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5 Reasons Why Visiting Bhutan is a Life Changing Experience

5 Reasons Why Visiting Bhutan is a Life Changing Experience

Do you ever find yourself in a place, whether it is somewhere in nature or a spiritual space, and you just take a deep breath, feel your heart fill with gratitude and smile at the wonder that is the earth we live on? Bhutan will give you that feeling. Every. Single. Day. Probably even several […]

6 Reasons to put Borneo on your Bucket List

6 Reasons to put Borneo on your Bucket List Proboscis monkeys on a tree, Borneo, Malaysia

If you’ve never heard of Borneo before, after learning a little about it you’ll be itching to roam this beautiful, rugged island in Southeast Asia. Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and home to some of the most diverse wildlife, both on land and in the sea. The island is split into […]

How safe is travel in Myanmar and should we support it with our tourist dollars?

How safe is travel in Myanmar and should we support it with our tourist dollars?

“Should we continue to tour in Myanmar in light of the recent civil unrest?” This is the question that we at Stray have been wrestling with ever since the news broke last year of the escalating humanitarian crisis unfolding against the Rohingya people along the remote western coastal border of Myanmar. We know Myanmar as […]

Planting a seed of positivity with Kohutapu Lodge

Planting a seed of positivity with Kohutapu Lodge Kohutapu Lodge & Stray New Zealand group - planting the seeds of positivity

The friendly whanau (family) of Kohutapu Lodge at Stray’s Lake Aniwhenua overnight stop recently launched a new ‘Plant a Seed’ initiative as a way to say ‘thank you’ to their international visitors and encourage them to carry a positive message further on their travels.

Why ‘The Killing Fields’ & ‘S-21’ are a Must Do in Phnom Penh

Why ‘The Killing Fields’ & ‘S-21’ are a Must Do in Phnom Penh

Although not the lightest and brightest of conversation topics, the darker history of the Cambodian culture is extremely important. As a responsible traveller, it is crucial for you to understand the places and the cultures that you visit for what they were in the past and how that’s impacted what they are like today. There […]

Making a difference at the Laos Homestay Village

Making a difference at the Laos Homestay Village

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 […]

Need to Know Customs and Etiquette in Myanmar

Need to Know Customs and Etiquette in Myanmar

“Different countries, different customs.” Before travelling in a new country it is always good to familiarise yourself with the local customs and etiquette. What we consider normal behaviour at home isn’t always perceived in the same fashion outside our borders. Myanmar is a country rich in culture, traditions and beliefs, and there are a few […]

A flying leap forward for conservation!

A flying leap forward for conservation! Ziplining with Rotorua Canopy Tours - Stray New Zealand

Hanging upside down with my legs split flying backwards through the sunlight canopy of the ancient New Zealand forest is not usually how I would spend a Sunday. After just a few small hours with Rotorua Canopy Tours I went from being apprehensive about stepping off a perfectly good platform to being brave enough to […]

What it’s really like to see a Ladyboy show in Thailand

What it’s really like to see a Ladyboy show in Thailand

“The Bangkok night heaved with the pumping noise of 90’s dance music, the oppressive heat caused my cheap cotton shirt to stick to my un-climatised body. My eyes danced back and forth from the overstimulation of crowds, bright neon lights, banging trance, young English men chanting and swilling cheap beer. Here I was on Soi […]

Stray cleans up with Sustainable Coastlines

Stray cleans up with Sustainable Coastlines

Stray focuses on showing travellers the best parts of New Zealand, and part of that mission is encouraging all travellers to keep NZ clean and green while they visit. Don’t think for a second we don’t practice what we preach – here’s how we made a difference with Sustainable Coastlines:

Schwimmen im Mekong

Schwimmen im Mekong

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 […]

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