We are doing Chiang Mai->Chiang Khong->Pakbeng->LPB in late November. We currently have 3 days scheduled in LPB once we arrive there. And after that we'd like to see Nong Khiaw for a couple days. Do some day treks. At that point we'll have 4 days unscheduled before we need to be back in Bangkok for our return flight.
We are having trouble deciding whether to simply spend the extra time in LPB + Nong Khiaw & then fly to BKK or to do the overland bus/train trip to VV->Vientiane->Bangkok. Would love to see more of the country but also worried about rushing about too much. Any thoughts?
We have never been to Asia and have been using these forums a ton for planning. Thanks so much for all the advice so far!