Heart of northern Thailand, university town, nature hub, and artistic centre, it’s difficult to argue with the claim that Chiang Mai is Thailand’s coolest city. More laid-back than Bangkok and less touristed than the islands, this gem in the northern hills is a long-time favourite with travellers – and for good reason. The combination of […]
Because of the sheer diversity, it’s difficult to pinpoint just a few reasons to visit Vietnam. We’ve managed to choose 5 country-wide reasons to visit. Any more, and we’d never finish!
We’ve got a new word in our Stray vocab: Mingalaba! Here at Stray, we’re big fans of getting off-the-beaten-track, so we’re extra excited to say ‘hello’ to Myanmar (Burma), the newest addition to our network of hop-on-hop-off trips in Southeast Asia.
Get… set… go! They issued the challenge and we accepted, even if that meant a whole lot of pain! Call us crazy, we even offered to pay them for it – but it was all to raise funds for a worthy cause…
There’s a certain something special about Hoi An. Walking through its Old Town streets, past preserved colonial buildings painted in pale hues, lanterns that glow bright at night, flowering trees adding bursts of colour, and a pale flowing river, you’ll feel a mile away from Vietnam’s more chaotic cities.
Tourism in Cambodia has found a comfortable heart in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Temples and Cambodia’s biggest tourist destination. From its archaeological ruins, colonial architecture, nearby jungles and wild nightlife, there’s no wonder this town is unavoidable on a Southeast Asia itinerary. But what’s best to see and do?
One of the many advantages of travelling with Stray Asia is private transportation. Along the Mekong River, Stray takes a 2-day slow boat trip, run by a local family. This allows us to travel at our own pace with plenty of room on the boat for both people and food, in stark contrast to the […]
Ah, Vang Vieng. Few places in Southeast Asia are so preceded by their reputation. Once known as Laos’ wildest party town, Vang Vieng was a place where you could spend long days. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Vang Vieng, whether you’re a party animal or a nature hound.
As a part of the training for my new job as Sales Manager in Australia, I was forced to go to Asia for two weeks… I know, tough right? But, someone has to do it! Here is a bit about my time there.
Bangkok, Thailand There is currently political unrest in Thailand, and the Thai Government has declared a 60-day State of Emergency in Bangkok from 22 January. This allows the government the ability to impose curfews, ban gatherings and restrict access. We strongly recommend travellers avoid demonstration areas and large gatherings. Current foreign travel advice (including the […]
What images first come to mind when you hear the name ‘Cambodia’? Whatever comes to mind, Cambodia marries a vibrant culture with a tumultuous history and makes for a fascinating part of travelling through South-East Asia.
Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… Our final day. We arrived in the capital Hanoi on a Friday afternoon at about 4pm just in time for rush hour.
Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… As we headed to Mai Chau, we were privy to a breathtaking sunset which highlighted the beauty of the surrounding valleys.
Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… We left Dong Hoi at 7am knowing that today was going to be the longest travel day of the trip.
Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… The trip from Hoi An to Hue took no time at all, with a couple of noteworthy things en route.