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"Off The Beaten Track" Destinations

In case you haven’t noticed, our mission is to get you off the beaten track in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.  

Our experienced crew has chosen some incredible places for our travel route, so you can get amongst local culture and explore some truly remote destinations in this exotic part of the world.

Children at our Laos Homestay

1. Mekong River Homestay, Laos

Ban Pak Nguey is the location of our Stray exclusive homestay. Ban means village in Laos and here you will experience traditional village life, get to hang out with locals in their backyard, swim in a secret swimming hole, play with the kids and visit their school. A very special part of the visit to this village is your opportunity to participate in a Baci (welcoming) ceremony which involves tying pieces of string around a person’s wrist for good luck.

Koh Tunsay Island, Cambodia

2. Koh Tunsay, Cambodia

Koh Tunsay, otherwise known as Rabbit Island, is a dreamy tropical island with crystal clear water and white sand beaches. A great place to relax, soak up the sun, swim, sunbath, chill out in a hammock or explore hidden beaches and mangrove forests. Discover great snorkelling spots on the western side of the island and take a night time dip and watch for sparkling phosphorescence in the water.

Dong Hoi, Vietnam

3. Phong Nha, Vietnam

Designated as a World Heritage site since 2003, the spectacular Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park is a must. Located 45km inland from Dong Hoi, this area boasts incredible network of gigantic caves, including the recently discovered Thien Duong Cave. Be amazed by the glittering limestone walls, phallus shaped stalagmites and stalactites and a gleaming limestone waterfall. Above land enjoy the pristine rivers for refreshing swims and kayaking adventures. 

Tha Kek, Laos

4. Thakhek, Laos

Tha Kek is a buzzing border town located between Thailand and Laos and a great place to hop off to explore the surrounding limestone mountains, caves, pristine spring feed lagoons, lakes, hidden waterfalls and great swimming spots. It’s also a great base for trekking, mountain climbing and eco-tourism adventures in the nearby Phu Hin Bun National Park.

Bai Xep, Vietnam

5. The Haven, Bai Xep, Vietnam

The Haven is a small, friendly guesthouse located on a long stretch of white sandy beach in the tiny fishing village of Bai Xep. There are no cars in this village so it is very peaceful. Relax, swim and wander deserted beaches, discover hidden waterfalls and learn to paddle a traditional round boat. Mix with the locals - they love practising their English with travellers!

Kong Lor Caves, Laos

6. Kong Lor, Laos

Kong Lor is a remote village in Southern Laos, surrounded by rice paddies, tobacco fields and stunning mountain views. Here you can experience friendly rural life, go trekking or just relax with a Beer Lao. It is also the gateway to the stunning Kong Lor cave, one of the most spectacular sites in Southeast Asia. 

Monkey Forest, Laos

7. Xe Champhone, Laos

Off the beaten track at its best, Xe Champhone wetlands is that 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. It’s also one of the best places to see local wildlife alive and in their natural environment. Visit the Monkey Forest and feed the Rhesus Macaque monkey and see Asiatic Softshell Turtles in Turtle Lake.  

Don Det, Laos

8. Don Det, Laos

Yes, landlocked Laos has islands! Si Phan Don, otherwise known as the 4000 Islands, is an island studded delta on the Mekong River and Don Det is a traveller favourite. Hop off here for lazy days, swimming, waterfalls, bike rides, and to spot rare Irrawaddy Dolphins in this backpacker haven.

Kampot, Cambodia

9. Kampot, Cambodia

Kampot, a former port city, is now a calm little river town best known for its salt and pepper production, fresh seafood and access to Bokor National Park. Rent a bicycle and explore the town, head into Bokor National Park and go trekking, or take a river cruise and relax and enjoy the stunning technicolor sunsets.

Cuc Phuong National Park

10. Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Ninh Binh is a great base for exploring the spectacular surrounding Cuc Phuong National Park with its 200km of tropical forest, grottoes, rich wildlife and rocky outcrops. Go cycling or trekking, or take a scenic boat trip to the Trang An Grottoes, a destination that is often referred to as the ‘Halong Bay on land’ 

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