South East Asia

Blog posts about South East Asia

Cat Tien National Park: Why Visit? Cat Tien National Park is located in the South of Vietnam just a few hours from Saigon. The 72,000 hectares of tropical lowland rainforest make for some amazing hiking, mountain biking and animal spotting. Cat Tien is home to 100s of mammals. Although the larger mammals are rare so don’t expect to spot any tigers or elephants. You can still spot lots of smaller mammals like pangolin, deer, civets, otters and wild pigs. We were lucky enough to witness a Slow Loris climbing in the bamboo at night, which was amazing given our bad experience of…

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If you’re in Cambodia and starting to get a bit tired of busy backpacker towns, desperate to get away from it all and back to nature then why not stay in a jungle mountain lodge! We did just that when we discovered the amazing place that is Kep Mountain Lodge. How we found Kep Mountain Lodge From the busy and expensive Phnom Penh we had made our way down to Kampot to escape to the coast only to find that our chain backpacker hostel was full of disinterested Western staff and the kind of backpacker that everyone loves to hate: the…

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Normally travel bloggers recommend cool places to go. In this case I am warning you against going somewhere. Why? Because Damnoen Saduak just screamed tourism gone wrong to me. There are multiple reasons why I don’t think you should go to the floating markets. Apart from the fact that they’re a hassle to get to, there is a much darker side to what goes on in the name of tourism. In this article I’m not going to tell you about the logistics of getting there and practical advice because there’s more important things I want to talk about. Two issues that I…

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If you’re in Siem Reap no doubt you’ll already know all about Angkor Wat. You may also have done a heavy night out on Pub Street. But if you’re looking for something else, something entertaining, that gives something back to the community, look no further than Phare Cambodian Circus. Phare artists use drama, dance, live music and circus arts to tell uniquely Cambodian stories from recent history, folklore or modern society. Practical Info Showtimes The show is on every day at 8pm. The big top holds just over 300 people. The performance is suitable for everyone, kids included. They also…

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Ok ok I know ‘ugh she’s doing a review of The Beach what an obvious choice’. But what kind of travel blog would this be if I didn’t mention this cult classic, this inspiration for travellers anywhere, this icon?! You’re just going to have to deal with it, sorry. Also Leonardo DiCaprio, I don’t think I need to say anything more. The film is directed by Danny Boyle, and is adapted from the book by Alex Garland. It stars Leo as Richard, an American traveller who travels to Thailand in search of something different and more exciting than his day to day…

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