From majestic temples to caves, natural hot springs, beautiful waterfalls and museums to the "VIP" bamboo train, there are so many awesome 'off the beaten track' experiences in Southeast Asia that the average tourist misses out on.
We don't want you to miss out so we've hand-picked our "must do" experiences and included them within your Stray pass.
The majority of the time, these hidden gems are not in the main cities and are off the regular tourist route, so we Stray from the usual route and break up our travel days by exploring a cave, a waterfall or an ancient temple en route to our next destination! Your guide can tell you more about the history and the stories surrounding these local spots.
Best of all - they're all free with your Stray Pass! See more. Do more!
Ayutthaya Temples – The ancient former Thai capital of Ayutthaya was founded in the early 1300s and quickly became one of world’s largest trading ports. History tells of a lavish city, laden with golden palaces, huge monasteries and temples. The city was burnt almost to the ground in 1767 when the Burmese invaded, and today only a fraction of the impressive city remains. In 1991 the significant cultural value of this historic city’s ruins were recognised when it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Chiang Rai - Entrance to Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple. A fascinating temple which is not actually a religious temple, but more of an art gallery with elaborate sculptures and art throughout.
Pak Ou Cave - Located on the convergence of the Mekong and Ou Rivers north of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Cave is an ancient pilgrimage site containing thousands of Buddha images placed there over hundreds of years.
Tham Jang Cave – Tham Jang Cave is one of many limestone caves located near Vang Vieng in central Laos. The cave was used as a bunker during the war in the early 1900s and is now a popular sacred site for the locals. A crystal clear spring is located deep inside the cave, which is a popular swimming spot.
Kong Lor Cave – Situated underneath tall karst mountains, the 7 kilometre long Kong Lor Cave is lined with beautiful limestone stalic tights and stalic mights. The river is popular for swimming in. Entrance to the national park is included. Optional extra: take a boat ride through the cave.
Hotay Pitok Library - located on the Xe Champhone wetlands is an old Buddhist Repository where thousands of Buddhist manuscripts written on reeds and bamboo are stored.
Tad Ngeuang - This waterfall is located on the Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos. It is one of the highest waterfalls in the region and you can take a refreshing swim in the pools.
Wat Phu - located in Champassak Province in southern Laos was the capital of the Khmer Empire before it was moved to Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
S21 & Killing Fields - these two sites located in and around Phnom Penh were used during the Khmer Rouge era to imprison, torture and kill anyone who was considered a threat to the regime. They have become a museum and shrine in modern day Cambodia.
Datania Falls - Just a short distance from Da Lat, visit a beautiful 20 metre waterfall where legend has it K’ho fairies often stop to bathe and play in the deep pool at the base of the falls. You can either walk down to the waterfall or for those who like a little bit of adrenalin drive your own mini rollercoaster to the site (optional).
My Lai Memorial - Located in Son My,the My Lai Memorial museum honours the memory of 504 unarmed villagers who were massacred by American forces in 1968, otherwise known as the My Lai Massacre. A somewhat sobering experience, yet essential to help travellers understand the impact the Vietnam War had on this country.
Vinh Moc Tunnels - Similar to the Cu Chi Tunnels but far more interesting, the Vinh Moc tunnels are located in Quang Tri province in the DMZ Zone which separated northern and southern Vietnam during the first and second Indochina war. This area saw some of the heaviest fighting in the American War and during the heaviest bombings more than 90 families disappeared underground and lived and worked in this impressive complex.
Thien Duong (Paradise) Cave - Still relatively off the beaten track and only opened to tourism in 2010; this magnificent cave is one of the largest in the world. Located in the Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage site was discovered by British Cave explorers in 2005 and named Paradise Cave (Thien Duong) because of its beauty. The cave features spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and is the longest cave in Vietnam.
Trang An Grottoes - Take a scenic boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes, a destination that is often referred to as the ‘Halong Bay on land’
These experiences are all included in your pass.