One of the most amazing things you can find when travelling is a place that you never knew existed. A place that is so incredible and authentic and is barely mentioned in any guidebooks. There are rarely tourists or even any hotels.But it feels like a gift to have been there, because you know how rare it is that other travellers will get to experience it. We were lucky enough to experience such a place on our recent trip to West Bengal when we met up with Ben’s friend and fellow herpetologist, Vishal. Where is Buxa Fort? Buxa fort is…

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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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Masala Chai It’s been just over a month since we left India. There are some things we were glad to leave behind, but other things that we’re already missing. Of course we made some amazing friends but I also wanted to write a bit about the absolute institution of Masala Chai. It’s the Indian equivalent of what a good English Breakfast brew is for the Brits. So yes I am going to write an entire blog post on a type of tea, after all it is actually National Tea Day. It feels like the nation as a whole runs on…

It seems like the whole of India runs on this sweet, spicy, milky tea, masala chai. After a few weeks of lapping it up everywhere we could we were converts.

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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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