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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
In many countries, New Year is celebrated with fireworks but in Southeast Asia it’s celebrated with… water! We’re not talking about a splash here and there, but three whole days of the biggest outdoor water fights in the world! Locals and backpackers alike take to the streets armed with water pistols for Thai New Year […]
Gemma Daniel, originally from Wales in the UK, quit her job to travel for a year and a half. She spent 4 months travelling around Asia on the Lot Pass and even celebrated her 26th birthday on the Stray bus in Bai Xep! She’s planning to keep travelling around the world but we managed to […]
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 […]
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 […]
There are plenty of reasons to get excited about travelling to Asia – the scenery, the people, the beaches, the culture. While Southeast Asia is a feast for the senses, it’s the prospect of an actual culinary feast that’s at the forefront of our minds. Southeast Asia is a food lover’s dream with countless options […]
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 […]
“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 […]
So you’re off to the Full Moon Party for the first time. You’re going to see what all the fuss is about but you’re a bit unsure as to what to expect and you’ve heard a couple of horror stories too. Some people say it’s not worth the money and others rave about it, so […]
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 […]
After a successful period of leadership, Stray Asia’s General Manager, Melissa Hutcheson, has handed over the leadership reins to Brett Hudson, the current General Manager of Stray New Zealand. From 1 April 2016, Hudson, better known in the tourism industry as ‘Taxi’, has stepped into the role as CEO of Stray, overseeing both the New […]
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.