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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.

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Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City

By Emily / 20 May 2015

One of my favourite things to do in Ho Chi Minh is eat! You can’t get much better than the variety and flavours you’ll find in HCM. In fact, it’s so good I recommend devoting an entire day to eating… try this little food tour around District 1, I guarantee you’ll love it. 12pm – […]

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Key places to See on Foot in Ho Chi Minh City. Take Yourself on a Sightseeing Walking Tour

By Emily / 20 May 2015

Ho Chi Minh City is a busy, bustling city with so many motorbikes you would swear every man, woman and child are driving one at all times. However this city is easy to explore on foot and in my opinion, this is the best way to do it.

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The Best Places in Thailand to Celebrate Songkran

By Emily / 1 April 2015

In many countries, New Year is celebrated with fireworks but in Southeast Asia, it’s celebrated with water…and not just a splash here and there, but three days of the biggest street water fight in the world!

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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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Why Hop-Off in Hanoi, Vietnam?

By Emily / 29 December 2014

Buzzing scooters, vibrant temples, winding alleyways and a veritable army of food hawkers crisscrossing the streets make Hanoi one of Vietnam’s most energetic cities. Hanoi’s energy and complexity make it one of our favourite places to hop-off, and here are just a few reasons why!

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Myanmar Now, Before the Crowds Arrive

By Emily / 12 December 2014

Places like Myanmar (Burma) are hard to find: long cut off from tourism, with English signs a rarity and traditional dress still the norm, even an average day here can feel like off-the-beaten-track travel.

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Stray video competition – be in to win a GoPro!

By Emily / 27 November 2014

Watch this video and get inspired by Stray’s epic adventures across New Zealand and Southeast Asia. We’re so stoked that we’re giving away a GoPro HERO to one of our lucky loyal Stray followers! Want to win? Here’s what you need to do: Simply share this video with your mates (Facebook or Twitter) and answering […]

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The 7 Best Things to do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Emily / 21 November 2014

Heart of northern Thailand, university town, nature hub, and artistic centre, it’s difficult to argue with the claim that Chiang Mai is Thailand’s coolest city. More laid-back than Bangkok and less touristed than the islands, this gem in the northern hills is a long-time favourite with travellers – and for good reason. The combination of […]

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Our 5 Reasons to Visit Vietnam Now! Plus the Best Tips to Make it a Trip of a Lifetime

By Emily / 30 October 2014

Because of the sheer diversity, it’s difficult to pinpoint just a few reasons to visit Vietnam. We’ve managed to choose 5 country-wide reasons to visit. Any more, and we’d never finish!

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Newsflash! Stray Asia prepares to stray into Myanmar

By Emily / 14 October 2014

We’ve got a new word in our Stray vocab: Mingalaba! Here at Stray, we’re big fans of getting off-the-beaten-track, so we’re extra excited to say ‘hello’ to Myanmar (Burma), the newest addition to our network of hop-on-hop-off trips in Southeast Asia.

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48 Hours in Bangkok

By Tara / 4 October 2014

Have just 48 hours in Thailand’s City of Angels? Our Stray team superstar Chris Deane weighs in with his tips for a great two days!   Having been living out in Asia for a few months, a common misconception I hear when speaking to travellers who have just arrived in Bangkok is they must leave […]

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Living the dream in Southeast Asia

By Tara / 14 September 2014

About 4 months ago I was offered a chance to live a long-standing dream and come to live and work in Asia. Ever since I first stepped foot on Asian soil 6 years ago I have been captivated by the hustle and bustle of the big cities, enchanted by the local people and their culture, and amazed […]

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No Pain, No Gain! Stray does the Ultimate Challenge for a Worthy Cause

By Emily / 24 August 2014

Get… set… go! They issued the challenge and we accepted, even if that meant a whole lot of pain! Call us crazy, we even offered to pay them for it – but it was all to raise funds for a worthy cause…

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Lanterns in Hoi An

The 7 Best Things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam

By Emily / 11 August 2014

There’s a certain something special about Hoi An. Walking through its Old Town streets, past preserved colonial buildings painted in pale hues, lanterns that glow bright at night, flowering trees adding bursts of colour, and a pale flowing river, you’ll feel a mile away from Vietnam’s more chaotic cities.

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The 7 Best Things to do in Siem Reap in Cambodia

By Emily / 23 June 2014

Tourism in Cambodia has found a comfortable heart in Siem Reap, the gateway to the Angkor Temples and Cambodia’s biggest tourist destination. From its archaeological ruins, colonial architecture, nearby jungles and wild nightlife, there’s no wonder this town is unavoidable on a Southeast Asia itinerary. But what’s best to see and do?

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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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