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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.

We believe employing local guides is not only the right thing to do to support the countries that we travel in, it also provides the best experience for our customers too. 

 

"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 Tour Leaders

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 Thai boxing and the Sunday market. It's a lot of fun even though it is not really off the beaten track :)  

What our customers say: 

"Oun was amazing and we had a brilliant time with him. It felt like we were travelling with a friend who would also sort anything out for us."


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!

What our customers say: 

"Sunny has been an incredible tour guide. We had him from Luang Prabang to Siem Reap and he's been great. He acquired in-depth knowledge about every place we stopped. He answered any questions we had with detail, was very helpful booking both accommodation and activities. He's also brought a lot of humour to the group. I would highly recommend Sunny as a tour guide- anyone would be lucky to have him! He's truly awesome, thank you for everything Sunny, we will miss you!"


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. 

What our customers say: 

"Keo, was such a great tour guide and made our journey through Thailand and Laos so easy and so much fun. His contagious laugh and happiness made each and every one of us happy too. He was able to engage with everyone, always making sure everyone was ok and having the best time, which was very impressive considering there was 30 of us in our group. I wish Keo all the best- take care."


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! 

What our customers say: 

"La is a great guy. He was really good fun and knew his stuff. He was up for a laugh but also took time to explain the history of Laos and made a real effort with everyone. An absolute legend."


Pao

Pao TL

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? Most places Stray visits are awesome! In Thailand Chiang Mai is a charming beautiful city with a lot of activities. In Laos the boat cruise has beautiful scenery both sides of Mekong river and at the homestay on the banks of the Mekong, we experience a Baci holy Hindu ceremony which is very special. Luang Prabang also one of the most beautiful charming ancient capital cities, it is rich in culture, nature and local living.

What do you enjoy introducing Stray passengers to? I always teach them about Lao's customs and culture how to respect the local communities.  I am easy-going, friendly and helpful!

What our customers say: 

"We loved traveling with Pao. He is deeply devoted to the Asian culture, and Laotian in particular, and he always made sure to convey that culture whenever visiting any of the remarkable sites along the way. I found him to be very quiet and gentle person, but that in no way stopped him from giving us a very full and exciting travel experience." 


Chao

Chao TL 

Where are you from? A small village north of Luang Prabang in Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? My favourite off the beaten track activity is the boat cruise downstream of the Mekong river to Luang Prabang the word heritage city, which includes an overnight stop at a homestay on the Mekong river bank, and getting to know the local life of way.

What do you enjoy introducing Stray passengers to? I like to teach everyone how to say hello and thanks in Lao: SABAIDEE and KHOP CHAI LAI LAI. I also like to tell them know how Laos came to be Laos, it is a complicated history and a beautiful culture. Welcome to Lao: land of sticky rice!

If you travel with Stray Asia, we will take you further off beaten track, I'll teach you about my country and tell you local stories, I'll be helpful, keep you safe and we'll have lots of fun. Do it, then you'll never forget us! 

What our customers say: 

"We loved Chao! He was so kind, welcoming and even invited us to dine with his family one evening. A true authentic Laos experience and one we'll never forget. We've made a true friend with Chao."


Phet

phet profile 

Where are you from? Luang Prabang, Laos

What's your favourite "off the beaten track" place? The slow boat down the Mekong River to our Strademark homestay experience! It is such an impressive experience where you can join the local people and learn more about their daily life. In the evening, there is a special ceremony (Baci) which introduces our travellers to Lao traditional culture - I love being a part of this!

What do you enjoy introducing Stray passengers to? Teaching them how to eat sticky rice! Ha ha!

What our customers say: 

"Phet was one of the best memories I will keep from my trip. He always went above and beyond. I always felt taken care of and secure with him as our guide"


 

Cambodia Tour Leaders

Tra-Tra

tra tra stray cambodia tour leader web

Where are you from? I'm from Battambang in Cambodia. 

What's your favourite local secret place?  I like the rural waterfalls surrounded by valleys and mountains - places you wouldn't find on your own! 

What do you enjoy most about being a Stray Tour Leader? I like learning things of life experiences from the people I meet and sharing my life experiences too.

What our customers say:

"Guide quality was incredible! My guide, Tratra, was such a lovely man who was a perfect guide during the whole trip through Cambodia!"


Samol 

samol profile

Where are you from? Battambang in Cambodia. 

What's your favourite Stray stop?  I love the Battambang homestay - showing my passengers around the village and playing games with the local children. Kampot is also one of my favourite spots too - so many beautiful landscapes!

What do you enjoy most about being a Stray Tour Leader? I like meeting people from around the world and sharing life experiences and educating people on Cambodian culture, religion and history.

What our customers say:

" I had the most incredible and eye opening trip around Cambodia in which Samol played a large part. His serious passion for his job and country was admirable. I learned a lot from him not only about the history of the country but I was also fascinated to learn about his own story!"


Vietnam Tour Leaders

Long 

Long TL

Where are you from? I'm from Da Nang, a beautiful coastal city in central of Vietnam.

What's your favourite off the beaten track place? I love riding my motorbike around Mekong Delta area. It's fantastic to get inside the village with small roads to see local people living, working and enjoy the fresh air of rivers and farms.

What do you like teaching Stray passengers? I like to share with them about Vietnamese history, culture, our lovely food and also language. "Xin Chào". I am friendly, easy-going and always smile :)

What our customers say: 

"Long's passion for his job role and Vietnam was clear, always enthusiastic and always made himself available to answer questions or help. Long always went above and beyond."


Thang

thang victor profile

Where are you from? I'm from Quang Binh province in Vietnam.

What's your favourite Stray stop? Phong Nha. It's a breathtaking destination with hundreds of caves to explore.

What do you like about being a Stray Tour leader? I get to meet lots of interesting people from all around the world and create memories together. I love to share my knowledge on Vietnam food, culture and off the beaten track destinations!

What our customers say: 

"Thang is so funny and very laid back which makes him very approachable, he made me very comfortable and welcomed as soon as i hopped back on joined his group. He just has such a lovely nature, always checking up on everyone not only as a group but also individually too."


Chinh

Chinh Profile

Where are you from? Hue City, Vietnam

What's your favourite Stray stop? I like Bai Xep the most! It's a great off the beaten track stop and our Stray passengers love it too. I also like Hoi An, especially when we head out further into the countryside.

What do you like about being a Stray Tour leader? I love talking to my groups about food and local culture in Vietnam.

What our customers say: 

"Chinh had outstanding care for everyone on the group. Even with the huge group we had in Vietnam, he managed to bring everyone together."


Tom

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Where are you from? I come from the Da Lak province in the Central Highlands, Vietnam.

What's your favourite Stray stop? My favourite place is Ninh Binh. I love riding around peaceful villages surrounded by thousands of limestone mountains. I also love the Trang An Grottoes - this place captured my heart from the very first moment!

What do you like about being a Stray Tour leader? Vietnam is a multi-cultural and diverse nation so I feel so happy if have a chance to share my stories with Stray travellers.

What our customers say: 

"Tom is so full of energy, it feels like he's so happy to be showing everyone around his country and he's so intent on everyone having the best possible time."


 

 

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