A Vietnamese wedding weekend

*Apologies, this post should’ve been written last year in June!* I was just about to leave work after finishing my evening classes when my boss, Ha, asked me: “Cliona, do you want to come to my cousin’s wedding this weekend? I’d love you to join us! You need to let me know soon though because…

Paradise in Cambodia: Otres & Koh Rong Islands 

I had no idea Cambodia’s southern coast and islands were so gorgeous. Unlike Thailand, the Cambodian islands in the Siam Gulf are relatively undeveloped (although this is quickly changing) and some have only basic accommodation and limited electricity. Sihonoukville is the main hub of the south. It’s full of resorts, bars and litter and I’d…

The halfway house for elephants in Pai

Unfortunately the exploitation of animals for tourism purposes is still rife in many parts of the world. Elephants are one of the main victims with elephant riding still being an extremely popular holiday activity, especially in Thailand. I’m not going to lie, four or five years ago I remember writing a travel bucket list and…

Chiang Mai 

Arriving from Bangkok, the coach dumped us off near the highway at 5.30am where several overpriced truck taxis were waiting to take us into the city. Still hostel-less, Ellie and Libby had a quick look on hostelwold in the taxi and found one called Bun Chun. It’s a great little hostel run by a few…

Stopping over in Kuala Lumpur 

Most people have a stop over in Kuala Lumpur at some point. I’d heard mixed reviews, some saying it lacks that defining buzz of a capital while others really like it. I liked KL but compared to other big cities it did feel like something was missing, I can’t quite put my finger on it….

Two days on Penang Island 

With a four day stop over in Kuala Lumpur, I decided I had enough time to squeeze in a couple of days on Penang Island. It turned out to be a verrrry tight squeeze, I’ll explain later! I got a coach from TBS station to Penang for 34 ringet but there’s also a train for…

Bokor National Park

Kampot is a great little city in southern Cambodia and some parts feel really French with  colonial buildings and a thriving cafe culture. The city itself feels like a mini and relaxed version of Phnom Penh and out of town there are quaint guest houses dotted along a very pretty part of the Mekong.  A…

Kep & Kampot: The salt and pepper of Cambodia 

The ‘salt and pepper’ of a country is a new phrase I learnt from a Romanian lady who said it refers to the most fertile and rich lands and where nature flourishes. She said Kampot and Kep are the salt and pepper of Cambodia, and very ironically, this is what the regions are famous for….

Switiching off from the world in Koh Ta Kiev

A thirty minute long tail boat journey from Otres beach is Koh Ta Kiev – the closest thing to paradise I’ve ever seen. The 28 square kilometre island can be walked around in about three hours and on it is, well, nothing. Nothing apart from tall jungle, empty beaches, turquoise waters, a small fishing village…

2 Days in Phnom Penh: Aerobics with the locals and food comas 

Day 2: We couldn’t have started today any better. Chantal had read about early morning aerobics classes at the olympic stadium where hundreds of locals go to workout before it gets too hot. It all kicks off by 5:30am so we dragged ourselves there in our gym gear not knowing what to expect! We didn’t…

10 ways to help you pack your life into a rucksack 

Travelling with nothing but a bag on your back, not knowing where exactly you’re going or who you’ll meet is one of the best things you can ever do. This being said, when there are no tuk tuks around (ironically this always happens when you actually really need one and then an abundance of tuk…