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Lot - Freestyle Tour

Venture off the beaten track in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, Southeast Asia's travel gems, on a tour jam packed full of adventure, stunning scenery, local culture and history.  Click here to see the route!


What's included:

Transport

Whether it be our 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

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


restaurantMeals

17 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners. 


trekkingTop rated activities

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

 

THAILAND

  • Half-day bicycle or boat tour of Ayutthaya
  • Ayutthaya temples entrance fees
  • Flight of the Gibbon zipline experience, 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 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
  • Kong Lor guided boat trip
  • Kong Lor National Park fee
  • Wat Prabat Phonsone entrance fee
  • Old Wat Taleow
  • Hotay Pitok Library, Xe Champhone
  • Monkey Forest, Xe Champhone
  • Tad Ngeuang Waterfall, near Pakse
  • Wat Phou Temple entrance fee, near Pakse

CAMBODIA

  • Full day Angkor Temple Tour, Siem Reap
  • Phare Circus performance and dinner, Siem Reap
  • Cambodian Village Experience - includes accommodation, local activities, meals and contribution to the village fund/project. 
  • Sunset river cruise, Kampot
  • S21 Prison entrance fee
  • Phnom Penh Killing Fields

VIETNAM

  • Datanla Waterfall entrance fees, Da Lat
  • Full day motorcycle city tour, Da Lat
  • My Lai Memorial entrance fees, near Hoi An
  • River boat cruise, Hoi An
  • Vinh Moc Tunnels entrance fees, near Dong Hoi
  • Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave entrance fees, Phong Nha
  • Motorbike tour of Hue
  • Boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes

 


   Flexibility and 12 months to travel 

You don't have to complete the Lot Tour in 40 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: Accommodation if you choose to hop off the bus, extra meals and optional activities 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, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam 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 Lot 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. 
  • 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 meet the Rhesus Macaque monkeys.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Lot - Freestyle Tour

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Itinerary

Starts: Bangkok - or anywhere on the travel loop and finish where you started!  Just let us know upon booking. 

Days: Monday or Friday (View the full Timetable)

Time: 6pm at the Stray Bangkok Travel Shop 


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

Tour: 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 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.

 Included: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road

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: Entrance fees and a half-day boat or bicycle tour of the impressive Ayutthaya UNESCO Temples. 

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. 

Included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter

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

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 (Tham Kong Lor to the locals). Enjoy your chance to venture deep into the 7km abyss by riding in a motorised canoe on an underground river through the mountain.

Included: Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views and a short drive from the cave

Included: Wat Prabat Phonsone, Kong Lor National Park Entry Fee, guided boat trip through Kong Lor Cave

Today is a short travel day as we head for the small town of Thakek on the banks of the Mekong River. Thakek 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.

Included: 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. 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 the aptly named Monkey Forest to get up close with curious and friendly wild rhesus macaque monkeys. Don’t forget to grab some bananas!

Included: Rustic guesthouse

Included: Old Wat Taleow & 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 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. 

Included: Guesthouse in centre of town

Included: 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, otherwise known as the 4000 Islands. Here you can experience the laidback lifestyle and natural beauty of Laos’ landlocked islands with a leisurely tubing trip down the Mekong River, floating past locals fishing and people lounging on their bamboo riverside verandas. It’s also a great place to 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. 

Included: Rustic style guesthouse

Included: Wat Phou UNESCO Temple Entry Fee

Say goodbye to Laos – it’s an early start to join the Stray bus 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 small, but vibrant city of Siem Reap, best known as 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 with your group along the iconic Pub Street.

Included: Guesthouse in the centre of town 

After your first night on Pub Street, you’ll probably enjoy a free day to sleep in, relax by the pool at your accommodation or get out and explore more of the downtown area during the day. Finish the day with 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.

Included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included

Included: Phare Circus performance & dinner: Prepare to be amazed! Indulge in a delicious three-course meal, then sit back and enjoy the show as this troupe of talented young artists share authentic modern and folk Cambodian stories through an energetic display of acrobatic feats, music and dance. The circus is run by a non-profit organisation that only employs and trains local children and young adults.

Today you get a full day to experience the highlight of any visit to Siem Reap: a guided tour to see the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples, a crucial part of the Cambodian national identity and one of the world’s most iconic landmarks.

Included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included

Included: Full day Angkor temple tour: Spend the day exploring the magnificent ancient city of Angkor.  Ranked at the top of many ultimate travel bucket lists (including Lonely Planet’s), this awe-inspiring architectural wonder is the largest temple complex in the world. Highlights of the tour include the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, which most people recognise from Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider movie.

Today we 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 is still used by the locals as a simple form of transport. Next we'll visit a whiskey making village and learn about the local tipple, before checking out a village where they make a staple (but smelly) ingredient in most Khmer and Southeast Asian cuisine - fish sauce! Tonight we'll stay in another little village outside Battambang, located in the picturesque countryside. You'll stay in a Cambodian family's home, and experience rural community life. You can wander through the village and nearby rice paddies, and finish the day by enjoying a delicious traditional meal with your host family. 

 

Included: Overnight in a traditional Cambodian village: Spend the night in a Cambodian family’s home in the picturesque countryside for a truly memorable experience. 

Included: Dinner, breakfast, and a contribution to the village fund/project, Bamboo Train ride, Whiskey making village visit, Paa Hok (fish sauce) making village visit

A full day of travel takes us from the countryside to the popular seaside town of Sihanoukville on the Cambodian coast. En-route we pass through the bustling riverside Khmer town Kompong Chhnang (pronounced ‘kom–pong–ch–nang’), with its busy 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 seafood BBQ on beach.

Included: Popular hostel with great vibes and 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, or hire a bicycle and explore the nearby beaches. 

Included: Popular hostel with great vibes and private rooms

With two full free days in Sihanoukville, you have plenty of time to hop on an island boat tour to check out beautiful Koh Rong and the other nearby islands just off shore. With crystal clear turquoise water and empty stretches of white sand beaches, the Cambodian islands feel like castaway paradise, the perfect spot to snorkel in the waves and watch the rainbow of colours cast by another stunning sunset.

Included: Popular hostel with great vibes and private rooms

A three hour drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot where you will have a free afternoon to visit the fascinating salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park. Your itinerary includes a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Kampot River. Tonight we recommend sampling the exceptional regional seafood dishes at one of the many restaurants on the riverfront – the fried shrimp with green pepper corns is an absolute must try! 

Included: Guesthouse with private rooms

Included: Sunset river cruise: Take a leisurely boat cruise up the Kampot River. You’ll be encouraged to sit back with a refreshing cool beverage and absorb the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and the Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the calm river waters.

From Kampot we head inland 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. While it is a very sobering experience to learn more about Cambodia’s harsh recent history, it is one of the most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh. This evening you are free to walk around and discover the many sights of this energetic city or get out mingling with the locals while watching the sun set over the Mekong River.

Included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area

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)!

Included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area 

This morning you’ll board an unguided public bus organised by your Cambodia Tour Leader and head to Moc Bai on the Vietnamese border, where you will be processed through immigration (you must organise your Vietnam visa in advance for this land border crossing) 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 ride amongst the millions of motorbikes or choose a restaurant teeming with locals for a taste of the best cuisine.

Included: Centrally located hotel or guesthouse, breakfast included

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. 

Included: Centrally located hotel or guesthouse, breakfast included.

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 20m high 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 at one of many friendly cafes selling excellent coffee on every corner.

Included: Local guesthouse in the centre of town

Included: Datanla Waterfall

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 on offer here, but many people opt for 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. Your itinerary includes a full day motorcycle tour for a glimpse of what Da Lat has to offer. 

Leaving behind the cool climate of Da Lat we’ll head for the Vietnamese coast, stopping for refreshments at the coastal city of Nha Trang, a popular spot to hop off for those who have the time. 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 well off the beaten tourist track and as yet untouched by rampant tourism. Don’t be surprised when the locals wave and greet you with welcoming smiles. 

Included: Accommodation right on the beach, includes light breakfast

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.

Included: Accommodation right on the beach, includes light breakfast.

A coastal drive takes us to the popular tourist spot and UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An. Before arriving in 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. Hoi An is a must see destination, 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.

Included: Centrally located, family run hotel with breakfast.

Included: My Lai Memorial entrance

See Hoi An from a different angle with a two-hour river boat cruise that we’ve included in your itinerary. Take time today to explore this charming town’s many offerings. When the sun goes down is when Hoi An really turns on its charm. Paper and fabric lanterns are lit throughout the 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.

Included: Centrally located, family run hotel with breakfast.

Included: Two-hour river boat cruise: Observe a slice of rural river life as you cruise down the Thu Bon River from Hoi An to where the river meets sea. Relax and enjoy banter with your boat captain as you idle past islands, Chinese fishing nets and commuting boats.

Today you travel to Hue, considered Vietnam’s most liveable city. 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 so we’ve included one in your itinerary.

Included: Local guesthouse with breakfast.

Included: Motorbike tour: Jump on the back of a motorbike and discover a little bit of the ‘real’ Vietnam with a local guide. Motoring through quaint villages and lush rice paddies, you’ll see the historic and picturesque Japanese covered bridge, find out your future from a local fortune teller, have a go at making incense sticks and learn about the rice growing process at the Rice Museum. Visit the home of a conical hat maker and explore an Emperor's Tomb and the Citadel's Forbidden City.

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 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.

Included:  Comfortable private hotel room with breakfast.

Included: 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, impressive stalagmites and stalactites 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 cave’s 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.

Included: Comfortable private hotel room with breakfast.

Included: Entrance to Thien Duong Cave (Paradise Cave) and Phong Nha-Ke National Park: Thien Duong Cave only opened to tourism in 2010 and is one of the largest in the world. Located in the Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage site was discovered by British cave explorers in 2005 and named Paradise Cave (Thien Duong) because of its beauty. Discover spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in the longest cave in Vietnam.

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, but you have time to wander around and acquaint yourself with the tiny town before dinner. Nestled amongst rice paddies, rural plains and massive mountains, Ninh Binh is almost overwhelmed by the spectacular landscape surrounding it. The best way to take it all in is hire a bicycle and explore the countryside at your own pace. 

Included: Locally run hotel with breakfast.

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.”

Included: Local hotel with breakfast.

Included: Canoe tour to discover the Trang An Grottoes

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!

Lot - Freestyle Tour

$3,645
$0

Total

$3,645

Timetable

Please note: 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

  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

Tour: Vientiane to Kong Lor (7km Cave)

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

Tour: Kong Lor (7km Cave) to Thakek

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

Tour: Thakek 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

Tour: 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

Tour: Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Pakse - Khamfong Sihavong 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

Tour: Don Det to Siem Reap (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Don Det - Lebijou Guesthouse (Depart) 07:30 07:30
Ban Nakasang - Pier (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Don Kralor - Cambodia Border Immigration Building (Depart) 08:45 08:45
Siem Reap (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

Tour: Siem Reap - Day 1

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

Tour: Siem Reap - Day 2

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

Tour: Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap - White Rabbit Hostel (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Battambang - Homestay (Arrive) 15:30 15:30

Tour: Battambang to Sihanoukville

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

Tour: Sihanoukville - Day 1

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

Tour: Sihanoukville - Day 2

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

Tour: Sihanoukville to Kampot

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Sihanoukville - Full Moon House (Depart) 09:00 09:00
Kampot (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Tour: Kampot to Phnom Penh

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Kampot - Ny Ny Guesthouse (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Phnom Penh (Arrive) 12:00 12:00

Tour: Phnom Penh

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

Tour: 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

Tour: Ho Chi Minh City

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

Tour: 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

Tour: Da Lat

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Da Lat (Free Day) Free Free

Tour: 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

Tour: Bai Xep

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

Tour: 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

Tour: Hoi An

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

Tour: Hoi An to Hue

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

Tour: 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

Tour: Phong Nha

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

Tour: Phong Nha to Ninh Binh

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

Tour: Ninh Binh to Hanoi

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Ninh Binh - Nam Hoa Hotel (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Hanoi (Arrive) 17:00 17:00

Tour: Hanoi

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

Lot - Freestyle Tour

$3,645
$0

Total

$3,645

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How It Works

A Freestyle Tour is a tour with the added benefit of flexibility.

This allows you travel freedom, to spend longer at your favourite places, and to travel for up to a year. It allows you to meet lots of different people, instead of sticking with the same group. It means you can customise your trip to suit your timeframe, and you can manage it all easily in the Stray Mate App. 


Activities & Accommodation

Accommodation

Where you sleep NZWe stay in a mix of family operated guesthouses, hostels, basic 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. 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

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! 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. 

 

 


HOW DO YOU HOP ON AND OFF THE BUS?

Hop offYou can choose to ‘Hop off’ the bus anywhere along the route. 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 - 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 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 energetic, adventurous, budget conscious travellers, who share a common objective: to have a great time! Most are aged between 18 - 35 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 Freestyle Passes and Tours in your group, as the route is exactly the same - just choose the option that best suits you! 

Group Size: Max 18, Average 9

TOUR LEADERS 

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! 


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. 
 

VISAS

Visas are required for travellers to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. We've put some general visa advice but visa requirements vary depending on your country of citizenship so please check your government's website for your exact requirements.