Thailand and Laos Explorer

Explore the best of Northern Thailand and Laos on this extra-special 13-day tour. With vibrant cities, see towering mountains, dense jungle, waterfalls, elephants, and bustling markets. Learn to cook delicious Laotian cuisine and have plenty of time to just relax amid some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

Destinations included:
Bangkok - Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
TOUR INCLUSIONS

My family and I recently travelled to Laos and Thailand and once again we were so impressed with their planning and itinerary. We saw all the important sites and our guides and drivers were full of knowledge and shared that knowledge willingly. Their grasp of the english language is commendable and they were always punctual. I have travelled with Buffalo on several occassions and highly recommend them if you are planning to see Asia.
Therese - Australia

TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

Day 1: Bangkok
Arrive into bustling Bangkok and transfer to your hotel. Relax at your hotel and this evening see Bangkok from a different perspective and enjoy a sunset drink at one of the many roof top bars.

Day 2:  Bangkok
Explore the city of Bankgok one of the most cosmopolitan and contrasting cities in Asia. Visit the Jim Thompson House and Textile Museum to see the art and textiles of a man who was credited with reviving and revitalizing the Thai silk industry. See the glittering Grand Palace, former home of the Thai king and take a ride along the Chao Phraya for a different perspective of the city.

Day 3: Bangkok – Chiang Mai
Fly to Chiang Mai, an ancient walled city nestled in the northern mountains. Visit the beautiful and historic Buddhist temples that give Chiang Mai its character and try the regional specialty Khao Soi, a curried noodle dish.

Day 4: Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai
Drive through beautiful mountain scenery to the quiet town of Chiang Rai that sits on the border with Burma and Laos otherwise known at the Golden Triangle, notorious for its opium production. Wander through the town and if you like, pop into the Opium House a museum that documents the history of opium in the region.

Day 5: Chiang Rai – Pakbeng
Cross the border into Laos and cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. On the way visit a village of the Yao or Lu tribes and enjoy a picnic lunch on the river bank, and dock overnight in the small riverside town of Pakbeng

Day 6: Pakbeng – Luang Prabang
Continue down river and see the Pak Ou Caves, where devotees leave statues of Buddha to make merit and bring good luck. Arrive in the laid-back town of Luang Prabang, full of golden temples and where hundreds of monks walk the streets.

Day 7: Luang Prabang
Take a guided tour of Luang Prabang with a visit to the temples Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. See the former Royal Palace which is now the National Museum, and its halls containing rare religious and cultural artefacts.  Then walk up the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, for panoramic views of the city.

Day 8: Kuang Si Waterfall
In the afternoon grab your swimsuit and head to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers giving the water a magical and wondrous look. Enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the cool, turquoise pools.

Day 9: Luang Prabang
Learn the delicious secrets of Laotian cuisine with a hands-on cooking class. Start with a wander through the local produce market with your chef who will help you choose your ingredients. Then its aprons on and time to start cooking! 

Day 10: Luang Prabang –  Vang Vieng
Travel along picturesque winding roads for about six hours to reach Vang Vieng, with stunning views of towering limestone karsts around every turn. Once a quiet little town, Vang Vieng is firmly on the map as a stopover point for many backpackers with many small bars and cafes now dotting the main street.

Day 11: Vang Vieng
Spend the day as you choose as there are a lot of activities you can do in Vang Vieng.  Try tubing down the river, kayaking, or explore the nearby caves of Tham Phu Kham with its deep lagoon and Buddhist images. For more cultural activities take a walk to one of the many ethnic minority villages.

Day 12: Vang Vieng – Vientiane
Drive three hours to Vientiane and take a whirlwind city tour including all the highlights.  See Wat Sisaket Vientiane's oldest-surviving monastery and its thousands of Buddha statues and Hor Pha Ke, a museum with a turbulent history.  Admire the golden stupa of Pha That Luang and Patouxai, Vientiane’s arc de triomphe, and a window into its French-colonial history.

Day 13: Depart Vientiane
Take the opportunity for some last minute shopping before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

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