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Our Tour Leaders

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 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 :)  

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."


Cambodia Tour Leaders

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. 

What our customers say:

"Our guide Dollar for Cambodia was exceptional he was so helpful and had great knowledge about the county and his own story was so compelling. We could not rate him high enough, he really made our trip to Cambodia that much more special. Thanks Dollar for all your help and for the fun we had! Sarah & David"

 


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!"


Tong

Tong cambodia tour leader 

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

What's your favourite local secret place? My favourite 'local secret place' is ARCADIA Water Park in Kampot, as it's really fun, and exciting, located on the Kampot river, surrounded by mountains with a great atmosphere.

What do you enjoy most about being a Stray Tour Leader? I love traveling in my country, telling people about history and culture of Cambodia and meeting people from different countries. 

What our customers say: 

"Tong was brilliant. Very helpful and professional and really looked after us."


Vietnam Tour Leaders

  

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!


Nga

nga tour leader vietnam

Where are you from? I am from Da Nang City, considering the city with the best living standards in Vietnam. You may ask why? I think it comes from the outstanding hospitality of local people, authentic delicious foods and amazing bridges such as Dragon bridge which lights up and puts on a show, breathing fire every Saturday and Sunday night. Welcome to my province!!! It’s close to Hoi An about an hour by bus, so if you hop off in Hoi An then please visit. 


What’s your favourite stop in Vietnam?  Well I must say Hoi An, but I would add a few more places!  Da Lat – paradise for love, cool temperatures and pleasure, or Ninh Binh – most unique mix of culture and landscape in Southeast Asia, but also I like the vibrant atmosphere of Ho Chi Minh City. I feel like Hoi An combines most all of these things and it is also closer to my hometown so I am a bit partial. Haha! 

What do you like most about being a tour leader?  My personality is just so well suited to this job as tour leader. I feel happy and myself when I am doing my “job”, I do not think of it as a job - instead I feel like a happy local person introducing my country Vietnam to new international friends from all over the world. I also love interacting and gathering everyone to do something together and spending time with each other to make the trip even more special and create positivity, happiness but also safety and fulfilment. – that’s also the main purpose you are traveling right? Happy vibes only. 

What our customers say: 

"Nga was amazing in every way! She was fun, friendly, funny, knowledgeable and helpful. She was very passionate about her job and often went out of her way to make our trip even more enjoyable."


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."


 

Duc

Duc

Where are you from? I was born and grew up in Hanoi, a one-thousand year old city, the heart of culture and tradition in Vietnamese Civilization. Hanoi has been known by several names, one of its names meant "ascending dragon" as the King claimed he saw a dragon rise from the lake. 

What's your favourite off the beaten track place? Phong Nha

What do you like most about being a Tour Leader? Being a tour leader gives me the opportunity to live an actual 'Stray life'!  I meet many interesting people from all around the world, experience many adventures, and discoveries and excitements pop up everyday!

What our customers say: 

"Duc was great! He tried his best with a very varied group of travellers at times, and tried to service everyone to what they needed. We appreciated him taking us to great places for dinner and suggesting local dishes and giving us samples of different foods. He was engaging and genuine in his approach, and we really enjoyed travelling with him."


Tuan

Where are you from? I'm from the largest port-city in North of Vietnam, Hai Phong, 2 hours by bus East of Hanoi. Not many people know about this fact: Catba island belongs to my home province, not Halong Bay.

Where is your favourite place?
I would choose Ninh Binh for my favorite destination in Vietnam. Just be there, make yourself be one with the mountains, rivers, take a good view at the hotel's roof top to see the last light of the day go away behind the mountains. You will feel the same as I do.

What do you like most about being a Stray Tour Leader?
I love speaking English, because it makes my parents proud. My motivation is to bring interesting stories when being with you to my parents. They believe they could feel what I feel, taste what I taste, and be happy the same way I am.
 

 

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