Strademark places are special destinations (or experiences) that embody Stray’s values and ethos as an adventurous, off the beaten track, travel operator. They are the places that you are less likely to find in guide book but the ones you’ll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.
Put simply, if they carry the ‘Strademark’ stamp they are what makes Stray stand out from the crowd and are ‘not to be missed’!
To earn this badge, each destination must meet some or all of the following criteria:
- An iconic Stray stop with X-factor, simply not to be missed.
- Unique local, cultural experience.
- Has an environmental or conservation focus.
- Cannot be accessed by public transport.
- No other hop-on hop-off operator goes there.
Only Stray visits Ban Pak Nguey, a tiny, remote Lao village on the banks of the Mekong River. This iconic stop, unique to Stray is a cultural experience that can't be missed. Experience traditional village life, hang out with locals in their backyard, swim or play football with the kids and participate in a Baci (welcoming) ceremony. You can't access this village by public transport. We take a private boat to get there jump out right on the river bank. No other tour operators visit this village.
Considered a highlight of Laos, Kong Lor cave is not easy to get to on your own and no other hop-on hop-off operator goes here. We also think that zipping through the 7km long cave on an underground river definitely has X factor!
This wetland area is so remote that sometimes our Stray buses can’t even access it and we have to jump on-board an off-road truck just to get there! Public transport certainly doesn't go here and Stray Asia are the only hop-on hop-off operator in Southern Laos. Visiting Old Wat Taleow, a beautiful temple that was bombed during the Secret War, and the 200-year-old Hotay Pidok Buddhist library, a fascinating stilt structure that’s home to thousands of Sanskrit scriptures and bamboo tablets. This is a unique local and cultural experience.
Otherwise known as 4000 Islands, Don Det is an iconic Stray stop at the southernmost part of Laos. These landlocked islands have X factor (and river dolphins!) and no other hop-on hop-off operator goes here.
Immerse yourself in real Cambodian life when we stay in a rural village 20mins from Battambang. This is a unique opportunity to interact with the locals, enjoy a traditional Khmer banquet and try a local favourite tipple: snake blood whisky (if you dare!).
Relax on the untouched beaches of a tiny island hideaway off the coast of Cambodia. This is no luxury beach resort, but with with crystal clear water and white sand beaches you'll feel like the original backpackers, staying in beach huts right on the beach.
This is a secluded fishing village with X factor - it's on a beautiful long stretch of white sandy beach, with hidden waterfalls and a great vibe. You can't access Bai Xep by public transport and we're the only tour operators who stay here.
My Lai, Vietnam
We don't just travel from A - B, we stop off at interesting places along the way, and My Lai Memorial is one of these places, and one of our Strademark Stops. The My Lai Memorial commemorates an event that marked a turning point in the American War and is a cultural experience you cannot miss.
Vinh Moc Tunnels, Vietnam
Everyone goes to see the Cu Chi tunnels in Ho Chi Minh, but we visit the much less known Vinh Moc Tunnels, an impressive underground complex that was used by more than 90 families to live and work during some of the heaviest bombings in the American War.
You can miss Phong Nha National Park. Swim in pristine rivers and explore impressive caves, including the recently discovered Thien Dong Cave, one of the largest caves in the world! No other hop-on hop-off operator goes here.
Kalaw is Myanmar’s trekking hub. The hills surrounding Kalaw are home to hill tribes and small villages. We trek into the Shan hills to stay overnight at one of these small villages. Its a unique local and cultural experience you won't want to miss! You'll help prepare traditional Shan Cuisine for lunch, interact with the villages and stay overnight in a local home or monastery.
Our mission is to get you off the beaten track amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen these incredible and unique destinations so you can see more and do more in Southeast Asia!