What's included

  • 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, including a Bangkok street food safari & Laotian BBQ
    10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners, including a Bangkok street food safari & Laotian BBQ
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms, including a unique eco-lodge & boutique hotels
    9 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms, including a unique eco-lodge & boutique hotels
  • All activities, from rafting to jungle treks, included. Local Flash Pack guide & driver
    All activities, from rafting to jungle treks, included. Local Flash Pack guide & driver
  • Max 13
    Max 13
  • Airport pick-up anytime on day 1, Tuk-Tuk taxi, overnight train, slow boat, minibus
    Airport pick-up anytime on day 1, Tuk-Tuk taxi, overnight train, slow boat, minibus

Unwind and unplug with a meandering two-day boat trip down the Mekong River in Laos. White water raft the rapids of the Mae Taeng River, and trek and cycle through the lush jungle landscape. Escape the crowds with an immersive food safari around Bangkok’s back street haunts, and experience the region’s finest street food and night markets. Play petanque followed by a Laotian BBQ in the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang. Stay at a series of gorgeous tropical hotels and a unique community eco-lodge run by local hill tribes

 

Nestled in the heart of South East Asia, Laos and Thailand cover a region that’s rife with intoxicating contrasts. One minute you’re knocking back craft beer in a hip rooftop bar, the next you’re trekking through a lush jungle wilderness amid ancient limestone cliffs and bamboo villages. True to form, our Laos and Thailand adventure drinks in a riot of rich experiences. We’ll hunt down Bangkok’s best-kept street food secrets in the backstreets of the capital, and savour local Lanna food in the night bazaars of Chiang Mai. We’ll tackle churning rapids as we white-water raft the Mae Taeng River, and unwind on a leisurely two-day boat ride down the Mekong River in Laos. We’ll meet local tribespeople living high up in the mountains of the Golden Triangle, and stay in a remote eco-lodge that supports their lifestyle. We’ll soak in the ancient charm of Luang Prabang, and take part in the giving of the alms with local monks who live there. We’ll trek to the top of the spectacular Kuang Si waterfall and wallow in the ethereal turquoise pools that shroud its summit. And we’ll bed down in some of the region’s best boutique hotels, filled with pools, spas and tropical gardens. With a mix of food, spirituality and action-adventure, it’s a dizzying storm on the senses. Who’s in?

 

The Flash Pack promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

  • Sail down the Mekong River in Laos on a leisurely two-day boat trip
  • Tackle churning rapids with white-water rafting in Northern Thailand
  • Discover Bangkok's best-kept foodie secrets in an off-radar culinary tour
  • Wallow in the azure pools of Kuang Si waterfall, and trek to the fall’s natural spring source
  • Stay in a unique hillside eco-lodge in the heart of the Golden Triangle
  • Experience some of the region's best boutique hotels, with rooftop pools and spas
  • Tuck into a Laotian BBQ and a game of petanque in the UNESCO town of Luang Prabang
  • Cycle and hike through the dense jungle landscape, and experience the region's brilliant night markets

Itinerary

Day 1: BRING ON BANGKOK

Touch down in buzzing Bangkok and check into your sleek hotel before getting to know your fellow Flashpackers and guide over drinks in a hip rooftop bar, followed by a Tuk Tuk ride to dinner

 

Welcome to Bangkok! You’ll be met at the airport by a private transfer, to whisk you away to your sleek hotel in a modern neighbourhood of the city. The gateway to South East Asia, Bangkok teems with creative energy, and you’ll be struck by the rhythm of urban life from the moment you leave the terminal. Ancient temples in leafy courtyards are shadowed by glistening tower blocks, and street food carts vie for attention next to boutique restaurants; all played out to the endless soundtrack of beeping traffic. The pace is relentless, and you can’t help but be swept up in it. We’ll steer clear of tourist traps around the Khao San Road, and instead take you to insider hot spots that Bangkok dwellers love. We’ll kick off with cocktails at Above Eleven, a chic rooftop bar with sweeping views of the city skyline. Grab a lime-vodka refresher, and get to know your guide and fellow adventure buddies, before jumping in a Tuk Tuk to one of Bangkok’s many excellent restaurants.

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Your Bangkok bolthole comes with a rooftop pool

It's a chic and contemporary hangout

Get a feel for the frenetic pace of Bangkok

Welcome to the lively capital

Beautiful temples spread across the city

There's interesting culture around every corner

Soak in the energy of the streets

Get to know your fellow adventurers over rooftop drinks

Enjoy sweeping views across the city

Day 2: FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

Jump aboard for a guided jaunt around the hidden culinary hot spots of Bangkok. Veer away from the crowds to see the best local stalls and prepare for a riot of flavour. In the evening, take the overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai

 

Enjoy a leisurely lie-in this morning, or use the time to tick off a few sights, such as the Grand Palace or the Wat Arun temple, if you wish. Then, it’s time to girdle your taste buds, as we take you on a foodie foray around the city’s Bang Lam Phu and Bang Phan Thom districts. Forget overpriced, bland Pad Thai: we’ll unlock the secrets to Bangkok’s hidden culinary gems, in a dizzying assault on the senses. Our foodie-obsessed guides will take you to their favourite haunts, tucked away from the tourist crowds down quiet alleyways and back streets. You might try anything from freshly-baked roti in a family-run landmark to pungent green curry that will leave you reeling. Feeling brave? Try a bite of a century egg (it tastes better than it looks, promise!), or tuck into papaya salad with fermented fish sauce. You could even sample soup made with Kariang peppers, some of the fieriest found in Thailand. In the evening, we’ll take an overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai. It might not be the most peaceful night’s sleep, but now’s the time to crack out the cards and snacks as you sweep northwards through Thailand’s vibrant landscape.

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Your expert guide will show you the best food in town

Discover great local street food

Tuck into authentic Thai green curry

Ever tried a century egg?

Relish the chance to explore a new city

Admire the temple of Wat Phra Kaew

Also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Embrace the vibrant streets of Bangkok

In the evening, take a sleeper train to Chiang Mai

Day 3: The markets of Chiang Mai

Wake up in chilled-out Chiang Mai, shrouded by lush jungle landscape. Dig into breakfast and catch a songthaew to Kad Ton Payom market, to stock up on delicious local (Lanna) food. Grab a few hours by the saltwater pool in your oasis hotel, before strolling around the city’s Night Bazaar 

 

Wake up to an entirely new side of Thailand; the bright lights of Bangkok are a world away in this laid-back city surrounded by lush jungle scenery. Drop off your luggage at your hotel – a lovely tropical haven – before heading into the town centre to soak up the peaceful vibes of Chiang Mai. Thailand’s cultural heartland is home to a vibrant community of artists and digital nomads, drawn by its beautiful old architecture, and an easy-going way of life. We’ll stop for breakfast, where you fuel up on platefuls of banana pancakes or rice congee porridge (a Thai favourite), washed down with fresh mango smoothies. Still hungry? We’ll hop aboard a songthaew to nearby Kad Ton Payom market, where you can continue your mission to eat all the food with Northern Thai (Lanna) delicacies, such as coconut-infused khao soi curry, and spicy Chiang Mai sausage stuffed with red curry paste. The afternoon is free to do as you wish, so soak in Chiang Mai’s famously balmy weather by the hotel pool and tropical gardens, or pop into town for galleries, exhibitions and shops. In the evening, we’ll take a stroll around the Night Bazaar, home to a colourful array of artisan goodies made by local hillside tribes. There’s yet more incredible food here, from fish ball noodle soup to Thai sweets and even edible bugs.

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Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is bursting with delights

Get under the skin of this culture-packed city

There's colourful art and textiles around every corner here

Explore the temples of Chiang Mai Old Town

Relax by your hotel's saltwater pool this afternoon

The hotel is a beautiful place to chill out in

Important notes

Fly into: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport 

Fly out of: Luang Prabang International Airport

Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.

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