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Top 5 Tips for Celebrating Songkran and Pi Mai Lao

By Emily / 8 April 2016

If you’re lucky enough to be travelling through Thailand or Laos between April 13-15 this year, be prepared to experience the wet and wild one-of-a-kind water festivals known as Songkran/Thai New Year and Pi Mai Lao/Lao New Year.

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Swimming in the Mekong River in Laos: a must-do on our amazing South-East Asia trip

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 14 March 2016

Join Stray’s European Sales Rep Charles ‘Chucky’ Fryer as he prepares to swim in Southeast Asia’s mighty Mekong River at Ban Pak Nguey, Stray’s exclusive overnight homestay in northern Laos.

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What it’s like to explore the untouched and remote parts of Laos in Rick’s notes from the road!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 4 February 2015

Every now and then we ask our Stray crew and passengers for their stories from the road. One of our passengers Rick kindly agreed to provide us with his travel diary from the Southern Laos part of his recent trip on a Stray Asia Tour.

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Slow boat in Laos

Riding the Slow Boat in Laos

By Emily / 15 April 2014

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 […]

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The 7 Best Things to do in Vang Vieng, Laos

By Emily / 24 March 2014

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.

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Gareth’s Southeast Asia Induction

By Emily / 6 February 2014

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.

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Children laughing in a village in Laos

A Village Homestay: Visiting Ban Lad Khammune with Stray

By Emily / 26 November 2013

The giggles were everywhere. They started on the concrete stairway leading up from the boat jetty. We’d just arrived at a small village along the Mekong River in Northern Laos, and the children were the first to greet us.

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Why Hop-Off in Luang Prabang in Laos?

By Emily / 30 October 2013

Spiritual capital, slow boat end-point and UNESCO heritage city, Luang Prabang is a completely unique destination in Laos. It has a rare combination of French colonial history, traditional Lao village life, and a potent Buddhist influence through every street, and is a place you could easily spend two weeks or more. Even if you can’t […]

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Food in Laos

5 Reasons to visit Laos, one of the least-visited countries in Southeast Asia

By Emily / 7 August 2013

Sometimes the greatest surprises are hidden in plain sight. Laos is one of the least-visited countries in the region – but why? Here are just a few reasons why you should visit Laos now!

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Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang, Laos

Unique Experience in Laos: Ploughing at Living Land Farm in Luang Prabang

By Emily / 30 July 2013

My bare feet squelched uncomfortably in the mud beneath me, and the milky grey water rose up to lap at my knees. With one hand on the plough, and another holding the reins, I tried to convince myself that I really was in control of the beast before me.

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More reasons than ever to Stray in Laos

By Emily / 12 June 2013

  Laos has been named the World’s Best Tourism Destination 2013 by the European Council on Tourism and Trade (ECTT) for its “perfect record of promoting clean, ecological and social orientated tourism”. Laos, officially the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam […]

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The Road from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 8 October 2012

The journey from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by road is an arduous one. The broken road twists winds and climbs through the mountains, churning the stomach and rattling the bones of even the hardiest of backpackers.

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Homestays: Experiencing The Real Laos

By Emily / 28 September 2012

The children huddle together in awe of the giant 6’3” figure looming over them. The giant spreads his arms, threatening to devour them in one swoop. The kids are giddy, their excitement palpable; they know what’s coming next. “My…name…IS….BAZZA!” the giant roars. The kids squeal with glee and eagerly wait for the giant to do […]

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