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Amazing National Parks in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s national parks are the jewel in its crown. If you are a wildlife lover, a trip to at least one of these protected areas cannot be missed!

Is Southeast Asia Safe to Travel?

Plenty of first-time travellers wonder whether Southeast Asia is safe to travel. The answer is absolutely yes! While you need to take precautions, Southeast Asia is one of the safest places in the world for backpackers.

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The Best Filtered Water Bottles for Travel

A filtered water bottle is an essential item for the responsible traveller in Southeast Asia. Not only will it ensure that you can drink purified water from any water source, but it also means that you will be protecting the environment from unnecessary plastic waste. Read our pick of the best options for filtered travel bottles for your journey!

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8 Awesome Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Southeast Asia

If you’re going to be in Southeast Asia for New Year, you’re probably wondering what is on offer in terms of the celebrations. This list, compiled with the help of our backpacking community, lists some of the best options for NYE in Southeast Asia!


11 Safest Cities in Asia for Travellers

Planning a trip to Asia but have concerns about wellbeing and security? Worry no more! This round-up of the safest cities in Asia will help you pick your next destination!

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Ha Giang Loop, Vietnam: 2023 Adventure Guide for Travellers 🇻🇳🏍️

Layer upon layer of blue-green mountains reaching out as far as the eye can see; jagged black rocks jutting out of the hazy green landscape and sheer cliffs descending dramatically from the edge of narrow mountain roads — these are just some of the views you will encounter during the 320-kilometer Hà Giang motorbike loop, located in the extreme north of Vietnam.

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Elephant Sanctuaries in Laos – 3 Ethical Picks

If you want to visit one of the elephant sanctuaries in Laos, you’re in the right place! This guide has shortlisted the most ethical parks across the country to help you make the best decision for you AND the elephants!

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12 Ethical Elephant Sanctuaries in Thailand

Looking for an ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand? We’re here to help! These 12 options, scattered across the country offer an extremely high level of care to elephants!

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The 11 Best Hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam

Discover which hostels were voted the top 25 hostels in Hanoi, Vietnam by our community! Our list includes party hostels, boutique guesthouses, rooftop bars & free beer! There is something for every kind of backpacker!

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Best Osprey Backpacks for Travel

Choose the best Osprey backpack for travel with our ultimate guide. We cover the best options as well as point out what to look for in an Osprey…

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10 Best Hikes in Southeast Asia

If you’re looking at hiking trails in Southeast Asia, you’re in the right place! With so many epic treks across the region, the hardest part is choosing which one you do first!

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What Is an Ethical Elephant Sanctuary?

Knowing what a truly ethical elephant sanctuary looks like will help you support the right organisations during your time in Southeast Asia. This article, with the opinions of experts, will tell you all you need to know!

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9 Cheapest Countries in Asia to Visit

Are you looking for a budget-friendly trip? Look no further! This shortlist of the cheapest countries in Asia promises amazing travel experiences and excellent bang for your buck!

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Grayl Alternatives – Our Top Picks!

Grayl bottles are excellent but if you’re looking for something cheaper, or a bottle to clean your water in a different way, these alternatives are perfect


The ULTIMATE Backpacker Visa Guide to Southeast Asia

As a backpacker in South East Asia crossing borders becomes a regular undertaking. Each country has a different rule of entry and some countries will require you to apply for a visa before you travel. As visa requirements often change, for travellers it can be difficult to plan things like budget and duration of travel. Here, we’ve done our best to compile the latest visa information in South East Asia to make it easier to plan your trip!

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Are Drones Legal In Southeast Asia?

Drones are becoming commonplace for travellers but are they legal in Southeast Asia? Read more to find out everything you need to know about…

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Visiting Kuang Si Waterfall, Laos – Travel Guide

Kuang Si Waterfall (also called Tat Kuang Si) is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Laos. If you’re planning to visit this epic waterfall, this guide will tell you everything you need to know!

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Backpacking During Ramadan | Travelling in Southeast Asia

If you’re travelling Southeast Asia during the month of Ramadan, it is important to know what to expect. Changes to opening hours and heightened cultural sensitivities mean that travel can be rather different around this time.

Best Travel Shoes for Backpackers

Best Travel Shoes for Backpackers – Top Picks for Men and Women!

Deciding which shoes to take on your trip can be overwhelming. How many pairs do you need and what type of travel shoes will suit you best? Our gear guide expert Tim comes to your rescue, armed with the recommendations of our community. Wonder no more, here is the ultimate list of the best shoes for travel!

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Diving in Indonesia: 8 Bucket List Dive Sites

Diving in Indonesia is a must-do activity for underwater lovers. These 8 dive sites are some of the best in the country and promise to showcase the most amazing marine life that the country has to offer!

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Temples, Tours and Tips!

Breathtaking and awe-inspiring, Angkor Wat astounds even the most unlikely of backpackers. Beer guzzlers are turned into Culture Vulture’s overnight as Chang Vests are replaced with ones that say ‘Angkor Wat is f**ing amazing!’ Hailed as one of the most magnificent examples of architecture ever created, it’s a site all travellers in Southeast Asia should see.

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7 Off the Beaten Track Islands in Indonesia to Visit

With over 17,500 islands in Indonesia, how on earth do you choose where to visit? We’ve all seen the usual recommendations but what if you want to get off the beaten track? Australian expat Cherie reveals her pick of the best islands for your Indonesian adventure.

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12 Beautiful Beaches in Bali (+3 You Should Avoid)!

No trip to Bali is complete without a few beach days. However, not all of the beaches in Bali are of the same standard. In fact, some are pretty overrated! This article will help you weed out the good from the bad!

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11 Pumping Party Hotspots in Southeast Asia

If you’re looking for the most pumping party destinations in Southeast Asia you’re in the right place! These legendary destinations draw in revellers from across the world!

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21 Amazing Places to Visit in Indonesia

If you’re looking for varied and interesting places in Indonesia, then look no further! This epic compilation of destinations offers something for every kind of traveller!

Proof of Onward Travel – Do You Really Need it?

Do you *really* need an onward flight ticket when flying internationally? Is a bus ticket enough? We answer your questions about onward travel and break down onward travel rules for Southeast Asia!

Three backpackers with their matching Osprey Backpacks heading to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan!

The Best Travel Backpacks for 2023

We asked 100+ of our readers to tell us which is the best backpack (brand, model & size) for travelling Southeast Asia – and here are the results! So, if you’re looking for a backpack yourself… Sit back, relax, and read some words of wisdom from fellow travellers in Southeast Asia – so that you can find the perfect backpack for you!

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17 Best Travel Vloggers to Watch on YouTube

From motorbiking the world to eating every weird food that a country has to offer, each one of these travel YouTubers is exploring our amazing planet in a unique and interesting way! Which YouTuber will inspire your next adventure?

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