Backpacking, Budget & Independent Travel Information for Southeast Asia

Moments in Southeast Asia You’ll Never Forget…

Moments in Southeast Asia You’ll Never Forget…

Despite the open-mindedness that travel brings, destination snobbery is still prevalent in certain traveler communities. I’ve heard experienced backpackers describe Southeast Asia with phrases like ‘over traveled’ and ‘inauthentic’. After two years in the region, I could not be more convinced that they’re wrong. With the right attitude, travel in Southeast Asia rarely fails to provide wonderful, surprising, awe-inspiring moments. So, here’s to those moments, the ones you’ll never forget.

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Is Analog Photography Still Valuable in a Digital World? One Traveller Thinks So.

Is Analog Photography Still Valuable in a Digital World? One Traveller Thinks So.

Have you ever thought about the way that digital cameras have changed our behaviour when we travel? Click. Click. Click. Do we ever stop to think about what we are photographing anymore? Gone are the days of waiting a week, when we return home, for our travel photos to develop so that we can drool over images and relive memories from our trip of a lifetime. From analog cameras to the days of smart phones and instant gratification, have we lot something in the process?

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A Four-Day Sailing Adventure from Lombok to Flores, Indonesia

A Four-Day Sailing Adventure from Lombok to Flores, Indonesia

Want a once in a lifetime chance to cruise across the Indonesian coast with 20 other backpackers in a party boat? Why not spend three nights and four days sailing from Lombok to Flores in Indonesia, and explore Komodo National Park along the way!

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The Best Festivals in Southeast Asia

The Best Festivals in Southeast Asia

From the planet’s biggest water fight in Thailand (Songkran), to the gruesome piercings and self mutilations of the Hindu festival, Thaipusam, festivals in Southeast Asia are a cultural experience like no other. Have you got your camera at the ready?

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What is Permaculture? Interview with Rico Zook, Permaculture Designer & Teacher

What is Permaculture? Interview with Rico Zook, Permaculture Designer & Teacher

Last month, we took a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Arambol, Goa, India with well-known Permaculture designer and teacher, Rico Zook, of Itinerant Permaculture. During the course we learnt many things, one of them, something that you think we should have known before taking the course in the first place – what permaculture actually is.

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“Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly? Or the Latest Scapegoat for the World’s Inequality?

“Begpacking”: Backpackers Behaving Badly? Or the Latest Scapegoat for the World’s Inequality?

Over the past few days a photo has been going viral on Facebook showing two backpackers in the street selling postcards to fund their travels. Two more travellers busking in the street are also shamed for their actions whilst backpacking in Asia. I can’t help but think that this story is being blown way out of proportion by the Western media and the image of these two young, naïve backpackers is being used as a scapegoat for the inequality of the world. Before you get angry with me, here are some thoughts I’d like you to consider…

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Songkran Survival Guide for Scrooges

Songkran Survival Guide for Scrooges

As people gear up for the world’s biggest water fight, if you’re secretly dreading it and are wondering if it’s okay to book yourself a posh hotel, buy lots of beer and avoid the next three – five days, then read this guide on how to survive Songkran, and make up your mind…

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How to Ride a Bike in Asia (Like a Tw*t)

How to Ride a Bike in Asia (Like a Tw*t)

Having spent more time than intended in North Goa I have seen my fair share of motorcycle twatiness. Apparently, this behaviour isn’t unique to Goa. In fact, all over Asia you will find people being knobs on bikes. If you want to be a “somebody” whilst travelling, it’s essential you learn how to fit in. So here it is, a simple guide…

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How do you feel about beggars?

How do you feel about beggars?

Throughout my travels in India and South East Asia, I’ve been approached by beggars of all ages. Sometimes, I’ve given money or food. Sometimes I haven’t. Every time I go through a complex surge of emotions and the internal dilemma I describe here. Does everybody feel something similar to this? How do you cope with being approached by beggars?

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The Bum Gun, a Beginner’s Guide, ‘Cos Toilets in Asia Ain’t Easy

The Bum Gun, a Beginner’s Guide, ‘Cos Toilets in Asia Ain’t Easy

Also called the butt-blaster, butt bomber and ass hose, this hand-held bidet faithfully sits beside the toilets of Asia, freaking out westerners and causing them to stockpile tissue like the world is ending. Introducing the Bum Gun! Your new best friend.

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