Best of Thailand & Laos
In Thailand and Laos, Buddhist temples are known as "wats", and have an enclosing wall that divides it from the secular world. Wat architecture has seen many changes over time but they all adhere to the same principles. In Laos, temple architectural styles differ with geographical location. Thus Luang Prabang temples differ quite markedly in style from those of Vientiane. Ornamented multiple tiers is reserved for roofs on temples both in Thailand and Laos.
This Thailand and Laos tour combines the best of Bangkok, Luang Prabang, capital of Laos and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Bangkok has over 30,000 Buddhist temples in current use. Visit the most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. After touring Luang Prabang in Laos, end tour in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. Explore its historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace. Chiang Mai has some of the best cooking schools in Thailand.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY TOUR OF THAILAND & LAOS…
And visit Luang Prabang with Bangkok & Chiang Mai.
Best of Thailand & Laos Features in-depth cultural touring in Bangkok, northern Thailand, and Luang Prabang.
(10 days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Bangkok, Luang Prabang, Chiang Mai.
This is an introductory tour of Northern Thailand with Luang Prabang, an ancient heritage site. With your private guide explore the most interesting places, villages where you can meet charming Lao and Thai people and experience their unique culture and simple way of life.
Begin in Bangkok. With your private guide explore Bangkok’s most unusual Buddhist temples, the Chedis of the Kings and the invaluable golden Buddha weighing over 5 tons. Visit the most important temples. Learn about Buddhist practices and influences on daily life. Enjoy a fascinating, private long-tail boat tour through Bangkok's canals, the colourful markets and shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work. When not sightseeing, enjoy time at the world’s leading spa, swim, play tennis, shop for exquisite Thai silks and art work, and dine on some of Southeast Asia’s best cuisine.
Continue to Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town in northern Laos. Set at the confluence of two rivers that almost surround the town and beneath a temple-topped hill, Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture - reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine.
With your own expert guide and driver, visit golden-roofed wats (temples), decorated with mosaics and murals of the life of Buddha. Explore markets, visit hill tribe villages, meet silk weavers and contemporary textile designers, and take a memorable cruise on the Mekong, visiting craft villages and caves filled with Buddha statues. Upon request, we are also happy to incorporate special touring such as hiking, biking, kayaking, a cooking class, a visit to a private home, photography excursions, attending alms processions, an elephant-back excursion in the jungle, and more.
Next, spend several days in Chiang Mai,in northern Thailand. Stay at one of Asia’s most luxurious and atmospheric resorts, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of terraced rice paddies. With your private guide explore the city of Chiang Mai, with a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist wats (temples) and the royal family’s Winter Palace. You will have enough time at leisure to browse craft markets or enjoy the resort's spa, cooking school, golf, or pool.
Day 1 – Arrive
Bangkok, Thailand Meet and greet on arrival.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Bangkok Full-day private city tour, including private longtail boat ride.
Day 3 – Transfer
Luang Prabang, Laos Private transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights.
Private dinner and traditional welcome ceremony.
Day 4 – Tour
Luang Prabang Option for sunrise alms-giving. Half-day private city tour.
Day 5 – Explore
Luang Prabang Morning private cruise to villages and Buddhist caves.
Day 6 – Transfer
Chiang Mai, Thailand Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok.
Meet and greet on arrival and connecting flight to Chiang Mai.
Private arrival transfer to resort for 3 nights. Afternoon private tour.
Day 7 – Tour
Chiang Mai Full-day private tour with option for city touring, hiking or excursion to elephant camp.
Private round-trip transfer to night market.
Day 8 – Experience
Chiang Mai Morning Thai cooking lesson and market tour.
Day 9 – Transfer
Bangkok Private transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok.
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon flexible private city touring or shopping.
Day 10 – Depart
Bangkok Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There There are only three international airports in Laos. Wattay International Airport in Vientiane; Luang Prabang International airport and Pakse International airport. Lao Airlines is the national carrier and monopolises the majority of flights in and out of the country, though many code-share with other air carriers.
In Thailand, Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
When to go The climate in Laos and Cambodia remains tropical. The best time to visit the region is in the months between November and mid-March. During these months the days are pleasant and the nights are chilly. Thereafter the temperature begins to rise and March to May gets very hot. The monsoon arrives in the month of April-May and peak in August but continues until mid-October. Travel is difficult during these months. Avoid travelling during March-April and August.