Backpacking, Budget & Independent Travel Information for Southeast Asia

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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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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12-Day Backpacker Itinerary for Myanmar

12-Day Backpacker Itinerary for Myanmar

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Myanmar, Trekking

How many days do you need to truly explore Myanmar? The intrepid traveller will tell you that it takes weeks, months, even years to truly get under the skin of a country. Yet, most of us, particularly these days, are strapped for time – and short on money! We reckon the absolute minimum time that you need to explore the highlights of Myanmar is 12 days. Here’s what you can fit in during that time!

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Into the Jungle… Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Into the Jungle… Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

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Malaysia, Trekking

Borneo is not as heavily written about as some of its other neighbouring countries, this may be due to the lack of a well trodden backpacker trail but that is definitely one of it’s charms – experiencing nature in it’s purest form…

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Oasis Capsules, Hostel Review: The Best Value for Money in Siem Reap, Cambodia?

Oasis Capsules, Hostel Review: The Best Value for Money in Siem Reap, Cambodia?

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Accommodation, Cambodia

Are capsule beds the new trendy thing for backpacker hostels? Check out the brand new accommodation, Oasis Capsules Hostel in Siem Reap, Cambodia that’s offering cool, colourful beds to backpackers from just $6 USD a night!

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Thailand Café Culture: 5 Reasons to Visit Chiang Mai if You’re a Coffee Fanatic!

Thailand Café Culture: 5 Reasons to Visit Chiang Mai if You’re a Coffee Fanatic!

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Food, Thailand

What the hell is going on in Chiang Mai, Thailand? The sheer number of coffee shops in Chiang Mai is enough to overwhelm even a seasoned coffee enthusiast like myself. I thought I’d seen everything, but this took the cake! It’s easy to see why this place is referred to as the Coffee Capital of Southeast Asia…

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An Inside View on Koh Phangan, The Full Moon Party Island

An Inside View on Koh Phangan, The Full Moon Party Island

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Backpacking Life, Interviews, Islands, Thailand

Is it still worth visiting Koh Phangan if you’re not interested in the Full Moon Party? We caught up with Israeli expat, Sharon, who runs the popular website, phanganist.com, to find out more about what the island has to offer, from yoga to Muay Thai, and learn about how the reputation of Koh Phangan has changed in recent years…

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Could You Turn Your Backpacking Adventures into a Travel Book? 10 Tips for Writing a Best Selling Travel Memoir!

Could You Turn Your Backpacking Adventures into a Travel Book? 10 Tips for Writing a Best Selling Travel Memoir!

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Travel Writing

Nikki Scott, the founder of South East Asia Backpacker, has recently written a travel memoir about her experience backpacking in South East Asia and setting up a business in Thailand. So far the book, entitled ‘Backpacker Business’ is getting 5 star reviews on Amazon and she’s currently preparing her second book all about her travels in South America! So could you write a book about your travels? Do you think you have what it takes to become a best selling travel writer?

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