Top Travel Apps for Backpackers

Whilst travelling around there is a good chance you will need to book a hotel, find a location and budget so you can keep travelling for as long as possible. Fortunately we have at our disposal technology that people travelling ten or even five years ago could only have dreamed of. Below I will discuss…

Australian Working Holiday VISA, Application and Arrival

I am approaching the end of my working holiday visa and thought it was about time I put together a quick guide based on what I have learnt. This guide will be in 3 sections; Applying for your visa Getting set up in Australia Finding work/ accommodation I found all of these things quite daunting…

Cambodia to Vietnam – Crossing the Land Border

Whilst in Phnom Penh, we knew we wanted to carry out the next stage of our trip in Vietnam. We also knew we could not afford another flight so our only real option was the bus. The blackboard in our hostels reception (The Happy House Zone) had a list of bus trips and prices that…

The Spiritualism of Vietnam as I saw it

One of the first things I noticed during my time in Vietnam was the small personal shrines outside almost every home and business. I also noticed incense sticks tucked into seemingly random places such as gaps in brick walls. I was surprised by the spirituality that existed throughout the country. Before visiting I incorrectly assumed…

Temple Hopping in Cambodia

My journey began when I arrived in Siem Reap (nearest town to the Angkor complex). After spending time in Thailand (land of smiles), where even the airport security are trying to please. I was taken aback by the stark difference as I stepped off the plane. Everyone looked stern and were wearing military dress. I…

Bangkok Transportation Guide

Stepping off the plane at Suvarnabhumi Aiport with no real idea of how to reach your hotel can seem like a daunting prospect. Especially if you are on a strict budget and have heard stories of how the Bangkok taxi drivers lie in wait like crocodiles, ready to rip off  new and confused tourists. When…

The Cameron Highlands

The Cameron Highlands are located in West Malaysia roughly 200km North of Kuala Lumpur. They sit at around 1,400m above sea level and so maintain an annual temperature of around 18c. For anyone who has spent time in South East Asia before visiting the Cameron Highlands this is positively freezing. The land was first surveyed…

The Search for Turtles off Gili Trawangan

The Gili Islands are a chain of three islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Comprising of Gili Trawangan (the largest), Gili Meno and Gili Air. They are a peaceful place to relax offering a slower pace of life from that on Bali or Lombok. You can soak up some sun, fill your belly with…

Two Days In Kuala Lumpur – Itinerary 

Due to a delay with my flight from Krabi (Thailand) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) I was left with only two full days in this vibrant and modern city. Disappointing I know but it wasn’t too bad in the end. Of course I was forced to transform my itinerary but despite the set back I feel…

Best things to do in Chiang Mai

Having spent five days exploring the city of Chiang Mai and surrounding areas I can say that I have found it far more relaxed than the other South East Asian locations visited so far. The roads are safer to cross, the city is quieter and nature is more apparent. I arrived in Chiang Mai just…

Visiting the Tailors in Hoi An

Visiting the tailors in Hoi An can be a daunting prospect if you are not prepared for it. To be honest I found it daunting even after my prep. Here is some of the tips I picked up along the way.  There are so many tailors to chose from so my first tip is to…

Four Days in Hoi An, Vietnam

Of all the places I have been so far in South East Asia, Hoi An is my favourite. There is so much to look at and explore.  A Little Bit of History  Hoi An is a well preserved example of a traditional Vietnamese trading port located along the bank of the Thu Bon River. The old…