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Ultimate guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia to help you find the best parties

Ultimate guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia to help you find the best parties

Although New Year’s Eve in Asia is actually in April, the locals still think that the Western New Year is a great excuse for a party and you’ll find plenty to do in each of the major cities on the Stray route. Plan your trip so that you end up in one of these party-places on […]

Why I Chose Hop-On Hop-Off Travel

Why I Chose Hop-On Hop-Off Travel

One travel blogger’s confessions about why a hop-on hop-off tour makes for the most valuable travel experience. Tasha of Backpackers Wanderlust Stray’d with us on the Mekong Pass and told us what she really thinks…   Exploring a new country can be a fascinating journey. Immersing yourself in a new culture, way of life, exploring […]

The best way to get from Thailand to Laos

The best way to get from Thailand to Laos

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 […]

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 […]

Why you should travel South-East Asia in low-season

Why you should travel South-East Asia in low-season

Southeast Asia is an incredibly beautiful, geographically varied and culturally diverse place to travel. So many backpackers choose to travel in the Summer months (October to February) in order to take full advantage of the cooler climate and to experience this region in all its lively and bustling glory. However, travelling in monsoon season (or […]

Your plan for a week in Cambodia

Your plan for a week in Cambodia

Despite it’s dark past, Cambodia is a charming and mysterious country with absolutely everything going for it! There are beautiful beaches, welcoming people, exquisite cuisine and of course – one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions – Angkor Wat. We’ve put together a brief guide outlining all of Cambodia’s highlights and how to make […]

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 […]

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Rachael!

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Rachael! Lake Matheson - Stray Days - Stray NZ

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. She decided to spend a leisurely couple months travelling through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam on Stray Asia’s Lot […]

10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

10 Mistakes First Timers Make in Southeast Asia

You’ve booked flights to Southeast Asia? Awesome! This is quite possibly the best idea of your life. You’re going to have an amazing time, but in order to be a savvy traveller you need to avoid the most common mistakes that so many first timers visitors to Asia seem to make… Mistake #1: Buying everything […]

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Clarke!

Stray Days – Stories from the road. Straying with Clarke!

Clarke Cooper had spent a year working and travelling in New Zealand having the time of his life when abruptly his visa was up! Shock and realisation set in. What would he do now? Going straight back to Scotland simply did not seem like a good enough option. Where could he escape to before he reluctantly […]

Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

Essential Packing List for Travelling Southeast Asia

Luckily because Southeast Asia is usually hot, it’s possible, and advisable, to pack lightly. I didn’t. I found myself looking through the contents of my backpack after a week in Southeast Asia and asking myself ‘why?’ To save you the trouble of asking yourself the same question, this post has been broken it down into […]

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