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Laos ‘Rivers & Jungle’

Venture off the beaten track for this 11 Day Laos tour packed full of adventure, mind blowing scenery, local culture and history. Travel stress-free with accommodation, activities and transport all included, with a local Tour Leader to guide the way. Travel from the capital of Vientiane through Kong Lor for a unique and memorable cave experience. Your tour ends in Luang Prabang, a town with an old world feel that gives you the sense you’ve stepped back in time.

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Tour Highlights: 

What's included:

23 24 Transport AAll Transport

Whether you're travelling on our air-conditioned minivans, buses, fast train or boat, all your transport is included and organised for you.

23 24 Guide ALocal Stray Guide

Knowledgeable Stray Guides provide invaluable support and insider insights. Travelling with a guide makes navigating Laos a stress-free experience. Guides can translate for you and book optional activities on your behalf.

23 24 Accommodation S WebAccommodation

10 nights 4-star twin share accommodation


23 24 Meal AMeals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 welcome dinner


23 24 Strademark ATop rated activities

From temples, to waterfalls, to nature encounters there are heaps so many awesome activities in this tour:

    • Kong Lor Cave Entry Fee
    • Kong Lor Cave boat tour
    • Vientiane City Tour
    • Fast Train ticket Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang
    • Pha Souk Gardens Lao Banquet
    • Kuang Si Falls Entry
    • Wat Prabat Phonsone Entry
    • Vang Vieng Orientation Tout
    • Luang Prabang City Orientation Tour including Mt Phou Si at sunset
    • Blue Lagoon Visit

2024 Tour Dates: 

  • 04 & 25 November 2024
  • 09 & 23 December 2024

2025 Tour Dates: 

  • 06 & 20 January 2025
  • 03 & 17 February 2025
  • 03, 17 & 31 March 2025
  • 14 April 2025

What we're all about...

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We’re all about seeking out secluded destinations and one-of-a-kind experiences.

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Supporting local operators and hiring local guides means that you can learn more about the culture and get more out of your trip.

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Stray travellers are open minded adventurers who make the most of every moment.

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We’ll do the organising, you come along for the ride.

Laos ‘Rivers & Jungle’





Starts: Vientiane

Finishes: Luang Prabang

Meet-up Time: Check into your accommodation anytime after 2pm, then meet your Tour Leader and group at 6pm (local time) on the Vientiane Arrival Day.

Please note: Given the spontaneous nature of our trips, what we do each day might occasionally vary.

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Arrive Vientiane

Your adventure kicks off in the capital of Laos, Vientiane. If you arrive early in the day, feel free to spend time exploring the city, get a massage, go shopping or people watch at one of the local restaurants by the river. At 6pm you’ll meet your Tour Leader for a Welcome Night introduction. We’ll cover how Stray works and answer any questions you have about travelling in Laos. Afterwards, make the most of your first night by getting to know each other over a delicious dinner and a few cold beverages.

Accommodation included: Eastin Hotel or similar

Meals included: Welcome dinner

An early escape this morning takes us away from the crowds to Kong Lor in the Phu Hin Bun National Park. Along the way we’ll 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: Spring River Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Activity included: Wat Prabat Phonsone

Today you’ll partake in the must-do activity in Kong Lor and explore the underground river that winds its way through a mountain! This guided boat trip will take you deep into the abyss of the stunning 7km long Kong Lor Cave where you’ll discover impressive columns, stalagmites and stalactites illuminated and protruding from the limestone rock. You’ll travel by motorboat through this colossal cave system which is 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: Spring River Resort or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Activity included: Guided Kong Lor Cave boat trip

We’ll make our way back to the capital today and on arrival in Vientiane your Tour Leader will take you on a tour of 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 Ordnance) and the Secret War.

Accommodation included: Eastin Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Activity included: City Tour

You have a full free day to explore today. Sitting next to the Mekong River, Vientiane is home to lots of quirky markets, colonial buildings and museums displaying artefacts that date back as far as prehistoric times. Grab your camera and pound the pavement today because you’re bound to find lots of interesting sights in Vientiane.


Accommodation included: Eastin Hotel or similar

 Meals included: Breakfast

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: Silver Naga Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Activity included: City Orientation Tour, Blue Lagoon visit

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: Silver Naga Hotel or similar

Optional Paid Activities: River tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, visit the Blue Lagoon.

Meals included: Breakfast

Today we’ll travel to the UNESCO World Heritage town, Luang Prabang. On arrival, we’ll have a city orientation tour to fully appreciate this heritage town. 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. We’ll end our orientation at Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang’s sacred hill, where we’ll watch a breathtaking sunset. This evening we’ll end up at the iconic night markets which take place every evening and serve a huge variety of tasty foods, arts and crafts.


Accommodation included: Luang Prabang View Hotel or similar


Meals included: Breakfast

Activity included: City Orientation Tour including Mt Phou Si at sunset

This morning we’ll make our way to the iconic Kuang Si Falls, famous for their vivid turquoise waters and instagramable-ness. Afterwards, we’ll stop for a Lao Banquet on the way back to town at Pha Souk Gardens, a gorgeous restaurant set amongst the rice paddies.

This afternoon is free for you to enjoy all this UNESCO World Heritage town has to offer. 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: Luang Prabang View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Activity included: Kuang Si Falls and Lao Banquet

Today you have a free day to explore gorgeous Luang Prabang. Get hands on by becoming an organic rice farmer for the day on the unforgettable Rice Experience. Alternatively, you can spend the day cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class or head to the night market for a hassle-free bargaining experience.

Accommodation included: Luang Prabang View Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast in Luang Prabang this morning before departing for your next destination. If you’re not ready to go home just yet then we recommend asking your guide about our other tours in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. We hope you had a wonderful time on your Laos Adventure and that you made memories for a lifetime.


Meals included: Breakfast

Laos ‘Rivers & Jungle’





After big days of exploring, you're going to need your beauty sleep! Scroll through the gallery to see some of the places you'll stay on the Laos Explorer Journey. 

Accommodation includes 10 nights 4-star boutique premium twin-share hotels or resorts.

Private Room Upgrade 

Standard pricing is for twin-share accommodation but you can upgrade to your own private room if you wish! Please choose Single Room from the dropdown menu under BOOK YOUR TRAVEL.

Single Upgrade Fee: NZD675

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Need to Know

Some key details...

  • Transport - All transport is included - you'll travel by bus (mostly private, air-conditioned buses with 24 seats), minivans, boat and train.
  • Guides - Stray employs local Guides to ensure you get more out of your trip. Hear the local stories, try their food recommendations, get insider tips and advice. 
  • Activities - Top-rated activities are included and if you want to opt for extra activities, your Guide can provide recommendations and assist with booking.
  • Visas - You are responsible for obtaining the visas you require for the countries you are travelling in. Visa requirements vary depending on where you’re coming from and where you going, so we recommend that you contact the appropriate embassy in your country of origin to determine what you need.
  • Travel Insurance - You must have a travel insurance policy to cover you for the entire time you are travelling with Stray in Asia. You will be asked for your policy details prior to starting travel.
  • Stray Journeys' Travellers - Our travellers are from all over the world, are energetic, adventurous and mainly aged between 20-45.
  • Group Size - Maximum 24, Average 12
  • Book with confidence - Full refund if the tour doesn't go ahead. No fee to make changes.
  • Payment Options - If you'd like to secure your place on the trip, but are a little bit short on cash, you can reserve a seat with a USD$200 deposit. You then have up to 6 months to pay it off - too easy! Better yet - there's no admin fee. You can make payments when it suits you using our Extra Payments page. You just need to have paid for your trip in full 31 days before you start.


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