Thailand & Laos Adventure
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Thailand & Laos Adventure

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Perfectly combined to create an unforgettable experience, venture off-the-beaten-track to discover the colourful hill tribe cultures of Thailand’s northern highlands and explore the tranquil treasures and rich culture of beautiful Laos.

tour duration 16 Days from
tour price 2,290pp
tour type Group Tour

Places Visited

UK - Bangkok (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Chiang Mai (1N) - H’mong Hilltribe (1N) - Chiang Rai (2N) - Pakbeng (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vientiane (2N) - UK

Tour Highlights

Ascend Doi Suthep Mountain to admire Wat Doi Suthep and enjoy the picturesque sunset
Visit a picturesque Karen Longneck Hilltribe
Cruise on the Mekong River through northern Laos
Witness a Buddhist Takbat Ceremony in Luang Prabang
Enjoy the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls
Explore the exquisite statues of Buddha Park

Day 1 Fly to Bangkok
Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Day 1 Fly to Bangkok
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to explore this amazing city.
Day 2 Arrive and Explore
Day 3 Discover Bangkok
Sightseeing includes a visit to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, with its colourful temples and golden stupas. You'll also enjoy a ride in a long tail boat along the Chao Phraya River to Pak Klong Talaat Flower Market followed by a stroll through Chinatown.
Day 3 Discover Bangkok
Day 4 Overnight train to Chiang Mai
Visit the Damneon Saduak floating Market and the Railway Track Market. Later, board the overnight train to Chiang Mai.
Day 4 Overnight train to Chiang Mai
Day 5 Explore Chiang Mai
Arrive in Chiang Mai and visit Wat Doi Suthep. In the evening, enjoy a performance of ancient dances and songs from northern Thailand and visit the colourful night market.
Day 5 Explore Chiang Mai
Day 6 H'mong Hill Tribes Lodge
Travel to a small village, home to the H'mong Hill Tribes where you'll stay overnight and enjoy a BBQ dinner and a cultural show.
Day 7 Chiang Mai Countryside
Visit the Chiang Dao Elephant Camp and experience an elephant ride along with gentle bamboo river rafting along the Mae Ping River. Transfer to Thaton and board a long tail boat on the Mae Kok River to Baan Pha Tai, where you'll continue by road to Chiang Rai.
Day 8 Travel to Pakbeng
Today take a peek into some of the hidden artistic gems of Chiang Rai with a visit to Wat Rong Kun, also known as the White Temple. After lunch visit a tea plantation on Doi Mae Salong to taste the local tea.
Day 9 Mekong River & Luang Prabang
Cross the border at Huay Xai into Laos and cruise to Pakbeng, visiting some local Minority Villages en route.
Day 10 Mekong River
Travel downstream on the Mekong River visiting Ban Khok Ek, a traditional Laotian village. After lunch, you'll learn about the process of making rice alcohol and visit the Pak Ou Caves before continuing to Luang Prabang.
Day 10 Mekong River
Day 11 Luang Prabang
Today take a full day city tour of Luang Prabang visiting Wat Xiengthong, Wat Visoun, Ban Xangkhong craft village and time to talk with the local monks.
Day 12 Villages and Waterfalls
Arise early to watch a Takbat Alms Giving Ceremony before climbing Phousi hill for breath taking views over the city. Visit the National Museum. You will then travel to the Kuang Si Waterfalls and visit an H'mong Village. Return to Luang Prabang stopping at Ock Pop Tok Weaving Centre along the way.
Day 12 Villages and Waterfalls
Day 13 Fly to Vientiane
Fly to Vientiane. The rest of the day is free to explore independently.
Day 14 Discover Vientiane
This morning visit Talaat Sao - Vientiane’s Morning Market. Then continue to Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and Patuxai Victory Monument. Head out of town to visit one of Laos’ slightly stranger attractions - Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge which spans the Mekong River. Evening enjoy dinner with some traditional Laos music and dance
Day 14 Discover Vientiane
Day 15 Fly Vientiane to UK
Enjoy a free morning in Vientiane, before catching an overnight flight to the UK via Bangkok.
Day 15 Fly Vientiane to UK
Day 16 Arrive UK
Arrive back in the UK.
Day 16 Arrive UK

Also Available

Private Departures for this tour

If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination

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.

18-Oct > 02-Nov - £2,390 £2,290 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1890 (Bangkok - Vientiane)
Single room from £420
Tipping paid locally US$70

14-Mar > 29-Mar - £2,590 BOOK NOW
17-Oct > 01-Nov - £2,590 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1890 (Bangkok - Vientiane)
Single room from £420
Tipping paid locally US$70

13-Mar > 28-Mar - £2,790 BOOK NOW
16-Oct > 31-Oct - £2,790 BOOK NOW

Additional Price Information:

Based on London Heathrow departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from £1890 (Bangkok - Vientiane)
Single room from £420
Tipping paid locally US$70

Koh Samui Beach Stay 4D/3N

Koh Samui Beach Stay 4D/3N

tour duration 4 Days from tour price 120pp

A visa is not required for visitors to Thailand.

A visa is required for entry into Laos. 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.

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 (in US Dollars) 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.

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What's Included

all international airfares
all domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges
all accommodation
all meals
entrance fees, guides and daily tours

Why Book This Tour?

This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable period of time and who wish to visit the main sights of northern Thailand and Laos and some time in Bangkok. This tour will include some light walking and will incorporate an overnight train journey and a cruise on the Mekong River.

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