Nacpan beach, one of the beaches of El Nido, Palawan, The Philippines
30 Jun 2018

14 of the Best Beaches in Southeast Asia

This post was first published in 2015, but I’ve been to a lot more Southeast Asia beaches since then so it needed an update! Are you planning a trip to Southeast Asia? There’s so much to see – from ancient history, pulsating cities and stunning natural wonders, but perhaps the biggest

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Backpacking in Malaysia
01 Sep 2014

Backpacking in Malaysia: Costs, Tips and Places to See

At first glance Malaysia just doesn’t seem as exotic or interesting as other countries in the region, but take a closer look and you’ll find everything you need for a rewarding backpacking experience. You won’t get hassled by touts and you’ll be treated to the best food in the region,

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The best natural wonders in Southeast Asia
22 Aug 2014

The 15 Best Natural Wonders in Southeast Asia

As my time in Southeast Asia draws to a close, I’m starting to think about all of the awesome places I’ve been. I love cities, history and architecture, but the most memorable aspects of the region for me are the unique and varied natural wonders. I hope you enjoy my

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The rat factor: What is the cleanest country in Southeast Asia?
17 Jul 2014

The Rat Factor: What is the Cleanest Country in Southeast Asia?

Everyone says not to judge books by their covers, but if you’re lazily looking for a quick way to review them then there really is no better way. I took the same attitude when trying to decide the cleanest country in Southeast Asia. Sure, I could have done a whole

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A beach on Penang, one of the best islands in Malaysia
07 May 2014

The Best Islands in Malaysia (and the worst)

Malaysia is often underrated when it comes to islands. It has some of the best islands in Southeast Asia, but also one of the worst. Warning: a rant is coming….. Perhentian Kecil: The worst island in Malaysia (and maybe even Southeast Asia) From a distance Perhentian Kecil looks pretty good,

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Boats getting ready to go island hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia
29 Apr 2014

Island Hopping in Langkawi, Malaysia

Can setting foot on 2 islands really be considered island hopping? That’s the kind of philosophical question I’d have to spend years meditating in an ashram to answer, but what island hopping in Langkawi lacked in islands it made up for in value. Walking down Pantai Cenang, Langkawi’s main backpacker beach,

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A building in the Niah Caves near Miri, Malaysia
14 Feb 2014

Exploring Niah Caves: Sarawak, Malaysia

The great thing about living in Singapore is being able to jump on a plane and head to beaches in Thailand, the Balinese countryside or the jungles of Borneo, and be back in time for work on Wednesday (Wednesday is my Monday, I have a weird working week!). My trip

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