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Tentative Vietnam + Laos + Thailand Itinerary

Plan A
4/25 -> Hanoi Arriving late night
4/26 -> Hanoi
4/27 -> Haiphong
4/28 -> Hanoi, sleeper bus to Luang Prabang
4/29 -> Luang Prabang
4/30 Luang Prabang, sleeper bus to Vang Vieng
5/1 Vang Vieng
5/2 Vang Vieng, sleeper bus to Vientiane
5/3 Vientiane
5/4 Chiang Mai
5/5 Chiang Mai
5/6 Chiang Mai

Plan B
4/25 -> Bangkok Arriving late night

4/26 -> Bangkok  -> Vientiane
Option 1
Bangkok Hualumphong -> Sleeper train 18:20 or 20:00-12 hours (12go) -> NongKhai -> stamp out of Thailand -> 20 baht bus over the bridge -> visa on arrival -> immigration stamp -> 50 baht bus into Vientiane

Option 2
day time plane $50USD- 1205-1315-70mins))
Option 3
Bangkok -> Airplane Udon Thani $20USD-1 hour  ->Mini Van to Nong Khai border 200 Baht -> Taxi to Vientiane (Hotel) 300 Baht

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4/27 -> Vientiane (Buddha Park, Patuxai Victory Monument, That Luang, Riverside Night Bazaar)
4/28 -> Vientiane -> Vang Vieng (4 hours/
4/29 -> Vang Vieng
4/30 -> Vang Vieng -> Luang Prabang (6-8 hours/150,000KIP)
5/1 Luang Prabang
5/2 Luang Prabang (Saffron Cafe,Kung Si falls, The sandwich market)
5/3 Luang Prabang -> Hanoi (plane $110USD 17:10-18:30 or 19:15-20:15)
5/4 Hanoi
5/5 Hanoi
5/6 Leaving

12/19-12/26 Zao Snowbording Trip, Japan

Zao Onsen is famous for its Onsen (hotspring) and “snow monsters” during the winter season, also it has one of the longest and sophisticated trails for skiing and snowboardingin Japan! The longest trail here is 9000m.

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Opening Hours:
Morning 0815-1700
Night 1700-2100
Total Trails: 26
Total Cablecars: 41

Lift Tickets: (for adult)
http://www.zao-ski.or.jp/chrage/
1 point (1 lift) – 300 yen
15 points (15 lifts) 4500 yen
2 hr – 2700 yen
3 hr – 3300 yen
4 hr – 4000 yen
5 hr – 4500 yen
1 day – 5000 yen (割引4700 yen)
1 long day (night included) 5700 yen
1 Night: 2000 yen
2 day – 9200 yen (割引8700 yen)
3 day – 12900 yen (割引 12400 yen)
4 day – 15900 yen
7 day – 21600 yen

Equipment rental:
http://www.b-rental.com/index.html/rental-price.html

Transportation:
a. Direct bus: Sendai Airport -> Zao Onsen (110mins, 1800yen, 3 buses per day, need to reserver ahead)
b. JR & Direct Bus: Sendai Airport -> Sendai Station -> Zao Onsen (20 mins + 100 mins, 650yen + 1600 yen, 3 buses a day)
c. JR & JR & Bus: Sendai Airport -> Sendai Station -> Yamagata Station -> Zao Onsen (20 mins + 60 mins + 40 mins, 650 yen + 1140 yen + 1000 yen, many buses per day)

Foods: 千歲館素仁庵(山形牛)、食事処 きくち(成吉思汗烤肉)

Accommodation: Lodge Christmas Rose Zao ¥92,120 (12/19-12/26)

What to Wear for beginners:
HeatTech
– 排汗保暖貼身衣
– 排汗保暖衛衣
– 保暖防磨跑步緊身褲 H
外層防水防風層
– Skiing Pants
– Skiing Jacket
Accessories
– Skiing Glove (water-proof)
– Gloves (mitten)
– Hat
– Neck Protector

12/19
Taipei(TPE)/Seoul(ICN) -> Sendai Airport (SDJ) 1425/1140
Sendai -> Zao Onsen

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12/20
Snowboarding

12/21
Snowboarding

12/22
Rest & Sightseeing

12/23
Snowboarding

12/24
Snowboarding

12/25
Snowboarding

12/26
Sendai 1615/1240 -> Taipei/Seoul 1930/1510