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Stray Asia: Thailand & Laos - 12 Day Freestyle Tour

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    Day 1: Bangkok

    Stop At: Stray Asia, 162 Soi Rambutri, Bangkok 10200 Thailand
    Welcome to Stray! 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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai

    Day 2: Arrival into Chiang Mai

    Stop At: Chiang Mai Cabaret Show, Anusan Market, Chiang Mai Thailand
    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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre

    Day 3: Chiang Mai

    Stop At: Elephant Nature Park, 209/2 Sridom, ซอย ร่วมชัย อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
    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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre

    Day 4: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

    Stop At: Wat Rong Khun, Lahaul-Spiti Pa O Don Chai Subdistrict, Chiang Rai 57000 Thailand
    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). 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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River

    Day 5: Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay

    Stop At: Mekong River, Tha Heua 05000 Laos
    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. 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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Remote village homestay along the Mekong River

    Day 6: Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang

    Stop At: Pak Ou Caves, Ban Pak-Ou 06000 Laos
    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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market

    Day 7: Luang Prabang

    Stop At: Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang 06000 Laos
    Today you’ll visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, where the turquoise water and calm pools offer the perfect chance to cool off. 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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market

    Day 8: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

    Stop At: Vang Vieng Walking Street, Vang Vieng Laos
    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. 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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

    Day 9: Vang Vieng

    Stop At: Blue Lagoon 3, Vang Vieng Laos
    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.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

    Day 10: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

    Stop At: COPE Visitor Centre, Boulevard Khouvieng National Rehabilitation Centre, Vientiane 0100 Laos
    Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos. On arrival in Vientiane your Tour Leader will point out the city’s main attractions, take you to visit the COPE centre – a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War.
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Modern hotel

    Day 11: Vientiane to Bangkok (Express Day)

    Pass By: Nong Khai Immigration Office, 106 Khrong Kan Ban Na Kai Mu Thi 2 Alley, Tambon Mi Chai, Amphoe Mueang Nong Khai, Chang Wat Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
    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.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight train to Bangkok

    Day 12: Arrival in Bangkok

    Stop At: Stray Travel, 162 Soi Rambutri, Tanao Road, Talad Yod, Phranakorn District, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
    Your Stray journey officially finishes when you arrive back in Bangkok in the early morning. We hope you had a blast!
    Duration: 12 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    162 Soi Rambuttri, Khwaeng Talat Yot, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
    Departure Time
    6:00 PM
    Duration
    12 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 11 nights
    • Knowledgeable and fun Stray Guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • 11 Nights' Accommodation (inc 2 x overnight trains, 1 x Mekong homestay)
    • Half-day bicycle or boat tour of Ayutthaya
    • Ayutthaya temple fees
    • White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) fees, Chiang Rai
    • Homestay experience (inc Mekong Cruise, Dinner, Breakfast)
    • Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang
    • Pak Ou Caves, near Luang Prabang
    • Tham Jang Cave, near Vang Vieng
    • Entry/Admission - Stray Asia
    • Entry/Admission - Wat Rong Khun
    • Entry/Admission - Mekong River
    • Entry/Admission - Pak Ou Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Kuang Si Falls
    • Entry/Admission - COPE Visitor Centre
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Extra optional activities which can be booked directly with your Guide.
    • Entry/Admission - Chiang Mai Cabaret Show
    • Entry/Admission - Elephant Nature Park
    • Entry/Admission - Blue Lagoon 3
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Minimum age is 18 years
    • Rates displayed are per person
    • You have three choices of accommodation options: shared accommodation, twin-share, or private. Please select your preference under Tour Options.
    • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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