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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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Seven Tips for Night Markets in Southeast Asia

The chatter of the crowd and the smell of sizzling meat fills the air as you wander through a row of stalls packed with silver jewellery, pirated DVDs, souvenir t-shirts, charm bracelets, key chains and brightly patterned sarongs. You are sipping on a cold freshly squeezed papaya and banana smoothie as you spot the perfect pair of sandals for less …

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Kota Kinabalu – Our Adventures in This Sabah City

My partner Lee and I are wanderers, nomads without a permanent home. We both work online, so we are free to slowly migrate around the world as we choose, living in foreign countries for weeks, even months at a time. We have no fixed schedule and no plans for the future… we simply drift to different locales whenever the inspiration …

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How to Survive Crossing the Street in Vietnam

You can tell me about your bungee jumping or white water rafting experiences all day long, but nothing gets your heart pumping and your adrenaline rushing like trying to cross a busy street in Vietnam without getting squashed by a motorbike. When you arrive in this Southeast Asian county, you’ll soon discover that crossing the street in Vietnam should be …

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Southeast Asia Tuk Tuk Tips – How Not to Get Taken for a Ride

A tuk tuk is a colourful three wheeled form of transport that is commonly seen in many destinations around Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. They are powered by a motorbike in the front and they have a covered seating area for passengers in the back. They are a fun and exciting way to weave through …

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Our Elephant Encounter in Laos

While we were in Southeast Asia, one of the experiences that Lee and I really wanted to have was to ride an elephant. I’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to sit atop one of these enormous beasts as it clomps through the jungle. We got to check this travel wish off our lists for the first …

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Whale Watching in Mirissa, Sri Lanka

“He’s been down there 12 minutes, he’s bound to come up any time now,” said Raja as he looked at his watch. I peered at the endless ocean on the horizon, looking for a large disturbance in the water or a plume of mist. The hot sunshine glinted off the water and the boat gently rocked from side to side. …

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How I Became a Sri Lankan Beauty Queen

Sometimes while traveling the world I will end up following a series of “why nots” and suddenly find myself in an absolutely bizarre and surreal situation. This has happened a few times before, but no circumstance has been more totally ridiculous than the night that I became a Sri Lankan Beauty Queen. Lee and I were staying in Negombo, a …

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Cruising in Halong Bay, Vietnam

While attempting to write this post about our cruise in Halong Bay I have struggled somewhat, as the writer in me wants to be able to express the beauty of this strange and ethereal landscape in words. However, to truly understand how gorgeous this place is you have to see it, so I hope that the photos that we took …

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20 Tips for Not Getting Ripped off in South East Asia

Bangkok Tuk Tuk

When you are traveling in Southeast Asia, it is likely that you will encounter some characters who just want to trick you out of your money. After a short while you will start to get a feeling as to how the scams work. This post might make you feel like everyone is trying to scam you – but that is …

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How to Get Around Vietnam’s Facebook Ban

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Facebook is banned by many ISP’s in Vietnam. I spoke to many recently arrived backpackers acting like addicts going cold turkey as they had not yet found a way around the “Unofficial Ban”. Lucky for them (and me) there is an easy solution. Well there are many easy solutions so here is a rundown. 1. Use a Mobile Device – The …

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Vientiane in Photos – Laos Travel

Pha That Luang - Vientiane Laos

Vientiane is the capital city of Laos and it has a very different feel than most capitals of the world. It has a real small town atmosphere rather than the feeling of a city. I suppose Laos does not really have cities, just small towns and villages with seemingly more temples than cars. Many backpackers don’t spend much more than a couple …

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Exploring the Temples of Angkor Wat by Bicycle

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Waking up at 3:30am after only having around 4 hours of sleep is never easy. For those first few moments, my body fought with the overwhelming urge to sink back into the pillow and close my eyes again. But then I remembered why I was waking up at this ungodly hour and a little shiver of excitement went through me. …

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Buying a Suit in Hoi An – Vietnam

Suit in Hoi An

Note: Nobody can really seem to agree if buying a suit in Hoi An is a good idea or not. The subject divides opinion so I will just tell you my experience.  Faced with the best and worst dressed mannequins in Vietnam I found myself unable to answer a simple question. Do I need a suit? Right now, of course, …

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A Very Quick Guide to Vietnam

This very quick guide to Vietnam is a condensed introduction to this exciting Southeast Asian country. We have listed basic information and quick tips to help you understand the costs and practicalities of travelling the country. Visa The Visa for Vietnam is perhaps one of the most confusing at first. There is no tourist Visa on arrival and the costs …

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