Tailor-made Thailand and Laos

A wonderful 2-week introduction to the charm and variety of Thailand and Laos which can easily be extended if you wish to stay a few days at a beach.

Highlights:  Bangkok – River Kwai – Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai – Mekong River – Luang Prabang – Vientiane


Wat Xieng Thong

Days 1-2


You will be met on arrival at the airport for the transfer to your hotel. There is plenty to see and do in a couple of days in Bangkok. Board a long-tail boat up the Mae Klong River, visit King Rama II Memorial Park and Museum, the Amphawa floating market and the canals and waterways of traditional Thai life.

Days 3-4

Kanchanaburi & the River Kwai

Departure transfer northwest through the city and out through the suburbs, past emerald-green rice paddocks to the infamous Bridge over the River Kwai in the Kanchanaburi province.

The Chung Khai War Cemetery gives an impression of the circumstances in which the Burma Railway was built by prisoners of war, Thai and Burmese conscripts and enforced labour brought in from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies during the Second World War.

Optional excursion to the elephant sanctuary run by Elephant World, set up in 2008 to provide refuge for "sick, old, disabled, abused, illegal and street elephants" that have typically endured decades of hard work.

Days 5-6

Chiang Mai

Return to Bangkok and fly to the walled city of Chiang Mai.

We will book excursions and activities according to your needs. We suggest a full day tour to take in Worarot Market and to Thapae Gate, one of the four original city gates, where you continue by “Samlor,” or rickshaw. The tour includes a visit to Wat Suandok, where you can meet with an English-speaking monk. Lunch is included on this tour at a restaurant near the Huay Kaew Waterfall before continuing the visit to the hilltop golden temple of Doi Suthep.

Day 7

Chiang Rai

Drive to Chiang Rai where local handicrafts are made by the hill tribe artisans of this region.

Overnight at a local hotel.

Day 8

Slow boat on the Mekong

Cross the border into Laos and board your slow boat down the picturesque Mekong River.

You can either stay at on the boat or at a lodge on the river. Please call us to discuss your preferences.

Days 9-11

Luang Prabang

Continue your river journey to reach the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang.

We will arrange guided tours, excursions and activities according to your interests and preferences but you may want to explore the side streets and back alleys to discover the hidden charms of Luang Prabag for yourself.

We recommend the Wat Xieng Thong temple, the National Museum (the former Royal Palace) and a climb up the 328 steps to Phousi Mountain for rewarding views of the city. Just outside the city are the Kuang Si Falls, with an inviting turquoise pool which is ideal for swimming.

If you get up before dawn you can witness robed monks doing their early-morning rounds to receive alms.

Days 12-13


Fly to Vientiane for your last couple of nights in this friendly, welcoming country. Please call us to discuss excursions and activities.

We suggest a visit to Wat Sisaket, with hundreds of miniature Buddha statues and to That Luang with its central lotus-bud spire and 30 surrounding stupas - the most sacred structure in the country.

A trip to the COPE Visitor Centre provides a moving insight into the Secret War which left Laos the most heavily bombed country in history.

Day 14

Depart Vientiane

Transfer to the airport in time to check in for your flight connections home.

The above sample Thailand and Laos holiday can be varied in any way you choose to suit your exact requirements so give us a call now on 01932 424252 to discuss any modifications.

Hotels in  Thailand and Laos

Thailand and Laos both offer a wide range of types & styles of hotels, at a variety of price-points to suit all budgets. Please chat to one of our Travel Consultants to get informed advice as to which hotels they would suggest for your tailor-made Thailand and Laos holiday.

Included Tours, Excursions & Activities whilst on your Thailand and Laos holiday

The tours, excursions & activities mentioned in the above sample Thailand and Laos holiday are just a selection of what is available in each location. The programme can be adjusted to fit your particular requirements for this holiday; please liaise with your Travel Consultant to confirm what other activities are available and what you would like to include in your tailor-made tailor-made Thailand and Laos holiday.

Duration of your Thailand and Laos Holiday

If you like the broad sweep of the above sample Thailand and Laos holiday but have either fewer days to spend, or wish to extend it in any way, please ask your Travel Consultant for ideas on how to shorten or lengthen the holiday, or how to reorganise the itinerary.

No-Obligation Quote

We would be delighted to email you a no-obligation, fully-detailed itinerary & quote, containing images of the hotels we suggest for your tailor-made Thailand and Laos holiday along with a link to the hotel’s website, plus details of any included tours & excursions. The quote will clearly state what is, and what is not included in the quoted price. If you thereafter wish to make any changes to the initial itinerary – be it an alternative hotel, different activities, a different duration in any location etc. – that’s not a problem and we will continue to work with you to adjust the programme until it exactly matches what you’re looking for from your tailor-made Thailand and Laos holiday.