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Stray Asia: FULL MOON Guided Travel Pass

Stray Asia: FULL MOON Guided Travel Pass

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Hop on - hop off flexible guided travel pass. See Northern Thailand and Laos, in a comprehensive trip for travellers who have two and a half weeks or more.

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, travel north via amazing Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, before crossing the border into Laos, at Houay Xai, for a journey by boat through lush farmland and rugged mountains to the riverside village Ban Pak Nguey.

Stay in a remote homestay in Ban Pak Nguey village; marvel at beautiful architecture and temples in UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang with access to the spectacular Kuang Si waterfalls nearby.

Travel through mountainous terrain to Vang Vieng for tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing or hot air ballooning; and visit country’s capital Vientiane.

Travel by motorised canoe on the 7km river that winds its way through the spectacular Kong Lor cave; come face to face with Rhesus Macaque monkeys in a sacred monkey forest in Xe Champhone, and enjoy the cooler climate of Pakse in the south.

Hop off and chill out in the 4000 Islands in Don Det before returning to Pakse for an overnight bus to Bangkok, Thailand.

You’ll want to hop off and… experience hilltribe trekking around Chiang Rai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang, and the laid-back countryside around Kong Lor cave.

Pass Highlights:

THAILAND

Ayutthaya: Explore the incredible UNESCO World Heritage temple ruins by bicycle or boat.

Chiang Mai: An adventure seeker’s paradise. Zip-line with Flight of the Gibbon, take a cooking class, trek in the jungle, get a massage, do Muay Thai training, and shop at the weekend night market.

Chiang Rai: Home of the elaborate White Temple.

LAOS

Ban Pak Nguey: Experience village life, attend a Baci (welcoming) ceremony and stay in a remote village homestay on the banks of the Mekong River.

Luang Prabang: UNESCO World Heritage City and the cultural gem of Southeast Asia. Swim in the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall; bathe with elephants in the Khan River, visit a bear sanctuary, and get hands on and learn how to cultivate and harvest rice from a rice farmer.

Vang Vieng: Stunning karst rock formations and plenty of outdoor activities other than tubing. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife or get away from it all in a river view bungalow.

Vientiane: Visit the COPE Centre where you’ll learn about the on-going effects of the Vietnam War.

Kong Lor Cave: Zip through the mighty 7 km cave by boat on and underground river. Considered a highlight of Laos, it’s not easy to get here on your own.

Xe Champhone: Stay in a remote southern village homestay in the sacred ‘Monkey Forest’.

Bolaven Plateau: Love coffee? You’ll visit a Lao coffee plantation and learn all about coffee.

Don Det: Relax in a hammock on the Mekong in the 4000 Islands. Spot rare Irrawaddy Dolphins.

 

Start Anywhere!

This pass is a loop, so you are able to begin anywhere along the route (not only Bangkok), and finish where you started. Just let us know upon booking.

NB. Minimum days is 18 when departing Bangkok on a Tuesday.

FULL MOON Pass

Thailand and Laos

Start: Bangkok
Finish: Bangkok
Minimum Days: 17

To get the most out of your pass we highly recommend you allow extra time to hop off and explore. Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time and enjoy the journey!

Valid for travel from 1 November 2014

 

Travel Day:              Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. From soaring skyscrapers to ancient temples, vibrant markets and high-end malls, Bangkok is a city of many personalities.
You’ll meet your Stray tour leader at the Stray Bangkok Shop at 8:00am, and depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive here 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. This afternoon we board our overnight train and head for the city of Chiang Mai.

Free inclusions: Overnight train or bus (price included), temple entry in Ayutthaya
Optional Paid Activities: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples.

 

Travel Day:              Arrival in Chiang Mai

We arrive into Chiang Mai train station between 8:00 – 11:00am. Chiang Mai is a popular hopping off point for many travellers and an amazing city full of endless activity options – including cooking courses, bike tours or Thai kick boxing. There are over 300 Buddhist temples to explore, you can visit the old walled-city, the Tapae Gate, or pick up a bargain at the famous night market and check out the lively music scene.

Accommodation: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD $12-20
Optional paid activities: Muay Thai Boxing Stray Adventure, Northern Thai Stray Adventure, Thai cooking course, bike tour, Flight of the Gibbon, Night Safari, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking.

 

Free Day:                  Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to explore this historically rich city or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. If you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline we recommend Thailand’s most popular activity, the Flight of the Gibbon. This is an amazing tree-top adventure where you’ll swing like a monkey (or gibbon) and zip, fly, climb and crawl your way through an amazing jungle play-ground on the longest zip-line in Southeast Asia. This evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants or visit Asia’s largest Night Safari, where you’ll see over 400 animals including white tigers, white rhinos, leopards, monkeys and even camels.

Accommodation: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD $12-20

 

Travel Day:              Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

This morning we depart Chiang Mai at 9:00am to cross the border into Laos.  We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai, for those who want to hop off and experience mountain trekking or explore remote ethnic villages, and we’ll check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique Buddhist Temple that features some curious statues and murals.  The murals include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, you’ll find Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here to allow time 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 chilled out town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD $20
Free Inclusions: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit
Optional paid activities:  Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, access the Gibbon Experience from Houay Xai (must hop off for these activities).

 

Travel Day:              Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey (Homestay)

Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat up the Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey.  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 Ban Pak Nguey 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 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 try the local whiskey. This is a true highlight of any trip to Southeast Asia and exclusive to Stray!

Accommodation: : Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village fund/project USD$17

 

Travel Day:              Ban Pak Nguey 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. Jumping 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: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD $12-40
Free Inclusions: Pak Ou Caves entrance
Optional paid activities: Kuang Si Waterfall + bear sanctuary, Rice Experience, cycling, trekking, traditional cooking class, kayak the river.

 

Free Day:                  Luang Prabang

Today is free for you to 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 has many ancient Buddhist temples and sacred sites to explore. Many people take a trip to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, where the bright turquiose spring waters looks like it’s been photo-shopped, or you can get hands on and become an organic rice farmer for the day on the Rice Experience. You can spend the day cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and tonight head to the night market for a hassle-free bargaining experience.   

Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD $12-40

 

Travel Day:              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 mountain hill-tribe villages, vast green valleys and rolling hills; and we’ll make a special stop at the ‘loo with a view’. Our journey today takes us to the little riverside town Vang Vieng, best known for being the spot where you could take tubing trips down the Nam Song River stopping along the way at riverside bars to 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: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD $8-30
Optional Paid Activities: River tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hot air ballooning.

 

Travel Day:              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 in the 19th century during a Chinese invasion. 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: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD $20
Free Inclusions: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane

 

Travel Day:              Vientiane to Kong Lor (7 Km 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. This is a photographer’s paradise, the gateway to the famous Kong Lor Cave and a great place to get out and go trekking or relax with cold Beer Lao. 

Accommodation: Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and a 10 minute walk from the cave USD $10
Free inclusions: Wat Prabat Phonsone, entrance to Kong Lor National Park

 

Free Day:            Kong Lor (7km Cave)

This morning you’re free to head down to the Cave (Tham Kong Lor to the locals) and venture deep into the 7km abyss! Legend has it the cave was discovered thanks to some lost ducks. The story goes, one day a villager on one side of the island discovered his flock of ducks were missing, only to find them at the village on the other side of the mountain. The villagers put two and two together and decided to send a boat through and, voila, Tham Kong Lor was discovered! Ride in a traditional motorised canoe on an underground river that travels through the centre of the mountain. Take in the amazing rock formations, stalagmites and stalactites, and have a swim in the cool waters at the cave entrance.

Accommodation: Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views and a 10 minute walk from the cave USD $10
Optional Paid Activities: Kong Lor Cave boat trip

 

Travel Day:              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. This afternoon we’ll head out of town towards the Khammouane Protected Area. We’ll stop at Tha Farang for an afternoon swim (dry season only) before returning to town to relax and enjoy a sunset over the Mekong River.

Accommodation: Mekong riverside guesthouse USD $12

 

Travel Day:              Thakek to Xe Champhone (Village stay)

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. Our last stop for the day is the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, a fascinating stilt structure that’s home to thousands of Sanskrit scriptures and bamboo tablets. Tonight you stay overnight with the friendly locals in a traditional wooden house at our Lao village stay near the native Monkey Forest. On arrival, grab some bananas and venture into the forest to get up close with curious and friendly wild rhesus macaque monkeys.   

Accommodation:  Village stay includes accommodation in a traditional wooden house, guided tour of the Monkey Forest and local activities, dinner, breakfast, and contribution to the village fund/project USD$17
Free inclusions: Old Wat Taleow, Turtle Lake & Hotay Pidok Library entrance fee

 

Travel Day:              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 to experience 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: Guesthouse with fan or air-conditioned rooms in the centre of town surrounded by everything you need USD $8-10.
Free inclusions: Bolaven Plateau, Tad Ngeuang Waterfall entry
Optional Paid Activities: Tree Top Adventure, waterfall visits including the spectacular Tad Fane.

 

Travel Day:              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. Take a leisurely tubing trip down the Mekong River, float past locals fishing and people lounging on their bamboo riverside verandas. 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: Rustic style guesthouse USD $5-15
Free inclusions: Wat Phou Temple entrance
Optional Paid Activities: Bicycle or tube hire, boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, fishing.
 

Travel Day:              Don Det to Bangkok (Express day)

We leave Don Det early by local mini-van towards Pakse and then on to the Thai border and Ubon Ratchathani where you board the overnight bus. Your Stray journey finishes when you arrive in Bangkok early the next morning.

Free inclusions: Overnight bus (price included)
 

Entry Fees Included:

Thailand

Ayutthaya Temples

Laos

Pak Ou Caves

Tham Jang Cave

Wat Prabat Phonsone

Kong Lor National Park

Old Wat Taleow

Turtle Lake entry donation

Hotay Pidok Library

Tad Ngeuang Waterfall

Wat Phou Temple

 

Itineraries are seasonal and subject to change. For timetables and full terms and conditions please ask us.

Full moon Departs from Bangkok

All year round: Tuesday and Saturday
8 January - 31 March: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

 

Accommodation, food, and optional activities.