Over recent years, South-East Asia has become a blooming tourist hot-spot. Westerners come looking for an idyllic retreat and seek Thai’s chilltastic beaches made famous by the thousands of Insta-stories dedicated to them. But with these tourists comes the lack of authentic Asian experiences.
We believe that experiencing a country for its culture, traditions and (importantly) cuisines are what it’s all about. And that’s why we’re taking you off the beaten track and into the beating heart of South-East Asia for the real Asian experience.
The Tom Yum
There’s no better way to learn the traditions of South-East Asia than getting to know the people that live them. This experience promises to take you on a journey through Mekong’s rich past all the way through to present day without the need for a time machine. Showcasing some of the city’s best-loved landmarks and locations including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and many ancient temples. Adrenaline-seekers can enjoy tubing down the rivers and the selfie-lovers can soak in some of the best waterfalls the continent has to offer!
Duration: Min. 12 days (recommended duration 16 days)
Arguably one of the most famous places in South-East Asia, Bangkok is a concoction of bright coloured markets, smells of foods sizzling on outdoor stoves, weaving Tuk Tuks and rich history at every corner.
This pass will give you the chance to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of authentic Thai culture before adventuring to Laos, Cambodia and northern Vietnam; each delivering a whole different experience. Stay in remote villages, brave the underground caves, go back in time at the historic temples or escape the hustle and bustle for some relaxing on the idyllic beaches.
Duration: Minimum 39 days (recommended duration 57 days)
Imagine 26 days of utter bliss away from the monotony of everyday life and the constant sardine-packed tube trains of the English capital. Well, the Mekong Pass gives you exactly that. Envision the Sacred Turtle Lake, taste-bud tingling fresh seafood and a whole host of exploration around Laos and Cambodia.
Duration: Minimum 26 days (recommended duration 34 days)
Moc Bai Pass
There’s no better way to discover what a place is really like than getting off the beaten track and into the heart of a town. From Thailand to Vietnam, you’ll get to mingle with the locals, learning more about life in this South-Asian haven before enjoying mountain biking and quenching your thirst with some locally sourced coffee and wine. We know what you’re thinking; you can’t be drinking wine every day for the next 24 days. But there’s so much to be doing, you won’t even have time to stop and think about that fruity beverage hitting your tongue and setting your taste-buds tingling. Uncover ancient caves, chill on the exotic beaches, visit the National Parks or adventure to the tunnels from the Secret War!
Duration: Min. 24 days (recommended duration 32 days)
If, like most of us, you’re in search of a little bit of peace and quiet (as hard to find as gold dust), then the Dong Pass in Vietnam is like a ticket to heaven. You’ll get to enjoy the deserted coastlines, soak in the fresh blue waters and tingle your toes beneath the water’s surface. Or if you need that added thrill-seeking touch to your holidaying, you can set your heart racing on a motorbike ride but be sure to keep your eyes peeled, you might be able to sneak a peek of the local monkeys on your ride!
Duration: Min. 14 days (recommended duration 18 days)
Cambodia, one of South-East Asia’s gems that is becoming ever more popular the more that people uncover its beauty and need we say it, unique culture. With the Khmer Pass, you’ll get to get a taste of Cambodia (literally) with the scrumptious seafood delicacies that it’s known for, as well as the chance to soak in the sights of some of the country’s most well-known areas including Siem Reap, Don Det and Phnom Penh.
Duration: min. 11 days (recommended duration 15 days)
Have you had a certain city beginning with P on your mind throughout this blog? Well let your mind rest now because Phuket has arrived in the form of the Bucket Pass. Taking you on a classic Asian experience from Bangkok through to Phuket with a stop off at Koh Phangan along the way, you’ll get to test our your diving skills, your staying-out-until-3am nightlife skills and ability to drag yourself away from the beaches when the darkness falls. Difficult, we know.
Duration: min. 3 days (recommended duration 6 days).
If you’re sat at home, perusing South-East Asia hotspots on your phone and wondering if you should take the plunge and book, I hope this has swayed you that little bit further. Because really, Asia is one of the best places on earth to experience it, and even better when you have the freedom of a Stray Asia pass to get you by.
Hop-on hop-off bus passes aren’t the only way to experience Asia. There’s two options, with both offering the travel pass and an expert English-speaking travel guide. Freestyle passes mean accommodation and activities are booked on the go, giving you ultimate freedom and freestyle tours have these included already for a more inclusive package – easy peasy travelling!