Travel Mate (guest blogger)

Have you travelled on a Stray tour in New Zealand, Australia or Asia? How about creating a blog post about your experience? Or are you a frequent traveller and want to add your travel knowledge to our travel blog? Get in touch. We welcome relevant guest posts.

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

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Clarke! Punakha Dzong Monastery, one of the largest monestary in Asia, Punakha, Bhutan

Done straying in New Zealand? Where can you go next? Luckily the Stray Universe is an ever-expanding entity, so there are heaps of options. Check out this travel story from Clarke who decided to stray Asia after finishing his work & travel holiday in New Zealand.

Why ‘The Killing Fields’ & ‘S-21’ are a Must-See in Phnom Penh

Why ‘The Killing Fields’ & ‘S-21’ are a Must-See in Phnom Penh

Although not the lightest and brightest of conversation topics, the darker history of the Cambodian culture is extremely important. As a responsible traveller, it is crucial for you to understand the places and the cultures that you visit for what they were in the past and how that’s impacted what they are like today.

Shop like a local at the most colourful day and night markets in Cambodia and Vietnam

Shop like a local at the most colourful day and night markets in Cambodia and Vietnam Jasmin-Shirley-Luang-Prabang-night-market

Across Cambodia and Vietnam, there are countless markets selling everything from clothes and food to more unusual hardware items. Walking through them lane by lane, as well as practising your haggling skills, is all part of the fun!

Is there a best time to visit Vietnam? Should I visit it in the wet season?

Is there a best time to visit Vietnam? Should I visit it in the wet season? Rainy night at Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam - Jaromir Kavan (Unsplash)

Vietnam is a very long and narrow country! While this may seem a strange thing to say, it means that Vietnam has quite a complicated weather picture, which makes the question ‘when is the best time to visit Vietnam?’ a difficult one to answer!

How to Get Off The Beaten Track In Cambodia: See More Than Just Popular Tourist Attractions

How to Get Off The Beaten Track In Cambodia: See More Than Just Popular Tourist Attractions

Cambodia is a country a little bit behind Thailand in terms of tourism and infrastructure, but with each passing year things seem to be slowly on the up and up. There is more to Cambodia than Angkor Wat or any of the other attractions you’ve heard of too. It’s time to get off the beaten […]

The elephant in the room… Elephant experiences in Asia: yes or no?

The elephant in the room… Elephant experiences in Asia: yes or no? Elephant in Asia - Matt Artz (Unsplash)

Elephants have long since been my favourite animals. I am not sure what attracts me to them but I know my first teddy was an Elephant called Ellie and I still have him 23 years on. For those heading to Southeast Asia the opportunity to meet one of these majestic gentle giants is often quite […]

Expert Advice For Your First Time In Southeast Asia

Expert Advice For Your First Time In Southeast Asia

We’ve all been there. You’ve booked your trip to Asia, and then you start thinking about it as it’s fast becoming a reality. What will it be like there? Will I eat weird food? Will it be safe? Do I need to speak any of the languages? Well, fear not, we have the answers for […]

Bypass major tourist attractions and head over to Kampot: a truly unique experience in Cambodia

Bypass major tourist attractions and head over to Kampot: a truly unique experience in Cambodia Kampot Province in Cambodia - Bram Wouters (Unsplash)

Cambodia is so much more than major tourist attractions, like Angkor Wat. Bypass all that, or at least put it to the side for one day and experience Kampot, a place not to be missed. Decked out with rural terrain, lakes and nearby mountains, Kampot certainly is a place that lives within its natural surroundings.

5 Reasons To Visit Cambodia: Now’s the Time to Visit this Highly-Rated Destination

5 Reasons To Visit Cambodia: Now’s the Time to Visit this Highly-Rated Destination Angkor-Temple-View

It may be towards the end of the busiest tourist season in Cambodia, but there is never really a bad time to visit this country. With its popularity growing more and more, it’s easy to see how and why Cambodia is on many travellers’ bucket lists.

My tasty tips for Travelling Foodies: 5 Vietnamese Foods You Have to Try on your Next Trip

My tasty tips for Travelling Foodies: 5 Vietnamese Foods You Have to Try on your Next Trip Banh Mi by Amy Tran - Unsplash

Vietnamese food is becoming increasingly popular worldwide now and with good reason. As with other Asian cuisines, the focus is on yin and yang, delicately balancing sweetness with sourness, and saltiness with fresh fragrant herbs.

My visit to the hidden and outer temples of Angkor: an amazing and unique experience in Siem Reap

My visit to the hidden and outer temples of Angkor: an amazing and unique experience in Siem Reap Angkor-Temple-View

I was lucky enough to have more than one day to explore the temples around Siem Reap, something I would highly recommend if you have time. With extra time to explore to my heart’s content, I chose to book an Angkor ‘Outer Temple’ tour.

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