Asia

Backpacking in the Philippines: Five Quirky Experiences

  Despite having passed through Asia a load of times and visiting many countries there, one high on my โ€œto see listโ€ remains the Philippines and I have plans to check it out next year. I heard from fellow travel blogger Jonny Blair that there are some really quirky and unusual things to see and do here, so here is just a quick top 5 sample of what you can do in...

Snapshots from Melaka, Malaysia

Despite spending one cumulative month in Malaysia. I have failed to write about my time in Melaka. It was somewhere that I spent just two days in, but honestly failed to connect with, especially having been to Malaysian Borneo, the historic Georgetown in Penang, and to the delightful Cameron Highlands. There may be a number of reasons for this including travel...

Visiting the Princes islands, in Istanbul, Turkey

Did you know that Istanbul had a collection of nearby islands? I didn’t, until I overheard someone saying that they were going to the Princes Islands, and I needed to enquire with them what they were talking about. Before I went to Istanbul, I saw it as a city destination; a concrete jungle, busy and always on the go. This is kind of the case for the city...

Crossing borders in Istanbul. Europe to Asia in 20 minutes

Crossing borders is always an exciting aspect of travelling. Often it leads to a new passport stamp, and can introduce you to a new culture, language and different food. I have done many border crossings recently, often in long, hot bus rides, taking up to 12 hours. I have crossed overland from Singapore to Malaysia, to Thailand, to Laos, into Cambodia and then...

The diving culture of Koh Tao, Thailand

The Thai Islands, offer a whole host of things for many a traveller, and people are drawn there for usually one or two reasons, not the least for a relaxing time by the beach. If it is Koh Phangan, to the East of the country; this will the infamous Full Moon Parties, were people party from dusk to dawn, drinking a variety of cocktails, served in beach buckets. This...

Visiting Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

As we drove up the windy and rough path, and into the lush countryside, I spotted them, on the hill. Giant Bell shaped structures, layered in a square complex, all guarded by various Buddhas. The sun shone through the gaps and created a mystical vibe. We had arrived at Borobudur Temple, which is about an hour outside of the city Yogyakarta, where we were staying. It...

Ninh Binh, Vietnam: Halong bay inland

During my time in Mui Ne, I met another backpacker called Jerry, from the Czech Republic. We inevitably got in to talking about where he had been and where he was going, over dinner in Hoi An. He mentioned that on his way to Hanoi, he was stopping off Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh?! Where the heck is Ninh Binh, I asked. A few hours south of Hanoi, he replied. Jerry told me...

Bangkok to Koh Tao by train

Long bus rides, and journeys have long been a theme, in my travelling life; why fly and get there in an hour, when you can get on a tuk tuk, two buses, a train and a boat instead? Plus, it is way better for the environment, and makes for a great story. After meeting my sister in Bangkok, we revised our travel plans a few times, but decided to get out of the big city...

On the rooftop of Thailand at Baiyoke Sky Hotel, Bangkok

  When I think of tall buildings in Bangkok, I think of that fancy bar, overlooking the city, which is frequently visited by to tourists thanks to its feature in the Hangover II. That bar is called the Sky Bar, and although it is the World’s highest open air bar, and looks like it has incredible views (I didn’t actually visit). It has a strict dress...

Visiting the Ba Na Hills, Da Nang, Vietnam

It ย wasn’t in my plan to visit the Ba Na Hills, which are located in the Truong Son Mountains, near Da Nang, Vietnam. However, after having to wait around, whilst I was getting a dress tailor made for me, I had a free day. I saw an advertisement for a tour to the Ba Na Hills. I had no idea where, or what it was, but after I looked at some photos; a view from...

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