Join AdventureWomen for ten delightful days of cultural discovery in Southeast Asia’s Thailand and Laos as you boat among local vendors at a floating market, explore elaborate temples honoring Buddha, ride a tuk-tuk, and lounge on the beach on a Thai island.
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.
Thailand and Laos
Meet your AdventureWomen Thai 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 day, you’ll journey out to discover Bangkok’s wonders! Cruise by water to reach the illuminated, highly ornate Wat Arun, or “Temple of Dawn”, its radiant towers sparkling with embedded colored glass, and travel by river the traditional way to learn about the ethnic communities clustered along the riverbanks.
After Bangkok, travel to Laos, where you will explore by tuk-tuk with your expert Laotian guide, exploring historic Luang Prabang, Vat Mai, and Vat Xieng Thong. Explore Kuang Si Falls, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Southeast Asia and observe Asiatic black bears in a semi-natural habitat. Take part in a Laotian Baci spiritual ceremony, and participate in Tak Bat. This traditional Laotian ritual provides alms to Buddhist monks and novices. Finally, meet one of the two women who founded the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center.
Return to Thailand and reunite with your Thai guide 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. You will get to help prepare the elephants’ food and then feed them! Speaking of food, enjoy a traditional dinner where you will sit on the floor on pillows. This family-style feast served on a low, round rattan table, showcases an array of authentic Lanna cuisine – the flavors of northern Thailand.
Meet Patricia, whose life has been predominantly dedicated to Laos and northern Thailand, where she has immersed herself in the intricate art of textiles. Her expertise spans from mastering the pre-curing of naturally occurring dyes to embracing traditional weaving patterns unique to each ethnic group residing in the neighboring villages. There, you can engage in a three-hour immersive workshop with a hands-on traditional dyeing class.
Next, venture into the White Market, a vibrant community bursting with culinary delights, and diverse shopping options.
Hike to Wat Phu Lat, visit the Chiang Mai’s artist community – metal craftsmen, painters, ceramic artists, weavers, and even gelato creators, all in the same space!
Wake up early to fly to Phuket, hop on a longtail boat to snorkel and kayak through the off-the-beaten-path islands.
At your farewell celebration, join your guides for a Krathong Ceremony, where you float a leaf basket holding a candle while offering prayers. Reflect on how sharing this cultural experience in Thailand and Laos with the other Adventure Women on your trip made this adventure truly spectacular.
- Explore Thailand and Laos by kayak, long-tail boat, and tuk-tuk
- Meet local Laotian artisans and entrepreneurs at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center
- Spend the day caring for elephants at the Elephant Nature Park
- Explore the city of Luang Prabang, Laos in tuk-tuk ride, and participate in spiritual ceremonies
- Snorkel and kayak among remote islands in the Andaman Sea near Phuket, Thailand
What You'll See and Do
- Canoe and Boat Travel
- Cooking Class
- Cultural Exploration
- Cultural Performances
- Historical Sites
- Local Delicacies
- National Parks
- Natural History
- Spa Element
- Women-To-Women Exchanges