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Little Laos Flexi Tour

Travel through Northern Thailand and Northern Laos, in a comprehensive trip for travellers with nine days or more.

Marvel at the famous and intriguing White Temple, travel by boat through lush farmland, rugged mountains and jungles. Experience traditional village life in a remote riverside homestay. Visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang and cool off in the spectacular Kuang Si waterfall. Travel through mountainous terrain and past breathtaking views. Get adventurous: go tubing, cycling, kayaking or rock climbing. From beautiful landscapes to adventure sports, local cuisine and bustling night markets, the Little Laos Flexi Tour gets you closer to the action in Laos!


Highlights 


UNIQUE STRAY HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE 

Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture.  Only Stray visits a tiny, remote Lao village on the banks of the Mekong River, where you will get a taste of traditional Lao village life by staying with a family in their home.  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. 

 

Reviews

5star review

"Our Stray guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. Always happy to offer advice and tips for the whole of SE Asia and beyond and help book and plan our personal plans. Ran the entire trip smoothly and was a good friend too. There is a lot of travelling on this pass, but the sights and towns visited make it worth it. The two day boat ride is a good time to chill out and get to know your fellow Strayers and the homestay in between is a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend Stray."

 

Martin
January 2016

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What's included

All transport: You'll travel in comfortable and air conditioned private charter buses, on boats, trains, and even tuk-tuks! 

Accommodation: 8 nights’ accommodation in a variety of comfortable hotels, hostels, guesthouses, homestays and on an overnight sleeper train! 

Local Tour Leader: Knowledgeable local guide to provide commentary, support and local insider tips and advice. 

Ultimate travel flexibility: Your flexi tour is valid for up to 12 months from first day of travel and you can hop-on and off as much as you like.

Meals: Some meals as included in the itinerary.  

Top-Rated, Included Activities:

  • Flight of the Gibbon zipline experience, Chiang Mai
  • White Temple entrance fee, Chiang Rai
  • 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 Rice Experience, Luang Prabang
  • Half day Kuang Si Waterfall Tour and visit to Free the Bears rescue centre, Luang Prabang
  • Tham Jang Cave entrance fee, near Vang Vieng

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Little Laos Flexi Tour

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Itinerary

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


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Tour: Welcome to Chiang Mai

Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray!

Your adventures kicks off in popular Chiang Mai, an amazing city full of endless activity options, such as Thai cooking classes, bike tours or Muay Thai kickboxing. If you arrive early in the day feel free to visit a few of the 300 Buddhist temples in the city, the old walled city or the Tapae Gate.

At 6pm you’ll meet your Tour Leader and new travel mates at the Deejai Backpackers Hostel for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works and answer any questions you have about the upcoming trip. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious Thai dinner and a few cold beverages.

Included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter

Included: Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

Today you get to experience one of our favourite adventure activities, the Flight of the Gibbon zipline 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.

 Included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter

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!

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 tuktuk ride into the chilled out town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night. 

Included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River

Included: Entrance fees to the White Temple

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.

Included: Overnight in an indigenous family home, on the banks of the Mekong River in a traditional homestay.

Included: traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village fund/project. 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).

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. 

Included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market

Included: Pak Ou Caves entrance

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.

Included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market

Included:  Half-day ‘Rice Experience’ and a trip to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls with entrance to the Free the Bears centre.

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.

Included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

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

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.

Included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

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.

Included: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI

Included: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane

Little Laos Flexi Tour

$845
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Total

$845

Timetable

Starts: Chiang Mai

Days: Wednesday or Sunday

Time: 6pm Welcome Night at Deejai Backpackers

 

Tour: Welcome to Chiang Mai

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Chiang Mai (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

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 - 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

Tour: Houay Xai to Mekong River 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

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 - Joma Bakery near the Post Office (Depart) 07:00 07:00
Vang Vieng (Arrive) 13:30 13:30

Tour: Vang Vieng

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

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

Little Laos Flexi Tour

$845
$0

Total

$845

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How It Works

A Flexi Tour is a unique combination of a guided hop-on, hop-off Stray pass with accommodation and activities, hand-picked by our Stray experts, included in the price.

This allows you to make the most of your time in Southeast Asia. You can still hop off anywhere, spend longer at your favourite places and opt for extra activities along the way.


Activities & Accommodation

Accommodation

Where you sleep NZWe stay in a mix of family operated guesthouses, hostels, hotels and village homestays. Accommodation is included for all nights of the itinerary.  If you choose to hop off, you'll need to arrange, and pay for, your own accommodation. Accommodation is twin-share (unless you upgrade to a single room). We do not match travellers who are not travelling together, so please only book the twin-share option if you are travelling with a companion. 

 

Activities

Activities ASIAWe've chosen to include some top rated activities with this tour because we are all about ensuring you have the best possible experience in Southeast Asia! Check the 'What's Included' section on the highlights page for the full list. Your Tour Leader will also be able to recommend additional activities at each destination and you can book these through your Tour Leader (at your own expense) and pay direct to the operator. 

 

Want to pay-as-you-go for accommodation and activities instead? Choose a hop-on hop-off travel pass

 


HOW DO YOU HOP ON AND OFF THE BUS?

Hop off‘Hop off’ the bus anywhere along the route, even places in between the designated stops. Either plan to hop off in advance or do it spur of the moment – it’s up to you!

To hop back on, simply book your next travel date and pickup location through Stray Mate, your online Trip Manager (you'll receive your log in once you've booked). 

The buses run twice a week so the minimum amount of time you can hop off for is 3 days, but your Flexi Tour is valid for up to 12 months from your first day of travel, meaning you can hop on and off as often as you like, for as long as you like, up to a year!


SHORT ON TIME?

You are not required to hop off the bus at all! Feel free to use your pass like a tour and complete the itinerary in its ‘minimum days’. Either way you'll have a great time!

 


WHO'S ONBOARD? 

 Whos onboardOur travellers are an energetic outgoing crowd who share a common objective: to have a great time! Most are aged between 18 - 30 although we have no maximum age because we believe age doesn't matter - it's more about having a thirst for adventure! We get a wide range of nationalities from all over the world with the majority from UK, Europe and America. Most of our travellers travel solo, some travel as part of a couple or group of friends.

You'll have people who have booked hop-on hop-off passes, and people who have booked Flexi Tours in your group, as the route is exactly the same - just choose the option that best suits you!