Why Stray Travel Asia
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We offer outstanding unique stops and activities:
No one goes where we go. Pioneering into the Lao landscape will be a daily occurrence! On Stray you will do more than you could have thought possible; elephant riding, silk weaving, multi-day treks to villages that are so off the beaten track they aren't even on the map!
We stay closer to the action:
Luang Prabang for the temples and to witness monks' alms giving ceremony at sunrise; Vieng Xai to hang out in a communist bomb shelter; Don Det to chill on an island in the middle of the Mekong; Luang Namtha to visit different ethnic villages; and Kong Lor, the famous 7km cave.
We become immersed in the culture:
Sampling everything from sticky rice to Beerlao; buying the freshest produce from the local markets and putting money straight back into the community. Visiting more wats (temples) than you can say "what's that?" and getting a superb insight into the Buddhist religion and monk lifestyle.
Save by getting off the beaten track:
You will save money on Stray as we can get group discounts on activities and accommodation and go out of our way to visit attractions (so you don't have to pay for side trips). We have worked out the best routes and timetables so you can save time by knowing where you are going and not waste time working out how to get there.
We stop to do things along the way:
Unlike local transport we include time for activities such as the iconic pub crawl tubing in Vang Vieng, swimming at giant waterfalls, sampling tea and coffee at the Bolaven Plateau without having to hop off the bus. Plus each day we include time for photos, wats, cows, chickens, locals, elephants, egg on a stick and more…
We use our own mini-coaches for much of the route and local transport where needed:
This means we can go where we want and ensure safety, reliability and service. Smaller groups also mean it's easier to meet other travellers and we can get further off the beaten track for activities like communist cave exploration; Mekong river fishing and remote villages. We have the flexibility to stop for photos or just to have a Beerlao with the locals.
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The best people:
We don't attract an age group – we attract an attitude, one of exploration, open-mindedness and trailblazers. This goes for our crew as well as you, our crew (both western and Lao, drivers, guides and office-based) are prepared for an awesome cultural experience. Our western staff have intimate knowledge about the Lao culture and our Lao guides know about western culture.
You were out bowling in Luang Prabang and didn't rise and shine to see the monks at sunrise, don't sweat it, you can stay and soak up Luang Prabang for a few more days. Hop-on and off the bus whenever you want - enjoy Laos at your own pace!
We travel responsibly:
We use new mini-coaches for lower emissions; we train all our guides to respect the culture and environment while taking you off the beaten track and to educate our travellers to have this same respect. We direct you to local markets and show you where to buy fair trade goods (we think the best coffee and weaving in the world) so that the local people are justly rewarded.