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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.

Life is slower in Laos

By Emily / 13 March 2018

Everyday in our busy lives we rarely take the time to appreciate the small wonders in our world. There’s so much on our to-do list – things we need to do, things we don’t want to do, the things we treat ourselves to: a manicure at the mall, a takeaway on the way home because […]

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6 reasons why you can’t skip Laos

By Emily / 21 February 2018

Laos – the underdog of South East Asia – is often overlooked by it’s more popular neighbours: Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. However those who’ve been there will say just how great this beautiful little country is! With its hidden caves, lush jungles, terraced rice paddies and rural villages it has all the potential to be a […]

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Your plan for a week in Cambodia

By Emily / 14 February 2018

Despite it’s dark past, Cambodia is a charming and mysterious country with absolutely everything going for it! There are beautiful beaches, welcoming people, exquisite cuisine and of course – one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions – Angkor Wat. We’ve put together a brief guide outlining all of Cambodia’s highlights and how to make […]

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Vietnam must do: a motorbike tour of Hue

By Emily / 8 February 2018

Rachael Perkin previously shared just a few of her stories from the road in a Stray Days interview about her time travelling on the Lot pass. We wanted more, so this time she shared her travel diary on one of the highlights of her entire trip: a Two Wheel Experiences guided motorbike tour of Hue […]

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How safe is travel in Myanmar and should we support it with our tourist dollars?

By Emily / 25 January 2018

“Should we continue to tour in Myanmar in light of the recent civil unrest?” This is the question that we at Stray have been wrestling with ever since the news broke last year of the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding against the Rohingya people along the remote western coastal border of Myanmar. We know Myanmar as […]

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10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

By Emily / 7 November 2017

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 timers visitors to Asia seem to make… Mistake #1: Buying everything […]

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A Guide to the Best Authentic Asian Cuisine

By Emily / 14 August 2017

There are plenty of reasons to get excited about travelling to Asia – the scenery, the people, the beaches, the culture. While Southeast Asia is a feast for the senses, it’s the prospect of an actual culinary feast that’s at the forefront of our minds. Southeast Asia is a food lover’s dream with countless options […]

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Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

By Emily / 7 July 2017

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?’ To save you the trouble of asking yourself the same question, this post has been broken it down into […]

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

By Emily / 23 June 2017

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. There […]

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Making a difference at the Laos Homestay Village

By Emily / 1 June 2017

Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos sits the tiny village of Ban Pak Nguey, location of Stray’s Laos village homestay. Over the past 3 years, this rural community has hosted Stray travellers from all over the world. In 2016 alone, over 900 people strayed through the village, stopping overnight […]

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Top 5 Markets in Cambodia and Vietnam

By Emily / 24 May 2017

Visitors to Southeast Asia will be spoilt for choice on sights to see, people to meet and food to devour. However, many people also come to places like Cambodia and Vietnam in search of a great bargain, a meaningful present or a little souvenir to remind them of their time travelling. Across Cambodia and Vietnam […]

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What to do in Wet Season in Vietnam

By Emily / 18 May 2017

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! The Northern and Southern regions of Vietnam tend to have monsoon-like […]

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Off The Beaten Track In Cambodia

By Emily / 2 May 2017

Angkor Wat, Killing Fields, S21 Museum and Sihanoukville – all ticked off during your time in Cambodia? We have to say, that is a great start. These are some of Cambodia’s most popular attractions and places to visit. Cambodia is a country a little bit behind Thailand in terms of tourism and infrastructure, but with […]

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Stray Days – stories from the road. Straying with Remy!

By Emily / 19 April 2017

This month we’re Straying with Remy-Leigh McCoy Glendinning from England. Remy completed a bachelor’s degree in film production and was making a living freelancing and working in hospitality but he felt like he was living each week on repeat. The numb feeling of routine started to get to him. He felt like he was searching for something […]

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The Elephant in the Room

By Emily / 6 April 2017

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 if often quite high […]

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