Thailand and Laos tour ‘Northern Laos & the Golden Triangle’ (15 days)

Our Thailand and Laos tour ‘Northern Laos & the Golden Triangle’ makes for a superb introduction to the spectacular scenery, traditional cultures and history of this truly fascinating, yet still relatively little known, region. We’ll begin the tour in Thailand’s northern capital – the delightful and historic city of Chiang Mai – before heading north through spectacular mountain scenery to Chiang Rai and the infamous Golden Triangle. Though until recently a remote, lawless region of opium trafficking and warlords today we can discover its bucolic scenery; ancient cities, fabulous temples, vibrant markets and tranquil riverside towns.

From here, crossing the Mekong into northern Laos, we’ll travel by road and by boat through more rugged mountain landscapes populated by traditional hill-tribes to the stunning ancient capital, and now UNESCO World Heritage Site, of Luang Prabang. Explore the beautiful temples, colonial architecture and surrounding villages of what is acknowledged to be the best preserved town in Southeast Asia, with of course plenty of time to relax in riverside cafes and check-out the town’s unique cuisine.  From Luang Prabang a scenic drive through the dramatic central highlands takes us to the fascinating and mysterious Plain of Jars. Our last stop is the laid back, present day capital Vientiane with its scenic Mekong side location.

Note an extra day or two relaxing in Chiang Mai prior to the tour or onward flights from Vientiane to, for instance, Hanoi or Siem Reap, (Angkor) are also available  for those with a bit more time to spare.

Thailand and Laos tour 'Northern Laos & the Golden Triangle'