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Mekong Flexible Tour
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Travel in a loop north from Bangkok exploring northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia before returning to Bangkok on this comprehensive flexible tour. This is an open dated product, therefore a fixed arrival date will not be booked with the supplier. In order to generate the booking, passengers are required to provide an approximate start date at the time of booking. In order to make a firm reservation, passengers will need to contact the supplier 7 days prior to their arrival.

  • Duration: 26 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: BKKMEK/158905
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Age requirement: 18 +
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Itinerary

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Day 1

Until 30Sep19:
Arrival in Bangkok
Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the buzzing Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. If you arrive early in the day feel free to check out the vibrant markets and ancient temples that make up only a small side of this multifaceted city. Be at our Stray Shop on Khao San Road at 6pm to meet your Tour Leader and your new travel mates for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works, answer any questions you have and make sure everyone is ready for tomorrow morning’s departure. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious Thai dinner and a few cold beverages on Khao San Road.
Accommodation included: Comfortable guesthouse near Khao San Road Activity included: Welcome Night meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group
From 01Oct19:
Bangkok
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 3pm to meet your Tour Leader and your new travel mates for a Welcome Meeting introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works and answer any questions you have before heading to the train station to board the overnight train to Chiang Mai. The overnight sleeper train is an experience within itself for those who have never been on one before, complete with lie flat beds and a restaurant carriage. It’s the most fun way to travel to Chiang Mai and get to know your new travel mates!
Accommodation included: Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai Activity included: Welcome Meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group

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Day 2

Until 30Sep19:
Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)
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.
Accommodation included: Overnight train or bus
Activity included: A half-day boat or bicycle tour of the impressive Ayutthaya UNESCO Temples.
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Arrival in Chiang Mai
We arrive into Chiang Mai train station around midmorning. As the largest city in Northern Thailand, 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 to name a few. Once a kingdom unto itself, there are over 300 Buddhist temples to discover and it is worth visiting the old walled city to see the Tapae Gate. In the evening, don’t miss browsing the famous night market to score a bargain or you can check out the lively music scene.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre

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Day 3

Until 30Sep19:
Arrival in Chiang Mai
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter
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Chiang Mai
Seize the day by exploring this historically rich city or venturing 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants, then take in a ladyboy show, Muay Thai boxing or head out for a few drinks with friends.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse close to the city centre
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4

Until 30Sep19:
Chiang Mai
Choose one on these activites today cooking Class with We Cook - Thai Home Garden Cooking School, guided Hiking Trip with 8Adventures or cycling Adventure with Mountain Biking Chiang Mai then 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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse located within the historic old quarter
Activity included:
•Cooking Class with We Cook - Thai Home Garden Cooking School
Guided Hiking Trip with 8Adventures
•Cycling Adventure with Mountain Biking Chiang Mai
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Chiang Mai to Houay Xai
This morning we depart Chiang Mai to head for the Thailand-Laos border. We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai to check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique modern Buddhist temple that features some curious statues and murals that include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here long enough to grab a snack, stretch our legs and take a few photos before we continue on to cross the border into Laos. Once in Laos we take a short tuk-tuk ride to the small town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River Activity included: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 5

Until 30Sep19:
Chiang Mai to Houay Xai
This morning we depart Chiang Mai to head for the Thailand-Laos border. We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai to check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique modern Buddhist temple that features some curious statues and murals that include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here long enough to grab a snack, stretch our legs and take a few photos before we continue on to cross the border into Laos. Once in Laos we take a short tuk-tuk ride into the chilled out town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River
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Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay
Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat to cruise down 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. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become immersed in Lao culture, where you will get a taste of traditional Lao village life by staying with a family in their home and experience a special Baci (welcoming) Ceremony, a true highlight of the trip.
Accommodation included: Remote village homestay along the Mekong River Activities included: Private slow boat cruise, village orientation walk, play a game of football with the kids, go fishing, traditional Baci Ceremony, try the local whiskey
Meals included: Dinner

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Day 6

Until 30Sep19:
Houay Xai to Mekong River Homestay
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.
Accommodation and activity included: Overnight on the banks of the Mekong River in a traditional homestay*: Well off the beaten track and a Stray exclusive, this is a great opportunity to become immersed in Lao culture, a once-
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Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market Activity included: Pak Ou Caves
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 7

Until 30Sep19:
Mekong River Homestay to Luang Prabang
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market
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Luang Prabang
Today you’ll visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls, where the turquoise water and calm pools offer the perfect chance to cool off. The lower pools are especially perfect for a refreshing swim. If you’re feeling fit, climb up to the very top of the falls to take in the view from the above. At the base of the falls, you’ll also find a rescue centre for the native Asiatic moon bears where you can watch them happily living in a safe environment. If you’re planning to hop off the bus, Luang Prabang is a great place to do so, 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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market Activities included: Kuang Si waterfall tour
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 8

Until 30Sep19:
Luang Prabang
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market
Activities included:
Rice Experience: Just 15 minutes outside Luang Prabang is the organic Living Lands Farm, where you’ll spend half a day getting hands on to discover all there is to know about the rice growing process. Rice is the foundation of everyday life in Asia and you’ll be amazed by the incredible 14 step process involved in its cultivation. Not only will you learn how to select the correct seeds, how to plant and plough with the help of the farm’s friendly water buffalo, but afterwards you can taste samples of the local products.
? A half-day Kuang Si Waterfall tour (includes entrance fees and transport): Travel to this iconic, off the beaten track waterfall nestled in the jungle near Luang Prabang. Travel through rural countryside, spot local wildlife and hill tribes and visit the Free the Bears rescue centre at the entrance to the falls.
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Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
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. 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.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 9

Until 30Sep19:
Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
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.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
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Vang Vieng
With its stunning natural scenery, Vang Vieng offers ample outdoor activities to choose from. We recommend hiring a bike to explore the town and visiting the Blue Lagoon, one of the best natural swimming holes in Laos. There are also great rock climbing and kayaking options. 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.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action

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Day 10

Until 30Sep19:
Vang Vieng
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.
Accommodation included: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action
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Vang Vieng to Vientiane
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.
Accommodation included: Modern hotel Activity included: Tham Jang Cave, city highlights with your Tour Leader

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Day 11

Until 30Sep19:
Vang Vieng to Vientiane
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.
Accommodation included: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI
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Vientiane to Kong Lor
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. Arriving in remote Kong Lor with the afternoon sun, you’ll feel a sense of peace as you drive through the sleepy rural villages lined with crop fields and rice paddies and surrounded by stunning limestone karst mountains. Relax after the drive by popping down to the river for an afternoon swim, swinging in a hammock at your accommodation or sampling a delicious Lao meal at one of the little restaurants in the village.
Accommodation included: Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views and a short drive from the cave
Activity included: Wat Prabat Phonsone

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Day 12

Until 30Sep19:
Vientiane to Kong Lor (7km Cave)
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.
Accommodation included: Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views and a short drive from the cave
Activity included: Guided boat trip: Explore the underground river that winds its way through the stunning 7km Kong Lor Cave. Discover impressive columns, bird-like cages, stalagmites and stalactites illuminated and protruding from the limestone rock as you travel by motorboat through this colossal cave system.
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Kong Lor
Today, you’ll get the chance to explore the underground river that winds its way through a mountain, venturing deep into the abyss of the stunning 7km long Kong Lor Cave on a motorised www.straytravel.asia | 5 Valid: 1 October 2019 – 30 September 2020 | Last updated: 1 May 2019
canoe! Discover impressive columns, stalagmites and stalactites illuminated and protruding from the limestone rock as you travel by motorboat through this colossal cave system. This area is also a photographer’s paradise and a great place to get out and go trekking or just kick back to soak up the views over a cold Beer Lao.
Accommodation included: Comfortable garden view bungalows with spectacular views and a short drive from the cave
Activity included: Guided Kong Lor boat trip

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Day 13

Until 30Sep19:
Kong Lor (7km Cave) to Thakek
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.
Accommodation included: Mekong riverside guesthouse
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Kong Lor to Savannakhet
We’ll break up the drive today by stopping in the small town of Thakhek, where there’s time to grab some lunch before we continue south. Before arriving in Savannakhet, we’ll stop to visit the Buddhist holy site Wat Ing Hang, reportedly built in the 16th century to honour Buddha’s visit to the area and housing one of Buddha’s bones. Set on the Mekong River as a border town with neighbouring Thailand, Savannakhet historically served as a key transit and trading post and is now the largest town in Southern Laos. The best things to do are wander along the waterfront and check out the fossil collection at the odd but intriguing Dinosaur Museum, then settle in a nice riverside restaurant for dinner.
Accommodation included: Comfortable hotel

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Day 14

Until 30Sep19:
Thakek to Xe Champhone
This is what Stray is all about: getting totally off the beaten track! We head into the Xe Champhone wetlands - an area so remote that occasionally our Stray buses can`t access it, so we have to jump on board an off-road truck. Today we’ll stop at Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple that was bombed during the Secret War and somehow the golden Buddha inside remained undamaged. Then it’s on to Turtle Lake where you might spot and possibly get to feed the sacred soft-shell turtles. Next stop is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, a fascinating stilt structure that’s home to thousands of Sanskrit scriptures and bamboo tablets. Before heading for our guesthouse in the small village of Ban Keng Kok, we stop at the aptly named Monkey Forest to get up close with curious and friendly wild rhesus macaque monkeys. Don’t forget to grab some bananas!
Accommodation included: Rustic guesthouse
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Savannakhe to Pakse
Driving south this morning we head first for the bright lights of Pakse, then carry on to explore 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. Pakse sits where the mighty Mekong River and Se Don River meet, so take advantage of the many restaurants along the riverfront for a meal served up with unbeatable river views.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in centre of town
Activity included: Tad Ngeuang waterfall

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Day 15

Until 30Sep19:
Xe Champhone to Pakse
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in centre of town
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Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)
From Pakse, we’ll carry on south to the backpacker mecca of Si Phan Don, otherwise known as the 4000 Islands. Here you can experience the laidback lifestyle and impressive natural beauty of Laos’s landlocked islands. The island of Don Det serves as a great base to hire a kayak or tube for floating down the river, taking a boat trip to spot rare Irrawaddy dolphins, cycling across to the neighbouring Don Khone Island to discover the remnants of the only steam engine railway in Laos, and marveling at the thunderous Li Phi waterfall.
Accommodation included: Rustic style guesthouse

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Day 16

Until 30Sep19:
Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)
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.
Accommodation included: Rustic style guesthouse
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Don Det to Siem Reap (Express Day)
Say goodbye to Laos – it’s an early start for the journey into Cambodia. A short drive will bring you to the Don Kralor Border where you will complete the immigration process and continue into Cambodia. Today your destination is the 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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town

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Day 17

Until 30Sep19:
Don Det to Siem Reap (Express Day)
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included
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Siem Reap
After your first night on Pub Street, you’ll probably enjoy a free day to sleep in and relax at your accommodation. If you’re up for it, get out and explore more of the downtown area, which tends to be a bit quieter during the day when most visitors are out at the temple complex. You’ll find the heart of the city fairly easy to navigate by foot or bicycle. Finish the day by sampling traditional Khmer food and visiting the Angkor Night Market that’s open every night.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town

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Day 18

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Siem Reap
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included
Activity 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.
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Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)
Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang for a late lunch. After lunch, 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 of Battambang, located in the picturesque countryside. You’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home, experiencing 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.
Accommodation included: Homestay in a Cambodian family’s home
Activities included: Whiskey making village, Paa Hok (fish sauce) making village
Meals included: Dinner

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Day 19

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Siem Reap
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included
Activity 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.
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Battambang to Siem Reap
After waving goodbye to your hosts we’ll head into the city of Battambang. Despite being the second largest city in Cambodia, Battambang manages to avoid an overly touristy vibe, allowing you to experience a more local side of urban Cambodian life. Wander through the central market alongside the river and grab a coffee at one of the cafes. On the way back to Siem Reap we’ll stop to 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. Tonight’s activity is up to you, but we recommend finishing 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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town
Activity included: Bamboo Train Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 20

Until 30Sep19:
Siem Reap to Battambang (Homestay)
Today you depart Siem Reap early enough to arrive in Battambang, where our first stop is a lake just outside town. It’s the perfect spot for a yummy local BBQ or picnic (included) in the shade of a bamboo hut on the tree lined shore. There’s time to go for a refreshing swim or kayaking on the lake, or hang out in a hammock on shore and soak up the views of the nearby rice paddies and native bush. Then we make our way to tonight’s village stay, where you’ll stay in a Cambodian family’s home to experience rural community life first-hand. Many people consider this to be one of the highlights of their Cambodia trip and you’ll soon see why after meeting your hosts, sharing a meal with them and wandering through the village and nearby rice paddies.
Accommodation and activity 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. Immerse yourself in this rural community nestled amongst rice paddies by sitting in on a lesson at the local school, helping the kids with their English and enjoying a delicious traditional dinner and breakfast with your host family.
*Stray village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project.
From 01Oct19:
Siem Reap
No trip to Siem Reap is complete without a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor temples, a crucial part of the Cambodian national identity and one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. 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. Embrace your inner Tomb Raider as you spend the whole day on a guided tour that will take you to highlight sites including the famous Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town
Activity included: Full day Angkor temple tour
Meals included: Lunch

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Day 21

Until 30Sep19:
Battambang to Sihanoukville
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms
From 01Oct19:
Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
Next up, we head for the bustling Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. With an edgy blend of harrowing history and modern development, Phnom Penh is incredibly important place for a number of political, economic and cultural reasons. You’re free this afternoon to get your first taste of this energizing capital city. Set out to explore the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom, take a river cruise, shop for souvenirs at the huge Russian Market or see a living art performance at the National Museum.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area

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Day 22

Until 30Sep19:
Sihanoukville
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. Tonight you can head to Ochheuteal Beach for some partying with the rest of the backpacker crowd, or watch the sun go down at one of the beachfront restaurants.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms
From 01Oct19:
Phnom Penh to Kampot
Today, Cambodia’s history is bought to life with a tour of two of the most infamous attractions: the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields and the Tuol Sleng S21 Prison. While it is a very sobering experience to learn more about the country’s harsh recent history and the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, these are among the most recommended things to do in Phnom Penh. Afterwards, an afternoon drive brings us to the little riverside town of Kampot, where we’ll go on a relaxing sunset boat cruise on the Kampot River. Reflect on your day while absorbing the spectacular views of Bokor National Park and the Elephant Mountain as the sun sets over the calm waters.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms
Activity included: Killing Fields, S21 Prison, sunset river cruise

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Day 23

Until 30Sep19:
Sihanoukville
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms
From 01Oct19:
Kampot
You have a full free day to explore quaint Kampot. Visit the fascinating salt and pepper farms, go cycling or trek in the Bokor National Park or take a day trip to nearby Koh Tunsay (Rabbit Island) for some beach time. 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!
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms

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Day 24

Until 30Sep19:
tSihanoukville to Kampot
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!
Accommodation included: Guesthouse with private rooms
Activity 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 01Oct19:
Kampot to Phnom Penh
After a relaxing morning in Kampot, we return to Phnom Penh, where you’ll have the evening free. For something different, why not join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout along the riverfront. 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)!
Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area

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Day 25

Until 30Sep19:
Kampot to Phnom Penh
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse near the main tourist area
From 01Oct19:
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town

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Day 26

Until 30Sep19:
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
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.
Accommodation included: Guesthouse in the centre of town, breakfast included
From 01Oct19:
Siem Reap to Bangkok (Express Day)
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!

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Day 27

Until 30Sep19:
Siem Reap to Bangkok (Express Day)
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!

Inclusions:
    • Until 30Sep19:
    • Accommodation:
    • + 26 nights:
    • 23 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • 1 overnight sleeping train/bus
    • 2 Stray homestays, includes meals, activities and donation
    • Meals: + Laos: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner + Cambodia: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    • Activities & Entry Fees:
    • Thailand
    • + Welcome Night with Stray Tour Leader and group
    • + Half-day bicycle or boat tour of Ayutthaya
    • + Ayutthaya temple fees
    • + Overnight train/bus to Chiang Mai
    • + White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) fees, Chiang Rai
    • Laos
    • + Pak Ou Caves, near Luang Prabang
    • + Rice Experience, Luang Prabang
    • + Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang
    • + Tham Jang Cave, near Vang Vieng
    • + Kong Lor Cave guided boat trip and Kong Lor National Park fee
    • + Turtle Lake entry donation, Xe Champhone
    • + Hotay Pitok Library, Xe Champhone
    • + Guided tour of the Monkey Forest, Xe Champhone
    • + Tad Ngeuang Waterfall, near Pakse
    • + Wat Phu Temple, near Pakse
    • Cambodia
    • + Full-day Angkor Temple Tour, Siem Reap
    • + Circus performance and dinner, Siem Reap
    • + Sunset river cruise, Kampot
    • + S21 Prison & Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
    • From 01Oct19:
    • Accommodation:
    • + 25 nights:
    • 22 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, hostels and simple hotels as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
    • 1 overnight sleeper train
    • 2 Stray homestays (includes meals, activities and donations)
    • Meals
    • + Thailand: 2 breakfasts + Laos: 3 breakfast, 1 dinner + Cambodia: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
    • Activities & Entry Fees:
    • Thailand
    • + Welcome Meeting with Stray Tour Leader and group
    • + Overnight sleeper train to Chiang Mai
    • + White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) fees, Chiang Rai
    • Laos
    • + Private slow boat cruise, Mekong River
    • + Remote village homestay, Mekong River
    • + Pak Ou Caves, near Luang Prabang
    • + Kuang Si Waterfall, Luang Prabang
    • + Tham Jang Cave, near Vang Vieng
    • + City highlights of Vang Vieng
    • + Kong Lor Cave guided boat trip and Kong Lor National Park fee
    • + Tad Ngeuang Waterfall, near Pakse
    • Cambodia
    • + Bamboo Train, Battambang + Village homestay near Battambang
    • + Full-day Angkor Temple tour, Siem Reap
    • + S21 Prison, Phnom Penh
    • + Killing Fields, Phnom Penh
    • + Sunset river cruise, Kampot
    Accommodation

      Until 30Sep19:
      - 23 nights’ accommodation as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
      - 1 overnight sleeping train/bus
      - 2 Stray homestays, includes meals, activities and donation
      From 01Oct19:
      25 nights:
      - 22 nights’ accommodation in guesthouses, hostels and simple hotels as per itinerary (includes ensuite and air conditioned where possible)
      - 1 overnight sleeper train
      - 2 Stray homestays (includes meals, activities and donations)

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    • Created based on the recommendations of hand-picked from our experts, this awesome package 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.