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Lot Travel Pass

Do the Lot! Our ultimate hop-on, hop-off travel pass ventures off the beaten track in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and is ideal for travellers who have 2 months or more to explore! 

Discover the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok with its mouth-watering street food and vibrant nightlife. Travel north in Thailand via ancient Ayutthaya and adventurous Chiang Mai, before crossing the border to Laos for a relaxing journey by boat through lush farmland and rugged mountains to the riverside village Ban Pak Nguey. Laos will blow you away with its amazing wilderness and wildlife. You’ll follow narrow mountain roads to scenic waterfalls, discover underground rivers and caves, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience rural village life with a unique homestay experience. In Cambodia you’ll visit the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, uncover Cambodia’s gruesome history at the Killing Fields and S21 Prison, try the local cuisine and chill out on the beautiful beaches in the south. Explore Vietnam's buzzing cities, travel through stunning mountain scenery, experience Vietnamese hospitality and local cuisine. Explore newly discovered caves, cycle through rice paddies, visit national parks, swim in secret swimming spots, traverse tunnels from the Secret War, and relax on some of Asia's finest beaches.

*Price displayed is Low Bird and available on departures between 1 May and 30 September 2017. If you would like to depart outside these dates, select the 'Travel Anytime' option. 


Highlights 


STRADEMARK PLACES 

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! 'Strademark' Places are the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended. 

  • Only Stray visits Ban Pak Nguey, a tiny, remote Lao village on the banks of the Mekong River. Experience traditional village life. Hang out with locals in their backyard, swim or play football with the kids. A very special part of the visit to this village is your opportunity to participate in a Baci (welcoming) ceremony. 
  • Zip through the 7km long Kong Lor Cave on an underground river! Considered a highlight of Laos, Kong Lor is not easy to get to on your own.
  • Xe Champhone wetlands is that remote that sometimes our Stray buses can’t even access it and we have to jump on-board an off road truck just to get there. It’s one of the best places to see wildlife in their natural environment. Visit the Monkey Forest and feed the Rhesus Macaque monkeys and see Asiatic Softshell Turtles in Turtle Lake.
  • Don Det is an iconic Stray stop at the southernmost part of Laos. These landlocked islands (otherwise known as 4000 Islands) provides the perfect spot to kick back during the day and then party the night away. 
  • Immerse yourself in real Cambodian village life when we stay in a rural village 20mins from Battambang.
  • Relax on the untouched beaches of Koh Tunsay, a tiny island hideaway off the coast of Cambodia with crystal clear water and white sand beaches. Discover great snorkelling spots on the western side of the island and take a nighttime dip and watch for sparkling phosphorescence in the water.
  • Discover the secluded fishing village of Bai Xep on a beautiful long stretch of white sandy beach. Relax, swim and wander deserted beaches, discover hidden waterfalls and learn to paddle a traditional round boat. 
  • Swim in pristine rivers and explore impressive caves, including the recently discovered Thien Dong Cave, one of the largest caves in the world, in Phong Nha. Be amazed by the glittering limestone walls, stalagmites and stalactites and a gleaming limestone waterfall.

Reviews

5star review

"Just finished our Lot pass on Stray Asia, and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! It was recommended to us by a Stray NZ driver and it was definitely worth every penny! From the places we visited; the very popular places down to the off the beaten track stops was just amazing!

 

The guides were fab, plenty of knowledge and their willingness to help with anything is just unreal. We got to do some amazing activities and it was great that a lot of the activities are included in the pass, the slow boat down the Mekong in Laos was a highlight!! I also learnt more about the history of these 4 countries in the time I visited then ever before.

 

I would highly recommend Stray to anyone travelling SE Asia, the ease of travel (especially when there's a language barrier) is second to none, and you get to meet amazing people along the way...I have met friends that I know are going to be lifelong friends! Thanks again for a great two months, roll on Stray Myanmar at the end of the month!!!"

 

Yvonne Byrne, February 2017

Review on the Stray Asia facebook page   

What's Included

  • All transport – whether it be bus (comfortable and air conditioned private charter bus) boat, train, or even tuk-tuk!
  • Local Tour Leader - Knowledgeable Local Guide to provide invaluable knowledge, support and insider insights and to assist with booking accommodation and activities at every destination.
  • Reserved Accommodation – Have a bed reserved for you at every Stray overnight stop. Book through your Tour Leader and pay-as-you-go directly to the accommodation.
  • Ultimate travel flexibility – pass is valid for up to 12 months from first day of travel and you can hop-on and off as much as you like.

Included Activities:

  • Ayutthaya Temples entrance free
  • White Temple entrance fee
  • Pak Ou Caves entrance fee
  • Tham Jang Cave entrance fee
  • Wat Prabat Phonsone entrance fee
  • Kong Lor National Park fee
  • Old Wat Taleow
  • Turtle Lake entry donation
  • Tad Ngeuang Waterfall
  • Wat Phou Temple entrance fee
  • Bamboo Train ride
  • S21 Prison entrance fee
  • Phnom Penh Killing Fields
  • Datanla Waterfall entrance fees
  • My Lai Memorial entrance fees
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels entrance fees
  • Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave entrance fees
  • Boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes
  • Guided city walking tour of Hanoi

Not included: The cost of your accommodation and optional activities is not included in a hop-on, hop-off pass. You have the flexibility to choose what suits your budget and pay-as-you-go. These can be booked via your Tour Leader. 

If you would prefer a tour with accommodation and more activities included, check out the Lot Flexi Tour! Get all the same great benefits + accommodation and top-rated activities.


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Itinerary

Please note: Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, what we do each day might occasionally vary. 

NB. The cost of accommodation is not included in your travel pass, giving you the flexibility to stay where you like, however under each day we have described our recommended (Stray preferred) accommodation, along with some free and paid activity suggestions.

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. 

It's best to stay close to Khao San Road. For accommodation and airport transfers add on a Bangkok Arrival Pack

Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

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

Included: Overnight train or bus 

Included: Temple entry in Ayutthaya 

Optional: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples. 

You'll arrive early in the morning and the whole day is free for you to explore this historically rich city or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. If you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline we recommend Thailand’s most popular activity, the Flight of the Gibbon. This is an amazing tree-top adventure where you’ll swing like a monkey (or gibbon) and zip, fly, climb and crawl your way through an amazing jungle play-ground on the longest zip-line in Southeast Asia. This evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants then browse the famous night market, take in a ladyboy show or the Muay Thai boxing or head out for a few drinks with friends.

 Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter

Thai cooking course, bike tour, Flight of the Gibbon, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking. 

Today is free for you to explore this historically rich city or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. If you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline we recommend Thailand’s most popular activity, the Flight of the Gibbon. This is an amazing tree-top adventure where you’ll swing like a monkey (or gibbon) and zip, fly, climb and crawl your way through an amazing jungle playground on the longest zip-line in Southeast Asia. This evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants then browse the night market, take in a ladyboy show or the Muay Thai boxing or head out for a few drinks with friends.

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. 

Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River

Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, access the Gibbon Experience from Houay Xai (must hop off for these activities).
White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit

Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat up the Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. 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 Ban Pak Nguey 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 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 try the local whiskey. This is a true highlight of any trip to Southeast Asia and exclusive to Stray!

Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village fund/project USD$17

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. Jumping 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.

Today is free for you to 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 has many ancient Buddhist temples and sacred sites to explore. Many people take a trip to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, where the bright turquoise spring waters looks like it’s been photo-shopped, or you can get hands on and become an organic rice farmer for the day on the Rice Experience. You can spend the day cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and tonight head to the night market for a hassle-free bargaining experience and some delicious cheap local food. 

Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market

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 mountain hill-tribe villages, vast green valleys and rolling hills; and we’ll make a special stop at the ‘loo with a view’. Our journey today takes us to the little riverside town Vang Vieng, best known for being the spot where you can take tubing trips down the Nam Song River stopping along the way at riverside bars and enjoying the beauty of Vang Vieng's landscape as you float downstream. 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!

Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

River tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, visit the Blue Lagoon. 

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos, stopping at the impressive Tham Jang Cave that was once used as a bunker in the 19th century during a Chinese invasion. 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.

Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI

Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds and south to Kong Lor in the Phu Hin Bun National Park. About an hour into the journey we visit Wat Prabat Phonsone, the ‘Buddha’s Footprint,’ a popular and important pilgrimage site for local communities. Tonight you stay in the very rural and very remote Kong Lor village, surrounded by rice paddies, stunning limestone Karst Mountains and tobacco fields. This is a photographer’s paradise, the gateway to the famous Kong Lor Cave and a great place to get out and go trekking or relax with cold Beer Lao.

Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views of the karst mountains and just a short drive from the cave

Wat Prabat Phonsone, Kong Lor National Park Entry Fee

This morning you’re free to head down to the Cave (Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7km abyss! Legend has it the cave was discovered thanks to some lost ducks. The story goes, one day a villager on one side of the island discovered his flock of ducks were missing, only to find them at the village on the other side of the mountain. The villagers put two and two together and decided to send a boat through and, voila, Tham Kong Lor was discovered! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe on an underground river that travels through the centre of the mountain. Take in the amazing rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites, and have a swim in the cool waters at the cave entrance.

Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views of the karst mountains and just a short drive from the cave

Kong Lor Cave boat trip

Today is a short travel day as we head for the small town of Thakhek on the banks of the Mekong River. Thakhek is a major trading point and border town between Thailand and Laos. It has a strong French colonial influence and is a great base for hopping off to explore the Lao jungle, limestone cliffs, pristine rivers, lakes and hidden waterfalls in the nearby Phu Hin Bun National Park. 

Mekong riverside guesthouse

This is what Stray is all about: getting totally off the beaten track! We head into the Xe Champhone wetlands - an area so remote that occasionally our Stray buses can't access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck. Today we’ll stop at Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple that was bombed during the Secret War and somehow the golden Buddha inside remained undamaged. Then it’s on to Turtle Lake where you might spot and possibly get to feed the sacred soft-shell turtles. Next stop is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, a fascinating stilt structure that’s home to thousands of Sanskrit scriptures and bamboo tablets. Before heading for our guesthouse in the small village of Ban Keng Kok we stop at Monkey Forest. On arrival, grab some bananas and venture into the forest to get up close with curious and friendly wild rhesus macaque monkeys. 

Rustic Guesthouse with twin share bungalows

Old Wat Taleow, Turtle Lake & Hotay Pidok Library entrance fee

Driving south this morning we head for the bright lights of Pakse. From here, you can check out the refreshingly cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau. The Plateau features a lush green landscape, fertile coffee and tea plantations, and many spectacular waterfalls – including the stunning Tad Ngeuang Waterfall where you can go for a swim. For those who want to experience a little adventure, Pakse is a great place to hop off the bus and experience the unforgettable Tree Top Explorer adventure. This amazing experience includes a trek through the jungle, tree house accommodation, wildlife spotting, thundering waterfalls, and a zip-line system that will have you flying through the tree-tops.

Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in centre of town surrounded by everything you need 

Tree Top Adventure, waterfall visits including the spectacular Tad Fane.

Bolaven Plateau, Tad Ngeuang Waterfall Entry Fee

An early start takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer temple and the former capital of the Khmer empire before the Angkor Wat. We allow time to explore the site and climb up to the mountain top temple for some spectacular views over the man-made reservoir. We’ll then head south to the backpacker mecca of Si Phan Don, Don Det, otherwise known as the 4000 Islands. Here you can experience the laidback lifestyle and natural beauty of Laos’ landlocked islands. Take a leisurely tubing trip down the Mekong River, float past locals fishing and people lounging on their bamboo riverside verandas. Take a boat trip to spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins; or cycle across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island to discover the remaining remnants of the only steam engine railway in Laos and marvel at the thunderous Li Phi waterfall. 

Rustic style guesthouse

Bicycle or tube hire, boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, fishing.

Wat Phou UNESCO Temple Entry Fee

Say goodbye to Laos – it’s an early start for the journey into Cambodia. A short drive will bring you to the Don Kralor Border where you will complete the immigration process and continue into Cambodia. Today your destination is the provincial town of Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor Temple complex. Arriving in Siem Reap in the late evening there will be time to freshen up before dinner and drinks along the iconic Pub Street.

Hostel with dorm beds

Today is a free day and we highly recommend you use it to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples. Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), the awe-inspiring ancient city of Angkor is the largest temple complex in the world. You can easily spend a full day at the site and still only see a small portion of this dramatic architectural wonder, but make sure you check out the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.

In the evening you have the option to attend the unforgettably unique Phare Circus, a locally run non-profit troupe that provides disadvantaged young people from the community with a place to learn the skills needed to earn their livings as professional performing artists. Prepare to be amazed by how these talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance.

Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch we’ll take a ride on the Bamboo Train, a rail system that was built by the French and destroyed by the Khmer Rouge, but the locals still use it as simple form of transport. Then we make our way to tonight’s village stay, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experience local community life, visit the school and join in a friendly local game or help the kids with their English. You can wander through the rice paddies, explore the local market, and enjoy a traditional meal with your host family.

Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project US$18

Ride on the Bamboo Train

A full day today takes us to the popular seaside town Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast. En route we pass through the bustling riverside Khmer town Kompong Chhnang (pronounced kompong-ch-nang), which its local market and floating village. Arriving in Sihanoukville by late afternoon, settle in at your guesthouse and then you are free to wander down to the beach for a refreshing dip or kick back at one of the many beachfront restaurants and bars. tonight join one of the beach parties or have a seafood BBQ on the beach.

Guesthouse with private rooms

Today is yours to relax in Cambodia’s premier beach location. Catch some rays on the beach and go for a swim, or do one of the many water sports including, diving, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking or hire a jet ski. Learn to cook Khmer classics like Fish Amok or deep fried bananas at the Traditional Khmer cooking school, take a trip out to the surrounding islands, or hire a bicycle and explore the nearby beaches. Tonight you can head to Ochheuteal Beach for some partying with the rest of the backpacker crowd, or watch the sun go down at Serendipity Beach.

Guesthouse with private rooms

Island tour, jet skis, massage, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, party boat, windsurfing, kayaking

A 3 hour drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park. There is an option to take a leisurely boat cruise on the Kampot River: a relaxing boat trip where you’ll just sit back, enjoy a cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the river. Tonight we recommend sampling the exceptional seafood at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront – try the fried shrimp with green pepper corns, it’s delish! 

Guesthouse with dorm beds or private rooms

Sunset River Cruise, tour of the pepper & salt farms.

A short drive this morning brings us to the old French resort town of Kep where we board a traditional Khmer wooden fishing boat and travel for 30 minutes to our sanctuary, Koh Tunsay Island. Once on shore you can explore the mountainous terrain, relax on the beach, swim in the warm sea waters and just watch the sun go down.

Shared bungalows on the beach

Tearing ourselves away from the beach we take the boat back to the mainland. From here we head for the bustling Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, stopping for lunch before we take an afternoon tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and Killing Fields. This evening you are free to explore the city with a visit to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Market. See a living art performance at the National Museum, or learn a Cambodian craft, dance or kick boxing at the Backstreet Academy.

Guesthouse near the main tourist area

Learn a Cambodian art at Backstreet Academy, half day cycling trip, river boat cruise, city tour, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda tour, Russian Market, National Museum.

S21 Prison and Killing Fields entrance and tour

A free day today gives you the chance to explore this energizing capital city and visit the many markets selling silk, silver, gems and antiques. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, Wat Phnom, and the Russian Market. See a living art performance at the National Museum, or learn a Cambodian craft, dance or kick boxing at the Backstreet Academy. For something different, why not join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout at the Olympic Stadium. Here you’ll find local ladies garbed in western style pyjamas, getting their groove on to Khmer techno music in order to burn a few calories. It may not be your most coordinated moment, but will be good for a giggle (even if you’re just laughing at yourself)!

Guesthouse near the main tourist area USD20

You'll be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the bus station where you’ll board a public bus and head to Moc Bai on the Vietnamese border, where you will be processed through immigration (you will need to organise your visa in advance) and then drive on to Ho Chi Minh City, arriving mid-afternoon. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets on foot, hop into a cyclo for a comfortable cruise among the millions of motorbikes, or choose a restaurant teeming with locals for a taste of the best cuisine.

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Centrally located hotel or guesthouse

Mekong Delta Stray Adventure, cyclo tour of the city, War Remnants Museum, Old Presidential Palace, Ben Thanh Market, guided tour of the Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi Tunnels, Water Puppet Theatre.

Today is a free day to explore the hot and lively Ho Chi Minh City. Learn about the history of the American and Vietnam War at the War Remnant Museum, visit the French colonial Saigon Opera House, browse the surrounding shopping plazas or see a cultural show. Ho Chi Minh even has its own Notre Dame Cathedral, which is said to be a connection between the physical and spiritual life for the Ho Chi Minh people. We recommend taking a trip out to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, a complex of over 200kms of tunnels used by the Viet Khong in the war against the US. Discover how the people lived and survived in these tunnels, built schools and hospitals underground and eventually gained victory. This evening enjoy a traditional performance at the Water Puppet theatre, or dine out on delicious street food at one of the city’s many restaurants or bars.

Centrally located hotel or guesthouse

Leaving behind the chaos and heat of Ho Chi Minh City, we head for the refreshingly cool climate of Da Lat, known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam. Our journey today takes us through fertile farmlands that specialise in rubber, coffee and tea, locally produced wine, vegetables and flowers. Just a short distance from Da Lat we make a stop at the beautiful 20 metre Datanla Waterfall, where legend has it K’ho fairies often come to play and bathe at the base of the falls. You can either walk down to the waterfall or, for those who like a little bit of adrenalin, you can drive your own mini rollercoaster to the site. Afterwards we’ll head to Da Lat, where you can spend the rest of the day checking out the large market near the guesthouse, or one of many friendly cafes selling excellent coffee on every corner.

Da Lat vaguely resembles a French town with sprawling old villas and towering pine trees. It is not on the main tourist trail so locals are curious and very friendly to western visitors. There are plenty of adventurous activities here, but many people choose to go on an adrenalin packed canyoning trip where you abseil over waterfalls and jump off a 5 metre high drop into the pool below. If that’s not for you, you can visit the last Emperor’s art deco-style summer palace, explore the never-ending local coffee or strawberry plantations, or hire tandem bikes at the market and cycle to the Hang Nga ‘Crazy House’ an unconventional exploration of surrealist architecture. 

Local guesthouse in the centre of town

Leaving behind the cool climate of Da Lat we’ll head for the Vietnamese coast, stopping for refreshments and for those who want to hop off at the coastal city of Nha Trang. Driving on your destination is the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep located along a stretch of sandy white beach. Kick back and relax in this peaceful village setting, untouched by rampant tourism, where locals wave and greet you with smiles.

Dorm accommodation on the beach USD $10, includes light breakfast.

Hike to a waterfall, go swimming or snorkelling, relax on the beach or feast on all you can eat BBQ and beer! 

Today you are free to enjoy this remote coastal location and all it has to offer. Swim, snorkel and take long walks on the beach, learn to paddle a traditional round boat, go fishing and cook your catch for tea, wander the village and get to know the friendly locals or just relax at your comfortable seaside guesthouse.

Dorm accommodation on the beach

A coastal drive takes us to the popular tourist spot Hoi An. We’ll stop along the way to visit the My Lai Memorial, a site that commemorates an event that marked a turning point in the American War, before arriving in Hoi An. A UNESCO World Heritage town, Hoi An is a must see town, with beautifully restored and preserved French Colonial architecture, funky bars, outstanding restaurants, art galleries, souvenir shops and countless tailor shops. With glorious beaches so close nearby, this is paradise! A great spot to hop off and enjoy the local nightlife; try local delicacies (and beers), then meander home through the motorbike free streets.

Today is free for you to explore this charming town. Get some tailoring done, take a leisurely cycle to the beach, or just enjoy the tasty local coffee at one of the many restaurants around town. When the sun goes down this is when Hoi An really turns on its charm. Paper and fabric lanterns are lit throughout streets, bathing the historical French colonial and Chinese architecture in a warm glow. Take a sunset stroll through the old town, and try a local delicacy called the ‘White Rose’ - a dumpling stuffed with shrimp or pork bunched into the shape of a rose. Apparently the recipe is a family secret, held by only one family who supply all the restaurants around town.

Centrally located, family run hotel

Today you head for Hue, Vietnam’s most liveable city. Here the people are friendly and modern architecture sits side by side with century old buildings. Surrounded by rolling hills and located on the Perfume River, Hue is regarded as the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam and is the former home to the Vietnamese emperors. Here you’ll see many elaborately decorated temples and beautiful pagodas, including the seven-storied Thien Mu Pagoda - where the most famous Vietnamese monk is buried, the intricate Citadel and Forbidden Purple City. This is a great place to take a motorbike tour of the Vietnamese countryside. Travel on the back of a motorbike through rice paddies, quaint, rural villages and down tiny roads and discover a little bit of the ‘real’ Vietnam.

Local guesthouse - private room with breakfast included

Dragon Boat Cruise, historic Citadel tour – former seat of the Vietnamese government, Forbidden Purple City – where the emperor used to bed his concubines, motorbike tour, Thien Mu Pagoda.

This morning we head for the fascinating Vinh Moc Tunnels, an impressive underground complex that was used by more than 90 families to live and work in during some of the heaviest bombings in the American War. From there it’s on to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, passing through the provincial town of Dong Hoi on our way to the charming hotel in Phong Nha town that will be our base for exploring the park.

Comfortable hotel dorm or private room with breakfast included

Cycling, caving, kayaking, Dark Cave Adventure.

Vinh Moc Tunnels Entry Fee

Today we visit the spectacular rural area of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 45km from Dong Hoi. This area has pristine rivers (perfect for a refreshing dip or kayak) and boasts a number of impressive caves, including the recently discovered Thien Duong Cave. Inside you’ll find glittering limestone walls, phallus shaped stalagmites and stalactites, claw shaped formations, and a limestone waterfall. This afternoon you have the option to go on a guided tour of the ‘Dark Cave,’ suitably named as such because the rock is black. This is an exciting adventure where you’ll explore the caves darkness with the help of a head torch, discover ancient fossils and slide down muddy ridges, all while Asian bats fly overhead. Afterwards, back at the mouth of the cave you can wash off all the mud by spending the afternoon swimming and playing in the river. 

Comfortable hotel dorm or private room with breakfast included

Thien Duong Cave Entry Fee

Our journey today takes us through beautiful countryside and stunning limestone karst mountains. We’ll stop along the way for a chance to stretch your legs before continuing our express journey to Ninh Binh. We arrive late in the afternoon and you have time to wander around and acquaint yourself with the town before dinner.

Locally run hotel with excellent restaurants nearby

Hire a bicycle, hop off and explore the surrounding limestone mountains, multi-day trekking options.

This morning we venture out in traditional canoes to discover the Trang An Grottoes. Sometimes called the ‘Halong Bay on land’, we’ll coast through caves in the mountains to view stony outcrops and dramatic karst formations towering above flat tranquil waters and rice paddies. After lunch in Ninh Binh, we jump back on the bus bound for the chaotic streets of Vietnam’s capital. Hanoi is an exotic city full of excitement and energy, and thousands of motorcycles that make the simple task of crossing the road seem like a real achievement! There’s an an excellent culinary scene. We recommend dining at Restaurant 69, which is said to be over 300 years old, or trying some of the delicious street food available on every corner, where the saying goes “the lower the chair, the cheaper the beer.” 

Local guesthouse or hotel or backpacker-style dorm.

Trang An Grottoes boat trip.

This morning your Tour Leader will take you out to see the main sights of Hanoi on foot. We start our walking tour by visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, then the old Royal Palace Gardens and Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. From there, we’ll head over to the One Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature. The main tour will end at Koto Restaurant and Training Centre for refreshments; those that are feeling fit can carry on to the Old Hanoi Hilton Prison and finish at Hoan Kiem Lake.

This is where your journey with Stray comes to an end, but there is plenty to see and do in and around Hanoi. If you have some extra days to spend here, we highly recommend booking a cruise around breathtaking Halong Bay or making a trip inland to visit the hill tribes of Sa Pa. Both of these excursions can be organised for you by your Tour Leader. We hope you’ve had a blast on your great Stray adventure! 

Halong Bay cruise, trip to Sa Pa 

Hanoi city walking tour

Lot Travel Pass

was $2,375 $1,663
$0

Total

$1,663

Timetable

Starts: Bangkok 

Days: Monday or Friday

Time: 6pm at the Stray Bangkok Travel Shop


Timetables are subject to change but our team will email you if this happens whilst you are travelling.

Arrival in Bangkok

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Stray Shop - Khao San Road (Welcome Night) 18:00 18:00

Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bangkok - 209 JC Jewelry Centre Building, Khao San (Arrive) 09:30 09:30
Bangkok - 209 JC Jewelry Centre Building, Khao San (Depart) 10:00 10:00
Ayutthaya (Arrive) 12:00 PM 12:00 PM
Ayutthaya - Good Luck Guesthouse (Depart) 17:00 17:00
Ayutthaya Train or Bus Station (Depart) 19:45 19:45

Arrive in Chiang Mai

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Chiang Mai (Arrive) 08:15 08:15

Chiang Mai - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Chiang Mai (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Chiang Mai - Deejai Hostel (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Chiang Rai - Bus Terminal 2 (Phaholayotin Rd) (Depart) 12:15 12:15
Chiang Khong (Thai Border) (Depart) 14:30 14:30
Houay Xai (Laos Border) (Arrive) 16:00 16:00

Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey (Homestay)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Houay Xai (Laos Border) - Oudomphone Hotel 2 (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Ban Pak Nguey (Homestay Village) (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Ban Pak Nguey to Luang Prabang

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Ban Pak Nguey - Boat Landing (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Pak Ou Caves (Depart) 14:00 14:00
Luang Prabang (Arrive) 16:00 16:00

Luang Prabang - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Luang Prabang (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Luang Prabang - Joma Bakery near the Post Office (Depart) 07:00 07:00
Vang Vieng (Arrive) 13:30 13:30

Vang Vieng to Vientiane

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Vang Vieng - Seng Aloun Guesthouse (Depart) 10:00 10:00
Vientiane (Arrive) 17:30 17:30

Vientiane to Kong Lor

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Vientiane - Mixay Paradise Guesthouse (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Kong Lor (Arrive) 15:00 15:00

Kong Lor - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kong Lor (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Kong Lor to Thakhek

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kong Lor - Spring River Resort (Depart) 11:00 11:00
Thakhek (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Thakhek to Xe Champhone

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Thakhek - Mekong Hotel (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Ban Lak 35 (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Xe Champhone (Arrive) 17:30 17:30

Xe Champhone to Pakse

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Xe Champhone - Phonethavy Guesthouse (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Ban Khongxedon (Depart) 11:30 11:30
Pakse (Arrive) 13:00 13:00

Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Pakse - Sala Champa Hotel (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Champasak - Wat Phou (Depart) 10:30 10:30
Ban Nakasang - Pier (Depart) 14:00 14:00
Don Det (Arrive) 14:30 14:30

Don Det to Siem Reap (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Don Det - Lebijou Guesthouse (Depart) 08:30 08:30
Ban Nakasang - Pier (Depart) 08:45 08:45
Don Kralor - Cambodia Border Immigration Building (Depart) 10:45 10:45
Siem Reap (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

Siem Reap - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap - The Living Quarters (Hostel 543) (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Battambang - Homestay (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Battambang to Sihanoukville

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Battambang - Homestay (Depart) 07:00 07:00
Sihanoukville (Arrive) 17:00 17:00

Sihanoukville - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Sihanoukville (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Sihanoukville to Kampot

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Sihanoukville - Sakal Guesthouse (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Kampot (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Kampot to Koh Tunsay

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kampot - Ny Ny Hotel (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Koh Tunsay (Arrive) 11:00 11:00

Koh Tunsay to Phnom Penh

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Koh Tunsay - Boat Pier (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Phnom Penh (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Phnom Penh - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phnom Penh (Free Day) Free Day Free Day

Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phnom Penh - Fancy Guesthouse (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Ho Chi Minh City (Arrive) 16:00 16:00

Ho Chi Minh City - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Ho Chi Minh City (Free Day) Free Day Free day

Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Ho Chi Minh City - Khoi Hostel (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Dalat (Arrive) 15:00 15:00

Da Lat - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Dalat (Free) Free Day Free Day

Da Lat to Bai Xep

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Dalat - Thoi Dai Hotel (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Nha Trang (Depart) 12:00 12:00
Bai Xep (Arrive) 17:30 17:30

Bai Xep - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bai Xep (Free) Free Day Free Day

Bai Xep to Hoi An

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bai Xep - The Haven Guesthouse (Depart) 08:00 08:00
My Lai (Depart) 12:30 12:30
Hoi An (Arrive) 17:30 17:30

Hoi An - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hoi An (Free) Free Day Free Day

Hoi An to Hue

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hoi An - Thanh Binh 2 Hotel (Depart) 08:30 08:30
Danang (Depart) 09:15 09:15
Hue (Arrive) 12:30 12:30

Hue to Phong Nha

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hue - DMZ Hotel (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Phong Nha (Arrive) 16:00 16:00

Phong Nha - Free Day

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phong Nha (Free) Free Day Free Day

Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phong Nha - Heritage by Night Hotel (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Ninh Binh (Arrive) 17:30 17:30

Ninh Binh to Hanoi

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Ninh Binh (Depart) 13:00 13:00
Hanoi (Arrive) 17:00 17:00

Hanoi

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Hanoi (Tour Ends) 13:00 13:00

Lot Travel Pass

was $2,375 $1,663
$0

Total

$1,663

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