Perfectly combined to create an unforgettable experience, venture off-the-beaten-track to discover the colourful hill tribe cultures of Thailand’s northern highlands and explore the tranquil treasures and rich culture of beautiful Laos.
US - Bangkok (2N) - Overnight Train (1N) - H’mong Hilltribe (1N) - Chiang Rai (1N) - Chiang Mai (1N) - Pakbeng (1N) - Luang Prabang (3N) - Vang Vieng (1N) - Vientiane (2N) - Bangkok - US
Ascend Doi Suthep Mountain to admire Wat Doi Suthep and enjoy the picturesque sunset
Visit a picturesque Karen Longneck Hilltribe
Cruise on the Mekong River through northern Laos
Witness a Buddhist Takbat Ceremony in Luang Prabang
Enjoy the cascading turquoise waters of the enchanting Kuang Si Waterfalls
Explore the exquisite statues of Buddha Park
If the dates we have available for this tour don't suit your needs, or you are not sure travelling as part of a group is for you, maybe a Private Departure would be more ideal. Based on exactly the same itinerary as the group tour, our Private Departures give you the freedom to choose your own departure date and simply enjoy your holiday with your family, your partner, or your friends. On Private Departures your tour will be led by an English speaking local guides in each destination
If you like most of the itinerary which we have suggested but you'd like to change the route and the accommodation, speak to one of our Destination Specialists who can build your perfect itinerary based around where you would like to go, what you would like to see and how much you'd like to spend. Just call us at 877 993 6399 and we'll help plan your dream vacation.
A visa is not required for US and Canadian passport holders to visit Thailand.
International and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. To call the US the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 1, then the local area code, then the number. To call Wendy Wu Tours it is 00 1 212 868 5800.
Mobile phones are growing in popularity and you will find high quality coverage. There are active roaming agreements with all phone carriers; however text and call rates can be expensive. We recommend that you contact your mobile supplier if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave the US.
Internet & Email
Internet cafes can be found in all major cities and even in some small towns. This is often the easiest and cheapest way to stay in touch. Most hotels have a business centre with internet access, but at a slightly higher rate. Some hotels may have Wi-Fi which usually comes at an additional cost and may only be available in hotel lobbies.
Tipping is an expected element in the tourism industry today and Thailand is no exception. Many passengers are often uncertain of how much to tip.
For those passengers on group tours we have established a tipping system whereby every passenger gives a set amount to the National Escort who will distribute the amount appropriately. On multi-country tips, this amount will be paid in stages on arrival in each country. If there is no National Escort, you will need to give your money to your Local Guides and tipping amounts for each city will be shown in your final itinerary. The amount for the kitty is calculated for each tour depending on the length, group size and services used during the trip.
For those traveling privately, we will indicate the tipping amounts in your final documents for guidance.
Shopping can be a fun and entertaining component to any travel adventure. In keeping with most people’s interests whilst on holiday, your tour will include a reasonable number of opportunities to shop for local goods and souvenirs.
We have included visits to establishments that not only provide an opportunity to purchase a locally produced, great-value souvenir; but you’ll witness first-hand how these local products are made, their history and how they support the local economy. We are aware that people like to take home souvenirs, so we endeavour to ensure the shops you visit have a reputation for quality, honesty, and authenticity.
The cost of all meals is included in your group tour cost. Breakfast is a combination of local and western food, usually served buffet style at the hotel you are staying in. Lunches and dinners consist of traditional cuisine and are served at reputable local restaurants. As is traditional in this region, lunch and dinner consists of small dishes of local cuisine which is then placed on the table for everyone to share so you can experience the variety of speciality dishes. The amount served is more than ample for the whole group. We aim to cater to the tastes of the majority of people and so the food is not too spicy or unusual in taste.
Drinks will be at each tour members’ own expense and paid for at the end of each meal. Beer is widely available and cheap. Western style wine is very expensive to import and is not widely available except at upmarket restaurants. Bottled drinking water, soft drinks, and fruit juices are also widely available – remember that you should only have ice or fruit juices from a trusted restaurant, where they will use boiled or bottled water.
Due to the French colonial influence in some Southeast Asian countries, black tea (commonly referred to as ‘lip-ton’ by the locals), coffee, and baguettes are available in most places. However, the local style is to have sweet condensed milk with their tea and coffee. Fresh dairy milk is not usually served but many restaurants will provide this if requested. ‘Cafe Sua-da’ (or iced coffee with milk) is a favourite choice amongst the locals.
This tour is suitable for those with a reasonable period of time and who wish to visit the main sights of northern Thailand and Laos and some time in Bangkok. This tour will include some light walking and will incorporate an overnight train journey and a cruise on the Mekong River.
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