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Stray Asia

#96 of 775 Tours in Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand
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Stray Asia's travel network has been designed for travellers who want to see all the highlights and get further off the beaten track. Our hop-on hop-off bus will take you through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. It's the best way to travel Asia hassle-free and safely at your own pace, with a group of fun, like-minded backpackers. Choose a Flexi Tour or a Flexible Travel Pass.
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Anonymous wrote a review Jun 2020
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What to say about this tour! To begin with it took less than 24 hours to realise that the activities our travel company had promised in the brochure did not match the activities listed by Stray. Although this was probably an advertising fault with our tour company (STA Travel - I HIGHLY recommend not booking with them) the Stray representative refused to assist us with the issue claiming he was not a ‘Stray representative’ even though he was literally wearing a Stray t-shirt! The Thailand leg of the trip is utterly pointless as you barely see any of the country, and there are basically no activities payed for by Stray so I really have no idea what we payed for. Laos was much improved, we had two different tour guides throughout our days there who were both brilliant and the activities were really good. We had a good sized group as well which helped! Cambodia however was by far the worst part of the trip. The perhaps main reason for this was our tour guide was extremely weird and made us all feel very uncomfortable. He made a lot of sexual jokes which weren’t funny, he would make inappropriate remarks and also get drunk and act very strangely around us all. There were only 3 of us for most of the Cambodia leg (all guys), however when some females did join, as you can imagine he made more uncomfortable remarks. Considering I’ve heard from other travellers that Cambodia is their favourite place they’ve traveled, I believe Stray did the country a huge disservice as the route round the country made no sense, we hardly got to see any of the beautiful country and spent almost half the tour at the same Hostel in Siem Reap with nothing to do. Also I’d heard so much about the delicious (and cheap) street food Cambodia offered however not once did we go to any such place and instead were pressured to go (by our guide) to places which were more costly and coincidently our guide would get a free meal for taking us there! The final leg of the tour was Vietnam which we didn’t get to go to as the borders had closed due to the pandemic. Although of course, this could not be helped, our Cambodian guide did not sufficiently keep us informed on what was going on and when we inevitably asked the question “now what?” we were never given a helpful answer, and were essentially abandoned once the Cambodia leg of the tour was over. Overall, the tour was mostly awful. Before this tour started, me and my friend who I was travelling with went on a Trutravels Sri Lanka tour which was absolutely brilliant. This was mostly down to our guide who I felt really wanted to show us the best parts of his country and give us the best time possible and wasn’t trying to squeeze as much money from us as he could. This was similar to the Laos part of the tour, in which I truly felt the tour guides wanted us to have a great time (an example was one of them set up a football game for us to play against the locals which was amazing). However this trip was wildly inconsistent as the Thailand leg was utterly pointless, and the Cambodia leg was uncomfortable and massively underwhelming. And of course the part that will leave a bitter taste in my mouth will be how we were essentially left stranded in Cambodia without any real help or advice from Stray. Considering we payed for the most expensive package, I truly have no idea what that money went towards for most of the trip, particularly some of the accommodation. I don’t recommend stray at all.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Wieckie wrote a review Mar 2020
Vlieland, The Netherlands9 contributions4 helpful votes
Very good way of traveling. Met some Nice people on the bus. You get a lot of flexibility. Nice to hop off in many places.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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slkeebler wrote a review Mar 2020
Ubud, Indonesia2 contributions
I really enjoyed this tour. Our guides, Adam and Charles were very kind, supportive, helpful and professional. Adam especially went above and beyond in order to make sure everyone was taken care of and had what they needed. It was great to be able to see so much of Borneo. I enjoyed the jungle camp on the Kinabatangan River as well as the wildlife spotting activities. The northern tip of Borneo was beautiful as well and the secret beach with the restaurant/bar was a really special place. It was also an amazing bonus to be able to release baby sea turtles into the ocean. One thing I’d suggest would be for there to be a little bit less downtime and more activities included, or at least suggestions for things to do. It seemed that we had a lot of rest/chill time when we’d arrive at a new place and in-between activities, which made things feel slow (and a bit boring at times, if I’m being totally honest)! I’d also love more vegetarian options and more veggies/fruit in the included meals. All in all though, it was a great experience.
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Connorcook95 wrote a review Mar 2020
Essex, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
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Great option for those not wanting to be held back by a strict itinerary! We spent 5 weeks travelling through Indochina and hopped a few times in the more interesting Spots. Overall the flexibility is the main reason we chose Stray over other Companies, there is way too much to see you this route and hopping off for a few days is essential. We did consider using local transport, which would of saved us a few hundred Dollars each but decided on a more reliable and safe option. -Transport was comfortable and drivers were not as crazy as the local bus drivers ( we had a few bas experiences in Cambodia years ago, i had by bag stolen on a local bus) - As well as the standard activities like cooking classes and temples, they had some really cool inclusions like caving,Kayaking and the highlight of the trip which was the slowboat down the Mekong River, stopping at a tiny village in the forest where we were blessed by Local Monks.We would have never been able to book something like this independently. -accomodation exceeded expectations , especially in poorer countries like Laos and Cambodia, good standard guesthouses and Hostels with pools and Laundry.When staying in a town and waiting for the next bus you can extend or find a new place to stay, Stray will help you either way. -Another thing we liked was being able to meet new people constantly, as people hopped on and off a couple of times a week. Overall we spent about the same using Stray as we did a few years ago travelling independently, this time round was so much smoother, we had support when we needed it and when we needed time our own space, it wasn’t a problem. Will be using Stray again!
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Connorcook95 wrote a review Mar 2020
Essex, United Kingdom18 contributions2 helpful votes
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By far the best group tour we have been on.Our local Guide Adam and Driver Charles were fantastic from start to finish, always on hand to translate, teach us about local traditions and recommend food. Both Adam and Charles spoke very good english and had an abundance of knowledge about the local people, animals and History. The Tour is slightly more expensive than other Sabah tours but it was definitely worth it. -The accommodation is unique and high quality, the highlight of which is the 2 night Jungle Camp on the Kinabatangan river.We had our own cabin with electricity and a fan -Most meals are included so we didn't need to budget too much , i think we spent about MYR 300 each over the 10 days (mostly on beers) -Journeys are around 3-4 hours between each town so days aren't wasted In the Van. - The included activities were more than enough, we didn't feel the need to add on anything. 4 jungle river cruises and 2 night walks, Sunbear and Orang-utan centre visits, Turtle conservation centre and Kinabalu NP. The general pace of the tour is well planned and we never got bored or felt rushed anywhere. We came across tour groups from different companies who werent happy about paying extra for things we had included like entrance fees etc, so overall we are glad we picked Stray.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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