, 26 Sep, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 14 Nov, 28 Nov, 05 Dec

Any other date on application. (Minimum two people).

Price

P/P, T/S; Land only. Includes domestic flights from Bangkok to Udonthani & Chiang Mai to Bangkok.
AUD $1,990
Single Suppliment: AUD $1,000