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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.


10 Things you didn’t know about Myanmar

By Emily / 3 October 2016

You probably know that watching the sunrise over the temples is Bagan is a ‘must-do’ and that you can’t miss visiting Inle Lake. You may even know that a lot of the architecture is British Colonial style, but did you know these things?

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Luang Prabang RIce Experience

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

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 5 September 2016

This month we’re Straying with Kelly Moodie from Canada who recently got off the beaten track in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia on a Stray Asia Tour.

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Cooking class

Here’s why you should stay in Nha Trang for a few days, especially if you are craving home comforts!

By Emily / 16 August 2016

If you’ve been on the road for a while and are craving a few home comforts, some ‘vacation’ type activities and a few easy days, here are five reasons you should hop off in Nha Trang.

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Battambang Village Kids

Getting on and off the track in Battambang

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 3 August 2016

I was really excited to visit the first Stray overnight stop at a village homestay, in Battambang. We were going to be accommodated in a small village, just outside of the main city, where we would share the home of a local family and live a day of local village life.

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Beautiful turquoise beach on Koh Rong Samloem in Cambodia.

These are the best beaches of Sihanoukville: each one has its own charm and offerings

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 26 July 2016

Life’s a beach in Sihanoukville, and there are plenty of them to choose from. Known specifically for its tropical islands, palm-fringed sands and late-night atmosphere, each one of Sihanoukville’s beaches has its own charm and offerings.

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What it’s really like to see a Ladyboy show in Thailand

By Emily / 13 July 2016

“The Bangkok night heaved with the pumping noise of 90’s dance music, the oppressive heat caused my cheap cotton shirt to stick to my un-climatised body. My eyes danced back and forth from the overstimulation of crowds, bright neon lights, banging trance, young English men chanting and swilling cheap beer. Here I was on Soi […]

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Celebrating New Year’s Eve in South East Asia

By Emily / 11 July 2016

Although New Year’s Eve is not an official holiday in Asia, the locals still think it’s 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 31 December!

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Top Tips for Having an Epic Time at the Full Moon Party

By Emily / 23 June 2016

So you’re off to the Full Moon Party for the first time. You’re going to see what all the fuss is about but you’re a bit unsure as to what to expect and you’ve heard a couple of horror stories too. Some people say it’s not worth the money and others rave about it, so […]

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Stray tour group in Vietnam

My Top 10 Tips for Travelling Solo in a Group

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 27 May 2016

Travelling as part of a group does make it easier. However, there is still ice to break. Here are my 10 tips that will make it easier for you.

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A Quick Guide to Lao Food

By Emily / 29 April 2016

When planning an eating tour across Southeast Asia, every foodie dreams of fresh Pad Thai piled high in Thailand and hot photo slurp in Vietnam. With the popular Thai and Vietnamese cuisines stealing the limelight, Laos could easily be an afterthought when planning your foodie dream tour in the region. But don’t make that mistake […]

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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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Bai Xep Boating in Vietnam

Overwhelmed by all the to-do in Vietnam lists? We only focus on some of the most unique experiences.

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 25 January 2016

Travel Expert and our personal pal Emma Manning recently returned from an incredible, eye-opening adventure through Vietnam. After covering the country from bottom to top, here are Emma’s top 5 ‘must do’ experiences that you simply cannot miss.

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Top 5 things to see and do in Da Lat, Vietnam

By Emily / 22 July 2015

Da Lat is so very much off the radar, in terms of Vietnam. Located in the south between Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang, it is a very quiet, quaint town. Rich in French architecture and oddities, you’ll feel miles away from Vietnam here. It shares none of the characteristics of other Vietnamese towns, […]

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Travellers exploring South-East Asia on a Stray Tour

5 Reasons to travel Southeast Asia in Low Season

By Emily / 1 July 2015

The phrase ‘Southeast Asia wet season’ might cause less seasoned travellers to run in the opposite direction with images of monsoons and cyclones in their heads. However, savvy travellers will realise that ‘wet season’ also translates to low season, which means reaping some major benefits not found during peak travel times. In the case of […]

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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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