08 Jan 2014

I’m Confessing to Some Travel Crimes

I’m usually a pretty considerate traveller, but here are some moments that I wasn’t: The time I forgot a guy’s name (who felt very strongly about remembering names) I was having a few beers at a bar in Sihanoukville, Cambodia with some people from my guesthouse when over walked an Australian.

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Ubud, a great place to see monkeys in Southeast Asia
06 Jan 2014

The Best Places to See Monkeys in Southeast Asia

One of the things I love about Southeast Asia is being able to see so many monkeys. I’m not sure why I’m so interested in them (in my defense, they do kinda look like people) but I could spend hours watching them go about their lives. Here are some of

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Naiharn beach in Phuket, a great place to stay if you are going to travel to Phuket
02 Jan 2014

Should You Travel to Phuket?

Phuket has a bad reputation. Travel snobs will tell you it sold out long ago, that it no longer holds any mystery or allure and that you’d be better off going to one of the lesser known islands in Thailand instead. It’s popular because it appeals to the masses. Think

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A pond on Pulau Ubin, Singapore
24 Dec 2013

A Day Trip to Pulau Ubin: Escaping Singapore City

Five million people crammed into an area four times smaller than my hometown Dunedin (which has a population of around 120,000). People everywhere, all the time. This place has energy, a stir-fried charm that clings to your skin and makes you feel alive and exhausted at the same time. Every

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20 Dec 2013

The Best Travel Shows to Get You in the Mood

An Idiot Abroad Karl Pilkington, a man who has no interest in travelling, is sent around the world, first to see the seven wonders and then to tick off some typical “bucket list” activities (there is also a shorter 3rd series where Karl travels through Europe, China and India with

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The golden rock pagoda in Myanmar
17 Dec 2013

Climbing to See the Golden Rock in Myanmar

It was 3 am and I was sitting on an ice-cold bus heading to a town that I didn’t even know the name of. Tired from a day of sightseeing in Yangon, I had just about fallen asleep when the bus stopped. Everyone started filing off. Where was I? Was

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Jalan Cikini Raya, a great area to find accommodation during your days in Jakarta
09 Dec 2013

How to Kill 2 Days in Jakarta (But do you Really Want to?)

When I told people I was going to go out of my way to spend 2 days in Jakarta the general reaction was…why? It isn’t the kind of place you go to just have a look and see the sights. I’m probably one of the few who actually went there for

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A monkey in Kaohsiung, Taiwan - on Monkey Mountain
06 Dec 2013

Seeing my First Wild Monkeys in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

It had always been a dream of mine to see wild monkeys, but after six months living in Taiwan I was yet to lay eyes on one and I was getting restless. To me, seeing a monkey in the wild was a sign I’d finally ended up somewhere exotic, a

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