Bangkok & Laos



Length of Trip
9 Days
Available Dates
11/10/2022 - 11/18/2022

A land of floating markets, free-roaming elephants, a secret history of dark war, and some of the best food in the world.  Travel by train, plane, and boat.  Explore deep and dark caves, dive into crystal blue lagoons, and bike the rolling mountains of northern Laos.  Learn about local agriculture, freedom fighters, and more.  This whirlwind experience of Southeast Asia will leave you changed in more ways than you could ever imagine.  It will challenge your cultural norms and give a renewed hope for humanity. It will awaken your tastebuds in ways you never imagined.  No one should go through life without experiencing the rich, vibrant culture of Southeast Asia.

Chaing Mai, Vientiane, Vang Vieng
Group Size




Available Dates
11/10/2022 - 11/18/2022
Length of Trip
9 Days
Trip Highlights
  • Himalayan Mountain Excursion
  • Cave Tour
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Safe House Impact Tour
  • Bangkok Floating Markets
  • Sustainable Farm Tour
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
Important Trip Information
  • This trip ends with a perfectly timed transition into the Cambodia trip. Book both to take full advantage of your time there!
  • Revealing clothing will draw lots of attention in this part of the world and is not recommended. It may restrict entrance from some excursions as well. Knee-length apparel and something to cover shoulders is recommended in most public places.
  • These countries are currently closed for tourism. Once reopened, additional travel dates will be posted.
  • 8 Double Occupancy Hotel Room Nights
  • Excursions
  • 5 Cultural Experiences
  • 1 Mountain Biking & Hiking Experience in the Himalayan Mountains
  • 1 Cave Tour & Lagoon Swim
  • 1 Elephant Sanctuary Tour
  • All transfers to/from excursions
  • Dining
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 2 Dinners
  • Transportation
  • 1 Overnight Train Cabin Ride
  • 1 Flight
  • Additional
  • Guide
  • Itinerary
    Day 0 - Arrive to BKK

    The day is open for arrivals, exploration, and relaxation. Enjoy time exploring the dizzying streets, ride a tuk-tuk, and eat to your hearts content. Grand Palace, China Town, Khao San Road, and more are all great landmarks. In the evening, we come together for dinner, introductions, a welcome bag, and trip overview. Later, feel free to explore the bustling night markets, perhaps even catching live music or karaoke.

    Day 1 - Bangkok

    Today we visit Samaritan Creations, a haven for victims of the sex trade industry in Thailand. Their mission is to provide restoration and empowerment so the women are able to build and sustain life outside of the darkness in their past. We spend time sharing stories over lunch, creating bonds sure to last for years. Next, visit with Pakistani refugees who fled their upper-class neighborhood in a night of terror, never to look back. The remaining time is allowed for exploring on your own. Night markets, shopping centers, and more span for miles.

    Day 2 - Bangkok

    Bangkok floating markets are world famous and not to be missed. Today we visit one of the most famous floating markets, known for it’s vibrant atmosphere. Try coconut pancakes, boat noodles, and try to not be overwhelmed with all the colors, smells, and cultural formalities as you float past the shops. In the evening, jump on the train for an all-night ride to Chiang Mai. Comfy airconditioned sleeper cars allow for private and safe travel to the next destination.

    Day 3 -Chaing Mai

    In Chaing Mai, see the famous Doi Suthep, a gold temple boasting panoramic city views. A tour of a Hmong Hill Tribe Village allows full immersion into another way of life. In addition to the historical treasures, there are plenty of shopping areas to explore and local food to taste, cat cafes, temples, and night bazaars.

    Day 4 - Chaing Mai

    Today, explore the famous Doi Inthanon National Park, part of the Himalayan mountain range. A mountain biking and hiking combo ensures an adrenaline-pumping day with breathtaking views. You will see coffee farms, Hmong villages, and more along this serene tour. A well-earned authentic Thai lunch is served before wrapping up and heading back to the hotel to clean up and enjoying a free evening.

    Day 5 - Vientiane

    Today, we make our way to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. A short 1-hour flight to Udon Thani followed by a bus ride (about 3 hours) into the capital of Laos has you on the next adventure. We begin our time in Laos with a visit to the COPE Visitor Centre to learn of the ‘secret war’ of unexploded ordinances and the ongoing – yes, ongoing – impact of war. During your time in this country, you are sure to see plenty of men, women, and children with missing ligaments. The COPE centre tells the story of why.

    Day 6 - Vientiane

    Today is spent learning of Laos agriculture, it’s history, and Agroasie, an organization working to empower the local farmers to keep more control of their earnings and crops. A visit to harvest centers allows more insight to the challenges in way of progress. A quick stop at a local school is a pause for fun and games. Afterward, relax, walk the historic Mekong River, and watch the sunset.

    Day 7 - Vang Vieng

    An early start on the road for Vang Vieng makes for a day packed with unforgettable experiences. Roughly 4 hour drive time into the mountains, past rice patty fields, and through local villages slows the mind down from the hustle and bustle in Vientiane. First, we hike into Tham Phu Kham cave. A short climb through forested hills and then into the limestone cliffside allows for amazing displays of stalagmites and stalactites. A labyrinth of chambers leads you deeper and deeper into the darkness, climbing over ledges and wading through water. Don’t worry – we provide a headlamp so you can see where you’re going and stay with the group. After tackling the darkness, reward yourself with a refreshing dip into the Blue Lagoon! Challenge your fear of heights by jumping off the tree into the crystal blue water. Next, make a quick 20-minute trip to the elephant sanctuary. Here, learn about the giant historic creatures while seeing them in their natural habitat. Explore, interact, and take pictures with the elephants in their natural environment. The sanctuary’s top priority is protecting the Elephants. It’s a perfect opportunity to experience and contribute to it’s preservation. At the end of the tour, we make our way back to Vientiane.

    Day 8 - Vientiane

    After several full days, enjoy a free day in Vientiane to explore, shop, and relax. May we recommend a traditional Thai massage, coffee and pastry at Common Ground, and a meal of the most famous Lao dish, Laab?

    Day 9 - Departure

    Today is departure day for those returning home, or for others, a travel day to Cambodia for another life-altering experience. Farewell, friends!

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