Backpacking, Budget & Independent Travel Information for Southeast Asia

Climbing to the Active Summit of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia

Climbing to the Active Summit of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia

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Adventure, Indonesia, Trekking

Mount Batur is at the center of two concentric calderas, or volcanic depressions, in Batur village in the Kintamani district of Bali. I have read that travellers sign up for a hike to this volcano to witness the most picturesque sunrise from its collapsed top. I wanted to see that sunrise for myself…

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Vang Vieng, Laos 2016: Is Tubing Still Alive in the Once Notorious Party Town?

Vang Vieng, Laos 2016: Is Tubing Still Alive in the Once Notorious Party Town?

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Backpacking Life, Laos, Nightlife

Ever since the government crackdown on Vang Vieng following the horrific death toll in 2011, it has been somewhat of a mystery to tourists what the town is like today. Are the river parties still out-of-control-crazy? Did all of the bars close? CAN I EVEN GO TUBING?

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Chasing Blue Flames in Java, Indonesia: Kawah Ijen Volcano

Chasing Blue Flames in Java, Indonesia: Kawah Ijen Volcano

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Adventure, Indonesia, Nina Ragusa

Travel writer Nina Ragusa takes a trip to Kawah Ijen Volcano to find the mysterious blue flame amidst a sulphur stinking crater. Find out about her journey and some tips for your own visit!

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One Girl’s Adventure from Wide-eyed Traveller to Worldwide Entrepreneur

One Girl’s Adventure from Wide-eyed Traveller to Worldwide Entrepreneur

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Editorial, Travel Writing

Before I published this book on Amazon, I had a complete freak out. An old travel buddy spotted a vague post about my new book on Facebook and messaged me to say – “Hey Nikki. I can’t wait to read your book!” I was in bed still on a Sunday morning at 9am. My body froze.

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Plastic Free Philippines: A 2000km Bicycle Tour With a Cause!

Plastic Free Philippines: A 2000km Bicycle Tour With a Cause!

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Adventure, Off The Beaten Track, The Philippines, Volunteering

Anna Dawson is no stranger to the Philippines coastline having lived and worked in the country since 2008, however her next challenge will be one of her biggest yet. From September until December she will be cycling 2000km along the coasts of the Visayas and Luzon advocating for a reduction in ocean plastic, cleaning up beaches and talking to school groups…

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8 Lessons You Learn Living on a Tropical Island in Thailand…

8 Lessons You Learn Living on a Tropical Island in Thailand…

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Guest post, Islands, Thailand, Travel Tips

Kaila Krayewski is a Canadian expat living on the tropical island of Koh Phangan, Thailand. She tells us about her life on the island and some important lessons she’s learned along the way…

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Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

Over The Hill? 20 Things Every Backpacker in their 30s will Understand

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Backpacking Life, Uncategorised

As a wide-eyed, fresh-faced young backpacker, no travel hiccup, set-back, nor the worst changover in the world, could prevent you from having the time of your life! So now you’re 30. Will you ever go backpacking again? Hell yeah! But this time, for your sanity and your dignity, there’ll be a few slight adjustments. Here are 20 Things Every Backpacker in Their 30s will understand…

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Can you Surf in Thailand? Yes You Can!

Can you Surf in Thailand? Yes You Can!

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Surfing, Thailand

This might come as a surprise even for experienced surfers, but surfing in Thailand does exist! Just a little more 5 years ago people would barely know that waves that hit the west coast of Thailand are actually surfable. But today the surfing culture is developing rapidly. So where is the best place to surf?

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Backpacking Through Java: The Perfect One Week Itinerary

Backpacking Through Java: The Perfect One Week Itinerary

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Indonesia, Trekking

There’s a standard backpacker route that most people follow when they explore Java. The journey starts in Yogyakarta where travellers come to see the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites Borobudur and Prambanan. Then, the trail leads east, to watch the sun rise over Bromo and Ijen volcanoes. It’s an amazing route that combines the cultural highlights of central Java with the striking beauty of the landscapes of East Java. This journey through Java takes a minimum of seven days…

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Motorbiking the Highlands of Sri Lanka on a Yamaha Baja 250cc Dirt Bike…

Motorbiking the Highlands of Sri Lanka on a Yamaha Baja 250cc Dirt Bike…

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Off The Beaten Track, Sri Lanka

Matt Lloyd explores the coast and highlands of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka on a Yamaha Baja 250 dirt bike. Passing by world class surf breaks and chilled out beach resorts, dodging snakes in the road, spotting wild elephants in the jungle, and ascending through the mist to see why Sri Lanka is the world’s largest exporter of tea…

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