Laos & Thailand Tours
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Discover the many faces of Thailand and Laos on this adventure, which begins in Bangkok, a bustling capital full of contrast between ancient temples, modern infrastructure, and buzzing Thai life. On the outskirts of Bangkok lies the ancient former capital of Ayutthaya. Visit these ruins and the famous River Kwai before heading north to Chiang Mai, a more relaxed city, known for colourful night markets, teak temples and Thai massages. Your journey continues as your private guide takes you to the fabled Golden Triangle, once known as an opium producing area, to view and scenic panorama of three countries.
Take in the life of the locals as you venture downstream to a traditional weaving village and cross into Laos to visit more local hill tribes and the elegant cities of Pakbeng and Luang Prabang. Beautiful waterfalls, mountain top temples, open air markets, historical sites you’ve only read about in textbooks and the warm and inviting local people make this journey truly unique and memorable.

Start city: Bangkok

End city: Luang Prabang

Duration: 11 Days 10 Nights

Departure: Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Chiang mai, Chiang Rai, Huay Xai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang

- Extendable with optional tours from Bangkok and from Luang Prabang

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Tour Brief

Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
Day 3: Bangkok - Floating Market - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai
Day 4: Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Fly to Chiang Mai
Day 5: Chiang Mai Experience
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
Day 7: Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Boat Trip to Pakbeng
Day 8: Pakbeng - Boat trip to Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang City Tour
Day 10: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall
Day 11: Luang Prabang - Departure

 

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person, double occupancy.
GROUP SIZE PRICE/Person
6 Persons $1,142 Reservation
4 Persons $1,265 Reservation
2 Persons $1,530 Reservation
1 Person $0 Reservation
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Day 1: Bangkok Arrival
Welcome to Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon pronounced or Krung Thep , Bangkok was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Being the gateway to South East Asia for most travelers, the streets are always buzzing and full of life.
Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
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Day 2: Bangkok City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up and take you to a Harbor on Chao Phraya River to get on a boat to explore the traditional Thai klongs (canals). Then, visit Wat Arun which is known as Temple of Dawn – one of the best well-known sites in Bangkok. It is best seen from the opposite side of the river. After visiting this Wat, you will head to the Grand Palace, which is the official Palace of The King Of Siam since 1782, made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards. It is located on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Inside the Grand Palace complex is Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha – the most beautiful and sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. The following visit is Wat Pho – the temple of reclining Buddha. The temple has a long list of credits: The oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, the longest reclining Buddha and the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, the first public education institution.
Next, drive to Pak Klong Talaat Flower market to see Thailand’s exotic flora with many species of orchids. Finally, back to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Bangkok.
Day 3: Bangkok - Floating Market - Kanchanaburi - River Kwai
After breakfast at your hotel, head to Damnoen Saduak with a stop at the Mae Klong Railway Market. At Damnoen Saduak, board a motorboat for a trip through the canals to the floating market. From here you will experience the full colors and vibrancy of this unique market. After that, proceed to Kanchanaburi where you will visit the allied prisoners of war cemetery and the famous Bridge Over The River Kwai. Also visit the Thailand Burma Railway Center. Arrive your hotel in the afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Kanchanaburi.
Day 4: Ayutthaya - Bangkok - Fly to Chiang Mai
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before driving to Siam's old capital of Ayutthaya. You will see some of the remains of over 400 stone temples and Buddhist statues: the gigantic bronze statues of Wat Mongkol Borpith, Wat Phra Srisanpetch and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol.
Transfer back to Bangkok airport to catch the flight to Chiang Mai. Upon arrival at Chiang Mai, your guide and driver will transfer you to your hotel in town.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 5: Chiang Mai Experience
The day will start with The Mae Sa Elephant Camp to watch the elephants bathing and the elephant show. Here you can choose the option of riding the elephants either through the natural forested slopes in the Mae Sa Valley or to Baan Tong Luang the picturesque 4 hill tribe exhibition village set in a beautiful valley amongst the rice paddies.
After a leisurely lunch, proceed to the Sankampeang area to view the manufacture of famous Chiang Mai and Thai product such as silk, celadon and paper umbrella. Your final destination of the day is the impressive Doi Suthep temple which sits on the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Mai.
Day 6: Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai
This morning, you will head to Chiang Rai. Have short visits at Mae Khajan hot springs and the stunning Wat Rong Khun. You then make your way to Chiang Saen which was once an important northern Thai Kingdom and trading post situated on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. Visit Wat Chedi Luang. From Chiang Saen, take a long tail boat ride on the Mekong to get a closer to the Golden triangle. At the Golden triangle you can view Laos, Burma and Thailand from the same point across the Mekong. Follow by the visit to Thailand's most northerly point and walk around the busy Mae Sai border market. Check in to your hotel in Chiang Rai in late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Chiang Rai.
Day 7: Chiang Rai - Huay Xai - Boat Trip to Pakbeng
Early transfer to Chiang Khong border checkpoint. Proceed to cross the border on your own. At 8:30am, your guide will welcome you in front of the Lao immigration office. After the VISA registration, tuk tuk will take you to the slow boat pier. Embark on your boat. Your boat leaves Houay Xay pier at 9:00am. During the cruise, the boat will take its first stop in Pak Tha, to get the signed boat documents. Lunch is served on board. Stop a second time to visit a Kamu village along the Mekong River. The boat will arrive at Pakbeng before the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng.
Day 8: Pakbeng - Boat trip to Luang Prabang
At 8:30am, the boat leaves Pakbeng. On the way, one lunch served on board and 2 stops: visit first Pak Ou Caves (Tham Ting) and its thousands of Buddha images, then visit Ban Xang Hai, a lao lao whiskey village.
Arrival in Luang Prabang (Ban Don Mai boat pier) around 4:30 pm. Transfer to your hotel in town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Luang Prabang City Tour
Today you will embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit the former king’s palace, which is now a museum. The many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. After that, explore TAEC, The Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre. Continue to visit Wat Xieng Thong, the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit the fine temples of Wat Mai, Wat Sene. Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
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Day 10: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall
For early risers, you have the option to observe long rows of monks in saffron robes collecting alms from the locals at dawn.
Today you will visit Kuang Si Waterfall. Stop at Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse local products. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village. Arrive at the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to the city by late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 11: Luang Prabang - Departure
This morning is free at your leisure for last minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to airport to catch your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

1. Are tour dates of flexible?

Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

4. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

5. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

6. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

7. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler's interest & budget.

8. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

9. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

10. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don't forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

11. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

12. Is this tour suitable for kids?

Yes! If you have children traveling with, ask your travel consultants to customize the tour program to fit a variety of interests and ages. We also focus on family friendly vacations with less travel and minimum drive times and maximum in-country activity that will keep younger minds engaged.

13. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

14. Is this trip a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, transportations because no-one shares cost with.

15. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

16. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide's welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

17. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately.

18. How much should I budget for tips?

Tips are not compulsory on any of our tours. However, it is customary to offer a small tip for exceptional service. Other travelers opt to bring small souvenirs from their home to give to tour guides and drivers along the way.

19. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance before you go.

20. How to change or cancel my reservation?

- You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html

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Price Included

  • Domestic flight: Bangkok – Chiang Mai.
  • 2 days/1 night boat trip: Huay Xai – Pakbeng – Luang Prabang.
  • Accommodation at 3 star hotel in everage.
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Service of English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Price Excluded

  • International flight into Thailand and out Laos.
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Laos, Thailand Visa fees.
Did you know? All of our tours are private and daily depart. Travel Thailand can organize any additional accommodations, domestic and regional flights.
Call us on +84983 787 868 to speak to one of our experts.


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