Asia

Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong – The World in One Building

We booked the cheapest accommodation we could find in Hong Kong. It ended up being one of the strangest buildings we have ever encountered. In fact, it’s not one building at all. Chungking Mansions consists of five 17 story buildings linked together via a shared base. This labyrinthine complex started out as an upmarket residential estate in the 1960s. Since …

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The Five Best Day Trips from Hanoi

Bustling and colourful Hanoi is a lot of fun. However, during your stay you might want a change of pace. If you feel like venturing beyond the city and exploring somewhere different, there is a lot of choice in the surrounding area. Here are five of the best options for day trips from Hanoi that will give you a glimpse …

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Adrift on Inle Lake, Myanmar

Myanmar was like nowhere else I have ever been. Exploring this country felt like stepping back in time. The locals strolled the streets in traditional longyi and chewed betel nut, their teeth stained bright red. People still made their way around in horse and cart and picked up their daily haul of fruits and vegetables at the open air marketplace. …

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A Quick Guide to the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Emerald green tea plantations, juicy ripe strawberries, misty mountain tops, overgrown jungle trails, rolling hills and tiny villages – sound like your kind of place? The Cameron Highlands of Malaysia were one of my favourite places we visited during 10 months in Southeast Asia. The high altitude and cool temperatures were a refreshing treat after the sweltering heat of the …

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Exploring the Temples of Bagan, Myanmar by Bicycle

My thigh muscles ached as I pushed the pedals of my bicycle slowly, the tires crunching along the dirt road. Sweat poured down my forehead and collected at my chin, dripping off my face in fat drops. My t-shirt was soaked through between my backpack and my lower back, sweat pooling at the base of my spine. The long road …

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India: A Test of Patience

We arrived in Delhi early afternoon. I had worked out the metro in advance and our hotel was only a 10 minute walk from the station. We emerged from the metro station, avoided the insistent tuk tuk drivers and stopped for a moment to work out the general direction we should be heading. A helpful man pointed us in the …

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One Day in Mandalay

The second largest city in Myanmar, Mandalay was the last location of the royal capital before the country was under British rule. Throughout the colonial period it was the centre of Burmese culture and Buddhist learning. When Burma gained independence from Britain in 1948 the city remained the main cultural and economic centrepoint of the country. Some tourists skip right …

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Celebrating Songkran in Thailand

The Songkran Festival represents the Thai New Year, transformation, washing away the old year and getting a clean start. Thai people also clean their houses, visit their relatives and give offerings to monks. However, the main action you’ll see in the streets is people throwing water at each other. Here on Kai Bae Beach on Koh Chang the Main Street was busy …

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Overnight Sleeper Buses in India – What to Expect

Overnight sleeper buses are not as uncomfortable as you might think. Sure, they might not give you the best night of sleep – but they offer a couple of other advantages. First of all, they will save you from having to spend money on accommodation that night which is great if you are on a tight travel budget. Plus, you …

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5 Reasons Why We Use Bangkok As Our Base for Asia Travel

We just visited Bangkok for the 4th time since 2011, you might wonder why we spend so much time in one city when there are so many other places we could visit. Below are the reasons we tend to use Bangkok as our base while we travel in Asia. 1. Cost and quality of living The cost of living in Thailand is very …

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32 Tips For a Safe and Enjoyable Trip to India

India is a bit of an intimidating destination, even for the seasoned traveller. It’s chaotic, intense, busy and overwhelming at times, but it’s also beautiful and fascinating. Arriving in India for the first time is a steep learning curve and it takes some time to get used to this bewildering country. Lee and I spent a month travelling around India …

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A Complete Guide to Visas in Southeast Asia

One of the most stressful things for many people when planning a big trip is working out which countries require a visa, which don’t, how much they cost, where to apply, when to apply and a million other visa related questions. I will try, as best I can, to answer these questions in this blog post but as visa requirements …

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Yummy Vietnamese Street Food You Should Eat on Your Travels

There’s no better way to get a real taste of Asia, Vietnam in particular, than by hitting the streets for some of the country’s best foods. Whether you’re in the country for the weekend, an entire month or longer, one of best experiences to complete your getaway is a taste of Vietnam’s popular street foods. Some of these dishes have …

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Three Essential Things to Know On Your First Visit to Japan

Japan is a fascinating and exciting destination, but it is sometimes a place that people shy away from – it is quite different from most other countries, the language, the alphabet, the food, the customers, the people. I remember when I first landed in Tokyo and I was trying to find the hotel that I’d booked in the busy, nightlife …

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Island of Labuan

Even though it is only a few hours by boat from the main tourist hub in Borneo, Kota Kinabalu, the island of Labuan hasn’t yet become a very popular destination for Western travellers. When we visited, the streets were quiet and our beachside hotel was relatively empty. We felt like we had stumbled on a little secret paradise with great …

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Malaysian Cuisine – The Food I Fell in Love With

It has been over a year since Lee and I spent three and a half months travelling through Malaysia – and I am still having cravings for some of the flavourful food that I ate there. Whenever anyone asks me which countries I have visited have the best food, Malaysian cuisine always comes up at the top of the list. …

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