Category: Asia

Exploring the Bagan Pagodas by Electric Bike

I count my trip to Myanmar with my good friend Izy as one of my highlights of 2014. While Yangon was fun, we were both itching to explore the Bagan pagodas, and spend some time taking it easy after a rough few months. There are more than 2,000 pagodas in Bagan, spread out over just 16 square miles, and […]

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Taking the Night Train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai

When it comes to public transport, I’ve finally accepted that I’m never going to be able to get any rest. It’s ok. I’ve made my peace with it. I can’t sleep on planes, buses, or in cars. Don’t ask me why. I’ve learned not to take sleeping pills, because I never actually fall asleep, and just […]

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Watching the Muay Thai in Chiang Mai

If there’s one thing that all tourists do in Thailand, (other than drinking copious buckets on Khao San), it’s watching the Muay Thai in Chiang Mai. Last week I went down to Tha Pae gate, and to be honest I was prepared to be unimpressed since I’d watched it last year, and every second fight had ended in […]

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Sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

There were only a few things that we really wanted to do in Yangon, and we had heard that the sunset at Shwedagon Pagoda was not to be missed. As usual, we procrastinated and nearly ended up missing it, but after a quick $3 taxi ride we arrived at the massive pagoda. The Shwedagon Pagoda is 2500 […]

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The Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Last week we went to Kuala Lumpur, since my mum was flying home from KL and I needed to do a visa run. I hadn’t done any research for the trip, but soon after we arrived we realized that the next day was the celebration of the Hindu Festival of Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur in […]

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Visiting Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai (and why I will never ride an elephant)

I first read about Elephant Nature Park on a blog called dtravelsround two years ago while I was living in the United States. After doing some research into the plight of the Asian elephant, I vowed never to ride an elephant, but instead I would visit this sanctuary and see first-hand the incredible work the volunteers are […]

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Taking the Boat from Siem Reap to Battambang in Cambodia

When faced with two choices- a three-hour bus ride or a 6-9 hour boat ride, which would you choose? Last month my mum arrived for Christmas. The day after she landed we took the bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap. There’s only one bus that goes directly through, and it’s run by the Transport co. […]

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Christmas in Chiang Mai

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated this blog, mainly because I’ve been so busy! I’m working as a freelance writer here in Chiang Mai, and while I do have quite flexible hours, it’s definitely stressful since I never know how much money I’ll have coming in each month. This Christmas I was lucky enough to have […]

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Getting felt up by a Taxi Driver in Bangkok

I’m currently staying in Khao San, which is the backpacker hub of Bangkok. On Wednesday I was heading to my friend Bethany’s hotel to babysit for her son Reuben. I’m new to town so I decided not to use public transport since I hadn’t used it yet and it would involve taking the ferry which was due […]

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Volunteering with New Futures Organisation in Takeo, Cambodia

There are so many ways to volunteer abroad and so many different charities, that trying to find a worthwhile project can be overwhelming. As a western traveler I feel like it’s only right that I give some time and “do my bit” while I travel, but it’s becoming increasingly hard to find legitimate volunteer opportunities. I’d heard great things about volunteering […]

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The Temples of Angkor

Going to Cambodia without visiting the temples of Angkor is like going to Egypt and skipping the Pyramids. More than two million visitors swing by the temples each year, and for good reason. With hundreds of temples in the area there’s plenty to choose from, and they’re all so different that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Entry to […]

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Relaxing in Nusa Lembongan

After five days of experiencing the craziness that is Kuta we were ready to get away from it all, so we decided to spend a day relaxing in Nusa Lembongan. Located off the coast of Bali, Nusa Lembongan is only around 8 square kms so although we would have preferred to spend a few days exploring, we were confident that we […]

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Whitewater Rafting the Telaga Waja in Bali

I’ve wanted to go whitewater rafting for the longest time. Considering I’m from a country renowned for its adventure sports I still have a lot of them on my bucket list, and I’m finally doing them now that I’ve left New Zealand. When I looked into booking whitewater rafting from Australia it was going to […]

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First impressions of Bali

After traveling for 21 hours (thanks Air Asia), we finally arrived into Denpasar airport at around midnight. Immigration was easy, and we eventually ended up outside surrounded by taxi drivers. This was my first dumb move. I forgot everything I was told about using taxis in Bali. I’d been advised to only use metered taxis, and […]

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