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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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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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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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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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26 Things I Have Learned While Travelling South East Asia

Six months in Travelling in South East Asia has taught me a lot. You have strange preconceptions about a place before you visit and it is often hard to make sense of them all until you find yourself there. This is a list of 26 small details noticed from day to day life that I have noticed while living here. …

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24 Hours in Brunei – in Photos

We spent 24 hours exploring the tiny and extremely oil rich country of Brunei, on the North coast of Borneo. This country is small on square footage but big on fabulous wealth, as exemplified by the glittering domes, ornate mosques and gorgeous sculptures that can be seen everywhere. The capital of Bandar Seri Begawan is a fantastic city to walk …

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How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday While Traveling?

The savage heat of the jungle hung heavily in the air as Lee and I scrambled down an incline and between two enormous boulders in Bako National Park in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. We squeezed through the space between the mossy rocks, finding ourselves in a surreal landscape of soft sand and twisting mangrove trees. Our local guide stopped in his …

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Exploring the Beautiful Malaysian City of Melaka in Photos

As we rode in the taxi from the bus station to our hostel, Melaka impressed us at first sight. It’s colourful pinkish-red buildings and brightly decorated trishaws with blaring music and fake flowers got us excited about spending some time in this UNESCO World Heritage City. Melaka is a great city to walk around in because although it is a …

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Photo of The Week: Singapore

Singapore skyline

It looks like a hurricane has blown a cruise liner on top of a skyscraper, but this amazing structure was actually built this way. The Marina Bay Sands is one of the most impressive buildings in the Singapore skyline and it is the most expensive casino property in the world with a value of $6.5 billion USD. This ridiculous resort …

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Top Five Things To Do in the Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are my kind of place, filled with beautiful rolling hills, juicy strawberries, fresh tea and fascinating trails through the jungle. Right away you will notice the difference in the temperature as the air is much chillier in this high altitude mountain micro climate. This is not a bad thing at all, because after the sweltering heat in …

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Visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It’s a sound I recognized immediately from horror films, the high pitched squealing and frantic flapping of dozens of bats as they swarm around the bright entrance of a dark cave. As I looked up to see them circling high above me near the roof of the limestone cavern, I clutched my flashlight a little tighter and I stepped further …

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Bangkok Sights and Sounds – Our First Impressions

Bangkok was the first city we arrived at on our trip around Southeast Asia and we were immediately blown away by this chaotic, noisy and colorful metropolis. This city is fast-paced, gritty, high energy and when you are a first time visitor the Bangkok sights will constantly leave with you with eyes wide open, bewildered at the strange world you …

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