The Phou - Northern Thailand and Laos by Stray Limited
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The Phou Pass A comprehensive trip from Northern Thailand through Northern Laos for those travellers with six days or more.
- Departs from: Departs Tuesday and Friday from Chiang Mai
- Departure times: Varied
- Duration: 6 Days
- Starts in: Chiang Mai
- Ends in: Vientiane
- Stray tip: your own roll of toilet paper is often appreciated as well as hand sanitiser
What to bring:
- Insect Repellant
- Comfortable Footwear
- Warm Clothing
- Waterproof Clothing
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The Phou Pass Itinerary
1. Travel Day: Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong
Enjoy a free morning in Chiang Mai to do another activity, sleep in or get a local massage. We then drive to the border town of Chiang Khong stopping along the way to visit the most magnificent and unique White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). You can hop off in Chiang Rai (for access to trekking), otherwise we continue on to Chiang Khong to enjoy our last night in Thailand whilst overlooking the Mekong River to Laos.
Accommodation: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong to Laos and a great host to add a special touch $20
2. Travel Day: Chiang Khong to Luang Namtha
In the morning we take a short boat trip across the Mekong to Laos and after clearing customs you get the first sight of your mighty orange Stray bus. We take the very scenic journey through Bokeo province and into the Nam Ha National Protected Area (NPA) in Luang Namtha Province. The night markets in Luang Namtha provide the first great place to sample the local BBQ cuisine and Beerlao!
Accommodation: Hotel in the centre of town $8-15
Highly recommended: Hop off in Luang Namtha for trekking and hill tribes
3. Travel Day: Luang Namtha to Nong Khiaw
We depart Luang Namtha in the morning and head through Oudomxai. Once in picturesque Nong Khiaw, you have the option to learn fishing with the locals, or time permitting to visit the amazing Phathok Cave, where some communist loyalists lived during the 'secret' bombing of Laos in the 1960's. Watch the sunset over the beautiful Karst Mountains and Nam Ou River before dinner and enjoy a competitive game of Laos' national sport - petanque, with the locals.
Accommodation: Rustic bungalows with basic amenities but A-MAZE-ING views! $8-13
Highly recommended: Hop off in Oudomxai to explore the far northern reaches of Laos for remote trekking and home stays.
4. Travel Day: Nong Khiaw to Luang Prabang
Sit back and relax today as we settle into a slow boat and take a picturesque ride down the Ou and Mekong Rivers. We cruise into the centre of the stunningly beautiful Unesco World Heritage City of Luang Prabang in the early afternoon. On arrival, take the Stray Kuang Si Tour to the famous and impressively high Kuang Si Waterfall, complete with a bear sanctuary.
Accommodation: Large dorm beds in a modern central guesthouse $5 or guesthouse with fan or air conditioned private rooms close to the night market $20-40
Highly recommended: Hop off in Luang Prabang to make the most of this beautiful city. Learn to weave silk or take a course to be an elephant mahout! Go trekking, kayaking and rock climbing or just relax, have a fruit shake and take in the night market.
SA: Lao Trekking Adventure, Volunteer Experience
5. Travel Day: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng
This morning we depart early and travel through mountainous and steep terrain on the way to Vang Vieng. We make a number of stops today to take in the incredible views and still arrive in time for those inclined to spend the afternoon and evening tubing and partying. Other activity options: cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, hot air ballooning, resting and even watching re-runs of Family Guy, Friends and The Simpsons.
Accommodation: Guesthouse amongst all the hype, with large rooms $8-15, or a hotel on the main street with quiet rooms $23-30
6. Travel Day: Vang Vieng to Vientiane
Today we cruise through to Vientiane - Laos' capital for the last 450 years. Once here we take you on a tour of the city's main attractions, Patuxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam and the Presidential Palace. Spend the afternoon shopping, having a massage or hop-off and make the journey out to Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park).
Accommodation: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast $20
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