Southeast Asia - Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
Become immersed in the incredible local culture and amazing adventures of Southeast Asia. Stray give you a service like no other, fully guided by expert tour leaders and experienced by like-minded travellers looking to do and see more.
**Even better, it’s that very special time of year when Stray Asia drops the biggest deal of the year! We’ve got 30% off Hop-on Hop-off passes and 20% off Flexi Tours. To qualify for the deal of year simply start your travels between 1 May – 30 September 2017.**
Where do we go?
The Stray Asia travel network encompasses Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
How does it work?
Stray travel in one direction and you can purchase a hop-on, hop-off travel pass that allows you flexible travel for the places you want to visit - you can do just a small part of the route, or you can do the Lot! You'll travel with a knowledgeable guide (local and western) and other like-minded travellers.
Your travel pass includes your transport (train, bus and longboat transport) and is valid for 12months and you can hop-on and hop-off along the route. You can choose to either upgrade the travel pass with a 'flexi upgrade' which includes accommodation and top rated activities or only purchase the travel pass and pay for your accommodation and activities as you go. Your guide will help you book accommodation and activities, and give you commentary on the local history, wildlife and culture of the area.
Why Travel With Stray Asia?
1. Discover Where No One Else Knows
Pioneering into the remote Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodian landscape is a daily occurrence on Stray. Some of the villages you will visit are so far off the beaten track they aren’t even on the map! We also ensure you tick everything off your Southeast Asia “must-do” list – those great destinations we all know and love.
2. Go Guided
One of the best things about travelling with Stray is our local and western tour leaders. They amplify your Southeast Asia experience with invaluable knowledge, support and local insight… plus they can book accommodation, activities and connections on your behalf. You won’t get this on public transport!
3. Make Friends For Life
It might be a cliché, but you will meet like-minded travellers and you will make life-long friendships. Stray attracts adventurous people of all ages, with a common attitude of exploration, open-mindedness and trailblazing.
4. We Travel Respectfully
Stray’s responsible tourism mission is “To make sure our customers and crew leave the maximum positive impact on local communities, and the minimum negative impact on the environment.” We operate a sustainable travel network, with heavy involvement in local initiatives and support small communities.
5. Hop-On, Hop-Off and Stay Flexible
So yeah, you were out late bowling in Luang Prabang and didn’t wake up early enough to see the monks at sunrise. Don’t sweat it, stay and soak up the city for a few more days, then hop back on the next bus! All our passes include our “recommended days” which includes some time for hopping off along the route. (Please refer to our timetables to see what days we depart from each location.)
6. “Stray” Safe and Stress Free
Relax in the knowledge that our experienced crew have done the hard work for you. We have worked out the best routes, times to depart and must-do inclusions. Need help with something? Our Tour Leaders are there for guidance and support. Lastly, we use our own mini-coaches for the bus travel, which means not only we can go where we want, we can ensure safety, reliability and a high quality, comfortable service.
7. Become Immersed in Local Culture
Get stuck into sticky rice at the local markets, experience village life firsthand on our homestay accommodation, and visit more temples than you can say “Wat’s that?” at (*err yeah, “wat” means temple), with great insight into the Buddhist way of life.
8. Forget Travelling A to B
The Stray “road trip” experience includes plenty of time for activities en-route, whether it is a swim in a giant waterfall, tubing in Vang Vieng, or simply having a Beerlao with the locals. Got sudden photographic inspiration? Your driver will be happy to stop for you where possible – our small group size enables us to do and see more.
9. Mix It Up
We’re not just a bus network – our travel passes also include train, boat and tuk tuk transport… With us, you get the full Southeast Asia experience.
10. Stray Close to the Action
Yes, we love to get off the beaten track, but we also include those must-do experiences on any travellers’ bucket list. Create unforgettable memories – marvel at the striking White Temple in Northern Thailand, journey through Kong Lor’s 7 km cave by long boat to discover a beautiful valley when you emerge on the other side, travel inside an old American bomb shell (“bomb boat”) near Tha Bak, sample crab on the island of Koy Tunsay, and explore the World’s largest cave networks in Vietnam.
Interested in this; ready to enquire?
Apply now by clicking the button below and filling out the application form on gapyear.com. Stray Travel should then be in touch shortly to help with your enquiry.