Browsing Category : Asia

Vang Vieng – The Former Party Capital of Asia

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The tubing haven of Vang Vieng in central Laos is an example of tourism gone wrong. This sleepy town on the Nam Song River became a famous party mecca for backpackers, who would float down the river on inner tubes, stopping off at bars along the way. Drunk revellers would dive into the river from rope swings and down the…

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Visiting COPE in Vientiane, Laos

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We missed out Laos on our last trip, it was monsoon season and we decided to go to Myanmar instead, so we were happy to get the time to fit it in on this trip. There wasn’t a lot to do in the capital Vientiane, but an interesting place to visit is the COPE centre. About a twenty minute walk…

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Bright Lights and Shanghai Nights

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Over 24 hours travelling and a 13 hour time jump saw us arrive in Shanghai for our first ever visit to China. Since it was fairly last-minute, we didn’t have time to sort out the correct visas, but found that we could get a 144 hour transit visa as long as we were flying on to another country and didn’t…

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Top 10 travel scams in South-East Asia

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Long term travel means you are constantly watching what you spend, so avoiding being scammed out of your life savings is a big deal.   More often than not, you rarely lose more than a few pounds, but it’s difficult to find the balance between wanting to help someone out who is genuinely worse off than you, and not having…

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Bintang time in Bali

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“They say If you like Kuta, you need to go home” is what Jimmy, our host on the Island of Gili Air in Lombok said upon meeting. We told him we’d just spent a week there, the Magaluf of Bali – full of young, wild Australian tourists.

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Kyoto, Hiroshima and Osaka

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The Shinkansen ‘bullet’ train from Tokyo took us the 513 km to Kyoto in just over two hours. Let’s put that into perspective. The 696 km train journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai took 16 hours! Another point to Japan.

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The Cameron Highlands

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A four hour bus from Penang took us to the town of Tanah Rata in the Cameron Highlands. Another hill station from the colonial era known for its tea plantations, strawberry farms and cold weather. We were a little skeptical of this promised cooler climate but sure enough we were in hoodies for 3 days..the first time in nearly 5…

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Penang – City of Food and Culture

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We were excited to come to Penang, mainly because of its reputation for great street food. Anyone we’d spoken to or anything we’d read online raved about the hawker stalls and food courts. And it hasn’t let us down. Compared to street food elsewhere in Asia this place is on another level. We have also made a new discovery…the joy…

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Nasi Lemak

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We couldn’t leave Penang without trying Malaysia’s national dish, Nasi Lemak. Traditionally eaten for breakfast and often seen wrapped in banana leaf parcels in food courts and on the the street.

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