Laos is an incredibly popular cycling destination in southeast Asia. Its varied and beautiful landscape, laid back people, light traffic and low cost of living all win rave reviews. The UNESCO world heritage city Luang Prabang is the top ‘must see’ destination but the coffee plantations and waterfalls around the Bolaven Plateau and the Si Phan Don islands in the very south of the country also merit a few days.
Thailand is one of the world’s most recognizable destinations, yet still holds plenty of surprises for those ready to step foot off the beaten path. Beyond the famous island beaches and iconic temples lies a welcoming local culture. Coupled with dizzyingly varied natural landscape and a network of scenic roads, Thailand makes for an altogether adventurous and satisfying cycling tour.
Laos has a rich history stretching back 10,000 years. At its height, it ruled over present day Laos and much of neighbouring northern Thailand. Landlocked and laid-back, it’s a unique spin on the Southeast Asia experience. Here Buddhism permeates every facet of life, change comes slowly, and cities bed down early. The perfect place to break from office politics or put a pause in a hyperactive travel agenda, this land of mountain, mists and untamed natural beauty tempts with unrivalled peace and serenity. Open your heart, open your mind, and let the genuine faith and generous hospitality of Laos replenish your soul. Here are some Thailand – Laos full-day tours that you should not miss.
Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village
What you Expect
Explore the highlights of northern Thailand on a day trip from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Chiang Khong. You’ll admire ancient temple ruins in Chiang Saen, cruise down the Mekong River on a small boat, and take in the scenic tripoint border area of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Feast on an authentic Thai lunch, and complete your day with a visit to a Hmong village. This tour is limited to six people to ensure you enjoy a small-group experience with a guide in culture-rich northern Thailand.
Journey back in time to Thailand’s Golden Triangle with this full-day journey down the Mekong River. The day begins with a transfer from your Chiang Rai hotel to the edge of the Mekong River. Prepare to see delights including jungle terrain, hill tribes and ancient temples. Board your boat on the giant Mekong River of the three countries that make up the Triangle – Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Make a first stop at Chiang Saen, a small town at the convergence of the three countries also known for its numerous ancient temples and ruins. Spend some time exploring the town’s many sites, before paying a visit to a local Hmong Hilltribe Village. Venture down Mekong, sit back and enjoy spectacular views along the Laos countryside from the river. Wrap up your journey at Chiang Khong, a sleepy town famous for the giant Mekong catfish and a popular border crossing between Thailand and Laos before transfer back to Chiang Rai in the late afternoon.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transport by minivan
- Local guide
- River cruise
- Entrance fees
What’s not included
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
Chiang Mai City Culture Half-Day Cycling Tour
What You Expect
Join this 4-hour Chiang Mai city culture cycling tour that takes you through and around the rich cultural center of Chiang Mai. Cycle quiet roads and small lanes, see beautiful temples and colorful markets while seeing the locals as they go about their daily activities.
Meet at a central Chiang Mai meeting point in the morning. During this 16 mile (25km) ride, you’ll bike as much as possible over quiet roads and small lanes, passing beautiful temples and colorful markets while seeing local people continue their daily activities. Ride through small back roads and alleyways around and through the center of Chiang Mai.Stop at a silversmith that fabricates beautiful jewelry in different shapes and sizes (no shopping) then visit the adjacent Silver Temple to see the monks keeping themselves busy making decorations of alloy used for the renovation of this temple.Continue the ride through narrow alleys and small lanes to the center of the city where you’ll visit the 14th century Wat Chedi Luang. Thailand’s most revered Buddha statue, the Emerald Buddha, used to reside in this temple until the Laotian took it to Luang Prabang (Laos) in 1545. Nowadays, this Buddha statue can be found in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew.After shooting pictures of this remarkable Chedi, stop for refreshments at the Chiang Mai Women’s Correctional Institution. The aim of this institution is to reform and rehabilitate inmates who have almost done their sentences. The residents are serving light sentences for minor crimes and come from poor backgrounds, with many being hill-tribe women.Next, stop at the most visited temple of Chiang Mai, the beautiful Wat Phra Singh. The temple is very impressive and very picturesque with plenty of photo opportunities. The grounds are well maintained with multiple structures within, including the Wiharm Lai Kam assembly hall, Ho Trai library, Ubosot ordination hall and the main prayer hall.The journey continues to the outer circle of the center, passing through a fresh flower market where you will see the most beautiful flowers of the North. This area is called “China Town of Chiang Mai”.Ride across the river and stop for more refreshments at a local market where your guide will have more time to examine some local exotic fruits and snacks with you. After this stop, take a surprising route back to the starting point.
- Beverages, lunch and snacks
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Use of bicycle and helmet
- Bike tour
What’s not included
- Gratuities (optional)
- Transportation to/from attractions
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
- Cycle the city streets to absorb the local atmosphere
- All entrance fees included
- Snacks and Beverages included
- Lunch included
- Great overview and orientation of the city
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