Day 1, BANGKOK: Arrive and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2, BANGKOK: Free day to explore. Overnight train to Nong Khai. (B)
Day 3, VIENTIANE: Today we arrive at the 'Friendship Bridge' and our first glimpse of the mighty Mekong. We cross into the mysterious jungle republic of Laos and proceed to Vientiane, possibly the sleepiest capital city in the world.
Day 4, VANG VIENG: Transfer by public bus to the peaceful riverside hamlet of Vang Vieng. (B)
Day 5, PLAIN OF JARS: Drive to the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars. Nobody knows the exact origin or use of these amazing artefacts, some as large as 6 tonnes.
Day 6, PLAIN OF JARS: Today you have a whole day to explore the Plain of Jars.
Day 7, LUANG PRABANG: Continue by road to Luang Prabang, one of the most lovely towns in South East Asia.
Day 8, 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.
Day 9, HOMESTAY: We take a beautiful boat trip up the Nam Khan River and stay with one of the hilltribe minorities of northern Laos.
Day 10, UDOM XAI: Leave our village hosts and travel to Udom Xai.
Day 11, PAKBENG: Travel by local bus/truck through jungle clad mountains. We spend the night in a simple guesthouse in Pakbeng.
Day 12, HOUAY XAI: Start our journey up the meandering Mekong, travelling by public boat and passing through thick jungle with abundant bird life We transfer to our guesthouse in Houay Xai.
Day 13, CHIANG MAI: Today we cross the Mekong and take either a songthaew (pick-up truck) or minivan to Thailand's northern capital Chiang Mai. Transfer to railway station for the overnight train to Bangkok.
Day 14, BANGKOK: Arrive and transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Day 15, BANGKOK: Tour ends after breakfast. (B)