The Best of South East Asia

The Thailand-Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos tour of South East Asia is a tried and tested route for backpackers the world over. Typically, this involves hitting the capital cities (Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Hanoi), soaking up the rays on a couple of Thai beaches and...

How to Make Friends in Hostels

– Written by Victoria Philpott The best thing about staying in hostels – apart from the price, location and ease – is meeting other travellers. If you’ve just arrived in your hostel, talk to people who’ve been there a while and...

What is the Rath Yatra Hindu Festival?

– Written by Victoria Philpott Rath Yatra is celebrated by Hindus around the world every year. On 10th July 2013 the biggest celebration begins in Puri, India. Also known as Ratha Yatra, Ratha-Yatra, Rathyatra and the Chariot Festival, the carnival commemorates...

The Philippines: The secret Asia backpacking experience

Lonely Planet boldly claimed that for 2011 the Philippines would be nipping at Thailand’s heels and its claim to offer the ‘best cheap beaches’. While there is no clear winner when it comes to which is the cheapest, the Philippines definitely offers...

10 things to do in Bangkok

If you go backpacking around South East Asia you will end up spending time in Bangkok at some point or another. It’s inevitable. For many, it’s the first place they visit in their tour of South East Asia; for others it’s just...
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