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The best place to start planning your tour of South East Asia is the Stray Travel blog. Our team of passionate travellers has created heaps of blog posts to tell you what to do and see in Asia. Start reading and start planning. As always, we're looking forward to welcoming you on board one of the Stray Asia tours.
Fish Amok, Cambodia

5 Foods You Have to Eat in Cambodia to Take Your Taste Buds on a Delicious Adventure

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 5 January 2021

Cambodian cuisine has many similarities to that of its close neighbours Thailand and especially Vietnam. However, unlike the Thai cuisine, Cambodian dishes usually contain less sugar and chilli – which makes it far fresher in my opinion!

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Flight of the Gibbon in Chiang Mai - photo by: AnnP (CC BY 2.0)

How to Fly Like an Eagle: These are the Best Places for Ziplining in Southeast Asia!

By Emily / 25 December 2020

Want the rush of the wind in your hair, the exhilaration of flying and a big adrenaline hit? Go zip-lining! It’s a fun, safe activity where you get to see the scenery from a different viewpoint and race through the air at up to 100kms per hour!

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Ultimate guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia to help you find the best parties

By Emily / 16 November 2020

Although New Year’s Eve in Asia is actually in April, the locals still think that the Western New Year is a great excuse for a party and you’ll find plenty to do in each of the major cities on the Stray route. Plan your trip so that you end up in one of these party-places on […]

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Exploring the Kinabatangan River in Borneo

By Emily / 19 August 2019

After a few days roaming around Borneo’s cities, beaches and parks with Stray, it was time to go even further off the beaten track and explore the Borneo jungle. Our destination was the Kinabatangan River, the second largest river in Malaysia. With dense jungle either side, the Bornean wildlife thrives here, and that is just […]

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Punakha Dzong Monastery, one of the largest monestary in Asia, Punakha, Bhutan

5 Places You Should Have on Your Bhutan Tour Itinerary

By Emily / 17 July 2019

Bhutan is a mysterious travel destination where clued up travellers go to uncover the secret to happiness and lose themselves in the magic of the mountains. This tiny country has set regulations for tourism to prevent it from negatively impacting their strong culture and pristine natural environment. Tourists may only visit as part of an […]

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Why I Chose Hop-On Hop-Off Travel

By Emily / 5 May 2019

One travel blogger’s confessions about why a hop-on hop-off tour makes for the most valuable travel experience. Tasha of Backpackers Wanderlust Stray’d with us on the Mekong Pass and told us what she really thinks…   Exploring a new country can be a fascinating journey. Immersing yourself in a new culture, way of life, exploring […]

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Guide to Laos: Getting Off The Beaten Track

By Emily / 30 April 2019

Laos was once a hidden gem of Southeast Asia, but is getting more crowded by the day. Globetrotting backpacker and blogger Tasha Amy (of Backpackers Wanderlust), shares her guide to Laos and advice for getting away from the crowds.

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The best way to get from Thailand to Laos

By Emily / 4 February 2019

If you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia, naturally the next country to visit after Thailand is Laos. You might be wondering how to get from Thailand to Laos and be considering your options. There are bus options and train options. And sure, you can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang… but life is all about the […]

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The Best of the Tom Yum Pass: A Love Letter

By Emily / 16 January 2019

Welsh couple Bethyn and Gerwyn recently Strayed Asia on the Tom Yum Pass, where they experienced the best of Thailand and Laos. Luckily for us, they got in touch afterward, and let us know just what is so special about travelling in these countries with Stray.

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5 Reasons Why Visiting Bhutan is a Life Changing Experience

By Emily / 7 January 2019

Do you ever find yourself in a place, whether it is somewhere in nature or a spiritual space, and you just take a deep breath, feel your heart fill with gratitude and smile at the wonder that is the earth we live on? Bhutan will give you that feeling. Every. Single. Day. Probably even several […]

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Vang Vieng

By Emily / 29 November 2018

Ah, Vang Vieng. Considered by many to be the highlight destination in Laos on the famous “Banana Pancake Trail” through Southeast Asia. Vang Vieng is home to adventurous outdoor activities set amongst gorgeous natural scenery.

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Proboscis monkeys on a tree, Borneo, Malaysia

6 Reasons to put Borneo on your Bucket List

By Emily / 15 October 2018

If you’ve never heard of Borneo before, after learning a little about it you’ll be itching to roam this beautiful, rugged island in Southeast Asia. Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and home to some of the most diverse wildlife, both on land and in the sea. The island is split into […]

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Lone Buffalo, Laos – A Foundation for the Future

By Emily / 20 July 2018

At Stray, we believe that travel is a two-way exchange between travelers 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 make a difference with […]

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These 3 Places Will Change How You View the World

By Emily / 18 May 2018

The history of Southeast Asia is filled with crucial events and cultural advances. Wars decided the fate of nations and rewrote the continent’s maps, protests rocked governments, and atrocities were committed both by and against the region. Southeast Asia is known for its beauty, cultural diversity and friendly locals. But it is also steeped in […]

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Why you should travel South-East Asia in low-season

By Emily / 24 April 2018

Southeast Asia is an incredibly beautiful, geographically varied and culturally diverse place to travel. So many backpackers choose to travel in the Summer months (October to February) in order to take full advantage of the cooler climate and to experience this region in all its lively and bustling glory. However, travelling in monsoon season (or […]

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