Northern Thailand & Laos

Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Mekong - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

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Hotel Nights


for 2 persons, 19 nights
in August 2019

Signature@Thapae, C. Mai

Phowadol Resort, C. Rai

DP Guesthouse, Pak Beng

Villa Mahasok, L. Prabang

Grand Riverside II, Vang Vieng

Xaysomboun, Vientiane



for 2 persons, 19 nights
in August 2019

Bangkok – Chiang Mai

  • by Flight (one-way)
  • AirAsia
  • 18.10 – 19.25
  • 1h 15min
  • $85
  • Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai

  • by Bus
  • 08.30 – 12.00
  • 3h 30min
  • $20
  • Chiang Rai – Luang Prabang

  • by Boat
  • 2-Day-Mekong-Cruise
  • Day 1: Pak Beng
  • Day 2: Luang Prabang
  • 6-8h per day
  • $80
  • Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng

  • by Minivan
  • 08.30 – 14-30
  • 6h
  • $30
  • Vang Vieng – Vientiane

  • by Minivan
  • 08.30 – 12.30
  • 4h
  • $12
  • Vientiane – Bangkok

  • by Flight (one-way)
  • AirAsia
  • 13.45 – 14.55
  • 2h 10min
  • $90
  • Activities


    for 2 persons, 19 nights
    in August 2019

    Chiang Mai

  • Temple Walking-Tour
  • Wat Chiang Man
  • Three Kings Monument
  • Wat Phantao
  • Wat Chedi Luang
  • Wat Phra Singh
  • Arts & Cultural Center
  • Samoeng Scooter-Trip
  • Saturday Night Market
  • Sunday NIght Market
  • Traditional Thai Massage
  • Elephant Jungle Sanctuary
  • Chiang Rai

  • Akha Cooking Class
  • White Temple
  • Blue Temple
  • Night Bazaar
  • Mekong Cruise

  • Life at the Mekong River
  • Luang Prabang

  • Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Wat Xieng Ton
  • Sunset @Mount Phousi
  • Vang Vieng

  • Rice Paddies Scooter-Tour
  • Blue Lagoons
  • Nam Xay Viewpoint
  • River Tubing
  • Korean Party @Sakura
  • Vientiane

  • Pha That Luang
  • Patuxay Monument
  • Nakarath City for StreetFood
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    Temples & Mountains

    Day 1-4: Chiang Mai

    Whoever travels to the northern part of Thailand, most certainly will stay in Chiang Mai. And this is no mistake, as this city and its surrounding has so much to offer. From elephant sanctuaries to waterfalls, beautiful rainforest, temples and markets. And because there is so much to do, we here sum up our top picks:

    – Take a mud bath with an Elephant
    – Drive the Mae Sae / Samoeng Loop with a motorbike
    – Go temple hunting in the old town
    – Eat your way through the Saturday Night Market
    – Go shopping
    – Go out

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    Mud bath with the Elephants

    Day 4: Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

    There are basically two kind of elephant parks in Thailand. Those where you can ride on the elephants and they force them to do tricks for the tourists. And then there are sanctuaries where they rescue elephants from miserable working conditions and let them behave in their natural way.
    We’ve been to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Camp and absolutely loved it there.

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    Modern Temples & Cooking Classes

    Day 5-8: Chiang Rai

    There are two main reasons to continue your trip to Chiang Rai. You either want to see the blue and the white temple or you want to continue your trip to Laos. Both reasons are absolutely legitimate and if you can combine them, it’s even better. In addition, there are a few other things that make this place fantastic:

    – Learn to prepare Thai dishes
    – Stare at the details of the white temple (Wat Rong Kun)
    – Challenge the dragons at the blue temple (Wat Rong Seur Ten)
    – Eat Hot Pot at the Night Bazar
    – Watch the lightshow at the Golden Clock Tower

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    2-Day-Cruise on the Mekong

    Day 9-10: Mekong Cruise

    It was maybe a bit a too long journey. But over all a great experience and we recommend it to everyone who can spare the time for it, as it provides you with an excellent insight into a part of the life of the Lao people.

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    Turquoise Waterfalls

    Day 11-13: Luang Prabang

    The former capital of the Lao Kingdom is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is partly owned to the fact that it is home to 34 Buddhist temples. But also because of its idyllic location within the lush rainforest and almost surrounded by two rivers. It’s the atmosphere that makes this city unique but there are also a few things to explore here:

    – Swim in the Kuang Si Waterfall
    – Explore Wat Xieng Thong
    – Watch the sunset on Mount Phou Si
    – Explore and eat at the Night Market

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    Rice Paddy Views

    Day 14-16: Vang Vieng

    Vang Vieng used to be a classical backpacker destination and famous for mainly one thing – tubing. Because those backpackers consumed lots of alcohol and drugs and performed some stupid stunts, a relatively large number of them died. In 2011 there were 27 tourist deaths recorded and therefore the government ended this Sodom and Gomorrah.

    After the government clean out more reasonable backpackers came but also a lot of Korean tourists arrived. They still like to party but they come mainly to enjoy the mountains, caves, lagoons and rice paddies surrounding the city which are simply breathtaking.

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    Golden Capital

    Day 17-18: Vientiane

    The capital of Laos is not as buzzing as for example Bangkok or Singapore but it still has some things to offer. And when you are there anyway, because your flight leaves from the capital, why not explore some of its highlights.

    – Walk around Pha That Luang
    – Cross the Patuxai Gate
    – Shop and eat at the night market

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