Vang Vieng was known for "tubing". You can still enjoy this floating down the Nam Song river and then head into town for a party. It is then onto Vientiane and then back into Thailand via Nong Kai.
This is a good example of a Stray bus route. There are of course various bus routes available; bus passes with routes only in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and even a combination of any of these countries. Even though Stray is a bus travel expert, you may as well experience traveling with boat, train and tuk tuk on your route.
A bus pass with Stray in Thailand. Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam gives you the advantage of traveling with fellow international backpackers. A lot of young travelers each other on Stray busses and continue traveling together when their Stray pass comes to an end. Also, Stray gives you the possibility to stay at a place if you need more time to explore the region. You have complete freedom to stay as long as you like.
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Stray bus passes are valid for 12 months. You can stay and travel the number of days that are recommended, but if you need to stay a few more days or a week or even months, you can do just that. it's ideal if you're going to do volunteer work in Asia.
You pick your favorite Stray bus pass for your route, for example the "Tom Yum" bus pass. This bus pass starts and ends in Bangkok. With this pass you will see the highlights of northern Thailand and northern Laos. The minimum number of days needed for this route is 10, but if you have plenty of time and need some time to relax and perhaps stay a few days in one place, then 17 days is recommended.
The suggested route follows this itinerary; Bangkok - Ayutthaya - Chiang Mai -
Chiang Kong/Huay Xai -Pak Beng - Ban Lad Khammune (homestay) - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane - Bangkok.
To get the most out of your Stray bus pass and to pick the best route, please contact a KILROY travel expert. Many of our travel experts have traveled with a Stray bus pass in Thailand and Laos and they are here to help you with planning your dream trip to Asia.
When you book your bus pass through KILROY, you get a voucher and a reservation number. To reserve a seat on your selected departure day, you can make a reservation online via the Stray reservations website or you can call the office in Laos. The reservation service may also help with hostels along the way, but you can of course also arrange your own accommodation on the spot. The price of accommodation is not included in the fare.