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The ever so clever Laos itinerary
This Laos small group soft adventure tour package has the most thought out itinerary available for a real Laos experience. Have a soft adventure when we get on the Baktrax and experience the real Laos culture on local transport. Then relax, shop and/or party in Chiang Mai to finish rather than to start with as all the others do.
You still visit and see all the major highlights just in reverse while avoiding many of the tourist hordes along the way.
Start in fascinating Bangkok but rather than heading straight to Chiang Mai with the masses and going downstream, we head to Vientiane first and go upstream leaving Chiang Mai as the last destination to shop, party, dine or relax by the pool after the harder Laos travel is done and dusted.
Do you really want to carry all your shopping bargains from Chiang Mai with you for the next two weeks? We thought not!
Going upstream means we also avoid the tourist-packed slow 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 all that with a flight from Chiang Mai back to Bangkok to connect with your onward travel, the cost of your Laos on arrival visa fee and you soon realise that this is indeed the clever Laos itinerary in more ways than one.
ACCOMMODATION = (3 star hotels x 8 nights, 2 star hotels X 6 nights)
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Expect some of the friendliest locals in the poorest country in the region.
Expect the tour to live up to its name with the least densely populated country in the region. Everything is done at a leisurely speed.
Expect nothing to be on time or even for anyone to actually have a watch. Bus drivers have no idea what time we will arrive and neither will you. Expect to arrive only.
Expect to see more Beerlao signs than you can imagine as well as having many a tipple along the way. A proud national treasure if ever there was one.
Expect to feel lucky that you found the clever Laos tour.
Lastly, expect to not complain as much about tiny things when you get back home wearing your Beerlao T-shirt.