Tips and Tricks: How Backpacking Can Change Your Life

It may sound cliche but I have to agree that travelling can change your life – and now I have to admit that after returning from my three month solo backpacking journey around Southeast Asia I don’t feel the same, and definitely don’t see the same. Naturally, as is the human condition, I evolved – embracing…

Travel Review: Everything You Need To Know About Wat Pa Tam Wua Forest Monastery

I believe that expanding your consciousness is important for not only personal growth, but also spiritual growth; I even wrote an article on documentaries related to consciousness. So obviously during my three-month solo backpacking journey around Southeast Asia I had to visit a meditation centre. After some research, and tuning into my gut, I decided…

Travel Review: Three Days of Trekking Through Shan State, Myanmar

Whilst researching for activities to do in Myanmar, I discovered Mr Bike Trekking in Hsipaw – infamous for its treehouse, made entirely from scratch by the owner, and staff, of the company. Of course, I was immediately sold despite the fact that the trek inclusive of the treehouse lasted three days… I’ve never embarked on…

Photo Diary: Entering Shan State Via Goteik Viaduct

Burma was colonised by the British, with the side effects mainly visible in, but not limited to, Yangon. Amongst the various architecture erected in the name, and style, of The Queen, the Goteik Viaduct is (IMO) the most impressive feat – spanning around 700 meters in length and with a height of over 100 meters,…

Photo Diary: Details at Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

To be honest, I viewed Yangon as a stop-over – due to mainly seeing photos of one main attraction (Shwedagon Pagoda) in a city with buildings crammed together. However, I was pleasantly taken aback, wishing I had an extra day to explore the nooks and crannies of Yangon. Besides being surrounded by greenery in the welcoming…

Photo Diary: Backpacking To Bagan

After an unforgettable adventure in Hsipaw, I left for Bagan – where the adventure continued, but with a friend in tow. Luckily he has a motorcycle license because if not for the e-bike, getting around in Bagan would have been (1) tough due to the heat and/or  (2) expensive – and honestly, there’s nothing like driving…

Photo Diary: Mandalay in May

I recently visited Mandalay with my mother and brother (+ his friend), who were willing to explore the ancient cities (Sagaing and Mingun) nearby and the various sights within the city. Our first stop was Mandalay Hill as we arrived just in time for the sunset – if you’re obsessed with reflective tiles then you…

Tips and Tricks: How To Visit The Only Free Hot Spring in Pai

Pai, located in Northern Thailand, is surrounded by mountains and the natural wonders that come with it, such as hot springs. Prior to arriving I had already set an intention to visit the ‘secret’ hot spring made infamous by budget backpackers – but luckily the owner of the guesthouse I chose, Baan Mai Sak, informed…

Photo Diary: Going From Bangkok to Ayutthaya Via Train

Since I’m on a budget, I decided to visit Ayutthaya via train; the Thai railway system interconnects various regions efficiently and affordably. In fact, the (third class) ticket from Bangkok to Ayutthaya costs a mere 20 Baht (around 2 MYR) – of course, excluding air conditioning and allocated seats. After arriving in Ayutthaya, my friends…