The highlands of Thailand and Laos have long been prime quarry for intrepid adventurers. Now, active tour operator Indotrek is inviting travelers “to take a walk on the wild side” with a new itinerary that links the two nations between Chiang Mai, the capital of northern Thailand, and Luang Prabang, its counterpart in northern Laos.
Over the course of 13 days, guests will plot an energetic course through these landscapes between the two urban centers. Active components of the adventure include trekking, kayaking and cycling and highlights range from an ascent of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain, to a bike ride through the famous Golden Triangle—the area where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar converge.
Nature-lovers will appreciate the chance to trek through the Lao jungle with rescued elephants as their companions. Cultural enrichment, meanwhile, comes via experiences such as homestays in minority villages and encounters with saffron-robed monks. (Sounds good to us!)
The Chiang Mai-to-Luang Prabang journey is one of nine itineraries offered by Indotrek as part of its “Signature Series” of departures for 2020-21. Other adventures in the portfolio range from a multi-adventure exploration of Cambodia’s more remote areas to a south-to-north cycling odyssey in Vietnam between the country’s southern hub, Ho Chi Minh City, and its capital Hanoi.