Southeast Asia Bus Passes

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Duration: 11-39 days or longer

Trip code: SASP

Pass 1 - Tom Yum Bus Pass: Thailand & Northern Laos. Minimum 13 days.
Pass 2 - Little Mekong Bus Pass: Thailand & Laos. Minimum 17 days.
Pass 3 - The Lot Bus Pass: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. Minimum 40 days

These extraordinary bus passes offer an amazing and unique way to explore Asia. Each of these three brilliant Stray bus passes offer flexible travel and are valid for 12 months. You can treat it as a tour and travel your chosen route in a minimum time, or enjoy the freedom to hop on and hop off and add in independent travel time – the choice is yours! Explore up to four incredible Asian countries using your flexible bus pass: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. Take your time travelling and discover the wonders of Asia at your own pace!

Trip highlights

  • Choose from 3 fantastic, flexible travel routes in Asia: Stray travel passes are valid for 12 months
  • Choose your favourite bus pass and discover up to 4 Asian countries: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam
  • Treat the route as a tour and complete it in a minimum time, or hop on and off and spend up to a year exploring Asia at your own pace
  • Get great tips from local guides, make new travelling buddies en route and experience Asian culture up close
  • Head off the beaten track, visit unique locations and enjoy exciting activities on this unforgettable Asian bus pass adventure! 
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Southeast Asia Bus Pass Routes

This programme offers THREE amazing bus pass routes so you can discover the best of Asia. Routes can be completed in a minimum tour time or you can make the most of the 12 months validity on your travel pass and hop off to stay a little longer in any of the destinations en route. Choose from:

  • Pass 1 - Tom Yum Bus Pass: Thailand & Northern Laos. Minimum 13 days.
  • Pass 2 - Little Mekong Bus Pass: Thailand & Laos. Minimum 17 days.
  • Pass 3 - The Lot Bus Pass: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. Minimum 40 days.

Pass 1 - Tom Yum

Pass 2 - Little Mekong

Pass 3 - The Lot

Tom Yum Bus Pass: Thailand & Northern Laos, Bangkok to Bangkok

Minimum Time: 13 Days

Southeast Asia Bus Pass Tom Yum Option Map

Note: This itinerary is based on the minimum time you can take to complete the entire route (12 days). As these are flexible passes and the buses don’t run every day, you should allow more time than this minimum duration to arrive, catch your first bus and complete the route.

Please note: If you are travelling before 1st October 2017, the minimum duration for the Tom Yum Bus Pass is 11 days. Please contact a travel advisor for more details.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

You should arrange your arrival into Bangkok today ready for an early start to your brilliant bus pass adventure in the morning! Meet up with your fellow travellers on Thailand’s legendary Khao San Road for a welcome evening meeting and get the low down on how your pass works and what adventures lie ahead. Then get some kip for the next day (after a few cold Khao San beverages of course...). 

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)

This epic Asian adventure tour begins in the lively Thai capital city of Bangkok, with an early 8am start. Meet your tour guide and group for an introductory chat before you hop on the bus and make tracks for your first Asian destination, the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. Explore this amazing, historic site on a bike tour or relax on a boat journey through what is known as the “Venice of the East”. An overnight train or bus journey leaves late evening for your next stop, the Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Free inclusions: Overnight train or bus, temple entry in Ayutthaya.

Optional Paid Activities: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples.

Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai

Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city today and visit Chiang Mai’s ancient city sights, such as one of its 300 amazing Buddhist temples or the old walled city and Tapae Gate. Don’t miss Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar; snap up some bargains and stock up on Thai souvenirs!

Day 4 is a free day to enjoy Chiang Mai – why not sign up for some exciting optional activities and have an adventure-filled day? You can try cookery classes, go trekking or rafting, try Muay Thai Boxing, relax with a massage, or take a tree top adventure on a fun and adrenaline-pumping ziplining adventure.

Accommodation option: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20.

Optional Paid Activities: Muay Thai Boxing, Northern Thai adventure, Thai cooking course, bike tour, ziplining, Night Safari, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking.

Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

Leave Chiang Mai at 9am, stopping off near Chiang Rai, where if you wish you can hop off and take some independent time to go trekking or explore some remote ethnic villages in the region. Pay a visit to the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) with its unusual murals and statues, before crossing the border into Laos. A short tuk-tuk ride takes you to the laid-back town of Houay Xai, where you will spend the night.

Accommodation option: Guesthouse with Mekong River views USD20.

Free inclusions: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit.

Optional Paid Activities: Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, ziplining from Houay Xai (you must hop off for these activities).

Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey

Hop on board a private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Relax and enjoy this extraordinary journey through lush farmland, wild jungle and splendid mountain scenery before arriving in Ban Pak Nguey in the late afternoon. Experience a traditional taste of village life in Laos and stay with a local family in an exclusive homestay. Take part in a welcoming Baci ceremony, splash about in the Mekong River, discover the local temple, go fishing, sample the local whiskey or visit the local school to give the kids an English lesson or play a game of football.

Accommodation: Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village USD17.

Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang

Say goodbye to the village and hop back on board your private boat, travelling downriver to the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou, which is a site of pilgrimage for many people in Laos. Marvel at the impressive range of Buddhist images scattered throughout the cave complex, before travelling on downriver to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

Crammed full of a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Laotian buildings. Luang Prabang has many amazing sights to see, including the National Palace Museum, the old monastery of Wat Xieng Thong and some amazing Buddhist temples and sacred sites. Visit the gorgeous turquoise spring waters of Kuang Si waterfalls, try your hand at becoming an organic rice farmer for the day, visit the bear sanctuary, go cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and snap up some bargains at the night market.

Accommodation option: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40.

Free inclusions: Pak Ou Caves entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Kuang Si Waterfall + bear sanctuary, Rice Experience, cycling, trekking, traditional cooking class, kayak the river.

Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Make an early start for a mountainous journey through spectacular scenery en route to the adventure location of Vang Vieng. You will spend 2 days here, giving you plenty of chance to make the most of the awesome optional activities on offer here: you can go kayaking or cycling, try rock climbing, go hot air ballooning, party or watch retro TV in one of the town’s many bars.

Accommodation option: Family run guesthouse USD9-14.

Optional Paid Activities: Cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hot air ballooning.

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Leaving Vang Vieng behind, you’ll stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave, once used as a bunker during a Chinese invasion in 19th century, before making tracks for Vientiane. Enjoy Laos’ lively capital city as you take a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace and the COPE centre, which raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. Spend some free time exploring the city; relax with a massage, shop in the night market or sample some tasty local dishes at a riverside restaurant.

Accommodation option: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20.

Free inclusions: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane.

Day 12: Vientiane to Bangkok

Spend the first part of the day making the most of Vientiane, before hopping in a tuk tuk mid-afternoon towards Thanaleng Train Station. Clear Laos’ customs, pay your departure fee, and then jump on board a train over the Friendship Bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand, where you will pass through Thai immigration at the train station. There’s time to grab a bite before boarding an overnight train to Bangkok, where your amazing tour of Thailand and Laos will come to an end.

Free inclusions: Overnight train.

Please note: As this pass is a round trip from Bangkok, you are able to begin your journey anywhere along the route (not just Bangkok), and finish where you started. Let us know your preferred starting location when you book.

 

Little Mekong Bus Pass: Thailand and Laos, Bangkok to Bangkok

Minimum Time: 17 Days

Southeast Asia Bus Pass Full Moon Option Map

Note: This itinerary is based on the minimum time you can take to complete the entire route (17 days). As these are flexible passes and the buses don’t run every day, you should allow more time than this minimum duration to arrive, catch your first bus and complete the route.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

You should arrange your arrival into Bangkok today ready for an early start to your brilliant bus pass adventure in the morning! Meet up with your fellow travellers on Thailand’s legendary Khao San Road for a welcome evening meeting and get the low down on how your pass works and what adventures lie ahead. Then get some kip for the next day (after a few cold Khao San beverages of course...). 

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)

This epic Asian adventure tour begins in the lively Thai capital city of Bangkok, with an early 8am start. Meet your tour guide and group for an introductory chat before you hop on the bus and make tracks for your first Asian destination, the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. Explore this amazing, historic site on a bike tour or relax on a boat journey through what is known as the “Venice of the East”. An overnight train or bus journey leaves late evening for your next stop, the Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Free inclusions: Overnight train or bus, temple entry in Ayutthaya.

Optional Paid Activities: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples.

Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai

Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city today and visit Chiang Mai’s ancient city sights, such as one of its 300 amazing Buddhist temples or the old walled city and Tapae Gate. Don’t miss Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar; snap up some bargains and stock up on Thai souvenirs!

Day 4 is a free day to enjoy Chiang Mai – why not sign up for some exciting optional activities and have an adventure-filled day? You can try cookery classes, go trekking or rafting, try Muay Thai Boxing, relax with a massage, or take a tree top adventure on a fun and adrenaline-pumping ziplining adventure.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20.

Optional Paid Activities: Muay Thai Boxing, Northern Thai adventure, Thai cooking course, bike tour, ziplining, Night Safari, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking.

Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

Leave Chiang Mai at 9am, stopping off near Chiang Rai, where if you wish you can hop off and take some independent time to go trekking or explore some remote ethnic villages in the region. Pay a visit to the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) with its unusual murals and statues, before crossing the border into Laos. A short tuk-tuk ride takes you to the laid-back town of Houay Xai, where you will spend the night.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse with Mekong River views USD20.

Free inclusions: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit.

Optional Paid Activities: Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, ziplining from Houay Xai (you must hop off for these activities).

Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey

Hop on board a private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Relax and enjoy this extraordinary journey through lush farmland, wild jungle and splendid mountain scenery before arriving in Ban Pak Nguey in the late afternoon. Experience a traditional taste of village life in Laos and stay with a local family in an exclusive homestay. Take part in a welcoming Baci ceremony, splash about in the Mekong River, discover the local temple, go fishing, sample the local whiskey or visit the local school to give the kids an English lesson or play a game of football.

Accomodation option: Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village USD17.

Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang

Say goodbye to the village and hop back on board your private boat, travelling downriver to the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou, which is a site of pilgrimage for many people in Laos. Marvel at the impressive range of Buddhist images scattered throughout the cave complex, before travelling on downriver to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

Crammed full of a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Laotian buildings. Luang Prabang has many amazing sights to see, including the National Palace Museum, the old monastery of Wat Xieng Thong and some amazing Buddhist temples and sacred sites. Visit the gorgeous turquoise spring waters of Kuang Si waterfalls, try your hand at becoming an organic rice farmer for the day, visit the bear sanctuary, go cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and snap up some bargains at the night market.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40.

Free inclusions: Pak Ou Caves entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Kuang Si Waterfall + bear sanctuary, Rice Experience, cycling, trekking, traditional cooking class, kayak the river.

Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Make an early start for a mountainous journey through spectacular scenery en route to the adventure location of Vang Vieng. You will spend 2 days here, giving you plenty of chance to make the most of the awesome optional activities on offer here: you can go kayaking or cycling, try rock climbing, go hot air ballooning, party or watch retro TV in one of the town’s many bars.

Accomodation option: Family run guesthouse USD8-30.

Optional Paid Activities: Cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hot air ballooning.

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Leaving Vang Vieng behind, you’ll stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave, once used as a bunker during a Chinese invasion in 19th century, before making tracks for Vientiane. Enjoy Laos’ lively capital city as you take a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace and the COPE centre, which raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. Spend some free time exploring the city; relax with a massage, shop in the night market or sample some tasty local dishes at a riverside restaurant.

Accomodation option: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20.

Free inclusions: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane.

Day 12: Kong Lor

An early start sees you travel south out of Vientiane, stopping after an hour to visit the pilgrimage site of the ‘Buddha’s footprint’ at Wat Prabat Phonsone. Travel in to the remote, rural village of Kong Lor in the Phu Hin Bun National Park. The village is surrounded by rice paddies, stunning limestone Karst mountains and tobacco fields and boasts some spectacular views. Opt to discover the Tham Kong Lor Caves today as you delve deep underground for an unforgettable adventure beneath the rock. Travel by motorised canoe into this stunning 7km abyss, marvelling at the awesome rock formations, and even taking a dip in the cool pool at the cave entrance!

Accomodation option: Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views (10 minute walk from Kong Lor cave) USD10.

Free inclusions: Wat Prabat Phonsone, entrance to Kong Lor National Park.

Optional Paid Activities: Kong Lor Cave boat trip.

Day 13: Kong Lor to Thakek

Take a short journey from Kong Lor to the small trading town of Thakek, which lies on the border of Laos and Thailand and is situated on the banks of the majestic Mekong River. The town has a French colonial history and is a great base from which to head out and explore the Lao jungle and the limestone cliffs, pristine rivers, lakes and hidden waterfalls of nearby Phu Hin Bun National Park. During the afternoon you’ll head out of town towards the Khammouane Protected Area, hopping off for a swim at Tha Farang (dry season only). At the end of the day, return to Thakek to watch a spectacular sunset over the Mekong River.

Accomodation option: Mekong riverside guesthouse USD12.

Day 14: Thakek to Xe Champhone

Time to head even further off the beaten track! Discover the remote Xe Champhone wetlands, so well hidden it can sometimes only be reached by off-road truck.

On the way you will see the stunning ruined temple of Old Wat Taleow, and the unique Turtle Lake, where you should keep an eye out for the unusual soft-shelled turtles. Visit the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, then delve deep into Monkey Forest, home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys. The forest is a sacred spot, and you will stay in a local village in the forest tonight, a unique and unforgettable stopover on this amazing tour.

Accomodation option: 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 USD17.

Free inclusions: Old Wat Taleow, Turtle Lake & Hotay Pidok Library entrance fee.

Day 15: Xe Champhone to Pakse

Travel south to the sparkling city of Pakse, and then on to the natural beauty and cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau. This area is known for its coffee and tea plantations, and also boasts spectacular scenery and wonderful waterfalls, so you can soak up the sights at your leisure, away from the tourist trail. Pakse is a great location to hop off a little longer and experience a unique optional Tree Top Adventure activity, which includes a jungle trek, wildlife stopping, waterfall visits, ziplining and a stay in a tree house!

Accomodation option: Guesthouse in the centre of town USD8-10.

Free inclusions: Bolaven Plateau, Tad Ngeuang Waterfall entry.

Optional Paid Activities: Tree Top Adventure, waterfall visits including the spectacular Tad Fane.

Day 16: Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

Start the day with a visit to the ancient Khmer temple of Wat Phou, climbing up to the amazing mountain top temple and taking in the views. At lunchtime, you’ll arrive in the incredible area of Don Det (which means 4000 islands) where you can explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hire a bike and cycle across to Don Khone Island, wander to the beautiful Li Phi waterfall, go fishing, go tubing down the Mekong River or head out on a boat trip to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

Accomodation option: Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15.

Free inclusions: Wat Phou Temple entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Bicycle or tube hire, boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, fishing.

Day 17: Don Det to Bangkok

Leave the islands of Don Det and travel towards Pakse by mini-van, and then on to the Thai border and Ubon Ratchathani where you board an overnight bus. Your Asian adventure finishes when you arrive in Bangkok early the next morning.

Free inclusions: Overnight bus.

Please note: As this pass is a round trip from Bangkok, you are able to begin your journey anywhere along the route (not just Bangkok), and finish where you started. Let us know your preferred starting location when you book.

 

Lot Bus Pass: Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, Bangkok to Hanoi

Minimum Time: 40 Days

Southeast Asia Bus Pass The Lot Option Map

Note: This itinerary is based on the minimum time you can take to complete the entire route (40 days). As these are flexible passes and the buses don’t run every day, you should allow more time than this minimum duration to arrive, catch your first bus and complete the route.

Please note: If you are travelling before 1st October 2017, the minimum duration for The Lot Bus Pass is 39 days. You will also stop off on the island of Koh Tunsay. Please contact a travel advisor for more details.

Day 1: Arrival in Bangkok

You should arrange your arrival into Bangkok today ready for an early start to your brilliant bus pass adventure in the morning! Meet up with your fellow travellers on Thailand’s legendary Khao San Road for a welcome evening meeting and get the low down on how your pass works and what adventures lie ahead. Then get some kip for the next day (after a few cold Khao San beverages of course...). 

Day 2: Bangkok to Chiang Mai (via Ayutthaya)

This epic Asian adventure tour begins in the lively Thai capital city of Bangkok, with an early 8am start. Meet your tour guide and group for an introductory chat before you hop on the bus and make tracks for your first Asian destination, the ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. Explore this amazing, historic site on a bike tour or relax on a boat journey through what is known as the “Venice of the East”. An overnight train or bus journey leaves late evening for your next stop, the Thai city of Chiang Mai.

Free inclusions: Overnight train or bus, temple entry in Ayutthaya.

Optional Paid Activities: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples.

Day 3 & 4: Chiang Mai

Arrive into Chiang Mai between 8-11am on day 3. Discover the wonders of this vibrant Thai city today and visit Chiang Mai’s ancient city sights, such as one of its 300 amazing Buddhist temples or the old walled city and Tapae Gate. Don’t miss Chiang Mai’s famous Night Bazaar; snap up some bargains and stock up on Thai souvenirs!

Day 4 is a free day to enjoy Chiang Mai – why not sign up for some exciting optional activities and have an adventure-filled day? You can try cookery classes, go trekking or rafting, try Muay Thai Boxing, relax with a massage, or take a tree top adventure on a fun and adrenaline-pumping ziplining adventure.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD12-20.

Optional Paid Activities: Muay Thai Boxing, Northern Thai adventure, Thai cooking course, bike tour, ziplining, Night Safari, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking.

Day 5: Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

Leave Chiang Mai at 9am, stopping off near Chiang Rai, where if you wish you can hop off and take some independent time to go trekking or explore some remote ethnic villages in the region. Pay a visit to the unique Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) with its unusual murals and statues, before crossing the border into Laos. A short tuk-tuk ride takes you to the laid-back town of Houay Xai, where you will spend the night.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse with Mekong River views USD20.

Free inclusions: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit.

Optional Paid Activities: Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, ziplining from Houay Xai (you must hop off for these activities).

Day 6: Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey

Hop on board a private slow boat up the mighty Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey. Relax and enjoy this extraordinary journey through lush farmland, wild jungle and splendid mountain scenery before arriving in Ban Pak Nguey in the late afternoon. Experience a traditional taste of village life in Laos and stay with a local family in an exclusive homestay. Take part in a welcoming Baci ceremony, splash about in the Mekong River, discover the local temple, go fishing, sample the local whiskey or visit the local school to give the kids an English lesson or play a game of football.

Accomodation option: Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village USD17.

Day 7 & 8: Pak Ou Caves & Luang Prabang

Say goodbye to the village and hop back on board your private boat, travelling downriver to the famous limestone caves at Pak Ou, which is a site of pilgrimage for many people in Laos. Marvel at the impressive range of Buddhist images scattered throughout the cave complex, before travelling on downriver to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.

Crammed full of a fusion of French colonial architecture and traditional Laotian buildings. Luang Prabang has many amazing sights to see, including the National Palace Museum, the old monastery of Wat Xieng Thong and some amazing Buddhist temples and sacred sites. Visit the gorgeous turquoise spring waters of Kuang Si waterfalls, try your hand at becoming an organic rice farmer for the day, visit the bear sanctuary, go cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and snap up some bargains at the night market.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD12-40.

Free inclusions: Pak Ou Caves entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Kuang Si Waterfall + bear sanctuary, Rice Experience, cycling, trekking, traditional cooking class, kayak the river.

Day 9 & 10: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Make an early start for a mountainous journey through spectacular scenery en route to the adventure location of Vang Vieng. You will spend 2 days here, giving you plenty of chance to make the most of the awesome optional activities on offer here: you can go kayaking or cycling, try rock climbing, go hot air ballooning, party or watch retro TV in one of the town’s many bars.

Accomodation option: Family run guesthouse USD8-30.

Optional Paid Activities: Cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hot air ballooning.

Day 11: Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Leaving Vang Vieng behind, you’ll stop off at the impressive Tham Jang Cave, once used as a bunker during a Chinese invasion in 19th century, before making tracks for Vientiane. Enjoy Laos’ lively capital city as you take a tour of Vientiane’s main attractions: Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace and the COPE centre, which raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. Spend some free time exploring the city; relax with a massage, shop in the night market or sample some tasty local dishes at a riverside restaurant.

Accomodation option: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD20.

Free inclusions: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane.

Day 12: Kong Lor

An early start sees you travel south out of Vientiane, stopping after an hour to visit the pilgrimage site of the ‘Buddha’s footprint’ at Wat Prabat Phonsone. Travel in to the remote, rural village of Kong Lor in the Phu Hin Bun National Park. The village is surrounded by rice paddies, stunning limestone Karst mountains and tobacco fields and boasts some spectacular views. Opt to discover the Tham Kong Lor Caves today as you delve deep underground for an unforgettable adventure beneath the rock. Travel by motorised canoe into this stunning 7km abyss, marvelling at the awesome rock formations, and even taking a dip in the cool pool at the cave entrance!

Accomodation option: Comfortable guesthouse with spectacular views (10 minute walk from Kong Lor cave) USD10.

Free inclusions: Wat Prabat Phonsone, entrance to Kong Lor National Park,

Optional Paid Activity: Kong Lor Cave boat trip.

Day 13: Kong Lor to Thakek

Take a short journey from Kong Lor to the small trading town of Thakek, which lies on the border of Laos and Thailand and is situated on the banks of the majestic Mekong River. The town has a French colonial history and is a great base from which to head out and explore the Lao jungle and the limestone cliffs, pristine rivers, lakes and hidden waterfalls of nearby Phu Hin Bun National Park. During the afternoon you’ll head out of town towards the Khammouane Protected Area, hopping off for a swim at Tha Farang (dry season only). At the end of the day, return to Thakek to watch a spectacular sunset over the Mekong River.

Accomodation option: Mekong riverside guesthouse USD12.

Day 14: Thakek to Xe Champhone

Time to head even further off the beaten track! Discover the remote Xe Champhone wetlands, so well hidden it can sometimes only be reached by off-road truck.

On the way you will see the stunning ruined temple of Old Wat Taleow, and the unique Turtle Lake, where you should keep an eye out for the unusual soft-shelled turtles. Visit the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, then delve deep into Monkey Forest, home to hundreds of wild Rhesus Macaque monkeys. The forest is a sacred spot, and you will stay in a local village in the forest tonight, a unique and unforgettable stopover on this amazing tour.

Accomodation option: 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 USD17.

Free inclusions: Old Wat Taleow, Turtle Lake & Hotay Pidok Library entrance fee.

Day 15: Xe Champhone to Pakse

Travel south to the sparkling city of Pakse, and then on to the natural beauty and cool climate of the Bolaven Plateau. This area is known for its coffee and tea plantations, and also boasts spectacular scenery and wonderful waterfalls, so you can soak up the sights at your leisure, away from the tourist trail. Pakse is a great location to hop off a little longer and experience a unique optional Tree Top Adventure activity, which includes a jungle trek, wildlife stopping, waterfall visits, ziplining and a stay in a tree house!

Accomodation option: Guesthouse in the centre of town USD8-10.

Free inclusions: Bolaven Plateau, Tad Ngeuang Waterfall entry.

Optional Paid Activities: Tree Top Adventure, waterfall visits including the spectacular Tad Fane.

Day 16: Pakse to Don Det (4000 Islands)

Start the day with a visit to the ancient Khmer temple of Wat Phou, climbing up to the amazing mountain top temple and taking in the views. At lunchtime, you’ll arrive in the incredible area of Don Det (which means 4000 islands) where you can explore this area of outstanding natural beauty. Hire a bike and cycle across to Don Khone Island, wander to the beautiful Li Phi waterfall, go fishing, go tubing down the Mekong River or head out on a boat trip to spot the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

Accomodation option: Rustic style guesthouse USD5-15.

Free inclusions: Wat Phou Temple entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Bicycle or tube hire, boat trip to spot Irrawaddy dolphins, fishing.

Day 17: Don Det to Siem Reap

Wave goodbye to Laos and hop across the border into Cambodia, travelling by public bus. Arrive in stunning Siem Reap, site of the amazing Angkor Temples, in the late evening and meet your new guide for dinner and drinks.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD6-8.

Day 18 & 19: Siem Reap

Spend free time in Siem Reap – shop in the colourful markets or take a trip out to the incredible site of the Angkor Temples, including the iconic Angkor Wat, and be blown away by this mighty sight. In the evening we recommend an optional trip to the famous Cambodian circus to watch amazing acrobats and experience the history and culture of this country. The circus is run as a not-for-profit organisation which offers homeless, underprivileged or orphaned young people how to express themselves through the arts.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD6-8.

Optional Paid Activities: Guided tour or cycle tour of Angkor complex, Khmer circus.

Day 20: Siem Reap to Battambang (homestay)

Depart Siem Reap at 10am and travel on to the small village of Battambang, which is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and arrive in time for a late lunch. Take a ride on the unique Bamboo train, a rail system which was first built by the French before being destroyed by the Khmer Rouge and then restored and is still used today by the local people. Stay in a rural location in a local family home tonight. Visit the village school & help the kids with their English, wander among the rice paddies, shop at the local market and then sit down to a traditional meal with your host family.

Accomodation option: Village stay includes accommodation in a Cambodian family’s home, local activities, dinner, breakfast and contribution to the village USD18.

Free inclusions: Ride on Bamboo Train.

Day 21: Battambang to Sihanoukville

Cruise along into the popular coastal town of Sihanoukville today, stopping off in the bustling riverside town of Kompong Chhnang with its floating village and local market. Hike to the amazing Buddhist pagoda on the mountain top, enjoy the spectacular views, lie back in a hammock and tuck in to a Khmer BBQ!

You will arrive in Sihanoukville in the late afternoon and then you have some free time to relax on the beach, take a dip or hang out at the beachfront bars. Join in with one of the fun beach parties tonight or enjoy a seafood BBQ on the beach.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD10-25.

Day 21 & 23: Sihanoukville

Switch off in Cambodia’s best beach resort and soak up the sun on the beach, go swimming or try watersports such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, jet skiing or fishing. Sign up for an optional cookery class and learn to cook some Khmer classics. Alternatively, take an optional trip out to the idyllic local islands, or hire a bike and explore the stunning local beaches. In the evening, it’s all about the beach as you party at Ochheuteal Beach or watch the sun set over Serendipity Beach.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD10-25.

Optional Paid Activities: Island tour, jet skiing, massage, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, party boat, hire a bike, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing, cookery class.

Day 24: Sihanoukville to Kampot

Say farewell to Sihanoukville and take a 3-hour drive to the small riverside town of Kampot, famous for its salt and pepper farms. Take a tour of the farms, go cycling or trekking in beautiful Bokor National Park or hop on a leisurely sunset boat cruise on the Kampot River. Don’t miss a meal in one of the riverfront seafood restaurants: A local dish offers tasty fried shrimp with green peppercorns.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD6-15.

Optional Paid Activities: Sunset river cruise, tour of the salt and pepper farms.

Day 25 & 26: Kampot to Phnom Penh

Travel on to the lively Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh for an afternoon tour of the infamous Khmer Rouge S21 Prison and the tragic site of Cambodia’s Killing Fields. The evening is free time – don’t miss sunset over the Mekong River!

Day 26 is a free day to explore Phnom Penh. Snap up some silk, silver or antiques at the many city markets, see the stunning Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda or visit the National Museum. For a unique experience, why not learn a Cambodian craft such as dance or kickboxing, or join the locals at dusk for an aerobic workout at the Olympic Stadium?

Accomodation option: Guesthouse near main tourist area USD20.

Free inclusions: S21 Prison and Killing Fields entrance and tour.

Optional Paid Activities: Half-day cycling trip, learn a Cambodian art at Backstreet Academy, river boat cruise, city tour, tour of Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, National Museum visit, Russian market.

Day 27 & 28: Ho Chi Minh City

Asian country number 4 is on your agenda today as you jump on board a public bus from Phnom Penh and cross over the border at Moc Bai into Vietnam! You’ll arrive in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City in the afternoon. Enjoy some free time and explore the streets on foot or by cyclo.

Please note: You must organise your visa for Vietnam before you travel.

Day 28 is a free day for you to discover Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace. Learn all about local history at the War Remnants Museum, visit the French colonial-style Opera House, go shopping or visit Vietnam’s very own Notre Dame Cathedral. Join an optional tour to the famous Cu Chi Tunnels and find out how the Viet Khong used this tunnel complex to secure victory during the Vietnam War. In the evening you have the chance to see a traditional water puppet theatre performance.

Accomodation option: Centrally located hotel or guesthouse USD15-20.

Optional Paid Activities: Mekong adventure, cyclo city tour, War Remnants Museum, Presidential Palace, Ben Thanh Market, Cu Chi Tunnels, Water Puppet Theatre.

Day 29 & 30: Da Lat

Journey away from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City through fertile farmlands, growing tea, coffee, rubber, vegetables, flowers and even wine in the cool countryside climate. Your destination is Da Lat, which has been labelled the honeymoon capital of Vietnam. Da Lat is a delightful French-style town off the beaten track, and is a great base for some rural adventures.

En route, stop at dramatic Datania Waterfall, famous for the local legend that fairies come to play at bathe at the base of this 20-metre waterfall. Walk down to see the waterfall, or if you’re seeking a thrill or two, drive your own mini-rollercoaster there. When you arrive in Da Lat you will have some free time to find the local market or sip a coffee at one of the local cafes.

Da Lat is right off the beaten tourist trail and offers a unique slice of the real Vietnam. There are plenty of great optional activities for you to try during your free time on day 30. Visit the last Emperor’s art deco-style summer palace, take a trip to the local coffee or strawberry plantations or hire a tandem bike and cycle to the hang Nga ‘Crazy House’, with its surrealist architecture. If you are seeking some adrenaline action, you can go canyoning or rock climbing and abseil over waterfalls!

Accomodation option: Local guesthouse in the centre of town USD10-12.

Free inclusions: Dantanla Waterfall entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Market visit, rock climbing, Crazy House, tandem biking, cycling or motorbike tours, coffee plantation tours, abseiling, rappelling.

Day 31 & 32: Bai Xep

Moving out of Da Lat’s cool climate you make tracks for the Vietnamese coast, where if you wish you can hop off for a while at the coastal city of Nha Trang. Time for even more beach bliss as you journey on to another secluded beach location, the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep, where you'll spend the next two days. Swim, snorkel and laze on the white sand beach, learn to paddle a traditional round boat, get to know the locals or go fishing and catch your own dinner. Go on a boat tour, take a cycling trip, hike to a wonderful waterfall, or relax with a beach BBQ in this idyllic spot.

Accomodation option: Dorm accommodation on the beach, including light breakfast USD10.

Optional Paid Activities: Waterfall hike, BBQ, boat trip, snorkelling, day cycling tour.

Day 33 & 34: Hoi An

Drive along the coast and make a stop at the My Lai Memorial, a site commemorating the turning point in the Vietnamese and American War. Arrive into the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, famous for its French colonial style architecture. Visit the skilled local tailors for a bargain, sip drinks at funky bars, enjoy the art galleries, sample the buzzing nightlife and shop for souvenirs before heading to local beaches for some well-deserved down time.

On day 34, enjoy some free time and explore the city streets, which really come alive after dark as they shine with lit paper and fabric lanterns. Try the local speciality, the ‘White Rose’ dumpling, stuffed with shrimp or pork and made to resemble the shape of a rose – delicious!

Accomodation option: Centrally-located, family run hotel USD15-30.

Free inclusions: My Lai Memorial entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Tailoring, bicycle tours, scuba diving, cooking classes, sunrise or sunset cruise, countryside tours, motorbike tours, fishing trips

Day 35: Hoi An to Hue

Hue lies along the magically-named Perfume River, and was once home to the Vietnamese Emperors. Known as the cultural and spiritual centre of Vietnam, Hue is bursting with ancient temples and beautiful pagodas, such as the Citadel and the Forbidden Purple City. Take the day to explore or hop on an optional motorbike tour of the rice paddies and stunning scenery around Hue.

Accomodation option: Guesthouse USD10-12.

Optional Paid Activities: Dragon Boat Cruise, historic Citadel tour, Forbidden Purple City, motorbike tour, Thien Mu Pagoda.

Day 36: Hue to Phong Nha

Today you visit the fascinating Vinh Moc Tunnels, an incredible underground complex of tunnels in which over 90 families lived and worked during the bombings of the American/Vietnamese War. Travel on through the provincial town of Dong Hoi, bound for your stunning Lakehouse Resort beside Dong Suon Lake.

Accomodation option: Dorm accommodation located on picturesque Dong Suon Lake USD10-12.

Free inclusions: Vinh Moc Tunnels.

Optional Paid Activities: Cycling, caving, kayaking, dark cave adventure.

Day 37: Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Just 45km from Dong Hoi lies the stunning rural area of Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. With pristine rivers ripe for a refreshing dip or a kayak, the park also boasts impressive cave complexes, including the recently discovered Thien Duong Cave. Step inside to see stunning stalagmites and stalactites, unusual claw-shaped rock formations and limestone waterfalls. In the afternoon you have the option to join a unique guided tour of the ‘Dark Cave’ with its black rocks, muddy ridges and ancient fossils, which you can explore with the help of a head torch while the bats soar overhead. Wash off the mud with a swim in the river!

Accomodation option: Dorm accommodation USD7-21.

Free inclusions: Thien Duong Cave entrance.

Optional Paid Activities: Dark Cave tour.

Day 38: Ninh Binh

Travel by train through gorgeous countryside, with views of limestone karst mountains. Dip your feet in the sea before travelling on to Ninh Binh, arriving in the late afternoon. Set in spectacular countryside filled with picturesque rice paddies and limestone mountains, the best way to explore the amazing landscape is to hire a bike and see it at a slow pace. Alternatively, why not discover the caves and pagodas of Tam Coc and Bich Dong, where the stalactites are carved in the shape of Buddhist images? 

Accomodation option: Locally-run hotel USD10-12.

Optional Paid Activities: Hire a bicycle, hop off and explore the surrounding limestone mountains, multi-day trekking options. 

Day 39: Ninh Binh to Hanoi

Climb aboard traditional canoes and discover the stunning Trang An Grottoes. Glide through caves and mountains and soak in the tremendous natural beauty of the area. In the afternoon, bus along to Vietnam’s vibrant capital city, Hanoi, an exotic city bursting with exciting energy, amazing restaurants and street food and more motorcycles than you’ll ever have seen before in one place!

Accommodation option: Local guesthouse or hotel USD15-30 or backpacker hostel USD7-9.

Free inclusions: Trang An Grottoes canoe experience.

Day 40: Hanoi

This trip comes to an end today in Hanoi, but first there’s time for a guided tour around this incredible city. Discover the hottest landmarks and best kept secrets of Vietnam’s beloved city on foot. If you want to add in some extra days here your guide can recommend some local accommodation options so you can extend your Asian experience.

Accommodation option: Local guesthouse or hotel USD15-30 or backpacker hostel USD7-9.

Free inclusions: Wat Phou Temple entrance.

Optional add-on adventures after trip ends: Halong Bay adventure, Sapa adventure.

Dates & booking
Please note these start dates are approximate only, and may change due to different bus timetables during certain times of the year.

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