With a mosaic of ethnic cultures and a topography that lends itself to adrenalized activities, the highlands of Thailand and Laos have long been prime quarry for intrepid adventurers.
And one of Asia’s leading active tour operators, Indotrek, is inviting travellers to take a walk on the wild side in this beguiling part of Southeast Asia courtesy of a fresh itinerary that links the two nations between Chiang Mai, the capital of northern Thailand, and Luang Prabang, its counterpart in northern Laos.
The new tour unfolds in thrilling fashion amidst incredible natural assets. Northern Thailand and Laos are regarded as being among the region’s visual highlights. And it’s hard not to be blown away by the area’s jungle clad mountains and deep river valleys.
Over the course of 13 unforgettable days, guests will plot an energised course through these landscapes between the two urban centres.
Active components of the adventure include trekking, kayaking and cycling with highlights including an ascent of Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s highest mountain and 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.
“I’m very excited about launching this tour. I really believe that it has it all,” says Adam de Lancey, Brand Manager at Indotrek. “At Indotrek, our aim is to offer bucket-list adventures that allow our guests to really scratch below the surface of our destinations.
“This adventure – along with all our journeys – offers a great blend of unique, one-off experiences in a package that is accessible and fun.”
The Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang journey is one of nine epic itineraries offered by Indotrek in 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.