Category: Asia

Hiking Mount Ijen Tour: What You Need to Konw

Ok, I’ve officially been in Java for 18 hours, and I’m already in LOVE with the island. If you’re visiting Bali, definitely consider a trip over to its neighbouring island – and the main island of Indonesia. This infatuation began when I got on the ferry crossing. I was jabbering…

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Hiking Mount Bromo Independently: A How-To Guide

I’m currently overlanding the world (well, a good chunk of it at least) from Bali in South East Asia to London, England. So my first point of call was Bali’s neighbour, Java, and its many volcanoes. While in Java, I managed to adopt a ‘travel all day hike all night’…

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Why I Didn’t Party in Vang Vieng

If you’re backpacking South East Asia and start talking about Laos, you’ll generally get asked just the one question: did you go to Vang Vieng?  My answer: Yep, I hated it. Honestly. I hated the most popular tourist destination in Laos. Vang Vieng is a tourist hotspot, the busiest place…

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Everything You Need to Know About Hiking in Nong Khiaw

Laos is remote and takes a long time to travel around in. Northern Laos (north of Luang Prabang) is remoter than remote and takes a few years to get anywhere. The mountainous destinations of Luang Namtha and the Nam Ou River are absolutely stunning and promise adventure, but you’ll want…

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How to do the Thakhek Loop with No Motorbike

Not so fun fact: I’m terrified of driving a motorbike. I only learnt to ride a bicycle properly very recently, and although I managed to drive around the whole of Australia in a car, the thought of controlling a bike going at 60-70 kmph is absolutely terrifying. But in Asia,…

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Wonderful Things to do in Hoi An and Travel Tips

If you’re planning on travelling through Vietnam this year, then Hoi An is a stop that you simply cannot miss. We spent 3 weeks travelling through this spectacular country, and found Hoi An to be one of the most culturally significant and exciting spots you could wish to visit. It…

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The Best Hikes in Central Asia

Thanks to some gorgeous scenery, Central Asia is slowly getting a name as one of the most fascinating trekking destinations in the world. From hiking among the soaring mountain peaks of Kyrgzstan to passing through the many scenic lakes in Tajikistan, hiking in this part of the world is wonderful….

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What to do in Vientiane, the Capital of Laos

Sometimes my travel tastes can be a bit alternative. For example, I hated Vang Vieng, Laos’ most popular tourist destination (read about my failed hiking expedition here). I also wasn’t wild about Pai, a mountainous town in London that the world and his wife rave about. But Vientiane, the sleepy…

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Things to do in Pakse and Champasak

Laos’ southern city, Pakse, isn’t famous for much. It’s widely known as a destination where ‘there isn’t much to do’. But the area is well worth a stay in – in fact, on my Laos itinerary, I advise travelers to spend the most time in this area. Why is that?…

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3 Days in Luang Prabang Itinerary

Luang Prabang is Laos’ ancient, religious city and is somewhere that I really took to. It’s a popular city in Laos, and is visited by most of the travellers who pass through, but it still manages to be completely authentic and doesn’t feel too tourist trodden. It’s home to religious…

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