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Bangkok to Vientiane

15days

Optional extras

Listed below is a selection of optional extras and beach extensions that can be added to your tour. Just select which options you want to add to your booking when you reserve your tour, or alternatively just let us know and we'll add them to your booking. Further options are also available when you get to there, such as cookery classes, dinner cruises, scuba-diving courses.

  • 1 Day Khan River Trek - UK£0

Transfer to the trailhead in a fantastic location in the middle of nature, a huge mountain chain right in front of you. You traverse the Nam Khan via water taxi to begin the march up to a mid-mountain Khmu village.
Careful not to disrupt the serenity of this isolated area, we can observe the locals as they carry out their daily tasks. You get the chance to ask questions and wander around in the small village. Your guide will be happy to translate your questions. Waving our good-byes, we enter a different world of a grander scale dominated by some jungle, soaring limestone rock faces, and flourishing ferns.
Edging forward along a steep, narrow, rocky track, we ascend to our final destination, sharing the trail with passing villagers on their day’s pilgrimage to market. After a short but steep walk we finally arrive at a Hmong village, an isolated and quaint village high in the mountains overrun by roaming livestock. Welcomed by the shy yet curious kids, we enjoy lunch in a local, humble home to share in a unique encounter. Listen to the stories, play with the curious children or ask your questions about their way of life up here. After your tranquil pause we start our descending walk back into other small villages, which are along the way. You will follow a little stream, see villagers on their way back from markets or from the fields until you reach the Nam Khan River. With a small boat we will be brought back to our starting point.
Trekking: about 5-6 hours

  • Cooking Class & Bamboo Basket Weaving - UK£0

After breakfast, you will be introduced to a local family and accompanied to a vibrant traditional market. Here you can learn about the foods that make up traditional Laos cuisine before heading to the family home. Today is an amazing chance to engage with a local family, understanding their way of life, cooking traditional foods and learning the art of basket weaving. Having enjoyed a lunch with the family, you can explore the small village before returning to the hotel in the early afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Note: the tour will finished around 13:00 pm

  • Khan River Cycling - UK£0

A full day bike tour near the wonderful UNESCO world heritage town of Luang Prabang. The biking tour includes dirt road riding plus some sightseeing along the way. See rivers, villages and the daily Lao life along the way. Your journey soon takes you into the countryside and away from city life, where you'll discover beautiful scenery and mountainous landscape.
Cycling: about 4 hours, 30km

  • Long Lao & Kuang Si Waterfalls - UK£0

Breakfast this morning will be served at the headman’s house. You then have some free time to explore the village. Depart the village by foot and start trekking through the valley of a conservation area for approximately 4 hours. At the end of your trek you will reach the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls, which cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. Enjoy a well deserved swim in one of the pools, before having lunch. Continue your exploration of the area with a walk down the hill to visit the Bear Rescue Centre and the market in Tad Pan Village, where you can shop for traditional souvenirs. In the late afternoon return by vehicle to Luang Prabang.
Note:Kuang Si Waterfall will have much less water in Hot Season-from Feb-May

  • Luang Prabang - Natural Dyeing Experience - UK£0

In the late morning, travel to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, a private museum recently opened to explain about the livelihoods of Laos’ ethnic minorities. You’ll learn many interesting facts about the hill tribes of Northern Laos. Enjoy lunch in the adjacent Le Patio Café.
After lunch, transfer to the Living Crafts Centre at 13:30 pm. Spend the afternoon in a stunning Mekong riverside garden. Prepare natural dyes and dye your own silk scarves. The workshop looks at silkworms, natural dyes and weaving techniques. The afternoon’s program is interactive and full of fascinating information; a unique and entertaining opportunity to learn about silk weaving. Meet the silkworms with an introduction to silkworms and the types of silk they produce. After preparing the dye sources, dye white scarves in the chosen colors. Try weaving and spinning on our demonstration looms. Then stroll around the garden, enjoy a cocktail, nibble on some tasty fried silkworms. Watch the sun dip behind the mountains on the Mekong.
1. Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center TAEC is closed Every Monday
2. The Dyeing Experience will start from 14:00 pm to 17:00 pm.

  • Luang Prabang Almsgiving - UK£0

If you wish, get an early start (6:00am or so) and go watch or participate in the traditional Lao rite of Almsgiving to the monks. In the city, some 300+ monks file through silently collecting alms. This is an amazing sight and your guide will be on hand to demonstrate and explain this important ritual. Afterwards, visit the Morning Market and see an array of meats, vegetables and spices the locals use in their cooking. Return to your hotel for breakfast.

  • Single Room Supplement - UK£0

This option guarantees you a single room in all the hotels throughout the tour. Prices shown are based on low-season and will be confirmed with your main tour quote when you make an enquiry. If you are a solo traveller looking for a private tour just for yourself, then we will need to add an extra supplement - please contact us for details.

  • The Living Land Rice Experience - UK£0

After breakfast, you will be transferred by the local guide and prviate vehicle to The Living Land. Today, you will spend 2 & 1/2 hours of your morning to understand and learn how rice is grown on the farm, experience the life of a rice farmer and try your hand at some of the activities. Or just view it all from the comfort of our traditional Lao rice house balcony. Return back to Luang Prabang for a light lunch and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.
The Living Rice Farm is a community enterprise growing organic vegetables and rice. Working with and supporting the local community, the project also helps to educate children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Note: The Living Rice Farm Experience is a join-in tour.

  • Bangkok Introduction tour - UK£0

This introductory half day tour is done on foot and using a wide selection of different public transport to familiarise you with the city of Bangkok and its many different sites and features. We concentrate more on learning about the life of the city rather than visiting famous sites which you may see during the main part of your tour.

  • Damnoen Saduak & Thai Culture tour - UK£0

Lasting all day from around 07.00-18.30, this tour begins with a canal boat cruise to the bustling vibrant and colourful and floating market at Damnoen Saduak. We have lunch at The Rose Garden, where we enjoy a cultural show depicting Thai village life, complete with various Thai sports and folk dancing (min 2 people).

  • Chiang Mai Thai Cookery Course - UK£0

A day to change the way you cook and eat forever! This full-day course at the Baan Hong Nual cookery school in Chiang Mai is devoted to an introduction to the main ingredients used in Thai cuisine, their uses, storage and suitable alternatives. The uses of these ingredients will then be demonstrated with the assistance of the participants in preparing a typical Thai lunch. Afterwards there is the opportunity to learn more about, and taste, a selection of Thai fruits and snacks.

  • Extra day in Bangkok - pre-tour - Standard - UK£0

This option adds an extra night in Bangkok to the end of your tour, staying in a 3-star hotel. Your departure airport transfer is included. If you would like to add more than one extra night, please make a note when you make your reservation and we will add them to your booking.

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