Laos tour packages alone with a glimpse in Thailand is on the plan of millions of tourists and holiday makers who showing their interest on South East Asian destination, or simple the Indochina region. Laos is a country that shares borders with China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, as you see there are many sizzling destinations that are surrounded Laos and that’s the point that makes it a bit difficult to think which country to combine with Laos.
If you are planning to have a Laos travel and then you are thinking to combine it with Thailand to see more of this ancient and beautiful part of Indochina then you must have few factors in mind such as:
- Where to arrive?
- What to visit in each country and for how long?
So, here I go to explain the two raising question as above and tell you more about the planning your trip to Laos and Thailand. As where to arrive, I strongly recommend to arrive and start your trip in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, then start your sightseeing from Bangkok up to the chiang Mai and then from Chiang Mai you have two option to enter to Laos, one is to take a Mekong River Cruise to enter to Laos, or the second option to take a train directly from Bangkok to Nong Khai, the border city of Thailand with Laos and then start your journey from then. This was only a brief description of how you can get to Laos from Thailand and this was a simple guide to do the trip on your own.
However, when you travel to Thailand you must consider to get to know what you wish to visit based on your timeframe that you are going to spend in this amazing and even welcoming country in the heart of the Indochina. If you are honeymooners in Thailand then you are definitely in the right country, as from Bangkok down to the Krabi and Phuket you will have hundreds of different pristine and crystal clear beach to spend your honeymoon, few of the most renowned beaches with luxury resorts and high end facilities are Pattaya city and for better beaches while there you might head to Jomtien beach, Phuket Island and the Koh Samui as some of the many famous islands to spend your honeymoon.
However, after Thailand you might now flight to Vientiane, the laidback capital of Laos and where you can start your adventure trip from. The main attraction of Laos is adventure and cultural tourism that attracts travelers from all around the world to come and travel through this fabulous country, as explained above, most of the travelers have shown interest to add one or two or if they have more time then more of the Laos’s neighboring countries to maximize the pleasure of Indochina.
What to include on your Laos Tour Packages?
Laos is very safe and pleasant to travel around the country, travelers with more time find it an absolutely amazing country to spend more time, see locals and experience the country’s culture and custom while staying longer. Laos is a Buddhist country with a deep influence of temple praying and cultures that could be seen in any Lao family, however, to answer the what to include on your Laos tour packages I must divide the country by the region that allow you to understand each city from the geographical point of view:
Vientiane: Capital of Vietnam with population of about 400,000 is a laid back city with a mixes of French colonial architecture and the glazed Buddhist temples such as Pha That Luang from the early sixteen century, Wat Si Saket that features the images of Buddha as the national symbol as well as the many other attractions that could keep you busy during your stay in the capital of Vietnam, in addition, Vientiane have got 1 airport and there are frequent flights from neighboring countries such as Vietnam, both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from Bangkok and direct flights from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Vang Vieng: A pleasant small town of Vang Vieng offers all sort of adventure activities for likeminded fellow tourists who come all the way from Vientiane to escape the heat and get freshen up in the Vang Vieng River and the renowned Nam Song River, the town is located north of the capital and is accessible with almost 4 hours bus ride. The tubing in the river has become very popular and almost all of the hotels, guest houses and travel agencies include this exciting activity to their Laos travel and tour packages.
Luang Prabang and around: Perhaps the most outstanding example of Lao culture and tradition could be seen when in Luang Prabang, the city is quite interesting and located in the bank side of the mighty Mekong River and the picturesque Nam Khan River, the town is dotted with Buddhist temples, royal palace and the vibrant night market which helps local and the ethnic minorities to sell their traditional handicrafts and the colorful textiles. In addition, the town of Luang Prabang has been listed as a UNESCO heritage town since 1994. There are several day trips and excursions that you can consult with your Laos tour packages provider to include them to your itinerary, the day trips are exciting and it is one of the best ways to meet with the local ethnic tribes along the way, however, the day trip to Kuang Si Waterfall is one of the most exciting of all as you will be able to swim and fresh up in the flow of waters.
Also, the boat trip to Pak Ou through the Mekong River is another experience that allow you to get more familiar with the Buddhist religion, the cave is awash with the Buddha sculptures and for Lao people is one of the most and holiest places to worship
Well, that’s not the all, when in Luang Prabang you have chance to meet with the local villages around the town. Luang Prabang is a good example of trekking options to the northern Laos where you’ll be able to meet and visit the Akha tribes in their daily life.
Plain of Jars, Vieng Xai and the northeast of Laos: Ancient Plain of Jars is located in Phonsavan and is an archaeologist site dating back to the megalithic time. The usual Laos travel and tour packages with length of 3 to 5 days are not offering a visit to Phonsavan and the plain of jars, but if you are taking a Laos tour packages for let’s say 10 days then your organizer might include a visit to see the grandeur of this magnificent archaeological landscape. Also, In Vieng Xai you could get familiar with the cave tours that have been a good shelter during the Indochina war.
Central and southern provinces of Laos: This area is covered places and cities such as Savanakhet, and while you travel to south of Laos then you might expect a visit to Pakse and 4000 islands, Wat phou, The Mekong River Islands and the Irrawaddy dolphin shows, Don Deth and Don Khone.
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Duong Vuong is a passionate traveler and a multilingual content specialist that has lived in 3 continents, 5 countries and 6 cities so far.
She was immediately conquered by Vietnam with its contrasting and magnificent landscapes, its culture, its traditions, its people… and found there the ideal place to settle down for a while.
She firmly believes that it’s the encounters that make the best trips and loves to share her insider tips and advice about Vietnam, Southeast Asia, and new travel trends.