Laos (Rhymes with WOW) Trip Notes

At Imaginative Traveller we always aim to provide accurate information for our travellers. Unfortunately information such as the price of optional activities is occasionally subject to change, and this means that we are constantly revising our trip notes. In order to ensure that you have the most up to date information for your trip we suggest that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure.

Trip code : GTLS
Trip length : 12
Trip starts in : Bangkok
Trip ends in : Bangkok
Maximum group size : maximum 16

You know they’re a welcoming bunch when you cross something called the Friendship Bridge. Take a leaf out of the Laotians book and make a few new friends in this part of the world.(Was Highlights of Laos)




The hunt for your favourite Thai street food begins. It’ll be a toss-up between phad thai and som tam. Walk it off on a city tour before the sleeper train to Chiang Mai.   

Day 1

  • Arrive in Bangkok and get to grips with this awesome city

Day 2

  • Visit some of Bangkok’s most famous sights, including the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha
  • Enjoy the rest of the day to further explore the city
  • Shop for bargains, eat in exotic restaurants and perhaps hit some bars or nightclubs

Chiang Mai

See how many activities you can pack into 24 hours, starting with a cooking class, the 300 steps at Doi Suthep and a tour of the Night Bazaar.

  • Spend a free day exploring the northern city of Chiang Mai, with over 120 temples in the centre alone
  • Set off on an excursion to the top of Doi Suthep, with fantastic views over the city
  • Perhaps get a traditional Thai massage or even partake in a cooking class
  • Why not visit the Night Bazaar a great chance to practice those bargaining skills

Huay Xai

Our first stop in Laos is this peaceful little town where you’ll have loads of free time. Are you a book or a Kindle person? Either way, this is a good place to get stuck into your holiday reading.   

  • Take a small boat across the Mekong River to Huay Xai, the first stop in Laos
  • Enjoy time to wander around this small place and perhaps ascend the Naga stairs to Wat Jom Khao Manilat
  • Perhaps visit a nearby minority village, where they make rice whiskey, noodles and handicrafts

Mekong River - Pakbeng

Cruise the mighty Mekong and say sabai dee to locals along the way. You’ll feel right at home tonight in your little guesthouse in Pakbeng.   

  • Board a slow boat for a trip down the Mekong River
  • Arrive in the late afternoon at Pakbeng; a colourful village situated at the junction of the Mekong River and the smaller Beng River

Luang Prabang

After a busy day seeing Buddhist temples, hiking to Kuang Si Falls and exploring Pak Ou Caves, we think you deserve a rest.  Find an herbal steamroom or play some pentanque with the locals (a bit like boules). Don’t expect them to go easy on your.

  • Continue on the private slow boat, stopping to stretch your legs and explore the Pak Ou Caves, which contain hundreds of Buddha statues
  • Arrive in Luang Prabang in the evening and wander the streets of ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’
  • Trek to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng is surrounded by mountains, rivers and big limestone cliffs. Spend a couple of days checking out heaps of caves, lagoons and forests. 

  • Transfer to a local fan cooled bus and head toward the village of Vang Vieng, located on a bend in the Nam
  • Song River Cross the river to explore the huge caves that line the West Bank
  • Enjoy plenty of time to make your own discoveries or partake in an optional kayaking day trip  along the Nam Song


It's all over red rover.

  • Continue to the Lao capital, located on the banks of the Mekong River.
  • Check out some temples, including Wat Sri Saket.
  • Swap details so you tag yourself in everyone’s photos on Facebook.
  • Trip finishes after breakfast on Day 12.



While the information presented here details our planned itinerary, including routes taken, activities included, accommodation and meeting times, please accept that unforseen changes may occur. We are constantly on the lookout to improve our program and further enhance your experience. Naturally, we will keep you up to date with any last minute amendments to your tour.



Our Raw tours are best suited for those with a sense of adventure, are willing to step outside their comfort zone and don’t mind being thrown in at the deep end. For independent travellers who want to travel with others. Just the ticket for those aged between 18-35 or anyone young at heart who has an open mind, an eye on the budget and a nose for adventure. Authentic experiences that expand the mind rather than hold the hand.

Style Facts

  • The freedom to explore without breaking the bank
  • Time to do your own thing – or join in optional group activities
  • YOU choose where YOU want to eat
  • Basic accommodation
  • A variety of public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader


Our Basic tours offer superb value and are ideal for those who are happy to forgo some creature comforts in favour of an authentic and fun experience. Under the leadership of a fully trained tour leader, you will enjoy all the highlights and freedom of independent travel with the convenience, security and companionship of a small group.

Style Facts

  • Plenty of free time to explore independently
  • Optional activities to suit your budget
  • Freedom to choose your own meals
  • Simple famliy run hotels
  • Mostly public transportation
  • Fully trained and experienced leader


Explore the world on two feet - or two wheels! Our active trips range from classic treks & trips where walking forms an integral part of the itinerary to cycling tours offering a totally new perspective on a destination.

Some of our active adventure tours include the classic treks such as the Inca Trail, Kilimanjaro or Everest Base Camp as well as shorter one day or overnight hikes. Our cycling tours allow you to access hidden corners of a destination, discover remote villages and meet the locals – either en route or even by cycling alongside them. All our active trips are fully supported – with either porters and mules or by a support vehicle.

Thir tour is operated by our partners Geckos Adventures


  • Expert English-speaking local tour guides in each country, and professional local site guides at some sites.
  • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Bangkok - Grand Palace, Emerald Buddha and Wat Po; hundreds of Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves; Kuang Si Falls; Vang Vieng Caves; Vientiane including Wat Si Saket; and crossing of the International Friendship Bridge into Thailand.
  • Slow boat cruise down the Mekong River to observe local life, with a night in a simple hostel in Pakbeng – home to the Hmong and tribal Thais.
  • Free time to explore Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Huay Xai, Luang Prabang and Vientiane.
  • Overnight sleeper trains from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Nong Khai to Bangkok (unescorted).


  • International flights
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Departure and airport taxes
  • Visas
  • All other meals
  • All optional tours or activities during free time
  • Transfers outside of the tour program
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and items of a personal nature


A single supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights a single room is not available:
Day 2 Overnight train


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