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Mekong - Freestyle Tour

Travel in a loop north from Bangkok exploring northern ThailandLaos and Cambodia before returning to Bangkok. Click here to see the route!


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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

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


restaurantMeals

6 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
  • 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

 


   Flexibility and 12 months to travel 

You don't have to complete the Mekong Tour in 27 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 and Cambodia 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 Mekong 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 see 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.

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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 is free for you to explore this historically rich city or venture outside the city to discover the natural beauty of Northern Thailand. Chiang Mai is the perfect base for some of Thailand's best guided hikes and treks, as well as the top spot for adventure activities like mountain biking, abseiling and whitewater rafting. 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.

 Included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter

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 largest seaside town on the Cambodian coast. Sihanoukville has recently undergone rapid development and substantial change. What used to be Cambodia’s premier beach location is now a hive of construction and so some people prefer to spend less time in Sihanoukville, opting to explore the nearby Cambodian Islands instead. We arrive late in the day so we’ll settle in to a guesthouse in Otres beach, take a look around and find a nice spot for a cold beer and some local khmer cuisine.  With the Angkor Brewery up on the hill behind Sihanoukville, the beer here is some of the freshest in Cambodia!

Included: Khmer Style Guesthouse at Otres Beach

Today you could take a ferry out to explore the neighboring islands of Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloen. Go for the day or stay the night, there are accommodation options available on both islands. Koh Rong is a popular backpacker party island while Koh Rong Samloen boasts peaceful, white sand beaches with a more relaxing vibe. “Speed Ferry Cambodia” departs from Sihanoukville pier multiple times a day. The Cambodian islands feel like castaway paradise, the perfect spot to swim and relax on the beach and watch the rainbow of colours cast by another stunning sunset. If you’re staying in Sihanoukville, you could hire a bike and explore the area, hire a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) or a sailing catamaran from Otres Beach.

Included: Khmer Style Guesthouse at Otres Beach

Optional Extra Activities: Take a boat to the nearby islands, hire a bike, SUP, or go sailing.

Today you could take a day trip on a boat from Otres Beach to explore some of the little islands off shore, go snorkelling and enjoy some island beach time.  If you’ve been staying over on the islands, make sure you come back to the mainland by late afternoon to stay the night in Otres Beach as we depart early the next morning.

Included: Khmer Style Guesthouse at Otres Beach

Optional Extra Activities: Red Shark Charters day trip  

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

This morning we leave lively Phnom Penh and make an express return with your Tour Leader to Siem Reap on a public bus. After you arrive in the afternoon, make the most of your final evening in Siem Reap by shopping for souvenirs at the market or having one last memorable night out on Pub Street with your Stray group.

Included: Guesthouse in the centre of town

It’s time to say good-bye to Cambodia – the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok is an unguided public bus connection which your Tour Leader will organise for you. To return to Bangkok you will be driven to the border town of Poipet to process through Thai immigration before the last drive on to Bangkok. Expect to arrive at the bus station in the evening. We hope you had a blast on your Stray adventure!

Mekong - Freestyle Tour

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Total

$2,201

Timetable

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

Strart Days: Monday or Friday

Time: 6pm Welcome Night at the Stray Bangkok Travel Shop

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 - Jully Anna Guesthouse Otres 2 (Depart) 08:00 08:00
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 to Siem Reap

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Phnom Penh (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Siem Reap (Arrive) 15:00 15:00

Tour: Siem Reap to Bangkok (Express Day)

  MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Siem Reap (Depart) 08:00 08:00
Bangkok (Arrive) 18:00 18:00

Mekong - Freestyle Tour

was $2,515 $2,201
$0

Total

$2,201

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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 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 - 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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