The world of backpacking is changing. Like much of the rest of the world, that change is due to technology.
Today, there is so much opportunity right at your fingertips to cut out all of the potential hassle and worry of travel, and even save money by booking good quality trips and adventures online. Instead of worrying if you are about to get scammed, if the trip you are booking is safe and if you will be in good hands, online travel companies like Klook do the hard work for you.
No more trawling through heavy guide books!
We were introduced to Klook recently by Eduardo, who is Mexican-born backpacker-cum-entrepreneur living in Hong Kong. He has recently started working for the company and wanted to tell us all about it!
“The aim of Klook is to find backpackers great deals on adventures all over the world and allow them to book quickly and easily via our app on their mobile phone. We aim to cut out the middle man, going direct the the local trip provider, that way getting a better deal for the local company and saving you a load of money that would otherwise go straight to the travel agent! We can guarantee that you won’t find a better deal on the trips elsewhere.”
Eduardo tells us that in each destination, Klook looks to a local expert to handpick the most unique adventures. For example in Nepal, the trips have been collated by a local photographer who has been living in the country for decades.
The best trips in Nepal!
Through local expertise Klook makes sure that the website is crammed with the most interesting and varied trips at the best value for money. The companies that Klook work with tend to be small, local businesses that have no way of advertising themselves to a larger audience of backpackers.
Says Eduardo; “Because of this local knowledge and expertise, the trips we have are unique and more interesting than the average trek or temple tour. It would take you weeks to do all of the research to figure out the best trips in a destination or country and we know that backpackers these days are hard pushed for time, so we want to do the job for you. Our website is crammed with the best trips we can find at the best price – check it out and see for yourself!”
So here’s where you folks come in.
We don’t want to take Eduardo’s word for it. He’s kindly offered our readers (exclusively for SEA Backpacker Magazine) the chance to try three unique adventures on the Klook website and tell us what you think?
Can you review these trips for us?
If you’re interested in reviewing a trip, all you have to do is send us a quick message via our contact form telling us which trip (out of the three trips below) that you’d like to review and why you’d be the perfect person to review it!
We’ll publish the best review as a featured article on our website and in our next magazine, giving you the chance to get published in a real travel magazine, have your say and giving other backpackers the opportunity to see whether they’d enjoy the experience themselves…
Check out the three trips below. Which tickles your fancy?
1. Cambodian Cooking Class, Siem Reap
From fresh spring rolls, to delicious creamy fish amok curry and sweet mango sticky rice balls for dessert, Cambodia’s unique cuisine will tantalise your taste buds and leave you hungry for more! In this full day cooking class in Siem Reap, (home of Angkor Wat Temples) you’ll learn to cook six traditional dishes with a local chef so that you can recreate the taste of Cambodia once you return home from your backpacking adventure!
During the day’s course, you’ll also visit a local family at a rural village to learn about homegrown herbs and vegetables and learn more about daily cooking in a Khmer household. You’ll leave the class with new skills and without doubt – a very full stomach!
Cambodia Cooking Class photos by Chris Brinlee Jr.
2. Black House and White Temple trip, Chiang Mai
North of Chiang Mai lies the smaller, culturally rich city of Chiang Rai, home to some of the most magnificent and unusual architecture in the country, most notably the rather spooky Black House and the incredibly ornate and dazzling White Temple. Designed by national artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, Wat Rong Khun (the White Temple) features intricate and otherworldly details such as a bridge with hundreds of white hands stretching eerily out of the ground below and giant tusks to mark the entrance.
The Black House, is a striking contrast to the White Temple and was in fact designed by Kositpipat’s former teacher, Thawan Duchanee, it contains a bizarre collection of taxidermy, not for the faint-hearted. Along the way, you’ll also take a dip in the Maekachan hot spring and enjoy a delicious local Thai lunch. This is the deal trip for culture vultures!
3. White Water Rafting, Bali
Bali is a backpacker paradise, however we often fear that travellers do not get to see the best that this island has to offer. Partying until sunrise night after night in Kuta is all very well, but Bali, nicknamed the ‘Island of the Gods’ has so much more adventure to offer travellers! Why not get that adrenalin pumping with a white water rafting trip on the exciting 16km rapids of Bali’s awesome Telagawaja River!
With two decades of experience, rafting company, Sobek is one of Bali’s most experienced and safest adventure companies on the island, so you know you’re in good hands. You’ll get to witness the beauty of the island from another angle as you raft through narrow gorges through mountainous jungle-clad terrain with waterfalls cascading from the cliffs all around. A delicious Balinese style buffet lunch and well deserved hot shower facilities included in the trip.
So what are you waiting for?
Tell us which Klook trip you’d like to review and why via our CONTACT FORM and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Opportunity ends on 31st July 2015.