The view of Kampong Ayer, the largest water village in the world
17 May 2014

Kampong Ayer: Postcards from a Water Village in Brunei

Brunei had always been a mystery to me. For longer than I’d like to admit I thought it was in the Middle East (and I used to be good at geography – not sure how that one slipped by me), but it’s actually a small country wedged between 2 states

Kampong Buangkok, the last kampong in mainland Singapore
02 May 2014

Kampong Buangkok: The Last Remaining Traditinal Village in Mainland Singapore

The pumping pistons of the Singaporean dream machine are in full swing, turning this former rural backwater into the modern metropolis we know today. This sweeping modernisation definitely has its good points; Singapore has become the safest, cleanest and richest country in Southeast Asia, but at what cost? Turn the

A bottle of Australian milk
25 Apr 2014

A Milk Bottle Just Told Me it’s Time to Get Excited About My Trip

Don’t worry; I haven’t started having conversations with inanimate objects. Anyway, if milk bottles could talk I doubt they’d be wasting their time giving me wisdom, they’d probably be more interested in talking about cows or cereal. I haven’t gone crazy just yet, but I recently received a sign that

Tuk tuk village on Samosir Island, Lake Toba, Indonesia
14 Mar 2014

7 Tips on How to Be a Real Traveller

Are you sick of being wrongly classified as a tourist? Not getting the recognition for travelling that you feel you deserve? Study these tips on how to be a real traveller and all your dreams will come true. Constantly one-up everyone you talk to Is someone telling a boring story

A farm in Vang Vieng, Laos
27 Jan 2014

Changes in Vang Vieng, Laos: Should you Still Go?

Are drugs, bikini clad women in the middle of town, and blatant disrespect for a modest culture not really your thing? You’re in luck, as all of those dodgy (and some might say fun) things are no longer a reality in Vang Vieng, Laos. I was lucky enough to visit

A crab boy at Haw Par Villa, Singapore
24 Jan 2014

Is Haw Par Villa the Weirdest Tourist Attraction in the World?

Are you looking for something different in a tourist attraction? How about something a little bit weird (and a bit scary if you’re a kid!) Haw Par Villa might be the place for you, it’s definitely one of the strangest places in Singapore! The Ten Courts of Hell For some reason I

A yellow temple in Innwa, one of the old capitals in Mandalay, Myanmar
22 Jan 2014

Four Old Capitals in Mandalay, Myanmar For the Price of One

I should probably do more research before I reach a destination. I had no idea what there was to see in Mandalay until a motorcycle taxi driver said something about 4 old capital cities, and that he would take me to them for $12, not bad on a backpacker budget!

Bargaining in Southeast Asia: How to Get a Good Deal
20 Jan 2014

Bargaining in Southeast Asia: How to Get a Good Deal

Bargaining in Southeast Asia is part of the experience; at least it should be if you don’t want to get ripped off on a daily basis. Tourists rarely get quoted the real price for items, trips and sometimes even accommodation. If you go in with the right attitude and a