Explore ten delightful days of cultural discovery in Southeast Asia’s Thailand and Laos as you boat among the vendors at a floating market, explore gilded statues and elaborate temples honoring Buddha, ride a Tuk Tuk and lounge on an island beach.
Centuries ago, the people of Thailand and Laos harnessed the forces of nature to create a verdant, harmonious, and deeply spiritual paradise. Travel with AdventureWomen well off the beaten path in Southeast Asia to live as the locals do, discovering the region’s most spectacular sites, iconic temples, and wonderfully welcoming people of these two countries.
Meet your AdventureWomen guide and the women with whom you’ll be journeying in Bangkok, a city in Thailand where rivers have traditionally served as highways and shopping “centers.” Over the next few days you’ll journey out to discover Bangkok’s wonders in two exciting and thoroughly less traditional ways, by kayak and authentic long-tail traditional Thai boat! By water craft, reach the illuminated, highly ornate Wat Arun, or “Temple of Dawn”, its radiant towers sparkling with embedded colored glass, and travel the traditional way to learn about the ethnic communities clustered at the riverbanks. Glide in a Thai long boat to pull alongside vendors of the colorful Lad Mayom Floating Market. Enjoy enchanting traditional marionette and Thai shadow-puppet performances then learn about the lifestyles of local Thai women who you meet on a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC), as you are welcomed by one of the organization’s two female founders. Trying local Thai cuisine can be a big adventure in itself too, so for your first Thai meal, dive right into the delicacies of Bangkok’s night markets, an unforgettable street food scene where your delicious meal is cooked right in front of you. Don’t worry! Your helpful Thai guide will explain to you what you’re buying at the market as you shop for your dinner as well as what part of Thailand it’s from!
After Bangkok, we travel to Laos, where we tour by bike with your expert Laotian guide, exploring historic Luang Prabang, Vat Mai and Vat Xieng Thong. You explore the Pak Ou Caves by boat where thousands of gilded Buddha statues fill two caves. We then take part in a Laotian Baci spiritual ceremony, listen to Laotian storytelling and get to experience Laotian theater, and watch Tak Bat, a traditional Laotian ritual where alms are provided to monks and novices.
We return to Thailand to visit more temples, shop in galleries of traditional Thai artisans, and visit the Elephant Nature Park, a globally recognized elephant sanctuary in Chiang Mai. There we get to help prepare the elephants’ food and then feed them! Speaking of food, you’ll also take part an exciting Thai cooking with a cooking class remembering your chef’s words, “Mai pet, mai aloi!” – Not spicy, not delicious!
For your last full day, travel to Phuket’s port where long tail boats await to row you and your companions into the Hong Archipelago for three nights of beach fun on Koh Yao Yai Island. The fine sand, jade green seas, nearby islands, and mangroves make this the most perfect adventure finale: world-class snorkeling, swimming, and simply soaking up the sun on emerald-rimmed white sand beaches.
At our farewell, join your guides for a Krathong Ceremony where you float a leaf basket holding a candle while offering prayers, and reflect on how sharing this cultural experience in Thailand and Laos with the other Adventure Women on your trip, made this adventure truly spectacular.
Thailand and Laos Adventure Highlights:
- Kayak, float by long-tail boats, shop in floating markets
- Meet local Thai artisans and entrepreneurs at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
- Bike through the Laotian countryside and participate in spiritual ceremonies
- Enjoy 3 nights on the beaches of Koh Yalo Yai island near Phuket, Thailand
January 11 – 21, 2020
December 5 – 15, 2020
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