Bring the whole family on this active adventure through Laos and Thailand, which includes a Mekong River cruise. Go Kayaking, hiking and ziplining, meet elephants and rescued bears, island hop through the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park, and explore Bangkok. All excursions and transfers on this tour are on a private basis, and all day trips, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Begin your Laos & Thailand adventure in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Visit the famous Buddha Park, a quirky concrete sculpture garden that is home to over 200 statues. Later, relish an adventurous dinner safari by tuk-tuk in the city, visit a bustling evening food market, and enjoy an authentic feast while watching the sights and sounds around you.
More excitement awaits in the gorgeous countryside around Vang Vieng. Explore some of the interesting caves. Swim or float on an inner tube. Trek to the Hmong village of Phathao and embark on a four-hour kayaking trip along the Nam Song River, passing serene scenes of rural life against a backdrop of soaring limestone mountains. Be sure to visit the Blue Lagoon for a swim, and the nearby ‘Golden Crab Cave.’
Countryside around Luang Prabang
Spend a full day trekking in the Lao countryside through the rice fields and farms and into the jungle. Explore a cave that served as a natural bomb shelter for the villagers during the Second Indochina War. Meet the sun bears and Malayan black bears at a bear rescue center, and swim in the natural pools at the gorgeous Kuang Si Waterfalls. Visit the Mandalao Reserve Elephant Sanctuary, meet and bond with the elephants and then accompany them on a two-hour trek through the beautiful Lao jungle, passing traditional Lao farms and the Huay Nok stream, where the elephants may frolic in its cool waters.
Your Mekong River Cruise
Step aboard a luxurious French-colonial-styled river cruiser for a leisurely voyage through serene nature, isolated villages and magnificent temples, discovering the most beautiful, remote, riverside areas of Laos. Observe the local weavers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts at the village of Muang Keo, and take a short and easy trek to the famous Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong’s rocky shore. Meet the local ethnic Lao, Khmu, and Hmong residents at the tiny village of Kop Aek. Hang out with some more elephants at the country’s most sustainably managed elephant sanctuary.
Nam Kan National Park
Your adventure continues in the beautiful Nam Kan National Park. Fly through the jungle, from mountain to mountain, via a series of exceptionally long ziplines. See the country’s biggest tree; stay in a jungle tree house; hike through the national park and swim in the Nam Nga River.
Your Northern Thailand Laos itinerary now brings you to the province of Chiang Rai. Visit hill tribe villages in the highlands, each with a distinct language and a fascinating well-preserved culture; meet and mingle with the friendly tribespeople. Delve into the temples of Chiang Rai city.
Phuket and Phang Nga Bay
Head to the sublime whiter-than-white tropical beaches of Phuket to chill out. Go island hopping through the islets, caves, mangrove lagoons, and sheer limestone cliffs that jut vertically out of the emerald green water in the Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park. Visit James Bond Island and the floating fishermen’s village on Panyi Island. Swim or grab an inflatable canoe and paddle around the dramatic karst formations. Enjoy watching a famous cabaret show in the evening.
End your Laos & Thailand tour in Bangkok, beginning with an evening street food adventure in Chinatown. The next day, explore Bangkok’s most famous temples on a private tour and finally, enjoy a Thai massage in Wat Pho – a perfect ending to your holiday.