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Essential Laos explorer

15 days from £5,575pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Discover the secrets behind some of Thailand's best loved cuisine in Bangkok.

  • Visit the elephants of Chiang Rai.

  • Spend a day cruising down the upper Mekong.

  • Explore Muang La and learn about Laos' ethnic minority groups.

  • Explore Luang Prabang's old UNESCO Heritage town.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Chiang Rai
  • Huay Xai
  • Pakbeng
  • Luang Prabang
  • Vientiane
  • Pakse
  • Champasak
  • Pakse
  • Vientiane
  • Bangkok

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Chiang Rai.

Day 2 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

After breakfast you will transfer from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. This overland route boasts some impressive scenery with plenty of opportunities to stop en-route. On arrival you will check into your hotel with the evening at leisure. If time permits a visit to the local night market is worth a visit.

Day 3 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Join your local guide for a tour around Chiang Rai - highlights include the White Temple and surrounding tea plantations.

Day 4 Pakbeng

Chiang Rai , Huay Xai , Pakbeng

Today you leave Chiang Rai behind and travel to the Laos border by car. On arrival you will pass through immigration before embarking on a boat ride down to the Mekong. This journey takes in some beautiful scenery and passes remote villages before arriving in the rural town of Pakbeng. Here you will spend the night in a rustic riverside lodge.

Day 5 Luang Prabang

Pakbeng , Luang Prabang

Continue cruising down the river, passing small villages along the way, towards the historic UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, arriving in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Enjoy an introduction to the Lao language before exploring the gilded temples and charming colonial streets of the town. This evening visit the Garavek Theatre to see the traditional art of Lao storytelling.

Day 7 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Rise early to witness the daily alms giving ceremony on the streets of Luang Prabang before beating the crowds at Kuang Si Falls - here you can enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast in a fantastic setting.

Day 8 Vientiane

Luang Prabang , Vientiane

Your guide will meet you this morning for the transfer to the airport. On arrival in Vientiane meet your new guide and transfer to your accommodation.

Day 9 Vientiane


Enjoy a full day tour of Vientiane today, including the stunning golden stupa at Wat Pha That Luang.

Day 10 Champasak

Vientiane , Pakse , Champasak

Fly this morning to Pakse, where you'll be met by your guide for the drive to Wat Phou. Explore the pre-Angkorian temple before continuing to your accommodation in Champasak.

Day 11 Champasak


Embark on a full day's exploration of the 4,000 Islands region. Visit small islands dotted with secluded villages and see the Lippi Falls. If you are lucky you may even spot a rare Irrawaddy Dolphin.

Day 12 Champasak


At leisure relaxing at your hotel, perhaps borrow a bicycle to explore island or visit Champasak Town for lunch.

Day 13 Bangkok

Champasak , Pakse , Vientiane , Bangkok

Depart for the Pakse Airport and your flight to Bangkok. On arrival your guide will meet you for the drive into the city.

Day 14 Bangkok


Enjoy a tour of Bangkok's highlights by tuk-tuk, water taxi, and sky train.

Day 15 International return flight

Bangkok , International return flight

Private transfer back to the airport for your journey home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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