Backpacking, Budget & Independent Travel Information for Southeast Asia

10 Unmissable Places in Palawan, the Philippines

10 Unmissable Places in Palawan, the Philippines

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Diving, The Philippines, Travel Tips

With over 2,000 kilometres of coastline, 1,700 islands containing thousands of pristine beaches, towering limestone karsts, tropical rainforest, amazing wildlife and a chilled out burgeoning backpacker scene – Palawan is a paradisiacal adventure playground waiting to be discovered!

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The Highs And Lows Of Sri Lanka…

The Highs And Lows Of Sri Lanka…

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Sri Lanka, Travel Tips

At 34, I’m older than most to be making my first trip to Asia. Where better to start for a relatively easy way in than Sri Lanka? The country has been a highly popular destination for several years now and was recommended to me by several of my friends. Here are my impressions after a month’s visit with my girlfriend, conveniently simplified into a list of “highs” and “lows”…

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5 Must See Waterfalls in Thailand!

5 Must See Waterfalls in Thailand!

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Thailand, Trekking

Exploring waterfalls is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature in Thailand. Trekking up through the dense jungle along a small winding dirt track, in 90 percent humidity and the 35 degree tropical heat. Top it all off by jumping into a deep pool of cloudy blue water coloured by dissolved limestone, swim amongst the nibbling fish and lay back listening to the jungle sounds all around. Heaven!

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Been there, Don Det.

Been there, Don Det.

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Islands, Laos

When the mighty Mekong River flooded its banks, it created an archipelago known as Si Phan Don. It is translated as 4,000 Islands and, although the river swallows most of these islands in flood season, some remain above water level, boasting riverside bungalows, guesthouses and a refreshing tranquility away from the chaotic backpacker trail of Southeast Asia…

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4 Awesome Countryside Camping Options Near Chiang Mai, Thailand

4 Awesome Countryside Camping Options Near Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Accommodation, Off The Beaten Track, Thailand

Are you headed to Chiang Mai in search of adventure? If you want to swim in a river, hike in a forest and spot Thai wildlife, check out these off-the-beaten-track National Parks that few tourists visit. You’ll have to drive yourself or hire a private driver to get to these destinations, as they’re so rarely on visitors’ itineraries, but the journey to get there is worth it we promise!

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Why Did I Ever Come Home? Battling with Reverse Culture Shock!

Why Did I Ever Come Home? Battling with Reverse Culture Shock!

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Backpacking Life, Travel Tips

Initially, I assumed I was just being melodramatic. It took a long chat with a fellow traveller until I understood. I wasn’t just a bit moody; I was suffering from Reverse Culture Shock. What exactly is Reverse Culture Shock I hear you ask?

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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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