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Itinerary help - Laos and Thailand

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My husband and I are in the initial stages of planning a three week (20 nights) trip to Laos and Thailand in November. We spent three weeks in Vietnam, Siem Reap and Bangkok last year and are coming back to visit some of the places we weren't able to see. We’ve always been independent travelers, but got spoiled having private guides and drivers on our last trip. I've been trying to work with some travel agents for this trip, but I've been less than impressed with their itineraries (and pricing) and am about to give up and do it myself. We begin our trip in Vientiane and leave from Bangkok, so this is a rough idea of where I think we want to go:

Vientiane (2 nights); we arrive on a Sunday afternoon
Luang Prabang (3 nights - may have to be longer if we go on the boat trip due to timing)
Mekong Boat Trip (or fly from LP to CR) (Saturday departure)
Chiang Rai (1-2 nights)
Chiang Mai (3-4 nights)(we want to do some furniture shopping, so will build some time into our schedule)
Lampoon-Lampang-Sukhothai (1 night) (fly to Trang)
Trang (2-3 nights)
Bangkok (remainder of time), with day trip to Kanchanaburi

Am I trying to do too much? Have I omitted anything?

I'm hesitant about the Mekong Boat Trip because we're at the mercy of their scheduling, which leaves us with too much time in LP. Does anyone have any strong opinions one way or another? I’m afraid spending two days on a boat will end up being monotonous after a while.

Does anyone have any private guides, drivers, or local travel agencies that they'd recommend, particularly in Laos? We don't need anyone for Bangkok or the beach, but would like someone who could guide and drive us from Chiang Rai to Sukhothai.

We're not avid beach people but the Thai beaches look so beautiful, it would be a shame to not spend some time at one of them. Would you recommend Trang or Krabi, or somewhere else to spend a couple of days? We’re an older couple so the party scene and crowds are not our thing

Lastly, do you have any recommendations for modern style furniture makers in Chiang Mai? We hope to have a dining room table and chairs made, but want to use our time wisely if we decide to go shopping.

Thank you in advance for your sage advice.

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