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January, 2014

  • 3 January

    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 …

  • 1 January

    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 …

November, 2013

  • 15 November

    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 …

September, 2013

  • 30 September

    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 …

August, 2013

  • 13 August

    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 …

July, 2013

  • 10 July

    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. …

June, 2013

  • 3 June

    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 …

May, 2013

  • 27 May

    Plastic Tables and 25 Cent Beer – A Uniquely Vietnamese Drinking Experience

    Going out for a beer in Hanoi or Saigon is an experience unlike no other. First, you have to gather your nerves and walk confidently through the never ending heavy stream of motorbikes flowing through the crowded streets. (Don’t worry, if you move with purpose they will flow around you like a river rushing past a rock.) Then, you must …

  • 11 May

    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 …

April, 2013

  • 15 April

    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 …

  • 4 April

    Tiger Kingdom, Chiang Mai – Making Friends With Tigers in Thailand

    tiger kingdom

    I was nervously excited before our visit to Tiger Kingdom. Who doesn’t want to cuddle a tiger? We jumped in a Tuk Tuk and headed out of the old walled city of Chiang Mai towards the giant kitties. I was also nervous about the morals of visiting them. I had heard positive things about this particular place (more below). Tiger Kingdom …

March, 2013

  • 21 March

    How to Get Around Vietnam’s Facebook Ban

    facebook logo

    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 …

  • 21 March

    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 …

  • 13 March

    Exploring the Temples of Angkor Wat by Bicycle

    angkor thom

    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. …

  • 10 March

    Tubing In Vang Vieng, Laos and the Dangers of Traveller Stupidity

    Floating down the river with the sun shining and beautiful mountains passing you by. Tubing in Vang Vieng is every bit as wonderful as it sounds. You drift along at a lazy pace, past lush forests, herds of cattle and young boys spearfishing near the banks. The Mekong River meanders slowly, giving you plenty of time to gaze up at …

  • 3 March

    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, …

February, 2013

  • 26 February

    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 …

  • 17 February

    Macau and Hong Kong – A Small Bite of China that Left Us Wanting More

    An old fashioned Chinese junk with crimson sails, floating past futuristic skyscrapers blazoned with brand names. A dazzling light show that electrified the entirety of one of the most impressive skylines I have ever seen. Steaming hot pork dumplings sizzling in a wok. A young boy riding a bike down a cobblestone alleyway lined with historic Portuguese style buildings. Our …

  • 3 February

    Travel Movie Review: The Impossible

    the impossible

    There is nothing more powerful than the truth. This is why The Impossible is one of the hardest movies I have ever watched. Over 200,000 people died in the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and many more were left with nothing, so it was always going to be a tough couple of hours. The film focuses on an English family, Ewan …

  • 1 February

    Photo of The Week: Riding Elephants in Thailand

    elephant riding in thailand

    After all the Chang I had been drinking I realised that the two elephants on the beer bottles logo were the closest to the real thing that I had seen in Thailand. When the opportunity arose to go riding Elephants in Thailand, I could not refuse. Getting on was tricky, we were on a raised deck and had to climb …

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