Laos is a little more laid back than some of their neighbours. Life unfolds at a very relaxed pace here, and for travelers like us, that can be a very pleasant break from the often-hectic pace of SE Asia. There are no skyscrapers, malls, movie theatres or busy motorways here, but that’s okay. Instead Laos offers jaw-dropping nature, authentic cultural experiences, and a laid-back vibe that can’t be matched. Here you can hike through some of the most bio diverse rain forest in the world, stopping to take a dip at some of the most spectacular waterfalls and fresh water pools you will ever see. Visit exquisite golden roofed temples and witness the monks accept their daily offerings at dawn during the alms ceremony. Take a boat trip down the Mekong to stunning caves containing ancient relics. Jump off rope swings and zip lines into crystal clear lagoons, or get a little wet and wild with fellow backpackers from all over the world while tubing down the Nam Song River, surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning natural landscape. Laos is as wild and as authentic as it gets. With a little bit of everything for the nature, culture and adventure lover alike, this sleepy diamond in the rough is sure to please even the most discerning backpacker. Travel Laos now while it’s still one of SE Asia’s lesser known gems. Click on a destination below for more information.
You arrive in Bangkok late the first evening. The group meets for welcome drinks and a short information session at our guesthouse. If you’re up for it, we make our way over to Khao San Road, where you can get an authentic Thai meal and a grab a cold drink after a long day of travel. If you wanna get really “Far Out”, you can grab a “bucket”, or try one of the street cart “delicacies”, such as fried insect larvae and crickets! This is also a great spot to get any last-minute supplies you may have forgotten at home. Our 2nd day is in Bangkok is a great day to go check out a couple markets, enjoy some of the world class shopping opportunities around the city, or take a day tour to the one of the city’s many tourist attractions. In the evening we take a private mini-bus to the train station where we will be taking the overnight train to the Laos border, a can’t miss experience.
Our train arrives early in the morning Day 3 in Nong Khai, Thailand. After crossing the “friendship bridge” into Laos and getting our visas, we hop into a private mini bus for the ride north to Vang Vieng. After a long trip from Thailand, the group gets together for a delicious traditional Laos meal at our guesthouse, before heading out for a night on the town. Day 4 the group hits up the Nam Song river for a day of lazy river tubing, while taking in the mind-blowing views of the surrounding cliffs, and stopping in at the awesome bars that dot the. Days 5 and 6 are yours to check out the amazing caves, lagoons, temples, kayaking, mountain biking, etc. Vang Vieng is a beautiful place with endless opportunities for adventure.
The morning of day 7 we board our private minibus and make our way further north for the incredibly scenic ride to our final stop in Laos, Luang Prabang. After we arrive at our guesthouse we get the group acquainted with a walk to the downtown/riverside area. Here you can enjoy an authentic Laos dinner and watch the incredible sunset on the banks of the mighty Mekong, go for a sunset “booze” cruise, or visit the night market (one of our favorites in Asia) to stock up on mementos and souvenirs. Day 8 the group heads to Kuang Si waterfalls for an unbelievably fun day hiking through the lush green rain forest to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in SE Asia. For the final day in Laos you can spend your morning at the alms ceremony at dawn watching lines of Buddhist monks in their orange robes, collecting their food for the day. In the afternoon visit some of the many golden roofed temples, take a river tour to some of the many caves in the area, or visit some more world class waterfalls.
Rather than taking the overnight train back to Bangkok, we cut the travel time short and board a plane from Luang Prabang back to Thailand for the final night of our Far Out Adventure. Our hosts in Bangkok have a special send off celebration planned for us. Say goodbye to the amazing new friends you’ve made over the past 10 days, and prepare yourself for your onward journey home. Or perhaps, like many of our guests, you’ll be having so much fun you’ll want to join us for another 10 or 20 days on the next part of our circuit in the Philippines!