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Thailand on a Budget: Chiang Mai

Travelling around Thailand is not an expensive endeavor, which is great! The less you spend, the more you travel, right? Chiang Mai is one city you can’t miss while exploring Thailand, or Asia for that matter. I’m broke, busted, out of cash: my luck has been anything but good since arriving in Thailand, including having…

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3 Tips For Doing China on the Cheap

By the time I got to China, 6 months of Full moon parties, Whitsundays boats and overpriced diving courses had left me budget-stretched and panicked, wondering how I was going to get through my final two weeks of travelling in China. Not only was I practically penniless, I was also clueless about what to expect;…

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How to Get The Most Out of Sri Lanka

If you’re not prepared for being the object of random, consistent, mega-watt smiles from incredibly welcoming local residents then you might want to rethink your travel plans to Sri Lanka. A graciously hospitable nation, Sri Lankans take pride in treating their guests to the best the tiny country, covered in lush tropical jungle and surrounded…

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Life Inside the Walls: A Guide to Galle Fort

Galle Fort is a haven on the south coast of Sri Lanka, an ancient walled city that is a sight to behold, and definitely not a destination to be missed. It is the perfect place to stop over for a few nights, with the five streets of the town providing just enough space to explore…

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Thailand: Don’t Just Be Another Brit Abroad

Thailand has long been considered the ‘go to place’ for the first time backpacker. Yet I think more and more people are starting to view a few months in Thailand as merely an extension of their annual holiday. Sadly, it has got to the point where for some, a backpackers holiday in Thailand involves little…

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5 Things to do in Ubud

Want to be surrounded by drunk Aussies and sunburnt tourists off their faces on shrooms? Then stop reading right now and book your flights to Kuta Bali. Ubud is at the heart of this tiny island and soared to recognition thanks to Julia Roberts and her quest for the ‘pray’ section of her eat, pray,…

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Butterflies and Buddhism in Penang

As the rush hour traffic dies down and the city starts to cool off, an aromatic blend of garlic and spices starts to fill the air. Local food stall owners fire up huge woks and chop away at mountains of fresh vegetables while customers take a seat in plastic chairs at their roadside table. Dinnertime…

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Koh Phangan: The Full Moon Party and Beyond

Koh Phangan is probably one of the most visited places on the planet thanks to its monthly Full Moon Party. Tens of thousands of boisterous tourists flock there to indulge in the cheap booze, nice weather and unbridled hedonism. However, believe it or not, this mega-rave is not the only thing on offer on this…

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9 Southeast Asian Places You Cannot Afford To Miss

Southeast Asia has become the quintessential backpacker route over the past 30 years or so. It’s hard to log on to your facebook nowadays without being bombarded by photos of your neon clad friends partying under the Full Moon or posing with some suspiciously dopey tigers/ elephants/ monkeys. However, there is a lot more to…

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How to Avoid a Taman Negara Nightmare

The rain beat down heavily as we stepped out of the taxi in to the pitch black night. Backpacks in tow we wandered aimlessly through streets guided by the light of an iPhone to try and find our hostel, for which check in wasn’t until 6am, another 2 hours from then. With very little money…