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10 Mind Blowing Facts About Whales

10 Mind Blowing Facts About Whales

Did you know the blue whale’s heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle? The mind boggles. We asked the crew at Wings Over Whales in Kaikoura what makes these mysterious creatures of the deep so special. Having operated scenic whale watching flights for over 20 years, they know some pretty cool facts about whales…

New Zealand phone plans, data and internet: Everything you need to know!

New Zealand phone plans, data and internet: Everything you need to know!

Most backpackers coming to New Zealand won’t want to rely on finding free wifi to stay connected. While free wifi exists (see the list at the bottom of this article), if you’re heading off the beaten track it’s much harder to find, and that’s where all the Instagram worthy photos come from! Check out our […]

Lone Buffalo, Laos – A Foundation for the Future

Lone Buffalo, Laos – A Foundation for the Future

At Stray, we believe that travel is a two-way exchange between travellers and locals. It’s important for us to give back to local communities in return for the incredible things that they teach us about their cultures. Find out more about Lone Buffalo, a not-for-profit school in Laos and how Stray makes a difference with […]

3 Places in South-East Asia that Will Change How You View the World

3 Places in South-East Asia that Will Change How You View the World

South-East Asia is also steeped in a dark and violent history, things that you might not have been exposed to in Western society, but once you visit these places on your travels, and hear the stories, the lessons of this history will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The Best Places to Celebrate Songkran in South East Asia

The Best Places to Celebrate Songkran in South East Asia

In many countries, New Year is celebrated with fireworks but in Southeast Asia it’s celebrated with… water! We’re not talking about a splash here and there, but three whole days of the biggest outdoor water fights in the world! Locals and backpackers alike take to the streets armed with water pistols for Thai New Year […]

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Gemma!

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Gemma!

Gemma Daniel, originally from Wales in the UK, quit her job to travel for a year and a half. She spent 4 months travelling around Asia on the Lot Pass and even celebrated her 26th birthday on the Stray bus in Bai Xep! She’s planning to keep travelling around the world but we managed to […]

Life is slower in Laos: time to relax and to appreciate the little things in life

Life is slower in Laos: time to relax and to appreciate the little things in life SAE LAO Farm, Vieng, Laos

As you cross the border into Laos, something instantly feels different. The busy life we’re used to back home has changed to a more relaxed lifestyle where we are able to see and appreciate the little things in life. Life surely is slower in Laos.

Often overlooked yet so amazing: 6 reasons to travel to Laos as soon as it is possible

Often overlooked yet so amazing: 6 reasons to travel to Laos as soon as it is possible

With its hidden caves, lush jungles, terraced rice paddies and rural villages it has all the potential to be a contender in the running for your favourite SE Asia destination yet. Here are just 6 reasons why, if you’re planning your Southeast Asian adventure, you simply can’t skip Laos!

This is how you create an easy travel plan for an awesome week in Cambodia

This is how you create an easy travel plan for an awesome week in Cambodia Angkor Wat

We’ve put together a brief guide outlining all of Cambodia’s highlights and how to make the most of your time there if you only have a week to spare. That way you can see the popular attractions and some of the hidden gems.

How safe is travel in Myanmar and should we support it with our tourist dollars?

How safe is travel in Myanmar and should we support it with our tourist dollars?

“Should we continue to tour in Myanmar in light of the recent civil unrest?” This is the question that we at Stray have been wrestling with ever since the news broke last year of the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding against the Rohingya people along the remote western coastal border of Myanmar.

A Guide to the Best Authentic Asian Cuisine. Take your Taste Buds on a Heavenly Trip

A Guide to the Best Authentic Asian Cuisine. Take your Taste Buds on a Heavenly Trip Jasmin-Shirley-Luang-Prabang-night-market

South-East Asia is a feast for the senses, it’s the prospect of an actual culinary feast that’s at the forefront of our minds. Southeast Asia is a food lover’s dream with countless options to tempt the taste buds. This is our list of the best authentic dishes or street food in Asian cuisine.

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