Category: Asia

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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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10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Living in Vietnam

This post was written by Sam, blogger and Vietnam expert, who blogs on Itching for Travel. Vietnam is a trending destination in Southeast Asia for both backpackers and location independent travellers. Some travellers spend three months exploring the length and breadth of Vietnam. Others teach English in Ho Chi Minh…

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Complete Laos Itinerary for the Whole Country

Much of South East Asia is already very well explored. Everyone knows about Bangkok, Bali and the Vietnamese coastal route (although it’s still very easy to get off the beaten track in these places!). But somewhere that’s not given nearly enough credit is Laos. Laos does have a position on…

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The Best Places to Visit in Langkawi

Langkawi Island is one of the most popular travel destinations in West Malaysia. Located just 3 hours ferry ride from Penang Island, Langkawi Island has been welcoming foreign travelers and tourists since 1986, when the Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir decided to develop Langkawi into a major tourist hub. It was…

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Full One Month in Vietnam Itinerary – No Stops Missed!

Sitting at a kind of crossroads between the Orient and southeast Asia, with an incredibly rich and varied culture and history, Vietnam has some stories to tell. Not all of them good; many people can still remember the brutal war that took place there in the 1970s – and given…

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Is Elephant Nature Park Ethical?

I, like most other travellers to Thailand, was very keen to see some beautiful elephants while travelling the country. There is something about these animals that’s just magical; they’re so peaceful and majestic, and seeing one in the flesh is a really awe-inspiring experience. But honestly, I’d kind of written…

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Bumper 3 Days in Bangkok Itinerary

Bangkok. There’s not really anywhere on this earth quite like it. It manages to be a melting pot of different cultures, yet still have a strong Thai culture. Bangkok’s a city with a distinct heritage, as well as a ridiculously modern eating, drinking and shopping scene. It’s somewhere where you…

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How Not To Go Hiking in Vang Vieng

Oh Vang Vieng… how I hated you. Don’t get my wrong, the place is pretty – far away from the main strip, that is. Vang Vieng is the worst kind of backpacker town – one where boozed up Westerners flock the main street, seemingly day and night, and save for…

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