As of 1 July we have made a few improvements to our Southeast Asia itineraries. Some of these changes are based on travellers’ feedback and others are simply because we know it will create an even more awesome experience for you!
Here’s a quick guide to the latest developments…
Thailand – Laos Border Crossing
With a 9am departure from Chiang Mai, we’re leaving a littler earlier to get across the border, and will stay that night in Houay Xai, Laos instead of Chiang Khong, Thailand. This means we can take our time when travelling to our village homestay the following day.
En route to the border we still visit the famous White Temple in Chiang Rai and you can hop off here to enjoy the mountain trekking and remote Thai ethnic villages.
New Homestay in Northern Laos
We have said goodbye to our Northern Laos homestay Ban Lad Khammoune and will now be visiting the village of Ban Pak Nguey, also situated along the Mekong River. The people of Ban Lad Khammoune have been opening their homes and hearts to Stray travellers for 12 months, and this change gives us the opportunity to contribute to another Lao community.
Our travellers will still get a fully immersive cultural experience, stay with a family in their home and participate in a “Baci” (welcoming) ceremony.
Free Day in Luang Prabang
Stray travellers told us they wanted more time in the UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang in Laos. As part of both this and the above changes, we have removed our overnight stop in Pakbeng.
Siem Reap to Kampong Thom Travel Route
Situated between Siem Reap and Kampong Thom in Cambodia, the Stray team recently discovered the natural beauty of Phnom Kulen National Park, a popular place of pilgrimage for the Khmer. With the sacred mountain, reclining buddha, magical waterfalls and riverbed rock carvings, we felt this place was too good to miss!
The Phnom Kulen National Park will replace our previous stop at the Preah Vihear temple, which has been increasingly affected by the long-running territorial dispute between Thailand and Cambodia.
Phong Nah-Ke Bang National Park, Vietnam
In true Stray style we’re getting even further off the beaten track in Vietnam and will now stay overnight in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, just 45 km North West of Dong Hoi. Our new accommodation is a lakefront guesthouse situated right in the middle of the spectacular national park, where you can swim, kayak, cycle, or simply relax and have a couple of drinks on the lake’s pontoon!
These improvements are now live on our website. Click on the Itinerary Tab of any pass page to read a day-to-day guide of what we get up to!