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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.


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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 24 May 2017

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!

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 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!

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 2 May 2017

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 […]

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 19 April 2017

This month we’re Straying with Remy-Leigh McCoy Glendinning from England. He wanted to escape the daily routine of work, so he dropped everything and travelled to Asia. Check out his story.

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 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 is often quite […]

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Expert Advice For Your First Time In Southeast Asia

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 30 March 2017

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 […]

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Stray Days – Stories from the Road – Straying with Jeremy!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 13 March 2017

This month we’re straying with Jeremy, a Canadian guy who’s always got a grin on his face! He has just finished 3 months travelling on a Stray Asia tour.

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 10 March 2017

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.

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 27 February 2017

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.

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 20 February 2017

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.

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 1 February 2017

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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Luang Prabang, Laos, Alms Ceremony

10 Things To Do in Luang Prabang to Make it the Best Experience of your Laos Trip!

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 20 December 2016

Luang Prabang surely will be one of your highlights travelling through Laos. Wondering what to do in Luang Prabang? Here is a list of my 10 favourite places and activities in Luang Prabang.

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The Most Important Info You Need to Know about Customs and Etiquette in Myanmar

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 15 December 2016

“Different countries, different customs.” Before travelling in a new country it is always good to familiarise yourself with the local customs and etiquette. What we consider normal behaviour at home isn’t always perceived in the same fashion outside our borders.

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

By Emily / 9 November 2016

This month we’re Straying with Rebecca from England. Over the course of 4 months, Rebecca Strayed with us in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and New Zealand – everywhere you can Stray, she Strayed!

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 10 October 2016

This month we’re Straying with Brett Hudson from New Zealand who recently got off the beaten track in Vietnam on a Stray bus pass.

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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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