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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.

Gareth’s Southeast Asia Induction

By Emily / 6 February 2014

As a part of the training for my new job as Sales Manager in Australia, I was forced to go to Asia for two weeks… I know, tough right? But, someone has to do it! Here is a bit about my time there.

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Latest Travel Advice for Thailand and Cambodia – 22 January 2014

By Emily / 21 January 2014

Bangkok, Thailand There is currently political unrest in Thailand, and the Thai Government has declared a 60-day State of Emergency in Bangkok from 22 January. This allows the government the ability to impose curfews, ban gatherings and restrict access. We strongly recommend travellers avoid demonstration areas and large gatherings. Current foreign travel advice (including the […]

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Cambodia: from the Dark Past to the Light of Today

By Emily / 19 January 2014

What images first come to mind when you hear the name ‘Cambodia’? Whatever comes to mind, Cambodia marries a vibrant culture with a tumultuous history and makes for a fascinating part of travelling through South-East Asia.

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My Vietnam Experience: Hanoi

By Emily / 23 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… Our final day. We arrived in the capital Hanoi on a Friday afternoon at about 4pm just in time for rush hour.

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My Vietnam Experience: Mai Chau

By Emily / 19 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… As we headed to Mai Chau, we were privy to a breathtaking sunset which highlighted the beauty of the surrounding valleys.

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My Vietnam Experience: Ninh Binh

By Emily / 17 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… We left Dong Hoi at 7am knowing that today was going to be the longest travel day of the trip.

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My Vietnam Experience: Hue

By Emily / 15 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… The trip from Hoi An to Hue took no time at all, with a couple of noteworthy things en route.

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My Vietnam Experience: Hoi An

By Emily / 14 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… The first thing to grab my attention as we drove into Hoi An at dusk where the beautiful (Chinese) lanterns dotted along the streets.

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My Vietnam Experience: Introducing the Crew

By Emily / 13 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… The next day we had Naomi join us. She had been unable to start the tour with us in Ho Chi Minh because of a delay getting her visa but was now happily united with the […]

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My Vietnam Experience: Qui Nhon

By Emily / 12 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip…

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My Vietnam Experience: Stray’s Buon Ma Thuot Homestay

By Emily / 11 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys continues to make us all jealous as she travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip… We got into Buon Ma Thuot by early afternoon, where the whole group would stay in a traditional house – an experience exclusive to Stray.

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My Vietnam Experience: Vietnamese Roads and Language on the way to Buon Ma Thuot

By Emily / 10 December 2013

Stray New Zealander Keys (aka Eileen) continues her travels on Stray’s very first Vietnam trip….. We headed out of Dalat and eventually made our way back down to sea level. The trip took us over another mountain range with stunning views of coffee plantations as far as the eye could see.

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My Vietnam Experience: Dalat

By Emily / 9 December 2013

Keys (aka Eileen) is a Tour Leader with Stray New Zealand, and also our Environmental Officer, based in our head office in Auckland. A keen and experienced traveller, we sent her off to Vietnam for the very first Stray trip, to explore and report back on her experience…

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My Vietnam Experience: Pre-Stray, Ho Chi Minh City

By Travel Mate (guest blogger) / 7 December 2013

Keys (aka Eileen) is a Tour Leader with Stray New Zealand, and also our Environmental Officer, based in our head office in Auckland. A keen and experienced traveller, we sent her off to Vietnam for the very first Stray trip, to explore and report back on her experience…

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Children laughing in a village in Laos

A Village Homestay: Visiting Ban Lad Khammune with Stray

By Emily / 26 November 2013

The giggles were everywhere. They started on the concrete stairway leading up from the boat jetty. We’d just arrived at a small village along the Mekong River in Northern Laos, and the children were the first to greet us.

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