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LAOS & THAILAND ON A SHOESTRING

12 Days, Hanoi to Bangkok
LAOS & THAILAND ON A SHOESTRING

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Take 12 days to uncover this laid-back corner of Southeast Asia. While you're free to choose your own adventure, your accommodation and transportation are include read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11nights accommodation (Simple hotels (9 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), local homestay (1 nt)).
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Train, local bus, air-con bus, slow boat, plane, walking).
  • Local flight.
  • Slow boat up the Mekong.
  • Visit to temples of Luang Prabang.
  • Witness the giving of alms (Luang Prabang).
  • Street food crawls.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of for USD 130-170 food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Hanoi
Day 2 Hanoi/Vientiane
Day 3 Vientiane/Vang Vieng
Day 4 Vang Vieng
Day 5 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang
Day 6 Luang Prabang
Day 7 Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbeng
Day 8 Muang Pakbeng/Chiang Khong
Day 9 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai
Day 10 Chiang Mai/Bangkok
Day 11 Bangkok
Day 12 Depart Bangkok
Departures
  • Oct
    2017
  • Nov
    2017
  • Dec
    2017
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Wed, 25 Oct '17
  • Sun, 05 Nov '17
  • Thu, 26 Oct '17
  • Mon, 06 Nov '17
  • Sat, 28 Oct '17
  • Wed, 08 Nov '17
  • Mon, 30 Oct '17
  • Fri, 10 Nov '17
  • Wed, 01 Nov '17
  • Sun, 12 Nov '17
  • Thu, 02 Nov '17
  • Mon, 13 Nov '17
  • Sat, 04 Nov '17
  • Wed, 15 Nov '17
  • Mon, 06 Nov '17
  • Fri, 17 Nov '17
  • Wed, 08 Nov '17
  • Sun, 19 Nov '17
  • Sat, 11 Nov '17
  • Wed, 22 Nov '17
  • Mon, 13 Nov '17
  • Fri, 24 Nov '17
  • Wed, 15 Nov '17
  • Sun, 26 Nov '17
  • Thu, 16 Nov '17
  • Mon, 27 Nov '17
  • Sun, 19 Nov '17
  • Thu, 30 Nov '17
  • Tue, 21 Nov '17
  • Sat, 02 Dec '17
  • Wed, 22 Nov '17
  • Sun, 03 Dec '17
  • Thu, 23 Nov '17
  • Mon, 04 Dec '17
  • Sun, 26 Nov '17
  • Thu, 07 Dec '17
  • Tue, 28 Nov '17
  • Sat, 09 Dec '17
  • Thu, 30 Nov '17
  • Mon, 11 Dec '17
  • Fri, 01 Dec '17
  • Tue, 12 Dec '17
  • Sun, 03 Dec '17
  • Thu, 14 Dec '17
  • Tue, 05 Dec '17
  • Sat, 16 Dec '17
  • Thu, 07 Dec '17
  • Mon, 18 Dec '17
  • Fri, 08 Dec '17
  • Tue, 19 Dec '17
  • Sun, 10 Dec '17
  • Thu, 21 Dec '17
  • Tue, 12 Dec '17
  • Sat, 23 Dec '17
  • Wed, 13 Dec '17
  • Sun, 24 Dec '17
  • Fri, 15 Dec '17
  • Tue, 26 Dec '17
  • Sun, 17 Dec '17
  • Thu, 28 Dec '17
  • Tue, 19 Dec '17
  • Sat, 30 Dec '17
  • Wed, 20 Dec '17
  • Sun, 31 Dec '17
  • Thu, 21 Dec '17
  • Mon, 01 Jan '18
  • Fri, 22 Dec '17
  • Tue, 02 Jan '18
  • Tue, 26 Dec '17
  • Sat, 06 Jan '18
  • Wed, 27 Dec '17
  • Sun, 07 Jan '18
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Hanoi
  • Vientiane
  • Vang Vieng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Muang Pakbeng
  • Chiang Khong
  • Chiang Mai
  • On Board The Train
  • Bangkok
  • DAY 1 Arrive Hanoi

    Arrive at any time. Enjoy a street food crawl with the group and CEO.

    Welcome to bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Please arrive at our start point hotel before 6pm for an important group meeting.

    Enjoy one of two street food crawls with the group and CEO while in Hanoi.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    Street Food Crawl
    Bring your appetite and your wallet. The CEO will bring the group to the best spots to eat and teach everyone about the local street food. Yum!

    Optional Activities
    Tran Quoc Pagoda Visit

    Hanoi
    Visit one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam located on the eastern shore of Tay Ho. Learn about Tran Quoc's history from the 17th-century stela found on site. View it later in the day, if you can - the tall structure is striking against the setting sun.

    Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) Visit
    Hanoi
    Visit this sprawling temple built to honour Confucius, sages, and scholars. Dedicated to learning, it housed the country's first university in 1076. Explore its five courtyards, containing various gates, altars, sanctuaries, shrines, the stelae of doctors, and the Well of Heavenly Clarity.

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum Visit
    Hanoi
    Tour the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum built in the square where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in 1945. Get in line to tour the grounds; queues of visitors come to pay their respects daily.

    Hoan Kiem Lake Walk
    Hanoi
    Take a break from city strolling and wander down by Hoan Kiem Lake. Walk along the water's vibrant shoreline for some prime people watching. See if you can spot one of the famous 100-year-old turtles, which may still live in the popular lake. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Hanoi/Vientiane

    A short flight brings the group to the capital city of Laos. Opt to visit temples, see the golden stupa of That Luang, or scour the markets.

    Explore a bit of Hanoi in the morning before an afternoon flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. There is a wealth of cultural delights to discover - on foot, by bicycle or, for the less energetic, by tuk-tuk.

    Visit Laos' most important national monument, Phat That Luang, or meander down the dusty riverside tracks to find villages full of friendly children, dogs and chickens. A visit to Vientiane's vibrant, colourful morning market (which incidentally is open all day!) is worthwhile, to find plenty of local treasures. A great way to round off the day is to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

    Plane
    Noi Bai International Airport - Wattay International Airport 1h15m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Hanoi Morning
    Explore Hanoi on foot, by bicycle or by tuk-tuk.

    Free Time
    VientianeAfternoon
    Set out and explore the capital of Laos.

    Optional Activities
    Wat Pha That Luang Visit

    Vientiane
    See Laos's national symbol and most important sacred monument, Pha That Luang (Great Stupa), completely covered in gold leaf. Every November, devoted Buddhists come here to celebrate Vientiane's most important festival, Bun That Luang, with parades, music and religious ceremonies. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Vientiane/Vang Vieng

    Enjoy the beautiful limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng.A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. Free time to hike, bike, swim or go caving.

    A picturesque drive north takes us to beautiful Vang Vieng. This quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts.

    Private Vehicle
    Vientiane - Vang Vieng 3h-4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Free Time
    Vang Vieng Afternoon
    Set off and explore the beautiful Vang Vieng area, or relax to your heart's content.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Vang Vieng
    Set off along the banks of the river to explore nearby caves, countryside and meet local villagers to find out more about their way of life.

    Cycling
    Vang Vieng
    Rent a bike and explore the countryside.

    Swimming
    Vang Vieng
    Head to the river for a dip. There are also tube rentals available in the area if you'd rather spend some time floating around.

    Caving
    Vang Vieng
    Explore some of the many caves in the area. Some have lagoons for tubing in the dark or smooth terrain perfect for walking through. Ask your CEO about for recommendations of which cave to visit for the best time. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Vang Vieng

    Free time to explore Vang Vieng. Opt to explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk.

    Why not explore some of the caves by bicycle or take an invigorating walk. In the evening, soak in the natural beauty of Vang Vieng as the sun sets over the river.

    Free Time
    Vang Vieng Full Day
    Set off and explore the beautiful Vang Vieng area, or relax to your heart's content.

    Optional Activities
    Hiking

    Vang Vieng
    Set off along the banks of the river to explore nearby caves, countryside and meet local villagers to find out more about their way of life.

    Caving
    Vang Vieng
    Explore some of the many caves in the area. Some have lagoons for tubing in the dark or smooth terrain perfect for walking through. Ask your CEO about for recommendations of which cave to visit for the best time.

    Swimming
    Vang Vieng
    Head to the river for a dip. There are also tube rentals available in the area if you'd rather spend some time floating around.

    Cycling
    Vang Vieng
    Rent a bike and explore the countryside. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Vang Vieng/Luang Prabang

    This morning travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang.

    Private Vehicle
    Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang 7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Luang Prabang

    Witness the giving of alms to the Buddhist monks and visit the night market. Opt to take a cooking class, visit temples or cool off at Kuang Si Waterfalls.

    Traditional Laotian culture is to give daily alms to monks. Monks are only allowed to eat food which has been donated to them before noon. On one of your mornings here, you may decide to rise with the sun, and watch one of the most important religious ceremonies in Laos. This is simply an unforgettable Southeast Asian experience.

    Free Time
    Luang Prabang Full Day
    From witnessing the giving of alms in town to exploring the countryside, Luang Prabang has something for everyone. Get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Kuang Si Waterfalls Excursion

    Kuang Si Falls
    Journey to this magnificent multi-level waterfall, where relaxing is highly recommended. Explore the multiple picture-perfect pools as well as the nearby Asiatic black bear rescue centre (located between the park entrance and waterfall).

    Phousi Temple Visit
    Luang Prabang
    Climb more than 300 steps to the top of Mount Phou Si for a panoramic view of the sunset over Luang Prabang. Ornate Buddhist shrines dot the pathway up and the glistening seven-tiered golden pagoda of Wat Chom Si awaits at the summit.

    Royal Palace Museum Visit
    Luang Prabang
    The ornate rooms of this royal palace turned museum house the country's crown jewels, many religious artifacts and a 50kg (110 lb) Buddha, cast of gold, silver and bronze. Gifts from visiting heads of state are on display as are the beautiful silk screens crafted by the Queen.

    Wat Xien Thong Visit
    Luang Prabang
    Once a royal temple where Kings were crowned, this 16th century Buddhist temple's importance as a religious monastery is not lost on visitors. Wat Xieng Thong stands resplendent among shrines, pavilions, chapels, towers and gardens and its gilded wooden doors, mosaics and ceiling displays are representative of typical Laos art and craft.

    Wat Visoun Temples Visit
    Luang Prabang
    Originally built in 1513 and still operational, Wat Visoun is Luang Prabang's oldest temple. Over the years invaders stole many of its priceless Buddha images, but this temple still offers some unusual architecture like the domed lotus flower stupa-designed by a royal and affectionately called 'The Watermelon Stupa'.

    Cooking Class
    Luang Prabang
    Enjoy the sights and smells of fresh produce, local spices and exotic ingredients and learn the secrets of Laotian cuisine. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Luang Prabang/Muang Pakbeng

    Cruise the Mekong on a long houseboat before arriving to a village homestay for the night.

    We board our boat for the two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River making our way to Chiang Khong.

    Mekong River Slow Boat
    Luang Prabang - Muang Pakbeng
    Enjoy the ride down the Mekong River on our private boat (it's pretty comfortable and spacious, and there's a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.

    Mekong River Homestay
    Overnight in a basic village homestay along the Mekong River to get a glimpse into rural daily life. Enjoy a simple but tasty home-cooked dinner that consists of typical Laotian cuisine. Your local guide will take time to explain the local life of the people in this village. You have the option of swimming in the Mekong. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Muang Pakbeng/Chiang Khong

    Mekong River travel day. Cross into Thailand.

    This morning we re-board our boat and continue our leisurely cruise along the river before arriving at the Laos/Thai border and crossing to Chiang Khong in the late afternoon.

    Mekong River Slow Boat
    Muang Pakbeng - Ban Houayxay
    Enjoy the ride down the Mekong on our private boat (it's pretty comfortable and spacious, and there's a toilet on board). Have some fruit, tea, and coffee (free of charge); water and soft drinks are available for purchase.

    Border Crossing (Laos - Thailand)
    Ban Houayxay - Chiang Khong
    Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 9 Chiang Khong/Chiang Mai

    Drive to Chiang Mai via Wat Rong Khun. Opt to visit Doi Suthep temple, catch a Thai boxing match or grab a bargain at the famous night market.

    Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast, we drive to Chiang Mai where you have the afternoon free to explore this fascinating city, once the capital of the Kingdom of Lan.

    Private Vehicle
    Chiang Khong - Chiang Mai 6h-7h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Visit
    Chiang Rai
    Visit Wat Rong Khun (better known among foreigners as the White Temple), an unconventional Buddhist temple designed by prominent Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. Be wowed by the temple's contemporary exterior made up of a mosaic of mirrors. View the interior walls that have a pop culture and sci-fi influence. Find murals of Batman, Superman, Predator, and the Matrix.

    Free Time
    Chiang Mai Afternoon
    Get out and explore this bustling city in northern Thailand.

    Optional Activities
    Muay Thai Fight

    Chiang Mai
    Watch a round of Muay Thai -- it's a sport unique to Thailand that's gaining popularity around the world. Muay Thai has many of the same principles as kickboxing. Learn more about this engrossing sport with a visit to a match -- don't worry, you're not expected to pick up your gloves and fight.

    Doi Suthep Temple Visit
    Doi Suthep
    Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

    Night Market
    Chiang Mai
    Pick up a souvenir at this shopper's paradise. Wander through the market to find music, food, and local artists selling handmade crafts.

    Massage (Southeast Asia)
    Lie back and soothe aching travel muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing -- don't miss out! (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 10 Chiang Mai/Bangkok

    Free time in Chiang Mai. Overnight train to Bangkok.

    Today, why not try your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class? Other options include a visit the magnificent temple of Doi Suthep standing watch over the city from the hills above, taking a bicycle ride in the countryside or embracing the bizarre by getting a massage from the training school at the local woman's prison! Tonight we catch an overnight train to Bangkok.

    Overnight train (beds)
    Chiang Mai - Bangkok
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Free Time
    Chiang Mai Full Day
    Get out and explore this bustling city in northern Thailand.

    Optional Activities
    Massage (Southeast Asia)

    Lie back and soothe aching travel muscles with a famous local massage. Affordable and amazing -- don't miss out!

    Cooking Class
    Chiang Mai
    Pick out the best ingredients at a local market, and learn how to make delicious Thai dishes.

    Doi Suthep Temple Visit
    Doi Suthep
    Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a golden Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai on the Mt Doi Suthep. Climb 300 steps to reach the temple and be rewarded with an unforgettable view. Admire the many Buddhist relics at this sacred temple and visit the white elephant shrine. Legend has it that the location of the temple was chosen after a white elephant carried a relic to the mountain and trumpeted three times before dying on the spot. Also, with a little luck, you may witness the chanting of the monks.

    Chiang Mai Cycling Tour
    Chiang Mai
    Meander through the old city of Chiang Mai on bike. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Bangkok

    Opt to visit Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, buy any last minute souvenirs or relax with a Thai massage.The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok.

    We'll arrive early in the morning to Bangkok, Thailand's capital city. The day is free to explore the many sights of Bangkok. The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, National Museum, and Jim Thompson's House are just a few suggestions. A trip along the Chao Praya river and through the canals (or klongs) gives you a different perspective of daily life in this busy city.

    In the evening, we'll say good bye and enjoy a Thai meal and perhaps a beer together to celebrate the end of an amazing journey.

    Free Time
    Bangkok
    Bangkok has so much to offer its visitors. Get out and explore!

    Optional Activities
    Grand Palace Visit

    Bangkok
    Visit the King's official residence (made up of many buildings, halls, lawns, gardens, and courtyards) on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. See the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the Phra Maha Monthien Buildings.

    Wat Po Visit
    Bangkok
    This temple is known for its reclining Buddha whose feet are covered with mother-of-pearl engravings of Buddhist symbols. Explore the large grounds and other compounds to see other Buddha figures, murals and the chedis that contain the ashes of Buddha. This is also the birthplace of traditional Thai massage.

    Klong Riverboat Tour
    Bangkok
    Travel by longtail boat on the busy Chao Phraya River. Go through the smaller klongs (canals) to see skyscrapers, temples, and shops in the distance, and the densely populated waterfront settlements up close.

    National Museum Visit
    Bangkok
    See Thai artifacts on display from the Dvaravati, Srivijaya, Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods as well as other Southeast Asian collections.

    Jim Thompson's House Visit
    Bangkok
    Tour the Jim Thompson House, a Bangkok museum that was once the home of American businessman Jim Thompson, the "Legendary American of Thailand." See his collection of Buddhist and secular art, amassed while building his silk company. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 12 Depart Bangkok

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of for USD 130-170 food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. Important Notes


  3. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 18 passengers,at an average there are 12 passengers travelling on this tour.

  4. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  5. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  6. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  7. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  8. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  9. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  10. LUGGAGE


  11. There are some very long travel days on public buses.As we frequently get on and off sometimes crowded local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Also note that in some major cities in Vietnam, many hotel rooms do not have windows.

  12. COMBO TRIP


  13. Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes.


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