Backpacking in Laos

Laos is popular with fun-loving backpackers for the famous ‘tubing’ in Vang Vieng, but it has so much more to offer! Home to dense jungles, vast rice fields and mountainous slopes thick with tea leaves, Laos could be one of the biggest surprises on your travels.

There’s something for everyone here, from the raving nightlife of Vang Vieng to the bustling city of Luang Prabang; home to temples and night markets. Witness the sacred tradition of alms-giving, where the local monks leave the temple in order to collect their daily meal from the community or head off into the wilderness to explore.

Group tours

Travelling on a tour is an easy way to meet like-minded friends whilst travelling in the safety of a group. With experienced local guides to lead the way you are guaranteed to learn as you go and spend time off the tourist trail! You can relax in the knowledge that everything is paid up front meaning all you have to budget for are your souvenirs and drinks. We have a selection of YOLO tours designed for young travellers (18-35 year olds) plus a range of other great value group tours that suit the young at heart and those travelling on a budget.

For more advice, see our blog post 10 reasons to try a group tour.

Remember, tours are great value because they include:

  • All accommodation
  • All local transports
  • Some meals
  • Some extras like national park entrance fees or local activities

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Stray bus passes

‘Stray’ hop-on/hop-off bus passes are a cheap, flexible and sociable option for backpackers and those on a budget in Laos. You’ll be travelling on a Stray-owned vehicle, with other like-minded travellers. You can stay with the same bus and group of friends along the route, of if you like the look of place, just hop off and spend some extra time there. When you want to leave, you can simply get on the next bus passing through.

Stray bus passes in Laos include all your local transport, local guides and some specified activities or entrance fees along the way. Accommodation is reserved for Stray passengers along the way if you want it, but you pay for accommodation locally, along with any additional day trips.





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