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Get off the beaten track in Northern Thailand and Laos in a comprehensive trip for those with eleven days or more. This is an open dated product, therefore a fixed arrival date will not be booked with the supplier. In order to generate the booking, passengers are required to provide an approximate start date at the time of booking. In order to make a firm reservation, passengers will need to contact the supplier 7 days prior to their arrival.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: BKKTOM/166791
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • Bangkok

Itinerary

01

Day 1

Until 30Sep19:
Arrival in Bangkok
Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the buzzing Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. If you arrive early in the day feel free to check out the vibrant markets and ancient temples that make up only a small side of this multifaceted city. Be at our Stray Shop on Khao San Road at 6pm to meet your Tour Leader and your new travel mates for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works, answer any questions you have and make sure everyone is ready for tomorrow morning’s departure. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious Thai dinner and a few cold beverages on Khao San Road.
Accommodation included: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road Activity included: Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group
From 01Oct19:
Bangkok
Welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the buzzing Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. If you arrive early in the day, feel free to check out the vibrant markets and ancient temples that make up only a small side of this multifaceted city. Be at our Stray Shop at 3pm to meet your Tour Leader and your new travel mates for a Welcome Meeting introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works and answer any questions you have before heading to the train station to board the overnight train to Chiang Mai. The overnight sleeper train is an experience within itself for those who have never been on one before, complete with lie flat beds and a restaurant carriage. It’s the most fun way to travel to Chiang Mai and get to know your new travel mates!
Accommodation included: Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai Activity included: Welcome Meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

02

Day 2

Until 30Sep19:
Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)
Meet your Stray Tour Leader back at the Stray Bangkok Shop in the morning to depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive mid-morning, allowing you plenty of time to explore the ‘Venice of the East’ by bike or boat. Ayutthaya is the former capital of the Siamese empire and was once a grandiose city, but many of the ancient monuments were ruined when it was attacked by an invading army. Nevertheless, it is still a fascinating historical park that offers a glimpse of bygone splendour. This afternoon we board our overnight train and head for the city of Chiang Mai.
Accommodation included: Overnight train or bus
Activity included: A half-day boat or bicycle tour of the impressive Ayutthaya UNESCO Temples.
From 01Oct19:
Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into Chiang Mai train station around midmorning. As the largest city in Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a popular place to hop off for many travellers and an amazing city full of endless activity options, such as Thai cooking classes, bike tours or Muay Thai kickboxing to name a few. Once a kingdom unto itself, there are over 300 Buddhist temples to discover and it is worth visiting the old walled city to see the Tapae Gate. In the evening, don’t miss browsing the famous night market to score a bargain or you can check out the lively music scene.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre

03

Day 3

Until 30Sep19:
Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into Chiang Mai train station between 8am - 11am. Chiang Mai is a popular place to hop off for many travellers and an amazing city full of endless activity options, such as Thai cooking classes, bike tours or Muay Thai kickboxing. There are over 300 Buddhist temples to discover, you can visit the old walled-city, see the Tapae Gate or pick up a bargain at the famous night market and check out the lively music scene.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter
From 01Oct19:
Chiang Mai
Seize the day by exploring this historically rich city or venturing outside the city to discover the natural beauty of northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is the perfect base for some of Thailand’s best guided hikes and treks, as well as the top spot for adventure activities like mountain biking, abseiling and whitewater rafting. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants, then take in a ladyboy show, Muay Thai boxing or head out for a few drinks with friends.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre
Meals included: Breakfast

04

Day 4

Until 30Sep19:
Chiang Mai
Today you get to experience one of our favourite adventure activities, the Flight of the Gibbon zip-line tour. After the swinging good adrenaline rush of the zip-line, you are free to enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Chiang Mai, then browse the night market, take in a ladyboy show or the Muay Thai boxing or head out for a few drinks with friends.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter
Activity included: Flight of the Gibbon Zip-line (full-day): Soar through the tree tops of lush rainforest on an exhilarating zip-line adventure. With over 33 different platforms, two suspended sky bridges and two abseil descents, you will enjoy a guided tour of the wildlife and vegetation whilst flying along the longest zip-line in Southeast Asia. Keep an eye out for the elusive gibbon!
From 01Oct19:
Chiang Mai to Houay Xai
This morning we depart Chiang Mai to head for the Thailand-Laos border. We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai to check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique modern Buddhist temple that features some curious statues and murals that include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here long enough to grab a snack, stretch our legs and take a few photos before we continue on to cross the border into Laos. Once in Laos we take a short tuk-tuk ride to the small town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River Activity included: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
Meals included: Breakfast

05

Day 5

Until 30Sep19:
Chiang Mai to Houay Xai
This morning we depart Chiang Mai to head for the Thailand-Laos border. We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai to check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique modern Buddhist temple that features some curious statues and murals that include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here long enough to grab a snack, stretch our legs and take a few photos before we continue on to cross the border into Laos. Once in Laos we take a short tuk-tuk ride into the chilled out town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River
From 01Oct19:
Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay
Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat to cruise down the Mekong River to the secluded village that will host you for an overnight homestay experience. Sit back and soak up this incredible journey as you wind your way through lush farmland, thriving jungle and rugged mountain scenery, drifting past water buffalo, locals fishing, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the village in the late afternoon. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become immersed in Lao culture, where you will get a taste of traditional Lao village life by staying with a family in their home and experience a special Baci (welcoming) Ceremony, a true highlight of the trip.
Accommodation included: Remote village homestay along the Mekong River Activities included: Private slow boat cruise, village orientation walk, play a game of football with the kids, go fishing, traditional Baci Ceremony, try the local whiskey
Meals included: Dinner

06

Day 6

Until 30Sep19:
Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay
Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat up the Mekong River to the secluded village that will host you for an overnight homestay experience. Sit back and soak up this incredible journey as you wind your way through lush farmland, thriving jungle and rugged mountain scenery, drifting past water buffalo, locals fishing, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in the village in the late afternoon. Here you will get a taste of traditional Lao village life by staying with a family in their home. Experience a special Baci (welcoming) Ceremony, swim in the river, visit the school and help the kids with an English lesson. Play a game of football with the kids, explore the local temple, go fishing and don’t forget to try the local whiskey.
Accommodation and activity included: Overnight on the banks of the Mekong River in a traditional homestay*: Well off the beaten track and a Stray exclusive, this is a great opportunity to become immersed in Lao culture, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and true highlight for any trip to Southeast Asia (includes meals).
From 01Oct19:
Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang
We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat to head downriver to the famous limestone Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou is an important pilgrimage site for Lao people, and here you will see thousands of Buddhist images that have been placed throughout the caves over hundreds of years. Back on board our boat a short trip takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage town, Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang has an old world feel that gives you the sense you’ve stepped back in time into a picturesque postcard setting. The fusion of French Colonial architecture with traditional Lao design set against a backdrop of misty mountains and lush green jungle makes this a truly majestic place.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market Activity included: Pak Ou Caves
Meals included: Breakfast

07

Day 7

Until 30Sep19:
Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang
We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat to head downriver to the famous limestone Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou is an important pilgrimage site for Lao people, and here you will see thousands of Buddhist images that have been placed throughout the caves over hundreds of years. Back on board our boat a short trip takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage town, Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang has an old world feel that gives you the sense you’ve stepped back in time into a picturesque postcard setting. The fusion of French Colonial architecture with traditional Lao design set against a backdrop of misty mountains and lush green jungle makes this a truly majestic place.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market
From 01Oct19:
Luang Prabang
Today you’ll visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, where the turquoise water and calm pools offer the perfect chance to cool off. The lower pools are especially perfect for a refreshing swim. If you’re feeling fit, climb up to the very top of the falls to take in the view from the above. At the base of the falls, you’ll also find a rescue centre for the native Asiatic moon bears where you can watch them happily living in a safe environment. If you’re planning to hop off the bus, Luang Prabang is a great place to do so, with options to discover rural villages by cycling or trekking the area, take a traditional Lao cooking class, kayak the Mekong River, shop at the night market or, for culture buffs, visit one of the many beautiful temples.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market Activities included: Kuang Si waterfall tour
Meals included: Breakfast

08

Day 8

Until 30Sep19:
Enjoy all this UNESCO World Heritage town has to offer. Luang Prabang is home to the National Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong (the oldest monastery in town) and plenty of other ancient Buddhist temples and sacred sites to explore. It’s a great place to spend a few days exploring, with options to discover rural villages by cycling or trekking the area, take a traditional Lao cooking class, kayak the Mekong River, shop at the night market or, for culture buffs, visit one of the many beautiful temples. So you get the most out of your stay in Luang Prabang, your itinerary includes the unforgettable half-day ‘Rice Experience’ and a trip to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls with entrance to the Free the Bears centre.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market
Activities included:
- Rice Experience: Just 15 minutes outside Luang Prabang is the organic Living Lands Farm, where you’ll spend half a day getting hands on to discover all there is to know about the rice growing process. Rice is the foundation of everyday life in Asia and you’ll be amazed by the incredible 14 step process involved in its cultivation. Not only will you learn how to select the correct seeds, how to plant and plough with the help of the farm’s friendly water buffalo, but afterwards you can taste samples of the local products.
- A half-day Kuang Si Waterfall tour (includes entrance fees and transport): Travel to this iconic, off the beaten track waterfall nestled in the jungle near Luang Prabang. Travel through rural countryside, spot local wildlife and hill tribes and visit the Free the Bears rescue centre at the entrance to the falls.
From 01Oct19:
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It’s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain on one of the most scenic journeys you’ll experience on the Laos travel route. Travel past hill-tribe villages, vast green valleys and rolling hills. Our journey today takes us to the little riverside town Vang Vieng, formerly known as the best place to take tubing trips down the Nam Song River to visit riverside bars and indulge in cheap booze. These days you can still go tubing, but now you get to enjoy the beauty of Vang Vieng`s landscape without the sound of pounding bass in the background.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
Meals included: Breakfast

09

Day 9

Until 30Sep19:
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
It’s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain on one of the most scenic journeys you’ll experience on the Laos travel route. Travel past hill-tribe villages, vast green valleys and rolling hills; we’ll make a special stop at the ‘loo with a view’. Our journey today takes us to the little riverside town Vang Vieng, formerly known as the best place to take tubing trips down the Nam Song River to visit riverside bars and indulge in cheap booze. These days you can still go tubing, but now you get to enjoy the beauty of Vang Vieng`s landscape without the sound of pounding bass in the background. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, start partying or kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
From 01Oct19:
Vang Vieng
With its stunning natural scenery, Vang Vieng offers ample outdoor activities to choose from. We recommend hiring a bike to explore the town and visiting the Blue Lagoon, one of the best natural swimming holes in Laos. There are also great rock climbing and kayaking options. The fun doesn’t stop after an adventure filled day either! This evening check out one of several international restaurants for a taste of home or head to one of the bars to really get the party started.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

10

Day 10

Until 30Sep19:
Vang Vieng
With its stunning natural scenery, adventurous outdoor activities and reputation for a party scene, it’s no surprise that Vang Vieng is a popular spot for travellers. The tubing experience is more sedate now than in days past, but it’s still a real highlight to float down the river soaking up the beautiful mountain surrounds. Aside from tubing, Vang Vieng offers great rock climbing and kayaking options. We also recommend visiting the Blue Lagoon, one of the best natural swimming holes in Laos. The fun doesn’t stop after an adventure filled day either! This evening, check out one of several international restaurants for a taste of home or head to one of the bars to really get the party started.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
From 01Oct19:
Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos, stopping at the impressive Tham Jang Cave that was once used as a bunker during a Chinese invasion in the 19th century. On arrival in Vientiane your Tour Leader will point out the city’s main attractions, including Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre - a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check-in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to explore the city, get a massage, go shopping or people watch at one of the local restaurants by the river.
Accommodation included: Modern hotel Activity included: Tham Jang Cave, city highlights with your Tour Leader

11

Day 11

Until 30Sep19:
Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos, stopping at the impressive Tham Jang Cave that was once used as a bunker during a Chinese invasion in the 19th century. On arrival in Vientiane your Tour Leader will point out the city’s main attractions including Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre - a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check-in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to explore the city, get a massage, go shopping or people watch at one of the local restaurants by the river.
Accommodation included: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI
From 01Oct19:
Vientiane to Bangkok (Express Day)
Today you will be collected from your guesthouse in Vientiane mid-afternoon and be taken by tuk-tuk to Thanaleng Train Station. Here you clear Lao customs; pay your departure fee then board a connecting train which takes you over the friendship bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand. You complete Thai immigration at the train station and have time for a meal or drink across the road before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok.
Accommodation included: Overnight train to Bangkok

12

Day 12

Until 30Sep19:
Vientiane to Bangkok (Express Day)
Today you will be collected from your guesthouse in Vientiane mid-afternoon and be taken by tuk-tuk to Thanaleng Train Station. Here you clear Lao customs; pay your departure fee then board a connecting train which takes you over the friendship bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand. You complete Thai immigration at the train station and have time for a meal or drink across the road before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok. Accommodation included: Overnight train
From 01Oct19:
Arrival in Bangkok
Your Stray journey officially finishes when you arrive back in Bangkok in the early morning. We hope you had a blast!

13

Day 13

Until 30Sep19:
Arrival in Bangkok
Your Stray journey officially finishes when you arrive back in Bangkok in the early morning.

Inclusions:
    • Until 30Sep19:
    • Accommodation:
    • + 12 nights:
    • 9 nights accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • 2 overnight sleeping train/bus
    • 1 Stray homestay, includes meals, activities and donation
    • Meals: + Laos: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
    • Activities & Entry Fees:
    • Thailand
    • + Welcome Night with Stray Tour Leader and group
    • + Half-day bicycle or boat tour of Ayutthaya
    • + Ayutthaya temple fees
    • + Overnight train/bus to Chiang Mai
    • + White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) fees, Chiang Rai
    • Laos
    • + Pak Ou Caves, near Luang Prabang
    • + Rice Experience, Luang Prabang
    • + Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang
    • + Tham Jang Cave, near Vang Vieng
    • + Overnight train to Bangkok
    • From 01Oct19:
    • Accommodation:
    • + 11 nights:
    • 8 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, hostels and simple hotels as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • 2 overnight trains
    • 1 Stray homestay (includes meals, activities and donations)
    • Meals:
    • + Thailand: 2 breakfasts + Laos: 3 breakfast, 1 dinner
    • Activities & Entry Fees:
    • Thailand
    • + Welcome Meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group
    • + Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai
    • + White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) fees, Chiang Rai
    • Laos
    • + Private slow boat cruise, Mekong River
    • + Remote village homestay, Mekong River
    • + Pak Ou Caves, near Luang Prabang
    • + Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang
    • + Tham Jang Cave, near Vang Vieng
    • + City highlights of Vang Vieng
    • + Overnight train to Bangkok
    Accommodation

      Until 30Sep19:
      + 12 nights:
      - 9 nights accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
      - 2 overnight sleeping train/bus
      - 1 Stray homestay, includes meals, activities and donation
      From 01Oct19:
      + 11 nights:
      - 8 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, hostels and simple hotels as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
      - 2 overnight trains
      - 1 Stray homestay (includes meals, activities and donations)

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