TAL10: Snapshot of Thailand and Laos 14 days from Bangkok

14 days
Bangkok - Chiang Mai - Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Snapshot of Thailand and Laos is designed by Indochina Value for traveler who would like to take the fantastic photo of fabulous Thailand, Laos, people, cuisine, architecture , scenery etc… Start from Bangkok with city, temple tour, colorful flower market and cooking lesson. Continue to Chiang Mai with Elephant tour and Chiang Mai tour before get the flight to Laos with Thai Airway to Luang Prabang, the ancient city of Laos. In Laos, you have an opportunity to visit ethnic minority villages, Plain of Jars and take a sunset cruise in Vang Vieng.

Snapshot of Thailand and Laos 14 days from Bangkok in brief :

Day 1: Bangkok - Arrival
Day 2 : Bangkok - City tour
Day 3 : Bankok - Pak Klong Talad Flower Market
Day 4 : Bankok - Cooking Lesson
Day 5 : Bankok - Chiang Mai
Day 6 : Chiang Dao Elephant Camp
Day 7 : Chiang Mai
Day 8: Chiang Mai - Flight to Luang Prabang
Day 9: Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si Waterfall
Day 10: Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars
Day 11: Plain of Jars
Day 12: Xieng Khuang - Vang Vieng
Day 13: Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Day 14: Vientiane - Departure


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    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

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    (May 1 - Sep 9)

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Day 01

Arrival Bangkok (G)

On arrival into Bangkok you will be greeted at the airport by Indochina tour guide and transferred to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure to relax or explore the city.
Free at leisure and overnight in Bangkok.

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Day 02

Bangkok city tour (B, L,D) (G)

Explore Bangkok’s iconic temples, starting with the Grand Palace, considered one of the most sacred sites in the Kingdom on your Thailand tour. The palace consists of several buildings and pavilions and is said to house the ashes of former kings. Then it’s on to Wat Po, one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok which houses the impressive reclining Buddha. After the temples, cruise on a private boat through the canals and get a glimpse of local life amongst traditional stilt houses. Lunch is at Supatra River House situated on the river banks of the Chao Phraya River and known for its fresh seafood prepared to authentic Thai recipes. Return to the hotel and relax. Dinner tonight is in a Thai style wooden house where fine Thai food is served alongside traditional music and dancing.

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Day 03

Bangkok – Pak Klong Talad flower market (B) (G)

Thailand Vacation is famous for its markets and today your senses will come alive as you explore Bangkok’s best. After breakfast, you will head to Pak Klong Talad, the city’s biggest flower market full of vibrant colours and smells, before you continue on to Chinatown to weave through the tiny networks of streets and have lunch in a local restaurant. Back to hotel for relax.
Overnight in Bangkok tour.

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Day 04

Bangkok cooking lesson (B, L) (G)

Sharpen your knives and put on your apron as you have your first cooking lesson at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. Set off early today to Bang Rak Morning Market, where your chef guide will show you the exotic fruits, vegetables and fragrant spices used in Thai cooking. Then head to the school for a hands-on class where you will prepare a four-course meal. Taste your wares over lunch before returning to the hotel.

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Day 05

Bangkok – Chiang Mai (B, L, D) (G)

Fly to Chiang Mai and check in to your hotel. The regional specialty is Khao Soi a curried noodle dish made with chicken and topped with fried noodles, and garnished with an assortment of shallots, herbs and pickled mustard greens. Yum! After lunch drive to Doi Suthep a sacred landmark of Chiang Mai Tour. Climb the stairs to the top for impressive views over the valley. Tonight’s dining experience is a Kantoke dinner with a cultural dance performance. Kantoke is the local style of eating where diners sit on the floor around raised trays of food.

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Day 06

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp (B, L) (G)

Today learn how to ride an elephant at the Chiang Dao Elephant CampTour. Watch how the mahouts care for their charges and the importance of elephants in the Thai culture. Take a ride along a jungle path to the river where you can have a swim and try a spot of bamboo rafting. Visit an orchid farm and see exotic beauties in bloom on the return to Chiang Mai.

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Day 07

Chiang Mai (B, L) (G)

See the sights of Chiang Mai on a samlor (cyclo) as you are pedalled past local produce markets bursting with vegetables, fruits and flowers. Continue to two magnificent temples Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phrasingha and end your ride at the City Art and Cultural Centre, for a look into Chiang Mai’s history, culture and traditions.

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Day 08

Chiang Mai – flight to Luang Prabang (B, D) (G)

Arrival Luang Prabang. Welcome by your private Indochina tour guide to hotel. Check in and go on a guided tour of Wat Xieng Thong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. Visit Phousi Hill in the heart of town and climb its 350 steps to enjoy lovely views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phousi sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of anti-aircraft guns from the Indochina war! Enjoy the pleasant ambience of dinner at a local Lao restaurant.

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Day 09

Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si Waterfall (B, L) (G)

Cross the Mekong to the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Capture the light misting through thousands of Buddha images of various sizes deposited there by local people over the centuries. Board a traditional boat and travel upstream to the ethnic minority villages of the Hmong and “Lao Thung” tribes. Return to Luang Prabang by boat stopping at villages whose inhabitants make wine from rice and traditional pottery.

In the afternoon visit the village of Ban Xang Khong where the weaving of traditional Lao textiles takes place on ancient wooden looms, and then continue to Kuang Si Waterfall.

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Day 10

Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars (B, L) (G)

Continue sightseeing around Luang Prabang Tour. Visit Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo Stupa, followed by Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. After lunch drive around six hours to Xieng Khouang along scenic roads.

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Day 11

Plain of Jars (B, L) (G)

Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars from sunrise until lunch. Little is known about these giant urns, as archaeologists have only recently been able to start their investigations. In the 1930‘s a French conservationist did some preliminary work which revealed that the jars were more than likely used for funeral purposes. Their composition remains a mystery with theories suggesting the jars were made from sand and buffalo skin then fired in a kiln.

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Day 12

Xieng Khuang - Vang Vieng (B, L) (G)

Visit the old capital of Muang Khun, the formal capital of Xieng Khuang Province, Wat Piawat and That Foun Stupa, before continuing to Phonsavanh for lunch. Continue driving to Vang Vieng through unspoiled scenery (about six to seven hours) visiting Mon-Khmer and Hmong tribal villages along the way. Enjoy an evening of leisure on the riverbank of the Namsong river and watch the sunset over craggy limestone mountains.

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Day 13

Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B) (G)

Today explore Vang Vieng, including Tham Chang and Tham Xang caves. Visit surrounding rural villages before driving to Vientiane.
Overning in Vientiane.

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Day 14

Depart Vientiane (B) (G)

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorial Indochina Holiday until our private guide will see you off at the airport. We hope that you have enjoyed your Indochina Tours with us and look forward to organizing your coming Indochina Vacation. Indochina value says goodbye and see you again!!! END OF SERVICE!

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• Domestic flights as indicated (Economy class)
• All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Luggage Transfers: Between airports and hotels
• Accommodations as indicated
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional licensed English-speaking guide (other languages on request)
• Entrance fees to indicated sights and activities as stated
• Train tickets as indicated
• Boat trips as indicated
• Bottled mineral water during touring days


• Vietnam visa on arrival
• International FLIGHTS
• Drinks
• Other meals
• Insurance
• Personal expenses
• Expenses for any optional tours or activities during free time

Tour guide

Tour guides who worK with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our cultures and lifestyles ... with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch. In some parts such as Sapa, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic hilltribes like H'Mong or Red Dao as they know about their land much better than anyone else and this is also the way that Indochinavalue helps the local people a better life.

Vietnam tour guide

Tour guide is one of the most inportant factors to a successful holiday. Indochinavalue understands that a good tour guide needs not only good knowledge on history, culture, good English, French... but also needs to have general requirements and follow our guidelines as below:

1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with work experience.

2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.

3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.

4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.

5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.

6 - Clear speech and good hearing.

7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.

8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer because Indochinavalue's clients want to be entertained in extend, a friend...

9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.

10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.

11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.


Kind of vehicle (offered on tour) depends on the size of your group size or your requirements.To ensure your comfort, all cars feature air conditioning and enough room inside. Drivers are local, with years of experience, taking you to your destination quickly and safely.

1 - Our drivers are professional and reliable with at least 5 years of experience, driving safely.

2 - Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.

3 - Our drivers must be friendly, helpful with good behavior and attitude.

4 - Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.

Vietnam hotel

2 Stars from: US$35 -> US$40

The 2 star hotels are good for budget travelers and sometimes, we have no choice but stay in a guesthouse, mini hotel, 2 star hotel in the remote and mountainous areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars from: US$40 -> US$80

The 3 star hotels are good for many travelers because they offer basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars from: US$80 -> US$130

Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining andentertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars from: US$130 -> US$200 –> US$ 300

Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent experience. Multiple restaurants on siteand a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

Note: If you have any special dietary needs, just let your travel consultant know when booking.


Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.


Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

Vietnam restaurant


Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay with a local family, on cruise inHalong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but our tour guides will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If allergic to some food

We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Do our guide and driver join the meal with us?

The tour guides and driver will be at the same restaurants with you, but they will only join themeal when you invite. Sometimes the drivers are shy to join as they usually eat fast and could not understand English talk around the table, so the guide will be with you more often.

Street food tour:

Street foods in Vietnam are very delicious and should you want to taste the specialities of each Vietnam holiday destination, we can arrange a street food tour for you. Please contact us at info@indochinavalue.com for a detailed tour itinerary and quotation.

How to request a tour package?

To request for a free tour itinerary and quotation, you can just fill out the tour inquiry form at www.indochinavalue.com or send us an email at info@indochinavalue.com then give us as much information as possible. One of our experienced travel consultants will get back to you shortly. All changes will be made (free of charge) until the your tour package meets your needs and personal interests.

How to book a tour package?

As soon as you agree on our proposal, please send us your full name, international flightinformation (if you have) and your special requirements. We will make reservations and arrange everything then confirm back to you when all done.


- Deposit is a "must". We request 30% of the tour cost. You can pay by wire transfer, creditcards, western union, onepay (online)

- Balance can be made before your arrival or on arrival in cash or by credit cards.


Changes are possible at the last minutes. However, if changes caused extra costs, you willhave to pay for. (For examples, hotels, flights, cruises...)


In case of cancellation, we will not apply any charge if we are not charged by the third partiessuch as hotels, cruises, flights, trains...We will recalculate the costs and resend you the money as soon as possible.


Thanks you Tipping is not mandatory but it is expected inThanks youTipping is not mandatory but it is expected in many circumstances for service. You can tip your driver/tour guide more or less or nothing. All depends on the services you receive.

Suggested tips:

- US$10 – US$ 15 per day for tour guide

- US$7 – US$ 10 per day for driver

- US$1 – US$ 3 per meal for waiter or waitress

- US$2 – US$ 5 for short boat trips/ cyclo/ tuktuk (1 – 2) hours

Note: Please check with your travel consultant before coming and your tour guide if you are to tip someone on tour.

What you get when booking a private tour with Indochinavalue?

1. Private guide, driver and vehicle are for your exclusive use; no matter you are individually,or in a family or friends group. The tour is run exclusively for you without strangers.

2. Every itinerary can be customized to meet your specific interests/ wishes, that is, you can choose your favored hotels, sightseeing spots, the tour length, means of transportation, budget, etc. All are free of charge.

3. Start the tour on any date you want.

4. Escort you from start to finish. All private transfers during the tour are offered, including airport/ train station transfer, hotel-attractions round trip transfer.

5. The sightseeing during the tour could be based on your own timetable and pace. Flexible to change at your short notice.

6. Considerate care and assistance, such as the old, the disabled or families with small kids and children.

7. You can save time and money when traveling with us or your wants meet you budget.

How do I get a visa?

Vietnam Visa On Arrival is available for help. It is legitimated and supported by the VietnameseImmigration Department. We recommend that you choose visa upon arrival, as picking up visa at the Vietnam int'l airport/ border is quite simple, easy, no additional charges and no fail.

Please provide the following information for us to apply for your visa:

apply vietnam visa1) Full name on passport

2) Passport number

3) Date of birth

4) Nationality

5) Date of arrival

6) Date of issue

7) Date of expire

8) Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months.

Can I use credit cards in Vietnam?

Major credit cards such as Master Card, Visa, Diner's Card, American Express and JCB can beused to purchase goods in large shopping malls and stores in the big and medium cities, to pay for hotel rooms and for meals in some of the fancier restaurants, and to buy plane tickets with them.


- You can use US dollar, Euro in all big cities or at major tourist sites, airports.

- If you are to travel to those small cities or even remote rural areas, only cash in Dong can be used.

Do I need to bring my medical record with me?

Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event ofan emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

Note: You can buy medicines everywhere in Vietnam so do not need to bring medicines from home.Money exchange in Vietnam

When I finish my tour in Vietnam, if I still have some local money, what can I do?

Upon leaving Vietnam, if you still have some local money, you can change them back to foreign currency with your passport and the exchange memos given by the banks or money exchange counters. So please keep those exchange memos well whenever you change money.

What should we bring along on our trip to Vietnam?

It is best to travel light in Vietnam. Onemedium sized bag and a day pack will provide more than enough room to carry everything you'll need, and enough space for the things you'll buy in Vietnam.

There are lots of consumer goods in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, so do not worry about running out of something. If you do forget something you can easily find it here. Before you leave home complete the following checklist:

- Lightweight and quick dry clothing is most appropriate for the summer months, and warmer  clothing for the winter months. As well, sun hat, swim suit, ultra lightweight rain jacket.

- Travel Documents: Passport, Visa, Travel Insurance, Air Tickets (you should scan them and email them to yourself in case you loose them).

- Health requirements, medications, and travel insurance arranged.

- Flashlight, alarm clock, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, small personal first aid kit, personal toiletries.

- Money: US dollars or travelers cheques and/ or credit card(s).

- Raincoat or umbrella, good hiking shoes are needed for all Footprint trekking trips.

- Camera with charger, extra batteries, and memory cards.

Are there any restrictions on the type of luggage that we bring? Domestic airlines have their weight restrictions. On most domestic and low-cost airlines You may only have one suitcase or backpack, with a maximum weight of 20kg, and one piece of hand luggage, with a maximum weight of (5 – 7)kg. An extra charge for overweight is applied.

There is no actual limit on our trips, but we would suggest you travel light with one suitcase or backpack and one small daypack or small bag which you can access during the day and carry items like your camera, drinking water, toilet paper, hat, sunscreen, etc.

It is essential that you have a lock for each piece of luggage. Without one, railway and airline staff and some hotels may refuse to handle it.

What is the best type of clothing we should bring?

Here is a short checklist of best type of clothing you should bring:

- Shorts and comfortable pants;

- Shirts, t-shirts and maybe some long sleeves shirts (for regions with mosquitos like the Mekong delta);

- Swim suits (for the beaches and Halong Bay);

- Good sandles as well as good shoes if trekking.

Nevertheless, it will really depend on where you travel to, when you plan on travelling, and what you plan on doing. Please note that the weather can be very cold during the winter in the Northern Vietnam (Nov to Mar) and quite cool in the central highlands (Dalat). You will need to bring a good jacket along for this time of the year, the avarage temperature is about 15 oC, but can get as cold as 3 oC.

Tip: Do not worry if you do not pack enough clothes or forget something because you can buy in Vietnam.

Shopping in Vietnam

Shopping in VietnamMany tourists can’t help but throw themselvesShopping in Vietnam head-first into shopping while in Vietnam. Why? Probably the variety of quality goods and the tempting prices have a lot to do with it. Many low-budget travelers considered Vietnam a heavenly place because in many shopping situations they can bargain the prices down to as much as a third of the original cost.

The list of Vietnamese bargains is seemingly endless and features bespoke tailoring and the national dress, the 'ao dai' from high-quality silk and many other types of material and textiles while many shoppers cannot get enough of the local handicraft, art and jewelry.

How to bargain?

Bargain is not common in some countries, but in Vietnam it really is. In Vietnam, bargaining isalways worthwhile. Yet, it is not always due to the fact that the local have a great deal of time and very little money. Bargaining is part of Vietnamese culture as through bargaining people communicate with others, create and build up their relationship, not to mention a form of entertainment.

Rule - 1: It's like the monster ride at the amusement park. If you're not having fun, get off.

Rule - 2: Don't bargain with the first person who approaches you (i.e., when looking for a taxi at the airport.) In general the further you go from the center of action, the cheaper the price.

Rule - 3: Don't be afraid to use walking away as a bargaining tool. You can always come back.

Rule - 4: Don't let pride get in the way of coming back (or Rule #3 is useless).

Rule - 5: If you really want something and the price isn't coming down, give in gracefully. (It's that pride thing again.)

Rule - 6: Don't always assume you're getting ripped off just because you're in a third-world country. Sometimes the price they're asking is the real one.

Rule - 7: Bargaining is a time/ money tradeoff. If you're in a hurry, be prepared to pay for it.

Rule - 8: Ask (Vietnamese) fellow shoppers the price of an item before you begin bargaining.

Rule - 9: Always carry small bills. Otherwise all that work is likely to be for nothing.

Rule - 10: Always bargain in native currency. Conventional wisdom says anyone who has dollars can afford to spend them.

Rule - 11: If possible, keep going back to the same person until you've gotten to know him/ her. Most third world countries have a name for this kind of relationship. The deal is that you offer your business on a regular basis and the seller responds by saving you their best tomatoes

Rule - 12: No matter what your parents told you, when you're bargaining it's perfectly okay to lie

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This tour is sample tour and can always be customized to meet your personal needs and budget.

This is private tour with a flexible schedule. There is no other traveler on the tour. You will have a private English speaking tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle in each destination.

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