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Stray Laos: Don Det And 3999 Islands

Stray Laos: Don Det And 3999 Islands

Just shy of the Cambodian border, lies Si Phan Don, idyllic islands where a bamboo bungalow goes for a buck and the stunning sunsets are free. Cycle around, see the dolphins, savour the atmosphere – a visit to Don Khong, Don Dhet and Don Khon is the highlight for many – don’t miss them! — Travelfish At last our journey with Stray Asia has come to the end. The last stop on the itinerary was Don Det – one of the 4000 islands in the Mekong delta on the border between Laos and Cambodia. After checking out Wat Phou, we […]

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Stray Laos: Pakse, Mr. Coffee, More Waterfalls, And Wat Phou

Stray Laos: Pakse, Mr. Coffee, More Waterfalls, And Wat Phou

The provincial capital of Pakse is one of the most Thai-like towns in all of Laos, and one that, up until recently, most travellers and backpackers tended to use as a transit point and little else. The tourism infrastructure is less developed than the more popular north, making it a bit harder to explore, but Champasak Province has much to offer – and Pakse is an ideal base to explore much of it from. — Travelfish The leg from Tad Lo to Pakse today was the shortest one of the trip with only about 50 kilometers to go. We had […]

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Stray Laos: Tad Lo Waterfall

Stray Laos: Tad Lo Waterfall

Head south to get to the spectacular waterfall of Tad Lo in the heart of the Bolaven Plateau. The waterfalls here make this location a must-see. You have the opportunity to take a swim, explore the small village and also ride elephants and watch them bathe in the waterfall. This place still has the old school dirt road charm of Laos about it. — Stray Travel Asia Once again, we had a long drive today – the southern part of Laos is pretty long so each day after we left the capital region seemed like a very long one. At […]

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Stray Laos: Dongmeuang Monkey Village

Stray Laos: Dongmeuang Monkey Village

So remote, that when the rain comes we might not be able to drive the Stray bus here, so we’ll jump onboard an off-road truck for a real off the beaten track experience! Spend the night with friendly locals in Monkey Forest – a sacred forest, home to thousands of Rhesus Macaque Monkeys! — Stray Travel Asia  We left Kong Lor early in the morning for another long day – leaving at 8am, the itinerary said we will get to the Monkey Village by 5pm. We stopped a few times to pick up some snacks, grab some food at a local […]

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Stray Laos: Seven Kilometer Cave At Kong Lor

Stray Laos: Seven Kilometer Cave At Kong Lor

The spectacular Konglor Cave is actually a portion of the Hin Phou river that has worked its way, over some vast period of geological time, through 7.5km of solid rock. It’s a truly awesome experience, from which no one ever walks away disappointed. — Travelfish The original plan for today called for an early departure from our campsite at Tad Leuk waterfall and a ‘quick’ six hour drive to Kong Lor to check out the 7.5 kilometer long underground river there. It looked like the two strayed mates (pun intended) would mess up that plan, but once they magically emerged […]

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Stray Laos: Lost In The Jungle At Tad Leuk Waterfall

Stray Laos: Lost In The Jungle At Tad Leuk Waterfall

We give you the morning to explore the capital city and the stalls along the banks of the Mekong, get some cash out and buy some comfort food before we head off the beaten track again and into the Phou Khao Khouay NPA. We head to Tad Leuk waterfall where we camp between the waterfall and jungle and have the opportunity to swim, trek and maybe spot the rare Phu Wah Rock Lizard found in only 3 places in the world (Tad Leuk is 1 of them and the other 2 are within 100 metres.). — Stray Travel Asia We […]

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Stray Laos: Vientiane, the Capital

Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane’s deliciously relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is. After you’ve done the round of temples, the best thing to do here has always been to wander down to the riverside, relax with a cold Beerlao and watch the sun set over the Mekong. — TravelWiki After a few days in Vang Vegas, I was ready to move on, and so were the others. We all jumped on the next Stray bus for the ride down to Vientiane. Charlie, our Swedish tour guide that brought us […]

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Stray Laos: New Year’s In Vang Vieng

Stray Laos: New Year's In Vang Vieng

Once little more than a bus stop on the long haul between Vientiane and Luang Prabang, it has managed to become a destination in its own right. Still not much more than three streets and a bus station, the main attractions are the river, laid back countryside and cave-filled rock formations. A couple of kilometres upstream, the pulsating music, drinking games and drug-fuelled debauchery of the increasingly lively riverside “tubing” bars starts at lunch-time. The atmosphere of the town itself is one of lethargy by day and debauchery by night: tourists sprawl out in the pillow-filled restaurants, termed “TV Bars”, watching re-runs […]

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Stray Laos: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

Stray Laos: Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

After spending four days in Luang Prabang, it was time to hop onto the next Stray bus for a ride down to Vang Vieng. Being the party capital of Laos, Vang Vieng was an easy choice when it came time to pick a new spot to celebrate the New Year’s after I gave up the original plan to be in Sydney for the festivities. The Bus The new bus came with the new driver, who was described as the fastest by our new tour leader Charlie, as opposed to the fastest and the safest driver we had before. Great… On […]

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Stray Laos: Hopping Off In Luang Prabang

Stray Laos: Hopping Off In Luang Prabang

Set at the confluence of two rivers that almost surround the town, and beneath a temple-topped hill, Luang Prabang is a wonderful patchwork of traditional Lao wooden houses and hints of European architecture – reminders of when Laos was part of the French colony of Indochine. Golden-roofed wats (temples), decorated with mosaics and murals of the life of Buddha, sit under the gaze of wrap-around teak balconies and 19th century shuttered windows. All of this is set against a backdrop of verdant greenery and rugged mountains. — TravelWiki I have only heard nice things about Luang Prabang from people that […]

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