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Tom Yum - Freestyle Tour

Get off the beaten track in Northern Thailand and Laos, cruise down the river on a slow boat, stay overnight in a remote village, swim in the stunning blue lagoon and learn about the history of the secret war.


 

What's included:

Transport

Whether it be our private air-conditioned buses, boat, train, or even tuk-tuk - you'll get the full Southeast Asia experience!  


Local Tour Leader

Knowledgeable local guides to provide invaluable support and insider insights and to assist with booking accommodation and activities at every destination.


Accommodation

11 nights’ shared accommodation in a variety of comfortable hotels, hostels, guesthouses, homestays and on an overnight sleeper train! Click 'Select Upgrade' to upgrade to a twin or single room.


restaurantMeals

3 breakfasts and 1 dinner.


trekkingTop rated activities

From temples, to waterfalls, to nature encounters there are heaps of awesome activity inclusions in this tour:

 

THAILAND

  • Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai
  • White Temple entrance fee, Chiang Rai

LAOS

  • Mekong River 2 Day Slow Boat Cruise
  • Mekong River Homestay Experience - includes meals, activities and donation 
  • Pak Ou Caves entrance fee, near Luang Prabang
  • Half day Kuang Si Waterfall Tour and visit to Free the Bears rescue centre, Luang Prabang
  • City highlights of Vientiane 
  • COPE Centre, Vientiane 

   Flexibility and 12 months to travel 

You don't have to complete the Tom Yum Tour in 12 days, take your time and go with the flow! Freestyle Tours are flexible. You can hop-off at any destination along the route and spend more time there, then hop back on the tour with the next group that is coming through. It's really easy to manage your trip online using the Stray Mate Trip Manager.  Your tour is valid for up to 12 months from first day of travel so you can hop, hop hop, as much as you like! 
 


Not included: If you choose to hop off the bus you'll need to pay for additional nights accommodation. Optional activities and meals (other than the meals specified in the itinerary) are not included in the price.


Is this trip right for you?

 Do you want to explore with a group of like-minded travellers?


✓ Do you want to explore Thailand and Laos at your own pace?


 Do you want to immerse yourself in local culture?


 Do you want to visit some of those harder to reach, off the beaten track destinations?

 

The Tom Yum Freestyle Tour is a great choice for you!

 


Highlights:


STRADEMARK PLACES 

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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 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. 

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Tom Yum - Freestyle Tour

$895
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$895

Timetable

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

 

Tour: Arrival in Bangkok

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Welcome Night (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

Tour: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Stray Shop Bangkok - 162 Soi Rambutri, Tanao Road (Arrive) 09:30 09:30
Stray Shop Bangkok - 162 Soi Rambutri, Tanao Road (Depart) 10:00 10:00
Ayutthaya (Arrive) 12:00 12:00
Ayutthaya - Good Luck Guesthouse (Depart) 17:00 17:00
Ayutthaya Train Station (Depart - Overnight Train) 19:45 19:45

Tour: Arrival in Chiang Mai

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

Tour: Chiang Mai

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

Tour: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

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

Tour: Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Houay Xai (Laos Border) - Oudomphone Hotel 2 (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Ban Pak Nguey (Homestay Village) (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Tour: Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang

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

Tour: Luang Prabang

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

Tour: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Luang Prabang - Arham Corner Guesthouse and Sport (Depart) 07:00 07:00
Vang Vieng (Arrive) 13:30 13:30

Tour: 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

Tour: Tom Yum Finish in Bangkok

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Bangkok (Arrive) 06:25 06:25

Tour: Vientiane to Bangkok (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Vientiane (Depart) 15:00 15:00
Nong Khai (Arrive) 17:15 17:15
Nong Khai - Train Station (Depart) 18:20 18:20

Tour: Vang Vieng

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Vang Vieng (Free Day) Free Free

Tom Yum - Freestyle Tour

$895
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Total

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Need to Know

Some key details...

  • Transport - All transport is included - you'll travel by bus (mostly private, air-conditioned buses with 24 seats), minivans, trains (Thailand only), boats (Laos only) and tuk-tuks. 

  • Guides - Stray employs local Tour Leaders to ensure you get more out of your trip. Hear the local stories, try their food recommendations, get insider tips and advice. Tour Leaders change from country to country so you'll have several different Tour Leaders throughout your journey if you're traveling multiple countries and if you hop on and off the bus - they're all absolute legends! 

  • Validity - This Freestyle Tour is valid for 12 months from your first day of travel and can be travelled once. 

  • Hopping on/off - Hop on and off as much as you like along the travel route.  The buses run twice a week so the minimum amount of time you can hop off for is 3 days. 

  • Travelling without hopping off - You don't need to hop off if you're short on time - you can travel your tour in the number of days in the itinerary. There are non-travel days throughout the route so you will not be travelling everyday however we recommend allowing extra time to hop off. 

  • Departures - Buses run twice a week. Use the timetable to plan your trip. 

  • Booking Buses - Use Stray Mate (trip manager website) to book buses - you'll receive log in details in your Booking Confirmation email. If you're on a short timeframe, we recommend booking all your buses in advance. 

  • Accommodation - Accommodation is included for all nights of the itinerary. We stay in a mix of simple family operated guesthouses, hostels, basic hotels and village homestays. If you choose to hop off, you'll need to arrange, and pay for, your own accommodation. 

  • Accommodation Options - Standard pricing is for Shared accommodation. 
  1. Shared accommodation:  a mixture of twin-share, triple-share and 4-8 bed dorms with other travellers of the same sex.  
  2. Twin-share: only share with one other person. If you’re travelling as a couple, you can specify a preference for a double bed.  Solo travellers who choose Twin-share will be paired with someone of the same sex.
  3. Single: your own private room 

              Please note: At the homestays in Laos and Cambodia, we stay with a local family in their home. As part of this experience private (twin-share and single) rooms are not available. 

  • Activities - Top-rated activities are included and if you want to opt for extra activities, your Tour Leader can provide recommendations and assist with booking. 

  • Visas - You are responsible for obtaining any visas you require for the countries you are travelling in. Visa requirements vary depending on where you’re coming from and where you going, so we recommend that you contact the appropriate embassy in your country of origin. 

  • Travel Insurance - You must have a travel insurance policy to cover you for the entire time you are travelling with Stray. You will be asked for your policy details prior to starting travel.

  • Stray Travellers - Our travellers are from all over the world, are energetic, adventurous and mainly aged between 20-35.  You'll have people who have booked Freestyle Passes and Tours in your group, as the route is exactly the same, it's just the inclusions that are different. 

  • Group Size - Max 18, Average 9

  • Unguided sectors - Some trips may include one or two unguided sectors as our Local Tour Leaders stay in their country of origin and bid you farewell to continue your journey with a new Tour Leader in the next country you're travelling to. Crossing the borders can be a bit of an adventure but your Tour Leader will tell you what to expect.  In Stray Mate Trip Manager you can read the itinerary for each of these days to ensure your unguided sectors go smoothly. 

 

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