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Our Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Every Stray Asia group is accompanied by an awesome, experienced English-speaking Tour Leader, who comes with expert knowledge, invaluable insight and more than a few stories!

These dudes and dudettes are consistently mentioned when passengers talk about their favourite things on Stray. They will also book accommodation and activities on your behalf, giving you one less thing to worry about, help you interpret signs, menus and communicate at the homestays and remote villages, explain the local history, and show you the best place to have a beer.

"Thank you to all of the amazing Stray guides who helped us along the way. All of the guides always ensured all the needs of the group were met, while also providing both historical and current information about the city we were in or the country as a whole. Every single guide was enthusiastic and seemed genuinely passionate about making our SE Asia adventure the best they possibly could. All guides were so happy to help us plan and book anything we wanted and I always felt safe and comfortable travelling with them. The guides made all of the difference in our trip and were an invaluable asset to our trip. I know we both will never forget them and the impact they had on not only our trip, but the life lessons we have learned while travelling."

Lucy Johnston - January 2017


Thailand & Laos

Kham Oun

Asia Guide Khamoun Lorvanin

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" experience? 

My favourite off the beaten track experience in Laos is the Mekong River cruise from Thailand to Lao and blessing Ceremony at the homestay. These Lao customs create friendships. In Vang Vieng I love going swimming at the Spring River,  the cave and kayaking on the Nam song River, that's amazing. 

In Thailand I really like Chiang Mai. There's a lot to do like the Flight of the Gibbon, Thai boxing and the Sunday market. It's a lot of fun even though it is not really off the beaten track :)  


Somboun (Sunny)

Tour Guide Boun

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? 

The Mekong River cruise from Thailand to Laos and blessing ceremony at homestay is unique and the Lao customs make friendships and deep memories between local villagers and travellers!

In Luang Prabang and Kong Lor there are also great places to go swimming in beautiful locations.  The sunset view from the top of Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang is a must-do!


Keo

Asia Guide Keo

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? The Laos homestay where we enjoy the warm welcome ceremony and learn about traditional Lao culture. 


Khamla (La)

Asia Guide Khamla

Where are you from? Vientiane, Laos

What are your favourite things? Favourite Song - Hotel California, Favourite hobby - Dancing, Favourite road snack - peanuts or cashews, Favourite festival - Full Moon Party and the Rocket Festival 

Summarise yourself in three words: Friendly, easy going and helpful! 


Phaeng (Paul)

Paul

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? There are so many places that now became my favourite places but I can say some of them are on top - like Chiang Mai - I like exploring the city. The boat trip on the Mekong river has very nice scenery along the way, Luang Prabang, of course my home city, is very charming and where we stay in Kong Lor is in a great location and lastly Don Det in 4,000 Islands, it's small but worth more than I can explain!

What do you enjoy introducing Stray passengers to? I always like to introduce to passengers to the local foods - either Thai or Lao foods and other things like outdoor activities. Beside that, I also teach them the local Languages, dances and some games. I also like to learn from them as well.


Martijn (Mai Tai) 

Asia Guide Martijn

Where are you from? Holland! I'm the only non-native guide but I know this place well and I guide with local guide too. I've guided for Stray for two years - living the dream! 

What are your favourite hot-spots along the Stray route? 

Thailand: Chiang Mai - Great for Hiking & Trekking, Good/safe elephant parks and a perfect place to hop off for your adventurous traveler/backpacker.
Laos: Luang Prabang - Beautiful Heritage city, amazing cultural and natural surroundings and beautiful/amazing waterfalls (Kuang Si & Tad Sae).
Cambodia: Sihanoukville - Finally beaches, great nightlife and great hidden spots like Otres Beach and the Kbal Chhay Waterfalls.
Vietnam: Hoi An - If I could, I would build a house here and retire. What an amazing hop off location. Stunning beaches, rich in culture and historical sights. An absolute must see!
Myanmar/Burma: ‘’To be Continued!’’

I have a lot of spots I love. I've just narrowed it down to one per country, but believe me, I could fill up this whole page! Haha!


Cambodia

Dollar Sam

Asia Guides Dollar Sam

Where are you from? Battambang Province (in the countryside), Cambodia 

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? 

The Battambang Village Stay. I like to teach the Stray passengers about the geography of the countryside and introduce them to the way we live in a traditional village. I like to teach them about culture, religion, Fine Art and the landscape, and help them to discover new places which they wouldn't find on their own. I try to be the best guide I can and make their time in Cambodia really special. 


Coco

Coco, Cambodia Local Guide

Where are you from? Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? The Battambang homestay and the bamboo train riding on the following morning because this is the last thing of our trip and passengers can get a good experience and unforgettable memories from the local villagers. 

Summarise yourself in three words: Approachable, reliable and curious-about-the-world 


Vietnam

Little Tiger

Asia Guide Little Tiger

Where are you from? Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? 

Bai Xep is my favourite "off the beaten track" destination on our trip. It's a beautiful fishing village lying quietly by the sea, away from all the noisy crowds and tourist sites.

I really love the feeling when I wake up in early in the morning and go for a walk along the beach, dipping my feet in the soft sand and cold water, waiting for the sunrise, and watching the fishermen returning from their night fishing.

In Bai Xep, you can take the local fishing boat to get an abandoned island not far from mainland to do snorkeling, seeing coral and colourful fish, drinking beer on the deck. If it's low tide, you may catch some snails and sea urchins hiding in rocks, and eat them raw, just with lemon salt. They may not taste like food you normally get at home, but I call this "do as local do" LOL.

Learning to paddle a "Thuyền Thúng Chai" - a kind of local round bamboo basket boat, is a must-do experience. Lots of fun, and the view of the beach from the boat is awesome!!!


PhiPhi 

Where are you from? I come from Gia lai in Vietnam, a central highland province which is famous for it’s mighty mountains, cool green forests, impressive waterfalls, and special produce, such as coffee, pepper, and cashew nuts.

What's your favourite destination? Vietnam has diverse scenery and a rich culture making each place unique, however I love Da Lat the most. A central highland French style city with mountains, lakes, and waterfalls, Dalat is built one thousand five hundred metres above sea level, which means the city is cool all year round. The temperature here is perfect for growing flowers, all types of vegetables, teas and arabica coffee. Apart from that, Dalat is a great place for many activities which attract tourists the first time they come. From adventurous tours to cultural tours, good healthy food, and friendly people, this “honeymoon city” will bring you a great experience during your staying.

What do you like teaching Stray passengers? As a local guide, I am more than happy to share with tourists about Vietnamese history and culture, especially how Vietnamese people lived right after the Vietnam war (which we call American war). Come and have fun with us!

 

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