This once-in-a-lifetime trip completely immerses you in life in Laos and Thailand, as you discover the local cultures, cuisines and histories of these two fascinating countries. Stroll across lush paddy fields, roam through the jungle, explore mysterious caves and discover enchanting waterfalls as you tour through the countryside. You’ll also marvel at some incredible architecture, as you witness a variety of religious and French colonial buildings. Along the way you’ll stay at various hotels, each designed to combine comfort with a twist of luxury.The first 11 days of the tour are spent in Thailand, where you’ll get the chance to cycle through the picturesque Sukhothai Historical Park. For an authentic experience, try your hand at cooking some traditional Thai cuisine or, if you’re looking for something more adrenaline-filled, why not see if you can master the basics of Thai kick-boxing? Alternatively, simply relax and enjoy a massage! Continue to the ‘Golden Triangle’, where you will see some incredible ruins and statues of Buddha before crossing the border into Laos. Learn more about the country’s rich history as you stroll through typical towns; visit the monks at sunrise, absorb the breath-taking natural scenery, and meet the friendly local inhabitants of quaint villages before returning to bustling Bangkok to conclude your unforgettable tour!
Tucan Travel are proud providers of incredible tours that cater for the adventurous souls of the world, whilst keeping one very simple thing in mind: sustainability. Their aim is to make adventure travel sustainable for the long term. To achieve this, Tucan Travel have implemented measures that respect the delicate ecosystems, wildlife and natural habitats that they are exploring, following strict rules to minimise the effects of tourists' presence. They have developed waste management solutions to help recycle, repair and reuse materials, and have also introduced a carbon offset scheme that encourages the use of public transport wherever possible, further helping to minimise their carbon footprint. Many of Tucan Travel’s tours include opportunities to view local wildlife in national parks or at dedicated conservation centres. Animal welfare is big focus for Tucan Travel who even have their own policy which includes only working with suppliers who meet their animal welfare standards, and offering wildlife encounters only insofar as they directly benefit that species. With so many sustainability initiatives and more, such as contribution to local community schemes, supporting the work of World Land Trust and LATA in Latin America, Tucan Travel are truly committed to eco-tourism and their long term target of sustainable tourism.
Your Adventure Begins: Today you will arrive in Bangkok, where you can settle into your accommodation and spend a free day exploring this exciting city. Discover the Grans Palace or take a cruise down the Chao Phraya River. There is also the chance to visit the Chatuchak Weekend Market which sells a whole host of items.
Phitsanulok: After a train ride to Phitsanulok take an orientation walk off the beaten track to see Thailand’s true colours. Observe one of the most significant Buddha images at the temple Wat Phra Si Ratana Mahathat.
Sukhothai: Previously the capital of Thailand, Sukhothai is home to picturesque lakes and bridges and is scattered with ruins. Cycle through this world Heritage Site and see if you can spot the Wat Mahathat, a Buddha hidden amongst the stone ruins.
Chiang Mai: Today you can experience more of Thailand’s culture as you relax and unwind with a traditional massage and cooking course. Or if you are feeling bolder, why not try night-time Thai kick-boxing or learn to haggle at the evening street bazaar?
Chiang Rai: This full day tour will see you trekking through hills to visit tribes, as well as cruising down the river on a bamboo raft. Your mode of transport for the day will consist of a Songthaew, a converted pick-up truck with seating in the back. Visit the impressive caves of Chiang Dao, which are filled with incredible stalactites and stalagmites as well as white marble Buddhist statues. After lunch, roam through the jungle and learn about the locals’ way of life. Mountains are also present here, offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery and providing perfect photography opportunities.
The Golden Triangle: Head to the ‘Golden Triangle’ - the meeting point of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, near to the Chinese border. Explore the Opium Museum, home to a giant Golden Buddha, before eating lunch outside the White Temple as you marvel at its beautiful decorations.
Luang Prabang (Laos): Spend two days in Luang Prabang, a town rumoured to be home to some of the country’s friendliest people! Meet the locals to find out for yourself if these rumours are true… You can also marvel at the elegant architecture of the French colonial buildings, and visit the monks at sunrise.
Vang Vieng: Ride down 'Route 4' to Vang Vieng, a town filled with magical caves and waterfalls. Home to the Hmong and Yao tribes, this location is the perfect place to sample the local cuisine and explore the breath-taking scenery. Take a trip to the surrounding villages and paddy fields.
Vientiane: Explore the capital city of Laos, a peaceful city with several religious buildings. Take a stroll through the many streets and markets, and learn about the country’s history with a trip to the COPE centre. This visit will give you a fascinating insight into how Laos was impacted by the Vietnam War.
Bangkok: Fly back to Thailand’s capital to enjoy a last dinner and say your 'goodbyes'.
Departure Day: Leave Bangkok to head back home or continue with further travel, taking with you some incredible memories.