Asia

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.

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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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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