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Charlie "Excellent way to Travel from Thailand into and trough Laos. Massive help from your guide Mai Tai at the boarder to get the visa. Mekong river slow boat was a beautiful experience, as was staying in the local village over night and learning about their culture and way of life. Playing with the kids was a highlight as they were so willing to learn and have fun. The transport at all times was so conv..."
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Starts
Chiang Mai
Destinations
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Ends
Vientiane
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Highlights

Start in Chiang Mai and end in Vientiane! With the discovery tour Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos), you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Chiang Mai, Thailand and 4 other destinations in Asia. Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos) is a small group tour that includes an expert guide, transport.
Age range
18 to 49 year olds
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Boat, Private Vehicle, Mini-coach
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure

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  • M
    Written on March 12, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Un was a fantastic tour guide with excellent knowledge of the areas we traveled through and a all round good guy. English was excellent! Organisation was excellent! Timing was excellent! And he really was never off the clock, always willing to help and go that extra mile. Un really made my Asia experience for the time he was our tour leader 10/10! Only bad thing... he supported Manchester United! All jokes aside I wish Un and his family and New born child the best of luck in life going forward. Yours Sincerely Maxwell Mastouras
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  • S
    Written on March 2, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Meine Freundin und ich waren im Dezember mit dem Phou Travel Pass unterwegs. Unser Tourführer, Phaeng, war super. Er kommt selbst aus Laos und kennt sich deshalb auch ausgezeichnet in diesem Land aus. Er konnte uns jede Frage beantworten und war immer sehr hilfsbereit und höflich. Wir haben das Flexi Upgrade im Voraus gebucht, da wir nicht viel Geld mit uns transportieren wollten. Dabei muss man einfach wissen, dass wenn man an einem Ort länger bleibt, als der Reisevorschlag vorgibt, dann sind im Flexi Upgrade die verlängerten Nächte nicht einberechnet. Die Guesthouses sind jedoch sehr billig, aber trotzdem sauber und schön. Vor allem das „Chansavang Guesthouse“ in Luang Prabang gefiel uns. Die empfohlenen Guesthouses von Stray sind immer gut gelegen. Uns gefiel ausserdem der Homestay in Ban Pak Nguey ausserordentlich. Zu Beginn waren wir etwas skeptisch gegenüber dem Homestay. Wir hatten Angst, dass es ein sehr touristisches Dorf sein könnte. Dies war zum Glück nicht der Fall. Das Abendessen, welche die Einheimischen uns zubereitet haben, war eines der besten laotischen Mahlzeiten, welches wir in dieser Zeit gegessen haben. Nach dem Abendessen begann die Willkommenszeremonie, welche sehr spannend war. Wir erhielten von allen Einwohner des Dorfes ein Band um das Handgelenk gebunden. Dabei wünschten sie uns zum Beispiel viel Glück, Gesundheit oder ein langes Leben. Danach schliefen wir im Haus der Einheimischen. In Ban Pak Nguey kann man nicht länger als eine Nacht bleiben. Wie empfehlen Stray und vor allem auch diese Route sehr. Die Zeit mit Stray haben wir sehr genossen und werden in Zukunft bestimmt wieder einmal einen Pass von Stray buchen.
    Stray Asia commented on this review
    Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung Schalin!
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  • S
    Written on March 2, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Wir begannen unsere Reise mit Stray in Chiang Mai. Von Chiang Mai aus fuhren im Kleinbus nach Chiang Rai und besichtigten den White Temple. Nach der Besichtigung dieses eindrücklichen Tempels fuhren wir Richtung Laos, passierten den Zoll und fuhren gemütlich nach Houay Xai. Dort angekommen richteten wir uns im Hotel ein und genossen gemeinsam am Abend unser erstes Laotisches Essen. Am nächsten Tag ging unsere Bootsfahrt los auf dem Mekong. Es war ein kleines familiäres Boot, genauso wie man es sich vorstellt. Wir fuhren vorbei an der eindrücklichen und unberührten grünen Landschaft und sahen wie sich das Leben am Wasser abspielt. Die Bootsfahrt war wunderschön und gemütlich und trotz der etwas kühleren Temperaturen genossen wir alle diese einmalige Erfahrung. Und die nächste liess nicht lange auf sich warten. Wir durften ein kleines laotisches Dorf besuchen und hautnah miterleben wie die Menschen auf dem Land leben. Die Bewohner hatten genau so eine Freude an uns wie wir an ihnen hatten und es war ein wunderschöner Abend mit sehr leckerem Essen und einer unvergesslichen Willkommenszeremonie (Baci-Zeremonie). Mit ganz viel Armbändeln voller Glückswünsche und vielen Eindrücke durften wir bei den Familien die Nacht verbringen. Dieses Dorf ist nur ausschliesslich für Stray Reisen. Es ist weder touristisch noch hat Stray irgendwelche Änderungen vorgenommen. Am nächsten Tag fuhren wir weiter den Mekong hinab zur Stadt Luang Prabang. Obschon zu sagen ist, dass Luang Prabang keine wirkliche Stadt ist sondern eher ein grösseres Dorf ;) Aber ein sehr schönes. Wir hüpften in Luang Prabang raus und blieben dort rund 5 Tage bevor wir weiterzogen. In Luang Prabang kann man viele Sachen unternehmen und so besichtigen wir die Kuang Si Wasserfälle, durften auf einer Reisfarm die Wichtigkeit dieses Getreide kennen- und schätzen lernen. Man kann die Gegend auch gut individuell per Scooter entdecken. Unsere Reise ging weiter nach Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng selber ist nicht besonders schön, jedoch zum Party machen gut geeignet. Die Schöneheit dieser Gegend befindet sich ausserhalb des Städtchens. Nur ein paar Minuten ausserhalb des Zentrums befinden sich wunderschöne Landschaften und eine angenehme Ruhe. Am letzten Tag unserer Reise fuhren wir nach Vientiane, der Haupstadt Laos. Vientiane ist total unterschiedlich zu allen anderen Orten die wir gesehen haben. Mehr international und viel „geschäftiger“. Nun hiess es Abschied nehmen von Laos und der Stray Familie, denn unser Flug liess nicht auf sich warten. Die Reise mit Stray war wunderbar und wir genossen sie in vollen Zügen. Es ist die perfekte Art ein Land auf eine einfache und praktische Art zu entdecken. Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit! Allgemein: Die Unterkünfte von Stray kann man immer im Voraus buchen oder man schaut dann selber vor Ort, wo man die Nacht verbringen möchte. Die vorgeschlagenen Unterkünfte von Stray haben alle einen guten Standard und empfehlenswert. Es können Ausflüge direkt über den Tourguide gebucht werden, was sehr praktisch ist, wenn man keine Möglichkeit hat diese selber zu buchen. Die Tourguides sind alle sehr hilfsbereit. Unser Tourguide Pheng kam selber von Laos und somit konnten wir ihn wirklich alles fragen und er konnte alles beantworten. Ein Tipp für die Busfahrt: Vorher informieren wie die Strassenverhältnisse sind und dementsprechend Proviant mitnehmen. Je nach dem wird es sehr bucklig oder kurvig, daher vorher daran denken entsprechende Medizin für den Notfall mitzunehmen. Oft hat aber der Tourguide auch etwas dabei :)
    Stray Asia commented on this review
    Vielen Dank für Ihre Bewertung Selina!
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  • GA
    Written on July 20, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    the nicest guide I never seen ,CHAO IS VERY NICE AND KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF EVERY ONE. HE HELP US EXPERIENCE A VERY GOOD TRAVEL thank you Chao
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  • Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos) reviewer 5
    Written on July 13, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Used stray for Myanmar as well as their Phou Pass (Northern Thailand and Northern Laos). Both tours were great. "Sunny" guided myself and only one other girl through Myanmar to small villages and the bigger cities. Local guides in each place were helpful to understand the local culture. "Mai Tai" guided me through Thailand and Laos and I can honestly say he was one of the best guides I've had (I've used multiple tour companies all around he world). He's helpful, funny, and really cares about his passengers having a good time doing what they want to do in their travels.
    Stray Asia commented on this review
    Thank you for your review Cindy. I'll pass your kind feedback to Mai Tai and Sunny. We're glad had a great time Straying with us! Nice pic by the way :)
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  • AF
    Written on February 19, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    We used Stray Asia Phou Pass to travel through Laos as did not know much about this country and were not sure how to organise transport. We considered day time travel in a minibus a safer option than overnight coaches and as we are older we wanted a comfier option. Stray Asia provide knowledgeable guides who organise transport and accommodation (you pay for this separately to the pass). Our guides were really good and a lot of fun! We were in a group of 27 to start with and although most were under 25 some people were in their 30s and we are in our 60s. Everyone was really friendly and we ate meals together and went to bars. You can hop off and have longer in a place you like but that may mean waiting a few days for the next bus. We especially liked Luang Prabang as there is a lot to see there plus extra trips. We went to Kuang Si waterfalls in a minibus and explored the falls before swimming in lovely pools. We walked up Phu Si mountains for wonderful views in the town and went to a beautiful monastery. There is a brilliant night market too. There was not enough time in Vang Vieng as it was just a stopover and it would have been nice to have a whole day there for river activities. You could hop off but that would have been too long for us between buses. I would recommend the Phou pass as it means you can enjoy Laos and learn a lot about local life through the local guides.
    Stray Asia commented on this review
    Thanks for your feedback, we're glad you had fun straying in Laos with us!
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  • Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos) reviewer 7
    Written on January 7, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    Our Stray guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. Always happy to offer advice and tips for the whole of SE Asia and beyond and help book and plan our personal plans. Ran the entire trip smoothly and was a good friend too. There is a lot of travelling on this pass, but the sights and towns visited make it worth it. The two day boat ride is a good time to chill out and get to know your fellow Strayers and the homestay inbetween is a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend Stray.
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  • C
    Written on November 6, 2015
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent way to Travel from Thailand into and trough Laos. Massive help from your guide Mai Tai at the boarder to get the visa. Mekong river slow boat was a beautiful experience, as was staying in the local village over night and learning about their culture and way of life. Playing with the kids was a highlight as they were so willing to learn and have fun. The transport at all times was so convenient as it was just there and ready. Never had to wait around for anything. It saved us a lot of time for sure. Also nice to have private taxi/boat/bus the whole time. Can not rate this pass highly enough for everything it offers. Tubing in Vang Vieng was a real highlight for me and my friends. Well worth a hop off to spend another day or two doing it again!
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  • Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos) reviewer 9
    Written on November 5, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    Absolutely fantastic! I can't stress how good this tour was. The organisation of Stray Asia, and support offered is fantastic, which is aided by superior knowledge of all the places visited. I recommend this tour.
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  • Little Laos Pass (Northern Thailand and Laos) reviewer 10
    Written on October 23, 2015
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing experience! Do not be fooled by the description, you get a personal tour guide all the way through who helps you with everything. We were worried about the 'hop on hop off' aspect but really didn't need to be. We will be using stray again for other adventures.
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  1. ARRIVAL IN CHIANG MAI
  2. CHIANG MAI
  3. CHIANG MAI TO HOUAY XAI
  4. HOUAY XAI TO MEKONG RIVER HOMESTAY
  5. MEKONG RIVER HOMESTAY TO LUANG PRABANG
  6. NON-TRAVEL DAY: LUANG PRABANG
  7. LUANG PRABANG TO VANG VIENG
  8. VANG VIENG
  9. 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.

  10. VANG VIENG TO VIENTIANE

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      Your Tour Leader can recommend and book accommodation for each night - alternatively you have the option to research and arrange your own accommodation. Prices vary depending on location and season .

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    Recommended for Thailand and Laos. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 629 km.
    • Chiang Mai (Thailand)
    • 224 km
    • Huay Xai (Laos)
    • 186 km
    • Luang Prabang (Laos)
    • 112 km
    • Vang Vieng (Laos)
    • 108 km
    • Vientiane (Laos)

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