Laos to Thailand via The Mekong
Bespoke Holiday Itinerary / Experience Tour

Info : Laos to Thailand via The Mekong

Beginning in magical Luang Prabang and then taking a boat journey along the mighty Mekong towards enchanting Northern Thailand, this itinerary ends with a well deserved stay at a Thai beach resort. Enjoy adventure and discovery in Laos and relaxtion in Southern Thailand.

In Luang Prabang you’ll explore the incredible city and the surrounding countryside with your guide– while the cruise up the Mekong allows you to experience the quieter and rural side of Laos. 

We've priced this itinerary with two grades of accommodation, a deluxe version that includes 5 star hotels and a superior version that includes comfortable, quality base's from which to enjoy the best of Laos and Thailand. 

Highlights include 

  • Discovering mysterious and beautiful Luang Prabang, one of the most magical cities in Asia. 
  • A leisurely river voyage from Luang Prabang all the way to Northern Thailand. 
  • Staying in safari tent style accommodation on the banks of the Mekong River at Kamu Lodge
  • Taking in the highlights of Chiang Mai and a few hidden gems on an Experience Travel Group Signature Tour.
  • Relaxing on the beach at a lovely resort in Southern Thailand.

As with all of our suggested itineraries, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your budget, style and expectations. Find out about our exclusive ‘Journey Planner’ here.

Pricing & Inclusions

An indicative price for the deluxe version of this holiday is £3,800 per person.

An indicative price for the superior version of this holiday is £2,990 per person. 

Both prices are inclusive of flights from the UK and may be less in low season and higher in peak season.

Call our Southeast Asia experts on 020 7924 7133 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates.   

As every holiday is unique - Call our experts on 1-888-577-8452 for an inclusive, personalised quotation for your preferred dates or use the quote request form below...


Your personalised quotation with Experience Travel Group will include.

  • International Flights (which can be omitted from your quotation if you prefer)
  • Accommodation as described
  • Privately guided tours and transfers 
  • Original Experience Travel Group "Signature" experiences 
  • Full financial protection (full ABTA and ATOL bonding). 
  • Meals as described, 
  • 24 hour in-country backup whilst away
  • Your own dedicated travel expert in the UK 

For more on our pricing policy read here.  

Day-to-Day Itinerary : Laos to Thailand via The Mekong

Day 1  depart the uk

Depart the UK on your overnight flight to Laos. 


Mysterious, charming and deeply evocative of a bygone age, Luang Prabang is a seductive place. You’ll get to experience the allure first hand with your guide either walking or using bicycles to explore the city. 

At dawn hundreds of saffron robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms. Your guide will take you to watch and explain the background behind this ritual which is still very much part of everyday life in Laos.

You will journey out of Luang Prabang to visit Kuang Sii Waterfalls - through scenic Laotian countryside. There is time to explore and, if water levels permit, to enjoy a refreshing dip in the falls. These beautiful falls cascade over many tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content.

  • Deluxe itinerary – accommodation will be at Satri House, the restored home of Laos royalty. 
  • Superior itinerary – accommodation will be at The Sanctuary, a quality hotel in a great location.


After breakfast at your hotel you'll travel upstream by boat to Kamu Lodge, a sustainable village on the banks of the Mekong. You may choose to relax, or participate in some activities such as cycling or exploring the traditional ways of living. 

  • Accommodation at Kamu Lodge, a unique safari-camp style experience. 

DAY 6 - upstream river voyage

At around 11am you will board your cruise boat to travel up the Mekong River to Pakbeng. En route there will be stops to explore local villages. This is a brilliant way to travel and get a feel for the beautiful scenery and laid back pace of Laos.  

  • Deluxe itinerary – travel on the Luang Say Cruise with overnight accommodation at Luang Say Lodge.
  • Superior itinerary – travel on the Shompoo Cruise with overnight accommodation at Pakbeng Lodge.

DAY 7 - upstream river voyage 

After, an early walk to Pakbeng market where people from the surrounding village exchange goods, board the boat for the last leg of the cruise at around 8am. Stop en route to observe rural life along the Mekong. Lunch on-board, before continuing on to the border. Cross the river to Thailand and meet your Thai guide for the transfer to Chiang Rai. 

  • Deluxe itinerary - accommodation will be at the luxurious Anantara Golden Triangle in a beautiful rural location.
  • Superior itinerary - accommodation will be at The Legend Chiang Rai a comfortable, contemporary resort on the outskirts of the city.


Explore Chiang Rai with your guide or alternatively choose in advance from a range of outdoor adventures such as trekking or cycling.

If you are staying at The Anantara there is chance to meet rescued and retired working elephants who are cared for at the resort's elephant camp. 


Your driver will transfer you overland to Chiang Mai through beautiful scenery visiting Akha and Yao hill tribe villages along the way. 

Chiang Mai is small city sitting in a beautiful valley, surrounded by farm orchards and forested mountains. During your time here you'll explore bustling markets, handicraft stalls and mountain top temples, there is also a chance to meet elephants and to enjoy the local streetfood, maybe even take a cooking class.

  • Deluxe itinerary – accommodation will be at The Anantara, a luxurious riverside hotel near the centre of the city. 
  • Superior itinerary – accommodation will be at Tamarind Village, a great hotel in the heart of Chiang Mai.


Following a short flight from Chiang Mai to Phuket you’ll be transferred to your beach hotel near Khao Lak for a 5 night stay. Here your time is free to relax and enjoy the surroundings whist reflecting on your holiday adventure. 

  • Deluxe itinerary – accommodation will be at The Sarojin, a fine luxury boutique hotel on the beach nr Khao Lak. 
  • Superior itinerary – accommodation will be at Bangsak Village, a relaxing tropical retreat also near Khao Lak.

Day 17 fly home

Depart Thailand for you flight back to the UK.

Enhance your Experience+

Upgrade to one of the best hotels in Asia during your stay in Luang Prabang - the sumptuous Amantaka. This converted hospital building has bags of character and all the high quality you would expect from an Amans hotel. 

Customer Feedback
We arrived back in the UK at 7.00 this morning and I couldn’t wait to thank you for organising such a fabulous holiday for us! Everything went so smoothly and we were really impressed with the quality and style of the hotels you chose for us, the convenient locations, and the local services - absolutely First Class! We had some wonderful food, did some great activities and we particularly enjoyed the Elephant Day which was something we shall remember for the rest of our lives. Also we really enjoyed the trip to the River Kwai and the amazing River Kwai Resotel. I shall certainly recommend your company to anyone who is considering a holiday in South East Asia – thank you again!

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