Backpacking Across Laos and Thailand

Trip code: ALVB

Trip Highlights

  • Exploring the pristine villages in Laos
  • Village style living at Mekong River Homestay
  • Shop at the Chiang Mai night market
  • Explore the bustling streets of Bangkok
  • Street food crawls in several cities

Tour Details


This 11 days tour will open the doors for you to explore the laid-back corner of Southeast Asia, during your gap year journey. Starting your trip from Laos, you'll be exploring the limestone karsts surrounding Vang Vieng before taking a slow boat down the Mekong. Spend quality time with the locals while living in homestays and savor the taste of the local cuisine. Head towards Chiang Mai, the capital of Northern Thailand before you finally reach Bangkok, the favorite place for travelers from all across the world! Visit the temples and monasteries as well as the floating markets. Experience the madness of the nightlife at Khao San Road as you go for partying with your travel mates before this adventure tour comes to an end. 


Day 1 - Welcome to Vientiane

Welcome to Laos. You'll have to book your flight for Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. Our coordinator will be there at the airport to greet you. You'll be then taken to your accommodation. You can head out to explore during the day, but make sure you return back before evening, as there will be an orientation session. You'll meet your fellow travelers and know about the detailed itinerary for the upcoming days.

Day 2 - Vientiane to Vang Vieng

In the morning, you can go and explore the Pha That Luang (Great Stupa), completely covered in gold leaf.  Later, you’ll be heading towards the next destination. It'll be a soothing road trip towards the north of Laos before you reach this quiet town is set along the Nam Song river amidst rice fields and limestone karsts. In Vang Vieng, you can go for hiking and explore the limestone karsts.

Day 3 - Vang Vieng

Rent a bike and explore the countryside, and you'll surely fall in love with the beauty of the place. Meet local villagers to find out more about their way of life.

Day 4 - Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

Today, you'll travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, which is further in the north of Laos. Head out for an orientation walk with your coordinator.

Day 5 - Luang Prabang

There are several wats (temples) in this part of the country, and you can spend some time exploring how the Buddhist monks spend their days here. You can also attend cooking classes to learn how to prepare the authentic cuisine. You can also go for a day trip to explore the Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Day 6 - Luang Prabang to Pak Beng

Your two-day journey up the mighty Mekong River will begin today, as you'll set out on a houseboat. Get a glimpse of the rural life while spending the night at a homestay. Enjoy a simple but tasty home-cooked dinner that consists of typical Laotian cuisine.

Day 7 - Pak Beng to Chiang Khong

The houseboat journey will continue till you reach Thailand! In the late afternoon, we'll reach Chiang Khong.

Day 8 - Chiang Khong to Chiang Mai

Departing Chiang Khong after breakfast and head towards Chiang Mai, one of the most picturesque destinations in Thailand. Visit Doi Suthep Temple, catch a Thai boxing match and explore the night market in case you have something to buy!

Day 9 - Chiang Mai to Bangkok

You can attend your hand at local cuisine with a Thai cooking class if you are interested. You can hire a bicycle and go for a ride in the countryside. You'll be catching an overnight train to Bangkok.

Day 10 - Bangkok

You just have a day, so explore as much as you can! Head towards the Chatuchak Market, known as the largest outdoor market in Southeast Asia. You'll get the best deals in everything - from shoes to bags, electronic items, antiques and much more. You must also visit the beautiful wats in Bangkok, and quickly explore the floating markets as well. Spend the evening at Khao San Road, partying with your new friends!

Day 11 - Return back home from Bangkok

As your adventure tour across Vietnam, Laos and Thailand comes to an end, it's time to say goodbye to your friends and board the returning flight. Get in touch with the coordinator if you need help in reaching the airport.

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Slow boat ride on the Mekong
  • Village style living at Mekong River Homestay
  • Street food crawls in different cities
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (8 nights), sleeper train (1 night), local homestay (1 night)
  • Meals - 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Price Excludes
  • International/Domestic Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations



Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) (5 nts), hostels (multi-share) (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (1 nt).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Mekong River Homestay: Typically, the group is divided into two or more houses (depending on group size) in close proximity to each other. Sleeping arrangements are multi-share in the central living area of the homes – mattresses, blankets, pillows, and mosquito nets are provided. Bathroom facilities are shared. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.


Meals Included - 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.