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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.

Fun Card Game To Play While Travelling

4 Simple yet Fun Card Games to Play to Kill Time when Travelling

By Emily / 7 September 2021

A simple 52-card deck absolutely belongs in every backpack. Apart from being a fun solution to kill time, it is easy to carry and space-saving. Here are the best yet easy card games to play while travelling.

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10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

By Emily / 7 August 2021

You’ve booked flights to Southeast Asia? Awesome! This is quite possibly the best idea of your life. You’re going to have an amazing time, but in order to be a savvy traveller, you need to avoid the most common mistakes that so many first-time visitors to Asia seem to make…

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Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 August 2021

Luckily because Southeast Asia is usually hot, it’s possible, and advisable, to pack lightly. I didn’t. I found myself looking through the contents of my backpack after a week in Southeast Asia and asking myself ‘why?’

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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.

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Why I Chose Hop-On Hop-Off Travel to Explore South-East Asia

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 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…

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My Travel Guide to Laos: How to See and Do More in This Amazing Country

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 30 April 2019

Laos was once a hidden gem of Southeast Asia but is getting more crowded by the day. After a bit of research, I knew that travelling on a group tour with Stray Asia would be perfect and really take me off the beaten track in Laos. Check out my guide to Laos.

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The slow boat in Laos

Best way to get from Thailand to Laos? Skip the soulless flights or crowded busses. Choose adventure instead!

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. You could take a soulless flight or a crowded bus. Or you can choose adventure and travel by slow boat along the Mekong River.

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A Love Letter From The Road: Welsh travellers exploring South-East Asia [review]

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 16 January 2019

Welsh couple Bethyn and Gerwyn recently travelled Asia on a Stray Asia Tour, where they experienced the best of Thailand and Laos. Luckily for us, they got in touch afterwards, 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 spiritual space, where 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 times […]

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How to have 48 amazing hours in Vang Vieng as an adventure-loving traveller

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

With Stray, we visit the Malaysian state of Sabah. Sabah is home to ancient rainforests, awe-inspiring hikes, and arguably the best scuba diving spots on the planet. Whatever inspires you to travel, you’ll find it off the beaten track in Borneo.

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Get ready for your trip to Southeast Asia with our travel blog

There are so many blog posts in our Asia blog that we’re confident that you’ll find answers to all the questions you have. Whether that’s planning and preparing for your trip before you go or getting some inspiration for the next stop on the road while you’re there – our Asia travel blog has got you covered.

All our posts are written by members of the Stray team or by guest bloggers who have travelled throughout south-east Asia. Wherever you want to go and whatever you want to do, you’ll find a blog post by a fellow traveller who has been there, done it and got the sarong!
Before you even leave home, you can use the blog to find out what to pack (or more importantly what not to pack) and how to avoid the common mistakes that other travellers have made.

They know that the $1 tuk-tuk ride sounds like a bargain – but they also know why it isn’t!

Tons of travel tips in the Asia blog

There is so much information in the southeast Asia travel blog, partly because the area is made up of several countries, but also because it’s a backpacker’s paradise. The blog posts will help you know what to expect on your trip. For example, you can learn the best way to use a “Bum Gun” and how to avoid the unwanted (and painful) “Thai Tattoo.”
Find out what it’s like to visit in the low season or monsoon season and when and how you celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year.

There’s even the inside track on what it’s really like at a Ladyboy show, just in case you’ve never been to one before!

Use the blog to find the best activities

As well as exploring this beautiful part of the world, our Asia blog highlights all the different activities on offer. You might want to take the Flight of the Gibbon, but only if you want to go zip lining. You’ll learn where is the best river for river tubing and where to find the best night market in Vietnam.

Discover the places you must not miss

In our travel blog, you’ll also discover where you can take a moonlit, midnight swim surrounded by luminescent plankton. And why you should take a slow Mekong River cruise to travel between bustling Thailand and tranquil Laos.

There are tips on why you should explore the Kinabatangan river in the Borneo jungle and why a motorbike tour is a must in Hue in Vietnam.
Use the blog as a foodie guide to south-east Asia

Unsurprisingly, our travellers like to eat, and they share the best places to enjoy super tasty south-east Asian food in the blog- as well as a cold Beer Loa at the end of the day.

Find out where to eat the best Bahn Mi in Vietnam or buy the tastiest Pad Thai in Bangkok. If you don’t know your Vietnamese Pho from your Cambodian Lok Lak, you can learn the difference from our blog posts.

Tell us what you think of our travel blog

Please share your comments at the bottom of the blog posts too. You might have a question one of our readers or team could answer, or you might know about the beautiful temple high in the mountains or the spiciest Fish Amok other travellers must try. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear from you and share your experiences with our Stray community.

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