Stray Asia started operating in 2010, with an initial focus on Laos. It was the brain child of Graham Freeman, a long time mate of Neil Geddes (founder of Stray NZ). He believed that Laos was the perfect place for the Stray concept as there were so many amazing things to do that were well “off the beaten track” – and the flexibility would allow customers to break their journeys for the activities of their choice, ranging from multi-day treks to swimming with elephants.
The reality is that it is very difficult to access much of what Stray offers by any other means in Southeast Asia as the public transport is just so unreliable. Stray also has both local and western guides to give travellers the best insight and immersion into the culture.
Stray soon expanded their travel network to include Thailand, Cambodia and, most recently, Vietnam.