If you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia, naturally the next country to visit after Thailand is Laos. You might be wondering how to get from Thailand to Laos and be considering your options. There are bus options and train options. And sure, you can fly from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang… but life is all about the […]
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Welsh couple Bethyn and Gerwyn recently Strayed Asia on the Tom Yum Pass, where they experienced the best of Thailand and Laos. Luckily for us, they got in touch afterward, and let us know just what is so special about travelling in these countries with Stray.
Ah, Vang Vieng. Considered by many to be the highlight destination in Laos on the famous “Banana Pancake Trail” through Southeast Asia. Vang Vieng is home to adventurous outdoor activities set amongst gorgeous natural scenery.
Everyday in our busy lives we rarely take the time to appreciate the small wonders in our world. There’s so much on our to-do list – things we need to do, things we don’t want to do, the things we treat ourselves to: a manicure at the mall, a takeaway on the way home because […]
Nestled on the banks of the mighty Mekong River in northern Laos sits the tiny village of Ban Pak Nguey, location of Stray’s Laos village homestay. Over the past 3 years, this rural community has hosted Stray travellers from all over the world. In 2016 alone, over 900 people strayed through the village, stopping overnight […]
We’ve all been there. You’ve booked your trip to Asia, and then you start thinking about it as it’s fast becoming a reality. What will it be like there? Will I eat weird food? Will it be safe? Do I need to speak any of the language? Well, fear not, we have the answers for […]
Luang Prabang surely will be one of your highlights traveling through Laos. Luang Prabang is a city in the north of Laos and famous for its cultural and religious sights, as well as its French Colonial influenced architecture. If you are planning to tick another great UNESCO World Heritage site off your bucket list, you […]
It can be daunting travelling alone. (It can be daunting travelling at all!) Going at it as part of a group does make it easier. However, there is still ice to break and barriers to bulldoze. I have come up with 10 tips that I feel will come in handy to help you make the […]
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. The festivals may go by different names in the different countries, but the basic idea is the […]
Begleite Charles ‘Chucky’ Fryer, Stray’s Teammitglied aus Europa, auf seiner Südostasienreise entlang des Mekong Flusses, inklusive einer Übernachtung bei einer Gastfamilie in Nord- Laos. Auf der Bootsfahrt zu unserem „Homestay“ habe ich mich mit meiner Gruppe unterhalten, ob jemand im Mekong schwimmen würde. Einige freuten sich über diese Möglichkeit, andere hingegen waren etwas zögerlich. Als […]
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. (Read in German >>) On the boat ride to the Laos homestay our group of 16 chatted about the chance to finally swim in the […]
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 the Lot pass. When most people think of Laos, they think of Luang Prabang, […]
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 out our own pace with plenty of room on the boat for both people and food, in stark contrast to the […]
The following is a review of Stray Asia by Helen Wooldridge from Covent Garden branch of STA Travel. Describe your trip in one sentence My trip to Laos was beer-filled and beautiful, crazy but chilled! How easy is it to get there and how long does it take? We flew to Bangkok with Jet Airways […]