Mekong Adventure: From Thailand to Laos

  • Experience one of the world's great rivers as it meanders through Southeast Asia
  • Interact with elephants in the Golden Triangle
  • Engage with hill tribe villagers & lowland Laotians on a 9-day cultural tour
Mekong Thailand Laos
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 9 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, River Cruising
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension

One of the world’s most consequential rivers, the Mekong begins its 2,700-mile course at over 17,000 feet on the Tibetan Plateau and, weaving its way through a great crunch of gorges near Gyelthang, drops into Southeast Asia, where it nurtures a passel of peoples on its way to its delta on the South China Sea. Civilizations have risen and fallen on its banks, and their remains and the ever-bustling commerce and pure Asian liveliness of their successors make it an endlessly colorful and engrossing waterway.

On this illuminating journey we follow the river as it passes through Thailand and Laos, with stops in Thailand’s infamous Golden Triangle and the enchanting former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. During our voyage we also visit rural villages in out-of-the-way Laos. Those opting for the extension will also visit the charming present-day capital of Vientiane, and the mysterious Plain of Jars.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Bangkok
  • Day 2: Bangkok
  • Day 3: into the Golden Triangle via Chiang Rai
  • Day 4: Golden Triangle
  • Day 5: along the Mekong into Laos
  • Day 6: Kamu Lodge
  • Day 7: downriver to Luang Prabang
  • Day 8: Luang Prabang
  • Day 9: depart Lauang Prabang.