Category: Asia

Things to do in Don Det and Don Khon: Laos’ 4000 Islands

The Mekong River is the life and soul of South East Asia. It’s crucial for much of the trade in the region and connects all of the neighbouring countries. It acts as country borders, is home to floating markets, and is vital for transportation in some areas. But, fun fact…

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One Week in Java Itinerary

I can understand why so many people visit Bali. It’s got spectacular scenery, a really unique culture, and lovely people. But there is so much more to Indonesia than this one island – which I would argue is a bit of a victim of its own success as it is…

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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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