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Koh Tunsay, Cambodia

Koh Tunsay, Cambodia

Rachael decided to spend a leisurely couple of months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on a Stray Asia Tour. Here she’s shared some of her top experiences and stories from the road…

After living and working in New Zealand for a couple of years, Rachael Perkin was ready for a much-needed sabbatical to travel and Southeast Asia was conveniently located between New Zealand and her native UK.

What are the keywords/phrases you learnt to say in Asia and how did it help you on your travels?

On our first day we received an awesome list of Thai phrases from our Tour Leader which really helped us! I also made a list in my phone of ‘useful words’. I think my top three were:

What is the weirdest thing you ate on tour and where were you?

Definitely RAT in Cambodia (on the way to our homestay)! Sourced from a lovely lady on the side of the road…they were vegetarian field rats and they were delicious, but it’s definitely an odd experience!

We also went to this awesome restaurant in Siem Reap called the ‘Bugs Café’ and sampled some delicious, gourmet bugs. Our favourites were: Feta and Tarantula samosas and the SilkWorm curry!

What is the most interesting thing you learnt or did while on tour?

The most interesting day for me on the tour was going to the Killing Fields and the S21 Prison in Phnom Penh. It was amazing to find out what little I actually knew about the Khmer Rouge. Our Tour Leader had lots of information for us and patiently answered all of our questions.

What are the 3 things you can’t leave home without to travel in Asia?

What is a handy tip for other travellers thinking about Straying Asia?

MY TIP: Ask your Tour Leader any questions you can think of! They are there to help, and if they don’t know the answer, they’ll find out! One of the best things about travelling Asia with Stray is that you have a guide who is a fountain of knowledge, so use it!

When you look back on your trip, what is the first thing that pops up in your mind?

‘The movements of the sun’ – we had a running joke in our group that we needed to see as many sunsets and sunrises as we could. You will not be disappointed in Southeast Asia!

What are your top tips for everyone who travels for the first time?

What are your personal hotspots in Asia?

What is the most bizarre thing that happened to you while travelling through Asia?

The most bizarre thing for me was that nothing bizarre happened to me. LOTS of bizarre things happened in Asia, from eating rats and bugs in Cambodia to singing Karaoke in the most rural location of Laos – but I stayed completely the same, I just have some more incredible memories to add to the bank!

Rachael is back living the dream in New Zealand now and already planning her next big travel adventures for 2018!

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