Ancient Kingdoms

Explore the captivating kingdom of Laos, known as the ‘Land of a Million Elephants’, before travelling to Bangkok, one of Asia’s most bustling and exciting cities.

tour duration 9 Days from
tour price On Request
tour type Private Tour

Places Visited

UK - Luang Prabang (3N) - Mekong River Cruise - Vientiane (1N) - Bangkok (3N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Admire the intricate style and architecture of the Buddhist Wat Xieng Thong
Meet local H’mong people in the village of Ban Na Ouane
Cruise on the mighty Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves
Discover Vientiane’s colonial charm with a visit to the city’s main sights
Visit Bangkok’s Grand Palace, former home of the King of Siam
Take Bangkok at leisure to get further under the skin of this mesmerising city

Day 1 Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly overnight to Luang Prabang
Day 1 Fly to Luang Prabang
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 2 Arrive & Explore
Day 3 Kuang Si Waterfalls
Old Town to Wat Xieng Thong, which dates back to the 16th century. Later journey to Kuang Si Waterfalls, and visit the Haemong village of Ban Na Ouane en route. Stop at the Khmu Village in Ban Thapene before returning to Luang Prabang. (B)
Day 3 Kuang Si Waterfalls
Day 4 Mekong River Cruise
Travel upstream on the Mekong River to the sacred caves of Pak Ou. Visit a village where you can witness traditional weaving and rice wine distillation. After lunch, continue to Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, and the villages of Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xieng Khong. In the evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Royal Palace & Vientiane
Start the day with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum. Continue to the exquisite Wat Mai, and then fly to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. In the afternoon you will visit Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument. (B)
Day 5 Royal Palace & Vientiane
Day 6 Journey to Bangkok
Fly to Bangkok, where the rest of the day is yours to begin exploring. (B)
Day 6 Journey to Bangkok
Day 7 The Grand Palace
Discover the glittering Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace, Thailand's most iconic and opulent attraction. The palace is a perfect example of an ancient Siamese court. The remainder of the day is free. (B)
Day 7 The Grand Palace
Day 8 Bangkok at Leisure
Take a day to further explore Bangkok. You may wish to take a tuk-tuk to the famous floating markets, discover deliciously spicy street food, or get lost in the streets of Chinatown. (B)
Day 8 Bangkok at Leisure

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Tailor Your Tour

If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to our specialist Tailormade team, who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us on 0800 9884 888 and we'll help plan your dream holiday.

The cost of a Laos visa is not included as there is no Laos consulate in the UK.  However, visas are very easy to obtain upon arrival in Laos and will cost $35, you will need to bring passport photo for the visa. Your guide will assist you with this process.

Phone Calls
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the UK the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 44, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 44 207 403 7860. Emergency 24 hour telephone (out of office hours) is 00 44 7984 041 625.
Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however SMS and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the UK.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies. 

Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and China is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip so we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size, and services used during the trip.
We will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.

Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity – we do our best to ensure that you don’t get ripped off. 

The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.

Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.

What's Included

International flights
Domestic transportation
All accommodation
Meals as stated
Touring with guides and entrance fees
Excludes tipping

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a short period of time available who are looking to visit the main cities and sights of Laos and Thailand. This tour is private and therefore not all meals are included which gives you the opportunity to choose your own dining option to further immerse yourself in the culture.

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