Day 1, HANOI: Arrive and check in to your hotel. No meals.
Day 2, MAI CHAU HOMESTAY: Today we drive east through stunning scenery to Mai Chau where we are guests of a White Thai family in their stilt house. (BLD)
Day 3, SAM NEUA: We travel onto this sleepy hamlet for the night, home of the dramatic caves that housed the revolutionary Pathet Lao during the Vietnam War. Also found here is the little-known 'Stonehenge of Laos', monolithic rock slabs that protrude from the ground. (B)
Day 4, PLAIN OF JARS: We arrive in Phonsavan which will be our base to explore this mysterious area.
Day 5, PLAIN OF JARS: Today you have a whole day to explore the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars. Nobody knows the exact origin or use of these amazing artefacts, some as large as 6 tonnes. (B)
Day 6, LUANG PRABANG: Continue by road to Luang Prabang, one of the most enchanting towns in South East Asia. (B)
Day 7, LUANG PRABANG: A full free day to explore this wonderful centre of religion and royalty of old Laos. Hire a bike or wander the leafy streets, stopping at golden temples to chat with the monks. (B)
Day 8, HOMESTAY: We take a beautiful boat trip up the Nam Khan River and stay with one of the hilltribe minorities of northern Laos.
Day 9, UDOM XAI: Leave our village hosts and travel to Udom Xai.
Day 10, PAKBENG: Travel by local bus/truck through jungle-clad mountains. We spend the night in a simple guesthouse in Pakbeng.
Day 11, HOUAY XAI: Start our journey up the meandering Mekong, travelling by public boat and passing through thick jungle with abundant birdlife. We transfer to our guesthouse in Houay Xai, Laos.
Day 12, CHIANG MAI: Today we cross the Mekong and take either a songthaew Chiang Mai. Transfer to railway station for overnight train to Bangkok.
Day 13, BANGKOK: Arrive and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 14, BANGKOK: Tour ends after breakfast. (B)