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$6,995 Per person
13 days
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip offers a good mix of must see highlights and remote adventure. Starting in Thailand's capital Bangkok, you will uncover the country's renowned cuisine while embarking on some fascinating food experiences. Next you fly to Chiang Mai where you spend a day with rescued elephants before travelling overland to Chiang Rai -— here you will witness some striking architecture and try out the local tea. Crossing into neighbouring Laos you journey down the Mekong on a traditionally styled boat and settle for the night in a rustic riverside lodge. Travelling further north you reach the remote village of Muang La and the stunning Muang La Lodge - a wonderful base for meeting the fascinating ethnic minorities of Northern Laos. End your journey in the UNESCO recognised town of Luang Prabang where saffron robed monks and gilded temples await.

Itinerary highlights

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

  • Visit the elephants of Chiang Mai.

  • Spend a day cruising down the upper Mekong.

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

  • End your trip relaxing and exploring Luang Prabang.

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Treat this trip purely as a starting point for your own tour to Thailand. Your specialist will ask you what you want and then shape your itinerary to match.

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  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Rai
  • Huay Xai
  • Pakbeng
  • Muang La
  • Luang Prabang

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Day 1 Bangkok


On arrival in Bangkok you will be greeted by an Audley representative and taken to your riverside hotel.

Day 2 Bangkok


Today you will learn all about Thai cuisine on a food tour combined with a private cooking class in a residential home.

Day 3 Chiang Mai

Bangkok , Chiang Mai

Explore some of Bangkok's major sights and navigate backwater canals on captivating city tour. Later this afternoon you will transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Chiang Mai. On arrival you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your luxury hotel. Evening at leisure

Day 4 Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

Enjoy a full day elephant experience at the renowned Elephant Nature Park.

Day 5 Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai , 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 6 Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

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

Day 7 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 8 Muang La

Pakbeng , Muang La

After breakfast you will be met and transferred north to Muang La - this area boasts dramatic scenery and offers a good base for visiting some of Laos' most remote ethnic minorities. The lodge itself is a true Audley favourite boasting excellent facilities, food and an enviable location.

Day 9 Muang La

Muang La

Spend the full day exploring some of the most remote areas of Northern Laos.

Day 10 Luang Prabang

Muang La , Luang Prabang

After a relaxing breakfast at the lodge you transfer south to the UNESCO recognised town of Luang Prabang. On arrival you check into your hotel with the rest of the afternoon left at leisure. This evening allows for a good opportunity to explore some of the town's nearby eateries.

Day 11 Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Enjoy a full day uncovering the very best of Luang Prabang and its surrounds - begin with a trip out to the countryside for a hands-on farming experience before exploring the gilded city temples later this afternoon.

Day 12 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 13 Return home

Luang Prabang

Bid farewell to Laos and transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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